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Betty Damask-Bembenek, director of nursing education at Colorado Mountain College, was a featured presenter at a recent national conference, hosted by the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, in Dallas. She described how the college recently implemented a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree, one of the few of its kind in the country.

Betty Damask-Bembenek, director of nursing education at Colorado Mountain College, was a featured presenter at a recent national conference, hosted by the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, in Dallas. She described how the college recently implemented a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree, one of the few of its kind in the country.

Colorado Mountain College recently demonstrated how it is at the forefront of nursing education during a national nursing conference. At the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing conference in Dallas Nov. 4-6, Betty Damask-Bembenek, the college’s director of nursing education, presented “A Nursing Academic Progression Model,” outlining the college’s Bachelor of Science in nursing degree.

At the conference Damask-Bembenek described how Colorado Mountain College, which offers bachelor’s and associate degrees in nursing at its Spring Valley and Breckenridge locations, created the bachelor’s curriculum, developed faculty and successfully navigated the accreditation process.

Bembenek holds a doctorate in education, plus master’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing.

Colorado Mountain College’s bachelor’s in nursing program, which graduated its first class of nurses in May 2016, has been approved by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, the Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission, and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.