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.


2017 Best LPN Programs in Maryland

Individuals interested in becoming a Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) in the state of Maryland can choose from 10 state-approved programs by way of vocational centers, private nursing schools, and community colleges. We've combed through state test results and NCLEX-PN pass-rates and created a list of the top 5 LPN schools for the state of Maryland. For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page.

To see all the top ranked LPN programs in Maryland click here.

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 & Employment Outlook.

LPN Salary in Maryland By Area

The table below lists career information collected by the BLS for licensed practical nurses in Maryland. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Baltimore, Columbia, Towson6,190$24.83$51,640
Silver Spring, Frederick, Rockville2,370$25.08$52,170
Hagerstown, Martinsburg720$22.73$47,270
California, Lexington Park160$24.11$50,150

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

Top Ranked Maryland LPN Programs


Hagerstown Community College

11400 Robinwood Dr, Hagerstown, MD 21742 - (240) 500-2000 - Visit Homepage

At Hagerstown Community College, LPN students are trained to work in a variety of settings including home health agencies, doctor's offices, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. The PN Program curriculum includes a balance of general nursing studies and nursing skills with clinical and laboratory practices. After successful completion of the 16-month practical nursing program, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on Hagerstown Community College

College of Southern Maryland

8730 Mitchell Rd, La Plata, MD 20646 - (301) 934-2251 - Visit Homepage

The Practical Nursing certificate program at College of Southern Maryland prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). The practical nurse (PN) is prepared to assist with the nursing process to provide nursing care that promotes the achievement of optimal health outcomes. Students learn the principles and practices of nursing through independent and web-enhanced study, lectures, demonstrations, skills practice, and simulation.

Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on College of Southern Maryland

Anne Arundel Community College

101 College Pkwy, Arnold, MD 21012 - (410) 777-2222 - Visit Homepage

Anne Arundel Community College's Nursing department has an outstanding reputation and the express goal to prepare excellent nurses who are readily employed in the most respected profession in the United States. Our students practice simulated nursing skills in a college lab with state-of-the-art equipment and have continually exceeded national and state pass-rate averages.

Overall Score: 99.50 - Request Info on Anne Arundel Community College

Community College of Baltimore County

7200 Sollers Point Rd, Dundalk, MD 21222 - (443) 840-2222 - Visit Homepage

The Practical Nursing program at Community College of Baltimore County is a 12-month, 46-credit certificate program designed to provide theoretical and clinical laboratory study in nursing that will enable students to learn to assist other licensed health care professionals, such as registered nurses and physicians, and work as members of a health care team.

Overall Score: 98.88

Carroll Community College

1601 Washington Rd, Westminster, MD 21157 - (410) 840-8443 - Visit Homepage

Carroll Community College is a public, open-admission, associate degree granting college located in Westminster, Maryland, that also consists of bachelor preparation programs, career education, workforce and business development, and personal enrichment. Carroll Community College is a learner-centered community, engaging students and prepare them for an ever-changing world as well as encouraging life-long learning.

Overall Score: 98.19 - Request Info on Carroll Community College

Continued List of All Programs in Maryland

#6 Wor-Wic Community College
32000 Campus Dr, Salisbury, MD 21804
(410) 334-2800 Visit Homepage
97.16Request Information
#7 Cecil College
One Seahawk Drive, North East, MD 21901
(410) 287-1000 Visit Homepage
96.30Request Information
#8 Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044
(443) 518-1000 Visit Homepage
96.06Request Information
#9 Allegany College of Maryland
12401 Willowbrook Rd, Cumberland, MD 21502
(301) 784-5000 Visit Homepage
92.77Request Information
#10 Prince Georges Community College
301 Largo Rd, Kettering, MD 20774
(301) 322-0900 Visit Homepage
80.70Request Information

Programs Not Included In Rankings

Baltimore City Community College
2901 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215
(888) 203-1261 Visit Homepage
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