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Four-year colleges and universities offer nursing programs for candidates to attain a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). BSN candidates receive numerous hours of clinical experience as part of their nursing education. Students who complete a BSN program and pass the NCLEX-RN national exam will gain official licensure as registered nurses (RNs). RNs make independent patient care decisions and supervise the healthcare activities of licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and certified nursing assistants (CNAs).

As nursing employers place greater emphasis on bachelor’s- and master’s-level education, an increasing share of Maryland’s nurses are graduating from these four-year institutions. For example, the state has a dozen colleges and universities with BSN programs. These include large public institutions like University of Maryland Baltimore and Towson University, as well as prestigious private schools like Johns Hopkins University and Sojourner-Douglass College. Most of these universities also provide graduate nursing education, with master’s specializations like nursing education and public health nursing.

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Maryland’s BSN-educated nurses will find a vibrant job market and very competitive compensation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state’s RNs earn a median annual salary of $70,810. However, nurses with a BSN degree typically earn top-quartile pay of $83,830 or higher. The state’s broad network of healthcare employers includes private facilities like Meritus Health and Mercy Medical Center, as well as government providers like the Department of Veterans Affairs.

To learn more about Maryland’s four-year nursing programs, interested candidates should consult our list below of the state’s top colleges and universities for nursing.

Featured Schools

Baltimore metro area

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
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
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
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
Hood College
  • RN-to-BSN 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
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
Hood College Frederick
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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

Frostburg State University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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
School City Programs offered
Frostburg State University Frostburg
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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