All new applicants to UMA’s Nursing program can be admitted to pre-nursing status and pursue review for Fall 2022 admission.

UMA Nursing

Early action admission Deadline: November 15, 2021

Final Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

The mission of the UMA Nursing Education Program is to fulfill the nursing care needs of diverse populations by educating traditional and post-traditional students to transform professional nursing roles and grow holistic caring nursing practices.

The Nursing Education Program is delivered using contemporary technology thereby providing quality education to nurses in Maine and beyond. The program is supportive of student success while promoting civic engagement.

UMA’s Nursing program will:

  • provide you with a quality baccalaureate-level education,
  • enhance your abilities to sustain caring nursing practice within the complex and dynamic healthcare environment,
  • allow you to develop the leadership and management skills necessary to promote growth within the profession of nursing, and
  • provide you with the educational foundation for graduate-level nursing education.

Upon successful completion of the traditional 4-Year curriculum, UMA awards a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing. Upon degree completion, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

UMA’s 4-Year BSN Program is available at the Augusta Campus, as well as UMA’s Brunswick, Ellsworth, Rumford, and Rockland Centers. Additionally, beginning in Fall 2021 the Nursing Program will offer a residential opportunity in partnership with the University of Maine at Farmington. Students will be enrolled in UMA’s program while taking courses from both UMF and UMA, and enjoying a residential campus experience at UMF.

Nursing Resources Laboratory

The UMA Nursing Resources Laboratory, located at the Augusta Civic Center, has renovated lab classrooms and a clinical simulation lab. Laboratory learning centers in the nursing program outreach areas are arranged at local facilities. Each nursing education center provides a setting for learning, while our relationship with numerous healthcare facilities provides our students with invaluable hands-on clinical experience.


Explore these tabs to learn more about the BSN Program

BSN 4-Year Pre-licensure Track Admission Requirements

Application Deadline: January 31st

Please note, if you are admitted to the spring semester in pre-requisites met status and do not enroll in UMA courses, you must defer your admission to the fall semester to be reviewed for admission to the fall nursing program.

All deferral requests must be submitted to the Admissions Office no later than January 31. If spring admitted students do not submit the deferral request by this deadline, the application will not be reviewed for admission to the nursing program.

To be admissible to the Fall 2021 cohort of the UMA 4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, applicants must complete the following requirements (subject to change):

  • High School or College-level Biology with Lab with a grade of B (not B-) or higher
  • High School or College-level Chemistry with a grade of B (not B-) or higher
  • Completion of ENG 100 (grade of C or higher) or appropriate placement scores
  • Completion of MAT 015 or 030 (grade of C or higher) or appropriate placement scores
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Applicants who previously attended a school of nursing must be in good standing and eligible for readmission at their current/former school of nursing. Any student who was dismissed from a school of nursing must complete the BSN Supplemental Admissions Essay.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum published requirements for admission will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee for consideration based on a holistic review of academic and non-academic factors.

Prerequisite Resources

*NOTE: Science and math courses must be completed within the previous 10 years to be considered for admission review.

Ranking Process

Admission is highly competitive.  All applicants are ranked utilizing the below scale and the highest-ranked applicants are offered admission.  All attempted credits are taken into consideration.  Review the ranking criteria (PDF).

High School Applicants

  • High School Cumulative GPA – 20%.
  • High School Biology with Lab – 30%.
  • High School Chemistry with Lab – 30%.
  • High School Math Courses Average – 20%.

Current College Student/Transfer Applicants

  • Cumulative GPA – 20%.
  • General Biology with Lab (BIO 110) – 30%. 
  • Chemistry for Life Science or Average of all other applicable science courses – 30%.
  • MAT 100 or higher (average of all 100-level or higher math courses) – 20%.

*Grades of “W” on official transcripts for current college students/transfer applicants will be taken into consideration in the review process. Excessive withdrawals could result in a lower ranking.

** Grades of “L” or “AF” or “WF” on official transcripts for current college students will count as an “F” in the ranking.

***Only courses accepted for credit will be rated. Courses taken at non-regionally accredited institutions will not be given consideration in the review process.

Reviews for admissions take place during the months of February and March, with decisions being sent out in late-March to early-April.

The nursing program is a lock-step curriculum, meaning each semester of courses builds on the previous semester of courses. Due to this design, once students enter into the nursing course curriculum, full-time enrollment is required. Students will not, under any circumstance, be allowed to enroll in nursing courses on a part-time basis. This also means that students’ progress with their cohort through a four-year progression plan. UMA does not offer advanced standing to new incoming students.

UMA Bachelor of Science Nursing 4-year Sample Curriculum

Course Title Credits
Year One – Fall Semester
BIO 110 General Biology I with lab 4
CIS 100 or 101 Introduction to Computer Applications or Introduction to Computer Science 3
CHY 103 Chemistry for Life Sciences with lab 4
ENG 101 College Writing 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Total Credit Hours 17
Year One – Spring Semester
BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology with Lab 4
BIO 104 Human Nutrition 3
COM 1xx any 100-level Communications 3
Humanities Humanities Elective 3-4
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Total Credit Hours 16-17
Course Title Credits
Year Two – Fall Semester
BIO 321 Microbiology with lab 4
MAT 115 Elementary Statistics I 3
PSY 308 Human Development 3
ENG 210W Writing for Allied Health 3
NUR/CIS 225 Health Informatics 3
Total Credit Hours 16
Year Two – Spring Semester
BIO 345 Pathophysiology 3
Fine Arts Fine Arts Elective 3
Humanities Humanities Elective 3-4
NUR 220 Concepts 2
NUR 224 Holistic Caring 2
NUR 250 Health Care Policy 3
Total Credit Hours 16-17
Course Title Credits
Year Three – Fall Semester
NUR 303 Pharmacology 3
NUR 305 Health Assessment Through the Lifespan Lecture 3
NUR 306 Health Assessment Through the Lifespan lab 1
NUR 310 Foundations of Nursing 3
NUR 311 Foundations of Nursing Lab 2
NUR 326 Caring for Aging Adults 3
Total Credit Hours 15
Year Three – Spring Semester
NUR 312 Caring for Adults 6
NUR 315 Caring for Families 5
NUR 352 Nursing Research 3
Total Credit Hours 14
Course Title Credits
Year Four – Fall Semester
NUR 412 Caring for Adults II 6
NUR 414 Professional Integration Seminar II 1
NUR 415 Mental Health and Wellness Nursing 5
NUR 3xx Holistic Nursing Elective 3
Total Credit Hours 15
Year Four – Spring Semester
NUR 355 Community and Global Health – Didactic 3
NUR 357 Community and Global Health – Clinical 2
NUR 410 Leadership and Management in Nursing 3
NUR 450 Senior Practicum in Nursing 4
Total Credit Hours 12

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Nursing Education Program the learner will:

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