Top Nursing Schools in Maryland

Rank School Name Score Tuition Student/Teacher ratio Program count Graduation Rate
1 Carroll Community College 96.75 $$$$$ 15:1 1 27%
2 Frederick Community College 96.75 $$$$$ 15:1 1 23%
3 Wor-Wic Community College 96.00 $$$$$ 15:1 1 15%
4 Hagerstown Community College 95.75 $$$$$ 18:1 1 25%
5 Allegany College of Maryland 95.75 $$$$$ 14:1 1 22%
6 Cecil College 95.00 $$$$$ 12:1 1 21%
7 Harford Community College 94.25 $$$$$ 20:1 1 22%
8 Howard Community College 94.25 $$$$$ 14:1 1 15%
9 Baltimore City Community College 93.75 $$$$$ 17:1 1 4%
10 Prince George’s Community College 93.00 $$$$$ 15:1 1 6%
11 College of Southern Maryland 92.75 $$$$$ 18:1 1 13%
12 Chesapeake College 92.50 $$$$$ 19:1 1 18%
13 Anne Arundel Community College 91.75 $$$$$ 18:1 1 16%
14 The Community College of Baltimore County 91.25 $$$$$ 17:1 1 7%
15 Montgomery College 90.75 $$$$$ 18:1 1 14%
Rank School Name Score Tuition Student/Teacher ratio Program count Graduation Rate
1 Johns Hopkins University 96.00 $$$$$ 9:1 1 93%
2 Coppin State University 94.75 $$$$$ 14:1 2 18%
3 Washington Adventist University 94.75 $$$$$ 9:1 3 40%
4 Towson University 94.50 $$$$$ 16:1 3 68%
5 Salisbury University 94.50 $$$$$ 16:1 3 66%
6 Morgan State University 93.75 $$$$$ 14:1 6 32%
7 Notre Dame of Maryland University 93.50 $$$$$ 11:1 6 58%
8 Bowie State University 93.25 $$$$$ 16:1 6 33%
9 Hood College 93.25 $$$$$ 11:1 10 71%
10 Stevenson University 93.00 $$$$$ 15:1 6 63%
11 Frostburg State University 92.75 $$$$$ 15:1 10 49%

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Nursing schools in Maryland have implemented programs designed to increase the number of skilled nurses in the state. For example, several universities have created recruitment plans designed to attract unconventional candidates, with specific programs in place to attract men to nursing professions. And many of Maryland’s nursing schools have increased financial aid for students, making training to enter the profession an economical option. To check out community colleges, technical schools and universities with nursing programs in Maryland, use the search tool below.

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MD Board of Nursing Licensure Requirements

Licenses for nurses are issued through the Maryland Board of Nursing, which regulates nursing standards throughout the state. It has a mandate to carry out and uphold state laws for the nursing profession by not only issuing nursing licenses but also regulating the state’s nursing education programs.

Initial Licensure Steps

Graduates of board-approved nursing programs in Maryland or comparable programs from out of state are eligible for a Maryland RN license. They can apply online by submitting an application and paying a $100 fee. The full application process includes:

  • Application for licensure by exam
  • Criminal background check
  • Declaration of state residence
  • Applying with Pearson VUE to take the NCLEX-RN. This test costs $200 each time it is taken.
  • Once all steps have been satisfactorily completed, the applicant will receive an authorization to test (ATT), allowing them to schedule the NCLEX for within 90 days
  • Once an applicant passes, he or she will receive a license from the state. Students who do not pass initially must reapply with both the state and Pearson VUE.

Nurses moving to Maryland from out of state can apply for licensure by endorsement. Those from a compact state can use NURSYS to show proof of licensure, which must be done in addition to the steps above.

Renewal for RNs in MD

The Maryland Board of Nursing requires that RNs renew their licenses biennially, based on the nurse’s birth year. Under House Bill 1318 and Senate Bill 769, a criminal history record check is required for all RNs seeking licensure renewal. All renewal applicants must also provide a Social Security Number or Federal Tax Identification Number. Applications that do not include this information will not be processed. The cost of renewal is $146, which includes a $36 Maryland Health Care Commission fee.

Licensing for MD Advanced Practice Nurses

There are four types of advanced practice nurses in Maryland: certified nurse midwives (CNMs), certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) and nurse practitioners (NPs or CRNPs). Advanced practice nurses with active Maryland RN licenses can upgrade their licenses to become NPs by:

  • Paying a $50 fee
  • Providing proof of completion of advanced nursing education
  • Providing proof of national certification in the designated specialty area
  • Providing proof of state residency

For more information on advanced practice nursing licensure requirements, including details on approved advanced nursing education programs, go to the Maryland Board of Nursing.

Nursing Numbers in MD

According to a December 2014 report from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maryland is one of just 16 states projected to have a nursing shortfall in 2025. Though the state will need 72,000 RNs by that time, the administration predicts the supply will actually shrink from the current pool of 60,600 qualified nurses in Maryland. Due to high need and good salary prospects, Maryland is therefore a good place to pursue nursing as a career. Take a look at the state’s nursing salary and employment outlook:

Top-Paying Areas for RNs in Maryland

Area Hourly Median Wage Annual Median Wage
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick Metropolitan Division $36.34 $75,580
Baltimore-Towson $34.52 $71,800
St. Mary's County Maryland nonmetropolitan area $33.76 $70,220
Hagerstown-Martinsburg MD-WV $33.02 $68,670
Upper Eastern Shore nonmetropolitan area $31.09 $64,660
Cumberland MD-WV $29.49 $61,340
Garrett County Maryland nonmetropolitan area $27.15 $56,470

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

Maryland vs. National Numbers

  • Maryland
  • National
  • Annual Salary (25th percentile)
  • Annual Salary (median)
  • Annual Salary (75th percentile)

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

Total Employment (2014)
2022 occupational outlook
Avg. annual openings (2012 – 2022)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014 and Projections Central

Maryland RN Resources

Emergency Nurses Association – Maryland State Council

MDENA promotes excellence in emergency care, representing the state’s emergency nurses via three local chapters. MDENA is a member of the national Emergency Nurses Association.

Maryland Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Founded in 1946, the Maryland Association of Nurse Anesthetists promotes the ethical and professional standards for the estimated 370 working nurse anesthetists in the state. MANA is heavily involved in legislative advocacy for the profession and has its own political action committee.

Maryland Association of Nursing Students

The Maryland Association of Nursing Students is Maryland’s chapter of the National Student Nurses’ Association. It has a presence on most of Maryland’s higher education campuses.

Maryland Board of Nursing

The Maryland Board of Nursing issues initial licenses to nurses, facilitates renewals and provides refresher courses.

Maryland Nurses Association

The Maryland Nurses Association provides members with professional publications, a career center and continuing education classes. It is a state affiliate of the American Nurses Association.

Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland

NPAM is the state’s only organization dedicated to supporting nurse practitioners. It assists members and budding NPs through government advocacy, preceptorships of students and career assistance tools.