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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 Program Director
301-784-5379
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 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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Accreditation

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.

  2018 2017 2016
Grads taking NCLEX-RN exam 80 72  81
Test-takers passing NCLEX-RN exam 71 60 72
Allegany College of Maryland NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 89% 83% 89%
National NCLEX-RN Pass Rates Associate Degree Nursing   83% 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.

Rick Cooper, RN 
Program Director and Professor of Nursing

301-784-5574
Allied Health 219

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

Sandy Clark, RN 
Assistant Program Director and Professor of Nursing

301-784-5379
Allied Health 214

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

Susan Cecil 
Administrative Associate, LPN-RN Online Program

301-784-5334
Allied Health 216

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland

Colleen Heinrich 
Administrative Associate

301-784-5606
Allied Health 220

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland

Aimee Younkin, PhDc, MSN, RN 
Associate Professor

301-784-5563
Allied Health 214

BSN, MSN Carlow University
Doctoral Studies Capella University

Karen Baughman, MSN, RN 
Assistant Professor

301-784-5571
Allied Health 268

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

James Hall, MSN, RN 
Associate Professor

301-784-5576
Allied Health 271

AAS, Excelsior College BSN, Washington Adventist University
MSN, University of Phoenix

Melanie Madey, RN 
Assistant Professor

814-624-4826
Bedford County Technical Center

A.A., Mount Aloysius College
B.S.N., M.S.N., Duquesne University
RN

Cheryl Nelson, MSN, RN 
Director Nurse Managed Wellness Center

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, 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, RN 
Associate 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, RN 
Associate Professor

301-784-5569
Allied Health 213

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

Jaime Striplin, RN 
Assistant Professor

301-784-5573
Allied Health 204

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

Jennifer Sweeney, MSN, RN 
Associate Professor

3019784-5562
Allied Health 266

AS Allegany College of Maryland
BSN and MSN Indiana University

Jennifer Thorne, RN 
 Assistant Professor

301-784-5566
Allied Health 263

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

Samantha Vickory, MSN, RN 
Assistant Professor

301-784-5588
Allied Health 266

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

Elizabeth Smearman, BSN, RN 
Instructor

301-784-5588
Allied Health 204

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

Brenda Strosnider, BSN, RN 
Instructor

 301-334-0530
 Garrett

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

Emily Teets, MSN, RN 
Assistant Professor, Skills and Simulation Lead Faculty

 301-784-5619
 Allied Health 272

AA, Allegany College of Maryland
MSN, Grand Canyon University

Karisa White 
Instructor

301-784-5089
Allied Health 217

B.S.N., M.S.N., Kaplan University

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