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The Baltimore metropolitan area has well over a dozen accredited nursing schools. They offer a wide range of nursing education programs, providing a path to licensure for all the major nursing roles.

The most junior nursing role is certified nursing assistant (CNA). Most CNA certificate programs require a mere eight to ten weeks of focused study; students must then pass a state-administered examination before joining the workforce. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) are more senior than CNAs. They must complete a 12- to 18-month certificate program and pass the strenuous NCLEX-PN national examination to attain licensure. Registered nurses (RNs) have significantly greater autonomy than LPNs and CNAs; indeed, they often manage these more junior nurses. Most aspiring RNs complete either a two-year associate’s degree program or a four-year bachelor’s degree program in professional nursing. Candidates must also pass the rigorous NCLEX-RN national examination to attain licensure. Many RNs later pursue a master’s degree in order to qualify as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), who fill specialized roles like nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, and nurse anesthetist.

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Baltimore nurses can expect strong job prospects and competitive pay that increases with education. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, certificate-holding CNAs and LPNs in the Baltimore metro area earn a median annual salary of $27,470 and $51,810, respectively. The city’s degree-holding RNs earn average annual pay of $71,130. Nurses with baccalaureate education frequently earn $84,000 and above per year. APRNs, who must hold a master’s degree, earn $100,000-180,000 annually depending upon role.

To help aspiring nurses in the Baltimore metropolitan area, we’ve listed below a comprehensive directory of local accredited nursing schools and programs.

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Baltimore metro area nursing schools by NCLEX score

Carroll Community College
1601 Washington Road | Westminster, Maryland 21157
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 99.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
Community College of Baltimore County
7201 Rossville Boulevard | Baltimore, Maryland 21237
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Parkway | Arnold, Maryland 21012
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway | Columbia, Maryland 21044
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles Street | Baltimore, Maryland 21218
  • Direct Entry MSN: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016-17 through 2017-18)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
Baltimore City Community College
2901 Liberty Heights Avenue | Baltimore, Maryland 21215
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
University of Maryland
620 West Lexington Street | Baltimore, Maryland 21201
  • Direct Entry MSN: 90.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Notre Dame of Maryland University
4701 North Charles Street | Baltimore, Maryland 21210
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2014-15 through 2017-18)
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Harford Community College
401 Thomas Run Road | Bel Air, Maryland 21015
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
Chesapeake College
1000 College Circle | Wye Mills, Maryland 21679
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
Stevenson University
1525 Greenspring Valley Road | Stevenson, Maryland 21153
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Towson University
8000 York Road | Towson, Maryland 21252
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Coppin State University
2500 West North Avenue | Baltimore, Maryland 21216
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 76.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Morgan State University
1700 East Cold Spring Lane | Baltimore, Maryland 21251
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 44.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2017-18)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Carroll Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 99.2% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.6% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Community College of Baltimore County Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.4% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.0% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Anne Arundel Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.0% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.9% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Howard Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.9% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.8% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Johns Hopkins University Direct Entry MSN 96.0% 2016-17 to 2017-18
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Post-Master's Certificates
Baltimore City Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.8% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.7% 2008-09 to 2017-18
University of Maryland Direct Entry MSN 90.6% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.5% 2008-09 to 2017-18
DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Post-Master's Certificates
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Notre Dame of Maryland University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.7% 2014-15 to 2017-18
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Harford Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.5% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Chesapeake College Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.1% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Stevenson University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.8% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Towson University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.4% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Coppin State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 76.2% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Morgan State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 44.0% 2010-11 to 2017-18
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing