A career in registered nursing offers personal enrichment, satisfaction and a competitive salary.  The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked registered nurses first among health care occupations expected to have faster growth and higher earnings through the year 2016.
FCC’s Nursing Department consists of full- and part-time, caring and student-focused members who support over 150 students.  The Nursing program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to function effectively in all areas of professional nursing.  Our nursing students do their clinical rotations in area hospitals and practice in a nursing simulation lab with state-of-the-art equipment. 
The nursing department offers both clinical mentors and a nursing retention specialist to help students succeed in the program.  The nursing retention specialist provides educational and emotional support for nursing students, develops creative strategies to assist students in test taking, and provides NCLEX review questions and study groups.
Graduates who complete the 70-credit program earn an Associate of Science degree and gain eligibility for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN).  The nursing program is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing (MBN).
 Our graduates may transfer up to 60 credits toward a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at state institutions.  An additional 30 credits will be awarded for an unencumbered RN license.  FCC has partnered with Frostburg University to offer a combined Associate Degree in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree.
Our graduates work in many Baltimore-Washington area hospitals, home health agencies, long-term care and rehabilitation facilities and area health departments.

Programs of Study

Associate of Science (A.S.)

Full-time Faculty Members

Maura David Assistant Professor
Joann Doherty Assistant Professor
Patti Evans Assistant Professor, Nursing/
Nursing Retention Specialist
Kathleen Hughes Assistant Professor, Nursing/
Clinical Mentor Coordinator
Rebecca Lohmeyer Assistant Professor
Vanessa Lovato Department Chair,
Director of Nursing Education
Barbara McGaughran Assistant Professor
Jane Menker Assistant Professor
John Tuskan Assistant Professor, Nursing

Lab Staff Members

Lisa Brandenburg Simulation Lab Manager/
Schedule Coordinator
Dana Cunningham Nursing Skills Lab Assistant

Contact Information

Vanessa Lovato
Department Chair
Office: L-114D