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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

UMA and UMFK are pleased to announce that we have opened admission to our new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Collaborative Program. 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.

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A few program highlights:

  • Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the RN licensure exam.
  • The nursing course sequence is distributed over a four-year cycle. It may be possible to attend part-time while completing the first half of the program if students have prior college credits and/or attend summer semesters.
  • The degree will be awarded by UMFK. Students will matriculate and register through UMA for the first year of the program and will then be transferred to UMFK for the second year (no additional application forms or fees will be required at the time of transfer).
  • This program will not require travel to Fort Kent. Nursing classes will be taught at UMA’s Augusta campus. Clinical placements (3rd and 4th year) will be primarily in the Augusta region.

Entrance Requirements

  • GPA of 2.5
  • Successful completion (grade of C or higher) of at least 2 years of high school college prep science with lab including Biology, Chemistry or Anatomy & Physiology; or 1 semester of college biology
  • Completion of or eligible to register for ENG 101 (eligibility determined through placement testing or SAT scores)
  • Completion of MAT 030 Algebra I (or course waiver through placement testing) or completion of a 100 level college math course
  • Two or more years of high school foreign language is preferred

Admission is expected to be competitive with emphasis placed on strong science grades and overall prior academic performance.


Fall 2014 Class

The first review of completed applications will begin on June 2nd. Students already admitted to pre-nursing at UMA for Summer and Fall 2014 will automatically be reviewed for the program. Additional reviews, including new applications, will occur throughout the summer until all 56 slots have been filled.

Fall 2015 Class

For full consideration to this competitive program, interested students should submit ALL application materials to UMA by January 31, 2015. Initial reviews will be conducted in February/March with offers of admission made by April 1st. Additional reviews and offers of admission will occur as long as space remains in the program. Students who are admissible to UMA but do not meet the competitive admission standards and/or are admissible after the class is full will be offered admission to Liberal Studies, Pre-Nursing track.


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:  www.state.me.us/boardofnursing

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.




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




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.

Faculty guide and facilitate Associate and 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.


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




The Nursing Program 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.

The Nursing 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.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program prepares graduates for entry level nursing positions and for baccalaureate level studies by providing a foundation in general studies, sciences, nursing, and use of technologies. The ASN graduate is prepared to provide and manage holistic, caring, evidence-based nursing care of clients across the life-span, in a variety of structured settings. The graduate is prepared to function collaboratively as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team. 

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 ASN and 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 centeredcare to the client, family, and the global community, with flexibility to adapt to the changing nature of health care and health care roles.



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.



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