UMA offers a choice of nursing programs that provide outstanding preparation for practice in structured health care settings such as hospitals, nursing care facilities, and community-based agencies. Our offerings will also prepare you with the perfect way to advance in your career and prepare for graduate school.




Associate Degree in Nursing Program

UMA is phasing out its Associate Degree in Nursing. 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. There may also be limited slots available for new students.

UMA takes great pride in its Nursing Program, which has graduated more than 1,600 RNs. In virtually every health care facility in central Maine and even around the state, you’ll find UMA-educated nurses filling critically important roles in the delivery of care to patients. A constant in our tradition of expertly preparing nursing students is a superb faculty who combine nursing experience and teaching excellence. Like the care they show to patients in the health care setting, our faculty display the same care in the classroom, providing each and every nursing student with the attention and understanding they need to succeed.

Along with its outstanding faculty, UMA boasts a Nursing Center with expanded classrooms and labs equipped with contemporary equipment. This excellent nurse education center provides an ideal setting for learning, while our relationship with Maine General Hospital and numerous other healthcare facilities provides our students with invaluable hands-on clinical experience.

Our ASN nursing majors graduate well prepared to take the N-CLEX-RN examination for licensure as a registered nurse. Once licensed, they can often choose from among a wide array of rewarding and well compensated RN career opportunities.

The Associate in Science in Nursing Degree is approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (Formally NLNAC)

Maine State Board of Nursing
161 Capitol Street, 158 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04330-0158
Telephone: (207)287-1133
Web site:

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


UMA’s Nursing program produces caring, competent, knowledgeable professionals who provide an invaluable service to their communities. Clinical, critical thinking and writing skills, along with an understanding of various systems (health care, biological, family, and sociological) are just some of the skills that our nursing students acquire. Additional skills and abilities they possess are listed below.


CommunicationHuman Development
Facilitating the nurse-patient relationship
Counseling & interviewing
Public speaking
Active listening
Assessing individual needs
Managing patients throughout lifespan
Understanding basic human needs
Clarifying values
Working with families
Sensitivity to diversity
Working as a team player
TechnicalCritical Thinking
Critical observations
Understanding medical terminology
Psychomotor skill development
Physical stamina
Accuracy with details
Planning and organizing
Utilizing the nursing process
Working under pressure
Setting priorities
Applying theory to clinical practice
Implementing and evaluating plans
Making decisions
Identifying ethical dilemmas


The selected list below indicates a range of career possibilities. For some occupations listed below, a Bachelor’s degree or graduate level of study may be required.

Health Care 
(Traditional Settings)
Health Care 
(Non-Traditional Settings)
Staff Nurse (all areas of care)
Clinical Coordinator
Charge Nurse
Advanced Practitioner*
Nurse Practioner, CNS, Midwife*
Home Health Care Nurse
Office Nurse
Infection Control Nurse
Enterostomal Therapist*
School Nurse
Public Health Nurse
Case Manager
Biofeedback Therapist*
Flight Nurse
Day Care Nurse
Health Care/Nursing Research*
Camp Nurse
Parish Nurse
Forensic Nurse
Nurse Educator
Staff Development
School Health Coordinator 
Patient Education Coordinator

*Baccalaureate or Graduate level study is generally required for these occupations.

Program Outcomes


Upon completion of the UMA Nursing Program, the graduate will be able to:


Professional Behaviors:

Demonstrate professional behaviors of nursing practice including assuming responsibility for his/her own actions, practicing nursing within legal and ethical standards, acting as a client advocate, and maintaining professional boundaries in the nurse-client relationship.

Assume responsibility for personal and professional growth.



Establish, maintain, and use therapeutic skills to promote effective communication with individuals and groups.

Document client assessment data and nursing actions accurately with minimal assistance.

Communicate relevant, accurate, and complete information, written and verbal, in a concise and clear manner.



Assess the client’s health by completing a health history and performing a physical, cognitive, psychosocial and functional assessment including the impact of developmental, cultural, and spiritual influences.

Assess the client’s changing health and responses to interventions.


Clinical Decisionmaking:

Make clinical judgments to ensure safe and competent care.

Apply all four components of the nursing process, at a beginning practitioner level, to provide care to clients across the lifespan experiencing common recurring health problems.

Formulate an individual plan of care based on assessment data.

Evaluate and modify care plan based on ongoing assessment.

Evaluate the effectiveness of care in meeting client outcomes.


Caring Interventions:

Demonstrate caring behaviors toward the client, significant support persons, peers and other members of the healthcare team.

Identify and honor the emotional, cultural, and spiritual influences on the client’s health.


Teaching and Learning:

Develop, implement and modifies teaching plans for clients based on assessment data and identified learning needs.

Modify the teaching plan based on evaluation of progress toward identified learning outcomes.



Collaborate with other health care professionals and seek assistance from those with more education and/or experience to achieve optimal client outcomes.


Managing Care:

Coordinate the implementation of care plans for clients and significant support personnel.

Provide nursing care to multiple clients, prioritizing care effectively.

Supervise and evaluate the activities of assistive personnel.

Facilitate continuity of care across health care settings.

Delegate appropriate aspects of client care to qualified assistive personnel, providing effective feedback, supervision and evaluation.