Nursing students monitor a patient

The mission of the Nursing Programs is to educate future nursing professionals through exemplary academic programs and collaborative community partnerships.

The Nursing Programs strive to:

  • Foster lifelong learning, competence, and integrity in a diverse student population
  • Promote students’ commitment to the nursing profession and community
  • Provide opportunities for student learning through cutting edge technology and exceptional practical experiences

The college has been offering the Nursing Associate degree for 37 years and the Practical Nursing Certificate Program for 41 years. First year students can take classes at any of the college's campuses in La Plata, Leonardtown or Prince Frederick. Students in the second year of the nursing associate degree take nursing courses on the La Plata Campus. Students studying for their Practical Nursing Certificate must also complete their program of study at the La Plata Campus.

As competitive admissions programs, students must apply for entrance into both nursing programs. The Associate Degree in Nursing (A.D.N.) program admits student both in the fall and spring semesters. The Practical Nursing (PN) program admits students for the fall semester only. To review the qualifying entrance criteria, students are encouraged to obtain a copy of the Nursing Programs Admission Information Booklet.  Students can take two (2) preparatory nursing courses (NUR 1015 and HTH 1030) before being accepted into the program of their choice. We encourage prospective students to attend a Health Pathway Information Session offered on all of our campuses. Click here to RSVP for a session.

During their nursing program, students participate in class activities, clinical experiences, and in-lab experiences. Program graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) or for the Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN).

Programs of Study

Points of Distinction

  1. Program graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) or for the Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN).
  2. Graduates consistently score above both the national average and the Maryland state minimum score for NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN.
  3. Excellent job growth and opportunities
  4. Graduates are hired locally
  5. Scholarships available

Essential Functions

Admission Criteria (Technical Standards/Essential Functions): Student must be free of contagion and possess sufficient stamina and mental stability, with or without reasonable accommodations as may be required by law, to fulfill the requirements of the program and the customary requirements of the profession:

  • Work for 8 - 12 hours performing physical tasks requiring sufficient strength and motor coordination without jeopardy to patient and student safety as, for example, walking, sitting, bending, lifting, turning
  • Perform fine motor movements and be able to manipulate instruments and wide variety of equipment according to established procedure and standards of speed and accuracy.
  • Establish and work toward goals in a consistently responsible, realistic manner.
  • Have auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs. (For example: communicate verbally, in an effective manner, with patients and other personnel)
  • Have visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary for patient care. (For example: use a microscope, read and process patient related information like patient charts and requisitions, visually assess patient response to interventions)


The Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing programs have the approval of the Maryland Board of Nursing and are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Accreditation information regarding the nursing programs may be obtained from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing: 3343 Peachtree Road Suite 850, NE Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000,

Do have Questions?

Our Health Sciences Program Outreach assists in guiding and directing students in the Health Sciences programs in their educational and career paths. 

Learn More