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  1. Program Overview
  2. Program Learning Outcomes
  3. Program Curriculum
  4. Program Admissions Requirements
  5. Continuing Your Education

Program Overview

This program prepares men and women to become nurses at the associate degree level. They are then eligible to take the NCLEX Registered Nurse (R.N.) licensure examination upon completion of the program. The nursing program is approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing, 24 Stone Street, 158 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0158, 287-1133 and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) 61 Broadway, NY, NY, 10006, 212-363-5555, ext. 153. The curriculum offers general education courses concurrently with nursing courses to provide a sound theoretical base for nursing practice. Clinical experiences are concurrent with didactic experiences during the four semesters. Inability to meet clinical objectives or obtain a course grade of greater than C (73) constitutes failure in that course. Students may apply for reinstatement/readmission to the nursing program one time.

Note: The Maine State Board of Nursing may refuse to grant a license on the basis of the criminal history record information relating to convictions denominated in Title 5, Chapter 341, Section 5301, Subsection 2 of the Maine Revised Statutes Annotated (MRSA).

Nursing students must provide evidence of a physical examination, required immunizations, and CPR certification (American Heart Association – Health Care Provider) after acceptance but prior to beginning the Nursing Program. Immunizations include three (3) dose Hepatitis B series, and demonstrated immunity to Diphtheria/Tetanus, Measles, Rubella, and Mumps. The Hepatitis B series is fairly expensive and takes a minimum of 6 months to obtain the full series so it is best to begin as soon as possible. Please see the SMCC Nurse Practitioner if you have any questions. . Students cannot attend unless all immunization forms are complete. If ALL immunization requirements are not met, students will forfeit their place in the Nursing program for that semester and be placed at the bottom of the waiting list. Please note this could mean a 2 or 3 semester wait.

Once a student is admitted to the Nursing Program, it is a full four-semester program. SMCC does accept transfer credits from other accredited colleges if grades are C or better. Nursing students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5. Nursing credits need to be approved by the Nursing Department Chair and cannot be more than one year old unless the student is coming into the LPN-Upgrade option.

Computer Literacy – All Nursing students are expected to be computer literate.

LPN- Upgrade option: Applicants must meet the requirements listed below. Qualified LPN’s may waive Nursing I – NUR 117 and NUR A17.

Students apply to the Nursing Program through the Admissions Office. Due to the large number of applications, we strongly recommend applying as early as possible. Because we have such high demand from Maine residents, we are currently not able to consider any out-of-state applicants to the 2-year RN program. We do accept out-of-state applications for the Upgrade option.

Students admitted to the Nursing program are responsible for their own transportation.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Take the licensure examination required to become a registered nurse.

  2. Demonstrate the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective abilities necessary to:
    • Adhere to professional behaviors in the provision of nursing care.
    • Facilitate effective communication directed toward promoting positive patient outcomes.
    • Assess the patient's health status to establish a foundation for the provision of nursing care.
    • Make effective clinical decisions that result in delivery of accurate and safe care.
    • Demonstrate person-centered caring behaviors and actions that result in an environment of hope and trust.
    • Provide health education to facilitate informed decision-making, achieve positive outcomes and support self care activities.
    • Collaborate with the patient, support person(s) and other health care providers to promote positive patient outcomes.
    • Manage the effective and efficient use of human, physical, financial and technological resources to meet patient needs and support organizational outcomes.

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Program Admissions Requirements

Applicants Must:

  • Attend one mandatory information session.

  • Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate.

  • Nursing Entrance Test (NET) scores of at least a 60 in reading and a 60 in math.

  • Take, or be exempt from, the Accuplacer placement test.

  • Complete the following courses with a grade of C (not C-) or better and a minimum GPA of 2.5:
    • High school level chemistry w/lab. Students who did not take chemistry in high school can meet the requirement through a local adult education program; through SMCC’s online College Prep Course offered through the Learning Assistance Center ; or by taking one semester of college level chemistry w/ lab.

    • BIO 130 and 131 - Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab (credits for anatomy and physiology earned more than ten (10) years prior to enrollment in the Nursing Program will not be accepted).

    • ENG 111 – English Composition.

    • PHM104 – Pharmacy Calculations. (Knowledge of math – including algebra – is essential for Nursing students. You must follow course and college guidelines for math requirements).
  • General Studies: Current high school students and others who do not meet admissions criteria for the Nursing Program may apply to General Studies to complete the above requirements.

PLEASE NOTE: You are responsible for submitting your grades to the Enrollment Services Office even if you are taking classes at SMCC. We do not get them automatically.

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Continuing Your Education

Graduates from the Associate Degree Nursing program can pursue a Baccalaureate Degree (BSN) through a formal '2+2' articulation agreement with the University of Southern Maine, University of New England, Husson College, and St. Joseph's College.

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