Nursing Schools in Maine – ME

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Maine has been hit hard by the nursing shortage affecting the country. According to the labor department, there are nearly 1,100 nursing vacancies in Maine. By the year 2020, that number is expected to grow to more than 5,200. Nursing schools in Maine have seen an increase in applications however, the 13 nursing schools in Maine have had to turn away hundreds of qualified applicants because there are not enough nursing faculty and not enough classroom space. RN to BSN degrees in Maine have become a hot commodity and the nursing school applicant pool has become very competitive.

Pre-Licensure Registered Nursing candidates have quite a few options to consider when deciding on a nursing program including pursuing an ADN or a BSN. To learn more about these options and the application process, read the article Becoming a Nurse in Maine.

Online Nursing Schools in Maine

Our goal is to help alleviate the nursing shortage in Maine as well as offer an alternative to earning a nursing degree on campus. We feature online nursing schools that are CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) accredited. These online nursing schools are comparable in cost per credit to campus based programs, offer flexible course schedules and avoid waitlists or being turned away by campus based programs. The clinical component is arranged by the school and a facility, most often, in your local vicinity. Courses offered through these online schools include LPN to BSN, RN to BSN and a variety of MSN programs including a nurse educator certificate program and a family nurse practitioner program. So whether you live in Portland, Bangor, Auburn there is a program that will work for you.

Maine Nursing Job Outlook and Salary Information

“With the nursing shortage in Maine, new graduates are finding that they have their choice of nursing jobs. Many hospitals are offering living expenses, educational advancement reimbursement, transportation, sign on bonuses and more.” That’s how things did sound a few years ago. Now newly graduated nurses in Maine are finding it a bit more difficult to land those jobs. This is primarily driven by the economic downturn that the country saw over the last few years. Older nurses did not retire when they were projected to and retired nurses returned to work. As the country makes its way out of this economic conundrum, entry level nursing positions will once again present themselves to new nursing schools graduates in the state of Maine.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the median annual salary for a staff RN in Portland, Maine is $57,737. This number will vary depending on specialization and experience, but well above the national average for a registered nurse. At Parkview Hospital in Brunswick the average annual salary for a registered nurse is $56,000.

St. Joseph’s College of Maine

St. Joseph’s College of Maine offers an RN to BSN program online. The program is accredited by the CCNE and is approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing.

Maine State Board of Nursing Approved Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Programs 

Central Maine Community College
1250 Turner Street
Auburn, ME 04210
755-5408 FAX: 755-5496
Central Maine Medical Center
70 Middle Street
Lewiston, ME 04240
795-2840 FAX: 795-2849
Eastern Maine Community College
354 Hogan Road
Bangor, ME 04401
974-4657 FAX: 974-4608
Kennebec Valley Community College
92 Western Avenue
Fairfield, ME 04937-1367
Northern Maine Community College
33 Edgemont Drive
Presque Isle, ME 04769-2099
Southern Maine Community College
Fort Road So. Portland, ME 04106
University of Maine at Augusta
46 University Drive
Augusta, ME 04330-9410
University of New England
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103
797-7688 Ext. 4476

Maine State Board of Nursing Approved Nursing Baccalaureate (BSN) Programs

Husson College/E.M.M.C.
1 College Circle
Bangor, ME 04401-2999
RN to BSN program
RN to MSN program
St. Joseph’s College
278 Whites Bridge Road
Standish, ME 04084-5263
University of Maine
5724 Dunn Hall, Room 217
Orono, ME 04469-5724
RN to BSN program
RN to MSN program
Post-master’s certificate for FNP
University of Maine at Fort Kent
23 University Drive
Fort Kent, ME 04743-1292
RN-BSN program
University of Southern Maine
96 Falmouth Street
P.O. Box 9300
Portland, ME 04104-9300
RN to BS program
RN to MS program

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