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Bangor, Maine, is home to approximately 180 nurse practitioners (NPs), 2,100 registered nurses (RNs), 150 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and almost 1,000 certified nursing assistants (CNAs). The critical nature of these nursing roles necessitates special skills and rigorous certification.

To become a nurse practitioner, you must be a registered nurse and hold a master of science in nursing (MSN), doctor of nursing practice (DNP), or doctor of philosophy (PhD) in nursing. You must also obtain nurse practitioner certification in your chosen specialty area. Generally recognized nurse practitioner specialties include family, pediatric adult, geriatric, women's health care, neonatal, acute care, and occupational health, just to name a few.

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RNs typically hold an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), or an MSN degree. A license is required to practice in all fifty states. LPNs must complete an accredited, state-approved certificate or associate’s degree program and obtain a license. CNAs must complete an accredited training program and earn certification.

Several accredited nursing schools in the Bangor metropolitan area offer programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including Husson University and the University of Maine. Career training centers such as United Technologies Center and Penobscot Job Corps Academy offer CNA training.

Graduates of accredited nursing schools in Bangor, Maine, are prepared to seek employment at top area hospitals and healthcare centers. Several of the most prestigious employers are St. Joseph Hospital, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, and Acadia Hospital. Local salaries are very competitive. Bangor NPs can earn over $100,000 per year. RNs average $67,350, LPNs average $43,950, and CNAs average $25,140 in annual salary.

Below is a list of accredited nursing schools and programs in Bangor, Maine, that offer certificates and degrees in all areas of nursing.

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Bangor nursing schools by NCLEX score

Eastern Maine Community College
354 Hogan Road | Bangor, Maine 04401
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2011-12)
University of Maine
168 College Avenue | Orono, Maine 04469
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2011-12)
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Husson University
One College Circle | Bangor, Maine 04401
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2011-12)
  • 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
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Eastern Maine Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.9% 2008-09 to 2011-12
University of Maine Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.0% 2008-09 to 2011-12
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificates
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Husson University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.6% 2008-09 to 2011-12
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