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Do you thrive on being part of high pressure, fast-paced team environments but also enjoy quiet, one-on-one interactions? Are you a compassionate, organized individual who constantly plans for the unknowns of the world? If you're looking for a career that offers versatility, job security, and a venue for improving the lives of others, a future in nursing may just be your calling. Let Allegany College of Maryland's Nursing program prepare you for the career of a lifetime.


Two nursing students looking at a manualToday's nurses not only provide care and comfort to patients and their families, but take an active role in health education and disease prevention. They serve as patient advocates in a variety of healthcare settings, helping families handle all of life's major events and everything in between. 

Our Nursing program prepares you to meet the technical, medical, and emotional challenges of today’s healthcare industry by offering a two-year ladder-style program of increasing knowledge, responsibility, and certification. For example, you'll be eligible for certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant/Geriatric Nursing Assistant (CNA or GNA) upon completion of your first semester of study. After completing your first year of our Nursing program and a five-week summer course (offered on our Cumberland campus), you'll be eligible for the NCLEXPN or to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). (A one-year career program that qualifies you to apply for a Certificate in Practical Nursing is also available.)  Completing the second year of our Nursing program enables you to apply for the NCLEX-RN or licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse (RN) as well as your Associate of Science degree in Nursing  from Allegany College of Maryland. In addition, we offer RN completion tracks to currently Licensed Practical/Vocational nurses in either a face to face classroom setting or via distance learning - LPN-RN Online Program.

All of our nursing ladder programs prepare you to seek employment upon program completion. The programs are offered on the main campus in Cumberland, Maryland (day and evening courses are available), or at our branch campuses in Somerset County and Bedford County, Pennsylvania as well as our site location in Garrett County, Maryland.

If you're interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree in nursing from a four-year institution, our Associate of Science degree in Nursing also prepares you for transfer.

The ACM Nursing program is designated as a Health Manpower Shortage Program by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). Maryland residents from counties other than Allegany County who register in this eligible program 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. Funding availability for this program is based on funding from the state of Maryland and is thus subject to change each semester. Some restrictions apply. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Our programs are approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing, 4140 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215-2254 (410) 585-1900, 1-888-202-9861.  In addition, the program located at each of the Pennsylvania Campuses is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649 or 2601 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110, (717) 783-7142.  The Nursing Program is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404-975-5000

Course Info
As a Nursing(RN) program student, you'll expand your knowledge and gain career training through a variety of challenging courses, including:
  • Basic nursing practice
  • Man's eight basic needs
  • Professional behavior
  • Communication skills
  • Assessments
  • Clinical decision-making
  • Diet therapy
  • Treatment of common diseases and health problems
  • History of nursing
  • Current trends in nursing
  • Basic principles in caring for childbearing and child rearing family
  • Caring for the elderly
  • Mental health conditions
  • Medical/surgical healthcare conditions

Throughout the course of the nursing program students are placed in various clinical sites. Students are in the clinical setting approximately 1400 hours over the course of four semesters under the supervision of a nursing faculty member.

A full listing of program courses and their descriptions can be found in the credit catalog.


Career Info

Nursing program graduates enjoy enriching and rewarding careers in a variety of settings, including:

  • General hospitals in medical-surgical, obstetrics, pediatrics, critical care, psychiatric, and emergency care areas.
  • Extended care facilities
  • Clinics
  • Colleges and schools
  • Community health agencies
  • Industries
  • Physicians' offices.

Additionally, the nursing profession also encompasses specialty areas such as legal, forensic, and transplant. With the proper educational and professional background, nurses can advance to various positions in nursing management, advanced practice, and education.

View Salary Information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor

Faculty/Staff Info

Deborah CostelloDeborah A Costello, Professor and Program Director

Allied Health 218

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland
B.S.N., M.S.N., University of Maryland

Deborah CostelloCynthia Bridges, Associate Professor

Allied Health 244

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland
B.S.N., M.S.N., University of Maryland
MBA, Frostburg State University

Sandy ClarkSandy Clark, Associate Professor

Allied Health 272

A.S., Allegany College of Maryland
B.S.N., M.S.N., University of Phoenix

Rick CooperRick Cooper, Professor

Allied Health 214

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland
B.S.N., M.S.N., West Virginia University

Marilyn EvansMarilyn L. Evans, Professor

Allied Health 213

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland
B.S., M.S., University of Maryland

Cynthia NeffCynthia K Neff, Professor

Allied Health 204

B.S.N., M.S.N., University of Maryland

Cheryl NelsonCheryl Nelson, Associate Professor

Allied Health 271

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland
B.S.N., M.S.N., Shenadoah University

Sherry ObertSherry Obert, Associate Professor

Bedford County Technical Center

B.S.N., The Pennsylvania State University
M.S.N., University of Maryland

Brenda OwensBrenda Owens, Associate Professor

Allied Health 216

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland
B.S.N., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.S., University of Pittsburgh

Melinda RomesbergMelinda Romesberg, Associate Professor

Somerset County Campus

B.S.N, Alderson-Broaddus College
M.S., Carlow College

Javan SchellerJavan K Scheller, Professor

Allied Health 268

A.S., Mount Aloysius College
B.S.N., West Virginia University
M.S.N., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Rosemary Schroeder

Rosemary Schroeder, RN, BSN


B.S.N., University of Maryland

Maureen SwoggerMaureen K Swogger, Professor

Allied Health 266

B.S.N., Alderson-Broaddus College
M.S., University of Maryland

Sharon WalkerSharon Walker, Associate Professor

Allied Health 272

B.S.N., The Pennsylvania State University
M.S.N., University of Phoenix

Theresa WoyTheresa Woy, Assistant Professor

Somerset County Campus

A.A., Mount Aloysius College
B.S.N., Gwynedd Mercy College
M.S.N., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Program Options


Associate Degrees

Nursing (RN)

LPN-RN Online


Certificate Programs

Practical Nursing

Transfer Programs

Nursing Transfer Program


Pursuing a bachelor's degree in nursing from a four-year institution?

To ensure that your credits will be received by your prospective transfer college, please consult with your advisor and a staff member in the Student Success Center. (If you've transferred clinical nursing college credits or general education college credits from another institution to enter our nursing program, you may not fall under this category. Please refer to the Associate Degree in Nursing program admission criteria.) Successful completion of the Nursing transfer program qualifies you to apply for an Associate of Science degree in Arts and Sciences. Because students following the ACM transfer curriculum will not take clinical nursing classes while at the College, they will not be eligible for RN licensure upon completion.