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.

Expanded nursing program for students starting in the Spring 2023 semester

To meet the growing demand for registered nurses in Maine, CMCC is expanding the nursing program and offering courses and clinical rotations in the evenings and on weekends. The expanded program starts during the Spring 2023 semester and is perfect for students looking for a flexible schedule.

The schedule below illustrates a typical week for spring semester NUR 112 students:

The sample schedule for the Spring 2023 evening/weekend program has theory on Tuesdays from 6-9 PM and Thursdays from 6-8 PM. Then students will choose lab either Monday and Wednesday from 6-9 PM; Tuesday 12-6 PM or Thursday 12-6 PM. Theory/clinical will be on Saturdays 7:00 AM to 1:30 PM.

*Students can choose to attend one 6-hour lab session during the day on Tuesdays or Thursdays, or they can split their lab time into two three-hour sessions on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The schedule shown above for NUR 112 is for illustrative purposes only. Actual clinical times may vary depending on clinical unit. Students also spend an additional 30-40 hours outside of these scheduled times for practice of skills, studying and clinical preparation.


Nursing Program Admissions Requirements


  • A completed Application for Admission. The deadline for fall admission is February 28th. The deadline for spring admission is November 30th.
  • An official high school transcript for all years attended. Students who have been matriculated at a regionally accredited college or university and who have earned at least 60 college-level credits do not need to supply their high school transcript or GED, but must supply their college transcript(s).
  • Documentation of all program prerequisites. Prerequisites may appear on the high school or adult education transcripts, prior college transcripts, or other documentation. Please carefully review the prerequisites for the preferred program of study. Prospective applicants who do not meet these requirements are strongly encouraged to apply for the Pre-Nursing (General Studies) program.
  • Nursing Program applicants must submit ATI TEAS Exam results to the Office of Admissions by February 28th. All Nursing program applicants are required to take the TEAS exam*. 
    *Applicants who earn an A through B- in all of the following courses, without retakes or academic penalties (i.e. probation, suspension, etc.), will be accepted into the Nursing program WITHOUT having to take the ATI TEAS Exam:
    BIO 115 & 116
    ENG 101 (or 105)
    MAT 100 or higher (115, 122, or 135)
  • Candidates must earn the following scores (or higher) on the TEAS to be considered for the Nursing Program. The exam with the highest total score will be used. No super score will be created from the subsections.
    • Overall, 66.1%
    • Reading, 72.3%
    • Math, 68.8%
    • English, 68.0%
    • Science, 55.0%
  • Academic skills assessment scores or documentation. CMCC is test-optional for the SAT/ACT. CMCC will use multiple measures to assess your English and Math placement using your transcripts and other methods. Call the Admissions office at 207-755-5273. If you have SAT/ACT scores, please send a screenshot that includes your name, section scores, and date taken to Your college transcript(s) must be sent by the respective school(s) to You may request they mail physical copies to:
    Central Maine Community College
    C/O Office of Admissions
    1250 Turner Street
    Auburn, ME 04210

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


Employment Outlook for Registered Nurses in Maine

Nursing Program Achievement Data
NCLEX PASSAGE RATE 2022 2021 2020
Licensure (NCLEX), CMCC 100% 91% 92%
Licensure (NCLEX), State Average 84% 87% 89%
Licensure (NCLEX), National Average 80%* 79% 87%
*through 6/30/2021
EMPLOYMENT RATE 2022 2021 2020
Employment as RN’s 97% 98% 100%
GRADUATION RATE 2019 2018 2017
Graduation Rate w/in 3 Years of Starting First Nursing Course



(2021 or 2022 graduate)


(2019 or 2020 graduate)


(2019 or 2020 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.

Nursing Program Learning and Experience


  • 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 healthcare 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
Nursing Career Opportunities


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

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.

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