2 Year Nursing Programs in Maryland – Associate’s Degree in Nursing
Community colleges across Maryland offer a variety of programs that lead to an associate degree in nursing. Graduates of these programs may then take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination and be approved to practice as an RN. Maryland’s average pass rate for the NCLEX-RN is in line with the national average.
Allegany College of Maryland
The nursing program at Allegany College is a two-year ladder-style program of increasing knowledge, responsibility, and certification. At the end of year one, students may sit the NCLEX-PN examination for licensure as a Practical Nurse but must complete year two in order to take the NCLEX-RN and receive their associate degree. Students participate in clinical placements for approximately 1400 hours over the course of four semesters under the supervision of a nursing faculty member. Both day and evening courses are available on the Cumberland campus.
Allegany’s associate degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved (at the time of writing) by the Maryland Board of Nursing. Pass rates for the NCLEX-RN examination are in line with the state average.
12401 Willowbrook Road
Cumberland, MD 21502
Anne Arundel Community College
Anne Arundel Community College is located in Arnold, in suburban Annapolis. The college is proud of its state-of-the-art laboratory facilities that allow students to practice selected procedures on each other enabling them to gain hands-on skills. The college also offers a wide variety of student clinical placements which include acute medical-surgical, obstetrical, pediatric and critical care units; emergency and operating rooms; extended care and rehabilitation facilities; community health agencies; and psychiatric facilities.
The 70 credit ASN program at AACA is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved (at the time of writing) by the Maryland Board of Nursing. With full-time enrollment, students are able to complete the program in three years. At completion, graduates are eligible to sit the NCLEX-RN examination and the historic pass rates for the college are significantly above the state and national average.
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012
Hagerstown Community College
Hagerstown Community College (HCC) was Maryland’s first community college. The nursing program at HCC is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and fully approved (at the time of writing) by the Maryland Board of Nursing.
HCC offers two associate degree options, a three-year program, and a more intensive two-year program. The three-year program includes 12 credits of general education requirements before transfer into the nursing program. The two-year program requires students to take 16 credits per semester and is, therefore, best suited to those who are academically prepared for a demanding course load. Upon completion of either option, graduates will earn an Associate of Science degree and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.
The pass rate for the NCLEX-RN examination for graduates of the ADN program at Hagerstown is significantly above the average for the state as a whole.
11400 Robinwood Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21742
Howard Community College
Located in Columbia, HCC’s associate degree nursing program offers the option of a 14 month accelerated degree or a traditional two-year degree. The traditional program offers day and evening/weekend class options in the fall, and day-only classes in the spring semesters; clinical placements take place throughout the entire two year period.
The 14-month accelerated option is a competitive admission program requiring continuous study to complete all required coursework and clinical rotations within 14 months. This is a full-time, daytime-only program, beginning only in the summer. Graduates of both programs are eligible to sit the NCLEX-RN licensure examination and pass rates exceed the state and national average.
The nursing program at Howard Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and fully approved (at the time of writing) by the Maryland Board of Nursing.
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
The associate degree nursing curriculum at Montgomery College at its Tacoma Park/Silver Spring campus covers two academic years and 70 total credits. Completion of pre-requisite courses means the program length is likely to extend beyond this for many students. The associate degree program is approved (at the time of writing) by the Maryland Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
All classes and clinical coursework at Montgomery College take place during the day. There are no evening or summer classes. The expected workload for students is three to four days a week in lectures, clinical placement, and in labs with additional reading and coursework required.
Graduates of the ADN program at Montgomery College are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.
51 Mannakee Street
Rockville, MD 20850