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Registered nurses (RNs) have professional certifications which qualify them to work as independent healthcare professionals. They are licensed to administer direct care, and also to decide on treatment that should be provided.

Education
There are three types of pre-licensure programs: two-year associate’s degree (ADN), four-year bachelor’s degree (BSN), and direct-entry master’s degree programs. All of these programs are followed by a national licensure examination, the NCLEX-RN. Registered nurses must complete their degree program and pass this national examination to practice in Maryland. The programs provide healthcare professionals with extensive clinical experience and confidence in the workplace. Institutions that offer the ADN program include the College of Southern Maryland, Baltimore City Community College, and Montgomery College. Candidates interested in pursuing the BSN can do so at University of Maryland, Baltimore; Stevenson University; and Notre Dame of Maryland University. Further information on degree-providing institutions is available on this website.

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RN students can apply for scholarship funding through organizations such as the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Salary and employment
RNs constitute the largest group of healthcare professionals in the country, with 46,070 registered nurses employed in Maryland alone. Average annual wages for RNs fall between $59,590 and $83,830.

Upon earning their degree, registered nurses are more than adequately prepared to serve their communities well. Check out the list below to learn more about the best programs for becoming a registered nurse in the state of Maryland.

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Baltimore metro area

Johns Hopkins University
  • Direct Entry MSN: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016-17 through 2017-18)
Anne Arundel Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
University of Maryland
  • 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)
Community College of Baltimore County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
Notre Dame of Maryland University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2014-15 through 2017-18)
Carroll Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
Harford Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
Howard Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
Chesapeake College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
Stevenson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
Towson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
Baltimore City Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
Coppin State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 76.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
Morgan State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 44.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2017-18)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Johns Hopkins University
Direct Entry MSN 96.0% 2016-17 to 2017-18
Anne Arundel Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.9% 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
Community College of Baltimore County
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.0% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.7% 2014-15 to 2017-18
Carroll Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.6% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Harford Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.5% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Howard Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.8% 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
Towson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.4% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Baltimore City Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.7% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Coppin State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 76.2% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Morgan State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 44.0% 2010-11 to 2017-18

Washington, DC suburbs

Frederick Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
College of Southern Maryland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
Montgomery College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
Hood College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (2017-18 through 2017-18)
Prince George's Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 71.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
Bowie State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 62.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
Washington Adventist University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 53.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
Ana G. Mendez University - Capital Area
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 44.4% NCLEX pass rate (2016-17 through 2017-18)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Frederick Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.1% 2008-09 to 2017-18
College of Southern Maryland
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.1% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Montgomery College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.9% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Hood College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 80.0% 2017-18 to 2017-18
Prince George's Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 71.0% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Bowie State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 62.0% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Washington Adventist University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 53.7% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Ana G. Mendez University - Capital Area
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 44.4% 2016-17 to 2017-18

Other Maryland cities

Salisbury University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
Cecil College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
Hagerstown Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
Allegany College of Maryland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
Wor-Wic Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2017-18)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Salisbury University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.0% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Cecil College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.5% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Hagerstown Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.6% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Allegany College of Maryland
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.2% 2008-09 to 2017-18
Wor-Wic Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.2% 2008-09 to 2017-18