We've organized a comprehensive list of Maine nursing schools. Below you'll find information on specific nursing programs such as LPN certificates and ADN, BSN, and MSN degrees. You'll also find a profile of nursing education and careers in each major Maine city.

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.

Private colleges and universities are institutions of higher learning that are privately owned and operated, without funding from the government. Private schools tend to be more expensive, but can offer many benefits that public schools cannot, such as fewer students, smaller class sizes, and more individual attention. Private schools are also generally perceived as being more rigorous and more prestigious, which is part of the reason they attract professors with such rich academic and professional achievements.

Aspiring registered nurses (RNs) in Maine can choose to complete their pre-licensure programs at a public or private college, both of which offer distinct benefits. Public schools are usually subsidized by the government, making them less expensive and more accessible than private schools. Public colleges and universities are also found in cities and towns all around the country, making them convenient to attend while living close to home.

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.

Four-year colleges and universities are institutions of higher learning where most students are undergraduates, focused on earning their bachelor’s degrees, and some continue on to pursue post-graduate master’s degrees and doctorates. Higher levels of education are becoming increasingly important in the nursing field. On the job market, registered nurses (RNs) with bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degrees have a serious advantage over those who only hold associate’s degrees.

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)