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Resources and Information about the Nursing Program

Information Sessions

Video: Exploring the nursing program at Montgomery College.
Video: Exploring the nursing program at Montgomery College.

The Nursing Information Session is now recorded. The purpose of the video is to understand the nature of the nursing program including the application process, how to be a competitive applicant, the commitment required to be successful, and the nursing curriculum. Additional information can be found in the nursing information session packet (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window) .

Additional Question and Answer sessions with be offered prior to application deadlines on the second Monday of February, March, and July at 4 p.m. on zoom. The Q&A sessions are NOT substitutes for watching the video and reading the website. Additional questions can be emailed to

Upcoming Info Sessions:
  • July 15, 2024, 4:00 p.m. EST
    After registeringnew window you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Special Admissions Information

Admission to Montgomery College is open to all; however, the nursing program is a selective application-based program limited to 192 students each semester. Visit the Health Sciences Admissions page for complete details, including special admissions requirements and the health sciences application. 

Additional Expenses and Financial Aid Information 

There are additional costs associated with starting the nursing program upon acceptance and enrollment, including immunizations, uniforms, testing fees, textbooks, CPR certifications, and more. See Approximate Costs of Starting the Nursing Program (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window)   for more information. 

The program’s overall tuition is determined by Montgomery College's current tuition rates for credit courses. The nursing program is 70 total credits. Financial aid is available. 

Frequently Asked Questions

To apply to the Nursing Program, a student must:

  1. be enrolled at Montgomery College;
  2. have completed course work with a C or better in the following courses:
    1. ENGL 102 (Critical Reading, Writing, and Research) or ENGL 103 (Critical Reading, Writing, and Research in the Workplace)
    2. MATH 117 (Elements of Statistics) or higher
    3. BIOL 212 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I)
    4. BIOL 213 (Human Anatomy and Physiology II)
  3. have met the minimum required scores on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) (70% in reading and 66% as an adjusted total score)
  4. have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

For more comprehensive information on admissions requirements, please visit the health sciences admissions page

The Nursing Program requires two academic years to complete. This does not include the courses required to apply to the program.
Currently, the Nursing Program accepts up to 192 students each semester.

The upcoming application deadlines for the Nursing Program are:

Application Submission Deadline 

The application deadline for fall entry into the program is April 1.
The application deadline for spring entry into the program is August 1.

We recommend that you always check the Nursing Program Admissions webpage, or call the program directly if there are any questions about the deadlines.

A minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required. No student with a GPA below 2.5 is admitted into the program.
No, nursing classes and clinical work are offered during the weekdays only. As the program grows these options may become available.
Students should plan on a minimum of three to four days a week to be in lectures, clinical, and in labs. Additional time will be needed to read and study for the courses. Please remember that your schedule will need to be flexible. Students should perceive the Nursing Program as a full-time job/commitment.
There are additional costs associated with the Nursing Program (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window)   upon acceptance and enrollment. The program’s overall tuition is determined by the current tuition rates for credit courses. The Nursing Program is 70 total credits.
No, students who are not enrolled in the program cannot take Nursing courses.
No, the nursing curriculum is dependent on proper sequencing of courses and requires two academic years to complete. A college degree may exempt students from some of the general education requirements. There is no accelerated program.
The TEAS exam is required for all application submissions to the Nursing Program. Applicants cannot be exempted from the requirement regardless of factors like educational background, prior course work, grade point average, or existing degrees. See TEAS resources for more information. 
Courses from other countries may be transferred into Montgomery College, but they must first be evaluated by an approved, international credentials evaluation service. Contact the Office of Records and Registration at 240-567-1501 for an information packet on course evaluation.
Yes, it is possible to transfer into the program from a different Nursing Program. For more detailed information, please see Transferring In to the Nursing Program. Please note that the Director of the Nursing Program must evaluate all requests for transfer.
No, the Nursing Program is based on Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus. There are no nursing classes available at the other campuses.
The Nursing Program is NOT an online program. There are very limited course options that are considered online courses.

No, the Transition to Nursing course for LPNs, military medics/corpsmen, and paramedics differs from the regular Nursing Program. It is a bridge program, designed to give credit for prior certification and work experience. For additional information, see the Transition to Nursing Course page. 

Most major colleges and universities accept all or most of the general education credits taken at the Associate Degree level. Placement testing may be required to validate previous nursing courses. Students are Registered Nurses upon successful completion of the licensing examination following their Associate Degree education. A student who continues on for a Baccalaureate Degree does not take an additional licensing examination. Montgomery College participates in the Maryland Articulation Model. 

A student can call the Office of Records and Registration at 240-567-1501 or the College Recruiter at 240-567-1583. Applications are also available for download from the Health Sciences Admissions webpage. The application form is a downloadable and fillable pdf. Once completed, the application needs to be returned via the email listed on the front of the application.

The Nursing Program office does not accept or process applications.

Job opportunities for RNs are expected to be very good well into the future. Employment of Registered Nurses is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations, and because the occupation is very large, many new jobs will be available. Thousands of job openings will also result from the need to replace retiring, experienced nurses.
No, if you would like a one-on-one counseling session to discuss applying to the program, creating a plan for your education, learning more about prerequisite course work, determining which general education courses will transfer directly to pursue a Baccalaureate Degree, etc., then it is best to make an appointment with the Health Sciences Counselor, Maureen Mirowski, or with any general college counselor/advisor.

Clinical Rotations

Clinical rotation is a significant component of the Montgomery College Nursing Program. Hospitals, nursing homes, and other health agencies within the major metropolitan area provide the setting for a variety of clinical experiences which are planned as a vital part of each Nursing Course. 

Some of our program's clinical sites include Adventist Behavioral Health, Children's National Medical Center, Doctors Community Hospital, Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, Holy Cross Silver Spring Hospital, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, National Naval Medical Center, Shady Grove Medical Center, Sibley Hospital, Suburban Hospital, Veterans Administration Medical Center, White Oak Medical Center, and community clinics and agencies in the local area. 

Completion and Success Rates (Program Outcomes)

Total Student Enrollment 
Year # of Students
Spring 2016 343
Fall 2016 328
Spring 2017 334
Fall 2017 374
Spring 2018 384
Fall 2018 421
Spring 2019 427
Fall 2019 477
Spring 2020 453
Fall 2020 402
Spring 2021 409
Fall 2021 updating
Spring 2022 283
Fall 2022 330
Spring 2023 365
Fall 2023  
Program Completion Rates

The Nursing Program’s expected level of achievement (ELA) is that 45 percent of students will complete the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program within 4 semesters of Full Time Study (100 percent of program length). The ELA is 60 percent for students to complete the ADN Program within 6 semesters of Full Time Study (150 percent of program length). 

Traditional Nursing Program Completion
Traditional Program Option

100% Completion Rate
(4 Semesters)

150% Completion Rate
(6 Semesters)
Running Total
Fall 2016 113 38.1% 55.8%
Spring 2017 94 31.9% 51%
Fall 2017 115 32.2% 60%
Spring 2018 109 52.3% 69.7%
Fall 2018 140 49.3% 72.1%
Spring 2019 131 36.6% 57.3%
Fall 2019 123 47.2% 64.2%
Spring 2020 111 33% 60.3%
Fall 2020 108 34.3% 54.6%
Spring 2021 100 30% Pending Fall 2023


Transitional Nursing Program Completion
(Summer course NURS 130 designed for LPNs and Military Medics who want to transition into the Nursing Program.)

LPN Transition Program Option

100% Completion Rate
(3 Semesters)

125% Completion Rate
(5 Semesters)
Running Total
Summer 2017 10  40%  40%
Summer 2018 14  25%  33%
Summer 2019 13  38.46%  46.15%
Summer 2020 N/A
(no cohort this summer)
Summer 2021 10  20%  40%
Summer 2022 N/A
(no cohort this summer)
summer 2023 N/A
(no cohort this summer)
NCLEX per Maryland Board of Nursing Pass Rates

Expected level of achievement (ELA): 80% of the graduates will successfully complete the NCLEX licensure examination on the first attempt within the fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).  

Actual Level of Achievement:
Year MC Pass Rate MD Pass Rate
Fiscal Year 2014 84.38% 74.30%
Fiscal Year 2015 74.85%  74.28% 
Fiscal Year 2016 76.22% 75.55% 
Fiscal Year 2017  87.02%  77.60% 
Fiscal Year 2018 90% 87.70%
Fiscal Year 2019 87.2% 79.52%
Fiscal Year 2020 92.37% 87.78%
Fiscal Year 2021 88.59% 86.45%
Fiscal Year 2022 75.86% 82.11%
Program Demographics

Student Demographics

Ethnic/Racial Minority Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
Asian 12.69% 12.72% 12.42% 11.65%
Black/African American 38.83% 42.40% 41.52% 45.78%
Hispanic/Latino 19.54% 21.20% 24.55% 24.90%
Multi Racial 7.11% 4.59% 6.36% 7.63%
Other 1.27% 1.41% 1.52% 1.20%
White 17.01% 16.96% 13.64% 8.84%
Total 394 Students 283 Students 330 Students 249 Students

Full-time Faculty/Part-time faculty & Clinical Staff Demographics

Ethnic/Racial Minority Full-time Faculty Part-time faculty & Clinical Staff
Asian 16.67% 15.22%
Black/African American 50.00% 54.35%
Hispanic/Latino 2.38% 14.29%
Multi Racial 4.76%  
White 26.19% 17.39%
Total 42 46

Transferring In to MC's Nursing Program 

Montgomery College's Nursing Program only accepts students in good academic standing from accredited nursing programs.  Good academic standing is defined as a student who earned letter grades of "A", "B", or "C" in Nursing courses.  

Students with unsuccessful nursing course attempts or failures in any nursing course(s) - in any program - are not eligible candidates for transfer into MC Nursing. These students may apply to the program following the admissions criteria for all applicants and attempt to enter the program from the beginning and the first semester of courses. An unsuccessful attempt may include a course withdrawal, letter grade of "D" or "F". 

 Transfer students in good standing will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis based upon documented training and experience. 

  1. Transfer students will be required to submit: a letter requesting transfer, a copy of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) results, a copy of their official transcript, Nursing course descriptions, and Nursing course syllabi to the Director of Nursing. Upon review, the Director of Nursing will arrange an appointment with the transfer candidate.
  2. Transfer students must meet the Test of Essential Academic Skills eligibility with scores of: Reading 70% and Adjusted Individual Total Score of 66% or higher.  TEAS scores are valid for 24 months.
  3. Transfer students will be required to demonstrate clinical skills competencies for all nursing pre-requisite courses and may be required to complete NURS 114: Professionalism and Communications, NURS 121: Health Assessment, NURS 129: Pathophysiology and Pharmacology in Nursing courses with a grade of “C” or better.