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Nursing Degree Programs

UMA offers the following three programs in nursing:

RN to BSN Completion Program

A program for RNs with their Associate degree, UMA’s fully-accredited bachelor completion program provides a low cost, flexible and quick path to a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. With a unique holistic approach and a blended format that combines online learning with periodic live classes, UMA’s program allows anyone to flourish, no matter the demands of their daily life or how far they live from Augusta.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

UMA, in partnership with the University of Maine at Fort Kent, is offering a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The BSN is rapidly becoming the preferred educational credential for Registered Nurses, and we are delighted to help students earn this credential in the Augusta region. In this program, students register through UMA for classes in the first year and through Fort Kent for classes the following three years.  All courses and clinical learning experiences are offered and taught in the Augusta area or offered online, so no one needs to travel to Fort Kent for this program.  Students graduate with a University of Maine at Fort Kent degree. Call 1-877-UMA-1234 for more information

Associate of Science in Nursing

UMA is phasing out its Associate Degree in Nursing. The last cohort began Fall 2015. During the program teach out all students currently enrolled in the program and all students currently on the Nursing Wait List will have the opportunity to graduate from this program.

Ideally situated in the capital region of the beautiful State of Maine, the University of Maine at Augusta’s excellent nursing program is available to both traditional and non-traditional learners and is responsive to the needs of the citizens of Maine.

 

Vision:

The University of Maine at Augusta Nursing Education Program will be a leader in educating caring, professional, nurses.

Mission:

The University of Maine at Augusta Nursing Education Program fulfills current and future nursing care needs of diverse populations by educating students to become professional nurses who sustain caring nursing practices. The Nursing Education Program is delivered using contemporary technology to traditional, non-traditional and place bound students.

The Nursing Program faculty is committed to providing exemplary educational programs, which are delivered using live classroom, on-line and blended formats.

 
Philsophy
 
Our faculty believes that an individual is a holistic being with basic human needs aligning with Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Basic Human Needs are fundamental physiologic, psychological, social, and spiritual requirements for the well-being and health of an individual.

Health is a dynamic state in which individuals adapt to internal and external environments to strive for optimal well-being and quality of life. Health incorporates human needs, developmental processes, and the ability to maximize individual potential. Each person has the right to participate in decisions which affect health.

Our faculty embraces the philosophy of Relationship Centered Care, which is the intentional cultivation of relationships. Relationship Centered Care encompasses the values of respect for dignity and uniqueness of others, valuing diversity, integrity, humility, mutual trust, self-determination, empathy and the capacity for grace and empowerment.

 
Values and Beliefs About Nursing
 
Nursing is a caring profession with a goal of assisting clients to achieve an individual level of wellness through a holistic caring approach. The client enters the health care delivery system for assistance in managing health needs. The profession requires clinical reasoning skills in order to make sound nursing care decisions, which incorporate accountability and integrity. Professional nursing actions are also based on a body of knowledge that is the integration of theory from the arts, humanities, physical sciences, and caring-humanistic sciences.

 
Values and Beliefs About Nursing Education
 
Consistent with UMA’s strong commitment to the adult learner, the Nursing Program has incorporated the principles of adult education in its curriculum. Learning is a linked effort of faculty and students that fosters life-long self-directed learning, critical thinking skills, and personal and professional growth. Learning is a continuous process, which involves the student’s intellect, feelings, values, interests, and past experiences. The role of the faculty member is that of experienced teacher, facilitator, resource person, the role model of care and self-care, and the architect of a climate for learning. Faculty and students become partners in the relationship centered educational experience.

At the Bachelor’s level of education, an integral educational framework approach is utilized to further examine the health potential of self, patients, and communities, while enhancing the students’ understanding of healing and holism. The Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Program prepares registered nurses for leadership roles in nursing, while supporting their ability to create caring-healing sustainable holistic nursing practices. This is achieved through the practices of self-reflection and self-care.

Students are offered the opportunity to explore holistic-healing elective courses, which can be utilized in various practice settings. The BSN graduate has enhanced opportunities for career growth and is prepared for and encouraged to pursue graduate level studies.

 
Educational Delivery Modalities
 
In fulfilling our commitment to students’ learning needs, and in response to continual changes in healthcare, the faculty are committed to the integration of technology throughout the curriculum. The BSN curricula are delivered via a variety of contemporary learning platforms, including hybrid, web-based, traditional, and simulation.

Ultimately, the UMA nursing graduate is prepared to utilize nursing theory, technology, and evidenced-based knowledge in the provision of holistic relationship centered care to the client, family, and the global community, with flexibility to adapt to the changing nature of health care and health care roles.

Faculty guide and facilitate Bachelor of Nursing students learning by:

  • Using innovative, evidence-based teaching modalities.
  • Modeling competent, caring nursing practices.
  • Encouraging and supporting lifelong learning.
  • Preparing students for the acquisition of advanced degrees.
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    The nursing faculty of University of Maine at Augusta is committed to advancing nursing practice through living and teaching core values of:

  • Integrity
  • Respect and caring for oneself and human kind
  • Holism
  • Nursing Excellence
  • Professionalism
  • Honoring Diversity
  • Leadership
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