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Welcome 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.

Mission Statement

The University of Maine at Augusta Nursing Education Program fulfills 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.


The University of Maine at Augusta Nursing Education Program, through innovative distance education modalities. will lead in educating professional nurses who will become leaders in caring – holistic nursing practice.

Philosophy of the Nursing Program

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 wellbeing 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 an 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.

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 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 practice of self-reflection and self-care.

Students are offered the opportunity to explore holistic-healing elective courses. Knowledge and skills acquired can be utilized in various clinical practice settings.

The BSN graduate has enhanced opportunities for career growth and leadership roles. Students are 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 is committed to the integration of technology throughout the curriculum. The BSN curriculum is delivered via a variety of contemporary learning platforms, including hybrid, web-based, and simulation.

The UMA nursing graduate is prepared to utilize nursing theory, technology, and evidenced-based knowledge in the provision of holistic relationship centered care to patients and populations. The graduate nurse has the ability to adapt to the changing nature of health care and health care roles.

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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).

At UMA, there are many resources and accommodations available to support student learning. Learning Success is the department which is responsible for providing necessary accommodations to students with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

BSN Program Technology Requirements

Students in the online nursing program should expect to use a variety of technology throughout their course of study. It is a requirement to have access to high-speed internet.

In addition, students are expected to use their Maine.edu address for all university correspondence.


Technology that

  • Will connect to the internet.
  • Can play sound with either a built in or external speakers.
  • Can record sound with either a built in or external microphone (a headset may be required for some activities).
  • Will play videos.
  • Will allow for creation of videos.


  • A word processing program that can save files as Word documents
  • A slide creation program that can save files as PowerPoint documents
  • A spreadsheet program that can save files as Excel documents
  • There may be other web, cloud or mobile technology tools that students will be required to use for assignments.

Technical Skills

Students will have the ability to

  • Use multiple features in Office type programs (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Use email services
  • Manage files (upload, delete, attach, save/back-up)
  • Navigate the internet
  • Download programs
  • Upload assignments
  • Accept and send Text Messages

In addition, students need a microphone and web camera to participate in web-conferencing.

Learn more about technology requirements for online learning.