Nursing — RN to Bachelor of Science Degree

Program Type
Undergraduate Major
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Modes of Study
Blended;In Person

Full-time tuition

In-state: $8,910;
Out-of-state: $26,250 (30 credit hours per year). See details and other costs

Financial aid

Average offer covers a large portion of tuition & fees.
In-state: nearly 100%;
Out-of-state: nearly 70%.
May include scholarships, grants, waiver, & work-study. Explore aid

Program duration

Obtain your BS in Nursing in as few as 2 years. Review program requirements


SAT & ACT scores optional. Early action & year-round admissions. View application process & deadlines

Program Highlights

  • Save time by transferring up to 30 credits from an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • Engage in a variety of clinical experiences at inpatient, outpatient, and community-based facilities.
  • Be supported by dedicated academic advisors who will guide you through each semester’s course selection process.
  • Study with engaged faculty members who are committed to advancing excellence in nursing.
  • Take advantage of our lab facilities, which include a Simulation Center, Physical Assessment Lab, and Fundamentals of Nursing Lab.
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Hands-on learning

In addition to clinical experience, you’ll work with underserved populations to identify risks and establish plans for improvement. Our students provide primary care, public health, and mental health services to the clients of community-based organizations.

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Learning spaces

We offer robust learning environments and laboratories. For example, our Learning Resources and Simulation Center provides an environment for students to develop clinical judgment and reasoning while focusing on best practices.

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Program requirements

The School of Nursing recognizes the need for registered nurses to attain baccalaureate degrees within Maine. We make every effort to be flexible in adjusting a student’s plan of study to accommodate their individual needs.

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Career opportunities

In order to give RNs access to a degree that has become necessary for career advancement, we’ve designed a program that leads to a Bachelor of Science in as few as two years.

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Dedicated faculty

Our faculty are active in research and policy issues at the state and national level, are board members of state and national nursing associations, and frequently publish in leading nursing journals.

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This program is approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships offer valuable financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. You’ll be automatically considered for Merit Scholarships when you apply for admission by the deadline. Additional opportunities are available.

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Considering transferring to USM?

We welcome students who are transferring from another four-year university or community college. Our knowledgeable Admissions Counselors will help you to navigate the admissions and credit-transfer process.

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