Learn about caring through an Integral-Holistic Curriculum

Coordinator’s Welcome

Lynne KingWelcome to the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) BS in Nursing Program. UMA established its baccalaureate nursing program in 2009, after many years of successfully educating numerous associate degree prepared nurses.

As you pursue a RN Completion program it is critical to identify whether UMA’s program is consistent with your core values.  Our curriculum is based on a holistic-integral framework, which sets us apart from the majority of other completion programs.  What does that mean?

Holistic Nursing Core Values include:

  • Holistic Philosophy, Theory and Ethics
  • Holistic Caring Process (intention, unconditional acceptance, etc.)
  • Holistic Communication, Therapeutic Healing Environment and Cultural Diversity
  • Holistic Education and Research
  • Holistic Nurse Self-Reflection and Self-Care

If you are looking to add value to your foundational associate degree nursing education and welcome acquiring new knowledge that might be out of your comfort zone, then our program is for you.  Our program is rigorous, standards are high however, our graduates are easily able to acquire and thrive in positions that require the BS in nursing degree.  Many UMA nursing graduates enroll in and succeed in graduate education programs, both locally and across the country.

Our baccalaureate program in nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

As you consider our nursing program at UMA, consider whether your core values align with our holistic nursing curriculum, if so take the step to apply. Talented holistic nurse scholars are here to guide you throughout your educational journey

Warm Regards,

Lynne King, DNS, RN
Professor and Program Coordinator

In recent years, holistic nursing has begun to find its rightful way back into contemporary nursing, effectively tying together medical breakthroughs with a nurturing and healing approach. This is the very premise of UMA’s BS program. It takes the best of modern medicine, health, and caring, and ties it together with all the profession has learned over the past 100 years.

With UMA’s integral-holistic curriculum based in Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring, Barbara Dossey’s theory of Integral Nursing, and Ken Wilber’s Integral Philosophy, our RN Completion program is not just about the patient.

As a student here, you will learn:

  • how to take better care of yourself in a profession that we know firsthand can be incredibly stressful.
  • to create meaningful and sustainable caring-healing nursing practices that support why you became a nurse in the first place.
  • knowledge and skills beyond the ASN foundation to enhance your practice.

Accessible for students at a distance:
Because most of our BSN students are working nurses, UMA’s program offers a combination of fully online and blended learning courses. This blended approach of e-learning with occasional face-to-face* meetings will enable you to flourish in our program, no matter the demands of your daily life or how far you live from Augusta.
*Students may participate in face-to-face classes via synchronous web conferencing from home or work (high speed internet required).

To learn about technology requirements for online learning, please visit the following link:  http://learn.maine.edu/advanced-interactive-technology/  In addition, our students need a microphone and web camera to participate in web-conferencing.

UMA’s BS in Nursing program was granted initial 5-year accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) in March 2014. The next evaluation is scheduled for fall 2018.

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