RN to BSN in Maine

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.

  1. Southern New Hampshire University

    Manchester, NH & Online : RN to BSN Online

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    • 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
  2. Saint Mary's University - Minnesota

    Minneapolis, MN & Online : Accelerated RN to BSN Online

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    • 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.
  3. Sacred Heart University

    Fairfield, CT & Online : Online RN-BSN

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    • 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.
  4. Capella University

    Minneapolis, MN & Online : RN to MSN - Nursing Leadership

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    • 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

Application Deadlines

Nursing Early Action: January 15

  • RN to BSN, master's and certificates are all offered online.
  • Clinical training takes place at eight area hospitals.
Online 278 Whites Bridge Rd
Standish, ME 04084-5236

University of Maine - Fort Kent

$ 220 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions

  • RN to BSN programs can be taken either on campus or online.
  • Accelerated RN to BSN program and traditional BSN are also offered.
Campus and Online 23 University Drive
Fort Kent, ME 04743-1292

University of Maine at Augusta

$ 217 resident
$ 525 nonresident

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: March 1
Spring Semester: October 1

  • BSN program is mostly online, with some campus classes required.
  • Associate degree and traditional BSN are also offered.
  • Prospective students can schedule campus visits.
Campus and Online 46 University Dr
Augusta, ME 04330-9410

University of New England

$ 1,180 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: February 15
  • Spring Semester: December 1
  • RN to BSN program is offered on campus or online.
  • The school recently received a grant to fund its new Nurse Anesthesia program.
  • Students can apply for the Barbara J. Kamm Scholarship.
Campus and Online 11 Hills Beach Rd
Biddeford, ME 04005-9599

University of Southern Maine

$ 500 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester: February 15
  • Spring semester: September 1
  • A variety of undergraduate and graduate nursing programs are offered both on campus and online.
  • Many scholarship opportunities are available to first year students.
  • Certificate programs available include those in Graduate Study in Nursing Education and Foundations of Holistic Health.
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.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data

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.

Practice & Care

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?


Interprofessional Care

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.

Contact Info

Donna DeBlois

President and VP of Community Health
Pen Bay Healthcare, OMNE

Lynne Gagnon

VP for Patient Care
Mayo Regional Hospital, and Past-President OMNE

Lynn Turnbull

Director of Clinical Education
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 Licensing

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.

licensure map

Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: "The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information

Other State RNtoBSN Information