Becoming an LPN in Maryland
The state of Maryland takes pride in offering the highest quality healthcare by focusing on educational development and continued personal growth for their healthcare staff. They are also 1 of 24 states (Nurse Licensure Compact or NLC) allowing nurses to practice without additional licensure as long as they are licensed in 1 of the other 24. Outside of the NLC, individuals looking to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in Maryland can do so by exam or endorsement. By the 2024, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an annual increase of 35% for LPN jobs in Maryland.
Program Details12401 Willowbrook Rd, Cumberland, MD 21502 Request Information101 College Pkwy, Arnold, MD 21012 Request Information2901 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215 Request Information1601 Washington Rd, Westminster, MD 21157 Request InformationOne Seahawk Drive, North East, MD 21901 Request Information8730 Mitchell Rd, La Plata, MD 20646 Request Information7200 Sollers Point Rd, Dundalk, MD 21222 Request Information11400 Robinwood Dr, Hagerstown, MD 21742 Request Information10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044 Request Information301 Largo Rd, Kettering, MD 20774 Request Information32000 Campus Dr, Salisbury, MD 21804 Request Information
Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.
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Maryland LPN Licensing Requirements
Maryland requires completion of a state-approved nursing program and a passing score on the NCLEX-PN to apply for state licensure. Graduates of out-of-state nursing programs can still become licensed in Maryland even if their nursing programs is not considered equivalent by completing a clinical rotation with a preceptor.
To apply for licensure, the applicant must submit an application to the Board, along with declaration of primary state of residence and a criminal background check.
Licensure Applications (http://www.mbon.org/Pages/olinits-index.aspx)
LPN requirements can be physically demanding, requiring sufficient strength to perform daily activities as well as endurance—long periods of standing, squatting, and walking.
As a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC - https://www.ncsbn.org/nlc.htm), nurses licensed in other compact states (there are 24) but can work in multiple compact states without additional licensure. LPNs outside of the compact area can apply for a Maryland license by endorsement by providing proof of current license and Verification of Licensure form, submitting a passport-style photo, and completing a criminal background check.
Maryland allows foreign educated LPN equivalents to apply for a license by submitting approval from CGFNS International, Inc. (CGFNS) after they have evaluated the official transcripts and completed a full course-by-course review and proving their English proficiency.
Learn more about Maryland LPN Jobs, Salary, and Employment Outlook.
Additional MD Nursing Resources
Maryland Board of Nursing
4140 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone: (410) 585-1900
Fax: (410) 358-3530
http://mbon.maryland.gov/Pages/default.aspxFor those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Maryland LPN to RN programs page.