University of Maine at Augusta Nursing School Review

The University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) was started in 1965, and offered associate degrees as part of the University of Maine at Orono. It became its own school in 1971, and began offering baccalaureate degrees in 1975. UMA now offers 18 baccalaureate degrees. There are over 5000 students enrolled each semester.

The University has a main campus in Augusta, with a central green, auditorium, and a Student Center with a state of the art computer lab. UMA also has a satellite campus in Bangor, nine University College Centers, and 56 sites across the state for community learning.

Nursing Programs

Associate Degree in Nursing Program

Students who complete this program are awarded an Associate in Science (AS) in Nursing degree upon graduating. This nursing programprepares students for a career in healthcare. It requires a minimum of 70 credit hours to complete. Students that graduate will be eligible to take the state licensing exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN). This program is highly competitive and has a waiting list. Students who are not selected may enroll in the Liberal Studies – Pre-Nursing program and complete the general admission courses and prerequisites for the nursing program.

To apply for this program, students must have completed a high school or college level Biology class with a lab and a high school or college level Chemistry course with a lab, both with a grade of C or higher. They must also be able to demonstrate proficiency in math, reading and writing. They will need to have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, whether they are entering straight from high school or transferring from another institution.

The prerequisite classes for this program are high school Chemistry and Lab or Fundamentals of Chemistry, high school Biology with Lab or Introduction to Biology, Developmental Writing, Reading for Understanding, and Algebra I.

This program has been accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the Maine State Board of Nursing.

Advanced Standing for Licensed Professional Nurses (LPNs)

This program is offered to students who wish to earn their AS in Nursing and become licensed RNs.

Students applying must have graduated from an accredited LPN program, and currently hold an LPN license. If they have current LPN work experience, they may have graduated at any time; otherwise, they must have graduated within the last three years from their LPN program. Students that meet these requirements will be granted 16 credit hours for their previous education and experience.

Students in this program will be required to complete the LPN Transition course.

RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion

This RN to BSN program is for students who already have an AS degree in Nursing and hold an RN license. Graduates of this program will earn their Bachelor’s degree. Students will complete 120 credit hours for this degree program, and must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, and a GPA in nursing of at least 2.0.

Students will need to complete UMA’s core classes required for bachelor’s degree. These classes may be taken at UMA, or transferred from another college. The required core classes are Communications, College Writing, a college-level Math course, Introduction to Psychology, Human Development, Introduction to Sociology, Fundamentals of Biology or equivalent, Anatomy and Physiology or equivalent, Microbiology or equivalent, and a Fine Arts or Humanities elective.

University of Maine at Augusta
46 University Drive,
Augusta, ME 04330-9410

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