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Statewide Designated and Health Manpower Shortage Programs

Designated shortage programs

These programs are designed to enable students in certain fields to earn an education more affordably. Maryland residents from counties other than Allegany who register in these eligible programs will be charged the out-of-county tuition rate. However, these students may be eligible to receive reimbursement for a portion of the cost difference between the in-county and out-of-county tuition rates.

Statewide Designated Programs

Automotive Technology
Culinary Arts
Forest Technology
Hospitality Management  
Tree Care Technician

Health Manpower Shortage Programs

Dental Hygiene*
Human Service Associate* 
Massage Therapy*
Medical Assistant

Medical Coding & Billing

Medical Laboratory Technology*
Medical Laboratory Technology -
Nursing Assistant/Geriatric Aide
Occupational Therapy Assistant*

Pharmacy Technician

Phlebotomy/EKG Technician

Physical Therapist Assistant*

Practical Nursing*

Respiratory Therapist*

*Selective Admission

The Statewide program must be unavailable at the student's local community college or, if available, the program must be unavailable due to the program meeting or exceeding enrollment capacity. This restriction does not apply to the Health Manpower Shortage programs. Some of the programs on the Health Manpower Shortage list enroll students by selective admission and have prerequisites. See an academic advisor for more information.

The list of eligible programs changes frequently for both Statewide Designated and Health Manpower Shortage programs. In addition, funding availability for these programs is based on funding from the State of Maryland and is thus subject to change.