Maryland Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide is designed to provide you with essential information on the many nursing programs available in the state of Maryland. Maryland’s colleges and universities afford students the opportunity to concentrate in such diverse areas as clinical nurse specialist, health systems management, public health nursing, nurse educator, and nurse practitioner. Johns Hopkins University also offers several Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs that can be completed online. Students who seek flexibility may want to consider an online bachelor’s or master’s in nursing program from such online universities as Kaplan University and Walden University.

Maryland School Facts:

  • 15 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 12 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 9 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • Highest graduation rate*: Johns Hopkins University 92%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Washington Adventist University 50%.1
  • Highest net price*: Stevenson University $23,576.1
  • Lowest net price*: Coppin State University $9,920.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Maryland with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $7,920 – $43,390.2
  • 3 schools in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100: Johns Hopkins University (1), University of Maryland at Baltimore (11), and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (79).

*For 4-year colleges and universities with nursing degree programs.

Continue reading below to learn more about several of the bachelor’s and master’s in nursing programs offered in Maryland.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in Maryland

University of Maryland
The University of Maryland School of Nursing’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program requires undergraduates to complete 59 credits of core college coursework before entering the nursing major. The first two years of the 120 credit program are generally spent on prerequisites while the final two years are dedicated to the nursing curriculum, including mandatory clinical rotations. Nursing coursework covers health assessment, adult health nursing, informatics and technology, and psychiatric and mental health nursing. Students also gain hands-on experience in one of the university’s 26 high-tech simulation labs. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

Towson University
Towson University’s four-year, 120 credit undergraduate nursing program leads to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Students may only be admitted to the nursing major once they have completed 42 credits and the necessary science and English pre-requisites. Nursing majors will complete a menu of core and elective nursing courses focusing on pathopharmacology, health assessment across the lifespan, and cultural diversity in healthcare. Clinical rotations, which provide students with real world experience, are an integral part of the nursing curriculum with students working at such partner sites as the Baltimore County Department of Aging, Children’s National Medical Center, Holy Cross Hospital, and Maryland General Hospital. Students may want to become involved on campus by joining the Nursing Student Association.

Master’s in Nursing Programs in Maryland

Bowie State University
Graduate students at Bowie State University may choose between a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a concentration in family nurse practitioner or nurse educator. Both programs prepare students for advanced nursing roles. Clinical rotations totaling 600 hours are mandatory for both concentrations. Successful applicants to the program must possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), must hold a current registered nurse’s license in Maryland, and must provide proof of CPR certification. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center National Certification Examination and, those graduates with two years of work experience will be qualified to take National League for Nursing exam.

Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University awards the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in a dozen concentrations, including clinical nurse specialist, health systems management, public health nursing, and nurse practitioner (family, adult-geriatric, adult-gerontology, family primary care, and pediatric primary care). Dual degrees – the MSN and Master of Public Health and the MSN and Master of Business Administration – are also available. The MSN program allows students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in another discipline and who want to enter the nursing field to earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in an accelerated, full-time format, beginning either in the fall or spring. Graduates of the MSN: Entry into Nursing Practice program will have earned the necessary credentials to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), gaining the necessary license to become a registered nurse. The MSN programs generally require a minimum of two years for completion on a full-time basis. Part-time study is permitted. The clinical nurse specialist and health systems management concentrations are both offered online. Clinical rotations are mandatory regardless of the MSN program. The doctoral programs – DNP and PhD – prepare clinical and research leaders respectively to advance the practice of nursing and improve health locally and globally. For a complete list of program options at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, including master’s degree, DNP, PhD, and post-degree certificate options, visit their programs page.

Reviews of Maryland Nursing Programs

Chesapeake College
1000 College Cir
Wye Mills, MD 21679
(410) 822-5400

The nursing program I attended was intense. Even as an extension of a community college it was highly rated and the nurses it produced are some of the best. I was working while attending college and was told over and over by my teachers that would not work for them. They said they needed my full attention on the program and with academic classes, labs, and clinicals it was easy to see why. It was completely unfair to me that they made the program in such a way that working was almost impossible. You had to be at the school or the clinical site from 5am in the morning until after 5pm in the evenings between all the different lectures and labs and such. It was very disheartening and exhausting. Yes, I do feel like I learned a lot and was proud of that but at the same time I feel they could have made more of an effort not to look down so much on the students paying their own ways. The program had amazing dummies to practice on that were so realistic it was awesome. The clinicals were ok. I feel like the nurses could have paid much more attention to us and treated us better with more learning opportunities.” – Student at University of Maryland

University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-1000

There are many places that set a man on his path. For me, the time as a student in the University of Maryland’s Nursing Program was one of them. Being a foreign student made things a bit tougher for me but the professors understood my situation and helped me adjust. With time, things got easier for me and this place had imprinted its mark on my future, since my current employer in Europe looked highly towards by education accomplishments. In other words, I am who I am thanks to this program and I would definitely recommend it to someone else that is considering it. I have nothing to disapprove with the teaching techniques or curriculum of this program.” – Student at University of Maryland

Getting accommodated in a new country was hard for me. As a foreign student, with English as my second language, I had more difficulties then most my fellow students. Coming to the United States with not too much money, I had to find a place to live as well, so I was fortunate to be given a room in the Student Housing Corp of the University of Maryland in Baltimore. After a few months, my English speaking skills had improved and I felt like at home. The teachers were extremely patient and the practice programs (especially the ones in Annapolis) were realistic and educative. There were several expenses that I think the University should have supported (like transportation to clinical sites) but I found ways to support my studies. After graduating, I have moved to the United Kingdom and got a satisfying job in the same field, a job that made me the person I am today, so I am very thankful for the opportunity I was given and totally recommend this University.” – Student at University of Maryland

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://colleges.niche.com/?degree=4-year&state=MD&major=nursing&sort=best