College of Southern Maryland

La Plata, MD 20646
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The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is located in La Plata, Maryland. CSM is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. This school was established in 1958 and is known for its motto “beyond expectations.” It is a college that seeks to help students achieve academic success that goes beyond their initial expectations. This large community college currently serves over 24,000 students and offers more than 120 programs of study. Students are able to pursue many associate degree programs, and there are also some certificate programs to consider. CSM also has several transfer partnerships with larger four-year universities, making it very simple to continue on to earn a bachelor degree at another school.

The CSM nursing program has proven to be an important part of school throughout the years. This school has been offering the Practical Nursing program for over four decades and the Associate Degree Nursing program for nearly as long. Students will also be able to enjoy an LPN to ADN program that helps existing LPNs to pursue becoming RNs. All nursing programs are approved by the Maryland State Board of Nursing. This school is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). It offers students the ability to learn through cutting edge technology and many practical experiences. This course will have many clinical experiences for students to participate in, and this will prepare them for their future as professional nurses. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleFringe Rural
Number of Students7,201
Student to Faculty Ratio18:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate64%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 10 96
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 1 6
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 93.8%
  • NCLEX-RN: 87.5%

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Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
01/01/1969 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
01/01/1987 - Current
Nursing (PNUR) - Practical nursing programs
12/01/1979 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$125/credit
In State Students$217/credit
Out of State Students$280/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $5,625 $9,765 $12,600
ADN 70 $8,750 $15,190 $19,600
BSN 125 $15,625 $27,125 $35,000
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 49% of College of Southern Maryland's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 28% $4,734
Other Federal Grant 1% $2,049
State Grant & Scholarships 14% $843
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 12% $1,282
Federal Student Loans 11% $4,225
Private Loans 1% $5,565


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$6,355
$30,001 to $48,000$7,043
$48,001 to $75,000$10,188
$75,001 to $110,000$11,436
Over $110,000$12,339

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Maryland state board of nursing.
College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Rd
La Plata, MD 20646

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