Nursing

The School of Nursing offers a variety of program plans for graduate study in either the Master of Science in Nursing or Certificate of Advanced Studies in Nursing:

Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP)

  • The family nurse practitioner is prepared to provide healthcare to individuals and families across the lifespan (newborns, infants, children, adolescents, adults, pregnant and postpartum women and older adults).  
  • Primary care includes health promotion, disease and injury prevention, and the evaluation and management of common acute and chronic health problems.  
  • The program of study may be tailored for full-time or part-time study.
  • Course formats are a mix of online and classroom instruction.
  • Clinical experiences are arranged to meet program outcomes and to accommodate the needs of the student.
  • The Graduate Program Coordinator and the student’s academic advisor will help plan a program of study and timeframe that meets the academic and clinical requirements.
  • The combined credit requirement would be approximately 49-51.

MSN-FNP graduates are eligible to take national certification examinations for Family Nurse Practitioners which are offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center  and by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Nurse Educator (MSN)

  • The Master of Science in Nursing Nurse Educator program is designed for the experienced nurse who wishes to have advanced knowledge in nursing combined with preparation to teach and evaluate learning.
  • Course content in the education specialization includes curriculum development, didactic and clinical teaching methods, evaluation in nursing education, and population-focused care.  
  • It is intended to prepare nurses for careers in nursing faculty or in-service education roles.
  • A full time student can complete this program of study in two years; part time study (3 to 4 years), Faculty guidance is an integral part of each portion of the student’s program of study.
  • The Faculty Advisor serves as the chairperson of the project or thesis committee and provides ongoing guidance to each student as he or she progress through the program.

Individualized MSN

  • This theoretical and field-experience curriculum allows the student to develop a program of study that builds upon their professional interests and career goals.
  • Through core courses, specialized courses, and experiential components, I-MSN students may prepare for professional careers in areas such as nurse administration and clinical leadership roles.
  • The program of study may be tailored for full-time or part-time study.
  • The Graduate Program Coordinator and the student’s academic advisor will help plan a program of study and timeframe that meets the academic and experiential requirements.
  • The combined credit requirement would be approximately 35-49, dependent upon focus area.

A full-time student can expect to complete MSN degree requirements in 2 years. All work for the CAS or the MSN must be completed within a 6 year period.

The Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) for registered nurses with an MSN.

  • The CAS offers a clinically focused program of study to registered nurses who already possess a MSN.
  • Students in the CAS program must complete a minimum of 33 semester hours (500 and 600 level courses) within The University of Maine.
  • Prerequisites include: graduate of an NLN or CCNE accredited MSN program; minimum graduate GPA of 3.25; current licensure as a registered nurse in Maine.

Degrees offered: CAS, MS

Application deadline: April 1 / November 1

Test Required: None

Contact: Patricia Poirier

Contact Email: patricia.poirier@maine.edu

Program Website: Nursing