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About our Nursing Associate Degree


The Nursing program prepares individuals to become registered nurses at the associate degree level. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX Registered Nurse (RN) licensure examination for entry into practice. The curriculum blends nursing and general education courses to provide a sound theoretical base for nursing practice. Diverse clinical experiences are concurrent with didactic experiences during the four semesters.

Students are required to meet clinical objectives or obtain a course grade of C (76) or better in order to receive a passing grade. In the event of a failure, students may apply for reinstatement/re-admission to the Nursing program only once.

Equipment Requirements

Download the Nursing Uniform List.

What opportunities does this program provide?

SMCC graduates in this program have gone on to work as:

  • Oncology Nurse
  • Emergency Room Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Liaison
  • Care Coordinator
  • Patient Coordinator
  • Home Care Nurse
  • Clinical Research Associate

Continue Your Education

Available transfer agreements for this program include:

How do I complete this program?

Browse the information below to view our program requirements and how you might complete this program.

Estimated Full-Time Degree Completion Time


Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

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Are you a current student?

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  • A high school diploma or GED/HiSET/High School Equivalency Diploma
  • A B- (2.75) or better in:
    • Anatomy & Physiology I with lab
    • English Composition
    • Dosage Calculations
  • The following nursing entrance test scores the ATI TEAS for the Nurse (RN) Program:
    • Math – 68.8% or higher
    • Reading – 72.3% or higher
    • English – 66.7% or higher
    • Science – 57.4% or higher
    • Total Score – 66.1% or higher
    • Learn more about the ATI TEAS
  • Required: Attend a Nursing Info Session

Not ready to commit to a degree program? We may have other options that work for you.

Did you know that we offer a broad array of short-term workforce training programs that allow you to enter the workforce and start earning quickly? These programs are a great way to enter a career in your area of interest and to become accustomed to college classes. They are also often grant-funded (free of charge to trainees). And, if you find you want to keep going, we can help you find a related academic degree or certificate program of interest with which you can continue your education.

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Accreditation, Outcome Data & Licensure Information



The Nursing program is approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing, 161 Capitol Street, 158 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0158 (207-287-1133) and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road, NE- Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404-975-5000). For more information, visit the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing website.


Please note: The Maine State Board of Nursing may refuse to grant a license on the basis of criminal history record information relating to convictions denominated in Title 5, Chapter 341, Section 5301, Subsection 2 of the Maine Revised Statutes Annotated (MRSA).

Graduation Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Systematically apply the nursing process to provide care to clients in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Demonstrate patient-centered caring behaviors and actions that result in an environment of respect and trust.
  • Adhere to professional behaviors within the legal, ethical and practice standards.
  • Demonstrates a minimal practice of clinical judgment that results in safe outcomes.

Program Outcomes (as of January 2024)

Out-of-State Licensure Information

If you are completing this program and will be seeking licensure in another state, please download our Out-of-State Licensure document.

Costs & Financial Aid

This degree program may have specific associated costs which are important to know before attending. We encourage you to apply for financial aid which provides funds in the form of grants and scholarship (free), loans (need to repay) and student employment (earned money.)

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Additional Admissions Requirements:

Please note that our Health Sciences programs have additional requirements.
For more information, visit our Health Science Applicants webpage.

Contact Us:

For more information about this program, contact:
Nursing Department: Aidan Fennessy, 207-741-5590 or

Edie Forbes, 207-741-5794 or

For information about enrollment, including transferring credits, contact:

Admissions: 207-741-5800 or 

For questions about this career path contact:
Department Chair: Jessica Dreves, 207-741-5776 or

A three-credit class averages


Full-time tuition & fees


*Additional program costs may apply.


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