Maine has several universities for you to earn a master's degree in nursing even if your bachelor’s degree is in a different field. If you choose to enter direct entry MSN program, you may want to attend a university on a full-time basis, in which case you can earn your Master’s in Nursing in as little as three years. There are also accredited online MSN programs in Maine that are available, which have varied requirements. Take a look at the accelerated and second degree MSN programs available on our site, then request information from schools you are interested in to begin.
Some of the universities in Maine that offer Direct Entry MSN programs include:
- University of Southern Maine
- University of New England
- University of Maine
- Husson University
- Saint Joseph's College of Maine
- Capella University
- Frontier Nursing University
The direct entry programs offered are designed to allow you to earn your graduate degree in three years, if you attend full-time. The first year requires the completion of a series of basic nursing courses. In the summer of the second year you are required to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). You must pass this test to become a registered nurse in Maine and continue your graduate education.
Recommendations or requirements for admissions typically include:
- Completion of a statistics course with a grade of B- or higher
- Undergraduate pathophysiology with a B- or higher is strongly recommended
- Transcripts from other institutions must be requested by you and forwarded to the School of Nursing
- Complete any other required courses before entering the direct entry program
- All courses completed must have a grade of B- or higher
- A course in anatomy and physiology is highly recommended
The total required credits for completing your accelerated MSN in Maine are around 115.The first courses are basic nursing courses and are listed below:
- Health Related Research
- Concepts in Community Health
- Health Assessment and the Practicum
- Transition to Professional Nursing Role for MS Option Students
- Fundamentals of Nursing Lab for MS Option Students
- Nursing Arts and Science for MS Option Students
- Adult/Older Adult Health Nursing and lab
- Mental Health Nursing for MS Option Students and lab
- Community Nursing Partnership for Option Students
- Nursing Care of the Older Adult in the Community
- Reproductive and Sexual Health Nursing and Lab
- Child Health Nursing and Lab
- Advance Nursing Skills Lab
- Management of the Critically Ill Adult/Older Adult for MS Option Students
- Management of the Critically Ill Adult/Older Clinical for MS Option
You will begin to study in one of the following advanced practice nursing concentrations in the second year. These are not all of the specialties you can choose from, but instead represent some of the most common choices of students.
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Adult–Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
- Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Some of the required courses you must take to complete the graduate portion of this kind of program are outlined below.
- Advanced Pharmacotherapy
- Advanced Health Assessment
- Nursing Theory & Knowledge Development
- Applied Theories for Advanced Interpersonal Skills
- Graduate Elective – 500/600 level course
- Primary Care of the Child with Episodic Illnesses (FNP only)
- Clinical Project
- Gerontology Course under development (Adult–Gerontology only)
- Primary Health Care of the Adult II, III
- Clinical Practicum & Seminar II, III
- Role Seminar
Your specific schedule will reflect your clinical choice and will include clinical hours, which includes your lab courses. The total clinical hours are approximately 600 hours in advanced nursing programs.
If you choose to become a Family Nurse Practitioner in Maine, you will evaluate and diagnose patients, while ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests plus initiating the appropriate treatments. You will also prescribe medications.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center provides a Credential Award (FNP-BC) if you pass the certification test. The test will cost you $270 if you are a member of the ANA. The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners also offers a certification program by passing their exam. It is an excellent idea to obtain one of these certifications to advance your nursing career.
Nurse Practitioners in Maine earned an average annual income of $92,480 in May 2013. This occupation is expected to grow by 31 percent between 2012 and 2022, which is much faster than most occupations.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing scholarship programs has been designed to alleviate the nursing shortage, and they provide scholarships of $10,000 each to more than 1,500 college graduates without nursing degrees. Some of the universities in Maine offer merit scholarships, and low income students should complete the FAFSA application, which is a federal grant program based on financial need. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing contains a long list of financial aid resources on their webpage
There are numerous benefits to obtaining your graduate degree in nursing, which has job security and offers many new challenges. You can select from those schools that offer Direct Entry Master’s in Nursing programs in Maine and contact the ones that interest you.