The Nursing associate in science degree blends general education courses with nursing courses to provide a sound theoretical and experiential background for nursing practice. Students complete faculty-led clinical rotations at local healthcare affiliates throughout the nursing component of the program. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX) for licensure as a registered nurse.

Nursing students can choose to earn their degree on the main campus located in Auburn or the Lincoln County location in Damariscotta. Students in both locations gain knowledge through a combination of classroom lectures, both in-person and through Polycom; hands-on experience in a controlled college setting; and hands-on experience in a clinical setting.


  • The ethical responsibilities of the nursing profession and practices within the Nurse Practice Act
  • Using effective therapeutic and interpersonal communication skills in their practice of nursing
  • Holistically evaluating client/patient needs through the collection, analysis and synthesis of data for the provision of patient care
  • Generating safe and effective clinical judgments using critical thinking skills when providing care to individuals, families, and groups of patients with complex health needs in a variety of settings
  • Utilizing previous learning experiences to provide holistic care interventions to patients of all ages and medical complexities
  • Learning strategies and achievement of patient learning outcomes for patients with complex medical needs
  • Collaboration with health care team members in a variety of settings
  • Management of care for a group of patients by establishing priorities for nursing care, use of resources, and delegation of nursing care to health care workers
  • The importance of continuing education formally or through in-service education and independently utilizing nursing research and professional resources
  • Evaluating current strategies and clinical processes to make practice decisions for quality outcomes for patients and healthcare systems


  • Hospitals
  • Extended care facilities
  • Clinics
  • Psychiatric facilities
  • Substance abuse facilities

Please see the college catalog for all program details and requirements.

Alignment of program learning outcomes to courses in the program.

*The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) has granted continuing accreditation through 2028 to the associate degree in nursing program at Central Maine Community College.

Nursing Program Achievement Data
NCLEX PASSAGE RATE 2021 2020 2019
Licensure (NCLEX), CMCC 91% 92% 97%
Licensure (NCLEX), State Average 87% 89% 92%
Licensure (NCLEX), National Average 85%* 87% 88%
*through 6/30/2021
EMPLOYMENT RATE 2021 2020 2019
Employment as RN’s 98% 100% 97%
GRADUATION RATE 2018 2017 2016
Graduation Rate w/in 3 Years of Starting First Nursing Course



(2020 or 2021 graduate)


(2019 or 2020 graduate)


(2018 or 2019 graduate)

A note on graduation rates: It is important to recognize there are many factors contributing to a student not continuing in the program. In addition to grades, students may have to stop due to personal issues, work requirements, and/or medical reasons.

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