Question about accelerated BSN program and licensing in Maine

  1. Hello All,

    I got offered a job in Maine and I'm working on getting licensed there. I graduated from an accelerated BSN program recently, this will be my first job.

    On the Maine Board of Nursing website, it says something about graduating from a program of "at least 2 years". My BSN program was 14 months but I already have a batchelors degree and a lot of prerequisites. I'm a little concerned there may be some hitch up, as it asks you to state the length of your program on the application.

    I'm just going to fill out the application and hope for the best, but is this a possible problem? I believe Maine has some accelerated BSN programs of its own.

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  3. by   leenak
    Contact the BON? From what I've noticed here, the only real difference from ABSN and BSN programs are that you don't get breaks like summer so they are equivalently the same school time.
  4. by   dthfytr
    Worked there, done that. Doubt you'll have any problem. That's an old law. At one time some states would allow you to challenge the NCLEX-RN. Other states didn't want to give license by endorsement, so many states have similar laws to make sure nurses have actually been trained as nurses. Maine is a compact state, so you could get a license next door in New Hampshire, but I can't imagine the BON having a problem. Where in Maine? Hope you're there in October. Beautiful!
  5. by   sully75
    Yup...I talked to the Board Of Nursing (was scared to bring it up but I finally did) and they said that they include prereqs in the 2 years. Funny though, that brings me to exactly 24 months. I really sped through the process. Didn't have a college level math or science class before that.

    I'll be in coastal Maine. I know it well, looking forward to it!
  6. by   dthfytr
    Glad it worked out for you. I lived in Kennebunkport for 10 years, still have a daughter in the area. May all your orders be legible, and all your patients compliant.