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Maryland Board of Nursing 
Patricia A. Noble, MSN, RN, Executive Director
Nancy D. Adams, MBA, RN, President

RN’S AND LPN’S WHO GRADUATED  FROM A NURSING PROGRAM WITHOUT A CLINICAL COMPONENT CAN NOW APPLY FOR AN ENDORSEMENT LICENSE IN MARYLAND BASED ON ACTIVE PRACTICE IN ANOTHER STATE

Legislation passed during the 2013 Maryland legislative session that allows a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse with a current active unencumbered license from another state to apply for a Maryland license by endorsement if they graduated from a nursing program that did not include supervised clinical experience.  The provisions of the legislation become effective October 1, 2013.

THE BOARD WILL ACCEPT APPLICATIONS BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2013. NO APPLICATION WILL BE  ACCEPTED BEFORE OCTOBER 1, 2013.

An endorsement applicant who did not have a supervised clinical component in their nursing program will need to provide proof of 1,000 hours of active nursing practice in the immediate 12 months before the date of the application and satisfy all the other requirements for licensure by endorsement.   

The directions for applying for a license by endorsement can be found on this web page under “NURSING – On-line Initial License and Certification Applications”.  Scroll down that page and select “Apply for Licensure by Endorsement “.   You can apply on-line for the license but have to submit  proof of employment by mail to:  Maryland Board of Nursing,  Endorsement Department, 4140 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215.

The Board will accept only the following as proof of employment:

  • A letter from an employer, on the facility’s letterhead, signed and mailed by  the employer to the Board of Nursing that states: the employee’s  name and license number, the dates of employment, the job description, and the hours the employee worked during the previous 12 months PLUS
  • Pay stubs that indicate the hours of employment during the immediate 12 months prior to the date of application.  The Board will accept pay stubs by mail from the applicant.


Last update: October 04, 2013
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