Community Colleges for Nursing

  1. Hello! I am possibly moving to southern Maine next year. I am working on my pre-req's for an ADN. We have a great nursing program here within our community colleges. I know a lot of people that are new RN and feel very prepared for the real world after graduation. My question is has anyone graduated or currently attending SMCC or YCCC? Do you/they feel ready as a new grad RN?

    Those are the only two community colleges in S. Maine that I know of with an ADN - am I correct?

    Any help would be great!!! And suggestions!

    Thanks!
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  3. by   arciedee
    I don't know about the community colleges in Maine, but I do know that University of New England in Biddeford has an ADN program. It's a 2+2 program where you earn an ADN after the first two years then can continue on for two more years to complete the BSN. It sounds pretty flexible in terms of scheduling (I believe they offer the ADN classes in the evenings and the BSN portion they schedule classes so that they only take place once a week allowing time to work). Here is the link:

    University of New England - Nursing
  4. by   Sk8rbug
    I have looked into UNE, but it's pricey. Especially with the out of state tuition. If I had endless funds I would go there in a heartbeat - do the hospitals pay for tuition? They do here in AZ.
  5. by   rninme
  6. by   JPine
    Quote from Sk8rbug
    Hello! I am possibly moving to southern Maine next year. I am working on my pre-req's for an ADN. We have a great nursing program here within our community colleges. I know a lot of people that are new RN and feel very prepared for the real world after graduation. My question is has anyone graduated or currently attending SMCC or YCCC? Do you/they feel ready as a new grad RN?

    Those are the only two community colleges in S. Maine that I know of with an ADN - am I correct?

    Any help would be great!!! And suggestions!

    Thanks!
    I thought I'd just give you a little heads up on SMCC... they are not taking any applications from out-of-state students for their nursing program. You must be a resident of Maine for one year before your application will be considered ulness it's an LPN upgrade. This information is reflected in the fith paragraph of their "nursing overview" page.

    I hope this is the right link: Nursing - Overview | College Catalog | Southern Maine Community College
  7. by   JPine
    Quote from Sk8rbug
    I have looked into UNE, but it's pricey. Especially with the out of state tuition. If I had endless funds I would go there in a heartbeat - do the hospitals pay for tuition? They do here in AZ.
    A few hospitals will give $100 - $200/month loan payback the first year or two, but it nothing like it is out in AZ... Maine doesn't have the dire need for nurses like they do out your way. If I were you, I'd stay in AZ to do it. They nursing school wait is just as long here as it is anywhere else.
  8. by   Sk8rbug
    JPine,

    I am aware of the one year residence requirement. I spoke to a woman at SMCC and she said if I turned in a app. stating that by Fall 2008 I would be a resident she would accept me. I would have to show proof like drivers license and such. But after reading your reply about the payback in ME I am having second thoughts! I don't want to move all the way and not be needed - not that nurses aren't needed out there but you are right the demand for RN's in AZ is very very high! Any hospital job postings have numerous new grad RN positions.

    Thanks for your input! I still have some time to think about it all!!!:uhoh21:

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