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UMA Nursing

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, the Nursing Program offers 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 for Fall Entry and November 15th for Spring Entry

All new applicants who do not meet UMA’s Nursing program requirements can be admitted to pre-nursing status to gain eligibility. UMA offers admission to the nursing program twice each year for both fall and spring entry. Applicants who apply to the Nursing program before November 15th will be notified by December 15th of a spring admission decision. Fall applicants who apply by the January 31st deadline will be notified by March 15th of a fall admission decision.

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

  • Two High School or College-level Science with Lab courses with a grade of B (not B-) or higher
  • 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.

Additionally, as this is a rigorous program, applicants’ prior English and math course grades will be holistically reviewed to ensure applicants have the necessary foundation for academic success. Applicants may not be offered admission if it is determined they do not have the foundational English and math skills required for enrollment. *NOTE: Science and math courses must be completed within the previous 10 years to be considered for admission review.

The nursing program is a lock-step curriculum, meaning each semester of courses builds on the previous semester of courses.

UMA Bachelor of Science Nursing 4-year Sample Curriculum

Year One – Fall Semester
BIO 110General Biology I with lab4
CIS 100 or 101Introduction to Computer Applications or Introduction to Computer Science3
CHY 103Chemistry for Life Sciences with lab4
ENG 101College Writing3
PSY 100Introduction to Psychology3
Total Credit Hours17
Year One – Spring Semester
BIO 210Anatomy and Physiology with Lab4
BIO 104Human Nutrition3
COM 1XXAny 100-level Communications3
HumanitiesHumanities Elective3-4
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3
Total Credit Hours16-17
Year Two – Fall Semester
BIO 321Microbiology with lab4
MAT 115Elementary Statistics I3
PSY 308Human Development3
ENG 210WWriting for Allied Health3
NUR/CIS 225Health Informatics3
NUR 226Nursing Success Seminar1
Total Credit Hours17
Year Two – Spring Semester
BIO 345Pathophysiology3
HumanitiesHumanities Elective3-4
NUR 220Concepts2
NUR 224Holistic Caring Concepts2
NUR 305Health Assessment Through the Lifespan with Lab4
Total Credit Hours14-15
Year Three – Fall Semester
NUR 303Pharmacology for Nursing3
NUR 310Foundations of Nursing with Lab5
NUR 355Community and Global Health3
NUR 357Community and Global Health Clinical2
Fine ArtsFine Arts Elective3
Total Credit Hours16
Year Three – Spring Semester
NUR 312Caring for Adults I6
NUR 315Caring for Families5
NUR 3XXHolistic Nursing Elective3
NUR 250Health Care Policy2
Total Credit Hours16
Year Four – Fall Semester
NUR 326Caring for Aging Adults3
NUR 412Caring for Adults II6
NUR 415Mental Health and Wellness4
Total Credit Hours13
Year Four – Spring Semester
NUR 352Nursing Research3
NUR 410WLeadership and Management in Nursing3
NUR 450Holistic Nursing Clinical Practicum5
NUR 414Professional Integration Seminar1
Total Credit Hours12

Courses are subject to change. View the official UMA Catalog here.

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.