School of Nursing


Ideally located in the southern end of the beautiful State of Maine, the University of Southern Maine (USM) School of Nursing boasts excellent faculty and programs, with unique and rich community partnerships. The School's faculty are committed to providing exemplary educational programs, scholarship, and community and professional service which is responsive to the needs of the citizens of Maine and the global community. The baccalaureate and master's programs at USM are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K St NW, Washington, DC, 20001 (202) 887-6791. Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

The Mission and Philosophy of the School of Nursing

The School of Nursing offers a baccalaureate program leading to a BS, as well as an RN to BS in nursing program which is available for students who are currently RNs. The BS program is offered on both the Portland and the Lewiston-Auburn (LAC) campus. The RN to BS program is a hybrid program with both face to face and online classes.

For those with a baccalaureate degree in another field the School offers an Accelerated BS in nursing program on the Portland campus.

Master of Science with a focus in nursing prepares graduates for practice in diverse health care settings. The programs are designed to prepare nurses as nurse practitioners,  clinical educators and. Please see our Degrees & Certificates page to the left for a complete list of programs. Coursework builds on the baccalaureate degree in nursing and is based on theory and research in nursing and related disciplines.  RN to MS options are available for RN students without a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. The Master of Science Option for Non-Nurses is designed for those with a baccalaureate degree in another field. These programs are offered on the Portland campus.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) prepares graduates to provide the most advanced level of nursing care for individuals and communities. This includes the direct care of individual patients, management of care for individuals and populations, administration of nursing systems, and the development and implementation of health policy. The DNP is offered on the Portland campus.