Baltimore RN Programs - Maryland

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RN Programs in Baltimore, Maryland

One can become a registered nurse in Baltimore, Maryland with either an associate's or a bachelor's degree. Maryland is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact, so applicants for licensure in Maryland must either declare this state as their primary state of residence, or they must reside in a non-compact state.

ADN vs. BSN Programs

The first step in becoming a registered nurse is to choose between the various RN programs that Baltimore has to offer. Associate's degree programs typically take two years of full-time study to complete. Earning an ADN puts one on the fast track to a nursing career.

Bachelor's degree programs can be completed in as little as four years of full-time study. There are also bridge programs for those who have already earned an ADN. A nurse with a BSN is often more eligible for promotions, thus he or she has a higher earning potential. Though this degree may take longer to earn, it might pay off in the future.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

RN programs in Baltimore are offered both online and on campus, though students must complete a clinical component for licensure. Online programs allow students to attend classes on a flexible schedule. Traditional, campus-based programs provide a live classroom environment, and allow students to interact with each other and with instructors.

After graduating from an approved RN program, one must pass the NCLEX licensure exam before becoming an RN.

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Which schools offer Baltimore RN Programs?

RN Programs (both campus-based & online RN Programs) are medical training programs offered by universities, vocational or technical schools, and community or junior colleges. Some hospitals even offer registered nursing training as an RN diploma.

How do I become an licensed RN?

Each state sets its own RN requirements. In order to earn your RN license, you must pass the NCLEX® examination. The NCLEX® is a comprehensive nursing exam that can only be taken by graduates of a nursing program approved by your state's board of nursing.

Do I need to complete an LPN program before I go to college to get an RN Degree?

No you don't need to complete LPN training before you can get your RN license. An accredited RN Associate Degree program takes 2 years. You can earn your RN Diploma in 3 years. (BSN - 4 years, RN to BSN can be 2-3 years)

Free Nursing School in Baltimore?

The education necessary to become an RN is valuable, and registered nurses make really good money in Maryland. However, students can lower the cost of RN school with financial aid. There are numerous grants and nursing school scholarships in Maryland. They might not make your RN degree free but it can at least be more affordable.

Contact one of the accredited nursing schools listed here to get information about the financial aid you qualify for. Find out more about online nursing schools in Maryland.

RN Job Description

Registered nurses (RNs), regardless of specialty or work setting, treat patients, educate patients and the public about various medical conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients' family members. RNs record patients' medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation.

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Maryland Board of Nursing
4140 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone: (410) 585-1900
Fax: (410) 358-3530

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Other Baltimore Nursing Schools w/ RN Training

Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Coppin State University
2500 West North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21216
Stevenson University
1525 Greenspring Valley Road
Baltimore, MD 21153
Baltimore City Community College
600 E. Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
University of Maryland
620 W. Lexington St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

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