Northern Maine Community College Nursing Program Review

Northern Maine Community College (NMCC) began educating students in 1963. With over 30 programs of study to choose from, NMCC enrolls over 2000 students each semester. The faculty to student ratio is 1 to 15. Ninety percent of NMCC graduates are either employed or enrolled in a baccalaureate program within six months of graduation.

NMCC is located in Presque Isle, a town with a population of 10,000. Presque Isle offers the convenience of a city combined with a small town atmosphere. The area offers recreational activities for each of the four seasons, giving students the opportunity to unwind after studying.

Nursing Programs

Associate in Science (AS) Degree

The AS Degree in Nursing program is designed as a multiple entry program. Students that are just beginning their nursing career will enter the program during the first year, while those that have a nursing background already may qualify to enter the program with advance standing. Graduates of this program will be allowed to sit for the Registered Nurse (RN) licensing exam (NCLEX-RN).

To enter the program, students must be admitted to the College. Students will need to have completed high school or the equivalent, and have up to date immunizations per Maine law. Students are also required to provide recommendations.

The prerequisites for this program are high school level Biology and Chemistry with labs or Human Biology at the college level, high school Algebra, Pre-Admission Skills testing, and American Heart Association BCLS certification for health care providers.

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) that are seeking advanced standing in the program will be required to take the Role Transition course before they may begin the second year of the program.

To progress in the program, students must earn a C or higher in all nursing major courses.

This program has been accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

Other Allied Health Programs

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Students that take the full two year EMS program graduate with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, and are prepared to take the National Registry Paramedic exam to become a licensed Paramedic.

This program has multiple entry and exit points. This allows students to complete the requirements for an EMT Basic or EMT Intermediate certificate and be able to take the licensing exams, without completing the full degree program.

Students that have an Intermediate EMT certificate may take the Paramedicine certificate program to become licensed as a paramedic, without completing the associate degree program.

To be admitted to the EMS AAS degree program, students must be admitted to the College, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and submit their ACT or SAT scores. They will also need to have taken high school level Biology and Chemistry with labs, high school Algebra, and American Heart Association BCLS certification for health care providers. It is recommended but not required to have an EMT-Basic certification.

Medical Assisting

Medical Assistants have both clinical and administrative duties. Graduates of this program earn an AAS degree, and are allowed to take the exams to become Certified Medical Assistants (CMAs) or Registered Medical Assistants (RMAs).

Students applying to this degree program must meet the same entry requirements as for the nursing program. This program takes two years to complete.

Continuing Education

NMCC offers Health Care Certificates through their online Continuing Education department. Some of the certificates offered are Gerontology, Perinatal Issues, Pain Assessment and Management, and Growth and Development through the Lifespan. Students may enroll in these programs online.

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

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