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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.

Featured Schools

Baltimore metro area

Anne Arundel Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Community College of Baltimore County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
University of Maryland
  • 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)
Johns Hopkins University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • Direct Entry MSN
Baltimore City Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Carroll Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Chesapeake College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Howard Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Stevenson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Harford Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Towson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 80.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Coppin State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 76.7% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Sojourner-Douglass College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 60.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2011-12)
Morgan State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 34.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2011-12)
Notre Dame of Maryland University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Anne Arundel Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.1% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Community College of Baltimore County
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.3% 2007-08 to 2011-12
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
Johns Hopkins University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.6% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Direct Entry MSN
Baltimore City Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.2% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Carroll Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.6% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Chesapeake College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.5% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Howard Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.4% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Stevenson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.8% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Harford Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.3% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Towson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 80.9% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Coppin State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 76.7% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Sojourner-Douglass College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 60.0% 2011-12 to 2011-12
Morgan State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 34.7% 2011-12 to 2011-12
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Washington, DC suburbs

Frederick Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Montgomery College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
College of Southern Maryland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Prince George's Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Washington Adventist University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 70.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Bowie State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 67.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Frederick Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.4% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Montgomery College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.4% 2007-08 to 2011-12
College of Southern Maryland
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.2% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Prince George's Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.5% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Washington Adventist University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 70.2% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Bowie State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 67.1% 2007-08 to 2011-12

Other Maryland cities

Salisbury University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Allegany College of Maryland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Cecil College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Hagerstown Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Wor-Wic Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Salisbury University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.9% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Allegany College of Maryland
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.1% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Cecil College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.2% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Hagerstown Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.2% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Wor-Wic Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.4% 2007-08 to 2011-12