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Associate Professor of Nursing Madelyn Danner and Laura Cianelli Preston, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, recently published an article about Harford Community College’s accelerated tracks in Teaching and Learning in Nursing, a major nursing journal.

Teaching and Learning in Nursing is the official journal of the National Organization of Associate Degree Nursing. The journal is dedicated to the advancement of associate degree nursing education, and promotes collaboration in charting the future of health care education and delivery.

According to the article, by offering both day-accelerated and weekend/evening-accelerated tracks, HCC has increased its number of graduate nurses. With support systems in place and program flexibility, these students have demonstrated success in program completion, academics, and National Council for Licensure Examination (NCLEX) outcomes.

An abstract about the article stated that accelerated programs of study for students are one way nurse educators can address projected needs for registered nurses. Accelerated programs for students with a prior bachelor’s degree are an option at many university nursing programs; accelerated programs for non-degreed students or for community college nursing students have not been reported. HCC developed several options within the curriculum that allowed nursing students to complete their studies in 15 months instead of the 22-25 months required for traditional students. A prior degree was not a requirement for admission, yet student outcomes have been equivalent to or have exceeded those of the traditional students.

Professor Danner earned a B.S. from St. John’s College Maryland and an M.S. from the University of Delaware. She teaches Medical-Surgical nursing to fourth-semester students. Danner has a strong background in critical care and emergency nursing and maintains certifications in these specialties. She is also a certified nurse educator.

Dean Preston earned a B.S.N. and M.S. from the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

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