Are you an RN 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 and graduate level study.

RN-BS via hybrid and online course offerings.

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Associate Degree in Nursing Program

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.


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.



Our Associates Nursing program will provide you with outstanding preparation for practice in structured health care settings such as hospitals, nursing care facilities, and community-based agencies. If you are already an RN with an Associates degree, our holistic Bachelors program is the perfect way for you to advance your career and prepare for graduate school.


RN-B.S.N. via hybrid and online course offerings. 




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



Are you an RN 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 and graduate level study.

RN-BS via hybrid and online course offerings.

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