CMC Names New ‘Health Care’ Dean
From Education to Career
Ask Susan Moreland what she thinks about the future of health care careers and she has a ready reply.
“It’s a hot field,” she said. “Birth and death. It’s never going to go away. I highly recommend going into health care.”
Moreland – who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health science, an MBA and a Ph.D. in education – is the new dean of the School of Nursing, Health Science and Public Safety at Colorado Mountain College. She is responsible for nine programs: nursing, nurse aide, paramedic, emergency medical technician, veterinary technology, fire science, criminal justice, paralegal and Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy.
CMC’s School Deans
Last year, Colorado Mountain College implemented a new academic structure by establishing eight deans who oversee seven college-wide schools (or academic subject areas) as well as the area of academic support. These eight deans work with each of the campuses to ensure academic quality and rigor are consistent throughout the college’s 54 associate degrees, five bachelor’s degrees and 77 certificates. Based in Glenwood Springs, Moreland now oversees the health care and public safety programs at all of CMC’s campuses and online.
Among Moreland’s priorities is making health care education available to more students. Moreland wants to give more high school students opportunities to complete their health care prerequisites, and be able to test whether a health care career is right for them.
“High school is a perfect time to see if you really are suited for medical office work, rather than, say, be a phlebotomist dealing with blood. We want them to find that out,” she said.
Working with Moreland as associate dean of nursing is Betty Damask-Bembenek, Ed.D., who, in addition to a doctorate in education, has associate and bachelor’s degrees in nursing, plus a master’s in nursing management. Damask-Bembenek has been a leader in nursing education at CMC since 2009. As the chief nursing administrator, she will partner with Moreland to provide oversight of the nursing programs college-wide.