School of Nursing

Master’s and Graduate Certificate Programs

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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 as well as a master’s for non-nurses who hold a bachelor’s or higher degree in another field.

Our graduate programs are offered on our Portland campus, located in Southern Maine’s largest metropolitan area.

If you hold a bachelor’s or higher degree in another field, this program allows you to shift to a career in nursing. You can earn your MS in Nursing through three years of full-time study.

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Many students who are interested in our MS Options Program also consider applying for our BS in Nursing – Accelerated Program.

You can complete this program on a part-time or full-time basis. The A-GACNP concentration prepares you 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 new program will begin admitting students for the Spring 2019 semester.

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You can complete this program on a part-time or full-time basis. The A-GPCNP concentration prepares you to serve as a primary care practitioner for adolescents, adults, and older adults. Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to sit for national certification as an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner.

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You can complete this program on a part-time or full-time basis. 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.

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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.

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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).

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If you are a registered nurse, you can earn your MS in Nursing on a part-time or full-time basis. With your foundation of professional experience, you may be able to satisfy some credit requirements with previously obtained knowledge and skills. You may choose to focus on one of several specialty areas, including:

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (A-GPCNP)
  • Education
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan)

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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
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan)

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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:


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.

Master’s Program Learning Outcomes


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We offer monthly Graduate Program Information Sessions – meet with an Admissions counselor to discuss your questions. Register Now.

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