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Nursing is a career that offers rewarding work, job security, opportunities for advancement, and high salaries, and there is currently a high demand for nurses in Maine. There are also nursing schools and programs in the state to set you on track to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), or a registered nurse (RN).

Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
CNA programs only take several weeks to a few months to complete, making this the quickest and easiest way to jump into a career in nursing. CNAs are responsible for the basic everyday care of patients, assisting them with eating, getting dressed, and basic mobility, as well as monitoring their symptoms and taking their vital signs. In Maine, there are approximately 9,480 CNA jobs, which generally pay between $21,150 and $27,980 per year.

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Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
LPN programs generally take 12 to 18 months to complete, and require you to take more advanced courses such as biology and pharmacology. In addition to providing patients with basic care, LPNs monitor symptoms, administer medications and injections, and perform first aid and CPR. LPNs can work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, extended care facilities, and private homes. In Maine, there are approximately 1,300 LPN jobs, which generally pay between $36,050 and $45,430 per year.

Registered nurse (RN)
There are a few different options for RN pre-licensure programs. One option is to become a diploma nurse; however, while this was common in decades past, this route is quite rare today. The program involves working full time as a nurse at a facility with a nursing school. A more common choice today is to work toward an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or associate of applied science in nursing (AASN). Both types of associate’s programs take two years to complete for full-time students. The best option for remaining competitive as an RN on the job market is to pursue a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), which is a four-year degree program. In Maine, there are approximately 13,890 RN jobs, which generally pay between $52,320 and $72,560 per year.

For the convenience of aspiring nurses, below you can find a comprehensive list of accredited 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
Southern Maine Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
University of New England
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Southern Maine
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
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
Southern Maine Community College South Portland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
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
University of Southern Maine Portland
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Other Maine cities

Central Maine Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Eastern Maine Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
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
Kennebec Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Maine College of Health Professions
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Northern Maine Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Purdue University Global - Augusta
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Maine
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Maine at Augusta
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Maine at Fort Kent
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Central Maine Community College Auburn
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Eastern Maine Community College Bangor
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
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
Kennebec Valley Community College Fairfield
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Maine College of Health Professions Lewiston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Northern Maine Community College Presque Isle
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Purdue University Global - Augusta Augusta
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Maine Orono
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Maine at Augusta Augusta
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Maine at Fort Kent Fort Kent
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing