Nursing schools around Brunswick/Portland area?

  1. Hello!! I am moving to Maine in Feb, with my family. My husband is in the Navy and we'll be stationed at NAS Brunswick for 4 years. I am interested in going to school for nursing. Can anyone give me some input on schools near by? I was looking at SMCC but since I am moving to Maine in Feb it, I won't be a resident until then and someone on here said you had to be a Maine resident for a year before they would even accept you. I already have some college, mostly generals and all that but no biology or chemistry so I would have to take them anyway before applying most places.

    Any info would be great!!! We are really excited to move!!!
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  3. by   JPine
    About the residency... you might want to check, but as far as I know anyone in the military or their spouses are usually granted immediate residency wherever they move to because of the nature of their jobs (constant moving), so don't cross SMCC off your list. Also, University of Maine at Augusta has a "distant site" in Bruswick. These are both 2 year programs so you do have a chance of getting it done in for years with the 2 year wait list. I'd apply now if I were you... and explain that you are a military spouse.
  4. by   Freedom42
    By any chance, are you referring to University College at Bath-Brunswick? I don't think they offer much there in the way of nursing courses. A classmate of mine says she was told by the University of Maine at Augusta that there is a four-year waiting list there. I don't know if that's accurate.

    Other nursing schools near Brunswick include the University of Southern Maine (classes in Portland and Lewiston), Central Maine Community College and the Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing. Admission is quite competitive right now, as it is everywhere.
  5. by   JPine
    Quote from Freedom42
    By any chance, are you referring to University College at Bath-Brunswick? I don't think they offer much there in the way of nursing courses. A classmate of mine says she was told by the University of Maine at Augusta that there is a four-year waiting list there. I don't know if that's accurate.

    Other nursing schools near Brunswick include the University of Southern Maine (classes in Portland and Lewiston), Central Maine Community College and the Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing. Admission is quite competitive right now, as it is everywhere.
    Yeah, I forgot to mention that UMA does use the University College at Bath-Brunswick's campus as a "distant site" for their nursing program, and yes, it does have a four year wait (I think the Ellsworth site has a 6 year wait), however, the Augusta campus is only about 30 minutes from Brunswick if someone were desperate enough to drive a little extra to knock off 2 years. The distant sites at UMA are so overloaded 'cause the only take ONE group of EIGHT students every other year. I know a lot of people who went to the Augusta campus the first semester and then transfered out to a distant site after people dropped out and believe me they drop like flies after the first semester.

    I know Central Maine Medical Center is competetive, but what about Central Maine Community College? I thought they were like UMA where they just put everyone with a 2.5 on a waitlist.
  6. by   alovingcaringperson
    Hi, I am a first year nursing student at University of New England in Portland. It is a 2+2 program. the first 2 years you work towards your ADN and then the second 2 years you work towards your BSN. After the first 2 years you take the NCLEX for your RN.
    other information that is nice, you start clinical 2 weeks into your first semester of your first year. after you complete your first semester you recieve your CNA. the clinical rotations are the following. by semesters, long term care, med-surg, med-surg, and then specialized med-surg (OB/GYN, peds, and psych).
    if you have any other questions just let me know!
  7. by   lupin
    Hello, I am a Central Maine Community College ADN grad. I personally would advise you to look at CMCC or SMCC. They are both about a 35-40 minute drive away from the Brunswick area and last time I looked they were neck and neck for pass rates for the state of Maine NCLEX-RN (#1-#2). Personally as far as admissions go I found that SMCC really pushed their nursing program but were not so forthcoming about the waitlist. I didn't find that out until after I had taken their nursing intro test and was taking A&P classes thinking I was going to get in the next fall.
    Central Maine was absolutely honest with me about their waitlist but I went ahead and took the nursing intro test, was waitlisted and then about two weeks before the fall semester got a call that I was in. Central Maine also has a transfer agreement with USM that if you take statistics along with the rest of your two year nursing courses, after you graduate you can lateral right into their BSN program for 18 months and then graduate. If you don't mind me asking, I recently moved from the Brunswick area to TN. Are they still closing that base? I woouldn't think they would transfer more people to a base that everyone is saying will be completely closed by 2010.

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