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Nursing Career Education

Nursing practice continues to change and develop. These changes are driven by advances in technology, changes in medical and surgical practice, and on-going research. To stay abreast of theoretical and clinical knowledge, Mid Coast Hospital nurses attend external conferences and workshops, and participate in in-house classes where new concepts related to patient care are presented.

Many of the nursing staff choose to enhance their knowledge by pursuing certification in their specialty. Follow this link for a list of these organizations and their websites.

If you would like to pursue a career in nursing, the links below will connect you with the many schools that offer nursing education in Maine.


CNA Programs

Allied Health Schools (Online)
Maine Medical Center
Merrymeeting Adult Education

Associate in Science in Nursing (RN, ADN)

Southern Maine Community College
University of Maine at Augusta

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN, BSN):

Drexel University (Online)
Husson College
St. Joseph’s College (Standish)
Kaplan University (Augusta and Lewiston)
University of Maine at Augusta
University of Maine at Orono
University of New England (BSN)
University of New England - Registered Nurse Bachelor Completion Program (RN to BSN)
University of New England - Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Southern Maine (Portland)

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Nurse Practitioner (NP), Advanced Certifications

Drexel University (Online)
Husson College
(Bangor) - Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing (MSN, and post-Master’s certificate), Family and Community Nurse Practitioner (MSN, and post-Master’s certificate)
Kaplan University (Augusta and Lewiston)
St. Joseph’s College (Online)
University of New England - Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
University of Southern Maine - MS in Nursing- Clinical Nurse Leader, Dual degree MSN and Master of Business Administration, Masters in Nursing - Education, Family nurse practitioner, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Masters of Nursing-Management
University of Southern Maine - Minor in Holistic and Integrative Health

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Drexel University (Online)
Kaplan University (Augusta and Lewiston)
University of Southern Maine