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Associate Degree in Registered Nursing

At a Glance

Carroll’s Associate degree in Registered Nursing program prepares students, including current LPNs, to receive the practical knowledge and hands-on training to enter one of the most in-demand fields in health care as RNs.

The Carroll Community College Associate Degree in Nursing Program is pursuing accreditation from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20037; phone 202-909-2487. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments in writing directly to NLN CNEA, attention Dr. Teresa Shellenbarger, NLN CNEA Executive Director, no later than September 18, 2024 to

Total Credits:


Program Length:

Two Years

About the Program

Nursing Program AccreditationOur Associate degree in Registered Nursing program will help you launch your career in what is, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the fastest growing profession in the country!

Our selective admission program combines classroom learning, hands-on experience with patient care simulators, and clinical rotations at regional hospitals, mainly in Carroll, Frederick and Baltimore Counties and Baltimore City.

Why Choose Carroll for your Nursing / Registered Nurse Degree?

  • Practical courses prepare you for today’s Nursing field
  • Expert instructors with real-world experience
  • State-of-the-art simulation labs
  • Small clinical group sizes
  • On-campus networking events with health care professionals

Coursework qualifies students to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN).

Already a licensed practical nurse (LPN), Paramedic (NRP) or Military Medic?

Carroll offers a track for LPNs, NRPs and Medics who hold appropriate credentials. Admission to this program is very competitive. Be sure to read the admission requirements.

Educational Options:

Practical Nursing Certificate:

This program also prepares students for the National Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN), taken by those seeking to become licensed as a practical nurse (LPN) or vocational nurse (LVN). Learn more about the Practical Nursing Certificate.

Associate-to-Bachelor (ATB) program:

Earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) faster by taking courses concurrently at one of our 4-year partner programs once accepted into the Associate of Science Registered Nursing Program at Carroll. Visit our ATB in Nursing page to learn more.

Advisory Board

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 Registered Nursing 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.



Transfers & Careers

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Find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work.


Carroll has transfer agreements with virtually every public college and university in Maryland, as well as many other schools throughout the state and across the country.

Learn more about transferring your courses to a different institution or explore Transfer Agreements by Area of Study.


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

As a trained RN, you can anticipate an excellent job outlook, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This career is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations over the next decade. Simply put, when you obtain an AS in Registered Nursing from Carroll, your job prospects will be strong.

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

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


Carroll’s faculty are scholars, researchers and distinguished leaders, selected based on their industry experience, academic excellence and passion for teaching. They possess a wealth of skills and knowledge to share with you throughout your pursuit of a Registered Nursing degree.


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