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RN Studies Program

The University of Maine School of Nursing RN Studies Program expands career options for registered nurses (RN) who possess the Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing.  Building on prior education, clinical experience, and career goals, the program of study enables the RN to earn a Bachelor of Science (BSN) or Master of Science degree in Nursing (MSN).

RN students may attend on a full or a part-time basis. The length of time necessary to complete a BSN or MSN depends on the number of transfer hours a student has completed and the number of credit hours planned for each semester.  The curriculum sheet below may help you identify which of the courses you have completed.

Transfer credit for courses completed at an accredited college is evaluated at the time of admission.  RNs who have graduated from an NLN accredited program (diploma or associate degree) may receive up to 30 hours of credit for completed nursing courses.  C.L.E.P. exams are available for several of the introductory courses.  In addition, distance-education methods allow flexibility for many courses.  For the convenience of midcoast Maine RNs, some RN-Studies courses are now available at the UMaine Frederick  E. Hutchinson Center in Belfast.

Completion of the BSN or MSN program for registered nurses may be unique to each individual.  Therefore, RN applicants  are encouraged to arrange a personal conference with the RN-Studies Program Coordinator, Dr. Cathy Berardelli.  This appointment will be used to provide further information, to review your previous course work, and to develop a plan of study with a flexible time frame for completion of the BSN or MSN. 

To make an appointment with Dr. Berardelli, please contact the School of Nursing secretary, Ms. Kathy Barker, at (207) 581-2592 or

RN-Studies Curriculum overview:

General Education Requirements (18 Credits)

  • Western Cultural Tradition (3 Credits)
  • Social Context and Institutions (3 Credits)
  • Cultural Diversity and International Perspective (3 Credits)
  • Population and the Environment (3 Credits)
  • Artistic and Creative Expression (3 Credits)
  • Additional Course from any of the above (3 Credits)

Physical Sciences (18 Credits)

  • General Microbiology (or NLN Challenge Exam) (4 Credits)
  • Microbiology Lab (0 Credit)
  • Basic Biology (4 Credits)
  • Anatomy & Physiology (or NLN Challenge Exam) (4 Credits)
  • Math or Logic (3 Credits)
  • Statistics (3 Credits)

Social Sciences

  • PSY 100 General Psychology (3 Credits)
  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 Credits)
  • Growth & Development (CHF 201, PSY 223) (3 Credits)
  • Anthropology (any level) (3 Credits)

General Electives (6 Credits)

  • Any Area – (only 3 Credits in KPE allowed) (6 Credits)

Competency Requirements (6 Credits)

  • Freshman Composition (ENG 101) (3 Credits)
  • Philosophy (3 Credits)

Nursing Transfer (30 Credits)
Required in the Nursing Major (31 Credits)

  • Nursing or Health Care Policy Elective (3 Credits)
  • NUR 300 -  Health Assessment through the Lifespan (4 Credits
  • NUR 304 -  Concepts in Nursing for the Practitioner (3 Credits)
  • NUR 310 -  Health Related Research (3 Credits)
  • NUR 404 -  Pathophysiology (3 Credits)
  • NUR 409 -  Leadership & Management (3 Credits)
  • NUR 411 -  RN Senior Seminar (4 Credits)
  • NUR 415 -  Socio-cultural Aspects of Health & Healthcare (3 Credits)
  • NUR452 – Community and Population Healthcare (3 Credits)
  • NUR 357 -  Community Clinical Experience (2 Credits)

Total Credits = 121

Progression in the School of Nursing is contingent upon successful completion of all prerequisites with “C” grades or better and a grade point average of 2.75.