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Schools Offering Nursing Programs in Maine

Each year, approximately 3.4% of Maine graduates receive degrees in nursing. Thus, Maine's 14 nursing schools put out approximately 924 nurses each year.

Top Schools

University of Maine, which is located in Orono, is the top-ranked school in Maine that has a nursing program. It received a ranking of 34th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 98 students graduated from University of Maine's nursing program. The tuition rate at University of Maine was $10,142 per year.

Saint Joseph's College of Maine, which was ranked 42nd nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Maine that has a nursing program. It is located in Standish. In 2010, 104 students graduated from Saint Joseph's College of Maine nursing program. Tuition at Saint Joseph's College of Maine was $27,345 per year.

The third-ranked school in Maine that has a nursing program is University of Southern Maine. University of Southern Maine, which was ranked 45th in the country in 2010, is located in Portland. In 2010, 203 students graduated from University of Southern Maine nursing program. Tuition at University of Southern Maine was $8,538 per year.


If you choose to attend a Maine nursing school, average tuition will be $9,177 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $3,124 per year to $29,330 per year. In 2010, the nursing schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Maine were:

  1. University of New England - located in Biddeford, students are charged $29,330 per year
  2. Saint Joseph's College of Maine - located in Standish, students are charged $27,345 per year
  3. Husson University - located in Bangor, students are charged $13,450 per year

The following Maine nursing schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Kennebec Valley Community College - located in Fairfield, students are charged $3,124 per year
  2. Eastern Maine Community College - located in Bangor, students are charged $3,207 per year
  3. Northern Maine Community College - located in Presque Isle, students are charged $3,223 per year

A nursing degree from a Maine school... what next?

nursing graduates in Maine can go into a variety of professions such as licensed practical nurse, family nurse practitioner, critical care clinical nurse specialist, and patient care assistant. If you decide to work as a nurse in Maine, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 28,330 Maine nurse as of 2010. This number includes 14,730 registered nurses, 1,760 licensed practical nurses, and 60 family nurse practitioners. The largest populations of Maine nurse are working in the following counties:

  1. Cumberland County - 18,300 nurses
  2. Aroostook County - 4,210 nurses
  3. Androscoggin County - 2,920 nurses

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of nurses is expected to grow by 7% by 2018. There are projected to be 31,120 nurses working in Maine then. Of these 31,120 nurses, the government predicts that 16,830 will be registered nurses, 1,830 will be licensed practical nurses, and 210 will be family nurse practitioners.


nurses in Maine make an average of $53,412 per year. However, Maine nurse earned anywhere in the range from as less than $17,530 per year to more than $150,680 per year in 2010. Nurses in the following Maine counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Penobscot County - $56,155 per year
  2. Cumberland County - $52,949 per year
  3. Androscoggin County - $50,220 per year

The Maine counties with the lowest average salary for nurses are:

  1. Aroostook County - $47,525 per year
  2. Androscoggin County - $50,220 per year
  3. Cumberland County - $52,949 per year

The nurses with highest average salaries in Maine were:

  1. Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist - $79,520 per year
  2. Registered Nurse - $64,650 per year
  3. Family Nurse Practitioner - $59,120 per year

On average, the lowest paid nurses in Maine were:

  1. Licensed Practical Nurse - $39,760 per year
  2. Patient Care Assistant - $24,010 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Maine statistics regarding a career in nursing and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as nurse assisting or LPN.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Nursing in Maine
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing in Maine
  • Master's Degree in Nursing in Maine
  • Certificate in Nursing in Maine

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Registered Nurses 14,730 $64,650 10.5%
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants 10,230 $24,010 12.7%
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 1,760 $39,760 -7.4%
Medical and Health Services Managers 1,550 $79,520 7.6%
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other 60 $59,120 -71.4%

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