2019-20 Catalogs

MS in Nursing - Option for Non-Nurses with Baccalaureate or Higher Degrees

This program allows students who hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in another field to earn a master's degree in nursing in three years of full-time study. Students enrolled in this program build their undergraduate and graduate nursing courses upon previous academic and life experiences. Admission is competitive and limited. This program requires full-time enrollment in the planned sequence of study.

During the first year, students admitted to the Option program must successfully complete a specified series of basic nursing courses. Upon completion of the 9 graduate credits taken in summer of the second year, students must sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and become licensed as a registered nurse in Maine. Failure to pass the NCLEX-RN prior to the first graduate clinical practicum will stop progression in the program. Upon successful completion of all graduate courses, a Master of Science in Nursing is conferred.

Prerequisite Course Requirements

The following courses must be completed with a minimum grade of B-, prior to beginning the program in May:
Introductory Statistics course completed within the past five years
Anatomy and Physiology I and II or equivalent
Microbiology

Due to the intensity of the MS Option Program, and to reduce the number of credits during the first summer (Summer I), it is strongly recommended that students complete one or more of the following undergraduate courses with a grade of B- or above (USM course or equivalent): Pathophysiology, Health-Related Research, Concepts in Community Health, and Pharmacology.

  • If courses are taken at an institution other than USM, transcripts must be requested by the student at the completion of the course(s) and forwarded to the School of Nursing to be placed in the student's academic file.
  • All remaining courses not completed prior to matriculation will be incorporated into the first summer course schedule (Summer I).
  • All courses completed prior to matriculation and considered for transfer must have a grade of B- or above.

The MS in Nursing — Option for Non-Nurses program is no longer admitting students as of Summer 2020. For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 207-780-5670 or admitUSM@maine.edu.

If you are a non-nurse and hold a bachelor’s or higher degree in another field, our Accelerated BS in Nursing program allows you to shift to a career in nursing.

Are you interested in earning your MS in Nursing after completing the BS in Nursing?

Applicants who have maintained a GPA of 3.3 or greater and have graduated from a University of Maine System (UMS) BS in Nursing program will be granted preferred admission status for the following programs:

We advise that you apply for the MS program near completion of your BS in Nursing.

Sample: Full-time 3-year program sequence

Year 1, Summer Semester
BIO 345 Pathophysiology
CON 556 Concepts in Community Health for MS Option Students
NUR 502 Pharmacology for MS Option Students
NUR 508 Health Assessment Lab for MS Option Students
NUR 509 Health Assessment for MS Option Students
NUR 511 Nursing Role for MS Option Students
NUR 512 Nursing Arts and Science for MS Option Students
NUR 514 Fundamentals in Nursing Lab for MS Option Students
NUR 521 Health-Related Research for MS Option Students
Total Credits: 23

Year 1, Fall Semester
NUR 507 Intermediate Nursing Skills Lab for MS Option Students
NUR 530/531 Mental Health Nursing for MS Option Students and Clinical
NUR 532 Nursing Care of the Older Adult in the Community for MS Option Students
NUR 538 Community Nursing Partnership Clinical for MS Option Students
NUR 541/542 Adult/Older Adult Health Nursing for MS Option Students and Clinical
Total Credits: 17
 
Year 1, Spring Semester
NUR 513 Advanced Nursing Skills Lab for MS Option Students
NUR 516 Child Health Nursing Clinical for MS Option Students
NUR 520 Reproductive and Pediatric Skills and Simulation
NUR 523/526 Management of the Critically Ill Adult/Older Adult for MS Option Students and Clinical
NUR 543/544 Reproductive and Sexual Health Nursing for MS Option Students and Clinical
NUR 545 Child Health Nursing for MS Option Students
Total Credits: 18

Year 1 Total Credits - 58

Year 2
Begin study in one of the following advanced practice nursing concentrations:
     Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
     Family Nurse Practitioner
     Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan)

See appropriate sections below for sample program sequences

Year 2, Summer Semester – All Concentrations
NUR 601 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
NUR 603 Nursing Theory and Knowledge Development
NUR 606 Leadership, Health Policy, and Role
Total credits: 9

Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration (FNP) and
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration (A-GPCNP)

Year 2, Fall Semester
BIO 545 Advanced Pathophysiology
NUR 602 Advanced Health Assessment
NUR 604 Nursing Research
NUR 608 Behavioral and Psychosocial Health of the Family
Total credits: 13

Year 2, Spring Semester
NUR 650 Primary Care of the Adolescent
NUR 651 Women’s Health in Advanced Practice
NUR 652 Primary Care Management of the Well Child (FNP only)
NUR 654 Prenatal Care in Primary Care (FNP only)
NUR 664 Primary Health Care of the Adult I
NUR 667 Clinical Practicum and Seminar I
Total credits: 10 for FNP, 10 for A-GPCNP

Year 3, Fall Semester 
NUR 653 Primary Care of the Child with Episodic Illness (FNP only)
NUR 658 Graduate Clinical Project
NUR 665 Primary Health Care of the Adult II
NUR 668 Clinical Practicum and Seminar II
Total credits: 11 for FNP, 9 for A-GPCNP

Year 3, Spring Semester
NUR 666 Primary Health Care of the Adult III 
NUR 669 Clinical Practicum and Seminar III 
NUR 690 Role Seminar
Total credits: 7

Years 2 and 3 Total Credits: 50-52
Total Program Credits: 108-110


Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan)

Year 2, Fall Semester
BIO 545 Advanced Pathophysiology
NUR 671 Foundations of Advanced Practice Mental Health Nursing
NUR 672 Biological and Behavioral Components of Mental Health and Illness
NUR 680 Advanced Psychopharmacology
Total credits: 12

Year 2, Spring Semester
NUR 602 Advanced Health Assessment
NUR 604 Nursing Research
NUR 673 Clinical Practicum and Seminar I
NUR 674 Advanced Practice Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing I
Total credits: 13

Year 3, Summer Semester
NUR 600 Continuing Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Supervision

Year 3, Fall Semester
NUR 658 Graduate Clinical Project
NUR 687 Advanced Practice Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing II
NUR 688 Clinical Practicum and Seminar II
Total credits: 9

Year 3, Spring Semester
NUR 685 Advanced Practice Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing III
NUR 686 Clinical Practicum and Seminar III
NUR 690 Role Seminar
Total credits: 7

Years 2 and 3 Total Credits: 53
Total Program Credits: 111