School of Nursing

Undergraduate Nursing programs

The BS Program in Nursing is designed to prepare a beginning professional nurse for practice in a variety of settings. It provides a foundation for advanced study in nursing. The nursing curriculum is based on prerequisite courses in the liberal arts, physical sciences, and social sciences.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education(CCNE). It offers traditional and innovative clinical experiences to prepare graduates for the changing health care environment. The USM School of Nursing offers this program on the Portland and Lewiston-Auburn campuses.

BS in Nursing program

First-Year Students -
Deadline: February 15 for fall admission

First year students are those who have not attempted any college credits since graduating from high school or earning a GED/HiSET.
The School of Nursing accepts first year students directly into the bachelors degree program for fall semester. Acceptance is based on high school grades, SAT or ACT scores (if applicable), and meeting the USM requirements for admission.

Application process for First-year students


First year students currently enrolled at USM who meet certain requirements may request a change of major to Nursing during freshman year.

Information and FAQ for USM students interested in the USM Nursing program

YouTube video about the change of major process for first year students at USM


Transfer Students - Deadline: January 15 for fall admission

Plan of Study for Transfer Students

Transfer students are those who have attempted college credits since graduating from high school or earning a GED/HiSET.

The School of Nursing accepts a limited number of transfer students through a competitive admissions process,  to the Bachelor of Science program in Nursing once a year for fall semester. To be eligible for consideration for  admission to the nursing program, transfer students must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, a minimum science gpa of 2.67, and have met USM math readiness requirements.

Please note: Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the School of Nursing.

Non-USM students who wish to transfer to the USM Nursing program:
Apply to USM
and
Submit the Supplemental Application for Nursing, essay and resume to the Bangor address on the application.

Frequently Asked Questions for External Transfer Students

USM Students who wish to transfer to Nursing:

Submit the Supplemental Application for Nursing , essay and resume to the School of Nursing.
 
Information and FAQ for USM students interested in the USM Nursing program

Information Sessions about transferring to the USM Nursing program are held on a regular basis.


Accelerated BS in Nursing program The faculty of the School of Nursing recognizes the desire of people with baccalaureate degrees in disciplines other than nursing to become nurses and has designed an accelerated program that leads to a B.S. in nursing in 15 months of full-time study. Students enrolled in this program build their undergraduate nursing courses upon previous academic and life experiences.Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). This program admits students through a competitive admissions process, who have attained a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale in their prior degree. Students must complete statistics and anatomy and physiology prior to beginning the program.

Plan of Study for the Accelerated Nursing Program

 updated 10/07/2014