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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)

Physical Sciences (18 Credits)

Social Sciences

General Electives (6 Credits)

Competency Requirements (6 Credits)

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

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School of Nursing
5724 Dunn Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5724
Phone: (207) 581-2592 | Fax: (207) 581-2585E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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