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Vocational schools provide a viable pathway to nursing employment for individuals with heavy work commitments or limited time for time study. These institutions offer a variety of nursing programs, enabling candidates to fit their study within budget and schedule constraints. Most importantly, vocational, career, and community colleges offer a rapid path to nursing employment.

Individuals who wish to become licensed practical nurses (LPNs) typically attend a short 12- to 18-month certificate program. LPN certificates are offered by over a dozen community colleges throughout Maryland, including Anne Arundel Community College and College of Southern Maryland. The state’s aspiring registered nurses (RNs) can enroll in a lengthier two- to three-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) program. The ADN is offered at many of these same community colleges, as well as additional schools like Chesapeake College and Montgomery College. Graduates of either program must pass the relevant NCLEX national examination to gain state licensure.

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Maryland’s nurses enjoy very healthy demand and competitive wages. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state’s LPNs earn a median annual salary of $50,550, while RNs receive average pay of $70,810 per year. Compensation can increase to $58,000 and $84,000, respectively, for top performers. The state has several highly regarded healthcare providers with an acute need for new nurses, including University of Maryland Medical System, Holy Cross Hospital, and Genesis HealthCare.

To learn more about the nursing programs at Maryland’s vocational, career, and community colleges, candidates can refer to our comprehensive directory below.

Featured Schools

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
Harford Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Howard Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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
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

Washington, DC suburbs

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
Montgomery College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Prince George's Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
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
Montgomery College Takoma Park
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Prince George's Community College Largo
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

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
Hagerstown Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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
Hagerstown Community College Hagerstown
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Wor-Wic Community College Salisbury
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing