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There are three primary types of nurses in Montgomery County, Maryland: certified nursing assistants (CNAs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and registered nurses (RNs).

Nursing assistants
Nursing assistants work under the supervision of LPNs and RNs. They need to complete a brief eight- to ten-week certification program in order to become a qualified healthcare professional. A state-administered examination follows this program.

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Licensed practical nurses
LPNs are certified upon completion of a 12- to 18-month program, which provides training in anatomy, physiology, medication, and practical patient care. Nurses then obtain a certificate in licensed practical nursing, which means they are prepared to assist RNs in carrying out medical procedures and supervising nursing assistants and orderlies. Their medical responsibilities include administering medication, tests, and basic care to patients.

Registered nurses
Registered nurses are qualified to work as independent healthcare professionals, taking on the responsibilities of deciding and administering treatment. RNs can gain qualification through a two-year associate’s degree (ADN), a four-year bachelor’s degree (BSN), or a direct-entry master’s degree program, all of which are followed by the national examination (NCLEX-RN).

Local schools and employers
Washington Adventist University and Montgomery College offer accredited local nursing programs. Large hospitals in Montgomery County include Montgomery General Hospital, Suburban Hospital, and Washington Adventist Hospital. There are also other healthcare providers in the county such as Holy Cross Health, Kessler Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Typical salaries
According to BLS data for Montgomery County, there are 6,280 individuals registered as nursing assistants, earning an annual salary of $28,730. The 2,800 licensed practical nurses in the county receive an average annual salary of $50,910. Registered nurses constitute the largest nursing profession in the county, with 8,170 nurses receiving an average salary of $75,520 per year.

To begin your career as a nurse in Montgomery County, Maryland, consult our list of the best local programs below.

Featured Schools

Montgomery County nursing schools by NCLEX score

Montgomery College
7600 Takoma Avenue | Takoma Park, Maryland 20912
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Washington Adventist University
7600 Flower Avenue | Takoma Park, Maryland 20912
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 70.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road | Bethesda, Maryland 20814
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Montgomery College Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.4% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Washington Adventist University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 70.2% 2007-08 to 2011-12
MSN: Nursing Education
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
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