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.

Traditional BS in Nursing

Accelerated BS Program Applicants

RN to BS program applicants

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.

Freshman admission criteria for the Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing program at USM:

High school seniors who meet the USM general requirements for admission, and who have SAT scores of  550 each in mathematical and verbal reasoning (taken prior to March 2016),  high school biology and chemistry with labs with grades of B or better, and a minimum high school gpa of 3.0 will be accepted directly to Nursing.

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High school seniors who meet the USM general requirements for admission, and who have SAT scores of  520 each in mathematical and verbal reasoning (taken prior to March 2016),  high school biology and chemistry with labs with grades of B or better, and a minimum high school gpa of 3.5 will be accepted directly to Nursing.

Application process for First-year students

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Students who don’t meet the above criteria may be accepted to a second-choice major.  If they meet all of the following criteria within 32 college credits, they qualify to change their major to nursing:

    • achieve a 3.0 or better USM GPA
    • complete at least one semester at USM
    • achieve writing and math proficiency 
    • successfully complete one science for nursing with a C or better (CHY 107 or BIO 113/114)
    • successfully complete two social sciences for nursing with a C or better (choose from PSY 101, SOC 100, or HRD 200)
    • successfully complete college writing with a C or better

Students who are interested in the change of major process should contact their current academic advisor if they have questions or would like more information.

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

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.

Plan of Study for Transfer Students at the Portland Campus

Plan of Study for Transfer Students at the Lewiston Campus

PDF of Information session Powerpoint presentation

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.

 

USM Students who wish to transfer to Nursing:

Submit the Supplemental Application for Nursing, essay and resume to the School of Nursing.

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

PDF of Information session Powerpoint presentation

For more information about transferring to the USM Nursing program, please contact Sara (Cookie) Treible (207) 780-5728.

 

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

Deadline: October 1 for a summer (May) start.


Non-USM students who wish to apply to the USM Accelerated Nursing program:

Apply to USM and submit the Supplemental Application for the Accelerated Nursing Program with a resume and essay.  No other essay is required. Submit all items to the Bangor address.

USM Students who wish to transfer to the Accelerated Nursing program:

Submit the Supplemental Application for the Accelerated Nursing Program, essay, and resume to the School of Nursing.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Accelerated BS in Nursing program.

Information Sessions about the Accelerated program are held on a regular basis.

Please contact Brenda Webster at 207-780-4802 for more information about this program.


RN to BS program  - Deadline: Rolling admissions

Admission to the RN to BS option is open to graduates of both diploma and associate degree nursing programs. Students may begin their program of studies in either fall or spring semester.   

Please contact Brenda Webster at 207-780-4802 for more information about this program.

 updated 05/31/2016