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LPN to RN Programs in Maryland

There are a variety of education options for prospective RNs in Maryland.  Students can seek education at community colleges, colleges and universities.  Unique to Maryland is that many of the RN programs offer an ATB (associates-to-bachelor's) option, which means that students can simultaneously take courses for their ADN and BSN at the same time.

 

Maryland RN Licensing Requirements

There are steps that must be taken before a candidate can apply for licensure. First of all, all prospective RNs should complete and approved program.

RN Licensure by Exam

Before a candidate can register and complete the NCLEX exam, he/she must obtain permission from the Board to test. Background checks are required for candidates who completed one during lower levels of education. Candidates should register for the NCLEX exam through the Pearson VUE website. There is a $200 fee to register for the exam. Exams are constantly scheduled but it is important for candidates to schedule their exam in the time frame noted in the Authorization to Test. If a candidate fails to pass the NCLEX, he/she will need to wait 45 days before attempting it again.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Programs completed out-of-state will be accepted as long as they are equivalent. Not all programs are equivalent and may need a mentor. Additionally, RNs who are licensed in one of the other 50 states will be able to gain licensure by endorsement. There is an application fee of $100 and an additional fee of $40 in order for the candidate to obtain a temporary license. Fingerprinting is required for candidates to be granted a temporary license.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

There are additional requirements for nurses who were trained in a foreign country. First of all the candidate must apply to the Maryland Board. The candidate should also apply for a CES Professional Report and complete an oral proficiency exam before registering to take the NCLEX. There are several exams that will be accepted in order to prove English proficiency such as: TOEFL, IELTS, and ILA. The proficiency exam may be waived if the program was completed for three years or longer in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, or Canada (with the exception of Quebec). There is a $100 fee attached to the application.

Total Schools: 15

Ranked Schools: 15

Ranked: 1 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.774195.48%

Anne Arundel Community College

101 College Pky, Arnold, MD - 21012-1895 (410) 777-2222

Anne Arundel Community College is located in Arnold, Maryland.  The school of nursing offers an RN program, an an LPN to RN Advanced Placement option, which allows LPNs to enter the program at a later time, and a Veterans to RN Advanced Placement option, which also allows the veteran to enter the program at a later time.

Campus: Arnold, MD
Net Price: $13,363.00
Enrollment: 16,463
Transfer Out Rate: 33.50%
Loan Default Rate: $15.90
Institution Accreditation: MSCHE
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $21.00%
Graduation Rate: 15.60%
Median Borrowing: 7,600.00%
Median Payment: 79.35%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.557191.14%

Cecil College

One Seahawk Drive, North East, MD - 21901-1999 (410) 287-6060

Cecil College is located in North East, Maryland.  They offer a RN program and an LPN program.  On their website, Cecil College publishes certain statistics that they have collected, and they are proud to boast that over the past 5 years, their graduates have an overall 92.93% job placement rate.  They also have a 98.6% student satisfaction rate with their nursing programs.

Campus: North East, MD
Net Price: $6,037.00
Enrollment: 2,604
Transfer Out Rate: 15.90%
Loan Default Rate: $18.10
Institution Accreditation: MSCHE
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $14.73%
Graduation Rate: 10.90%
Median Borrowing: 5,500.00%
Median Payment: 57.43%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.54190.80%

Community College of Baltimore County

7201 Rossville Blvd., Baltimore, MD - 21237 (443) 840-2222

Community College of Baltimore County is located in Baltimore, Maryland.  They offer an ADN, LPN to ADN and an RN (ATB) Option.  The ATB Option allows the student to be enrolled in the ADN program while beginning coursework for their BSN – this option is available at Frostburg University, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Stevenson University and Towson University.

Campus: Baltimore, MD
Net Price: $7,614.00
Enrollment: 23,981
Transfer Out Rate: 15.60%
Loan Default Rate: $13.40
Institution Accreditation: MSCHE
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $28.16%
Graduation Rate: 7.30%
Median Borrowing: 8,250.00%
Median Payment: 86.14%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5385190.77%

Hagerstown Community College

11400 Robinwood Dr, Hagerstown, MD - 21742-6514 (240) 500-2530

Hagerstown Community College is located in Hagerstown, Maryland.  They offer an ASN program, an LPN to RN transition program and a paramedic to RN transition program.  They also offer an ATB (associate-to-bachelor’s) program inn conjunction with Frostburg University ad Towson University.

Campus: Hagerstown, MD
Net Price: $6,408.00
Enrollment: 4,905
Transfer Out Rate: 23.00%
Loan Default Rate: $12.40
Institution Accreditation: MSCHE
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $3.02%
Graduation Rate: 21.80%
Median Borrowing: 5,500.00%
Median Payment: 57.43%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 5 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.534190.68%

Carroll Community College

1601 Washington Rd, Westminster, MD - 21157 (410) 386-8000

Carroll Community College is located in Westminster, Maryland.  They offer an ADN program and an LPN to RN program.  Carroll Community College has over 12,000 credit and non-credit students.

Campus: Westminster, MD
Net Price: $4,709.00
Enrollment: 3,785
Transfer Out Rate: 10.10%
Institution Accreditation: MSCHE
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $2.91%
Graduation Rate: 26.20%
Median Borrowing: 4,590.00%
Median Payment: 47.92%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 6 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5195190.39%

Frederick Community College

7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD - 21702-2964 (301) 846-2400

Frederick Community College is located in Frederick, Maryland.  They offer an ADN program.  Unique to their program is that they offer a day program and an evening/weekend program, which allows students to pick a program that best fits their needs.

Campus: Frederick, MD
Net Price: $5,350.00
Enrollment: 6,050
Transfer Out Rate: 20.50%
Loan Default Rate: $12.90
Institution Accreditation: MSCHE
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $24.07%
Graduation Rate: 21.30%
Median Borrowing: 5,500.00%
Median Payment: 57.43%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 7 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4655189.31%

Chesapeake College

1000 College Circle, Wye Mills, MD - 21679-0008 (410) 822-5400
Campus: Wye Mills, MD
Net Price: $8,881.00
Enrollment: 2,563
Transfer Out Rate: 23.70%
Institution Accreditation: MSCHE
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-20.66%
Graduation Rate: 12.50%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 8 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4075188.15%

College of Southern Maryland

8730 Mitchell Rd, La Plata, MD - 20646-0910 (301) 934-2251
Campus: La Plata, MD
Net Price: $8,198.00
Enrollment: 8,781
Transfer Out Rate: 21.40%
Loan Default Rate: $12.70
Institution Accreditation: MSCHE
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $1.91%
Graduation Rate: 14.10%
Median Borrowing: 5,500.00%
Median Payment: 57.43%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 9 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4005188.01%

Harford Community College

401 Thomas Run Rd, Bel Air, MD - 21015-1698 (443) 412-2000
Campus: Bel Air, MD
Net Price: $3,990.00
Enrollment: 6,992
Transfer Out Rate: 26.00%
Loan Default Rate: $7.90
Institution Accreditation: MSCHE
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $0.28%
Graduation Rate: 18.70%
Median Borrowing: 5,500.00%
Median Payment: 57.43%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 10 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.3925187.85%

Allegany College of Maryland

12401 Willowbrook Rd SE, Cumberland, MD - 21502-2596 (301) 784-5000
Campus: Cumberland, MD
Net Price: $8,786.00
Enrollment: 3,191
Transfer Out Rate: 23.10%
Loan Default Rate: $18.20
Institution Accreditation: MSCHE
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-10.28%
Graduation Rate: 18.10%
Median Borrowing: 9,500.00%
Median Payment: 99.19%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 11 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.3265186.53%

Howard Community College

10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD - 21044-3197 (443) 518-1000
Campus: Columbia, MD
Net Price: $7,780.00
Enrollment: 9,969
Transfer Out Rate: 16.40%
Loan Default Rate: $10.40
Institution Accreditation: MSCHE
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-17.55%
Graduation Rate: 15.00%
Median Borrowing: 6,911.00%
Median Payment: 72.16%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 12 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.322186.44%

Montgomery College

51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD - 20850 (240) 567-5000
Campus: Rockville, MD
Net Price: $7,485.00
Enrollment: 26,155
Transfer Out Rate: 25.50%
Loan Default Rate: $11.60
Institution Accreditation: MSCHE
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-12.16%
Graduation Rate: 16.40%
Median Borrowing: 5,575.00%
Median Payment: 58.21%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 13 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.009180.18%

Wor-Wic Community College

32000 Campus Drive, Salisbury, MD - 21804-7131 (410) 334-2800
Campus: Salisbury, MD
Net Price: $8,380.00
Enrollment: 3,416
Transfer Out Rate: 23.80%
Loan Default Rate: $18.80
Institution Accreditation: MSCHE
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $7.05%
Graduation Rate: 15.80%
Median Borrowing: 4,954.00%
Median Payment: 51.73%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 14 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.9915179.83%

Baltimore City Community College

2901 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD - 21215-7893 (410) 462-8300
Campus: Baltimore, MD
Net Price: $7,323.00
Enrollment: 5,394
Transfer Out Rate: 21.50%
Loan Default Rate: $16.60
Institution Accreditation: MSCHE
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-8.18%
Graduation Rate: 5.10%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 15 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.5715171.43%

Prince George’s Community College

301 Largo Rd, Largo, MD - 20774-2199 (301) 336-6000
Campus: Largo, MD
Net Price: $5,879.00
Enrollment: 13,825
Transfer Out Rate: 23.40%
Loan Default Rate: $13.70
Institution Accreditation: MSCHE
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $44.63%
Graduation Rate: 6.30%
Median Borrowing: 4,500.00%
Median Payment: 46.99%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in Maryland

LPN to BSN Programs in Maryland

Nursing schools in Maryland have developed new ways to aid busy nurses advance their education. A lot of BSN programs in Maryland will often consider previous nursing education. Programs are offered online as well as in the traditional campus setting. Nurses are encouraged to review all possible options. Courses in an RN to BSN program will provide nurses with the tools to grow as a professional in management roles, diagnostic reasoning, and advanced research. The curriculum of a RN to BSN program typically include:
  • Nursing leadership
  • Research in nursing
  • Diversity in health
  • Policy and legislation
  • Management of complex health systems and disease
  • Humanities
  • Medical information technology

 

Maryland RN Licensing Requirements

There are steps that must be taken before a candidate can apply for licensure. First of all, all prospective RNs should complete and approved program.

RN Licensure by Exam

Before a candidate can register and complete the NCLEX exam, he/she must obtain permission from the Board to test. Background checks are required for candidates who completed one during lower levels of education. Candidates should register for the NCLEX exam through the Pearson VUE website. There is a $200 fee to register for the exam. Exams are constantly scheduled but it is important for candidates to schedule their exam in the time frame noted in the Authorization to Test. If a candidate fails to pass the NCLEX, he/she will need to wait 45 days before attempting it again.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Programs completed out-of-state will be accepted as long as they are equivalent. Not all programs are equivalent and may need a mentor. Additionally, RNs who are licensed in one of the other 50 states will be able to gain licensure by endorsement. There is an application fee of $100 and an additional fee of $40 in order for the candidate to obtain a temporary license. Fingerprinting is required for candidates to be granted a temporary license.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

There are additional requirements for nurses who were trained in a foreign country. First of all the candidate must apply to the Maryland Board. The candidate should also apply for a CES Professional Report and complete an oral proficiency exam before registering to take the NCLEX. There are several exams that will be accepted in order to prove English proficiency such as: TOEFL, IELTS, and ILA. The proficiency exam may be waived if the program was completed for three years or longer in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, or Canada (with the exception of Quebec). There is a $100 fee attached to the application.

Total Schools: 14

Ranked Schools: 10

Ranked: 1 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.636192.72%

Johns Hopkins University

3400 N Charles St, Mason Hall, Baltimore, MD - 21218-2688 (410) 516-8000

Johns Hopkins University is located in Baltimore, Maryland.  They offer a pre-licensure RN program.  Unique to Johns Hopkins is that their pre-licensure program is actually a master’s degree program – at the completion of the program, the student will be able to sit for their NCLEX-RN exam and will also have a master’s degree.

Campus: Baltimore, MD
Net Price: $21,308.00
Enrollment: 6,117
Transfer Out Rate: 2.00%
Loan Default Rate: $1.70
Institution Accreditation: MSCHE
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $-17.40%
Graduation Rate: 92.50%
Median Borrowing: 20,000.00%
Median Payment: 208.82%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5965191.93%

Salisbury University

1101 Camden Ave, Salisbury, MD - 21801-6862 (410) 543-6000

Salisbury University is located in Salisbury, Maryland.  They offer a traditional BSN program.  They also offer a 2nd degree BS in nursing and an RN to BSN program.  They are proud to have clinical experiences with an eight to one, student to preceptor ratio.  Classroom teachers also supervise corresponding clinicals, so concepts are reinforced.

Campus: Salisbury, MD
Net Price: $16,840.00
Enrollment: 8,004
Transfer Out Rate: 18.30%
Loan Default Rate: $6.50
Institution Accreditation: MSCHE
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $14.39%
Graduation Rate: 66.80%
Median Borrowing: 19,045.00%
Median Payment: 198.85%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.2935185.87%

Stevenson University

1525 Greenspring Valley Rd, Stevenson, MD - 21153-0641 (410) 486-7000

Stevenson University is located in Stevenson, Maryland.  They offer a BSN program.  They also offer a transfer and second degree program; this allows students with prior college credits or a prior bachelor’s degree to earn their BSN degree in two years.

Campus: Stevenson, MD
Net Price: $25,394.00
Enrollment: 3,965
Loan Default Rate: $8.40
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $13.73%
Graduation Rate: 56.10%
Median Borrowing: 23,475.00%
Median Payment: 245.11%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.212184.24%

Towson University

8000 York Rd, Towson, MD - 21252-0001 (410) 704-2000

Towson University is located in Towson, Maryland.  They offer a basic BSN program.  They also offer an RN Completion Program (an RN to BSN program).  Towson University also offers an ATB (associates-to-bachelor’s) program in conjunction with various community colleges, where students can attend both the community college and the university at the same time.

Campus: Towson, MD
Net Price: $13,945.00
Enrollment: 18,779
Transfer Out Rate: 12.80%
Loan Default Rate: $5.20
Institution Accreditation: MSCHE
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $3.93%
Graduation Rate: 65.50%
Median Borrowing: 19,000.00%
Median Payment: 198.38%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 5 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.1665183.33%

Notre Dame of Maryland University

4701 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD - 21210-2476 (410) 435-0100

Notre Dame of Maryland University is located in Baltimore, Maryland.  They offer a four-year, traditional BSN program.  They also offer an accelerated RN to BSN program.  The RN to BSN program can be completed in 12 months for RNs who also have a prior bachelor’s degree and 16 months for RNs with an associate’s degree.

Campus: Baltimore, MD
Net Price: $21,265.00
Enrollment: 1,234
Loan Default Rate: $5.20
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $9.78%
Graduation Rate: 52.80%
Median Borrowing: 24,098.00%
Median Payment: 251.61%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 6 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.965179.30%

Coppin State University

2500 West North Avenue, Baltimore, MD - 21216-3698 (410) 951-3000
Campus: Baltimore, MD
Net Price: $9,667.00
Enrollment: 2,920
Transfer Out Rate: 26.30%
Loan Default Rate: $22.50
Institution Accreditation: MSCHE
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $33.12%
Graduation Rate: 13.90%
Median Borrowing: 12,250.00%
Median Payment: 127.90%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 7 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.297165.94%

Sojourner-Douglass College

500 N Caroline St, Baltimore, MD - 21205-1898 (410) 276-0306
Campus: Baltimore, MD
Net Price: $22,050.00
Enrollment: 1,037
Transfer Out Rate: 2.10%
Loan Default Rate: $14.20
Institution Accreditation: MSCHE
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $22.86%
Graduation Rate: 16.70%
Median Borrowing: 21,450.00%
Median Payment: 223.96%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 8 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.172163.44%

Bowie State University

14000 Jericho Park Rd, Bowie, MD - 20715-9465 (301) 860-4000
Campus: Bowie, MD
Net Price: $11,009.00
Enrollment: 4,358
Transfer Out Rate: 23.40%
Loan Default Rate: $16.10
Institution Accreditation: MSCHE
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-0.60%
Graduation Rate: 35.20%
Median Borrowing: 18,750.00%
Median Payment: 195.77%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 9 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 2.627152.54%

Washington Adventist University

7600 Flower Ave, Takoma Park, MD - 20912 (301) 891-4000
Campus: Takoma Park, MD
Net Price: $16,737.00
Enrollment: 1,011
Loan Default Rate: $10.10
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $2.66%
Graduation Rate: 35.70%
Median Borrowing: 30,000.00%
Median Payment: 313.23%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 10 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 2.2935145.87%

Morgan State University

1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD - 21251-0001 (443) 885-3333
Campus: Baltimore, MD
Net Price: $13,311.00
Enrollment: 6,252
Transfer Out Rate: 16.40%
Loan Default Rate: $23.00
Institution Accreditation: MSCHE
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-2.42%
Graduation Rate: 33.70%
Median Borrowing: 24,000.00%
Median Payment: 250.59%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in Maryland

Rank (Modified)
University
NCLEX Pass Rate
Based In
Program Accreditation
N/A Frostburg State University N/A Frostburg, MD CCNE, NCATE
N/A Kaplan University-Hagerstown Campus N/A Hagerstown, MD CCNE, NCATE
N/A Hood College N/A Frederick, MD CCNE, NCATE
N/A University of Maryland-Baltimore N/A Baltimore, MD CCNE, NCATE, ACPE - Pharm, ABA, ADA, APTA, COA, CEPH, LCME, MBN

Maryland RN Licensing Requirements

There are steps that must be taken before a candidate can apply for licensure. First of all, all prospective RNs should complete and approved program.

RN Licensure by Exam

Before a candidate can register and complete the NCLEX exam, he/she must obtain permission from the Board to test. Background checks are required for candidates who completed one during lower levels of education. Candidates should register for the NCLEX exam through the Pearson VUE website. There is a $200 fee to register for the exam. Exams are constantly scheduled but it is important for candidates to schedule their exam in the time frame noted in the Authorization to Test. If a candidate fails to pass the NCLEX, he/she will need to wait 45 days before attempting it again.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Programs completed out-of-state will be accepted as long as they are equivalent. Not all programs are equivalent and may need a mentor. Additionally, RNs who are licensed in one of the other 50 states will be able to gain licensure by endorsement. There is an application fee of $100 and an additional fee of $40 in order for the candidate to obtain a temporary license. Fingerprinting is required for candidates to be granted a temporary license.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

There are additional requirements for nurses who were trained in a foreign country. First of all the candidate must apply to the Maryland Board. The candidate should also apply for a CES Professional Report and complete an oral proficiency exam before registering to take the NCLEX. There are several exams that will be accepted in order to prove English proficiency such as: TOEFL, IELTS, and ILA. The proficiency exam may be waived if the program was completed for three years or longer in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, or Canada (with the exception of Quebec). There is a $100 fee attached to the application.

Maryland LPN Jobs by City

Maryland Job Outlook

Employers in Maryland highly value nurses who have obtained a BSN because it shows initiation. A BSN degree will help nurses to advance their knowledge and show dedication to the career. Opportunities that are available to nurses who have obtained a BSN may include:
  • Occupational nursing
  • Medical oncology
  • Nursing administration
  • Corporate nursing
  • Wound and ostomy
  • Psychiatric
Maryland is one of many states that is proposing legislation in favor of increasing the number of RNs that have obtained a BSN or higher. The RNs in Maryland are able to revel in the fact that they have a higher median salary than the median average. The median salary for RNs in the state of Maryland is $71,000.

Maryland Registered Nursing Salaries

While there are more registered nurses in Baltimore by a large margin, it is not the highest paying area. The Bethesda metropolitan area has both the highest hourly mean wage and annual median wage.
Area name Employment Hourly median wage Annual median wage
Baltimore-Towson, MD 29,740 $34.52 $71,800
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 8,040 $36.34 $75,580
Cumberland, MD-WV 970 $29.49 $61,340
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 2,040 $33.02 $68,670
Salisbury, MD 1,250 (8)- (8)-
Upper Eastern Shore nonmetropolitan area 1,420 $31.09 $64,660
Garrett County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 180 $27.15 $56,470
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 490 $33.76 $70,220
Source: http://www.dol.gov/, 2014 Data