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.

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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

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)

Spring Arbor University

The Spring Arbor University MSN programs are in the accreditation process with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and are accredited by the The Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The MSN – Nurse Practitioner program is designed to prepare graduates to sit for National certification as an Adult and/or Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. Request information about these MSN programs today.

Programs Offered: Online MSN – (Concentrations: MSN/MBA, MSN/Education, MSN/Nurse Practitioner)

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)

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.

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)

Regis University – Loretto Height School of Nursing

The Regis University School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Programs Offered: RN to BSN, RN to MS in Nursing (Tracks: Leadership in Health Care Systems – Management or Education), Online DNP – (Tracks: Advanced Practice Nursing, Advanced Leadership in Health Care)

MSN Nurse Practitioner Programs in Maine

Husson College

Programs 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
PH: 941-7191

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
Lewiston-Auburn College
51 Westminster Street
Lewiston, Maine 04240
PH: 207-753-6552

University of New England

Programs 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

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