Maine Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide contains essential information on the many nursing programs Maine’s colleges and universities offer to undergraduate and graduate students. Concentrations within the nursing degree are varied and include nursing education, family nurse practitioner, family psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner, and clinical nurse leader. More students are also discovering the many benefits of earning an online nursing degree. Many online universities, such as South University, offer students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in nursing in a convenient, flexible way.

Maine School Facts:

  • 8 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 7 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 5 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • Highest graduation rate: University of Maine 59%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate: University of Southern Maine 38%.1
  • Highest net price: University of New England $29,899.1
  • Lowest net price: University of Maine at Augusta $7,832.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Maine with a bachelor’s in nursing program: – $14,540 – $31,870.2
  • No schools in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100.

Continue reading below where you will find profiles of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in nursing in Maine.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in Maine

Saint Joseph’s College
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine confers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to students who successfully complete the four-year undergraduate nursing program. The nursing curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including pharmacology, nursing research, nutrition, pediatric nursing, and human nature and ethics. Nursing majors complete clinical practicums at local medical facilities such as Southern Maine Medical Center, Maine Medical Center, MidCoast Hospital, Stephen’s Memorial Hospital, and Spring Harbor Hospital. Students may want to join Sigma Theta Tau International, the international honor society for nursing students, the American Nursing Association of Maine, and the Organization of Maine Nurse Executives. Graduates of the program have the necessary qualifications to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX).

University of New England
The University of New England’s four-year, 127-credit Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX). The program combines both general college coursework and nursing curriculum with students completing general college classes and prerequisites at the Biddeford campus for the first two years. The second two years, during which time students complete nursing requirements, are spent on the Portland campus. Nursing coursework encompasses a diverse menu of topics, including adult health, mental health, health assessment, and evidence-based practice. A 135-hour preceptorship is also mandatory. Nursing majors are encouraged to become involved by joining such on-campus organizations as the Student Nursing Association and the Nurse Anesthesia Club.

Master’s in Nursing Programs Maine

University of Maine
The University of Maine permits students to earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) on a full-time or on a part-time basis. Full-time students generally fulfill degree requirements in two years while part-time students typically require between three and four years to complete the MSN. Graduate students can pursue the MSN with a concentration as a family nurse practitioner or an individualized concentration, which allows students to focus on a particular area of interest such as nursing administration or nursing education. Students in the family nurse practitioner track must complete between 49 and 51 credits. A scholarly project or a thesis is mandatory as are clinical practicums.

University of Southern Maine
The University of Southern Maine affords students the opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in one of seven areas: adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, clinical nurse leader, nursing education, family nurse practitioner, family psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner, and management. Students may also opt for a dual MSN and Master of Business Administration (MBA). The MSN program generally takes four semesters to complete on a full-time basis. Part-time study is also permitted. The Nursing Department also offers a different MSN program for students who do not possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). An RN to MSN program option is available for current registered nurses.

Student Reviews

I loved [Mercy College]. The professors always stayed late and always tried to help. Nursing is always a tough curriculum. Sometimes, I felt like giving up. However, they always helped to give me that extra push. They not only taught me out of a text book but, also gave me real life experience from Day 1. Such a awesome group of faculty and students. They would even meet you during their off time if you had unanswered questions. The teachers defiantly make the difference.” – Student at Mercy College

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=ME&sort=best