Though Maine ranks in the bottom 10 states in terms of population, it has a surprising number of active nurses – almost 13,000 registered nurses, 9,000 nursing assistants, 1,000 nurse practitioners and 10,000 vocational/practical nurses. Nurses working in Maine can be licensed to work in 23 other states.
Maine nurses earn competitive salaries, starting at almost $63,000 annually for registered nurses. Nursing assistants and practical nurses’ salaries range from $25,000-$41,000 annually, while nurse practitioners top the list at $92,000 per year.
To attract new nursing students, the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College is investing $600,000 to renovate and upgrade its laboratory and simulation spaces, which will aid in the expansion of the school’s BSN and MSN programs.
- Ranked #1 most innovative school by US News in 2017!
- Transfer up to 90 credits toward the BSN, with a minimum of 30 credits completed at SNHU
- Complete your undergraduate degree at your own pace, over six 9-week terms per year
- Accelerated learning. Earn your BSN in as little as one year.
- Increase your earning potential. RNs with BSNs earn 43% more than those without a bachelor's degree according to the Nurses Journal.
- Free iPad. All students receive an iPad to access classes from anywhere.
- Learn from a top nursing school. Sacred Heart University is recognized by U.S. News as a top university.
- Build upon existing education. You can transfer up to 90 credits from previous college courses.
- Get support on your schedule. Sacred Heart's classes are designed for working RNs and provide one-on-one support to online students.
- Ultimate flexibility. Capella's signature FLEXPATH curriculum lets you learn at your pace, maintain a full-time job and apply knowledge in the field immediately.
- Simple, affordable tuition. You can earn your MSN in as little as 12 to 18 months and pay a flat tuition rate every 12 weeks, no matter how many classes you take.
- Personalized support. Capella focuses on student success with FlexPath coaches, instructors and tutors every step of the way.
RN-to-BSN Programs in Maine
We have compiled a comprehensive listing of Maine’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly narrow down your RN to BSN search. NCLEX-RN pass rates are as reported by the school.
Saint Joseph's College
$ 325 per credit hour
Nursing Early Action: January 15
| ||School Website||Online|| 278 Whites Bridge Rd |
Standish, ME 04084-5236
University of Maine - Fort Kent
$ 220 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Campus and Online|| 23 University Drive |
Fort Kent, ME 04743-1292
University of Maine at Augusta
$ 217 resident
$ 525 nonresident
Fall Semester: March 1
| ||School Website||Campus and Online|| 46 University Dr |
Augusta, ME 04330-9410
University of New England
$ 1,180 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Campus and Online|| 11 Hills Beach Rd |
Biddeford, ME 04005-9599
University of Southern Maine
$ 500 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Campus and Online|| 96 Falmouth St |
Portland, ME 04103
Please contact the RN to BSN program in Maine that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Maine that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!
State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths
The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, Maine has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined below the ways in which Maine is actively progressing on this front.
- Practice & Care
- Interprofessional Care
What is being done to increase the number of Maine RN’s with a BSN?
No specific plans announced.
Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?
Yes. State or Regional Competency Based Programs; and State or Regional Shared Curriculum.
What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?
The AC works with partner organizations to arrange networking and professional conferences.
Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?
Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?
Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?
No specific plans announced.
How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?
No specific plans announced.
What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?
The state BON is redesigning the license renewal process, requiring applicants to complete a data survey.
Pen Bay Healthcare, OMNE
Mayo Regional Hospital, and Past-President OMNE
The Aroostook Medical Center and Co-Lead Maine Action Coalition
Source: Campaign for Action
For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Maine Action Coalition page.
Maine is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). If you move to another state participating in the NLC (pictured in green), you can practice without getting a new license. For licensing information, visit the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
Nursing Employment Outlook
Nursing Supply and Demand Projections
What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities
Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.
161 Capitol Street
Augusta, ME 04333
P.O. Box 1205
Windham, ME 04062
Phone: (207) 281-2091
- Orono Student Nurses Association
- Student Nurses’ Association of Maine