MARYLAND NURSING LICENSE

Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official source is the State Board of Nursing. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Maryland State Board of Nursing before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/20/2015

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Maryland
Nursing Licenses in Maryland Master's Required?
Nurse Practitioner Y
Clinical Nurse Specialist Y
Certified Nurse-Midwife Y
Nurse Anesthetist Y
Nurse Psychotherapist Y
Registered Nurse (RN) N
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) N

Maryland Nursing Salary Average

Licensed Nursing Assistant: $28,880
Licensed Practice Nurse: $50,880
Registered Nurse: $71,100
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse: > $80,000*

*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in Maryland can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about Maryland nursing salary.

Learn about financial aid options for nurses on our nursing scholarships and grants page.

There are many paths to become a nurse in Maryland. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in Maryland, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Maryland nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Maryland, please let us know!

Compact State Status

Maryland is a Nursing Licensure Compact State.

Prescriptive Authority in Maryland

Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse Midwives may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule II-V controlled substances in collaboration with a physician.

Maryland Nursing Licensure Renewal

License renewal is required through the Maryland Board of Nursing annually except for those born in odd-numbered years and will renew every two years. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRN), registered nurses (R.N.’s), and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) must be able to provide evidence of 1,000 hours of active practice within a five-year period or completion of a board-certified refresher course. Additionally, any national certifications held must be maintained per the requirements of that certifying body.

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Nursing@Simmons

Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

Nursing@USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program for aspiring family nurse practitioners through Nursing@USC.

MPH@Simmons

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Nurse Practitioner in Maryland

Education
Master’s Degree or Higher from an Approved Nurse Practitioner Program

Examination
Varies for Different Certifications

Fees
$50 Application Fee, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)

Experience
Varies for Different Certifications

Certification Required
National Certification as a Nurse Practitioner.

Renewal
Renewal fee is $74 annually. Continuing education units (CEUs) are not required for APRNs, but advanced practice nurses must meet any recertification or maintenance for national certification renewals. To renew, APRNs must present the following documentation at the time of renewal: proof of active national certification, transcripts showing board-approved refresher course completed if nurse has failed to meet 1,000 practice hours, and proof signed by your employer of 1,000 hours of active practice in the past five years, if applicable.

Additional Information
An Active Registered Nurse License from a Compact State Is Required for Standard Application. Registered Nurses from Non-Compact States May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $100 Fee. All Nurse Practitioner Applicants Must Complete an Attestation Form, in Addition to the Application Forms.

 

Nurse Practitioner Clinical Nurse Specialist in Maryland

Education
Master’s Degree or Higher from an Approved Clinical Nurse Specialist Program

Examination
Varies for Different Certifications

Fees
$50 Application Fee, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)

Experience
Varies for Different Certifications

Certification Required
National Certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Renewal
Renewal fee is $74 annually. Continuing education units (CEUs) are not required for APRNs, but advanced practice nurses must meet any recertification or maintenance for national certification renewals. To renew, APRNs must present the following documentation at the time of renewal: proof of active national certification, transcripts showing board-approved refresher course completed if nurse has failed to meet 1,000 practice hours, and proof signed by your employer of 1,000 hours of active practice in the past five years, if applicable.

Additional Information
An Active Registered Nurse License from a Compact State Is Required for Standard Application. Registered Nurses from Non-Compact States May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $100 Fee. All Nurse Practitioner Applicants Must Complete an Attestation Form, in Addition to the Application Forms.

 

Certified Nurse-Midwife in Maryland

Education
Master’s Degree or Higher from a Nurse-Midwife Program Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education

Examination
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) Exam from the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB)

Fees
$50 Application Fee, $750 Certification Examination Fee

Experience
None

Certification Required
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) from the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB)

Renewal
Renewal fee is $74 annually. Continuing education units (CEUs) are not required for CNMs, but advanced practice nurses must meet any recertification or maintenance for national certification renewals. To renew, CNMs must present the following documentation at the time of renewal: proof of active national certification, transcripts showing board-approved refresher course completed if nurse has failed to meet 1,000 practice hours, and proof signed by your employer of 1,000 hours of active practice in the past five years, if applicable.

Additional Information
An Active Registered Nurse License from a Nursing Compact State Is Required for Application.

 

Nurse Anesthetist in Maryland

Education
Master’s Degree or Higher from a Nurse Anesthetist Program Accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

Examination
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Exam from the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA)

Fees
$50 Application Fee, $725 Certification Examination Fee

Experience
None

Certification Required
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) from the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

Renewal
Renewal fee is $74 annually. Continuing education units (CEUs) are not required for CRNAs, but advanced practice nurses must meet any recertification or maintenance for national certification renewals. To renew, CRNAs must present the following documentation at the time of renewal: proof of active national certification, transcripts showing board-approved refresher course completed if nurse has failed to meet 1,000 practice hours, and proof signed by your employer of 1,000 hours of active practice in the past five years, if applicable.

Additional Information
An Active Registered Nurse License from a Nursing Compact State Is Required for Application.

 

Nurse Psychotherapist in Maryland

Education
Master’s Degree or Higher from a Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Program Accredited by the Commission on the Collegiate of Nursing Education (CCNE) or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Which Must Include a Minimum of 500 Faculty Supervised Clinical Hours, Coursework in Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Pathophysiology, As Well As Clinical Training in At Least Two Psychotherapeutic Modalities

Examination
Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist—Board Certified (PMHCNS-BC) Examination from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

Fees
$50 Application Fee, Certification Examination Fee – $270 for American Nurses Association (ANA) Members, $290 for American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Members, $340 for National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) Members, $390 for Non-Members

Experience
None

Certification Required
Clinical Specialist in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing or Clinical Specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (PMHCNS-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

Renewal
License renewal is $69.

Additional Information
An Active Registered Nurse License from a Nursing Compact State Is Required for Application.

 

Registered Nurse (RN) in Maryland

Education
Completion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program

Examination
NCLEX-RN

Fees
$200 Examination Fee, $100 Application Fee

Experience
None

Renewal
Renewal fee is $69.

Additional Information
Endorsement
Individuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State Who Can Provide Proof of Either 1,000 Practice Hours in the Past 5 Years or Successful Completion of an Approved Refresher Course May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $100 Fee. Registered Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in Maryland, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to Maryland.

 

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Maryland

Education
Completion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program

Examination
NCLEX-PN

Fees
$200 Examination Fee, $100 Application Fee

Experience
None

Renewal
Renewal fee is $55.

Additional Information
None

Endorsement
Individuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State Who Can Provide Proof of Either 1,000 Practice Hours in the Past 5 Years or Successful Completion of an Approved Refresher Course May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $100 Fee. Licensed Practical Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in Maryland, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to Maryland.

 

FEATURED ONLINE HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS


Nursing@Georgetown

Nursing@Georgetown is an academically rigorous, evidence-based program that culminates in a Master of Science degree in Nursing, delivered online by Georgetown University’s nationally ranked School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Nursing@Simmons

Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

Nursing@USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program for aspiring family nurse practitioners through Nursing@USC.

MPH@Simmons

MPH@Simmons, the online Master of Public Health from Simmons College, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global level.

MPH@GW

An innovative online Master of Public Health program offered by the top-ranked Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

MHA@GW

Offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, this online Executive Master of Health Administration program is designed for healthcare professionals who aspire to become leaders in their field.

HealthInformatics@GW

This online Master of Science in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University enables graduates to improve the efficiency of health care organizations through the use of data and technology.

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