ADN Programs in Maine

What kind of nursing will an ADN allow me to perform in Maine?
An ADN (“Associate’s Degree in Nursing”) from an approved nursing program in Maine will allow you to fulfill the other requirements for obtaining a Registered Nurse (RN) license in Maine. Without an ADN (or a four year bachelor’s degree), the State of Maine will not only refuse to issue an RN license, but also will refuse to allow the applicant to take the required licensing exam for RN’s, or even file an application in Maine.

Why Be an ADN RN in Maine?

Nurses of all forms are in short supply, but in the field of nursing, registered nurses are particularly in demand. As the baby boomer generation enters its golden years, the demand is expected to further increase, especially in Maine, which has become a leading retirement location for people from the Northeast. One effect of this shortage is the evolution of the two year ADN programs in Maine which will equip you to take the national licensing exam for registered nurses.

What Licensing Examination does Maine Require ADN RN Applicants to Take?

To become a registered nurse with an ADN degree, Maine and most other states require you to take the NCLEX-RN examination. NCLEX-RN simply stands for the National Council (of State Boards of Nursing) Licensure Examination for RN’s. (There is a similar exam, the NCLEX-PN for licensed practical nurses.) The examination is a comprehensive, six-hour test. In order to be eligible for the test, you must first have completed your Maine approved ADN program, and then have submitted an application packet both to the Maine State Board of Nursing and Pearson Vue, the company that designs and administers the test. Once your application is accepted, then you will be assigned a testing spot and date for your examination.

How Do I Choose a School in Maine That Will Give Me the Best Possible Chance to Pass the Licensing Exam?

There is no magic bullet available to predict with certainty which ADN program in Maine will give you the best chance for success, but there are some factors that can help you decide. First, the school must have an ADN program approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing, or, for an out of state school, by an appropriate outside accrediting agency. Maine will allow you to apply for a nursing license even if you obtained your ADN from an out-of-state program as long as the ADN program was approved in the state where it was taken and the ADN program meets qualifications comparable to those required in Maine at the time of the applicant’s graduation. Any legitimate ADN program to which you are applying should be able to tell you if their program meets Maine’s qualifications. The school also should be able to give you statistics on the pass rates for its ADN graduates on the national licensing exam. If the school does not keep track of its pass rate, that probably should be a red flag that you might consider another school.

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Training Schools: 2 Year Nursing Programs in Maine

Central Maine Community College (Auburn, ME)

1250 Turner St., Auburn, Maine, 04210


With the unique type of program for those who want to specialize in Nursing, Central Maine Community College offers a multiple exit curriculum, preparing students for Associate Degree Nursing Programs like Practical and Registered Nurses. The first year will offer the required knowledge for practical nursing but also for the Associate in Science degree program. Students can enroll in the Registered Nurse program at the Lincoln Country Healthcare Center or at the Auburn campus.

Central Maine Medical Center (Lewiston, ME)

70 Middle Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240 | (207) 795-2840

In order to graduate a nursing program at Central Maine Medical Center you will have to pass each course with a grade average of 74 and also complete the clinical competency evaluations. After you finish the Associate Degree Nursing Program you will demonstrate professional behavior, and you will be able to correctly assess the impact of certain factors on the client’s health. With a Nursing degree taken at Central Main Medical Center you can start your career as a nurse.

Eastern Maine Community College (Bangor, ME)

354 Hogan Road, Bangor, Maine / (207) 974-4600

The Associate Degree Nursing Program offered by Eastern Maine Community College is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. This proves that you will have a viable degree recognized by all potential employers. This college allows you to apply for an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing and after you finish, you will be eligible for the NCLEX-RN.

Kennebec Valley Community College (Fairfield, ME)

92 Western Avenue
Fairfield, ME 04937

1-800-528-5882 in Maine only

Tel: (207) 453-5000
Fax: (207) 453-5010

If you want to apply for an ADN or Associate Degree Nursing Program, you must apply for the Kennebec Valley Community College first and then designate Associate Degree Nursing as your main curriculum. In order to be admitted you must have good grades and computer literacy is very important. The number of spots offered is limited and if you have a better score than others, you will be qualified.

Northern Maine Community College (Fort Kent, ME)

Northern Maine Community College
33 Edgemont Drive
Presque Isle, ME 04769

Those who want to specialize in the Associate Degree Nursing Program should take into consideration the three major programs in Nursing and Allied Health at Northern Maine Community College. They will specialize in numerous health care settings as certified health care providers if they graduate Emergency Medical Services and Associate Degree Nursing. There are also certain supplementary courses that can complement the main area of study.

Northern Maine Community College (Presque Isle, ME)

Northern Maine Community College
33 Edgemont Drive
Presque Isle, ME 04769

The Nursing program offered by Northern Main Community College is specially designed for those who are both beginners in this field of study, but also for individuals who already finished other practical nursing programs. You will benefit of guided learning experiences and those who graduate will be able to take the NCLEX-RN examination and get a job immediately.

Southern Maine Community College (South Portland, ME)


2 Fort Road, South Portland, Maine 04106

207-741-5500 or Toll Free in Maine 1-877-282-2182

The Associate Degree Nursing Program offered at Southern Maine Community College teaches students different skills and information that will make them registered nurses. They will have the proper abilities to offer nursing care to clients in numerous health care settings. After they finish they can take the NCLEX Registered Nurse examination. The information provided is a mix of general knowledge and nursing courses so that students will be prepared to handle any situations.

University of Maine at Augusta (Augusta, ME)

46 University Drive
Augusta, ME 04330-9410

TTY: 800.516.3600
TDD: 207.621.3107

At the University of Maine, students will have the chance to obtain an Associate Degree Nursing Program and be able to earn a Nursing student degree or a RN-BSN Bachelor’s degree in two years or more. If you are lucky and you are not in New England States, you might receive a tuition fee that will help you manage the financial part of the program.

University of New England (Portland, ME)

Portland Campus
716 Stevens Ave.
Portland, ME 04103
(207) 797-7261

There are only three Associate Degree Nursing Programs at the University of New England and you should decide which one is more suitable for you. You can benefit from a four-year BSN Program, an accelerated BSN for 17 months and a Nursing program that can upgrade a registered nurse degree to a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Nursing.