Graduate Programs - Program Overview
The University of Maine School of Nursing
Graduate Program Overview
Graduate Degree Options
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) role or the
Individualized Master of Science in Nursing (I-MSN) for the
Other advanced nursing role
Degree Completion Options
* Full‑time study for 2 years leading to a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
* Part‑time study for 3 or 4 years, leading to the MSN
* Students already possessing the MSN may elect to obtain a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)
* Credit requirements vary from 35 to 50, dependent upon the program option selected. Graduates are prepared to sit for national certification examinations.
- BSN from a CCNE accredited program
- Undergraduate GPA minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Acceptable undergraduate course in Health Assessment; minimum grade of B
- College level statistics course; minimum grade of B
- College level research methods course; minimum grade of B
- Experience as a Registered Nurse, minimum of 2 years is strongly preferred (RN experience can be obtained while completing core graduate courses)
- Licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Maine (by date of admission)
- Completion of either GRE or MAT within past 5 years; satisfactory score (not required with prior MSN)
- Preadmission interview by nursing faculty
Contact The Graduate School, 5755 Stodder Hall, Room 42, University of Maine, Orono, 04469 (207- 581‑3219) or go to Web site at http://www.umaine.edu/graduate/ for information regarding admission procedures, financial aid, MAT/GRE examinations and graduate school policies & procedures.
Most course offerings are on the Orono campus although distance education technologies are expanding. A list of courses with course descriptions, credits, prerequisites, online capability and faculty is available on the Graduate School web site: http://www.umaine.edu/graduate/.
A schedule of graduate nursing courses is available on the School of Nursing Website: http://www.umaine.edu/nursing/
Clinical sites are located in many areas throughout the state. Preceptors who are MSN prepared and certified are preferred for I-MSN students. FNP students may be precepted by MSN prepared nurse practitioners, physician assistants or physicians.
Nondegree Graduate Students
Prospective applicants may wish to take nonclinical courses (up to 6 credits, with permission) as a way of determining aptitude and interest in the graduate program. Please visit our website: http://www.umaine.edu/nursing/ for information and contact the School of Nursing at (207) 581‑2505 for permission. To register, contact The Graduate School web site: http://www.umaine.edu/graduate/ and complete the online nondegree application form.
Updated April 2011