LPN Programs in Maryland

One of the required steps to becoming a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in Maryland is to complete a Maryland Board of Nursing approved LPN program. LPN programs in Maryland are offered as associate's degrees or 12 month certificate programs. The associate's programs are registered nursing programs with an early exit option for those that would like to take the NCLEX-PN examination. Either way, many of the nursing schools in Maryland offer currently practicing LPNs in Maryland the opportunity to apply for advanced standing in their registered nursing programs. This means that which ever path you decide on, you have registered nursing career advancement options at most nursing schools in Maryland once you become an LPN. A list of the Maryland Board of Nursing approved LPN programs in Maryland can be found below.

Admission requirements to LPN programs in Maryland will differ by school, however, one thing they all have in common is that they are all competitive and select only the highest qualified applicants. Though the nursing shortage is affecting the state of Maryland in an adverse way and there is a demand for LPNs, there are not sufficient numbers of laboratory spaces, instructors or clinical locations. What this means is that you should focus on the requirements set by your target LPN school and excel every opportunity you have. Some common admission requirements include possessing a high school diploma or GED, completion of high school biology or chemistry as well as some college level pre-requisites like introduction to psychology and anatomy and physiology. Contact your target LPN schools in Maryland for their most current admission requirements.

LPN Salary, LPN Job Outlook and LPN Employers in Maryland

LPN salaries in Maryland will vary throughout the state, affected by many variables including geographic location, agency type and work experience. The salary numbers provided should not be considered standard. Entry-level LPN salaries will be less than the average reported. The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Office of Workforce Information and Performance - Occupational Employment Statistics Program released their October, 2009 wage data, which shows that an LPN in Maryland earns an average annual salary of $48,950 and an average hourly wage of $23.50. These are healthy earnings, but again will be affected by the afore mentioned variables. Take them for what they are, an average. A career center at the LPN school in Maryland that you decide on can provide you with more realistic entry level salary numbers for an LPN.

As was mentioned before the demand for LPNs in Maryland is high. The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning recently released their long-term job growth projections which shows LPN job growth to be 19% through 2018. Though the LPN program application process is selective, the jobs for LPNs are out there. This means that the time and financial investment you put into your education should payoff once you start your LPN job search.

A popular career option for those that decide becoming an LPN is not for them, those that would like to work in health care while they are on a wait list for an LPN program or those completing their pre-requisites for an LPN program is medical assisting. Learn more about the Medical Assistant programs in Maryland to see if it may be the right fit for you.

There are a variety of agencies that hire LPNs in Maryland. Some examples are the Hospice Department at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Baltimore, Northwest Hospital in Randallstown, Adventist HealthCare, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, Amedysis and Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. There are numerous other agencies hiring LPNs in Maryland and these are provided as examples.

Approved LPN Programs in Maryland

Allegany College of Maryland
12401 Willowbrook Road
Cumberland, MD 21502
(301) 784-5568
Baltimore City Community College
2901 Liberty Heights Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21215
(410) 462-7771
Carroll Community College
1601 Washington Road, Westminster, MD 21157
PH: 410-386-8000
Cecil Community College
One Seahawk Drive
North East, Maryland 21901
410-287-6060 ext. 333
College of Southern Maryland
P.O. Box 910, Mitchell Road
La Plata, Maryland 20646
(301) 934-7534
Community College of Baltimore County - Dundalk Campus
7200 Sollers Point Rd
Baltimore, MD 21222-4649
(443) 840-3700
Chesapeake College/MGW Nursing Program
P.O. Box 8
Wye Mills, MD 21679
410-770-3511
Frederick Community College
7932 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, Maryland 21702
(301) 846-2652
Hagerstown Community College
Hagerstown, Maryland 21742
(301) 790-2800, ext. 276
Harford Community College
401 Thomas Run Road
Bel Air, MD 21015
443-412-2000
Howard Community College
Columbia, Maryland 21044
(410) 772-4800
Prince George’s Community College
301 Largo Road
Largo, Maryland 20772
(301) 322-0801
Sojourner-Douglass College
200 N. Central Avenue
Baltimore MD, 21202
PH: (410) 276-0306
Wor-Wic Community College
32000 Campus Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804
PH: 410-572-8700
   

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