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Attending a vocational school or community college is the fastest and easiest way to launch your career in nursing. Community colleges are less expensive than four-year colleges and universities, and generally the only requirement for admission is a high school diploma, making them more accessible. Not only are they inexpensive and accessible, but community colleges are convenient since they are embedded in cities and towns throughout Maine. Career and vocational schools are also higher learning institutions in your community that provide training for specific jobs; these are also accessible, and tend to be even less expensive than community colleges. Both community colleges and vocational schools can give you the tools you need to begin your career as a licensed practical nurse (LPN).

Licensed practical nurses have a vital role within the medical community, providing for the basic medical care of patients, and performing tasks such as monitoring symptoms, checking vital signs, and administering medications and injections. Licensed practical nursing programs give potential nurses the knowledge and skills they need to be effective on the job, and prepare them to pass the certification exam at the end of the program. LPN programs generally take between 12 and 18 months to complete.

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Aspiring registered nurses (RNs) can also earn associate of applied science in nursing (AASN) degrees through community colleges. Associate’s degrees generally take two years to complete; although it takes slightly longer, earning an associate’s degree can set you up for greater employment opportunities with more responsibilities on the job and higher potential salaries.

There are approximately 1,300 LPNs working in Maine, earning salaries that are generally between $36,050 and $45,430 per year. There are approximately 13,890 RNs working in Maine, earning salaries that are generally between $52,320 and $72,560 per year. Opportunities in nursing are expected to be on the rise in the years ahead, and there are many employers for LPNs and RNs in the state, including Genesis Healthcare, Maine Medical Center, and Mercy Hospital.

If you’re an aspiring nurse, you can start your career in nursing education right in Maine. Some of the top community colleges with nursing programs in the state are Central Maine Community College, Eastern Maine Community College, and InterCoast Career Institute - South Portland. Below you can find a comprehensive list of the top vocational, career schools, and community colleges in the state.

Featured Schools


InterCoast Career Institute - South Portland
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southern Maine Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing

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Central Maine Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central Maine Medical Center
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Eastern Maine Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Kennebec Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Northern Maine Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing