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There are many expenses in nursing school beyond the simple cost of tuition, registration fees, room and board, and books. Other expenses include the up-front costs of moving in, which may include furniture for your apartment or dorm and additional school supplies. The total cost of attending nursing school also depends on the type of school and the length of the program. Generally speaking, the less time spent in school, the less expensive it will be. It is important to keep in mind, however, that more time spent in school often correlates with a higher potential salary.

Licensed practical nurse programs
Licensed practical nursing (LPN) programs are often offered at career or vocational schools, and at community colleges, all of which cost less than attending a traditional four-year university. LPN programs usually takes 12 to 18 months to complete. In Maine, the high-end average salary for LPNs is around $45,430 per year.

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Associate’s degrees in nursing
The associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or associate of applied science in nursing (AASN) degree typically takes two years to complete. ADN and AASN programs are both pre-licensure programs to become a registered nurse (RN), and are offered at a number of accessible and affordable community colleges in Maine.

Bachelor of science in nursing
Bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree programs typically take four years to complete. However, there are accelerated tracks available for RNs with associate’s degrees, or for students who are new to nursing but already hold bachelor’s degrees in other fields. Earning a four year-degree in nursing is the best way to remain competitive on the job market as an RN. Aspiring nurses can earn BSNs at either public or private colleges. While both of these options offer distinct advantages, public schools are generally less expensive than private schools and generally more accessible. In Maine, the high-end average salary for RNs is around $72,560.

To help you find a school in your desired price range, the following is a list of nursing schools in Maine, organized from most expensive to least expensive.

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Portland

InterCoast Career Institute - South Portland
Certificate in Practical Nursing (15-month program): tuition and fees $35,310, books and supplies $0, room and board $12,420
School Program Length Tuition & fees
InterCoast Career Institute - South Portland Certificate in Practical Nursing 15 months $35,310