Maine Nurse Practitioner (NP) Programs
As of January 1, 2006, a Master's Degree in Nursing with a specialization in the area of Nurse Practitioner is required in Maine. Maine is one of only a few states that allows Nurse Practitioners to practice independently. Legislation was passed in 1995 to allow Nurse Practitioners, who have practiced under the supervision of a licensed physician or another Nurse Practitioner for 24 months, to practice within the same practice category as an independent practitioner. Nurse Practitioners in Maine are assigned a unique provider number by managed care companies and can bill for services.
Nurse Practitioner programs teach theoretical nursing concepts, principles and processes that will help guide Nurse Practitioners in their advanced clinical practice role. Nurse Practitioner students also gain knowledge about current and future issues affecting nursing and the health care system as a whole and the Nurse Practitioner's part in these issues.
Online Nurse Practitioner programs have become extremely popular across the country due to the flexibility they allow. Working registered nurses can more easily balance their work, life and school. Most programs are identical in content to campus based programs and many colleges and universities will offer both options.
Nurse Practitioner Salaries in Maine
Salary will depend heavily on geographic location, specialty, employer, experience, and other factors. Nurse practitioners in Maine can earn anywhere from $36,000 to over $70,000 a year depending on the previously mentioned factors.
As with the rest of the country, the need for cost effective health care options, retirement of nurse practitioners, a shortage in the supply of nurse practitioners and the growing number of elderly patients in the State of Maine will drive the increasing demand for Nurse Practitioners.
Nationally Accredited Online Nurse Practitioner Programs Available in Maine
Maryville University - St. Louis offers two CCNE accredited online MSN Nurse Practitioner Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner.
Programs Offered Online: MSN - (Family Nurse Practitioner -FNP, Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner - AGNP)
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University of Cincinnati - College of Nursing
The University of Cincinnati - College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The MSN - Nurse Midwifery online program is accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).
Programs Offered Online: MSN - (Specializations: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Midwifery, Clinical Nurse Specialist - Nurse Educator)
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Frontier Nursing University - Distance Education
The Frontier Nursing University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools. They offer online MSN Programs with post masters certificates in the following areas: Certified Nurse Midwifery (accredited by ACME), Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner (accredited by the NLNAC). FSMFN also offers an online DNP program accredited by the AACN.
Programs Offered: Online ADN - MSN (Tracks: Nurse Midwifery) , Online MSN - (Tracks: Nurse Midwifery), DNP (Online)
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Graceland University - School of Nursing
The RN-BSN, RN to BSN/MSN and MSN programs are CCNE and NLNAC accredited. RN to BSN and RN to BSN/MSN program Practicums can be completed in the student's community.
Online Programs Offered: RN to BSN, RN to BSN/MSN and MSN - (Specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator), Post-Graduate Certificate (Specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Education), Doctor of Nursing Practice DNP (Online)
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Philadelphia University - Distance Education
The Midwifery Institute is accredited by the American Commission for Midwifery Education.
Programs Offered: MS Completion Program - Midwifery, MS in Disaster Medicine and Management, MS - Midwifery.
MSN Nurse Practitioner Programs in Maine
Program Offered: Master of Science in Nursing - Family and Community Nurse Practitioner
The MSN programs at Husson College are CCNE accredited.
- Husson College
1 College Circle
Bangor, ME 04401-2999
University of Southern Maine
Programs Offered: Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist & Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Leader, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
- College of Nursing and Health Professions
University of Southern Maine
51 Westminster Street
Lewiston, Maine 04240
University of New England
Program Offered: Master's of Nurse Anesthesia
The nursing programs at the University of New England are accredited by The National League for Nursing (NLN) and approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing.
University of New England (two campus locations)
- University Campus 11 Hills Beach Road Biddeford, ME 04005 PH: 207-283-0171
- Westbrook College Campus 716 Stevens Ave. Portland, ME 04103 PH: 207-797-7261