Nursing, Registered Nurse, A.S. Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Most clinical sites are in Carroll County, Frederick County, Baltimore County and Baltimore City.
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.
Once all the pre-clinical requirements are completed, it will take three semesters to complete the RN requirements.
Fall classes admit 80 students. There are approximately 130 applications for each admission cycle.
Carroll County citizens get preference over citizens of other counties or states.
Each candidate pool is different and points are awarded for science courses. Completing science courses may influence your admission.
Any introduction to the health care field is valuable, but there is no advanced standing awarded.
Although the courses do not provide extra points towards admission, the rigor of the coursework will benefit you in the Nursing program.
The Career and Technology Center provides an excellent introduction to the health care field and is recommended.
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.
MATH-115, Introduction to Statistical Methods, is a required prerequisite course.
Contact the Advising Office.
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.
We recommend working less than 20 hours per week.
Licensure Pass Rates (NCLEX-RN) 3-year average:
Benchmark: 90% first-time passing score
Program Completion 3-year average:
Benchmark: 150% of time or within 6 semesters ― 75%
Job Placement Academic Year 2019:
Benchmark: Within 6 months ― 75%