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Bachelor of Science – Nursing Completion Program

Designated as exemplifying “Excellence in Holistic Nursing Education” by the American Holistic Nurses Association, 2013

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A whole new way to care through an Integral-Holistic Curriculum

Are you an RN in Maine looking to expand your horizons, both in how you care for others and how you care for yourself? With a holistic focus and approach, UMA’s BS Completion Program (RN- BS) will expose you to new ways of caring, while preparing you for exciting new career opportunities or graduate level study.

Though we say that our BS Completion Program offers “a whole new way to care,” in truth UMA’s holistic focus dates all the way back to Florence Nightingale. Over 100 years ago, the founder of modern nursing was emphasizing the same humanitarian, patient-centered values that our program does today. “We must not talk to them or at them,” Nightingale said, “but with them.”

Nightingale’s patient-centered approach to nursing care and healing diminished within the medical technology revolution of the 20th and 21st centuries. But in recent years, holistic nursing has begun to found its rightful way back into contemporary nursing, effectively tying together medical breakthroughs with a nurturing and healing approach. This is the very premise of UMA’s BS program. It takes the best of modern medicine, health, and caring, and ties it together with all the profession has learned over the past 100 years.


UMA’s BS in Nursing program was granted 5-year full accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) in March of 2014. The ACEN has scheduled the next evaluation visit for Fall 2018. The ACEN website is . The address for and phone contact information for ACEN is listed below.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
P: (404) 975-5000
F: (404) 975-5020

A whole new way to grow.

With UMA’s integral-holistic curriculum based in Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring, Barbara Dossey’s theory of Integral Nursing, and Ken Wilber’s Integral Philosophy, our RN-BS completion program is not just about the patient. It is also about you. As a student here, you will learn how to take better care of yourself in a profession that we all know firsthand can be incredibly stressful. You will learn to create meaningful and sustainable caring-healing nursing practices that support why you became a nurse in the first place: to engage in the caring-healing process with those who are in need and experiencing suffering.

At the same time you are learning to take care of yourself and support the healing process of patients and communities, you will also be equipped with new skills; you will earn the qualifications necessary to take your nursing career in new directions, to assume professional leadership positions, to adapt to the changing nature of health care and health care roles, to integrate the new science and informatics into your practice, and to pursue a graduate degree.

A whole new way to learn.

Because most of our BSN students are working nurses, UMA’s program offers a combination of fully online and blended learning courses. This blended approach of e-learning with occasional face-to-face meetings will enable you to flourish in our program, no matter the demands of your daily life or how far you live from Augusta. To learn about technology requirements for online learning, please visit the following links:


Minimum 120 Credit Hours
Writing Intensive Course
Minimum Cumulative G.P.A.: 2.50
30 Credit Hours of Residency courses
9 Credits of Upper-Level Major Residency courses
Minimum G.P.A. in the Major: 2.50
NUR/CIS 225 Introduction to Health Informatics (3)
NUR 301 Health Assessment Throughout the Lifespan (4)
NUR 302 Pharmacology for Nurses (3)
NUR 304 Conceptual Basis of Professional Nursing (3)
NUR 352 Nursing Research (3)
NUR 355 Community and Global Health Didactic (3)

NUR 356 Community and Global Health Clinical (2)
NUR 410 Leadership and Management (3)
NUR 499W Senior Seminar for RN’s (3)
___________any 300 or 400-level Nursing elective (3)
___________ any 300 or 400-level Nursing elective (3)



ENG 103W Writing for Allied Health (3)
Fine Arts* (3)
Humanities* (3)
MAT 115 Elementary Statistics (3)
BIO 104 Introduction to Human Nutrition (3)
BIO 345 Pathophysiology (3)
All prerequisite, MAT, BIO, and NUR courses require a grade of C, not C minus (C-), or higher for Successful completion

* See BSN Checklist for specific Fine Arts and Humanities courses that meet the General Education Requirements.

NUR Elective Courses (3 Credit)

NUR 326 Caring for Aging Adults

NUR 330 Integrative Healing Yoga: Theory, Philosophy, and Practice for Individuals & Healthcare Providers

NUR 351 Biomedical Ethics

NUR 389 Thanatology for Nurses

NUR 420 The American Health Care System

NUR 425 Hands on Healing: Reiki and the Importance of Caring for Self and Others

Upon successful completion of the RN- BSN program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Demonstrates holistic-relationship centered nursing care in diverse health care settings.
  2. Uses best current evidence to provide safe and effective holistic nursing care.
  3. Uses critical thinking skills to assess cultural, ethical, legal, and safety concerns with diverse client populations across the lifespan.
  4. Utilizes technology and information to monitor outcomes of holistic care and to improve the quality and safety of healthcare systems.
  5. Develops one’s professional identity with an ability to partner within an interdisciplinary team in order to continuously improve care.
  6. Effectively communicates through technological, written, and verbal modalities.
  7. Demonstrates transformative leadership skills in influencing healthcare care delivery systems.
  8. Demonstrates competency with self care-healing modalities in order to create sustainable caring-healing practices.
  9. Creates a plan for continued professional development and commitment to lifelong learning.
  10. Develops health promotion and illness prevention skills for patients and communities via contemporary approaches to wellness through the coaching role of the nurse.

Here is sample of some of our graduating students, stated in their own words.

Completion of a BSN degree may afford registered nurses a variety of advancement in their current practice setting and/ or help the nurse to pursue new career opportunities.

Clinical Settings:

  • Advancement in level of clinical practice in a variety of inpatient settings:
  • Medical Surgical
  • Critical Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics
  • Emergency or Trauma Nursing
  • Nurse Educator (in some settings)
  • Nurse Manager (in some settings)

Community Settings:

  • Public Health Nurse
  • School Nurse
  • Home Health or Hospice Nursing
  • Case Manager
  • Wellness Coach

Graduate School Opportunities:

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Manager
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Leader (CNL)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • PhD in nursing research or nursing science

Dr. Lynne King, BSN Coordinator

Lynne KingDr. Lynne King has been a nurse since 1977, with a wide range of practical-clinical experience, including the acute medical-surgical, ICU, emergency, inpatient psychiatric and rehabilitation settings. Dr. King has taught for over 30 years at the Associate and Baccalaureate levels of nursing in the traditional, ITV, and hybrid learning environments.

Her earlier research interests involved pressure ulcer prevention, and she is currently focused on incivility in nursing and nursing education. Dr. King’s dissertation was a Heideggerian phenomenological study of nursing faculty-to-faculty experience with incivility. She continues her work with creating a positive and civil workplace culture.

Having recently completed doctoral degree coursework in the hybrid format, Dr. King is very familiar with the challenges and benefits of working in the hybrid environment from the student perspective. It has always been her goal to create courses and a learning environment that contribute to a meaningful student experience. Her doctoral education used a community of learners model, and implementing this model has become a passion for Dr. King, as she strives to create a community of learners in each course taught.

Dr. King practices nursing holistically and is a Therapeutic Touch practitioner. She has recently integrated yoga practice into her self-care. Other interests include informal pet therapy with routine visits of her two dogs at a local nursing home where they share their healing energy with residents.

As the newly appointed RN-BSN Program Coordinator, Dr. King looks forward to working with the students enrolled in the RN- BSN program at UMA and supporting their scholarly learning journey, as she collaborates with the UMA RN- BSN faculty to support students in their self-care and healing processes.

Coordinator of RN-BSN Program
Dr. Lynne King
207 621-3236
Office:  235 Randall Student Center


Dr. Carey S. Clark

Carey ClarkCarey S. Clark, PhD, RN, RYT has been a nurse since 1994, with a wide range of practical-clinical experience, including acute medical-surgical, pediatrics, inpatient psychiatric, home health nursing, parish nursing, and hospice nursing. Dr. Clark has taught for 15 years across all levels of nursing in the traditional, online, and hybrid classroom settings.

Her research interests are focused on caring in nursing and nursing education, as well as the empowerment of nurses. Her dissertation examined Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring and the volume related her nursing theory to interdisciplinary theories such as complexity, chaos theory, transpersonal psychology, and partnership social systems. She has many published articles in scholarly journals such as Advances in Nursing Science, International Journal for Human Caring, and Holistic Nursing Practice. Dr. Clark is passionate about expanding upon others ideas to delve deeper into the meanings of life, love, and caring. She is a Reiki Master, a yoga teacher, and is skilled in assisting others to create sustainable holistic caring-healing nursing practices.

Dr. Clark has been involved for several years with the Nurse Manifest Project, a grass-roots movement focusing on the revamping of nursing practice and the autonomy and emancipation of nurses worldwide. She currently blogs about creating change and nurses autonomy for the Nurse Manifest project. Dr Clark’s research and publications in peer -reviewed journals have elucidated the ideas of caring in nursing and nursing education. Dr. Clark is the editor of the American Holistic Nurses Association student-faculty newsletter. Dr. Clark was honored in 2011 to receive the Carrie Lenburg Award from Excelsior College for outstanding commitment to nursing education.

Having completed both the MSN and PhD coursework in the online format, she is very familiar with the challenges and benefits of working in this environment from the student perspective. Dr. Clark looks forward to working with the students enrolled in the RN- BSN program at UMA and supporting their scholarly learning journey, as well as their self-care and healing processes.


Meredith Kendall, MSN, RN, CNE, Adjunct Faculty

MeredithKendallMeredith Kendall teaches Reiki at the University of Maine at Augusta and nursing at the Central Maine Medical Center College.

Ms. Kendall is a Reiki teacher/practitioner and the Reiki Coordinator at the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. Ms. Kendall manages a team of Reiki practitioners/researchers at the Dempsey Center, conducts research, and shares Reiki with clients. She created and established Reiki programs at two medical facilities in Maine.

Ms. Kendall volunteers at The Pierce House, a 16-bed assisted living facility, teaching yoga and serving on the Board. She manages the Reiki and massage tent at the annual Dempsey Challenge, an annual October fundraising event. Challenge athletes and survivors ride, run, and walk: raising money to support free integrative health services for clients of the Dempsey Center. She is a member of a local Institutional Review Board.

Kendall is the author of two books about Reiki; Reiki Nurse: My life as a nurse and how Reiki changed it, and Reiki Stories: My hot hands.

She was the recipient of the 2012 St Joseph’s College of Maine Alumni of the Year Award, distance education. She is a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association. She is certified as a nurse educator by the National League for Nursing.


Sheila Roy

sheilaroyI am so grateful that I discovered the RN to BSN program at UMA. After receiving my associates degree in nursing, I knew that I wanted to continue my education. After taking a few years to gain experience as a nurse I began taking classes at another university. Unfortunately, I did not feel that program was providing me with the knowledge and experience I needed. Thankfully, I met Dr. Lynne King at an educational in-service 2 years ago. After our brief meeting, I knew that the nursing program at UMA was where I needed to be.

The knowledge and experience of the nurse educators is priceless. The program’s focus on self-care has fostered my growth as a nurse and as an individual. I now realize that in order to care for others, I must first take care of myself.

I would recommend the RN to BSN program at UMA to any nurse looking to advance their nursing practice. The combination of online and hybrid classes allows nurses to advance their degree while juggling family, work, and life.

Sheila Roy RN, ONC

Denise Worcester

DeniseWorcesterMy nursing education began at UMA 10 years ago and I am now nearing completion of the RN-BSN program. Throughout my education, I have learned more than I can express about the art and science of nursing with both Dr. King and Dr. Clark. My education has far surpassed that which may be found in textbooks or within the clinical setting. The program’s emphasis on holism has been invaluable towards enriching my nursing experience, making me a better person and professional as I incorporate the teachings into my daily life and nursing practice. The concept of self-care that has been woven throughout the core curriculum teaches us that in order to be present, achieve excellence, and make the greatest difference in all aspects of the profession, we must first start with caring for ourselves.

As a practicing nurse returning to the academic setting, I am ever grateful for the consideration given to the development of the RN-BSN program. The online and hybrid courses have made it very reasonable to complete my degree while continuing to work full time. In addition, I feel the caring and support given to each student throughout the program is beyond compare. I believe anyone entering the program may be assured of receiving a solid foundation for future nursing practice as well as preparation for any advanced academic pursuits.

Denise Worcester, RN