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Maryland Nurse Practitioner Certification

Maryland NPs are regulated by the Maryland Board of Nursing and are a type of APRN. Also included in this category are nurse–midwives, nurse anesthetists, and nurse psychotherapists.

NPs may assess patients; order diagnostic tests and labs; establish and execute management plans for chronic or acute diseases or illnesses; and advise patients on how to prevent disease and illness and promote good health. NPs may also prescribe pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments. In addition, they establish collaborative relationships with other health professionals to provide optimum healthcare.

In order to become a Maryland NP, you must hold a current RN license for Maryland or one of the compact states. You must also earn at least a master’s degree in an NP program. The program must include courses in advanced pharmacology, advanced pathophysiology, and advanced physical assessment as well as include clinical practice. You can attend a Board-approved school in Maryland, such as University of Maryland, Towson University, Salisbury University, Johns Hopkins University or Coppin State University.


Optionally, you may enlist in a distance learning program that meets the requirements of the Maryland Board of Nursing. Online NP programs offer RNs the flexibility to continue to work and fulfill other obligations. They also allow nurses to attend school from the comfort of their own homes. Online students must accrue clinic hours at clinical sites arranged by the online school. Online schools that are approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing include: Drexel University, University of Cincinnati, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Liberty University, St. Xavier University and Graceland University. For a complete list of Maryland Board-approved schools that offer NP programs, visit this page.

Nurse Practitioners in Maryland may select areas of concentration including acute care, pediatric acute/chronic care, pediatric oncology, neonatology, pediatric crucial care, adult health, gerontology, women’s health, occupational health, emergency medicine, and mental health and psychiatry. After you have earned your advanced degree, you must take an examination and become certified by a national certifying body in your concentration area. The Maryland Board of Nursing requires certification by one of the approved national professional nurse certifying bodies, which include: the ANCC, AANP, AACN, NCC and PNCB. The median salary for NPs in Baltimore, Maryland, is $83,300 per year. Salaries for NPs vary throughout the state based on location, facility, experience, education, area of specialization, and other factors.

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Last Updated: 05/19/2014