The University of Southern Maine (USM) School of Nursing is committed to meeting the needs of the citizens of Maine — our range of academic concentrations mirrors the needs of our state.
We offer a Master’s of Science degree and a Certificate of Advanced Study for practicing nurses.
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.
Our graduate programs are offered on our Portland campus, located in Southern Maine’s largest metropolitan area.
You can complete this program on a part-time or full-time basis. The A-GACNP concentration prepares you to serve as an acute care practitioner for adults and older adults. Upon completion of this program, you will be eligible to sit for national certification as an adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner.
This concentration is offered fully online. The concentration in Education prepares you to teach in entry-level nursing programs or professional staff development courses. Upon completion of the program, you will meet educational criteria for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Nurse Educator Certification.
You can complete this program on a part-time or full-time basis. The FNP concentration prepares you to serve as a primary care practitioner for individuals, families, groups, and communities. Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to sit for national certification as a family nurse practitioner.
This concentration is offered fully online. Gain skills in nursing practice and business management. Focus on information technology, quality improvement, organizational behavior, and financial management.
You can complete this program on a part-time or full-time basis. The PMHNP concentration prepares you to provide therapeutic interventions across the lifespan. Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to sit for national certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan).
If you are a registered nurse seeking an MS in Nursing, we offer both an on-campus program and two fully online programs.
On-Campus Program Areas of Specialization:
- Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (A-GACNP)
- Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
- Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan; PMHNP)
Fully Online Programs:
If you hold an MS in Nursing, this certificate program will prepare you to practice in an additional area of specialty. Areas of concentration include:
- Adult-Gerontology Primary Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan)
Nurse Practitioner Board Certification
Upon earning your MS in Nursing, you will be eligible to sit for national certification through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and/or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Depending on their areas of specialization, our graduates routinely pass above the national average on certification exams.
At the School of Nursing, you will:
- Advance your communication skills and clinical techniques, guided by expert faculty.
- Expand upon your clinical skill set, using both traditional and state-of-the-art technology in our simulation labs.
- Gain more than 600 hours experience in your specialty area through clinicals at renowned hospitals and health care facilities.
- Engage in enriching community-based clinical experiences.
- Have access to international travel opportunities.
- Receive possible tuition waivers through Graduate Assistantship opportunities.
- Graduate ready to enter directly into the workforce or continue your studies for an advanced certificate or DNP.
Approval and Accreditation
Our pre-licensure programs are approved programs are approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing. The bachelor’s and master’s nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K St NW, Washington, DC, 20001 (202) 887-6791.
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