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Are you interested in beginning or furthering a career in Maryland’s nursing industry? Regardless of your age or experience, Maryland has a breadth of nursing programs that can help you either gain initial licensure or enhance your existing career.

There are four nursing roles in Maryland’s healthcare industry. They are, in order of increasing seniority: certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). CNAs can attain licensure by completing a brief eight- to 12-week certificate course. They typically assist LPNs and RNs with basic patient care tasks. LPNs must complete a 12- to 18-month certificate course and pass the NCLEX-PN national exam. LPNs take vital signs, administer medications, chart medical records, and perform other aspects of bedside care. RNs in Maryland must hold an associate’s, bachelor’s, or direct-entry master’s degree and pass the NCLEX-RN national exam. RNs independently administer many healthcare activities under the supervision of a physician. APRNs typically hold a master’s degree in their chosen field of specialization. These areas of focus include nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, and nurse anesthetist.

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Maryland offers attractive employment prospects for all nursing roles, although compensation increases significantly with education. For example, the state’s CNAs earn a median annual salary of $27,620, while its LPNs receive $50,550 in average annual pay. Maryland’s degree-holding RNs make over $70,000 per year, and APRNs can earn $90,000-180,000 annually depending upon specialization. Local employers include private healthcare facilities like Meritus Health and Mercy Medical Center, as well as government facilities like the Department of Veterans Affairs.

To help Maryland’s future nurses understand their numerous options, we’ve provided below a comprehensive list of the state’s accredited nursing schools.

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Baltimore metro area

Anne Arundel Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Baltimore City Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Carroll Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chesapeake College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Community College of Baltimore County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Coppin State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Harford Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Howard Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Johns Hopkins University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
Morgan State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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
Sojourner-Douglass College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Stevenson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Towson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Maryland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • 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
School City Programs offered
Anne Arundel Community College Arnold
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Baltimore City Community College Baltimore
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Carroll Community College Westminster
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chesapeake College Wye Mills
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Coppin State University Baltimore
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Harford Community College Bel Air
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Howard Community College Columbia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
Morgan State University Baltimore
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Notre Dame of Maryland University Baltimore
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Sojourner-Douglass College Baltimore
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Stevenson University Stevenson
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Towson University Towson
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Maryland Baltimore
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • 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

Washington, DC suburbs

Bowie State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
College of Southern Maryland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Frederick Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hood College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Montgomery College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Prince George's Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Washington Adventist University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Bowie State University Bowie
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
College of Southern Maryland La Plata
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Frederick Community College Frederick
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hood College Frederick
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Montgomery College Takoma Park
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Prince George's Community College Largo
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Bethesda
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Washington Adventist University Takoma Park
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Other Maryland cities

Allegany College of Maryland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Cecil College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Frostburg State University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hagerstown Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Salisbury University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Wor-Wic Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Allegany College of Maryland Cumberland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Cecil College North East
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Frostburg State University Frostburg
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hagerstown Community College Hagerstown
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Salisbury University Salisbury
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Wor-Wic Community College Salisbury
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing