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The art and science of caring...
Our Nursing Program offers a comprehensive, affordable, high quality education taught by expert health care providers with advanced degrees. Access to state-of-the-art equipment and hands-on-experience in a variety of clinical settings will teach you the science of healing and the art of compassion.
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Location: ALLIED HEALTH (AH) Suite ###


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 assessment 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 Maryland 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
  • The graduate will use clinical reasoning skills and evidenced based practice to make judgements and provide safe, quality care promoting the health of clients in diverse health care settings.
  • The graduate will demonstrate professionalism in the workplace and will continue with lifelong learning to maintain competency and licensure.
  • The graduate will be able to effectively communicate and collaborate with clients, family members and members of the health care team to effectively manage client care.
Learning Outcomes

Utilizing evidenced-based practice, clinical reasoning skills, and the core components* of nursing practice, the graduate of the Associate Degree Nursing Program will provide for clients in diverse health care settings by:

  • Assess the client's ability to meet basic needs by utilizing information from appropriate resources and integrating theoretical concepts in a holistic manner.
  • Develop and prioritize nursing diagnosis based on an analysis of assessment data.
  • Plan nursing care collaboration with client and other health care personnel based on nursing diagnosis to maintain or restore an optimal level of health or achieve a dignified death.
  • Implement plans of care in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the plan of care based on client outcomes and making revisions as necessary.
  • Perform technical skills, integrating scientific principles in a safe, efficient, and accountable manner.
  • Assume responsibility for professional growth, lifelong learning and self-development.
  • *Core Components: Professional behaviors, communication, assessment, clinical decision-making, caring interventions, teaching and learning, collaboration, and managing care.

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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