We've organized a comprehensive list of Maryland nursing schools. Below you'll find information on specific nursing programs such as LPN certificates and ADN, BSN, and MSN degrees. You'll also find a profile of nursing education and careers in each major Maryland city.

Maryland’s thriving nursing industry has multiple levels of entry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state employs more than 26,000 certified nursing assistants (CNAs), 11,000 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and 46,000 registered nurses (RNs). Regardless of nursing role, there are numerous employment opportunities at both private and public healthcare centers throughout the state.

Private nursing schools are not sponsored by the state government, and they thus receive little to no direct funding from the state. Private institutions are a good option for students willing to pay higher tuition in exchange for a prestigious education, smaller class sizes, and a personalized experience. Aspiring nurses can gain licensure for three different nursing roles at Maryland’s private schools: licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), or advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).

Public nursing schools are operated by state colleges and universities. They provide a viable option for aspiring nurses with tight educational budgets. These government-funded nursing schools charge lower tuition than private schools; they also offer a state-approved syllabus and standardized methods of instruction. Students can attain licensure for all four levels of nursing at Maryland’s public schools: certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).

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.

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).

Three nursing roles are most prevalent in the Washington, DC suburbs of Maryland: certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN) and registered nurse (RN).

Role descriptions
To become a nursing assistant, candidates complete a certification program lasting 8-10 weeks, often followed by a state-administered examination. Upon completion of this program, CNAs are qualified to work under the supervision of LPNs and RNs.