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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.

Featured Schools

Baltimore metro area nursing schools by NCLEX score

Baltimore City Community College
2901 Liberty Heights Avenue | Baltimore, Maryland 21215
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Carroll Community College
1601 Washington Road | Westminster, Maryland 21157
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Harford Community College
401 Thomas Run Road | Bel Air, Maryland 21015
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2010-11)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway | Columbia, Maryland 21044
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Community College of Baltimore County
7201 Rossville Boulevard | Baltimore, Maryland 21237
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Parkway | Arnold, Maryland 21012
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Maryland
620 West Lexington Street | Baltimore, Maryland 21201
  • Direct Entry MSN: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • 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
Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles Street | Baltimore, Maryland 21218
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
Chesapeake College
1000 College Circle | Wye Mills, Maryland 21679
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Stevenson University
1525 Greenspring Valley Road | Stevenson, Maryland 21153
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Sojourner-Douglass College
500 North Caroline Street | Baltimore, Maryland 21205
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 81.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 60.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2011-12)
Towson University
8000 York Road | Towson, Maryland 21252
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 80.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • 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: 76.7% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Morgan State University
1700 East Cold Spring Lane | Baltimore, Maryland 21251
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 34.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2011-12)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Notre Dame of Maryland University
4701 North Charles Street | Baltimore, Maryland 21210
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Baltimore City Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.2% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Carroll Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.6% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Harford Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2007-08 to 2010-11
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.3% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Howard Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.5% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.4% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Community College of Baltimore County Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.3% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.3% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Anne Arundel Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.1% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.9% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Maryland Direct Entry MSN 94.3% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.3% 2007-08 to 2011-12
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
Johns Hopkins University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.6% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Direct Entry MSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Post-Master's Certificates
Chesapeake College Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.5% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Stevenson University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.8% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Sojourner-Douglass College Certificate in Practical Nursing 81.9% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 60.0% 2011-12 to 2011-12
Towson University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 80.9% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Coppin State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 76.7% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Morgan State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 34.7% 2011-12 to 2011-12
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing
Notre Dame of Maryland University Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion