Nursing, Registered Nursing AS

Training tomorrow’s nursing professionals!

Our state-of-the-art simulation labs, experienced faculty and small clinical group size make Carroll's Nursing program your best choice for a rewarding career.

Nursing is the fastest growing profession in the country, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Carroll Community College’s AS in Registered Nursing program gives you the practical knowledge and hands-on training to enter one of the most in-demand careers in health care.

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health issues, and provide advice and support to patients and their family members during an illness.

Carroll’s selective admission program integrates classroom learning, clinical experience with patient care simulators and clinical rotations to provide a comprehensive education. 

Already a licensed practical nurse (LPN)?

Carroll offers a track for LPNs who are licensed in Maryland or hold a compact state license. Admission to this program is very competitive. Be sure to read the admission requirements.

Certify Your Skills: 

Coursework qualifies students to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) exam.

Why choose Carroll’s AS in Registered Nursing program? 

• Practical courses that prepare you for today’s Nursing field 
• Instructors with real-world experience
• On-campus networking events with health care professionals


“When I started my Nursing program journey, it made sense financially to attend Carroll. The College gave me a well-rounded education from experienced instructors who spent many years working in the clinical setting. Their diversity of experiences helped me to prepare for working as an RN.”
–Marlene Pierce, Nursing Program graduate
“I like Carroll’s smaller class sizes and the professors and all of the knowledge they impart to students. They care about us. They advocate for us. And they make all of the difference.”
–Emily Crouse, Nursing Program graduate


Nursing, Registered Nursing AS

Program Director: Dr. Nancy Perry Phone: 410-386-8231 Email: The Associate Degree Nursing Program has been approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing. After completing pre-clinical requirements, students will complete four terms of clinical study. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses in the nursing program and science courses must be completed within 5 years of entering the clinical courses. This program admits students selectively; see page 15 for admissions procedures and requirements. Minimum entrance GPA is 2.500. This plan of study prepares the student for the national licensure examination for registered nursing (NCLEX-RN). The Carroll Community College Associate Degree in Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements

General Education Diversity Requirement

  • Take 1 Diversity-designated General Education course: (courses used to satisfy other requirements may also satisfy this requirement)
Earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) faster by taking courses concurrently once accepted to the Associate of Science Registered Nursing Program at Carroll. 

Carroll Community College has signed agreements with the following programs (click on each for more info):

Frostburg State University 
Stevenson University 
Towson University 
University of Maryland (part-time)
University of Maryland (full-time)
University of Phoenix

Dr. Jennifer Fritzges is the Dual Enrollment Coordinator.

Nursing Information Session for Applicants
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
6:00 to 8:00 PM

The next available start date for Registered Nursing (RN) is Fall Term 2020 and Summer Term 2020 for Licensed Practical Nursing to Registered Nursing applicants. The RN and LPN-to-RN application cycle runs from December 15 – February 14 each year. The LPN-to-RN transition program begins each Summer Term.

All applicants must take the NLN-PAX entrance examination. Testing takes place in Carroll’s Testing Center. Students MUST complete the examination by February 14, 2020.tudents who do not pass exam are eligible to re-test every 30 days. In addition to the cost of the exam, a proctoring fee of $25.00 will be charged for all re-tests. Please pay the cashier prior to your arrival at the Testing Center.

To register:

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  2. Click "create new account"
  3. Enter your demographic data.
  4. Under "other" and "school membership" choose Carroll Community College Nursing Program.
  5. You will receive an email with a link to create a password.*
  6. Once you have created the password, choose the heading "exam sessions"
  7. Select Pre-Admission Exam (PAX).
  8. You will see the available dates. Click on the box "register" for the date and time you choose. Then choose "save registration." You will then be prompted to pay with a credit card. This is a several step process.


What does the AS degree in Registered Nursing program cost?

Nursing programs are subject to Carroll's tuition and fees for credit programs. All clinical courses have an additional fee.

Clinical Billable Hours

Associate of Science Registered Nurse
First term – 8 billable hours
Second term – 9 billable hours
Third term – 8 billable hours
Fourth term – 7 billable hours

Licensed Practical Nurse to as Registered Nurse
Summer term – 9 billable hours
Third term – 8 billable hours
Fourth term – 7 billable hours

Additional Estimated Expenses

  • Books – First year (approximate): $1,000
  • Uniforms – $150
  • Supplies (stethoscope, penlight, etc.) – $100
  • Skills pack – $150
  • HESI exam fee – $30-$100/term
  • NCLEX review fee – $200
  • Criminal background checks/drug screening – $110
  • Immunizations – variable|
  • CPR certification (approximate) – $40
  • Nursing School Pin – $85-$150
  • Board fees – $300
  • Need help paying for college?

Need help paying for college?

Explore the following options:

Financial Aid 
On-campus employment 

Where can you go?

More than half of Registered Nurses work in hospitals. Others find employment in doctors’ offices, outpatient facilities, and nursing care centers, or in home health organizations, schools, mental health agencies, hospices, correctional facilities and the military.

As an RN, you can anticipate an excellent job outlook in the years ahead, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The career is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations during this period.


Courses from an accredited college or university will transfer. 

Carroll has transfer agreements with virtually every public college and university in Maryland, as well as many other schools in Maryland and across the country. Learn more about transferring your courses to a different institution or explore Transfer Agreements by area of study.

For more information about Nursing opportunities, visit the following websites:

Dr. Nancy Perry is a professor of Nursing at Carroll. She received her diploma from the Union Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Notre Dame University, a Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Duquesne University. Dr. Perry began her education career as faculty member at a hospital-based practical nursing program. From there, she moved to hospital management and then back to education to be the founding program director of the associate degree program at Carroll. Dr. Perry is the chair of the Maryland Organization for Associate Degree Nursing and is a board member of the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN). She is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) and a member of Sigma Theta Tau.

Katelyn Barley is an Assistant Professor in the nursing program. She graduated from Duquesne University with her BSN in 2013 and finished her MSN, Leadership in Nursing Education from Notre Dame of Maryland University in 2018. She is currently studying to obtain the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Duquesne University, expected in 2021. She is passionate about critical care nursing and still occasionally practices at the bedside. She teaches in the third and fourth terms. She holds certifications for critical care nursing (CCRN) and Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). 

Rebecca Barker is an Assistant Professor in the Nursing program. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2013 from University of Maryland and her Master of Science in Nursing -Family Nurse Practitioner program from Simmons College in 2017. She had experience as a bedside nurse at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma as well as skilled rehabilitation before obtaining her state licensure as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner. She believes in the value of an excellent education to train the next generation of quality nurses and is excited to be a part of the team. 

Shelly Fourhman is an Assistant Professor who teaches in first and second terms of the Nursing program. She is also the course coordinator for Medication Administration. She earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing at the University of Phoenix and is now in the process of attaining a Doctor of Nursing Practice at University of Maryland School of Nursing. She has been a member of the Nursing faculty at Carroll since 2015. Prior to her career at Carroll, Prof. Fourhman taught six years as an instructor for pediatric and community nursing clinicals. Her background consists of twenty years of experience in the field of pediatric nursing, specializing in burn management, diabetes and transplants. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, a national honor society. Her professional interests center on nursing simulation, childhood obesity prevention and health policy.

Dr. Jennifer Fritzges has been a nurse for over twenty years with Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care, Pediatrics and Lactation experience. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, Master of Science degree at Benedictine University and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Duquesne University. Dr. Fritzges has been a full-time faculty member at Carroll Community College since January 2010 and is the course coordinator for Nursing Concepts 1 and 2, LPN to RN Transitions, and Nutrition. Dr. Fritzges also serves as the Dual Enrollment Coordinator for the Nursing program and is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and Phi Kappa Phi.

LuAnn Gamber is an Associate Professor in the Nursing program. She started her nursing career as a Licensed Practical Nurse, obtained an RN Associate degree from Howard Community College, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Maryland, and is in the process of completing her Doctor of Nursing Practice. She holds board certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and has worked for the State of Maryland in various nursing roles. Prof. Gamber teaches in the second year of the Nursing program and is the coordinator for the Practical Nursing course. She believes in giving back to the nursing profession by educating future nurses, teaching them to master nursing concepts.

Tammy Keller is an Assistant Professor in the Nursing program. Tammy joined our program in Fall 2018 and is currently teaching students in the first term. She graduated from Towson University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and worked at a teaching hospital in pediatrics for the past 10 years. Tammy obtained her Master of Science in Nursing with a Concentration in Education in 2013 from Stevenson University. She is excited to teach the next generation of nurses in the community where she has grown up. Having two sisters that graduated from the program, she knows first-hand the hard work and dedication that the students put forth and is excited to be part of the team.  

Jo Lynn Minnema has been an Associate Professor with the Nursing program for over ten years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan, and her Master of Science degree from the University of New Mexico. Prof. Minnema primarily teaches in Nursing Concepts 3 and 4. She is a strong advocate for mental health awareness, actively supporting NAMI’s (National Alliance on Mental Illness) StigmaFree campaign to end stigma and create hope for those affected by mental illness. She introduced the use of standardized patients (actors) to the program’s PMH (Psychiatric Mental Health) simulation-based learning experiences. Students report that working with actors who play patient roles helps them to feel less anxious and more confident about providing nursing care to real patients with mental illnesses.

Dr. Christine Schlaerth is an Assistant Professor in the Nursing program. She graduated from the clinical nurse leader program at the University of Maryland in 2013 and went on to earn her advanced nursing practice degree from Georgetown University in 2015. She also has a PhD in Physiology from the University of Florida. Dr. Schlaerth holds dual state licensure as a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She teaches the obstetrical nursing content for third term students as well as select medical-surgical topics for second term students. She enjoys observing the transformation in students as they learn to think like a nurse and provide quality nursing care.

Jane Schroeder is an Assistant Professor in the Nursing program and a proud resident of Carroll County. She has been nursing for 35 years and teaching for twelve years. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland School of Nursing and her Master of Science in Nursing from Towson University. Prof. Schroeder touts that Carroll’s faculty truly cares about the students and their success at the College and beyond. “Our graduates have a fine reputation for excellence and readiness to start nursing,” Prof. Schroeder stated. “It is an honor to be a part of this fine program and to give to the community in which I live.”

Tammy Schwaab is an Associate Professor of Nursing and the Simulation Specialist in the Nursing Program. She has been with the College since August 2010. She graduated the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1996 and a Master of Science in Nursing Education from Stevenson University in 2014. Her clinical expertise is in Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care & Hospital-Based education. She enjoys using clinical simulation to develop student’s reasoning abilities, communication and teamwork skills, leading to enhanced safety and quality care for patients cared for by Carroll’s nursing graduates.

Advisory Boards

Our curriculum is designed and continuously reviewed by an advisory board of industry experts and business leaders, ensuring the program meets all current skill and knowledge requirements. You can visit our Advisory Boards page to see the list of Business and Accounting Advisory Board members, as well as advisory board members for our other programs.

Mission Statement

In accordance with the mission statement of Carroll Community College, the mission of the Nursing Department is to serve the community by educating future nursing professionals in the core values of: caring, diversity, ethics, excellence, holism, integrity and patient-centered care. In carrying out this mission, faculty members continually strive to exemplify these values to gain the support of the community and to prepare successful nurses.  

Program Goals

  • Use the nursing process to optimize client health (GE 2, 3, 5, 6)
  • Assimilate into the profession of nursing (GE 1, 2, 4, 7)
  • Provide patient-centered care (GE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Engage in evidence-based practice (GE 2, 3, 4)

What is the difference between a RN and an LPN?

The difference is in the scope of practice, which is dictated in Maryland by the Maryland Board of Nursing (MBN) and the Maryland Nurse Practice Act. Registered Nurses (RN) require specialized knowledge, judgment and skills to practice nursing. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) work in a team relationship with the registered nurse or physician in providing basic bedside care. 

Where are the clinical sites?

Most clinical sites are in Carroll County, Frederick County, Baltimore County and Baltimore City.

Can I finish the Nursing program in two years?

The clinical portion of the AS Nursing program can be completed in two years (four semesters). The entire program may take you longer based on the prerequisite courses.

I am an LPN. How long is the program to finish my RN?

Once all the pre-clinical requirements are completed, it will take 3 semesters to complete the RN requirements.

How many candidates apply for each class, and how many are accepted each class?

Fall classes admit 80 students. There are approximately 130 applications for each admission cycle.

Are out-of-county students accepted?

Carroll County citizens get preference over citizens of other counties or states.

If I have not finished my science courses, what are my chances of being accepted?

Each candidate pool is different and points are awarded for science courses. Completing science courses may influence your admission.

I am either a GNA, CNA or EMT. Does this help my admission status?

Any introduction to the health care field is valuable, but there is no advanced standing awarded.

Does being in the Hill's Scholars program help with admission?

Although the courses do not provide extra points towards admission, the rigor of the course work will benefit you in the Nursing program.

I am still in high school. Should I participate in the career and technology center's allied health program?

The Career and Technology Center provides an excellent introduction to the health care field and is recommended.

Do I need to repeat course for which I have received a D grade?

A minimum of a C grade is required for the following courses: ENGL-101, PSYC-101, SOC-101, BIOL-101, BIOL-210, BIOL-211, BIOL-215, PSYC-210 and MATH-115.

Do I really have to take Statistics?

MATH-115, Introduction to Statistical Methods, is a required prerequisite course.

What should I do if I have a degree, but have never taken ENGL-101?

Contact the Advising Office.

What is the workload like?

The workload is very busy. Courses meet one to two days a week and clinicals meet two days a week. In addition to courses and clinicals, there are additional responsibilities such as viewing videos and completing computer assisted instructions. 

Can I work during the Nursing program?

We recommend working less than 20 hours per week.

Congratulations! Welcome to Carroll's Nursing program.

Review the following information to begin the program. If you have any questions, email


New Students: Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (L287)

Admissions Checklist

New Students: Download and print the Admission Checklist for Accepted Students. The document's links will open internal and external documents.

LPN to RN Transition Students: Download and print the Admission Checklist for Transition RN Students. The document's links will open internal and external documents.

Transition (PN, Paramedic, and Military Medic) to RN Documents

Registration issues should be addressed to the Records and Registration office at 410-386-8440