Nursing - Frequently Asked Questions
About Carroll's Nursing Programs
- What is the difference between a RN and a LPN?
- How much does the program cost?
- Where are the clinical sites?
- Can I finish the nursing program in two years?
- I am a LPN, how long is the program to finish my RN?
- How many candidates apply for each class, and how many are accepted each class?
Applying for Admission
- What is the application deadline?
- How and when are application packets available?
- Can I apply while completing my pre-requisite courses?
- I have finished all of Carroll's pre-requisites courses; do I need to submit a Carroll transcript with my application?
- What should I submit to show that I am enrolled at a different college?
- What method is required for the recommendation?
- Is the TEAS test required?
- What is the average grade point average (GPA) for admitted students?
- What should I do if I have a degree, but have never taken ENGL-101?
- Are out-of-county students accepted?
- If I have not finished my science courses, what are my chances of being accepted?
- I am either a GNA/CNA/ or EMT, does this help my admission status?
- Does being in the Hill's Scholars program help with admission into the Nursing programs?
- I am still in high school, should I participate in the Career and Technology Center's allied health program?
- Do I need to repeat course for which I have received a "D"?
- Do I really have to take statistics?
- What courses transfer to Carroll?
- If I am accepted to the waiting list, do I automatically have a seat in the next class?
- If I am accepted to the waiting list, how do you notify me if a seat becomes open?
- If I do not get accepted or I am placed on the waiting list, does this hurt me the next time I apply?
The difference is in the scope of practice, which is dictated in Maryland by the Maryland Board of Nursing (MBN) and the Maryland Nurse Practice Act. Registered Nurses (RN) require specialized knowledge, judgment and skills to practice nursing. The goal of all nursing care is to maintain health and prevent illness. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) work in a team relationship with the registered nurse or physician in providing basic bedside care.
Tuition and fees are the same as the college tuition and fees; in addition, there the following approximate costs:
- Books -
- First year (approximate) - $1,000
- Second year (approximate) - $600
- Uniforms - $100
- Skills pack - $90
- Miscellaneous Items (penlight, stethoscope, scissors) - $100
- Immunizations – variable
- CPR certification (approximate) - $40
- Nursing School Pin - $85-150
- Board fees - $300
- Criminal Background check and urine drug screening - $100
Most clinical sites are throughout Carroll County; however, there are additional sites in Frederick County, Baltimore County and Baltimore City.
The clinical portion of the nursing program is two years; it may take you longer based on the pre-requisite courses.
Once all the pre-clinical requirements are completed, it will take 3 semesters to complete the RN requirements. Review the Registered Nurse Track for Licensed Practical Nurses
for more details.
Fall classes admit 80 students; spring classes admit 40. There are approximately 130 applications for each admission cycle.
The deadline for Fall admission is Wednesday, Feb. 15. The deadline for Spring admission is Monday, Oct. 1. RN applicants or LPNs applying to the LPN to RN transition program must apply for the Fall term.
The application and instructions are available online. Forms for Fall admission are available from Dec. 15 - Feb. 15. Forms for Spring admission are available from Aug. 15 - Oct. 1. It is your responsibility to print and keep the directions. To be notified when the forms are online, contact Caralee Pruitt by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 410-386-8198 with your complete name, address and email.
Yes, but you will be accepted pending satisfactory completion of the pre-requisites.
Submit a copy of the registration form.
A letter of recommendation or a completed recommendation form, which we provided to you, is acceptable. Recommendations should be completed by someone who knows you outside of your family (i.e. church, professors or employers). Recommendations do not have to be in a sealed envelope. Keep a copy of your recommendation. Submitted recommendations are not returned.
No, the TEAS test is not a requirement for admission.
The minimum admission GPA required is 2.50.
Contact the Advising Office.
Carroll County citizens get preference over citizens of other counties or states.
Each candidate pool is different and points are awarded for science courses. Completing science courses may influence your admission.
Any introduction to the health care field is valuable, but there is no advanced standing awarded.
Although the courses do not provide extra points towards admission, the rigor of the course work will benefit you in the nursing program.
The Career and Technology Center provides an excellent introduction to the health care field and is recommended.
A minimum of a C grade is required for the following courses: ENGL-101, PSYC-101, SOC-101, BIOL-101, BIOL-210, BIOL-211, BIOL-215, PSYC-210 and MATH-115.
MATH-115, Introduction to Statistical Methods, is a required pre-requisite course.
Courses from an accredited college or university will transfer.
No, you must apply for each admission cycle.
If you have been accepted to the waiting list, we will call you the day a seat becomes open.
No, there is no penalty for applying to the program and not being accepted.
The workload is very busy. Courses meet one to two days a week and clinicals meet two days a week. In addition to courses and clinicals, there are additional responsibilities such as viewing videos and completing computer assisted instructions.
We recommend working less than 20 hours per week.