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Campus News

December 1st, 2020

GC students accepted into ACM nursing program

56 students to begin clinical phase at ACM this spring

Garrett College recently announced the latest group of students that have been accepted into the nursing program at Allegany College of Maryland (ACM) to begin their clinical phase in the spring semester. Although students are accepted at the Cumberland campus every semester, acceptance at the Oakland site location occurs every other year in January.

The following students will start at the Oakland location in January: Cynthia Bakken, Spirit Lake, Iowa; Merrill Brunson, Swanton, Md.; Bailey Burdock, Frostburg, Md.; Delores Clemons, Deer Park, Md.; Bryttney Dalton, Oakland, Md.; Casey Feather, Albright, W.Va.; Jessica Getson-Toothman, Oakland, Md.; Sorren Harvey, Oakland, Md.; Breanna Holt, Oakland, Md.; Samantha Kennell, Grantsville, Md.; Sarah Kisner, Oakland, Md.; Soncerae Musgrove, Grantsville, Md.; Crystal Paugh, Oakland, Md.; Rachel Skiles, Oakland, Md.; Bridget Weimer, Grantsville, Md.; and Abbrielle Wilson, Oakland, Md.

It is rewarding to see so many students accepted into the nursing program at ACM at the Oakland site for the spring semester," stated Carolyn Deniker, GC's professor of biology. "Students attending Garrett can take all the pre-allied health classes here and those credits transfer seamlessly."

This smooth transition, made possible through a transfer articulation agreement, allows GC students the opportunity to begin their pre-allied health studies at Garrett, knowing their credits will transfer directly into their chosen program of study at ACM.

According to Deniker, most allied health programs have very competitive admission, meaning there are always more applicants than seats available. GC students must apply and be accepted into the transfer institution of their choice, before beginning the clinical phase.


Soncerae Musgrove


Rachel Skiles

"Many also require that all general education requirements be completed prior to applying to the clinical phase of the program and grades in those classes must be in the A/B range for a student to be competitive – ACM is no different," she explained.

Being prepared for admission into ACM's nursing program is one of the primary reasons Rachel Skiles chose to begin her nursing education at GC.

"The complex curriculum that is taught at Garrett in the pre-nursing program has been the most helpful thing in preparing me for ACM," noted Skiles. "The information I have learned so far from GC has challenged me, but I know that I am now well prepared for what I can expect as a student at ACM."

In addition to being close to home, the reputation among Garrett's faculty played a huge part in her decision to attend GC.

"I had heard great things about how well the teachers at Garrett College prepare you for the actual nursing classes at ACM," she stated. "Garrett College was also close to home for me."

Fellow classmate, Soncerae Musgrove, found GC's instructors and small class sizes to be an advantage.

"I can safely say that all the teachers here at Garrett College are rooting for you to succeed! They really want what's best for you – Mrs. Deniker is one of the best," Musgrove stated. "She is really passionate about the material and wants to make it enjoyable for us."

Both students highly recommend and encourage others to consider GC for their pre-nursing studies.

"If you're thinking about or considering becoming a nurse, you should really go to GC, especially if you live locally," noted Musgrove. "Garrett has an excellent pre-nursing program and an amazing anatomy and physiology program."

Skiles added, "the work that you receive is going to be tough and you are going to want to give up at times, but if you push on and persevere, the outcome is totally worth all the long nights and countless hours that you use studying."

In addition to pre-nursing, the following pre-allied health programs are available at Garrett: dental hygiene, medical lab technology, medical lab assistant, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapy assistant, radiology technology, and respiratory therapy.

"We offer small class sizes, individualized instruction and advising, and at little or no cost for current Garrett County public high school graduates," noted Deniker. "The dedicated faculty at GC prepare our students well and our students are very competitive when they apply to ACM."

For additional information on GC's pre-allied health programs, visit