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.

  • LPN Programs in Maryland

    Allegany College of Maryland
    12401 Willowbrook Rd, Cumberland, MD 21502
    (301) 784-5000 Visit Homepage
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    Anne Arundel Community College
    101 College Pkwy, Arnold, MD 21012
    (410) 777-2222 Visit Homepage
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    Baltimore City Community College
    2901 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215
    (888) 203-1261 Visit Homepage
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    Carroll Community College
    1601 Washington Rd, Westminster, MD 21157
    (410) 840-8443 Visit Homepage
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    Cecil College
    One Seahawk Drive, North East, MD 21901
    (410) 287-1000 Visit Homepage
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    College of Southern Maryland
    8730 Mitchell Rd, La Plata, MD 20646
    (301) 934-2251 Visit Homepage
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    Community College of Baltimore County
    7200 Sollers Point Rd, Dundalk, MD 21222
    (443) 840-2222 Visit Homepage
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    Hagerstown Community College
    11400 Robinwood Dr, Hagerstown, MD 21742
    (240) 500-2000 Visit Homepage
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    Howard Community College
    10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044
    (443) 518-1000 Visit Homepage
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    Prince Georges Community College
    301 Largo Rd, Kettering, MD 20774
    (301) 322-0900 Visit Homepage
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    Wor-Wic Community College
    32000 Campus Dr, Salisbury, MD 21804
    (410) 334-2800 Visit Homepage
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    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 (

    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 -, 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

    1. Maryland Nurses Association (
    2. Maryland Licensed Practical Nurses Association, Inc. (

    For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Maryland LPN to RN programs page.