Central Maine Community College Nursing Program Review

Central Maine Community College (CMCC) first opened as Androscoggin State Vocational Institute in 1964, in an old car dealership in Lewiston. It was renamed Central Main Vocational Institute in 1965 and relocated to its current spot in 1966. It became Central Maine Technical College in 1989, and gained its current name in 2003.

CMCC is located on 135 acres on the shore of Lake Auburn. It is in Maine’s second largest metropolitan area, and is located within driving distance of beaches, ski slopes, and wilderness. The College enrolls 3000 students each semester. CMCC has over 24 programs of study available.

Nursing Programs

Associate in Science (AS) Degree in Nursing

This program is a two year degree, designed to train students to be professional nurses. Graduates of the program will be able to work in hospitals and extended care facilities in a variety of specialties. Students that graduate will be allowed to take the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX), to become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN).

To apply for this program, students must have taken the high school courses of Algebra I, Chemistry with a Lab, and Biology with a Lab. Students will also need to take the Nurse Entrance Test, and demonstrate proficiency in reading and math.

In addition, students will need to submit the results of a visual acuity exam two months before taking their first nursing course, show proof of current immunizations two months before starting the program, and submit any other medical or educational documentation that may be required by the nursing department.

Once accepted into the program, students are required to be certified in CPR, carry college professional liability insurance, have personal health insurance, and have their own transportation to and from clinical settings. Students will also be required to earn at least a C in all nursing courses to be able to continue with the program, as well as maintain at least a 2.0 GPA.

Graduates of this program may consider transferring to the University of Southern Maine or the University of Maine at Fort Kent to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

The AS in Nursing program has been approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing, and accredited by the National League fro Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Diploma in Nursing

The Diploma in Nursing program allows students to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). After graduation, students will be able to take the National Council Licensing exam for Practical Nurses.

Students wishing to take this program will apply to and meet the entry requirements for the AS in Nursing program. Upon application to the AS program, students decide which program they want to take. Those that want to earn a Diploma in Nursing will take the same courses as the AS program, but will leave after the first year.

Continuing Education

CMCC offers many online Healthcare Certificates through their Continuing Education department. Some of the offerings include Certificates in Gerontology, End of Life Care, Perinatal Issues, Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing, Growth and Development Throughout the Lifespan, and Pain Assessment and Management.

Students are also able to take Medical Terminology and Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II courses online.

Central Maine Community College
1250 Turner Street,
Auburn ME 04210

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