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Nursing

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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Assistant to the Directors and Advising Specialist
301-784-5570
Location: ALLIED HEALTH (AH) 214
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.

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Program Details

Our ladder-style program offers an Associate of 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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Accreditation

The Associate’s Degree nursing program at Allegany College of Maryland located in Cumberland, Maryland is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
www.acenursing.org

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.

  2021 2020 2019 2018
Grads taking NCLEX-RN exam 98 79 92 80
Test-takers passing NCLEX-RN exam 84 70 90 71
Allegany College of Maryland NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 85.71% 88.6% 98% 89%
National NCLEX-RN Pass Rates Associate Degree Nursing 84.48% 85.2% 88% 88%

 
* 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.

*** Our graduates from 2020 have not all tested and that data will be provided once we have the final numbers.


Program Completion

Program Completion Rates

Defined as completing the program in 4 semesters

2021 2020 2019 2018
54.55% 65.95% 80.8% 94.7%

*Some students still in the program and are on track to graduate within 4 semesters.


State Licensure

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

The Associate of Science in nursing program at Allegany College of Maryland meets the state education requirements for a Registered nursing license in the states listed below. Contact the state regulatory agency for nursing in any other state for which this information is needed.


States where graduates can obtain RN licensure: 
(NCLEX state board test)

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

 

States where graduates MAY NOT qualify for licensure:

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Illinois

 

No determination:

  • US Virgin Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • American Samoa
  • Guam
  • Northern Mariana Islands

 


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.

Rick Cooper, MSN, RN 
Associate Dean - Nursing

301-784-5574
Technology 229

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

Sandy Clark, MSN, RN, CRNI 
Program Director – On-campus nursing programs

301-784-5379
Allied Health 219

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

Dr. Aimee Younkin, PhD, MSN, RN 
Program Director – Online Nursing programs

301-784-5563
Allied Health 218

BSN, MSN Carlow University
PhD, Capella University

Trina Geisler 
Assistant to the Directors – Pre Nursing Advisor – on-campus and online

301-784-5570
Allied Health 214

A.A.S., Allegany College of Maryland
B.S., Geneva College

Robin Stayer 
Administrative Associate Online Nursing

301-784-5334
Allied Health 214

 

Heather Sloane 
Administrative Associate

301-784-5606
Allied Health 220

 

Karen Baughman, MSN, RN 
Assistant Professor

301-784-5571
Allied Health 271

AA Allegany College of Maryland,
BSN, MSN, American Sentinel University

Jennifer Burriss, MSN, RN 
Assistant Professor Clinical Coordinator Online nursing program 

301-784-5573
Allied Health 217

BSN, Alderson Broddus MSN, Walden University

Devon Corle, MSN, RN 
Assistant Professor

301-784-5588
Allied Health 266

ASN, Allegany College of Maryland
BSN, Grand Canyon University
MSN, Grand Canyon University
Additional graduate studies, American Sentinel University

Michelle Cosner, MSN, RN 
Assistant Professor Online Faculty - N205/N206 Faculty Lead

 
 

AS, Allegany College of Maryland
BSN, University of Phoenix
MS, Regis College

Renee Douthitt, BSN, RN 
Instructor

301-784-5576
Allied Health 265

B.S.N. Chamberlain University
A.S.N. Allegany College of Maryland

Dr. Michelle Harvey, DNP, MSN, RN 
Associate Professor

 
Online LPN-RN Program

ASN, Allegany College of Maryland
BSN, Frostburg State University
MSN, American Sentinel University
DNP, Boise State University

Rachel Jacovino, MSN, RN, FNP 
Assistant Professor Online Faculty - N150  Faculty Lead

 
 

AS, Allegany College of Maryland
BSN, MSN, West Virginia University

Brooke Morton, MSN, RN 
Nursing Instructor - Online LPN-RN Program

 
Allied Health 266

ASN, Allegany College of Maryland
BSN, Western Governors University
MSN, Western Governors University

Hannah Mullen, BSN, RN 
Instructor

301-784-5662
Allied Health 272

AS, Fairmont State
BSN, Grand Canyon University

Dr. Cheryl Nelson, DNP, MSN, RN 
Director Nurse Managed Wellness Center and Professor

301-784-5671
Allied Health 112

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland
B.S.N, M.S.N, Shenandoah University
R.N., FNP-BC, WHNP-BC

Sherry Obert, MSN, RN 
Professor

814-624-4826
Bedford County Technical Center

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

Brenda Owens, DNP, MSN, RN 
Professor

301-784-5584
Allied Health 269

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland
B.S.N., Indiana University
M.S., University of Pittsburgh
RN, FNP-BC

Melinda Romesberg, MSN, RN 
Simulation and Skills Lead Faculty and Associate Professor

301-784-5569
Allied Health 213

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

Heather Singell, MSN, RN 
Assistant Professor Garrett Nursing Program

301-334-0530
Garrett

AS, Allegany College of Maryland
BSN, MSN Western Governors University

Elizabeth Smearman, MSN, RN 
Instructor

301-784-5588
Allied Health 204

ASN Allegany College of Maryland
BSN Kaplan University
Additional Graduate Studies Purdue Global University

Jennifer Suter, MSN, RN 
Associate Professor

301-784-5597
Allied Health 265

AS, Allegany College of Maryland
BSN, West Virginia University
MSN, Capella University

Brenda Tasker-Boucot, MSN, RN 
Instructor

301-334-0530
Garrett

AS Shenandoah University
BSN Frostburg State University
Additional Graduate studies Frostburg State University

Samantha Vickory, MSN, RN 
Assistant Professor

301-784-5566
Allied Health 263

AS Allegany College of Maryland,
BSN Frostburg State University,
MSN University of Maryland,
Additional graduate studies University of Maryland

Melissa Walch, MSN, RN 
Associate Professor 

 
Online LPN-RN Program

Diploma,Sewickely Valley Hospital School of Nursing
BSN, University of Phoenix
MSN, Walden University

Dr. Karisa White, DNP, MSN, RN 
Instructor

301-784-5089
Allied Health 204

B.S.N., M.S.N., Kaplan University
DNP, Grand Canyon University

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