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Join AACC's Award-Winning Nursing Program! Nursing is one of the most trusted professions, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics cites nursing as one of the fastest-growing careers in the country. As the job market expands, you can enter the workforce with academic credentials that give you a distinct clinical advantage.

AACC's Nursing program has an outstanding reputation with the goal of preparing excellent nurses who are readily employed in the most respected profession in the United States. Our students practice simulated nursing skills in a college lab with state-of-the-art equipment and have the opportunity to receive a variety of clinical experiences in hospitals. Working independently and collaboratively, our nurses have the ability to guide and influence the healthy behavior of others and improve the overall health of the nation.

Rankings and Recognition

Degrees and Certificates


AACC’s Nursing department is proud to offer the Associate of Science (A.S.) in nursing accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ACEN) and approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing. We also offer an advanced placement option into the RN program for LPNs, paramedics or veterans. As an additional transfer option, we have a Nursing Transfer degree, which will prepare you to transfer to a four-year institution. Whichever path you choose, we strongly encourage you to meet with an advisor to structure your AACC studies to meet your specific transfer goals.

Nursing A.S.

Are you ready for a career as a registered nurse? Anne Arundel Community College can help! In our 70-credit Registered Nursing program you will gain hands-on experience through simulated skills practice in our state-of-the-art laboratories and clinical settings.

Successful students will earn an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ACEN) and approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing. With full-time enrollment, students can complete the program in three years.

Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Our graduates have a higher than average pass rate, both at the state and national level.

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Registered Nursing Program Outcomes

Nursing, LPN, Paramedic, Veterans to RN Advanced Placement, A.S.

AACC and the American Public University System (APUS) have created an accelerated dual enrollment program that combines credential assessment, credit transfer and online education to enable LPNs, paramedics or veterans admission into the second year of the registered nursing program at AACC.

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Nursing, Arts & Science Transfer, A.S.

The field of nursing includes a number of different career paths. For some, earning a Bachelor  of Science in nursing (BSN) will allow greater involvement in patient care, including health care administration, research or clinical teaching positions. The Nursing Transfer A.S. will allow you to transfer to both in- and out-of-state four-year colleges to complete your degree.


Note: this degree is offered through the Department of Biology. Questions should be directed to the science office at 410-777-2260 or

Credit Certificates

Practical Nursing (PN)

A licensed practical nurse or LPN performs a variety of tasks under the supervision of a registered nurse. These tasks may include administering medicine, measuring and recording vitals, and providing general bedside care. AACC’s 41-credit Practical Nursing program offers opportunities to work with state-of-the-art equipment and is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing. You will gain hands-on clinical experience in hospitals, on acute medical-surgical, obstetrical and pediatric units; in extended care and rehabilitation facilities; with home health and community health agencies; and through outpatient psychiatric experiences. This evening and weekend program takes one academic year to complete.

Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a certificate. Successful graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination-PN (NCLEX-PN). Our graduates have a higher than average pass rate, both at the state and national level. Upon successful completion of this exam, graduates will be licensed as a licensed practical nurse by the Maryland Board of Nursing.

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What Our Students Say


Coming to AACC and studying nursing was probably the best decision I’ve made in my life.

I was initially hesitant, because being a nurse is hard work. I didn't know if I was equipped to do it. During orientation, the teachers made me feel very comfortable and told me that all nurses feel like this. That's the time where I said, yes, I can do this.

The people I’ve met at AACC and the community I’ve built have given me the motivation I needed to become an amazing RN.

Read Lakeyia's story.

Job Outlook

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 9% from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

With a nursing degree from AACC, choose from hundreds of specialties as a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, technician or nursing assistant. Our registered nursing graduates work in Baltimore-Washington area hospitals, including the shock trauma unit, home health agencies, rehabilitation facilities and health departments as school nurses. Graduates who live outside the region readily find employment. Locally, starting salaries for new graduates average more than $47,000 per year for full-time employment.

Learn more about nursing's career opportunities, median salaries and job outlook by checking out AACC's Career Coach:

Licensed Nurse Refresher

AACC’s School of Continuing Education offers this two-course continuing education program which is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing. The program is offered twice a year and successful completion awards students a nursing certification as well as an AACC continuing education certificate.

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Meet Professor Amy Nudell

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Interests: Music, spending time with family and supporting her children in their various activities.

A Little More: “I am inspired by the first semester nursing students and their stories about how they chose the path of nursing,” Amy said.

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