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There are approximately 24,670 nurses working in the state of Maine, between registered nurses (RNs), certified nursing assistants (CNAs), and licensed practical nurses (LPNs). The need for qualified nurses is also projected to continue to grow in the years to come. Below, you can find out more about each of these roles within the nursing field, from the job with the most opportunities to the job with the least.

Registered nurse
In Maine, there are more positions for RNs than there are for any other type of nurse. Even when RNs with master’s degrees are excluded from the total, there are around 13,890 RNs in the state. There are three different options for RN pre-licensure programs, each with its own benefits.

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The first option, the diploma nurse program, was common in decades past but is much less common today. This involves working full-time for a minimum of three years in a nursing facility attached to a school.

The second option, earning an associate’s degree, is much more common. The associate of applied science in nursing (AASN) degree and associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) are both two-year degree programs to train and prepare students to become RNs. The benefit of taking this route is that associate’s degree programs are offered at community colleges, so in addition to taking less time, they are also less expensive than four-year programs.

The third option is to pursue a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program. BSN programs take four years to complete at a public or private college. Although BSN programs are more expensive and take longer to complete, they provide aspiring RNs with a more in-depth educational experience, as well as a competitive advantage on the job market.

One of the greatest advantages to becoming a registered nurse, as opposed to a licensed practical nurse or certified nursing assistant, is that RNs have more responsibility in the workplace and earn higher salaries. The typical salary range for RNs in the state of Maine is between $52,320 and $72,560 per year.

Certified nursing assistant
There are approximately 9,480 CNAs working in the state of Maine. It is becoming increasingly important for nurses to have the highest level of education and training possible, so it is best to complete an accredited CNA program. These programs usually take several weeks to a few months to complete. With this speedy period of training and preparation, CNAs in Maine generally earn between $21,150 and $27,980 per year.

Licensed practical nurse
There are approximately 1,300 LPNs working in Maine. LPN programs are offered at career and vocational schools and community colleges, and generally take from 12 to 18 months to complete. LPNs have more responsibility than CNAs, but are still subordinate to RNs. In Maine, LPNs generally earn between $36,050 and $45,430 per year.

For the convenience of aspiring nurses, below you’ll find a list of Maine’s accredited nursing schools organized from largest to smallest.

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Portland

University of Southern Maine
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 162 students during the 2011-12 period
InterCoast Career Institute - South Portland
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90 students during the 2011-12 period
Saint Joseph's College of Maine
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 72 students during the 2011-12 period
Southern Maine Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 53 students during the 2011-12 period
University of New England
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 45 students during the 2011-12 period
School Program Class size
University of Southern Maine Bachelor of Science in Nursing 162 students
InterCoast Career Institute - South Portland Certificate in Practical Nursing 90 students
Saint Joseph's College of Maine Bachelor of Science in Nursing 72 students
Southern Maine Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 53 students
University of New England Bachelor of Science in Nursing 45 students

Other Maine cities

Central Maine Medical Center
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 66 students during the 2011-12 period
University of Maine
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 61 students during the 2011-12 period
University of Maine at Augusta
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 55 students during the 2011-12 period
Husson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 46 students during the 2011-12 period
University of Maine at Fort Kent
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 39 students during the 2011-12 period
Northern Maine Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 36 students during the 2011-12 period
Kennebec Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 29 students during the 2011-12 period
Central Maine Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 22 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 6 students during the 2011-12 period
Eastern Maine Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 20 students during the 2011-12 period
School Program Class size
Central Maine Medical Center Associate's Degree in Nursing 66 students
University of Maine Bachelor of Science in Nursing 61 students
University of Maine at Augusta Associate's Degree in Nursing 55 students
Husson University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 46 students
University of Maine at Fort Kent Bachelor of Science in Nursing 39 students
Northern Maine Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 36 students
Kennebec Valley Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 29 students
Central Maine Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 22 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 6 students
Eastern Maine Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 20 students
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