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Humanities coursework grounds your education in a solid understanding of language and culture. Now more than ever, citizens need critical thinking and excellent communication skills to navigate our complex society. Humanities areas include Music, Art, Philosophy, Communication, and English. Students may pursue Associate's degrees in English and Art, certification in Spanish, and/or a Letter of Recognition in Leadership Development.
Location: Humanities (H) 39
What will you learn?
  • Knowledge and skills to meet the technical, medical, and emotional challenges of today's healthcare industry including:
    • History of nursing
    • Basic nursing practices
    • Basic principles in caring for childbearing & child rearing family
    • Man's eight basic needs
    • Current trends and treatment of common diseases and health problems
    • Caring for the elderly
    • Mental health conditions
  • Increase communication skills, professional behavior, clinical decision-making and assesment skills
  • Hands-on career training at off-campus clinical sites
  • Interprofessional clinical experiences through our Nurse Managed Wellness Clinic
What will you do?
  • Registered Nurses (RNs) typically enjoy rewarding careers as:
    • Medical-surgical, obstetric, pediatric, critical care, psychiatric, and emergency care nurses at hospitals
    • Extended care or clinic nurse College/school nurse
    • Community health nurse
    • Physicians office nurse
  • Additionally, RNs can continue their education to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing that can help you become a leader in the nursing profession, filling roles such as a charge nurse, nurse manager, unit supervisor, division nurse leader, or director of nursing.

Why ACM?

Take a look at what our lifelong learners have to say about Continuing Education at Allegany College of Maryland!

Program Details

Our ladder-style program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing, which will enable you to apply for and take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), which is needed to become a Registered Nurse (RN).

You will be eligible for certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA) upon completion of your first semester of study.

After completing your first year of our Nursing program and a five-week summer course, you'll be eligible for the NCLEXPN or to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Completing the second year of our Nursing program enables you to apply for the NCLEX-RN or licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse (RN).

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.

The ACM Nursing program is designated as a Health Manpower Shortage Program by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).

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Allegany College of Maryand Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) formerly - National League for Nursing, Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)

Allegany College of Maryland Nursing program is also approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing and the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing

Admissions Criteria

Program Goals & Learning Outcomes
Program Goals
  • Prepare students in knowledge and skills of human expression for the purpose of transfer to institutions of higher education and/or to promote greater opportunity in the workforce.
  • Foster student competency in interpersonal skills and cultural literacy.
  • Introduce and reinforce skills in critical thinking to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate demonstrations of human expression of written/oral/artistic means.
Learning Outcomes
  • Students will demonstrate coherent, unified and effectively developed bodies of oral and written forms of communication reflective of purpose and audience, whether creative, academic, or career.
  • Students will evaluate and analyze forms of expression, written/oral/artistic, to make judgments, draw inferences, and recognize bias.
  • Students will identify and describe personal connections to particular themes in fine arts and humanities using discipline-specific terminology and concepts.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in the foundation of discipline-specific skills in the humanities.

Student Achievement

RN Licensing Exam Student Success

Percentage of students who successfully passed the NCLEX-RN exam on the first attempt in a calendar year.

  2016 2015 2014
Grads taking NCLEX-RN exam 81 118 115
Test-takers passing NCLEX-RN exam 72 105 103
Allegany College of Maryland NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 89% 89% 89%
National NCLEX-RN Pass Rates Associate Degree Nursing 82% 82% 82%

* Allegany College of Maryland NCLEX-RN pass rates are reflective of aggregated rates for all graduates testing in Maryland, Pennsylvania and elsewhere from January 1 thru December 31 for the year noted.

Meet the Faculty

Our experienced, knowledgeable faculty and staff are excited to share their expertise with you and prepare you to succeed in the diverse, dynamic field of nursing.

Deborah Costello 
Professor and Program Director

Allied Health 218

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

Rick Cooper 
Assistant Director and Professor of Nursing

Allied Health 218

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

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