RN to BSN in Maryland

Recently, Maryland announced that it signed into law the Nurse Practitioner Full Practice Authority Act, making it the 21st state to allow licensed nurse practitioners to operate independently of doctors. There are approximately 100,000 nursing professionals currently working in Maryland. The best opportunities are in the state’s most densely populated areas of Baltimore, Bethesda and Wilmington. Maryland is a multi-license nursing state, meaning that nurses licensed there can work in 23 other states as well.

Nursing salaries are above the national average, with registered nurses making almost $72,000 annually. Nursing assistants and practical/vocational nurse salaries range from $29,000 to $59,000, and nurse practitioners top the list at about $91,000.

  1. Southern New Hampshire University

    Manchester, NH & Online : RN to BSN Online

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    • Ranked #1 most innovative school by US News in 2017!
    • Transfer up to 90 credits toward the BSN, with a minimum of 30 credits completed at SNHU
    • Complete your undergraduate degree at your own pace, over six 9-week terms per year
  2. Saint Mary's University - Minnesota

    Minneapolis, MN & Online : Accelerated RN to BSN Online

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    • Accelerated learning. Earn your BSN in as little as one year.
    • Increase your earning potential. RNs with BSNs earn 43% more than those without a bachelor's degree according to the Nurses Journal.
    • Free iPad. All students receive an iPad to access classes from anywhere.
  3. Sacred Heart University

    Fairfield, CT & Online : Online RN-BSN

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    • Learn from a top nursing school. Sacred Heart University is recognized by U.S. News as a top university.
    • Build upon existing education. You can transfer up to 90 credits from previous college courses.
    • Get support on your schedule. Sacred Heart's classes are designed for working RNs and provide one-on-one support to online students.
  4. Capella University

    Minneapolis, MN & Online : RN to MSN - Nursing Leadership

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    • Ultimate flexibility. Capella's signature FLEXPATH curriculum lets you learn at your pace, maintain a full-time job and apply knowledge in the field immediately.
    • Simple, affordable tuition. You can earn your MSN in as little as 12 to 18 months and pay a flat tuition rate every 12 weeks, no matter how many classes you take.
    • Personalized support. Capella focuses on student success with FlexPath coaches, instructors and tutors every step of the way.

RN-to-BSN Programs in Maryland

We have compiled a comprehensive list of Maryland’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you easily narrow down your RN to BSN search. NCLEX-RN pass rates are as reported by the school.

Bowie State University

$ 319 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: February 15
  • Spring Semester: November 1
  • RN to BSN program is offered exclusively online.
  • A state-of-the art simulation lab is on campus.
  • One graduate program is offered, the Master of Science in Nursing.
Campus and Online 14000 Jericho Park Rd
Bowie, MD 20715-9465

Coppin State University

$ 175 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Priority admission for all semesters: April 1

  • Both bachelor’s and master’s programs in nursing are offered.
  • Ongoing collaborative medical research projects are available.
  • Opportunities to gain practical experience in the state-of-the-art SimCenter are available.
Campus 2500 West North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21216

Frostburg State University

$ 207 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: February 1
  • Spring Semester: December 1
  • RN to BSN program is offered exclusively online.
  • It's possible to complete coursework part time (6 credits) or full time (12 credits).
  • Curriculum can be completed in as few as 18 months.
Online 101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-1099

Hood College

$ 1,005 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Nursing Programs: December 15

  • RN to BSN curriculum is part-time to accommodate working students.
  • The school accepts up to 62 community college credits, or 94 four-year institution credits.
  • The Global Perspectives in Civilization course is mandatory.
Campus 401 Rosemont Ave
Frederick, MD 21701

Notre Dame of Maryland University

$ 485 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions

  • This school offers a BS in Nursing and RN to BSN only.
  • Only female students are accepted.
  • On-campus simulation labs are provided.
Campus 4701 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21210

Salisbury University

$ 447 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: February 1

  • BS, RN to BSN, Second BS Degree, RN to MS, MS and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees are all offered on campus.
  • Opportunities to gain experience at Richard A. Henson Medical Simulation Center are available to students.
  • Scholarships and study abroad programs are offered.
Campus 1101 Camden Ave
Salisbury, MD 21801-6862

Stevenson University

$ 495 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

All Semesters: November 1 - March 1

  • Only BS and MS programs offered at this school.
  • Opportunities to gain practical experience at the Nursing Resource Center are available to students.
  • Transfer nursing students are required to take the TEAS V exam.
Campus 1525 Greenspring Valley Rd
Stevenson, MD 21153-0641

Towson University

$ 573 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions

  • Taking an Ethics course is required.
  • Students can enroll full-time or part-time.
  • An associate to bachelor's nursing program is available to those who meet the minimum requirements but do not have RN license.
Campus 8000 York Rd
Towson, MD 21252

University of Maryland School of Nursing

$ 4,284 per semester in state
$ 16,480 per semester out of state

Application Deadlines

  • Spring Semester: Rolling admissions review begins as early as the beginning of August
  • Fall Semester: Rolling admissions review begins as early as the beginning of January
  • RN to BSN program offered online.
  • Some graduate, doctoral and certificate programs are offered online.
  • Students have access to 24 simulation labs on campus.
  • The RN-to-BSN program is offered on the main campus in Baltimore; at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland; and at Laurel College Center.
  • Full-time and part-time options available.
Campus, Online, and Hybrid 655 W. Lombard St.
Baltimore, MD 21201-1627

University of Maryland University College

$ 279 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Vary by program start dates.

  • Several program start dates are available to choose from each semester.
  • Transfer credits required: General Microbiology with a lab, Human Anatomy and Physiology I with a lab, Human Anatomy and Physiology II with a lab, Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Sociology.
Online 3501 University Blvd East
Adelphi, MD 20783-8010

Please contact the RN to BSN program in Maryland that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Maryland that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!

State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths

The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, Maryland has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined the ways in which Maryland is actively progressing on this front.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data

What is being done to increase the number of Maryland RN’s with a BSN?

The AC aims to increase the proportion of nurses with BSNs to 80% by 2020. The coalition is currently developing dual enrollment programs with colleges in the state.

Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?

Yes. RN to BSN Degrees Awarded by Community Colleges; RN to MSN Programs.


What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?

The AC is conducting surveys to identify leadership among the state’s nurses.

Practice & Care

Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?

Yes. The AC has proposed and supported legislation that removed restrictive collaborative agreements and reduced restrictive attestation.

Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?

Yes. The AC has proposed and supported legislation that removed restrictive collaborative agreements and reduced restrictive attestation.

Interprofessional Care

Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?

No specific plans announced.


How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?

No specific plans announced.


What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?

The AC is working towards establishing a statewide healthcare workforce center.

Contact Info

Jane Kirschling

Dean and Professor
University of Maryland School of Nursing, University Director of Interprofessional Education

Patricia Travis

Past President
Maryland Nurses Association, ANA Board Director at Large

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Maryland Action Coalition page.

Maryland Licensing

Maryland is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). If you move to another state participating in the NLC (pictured in green), you can practice without getting a new license. For licensing information, visit the Maryland Department of Health and Human Services.

licensure map

Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: "The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information

Other State RNtoBSN Information