Maryland Nursing Certification and Licensing
Nursing Licensing in Maryland
A career in nursing can be a very intelligent move for anyone that is interested in a job that has advancement opportunities and room for growth, both mentally and financially. Nurses provide care for patients both in and out of healthcare facilities. As a nurse you can find employment in factory settings, schools, doctor offices, and more. The anticipated job growth for nursing is huge--every state in the U.S. has nurse shortages. This is one field you will never have to worry about job availability.
Maryland Nursing Schools
Most community colleges and other universities in Maryland offer nursing courses. The 'basic' nursing degree is that of licensed practical nurse. The LPN license will allow you to work as a nurse in most facilities. The classes for LPN take about one year. Registered nurses are found in the same areas as LPNs, but also fill supervisory and teaching roles. The first level of RN is ASN (associate's degree) and the next is BSN, (bachelor's degree). The ASN requires at least two years of coursework while the BSN needs four.
Maryland Licensing Requirements
Nursing program graduates are expected to apply for and to sit for the NCLEX- National Council Licensure Exam. The exam takes several hours, but most students that take the test pass it. Before sitting for the exam you must apply through the board of nursing for examination. There is a fee for processing and the fee will not be refunded if you are denied. Most applicants are approved, denial is rare. You will be notified when approved. After notification you will be able to find a location for examination. You must provide photo identification on testing day and pay for the testing. Your license will be issued when and if you pass the NCLEX. The license may take a month to reach you via USPS. Pearson Vue conducts testing and issues the licenses. Nurses from other states that are moving to Maryland may apply to receive a license by endorsement. The state you are licensed in must have a nursing program that is equal to or better than Maryland's.
Maryland Licensing Renewal
A nurse must pay to renew their license every two years. Fees are based on the type of license you are applying for and are subject to change. Maryland mails notifications for renewal about one month before renewals are due. You may pay for your renewal online or mail it into the board of nursing.