Maine Nursing Schools

Explore Nursing in Maine

As the nationwide nursing shortage is in full swing, the need for registered nurses with higher education in Maine is at an all-time high. Currently, 50% of Maine’s nurses entered the workforce with an associate’s degree. The goal of the Maine Institute of Medicine is to increase the nurses with bachelor’s degrees by 80% and double the quantity of nurses with a doctorate by the year 2020. A majority of Maine Magnet hospitals offer tuition reimbursement to encourage more students and nurses to obtain their bachelor’s or master’s degree. Some of the top employers of nurses in Maine include Maine General Medical Center, Maine Medical Center, and Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center.  The median salary of nurses in Maine exceeds the national average. Cumberland County has the highest concentration of registered nurses per capita as well as the highest average wage, followed by Aroostook County then Piscataquis County. If the shortage continues at the same rate, by the year 2015, only 73% of the available nursing positions will be occupied across Maine.


About Maine

Maine is the northern-most state on the East Coast of the nation and is known for its beautiful beaches and waterway paired with a jagged, mountainous coastline and densely forested interior, which lent inspiration to state’s nickname “The Pine Tree State”. The capital of Maine is Augusta, although the largest city is Portland, home to the momentous Old Port district and Cape Elizabeth. Maine’s general tax rate is 5% and the cost of living is indexed at 101 likened to the national average of 100. Residents and tourists alike will never have to search far for ways to spend their days, as the range of outdoor activities is vast and statewide there are museums, art districts, and world class restaurants featuring the local seafood fare, including Maine’s famous lobsters and clams.

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Nursing programs offered in Maine

  • Eastern Maine Community College +
    • Programs Offered

      • Nursing-A.S. Degree
      • LPN to ASN



  • Husson University +
    • Programs Offered

      • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree
      • Family and Community Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
      • Nursing Education (MSN)
      • Post Master's Certificate Options



  • Kennebec Valley Community College +
    • Programs Offered

      • ADN
      • LPN to ADN



  • University of New England +
    • Programs Offered

      • BSN
      • RN-BSN
      • A-BSN
      • Master's in Nurse Anesthesia



  • University of Southern Maine +
    • Programs Offered

      • BS in Nursing
      • BS in Nursing - Accelerated Program
      • BS in Nursing - RN to Bachelor of Science Degree
      • MS in Nursing
      • MS in Nursing - Option for Non-Nurses with Baccalaureate Degrees
      • MS in Nursing - RN to Master of Science Degree Program for Registered Nurses
      • Certificate Programs
      • DNP