Saint Joseph's College (SJC) Department of Nursing

Saint Joseph's College (SJC) Department of Nursing offers CCNE accredited BSN, RN to BSN, MSN, and RN to MSN degree programs including programs for Nurse Practitioners as well as post-graduate certificates. Students Schools Scholarships

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  • Accreditations CCNE Accredited
  • Location Standish, Maine
  • Programs BSN, MSN, RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, NP, Post-grad Certificate, Other
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In 1912, Saint Joseph's College (SJC) was founded. It is a private, non-profit, liberal arts, Roman Catholic college for men and women of all faiths.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Successful graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination in the state of their choice after graduation.

Admission (not all-inclusive)

  • Transcripts and High School grades
  • Letters of recommendation
  • SAT and ACT scores are required only for nursing students and homeschooled students and are optional for high school students and transfer students who have graduated from high school within the past five years
  • Interview and tour are optional

RN to BSN (online)

This RN to BSN degree completion is designed for the RN that holds a diploma or associate degree. There is also an option for nurses to go for their MSN in the accelerated, fast track RN to MSN (students who have achieved a 3.0 GPA).

There is a requirement of 128-semester hour credits through a combination of transfer, enrollment, and challenge examinations. Nurses that hold a nursing diploma will receive 30 credits in transfer for the lower-level BSN nursing courses. Of the required hours, students must earn thirty-two semester hours through Saint Joseph's College.

Admission (not all-inclusive)

  • Graduates of a Diploma or Associate degree in Nursing, accredited by CCNE or ACEN
  • Diploma or Associate degree in nursing program minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Active, unrestricted RN license
  • Criminal background check
  • Drug screen


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - Online

The online MSN is available to be combined for MSN/MHA or MSN/MBA dual degrees.

Graduate or post-graduate certificates are also available and offered in education, administration, and an FNP Post Master's Certificate program. Specializations currently offered include nursing administration, nursing education, and family/individual across the lifespan nurse practitioner.

RN to MSN Fast Track

Online RN to BSN nursing students are the only students that can apply to the MSN-Administration or Education fast tracks. In order for a student to request a change of track to MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner, all MSN core courses must be completed with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

FNP Post Master's Certificate

This is a 28-credit program. The program prepares the graduate to sit for the national FNP certification exam. To ensure students have met various skills and role competencies, there is a required minimum of 600 supervised clinical hours that must be completed in the student's geographical location. The Nurse Practitioner specific courses are the only ones needed for post-MSN FNP certificate completion.

Admission (not all-inclusive)

  • 3 references from peer, supervisor and prior faculty
  • BSN and MSN from accredited institution
  • Cumulative GPA in MSN program of 3.5
  • Official transcripts
  • Career statement
  • Resume or CV
  • Active unencumbered RN and/or NP license in the US

Program Specializations

Administration - 45 credits

This administrative track is able to be combined with the MHA or the leadership MBA as a dual degree. Course content in the administration specialization focuses on advanced administration, contemporary issues in nursing administration, strategic planning, financial management, and quality performance.

Education - 42 credits

Course content in the education specialization focuses on curriculum development, didactic and clinical teaching methods, evaluation in nursing education, and population-focused care.

Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner - 48 credits

Course content in the family nurse practitioner specialization focuses on primary care, young and middle-age adult, children and women of childbearing years, and the older adult. Applicants must have earned a BSN from an accredited institution and currently hold an active, unrestricted RN license.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - 48 credits

The AGACNP track is designed for nurses interested in providing acute care for acutely and chronically ill patients that focuses on the adult life stages.

Admission Requirements (not all-inclusive)

  • BSN from an accredited institution
  • Active unencumbered RN license in the US
  • Cumulative GPA 3.0
  • Official transcripts
  • Statistics and health assessment as an undergrad with a 'B' or better
  • Resume or CV
  • Career statement
  • 3 references- from peer, supervisor and prior faculty
  • Criminal background check
  • Drug screen


The New England Association of Schools & Colleges accredited Saint Joseph's College.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at Saint Joseph's College.


US News & World Report (2020)

  • #129-#170 in Regional Universities North
  • #88 (tie) in Top Performers on Social Mobility

NICHE (2020)

  • Best Value Colleges in America #490 of 1,592
  • Most Conservative Colleges in America #710 of 1,692
  • Best Value Colleges in Maine #6 of 15
  • Most Conservative Colleges in Maine #9 of 15
  • Best Value Colleges in Portland, ME Area #3 of 4

College Factual ranked Saint Joseph's Maine as #767 out of 1,727 colleges and universities in the country on its 2020 Best Colleges list.

Best Catholic Colleges ranked St. Joseph's College Nursing School #34 in their "Best Catholic Nursing School in the Northeast" region of the U.S. (2018).

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