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Registered nurses (RNs) are truly integral to the medical community, taking leadership roles in hospitals, schools, residences, and many other types of facilities to care for patients, plan and assess treatment, and promote health and preventative care. Because they are effective in so many different healthcare roles, RNs are much in demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nursing is one of the ten occupations in the country with highest job growth.

With RNs getting more responsibility in the healthcare system, it is more important than ever for them to possess the knowledge and skills to excel. There are two RN pre-licensure programs in Maine. The first option is to earn an associate of applied science in nursing (AASN) degree. Earning an AASN usually takes two years and prepares future nurses for their certification exams. The second option is to earn a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. Earning a BSN usually takes about four years; although it takes longer, this is the preferable route for staying competitive in the job market.

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In Maine, there are approximately 13,890 RNs, earning annual salaries generally between $52,320 and $72,560. In Portland, where the pay is slightly higher than the statewide average, there are approximately 4,510 RNs, earning annual salaries generally between $54,100 and $76,310. Some of the major in-state employers for RNs are Maine Medical Center, Genesis Healthcare, and Mercy Hospital.

Below you’ll find a comprehensive list of the top registered nursing programs in both community colleges and four-year universities in Maine.

Featured Schools

Portland

Southern Maine Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2011-12)
Saint Joseph's College of Maine
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2011-12)
University of New England
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2011-12)
University of Southern Maine
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2011-12)
  • Direct Entry MSN

Other Maine cities

Kennebec Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2011-12)
Central Maine Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2011-12)
Central Maine Medical Center
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2011-12)
Eastern Maine Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2011-12)
University of Maine at Fort Kent
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2011-12)
Northern Maine Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2011-12)
University of Maine
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2011-12)
Husson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2011-12)
University of Maine at Augusta
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2011-12)
Kaplan University - Augusta
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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