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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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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).

Our nursing program offers numerous options: In-person/face-to-face (day and evening), LPN to RN Online, Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) to LPN or RN, and Weekend Hybrid. We also enroll cohorts at our Bedford County Campus and Garrett County, Maryland location on a bi-annual basis. 

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).


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

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.

  2022 2021 2020 2019
Grads taking NCLEX-RN exam 112 98 79 92
Test-takers passing NCLEX-RN exam 94 84 70 90
Allegany College of Maryland NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 83.93% 85.71% 88.6% 98%
National NCLEX-RN Pass Rates Associate Degree Nursing 80.83% 84.48% 85.2% 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.


Program Completion

Program Completion Rates

Defined as completing the program in 4 semesters

2022 2021 2020 2019
84.5% 54.55% 65.95% 80.8%

*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

Technology 229

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

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

Allied Health 219

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

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

Allied Health 218

BSN, MSN Carlow University
PhD, Capella University

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

Allied Health 214

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

Robin Stayer
Administrative Associate Online Nursing

Allied Health 216


Heather Sloane
Administrative Associate On-campus Programs

Allied Health 220

A.A.S. - Paralegal Studies - Allegany College of Maryland

Karen Baughman, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor

Allied Health 271

AA Allegany College of Maryland,
BSN, MSN, American Sentinel University
Additional Graduate Studies: Spring Arbor University

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

Allied Health 217

BSN, Alderson Broddus MSN, Walden University

Devon Corle, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor

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 and Women’s Health Nurse Practioner – NWMC Online Faculty - N205/N206 Faculty Lead


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

Renee Douthitt, BSN, RN

Allied Health 265

B.S.N. Chamberlain University
A.S.N. Allegany College of Maryland
Graduate Studies – Chamberlain University

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

Edward Howard, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor

Allied Health 264

ASN Golden West College
BSN California State – Fullerton
MSN California State – Long Beach  

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


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

Emily Kendall, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor  

Allied Health 272

ASN, Allegany College of Maryland
BSN, MSN, Walden University

Brooke Morton, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor Online LPN-RN Program

Allied Health 266

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

Hannah Mullen, MSN, RN

Allied Health 272

AS, Fairmont State
BSN and MSN, Grand Canyon University

Dr. Cheryl Nelson, DNP, MSN, RN
Professor and Women’s Health and Family Nurse Practioner – NWMC

Allied Health 112

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland
B.S.N, M.S.N, Shenandoah University
DNP Johns Hopkins University

Sherry Obert, MSN, RN

Bedford County Technical Center

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

Dr. Brenda Owens, DNP, MSN, RN

Allied Health 269

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland
B.S.N., Indiana University
M.S., University of Pittsburgh
DNP Johns Hopkins University

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

Allied Health 213

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

Elizabeth Smearman, MSN, RN

Allied Health 204

ASN Allegany College of Maryland
BSN Kaplan University
Purdue Global University

Jennifer Suter, MSN, RN
Associate Professor

Allied Health 265

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

Brenda Tasker-Boucot, MSN, RN


AS Shenandoah University
BSN Frostburg State University
Frostburg State University

Samantha Vickory, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor

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
Additional graduate studies: Walden University

Dr. Karisa White, DNP, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor

Allied Health 204

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

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