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Private colleges and universities are institutions of higher learning that are privately owned and operated, without funding from the government. Private schools tend to be more expensive, but can offer many benefits that public schools cannot, such as fewer students, smaller class sizes, and more individual attention. Private schools are also generally perceived as being more rigorous and more prestigious, which is part of the reason they attract professors with such rich academic and professional achievements. While earning a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree at a private college or university can be more expensive, it could also set you apart and give you an edge on the job market.

There has been a strong shift in the medical community toward expecting registered nurses (RNs) to have higher levels of education. To keep up with the growing demands of the profession, it is highly recommended that aspiring RNs earn bachelor of science in nursing degrees. Increasingly, RNs who have only attained associate’s degrees are also choosing to enroll in RN-to-BSN programs to further their education and work toward bachelor’s degrees.

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There are approximately 13,890 RNs employed in Maine, earning annual salaries in the range of $52,320 to $72,560. Genesis Healthcare, Maine Medical Center, and Mercy Hospital are among the leading nursing employers in the state.

Central Maine Medical Center, Husson University, and Saint Joseph’s College of Maine are all private colleges in the state that offer four-year nursing programs. See below for a comprehensive list of the best private nursing schools in Maine.

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Portland

InterCoast Career Institute - South Portland
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Saint Joseph's College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of New England
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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InterCoast Career Institute - South Portland South Portland
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Saint Joseph's College Standish
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of New England Biddeford
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

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Husson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Maine College of Health Professions
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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Husson University Bangor
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Maine College of Health Professions Lewiston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion