DNP Programs in Maine (ME)

Maine might be known as “The Pine Tree State”, but they have nursing programs that keep up with the times. If you are looking for a nationally accredited Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program in Maine, look no farther. You can find one here.

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University of Southern Maine
School of Nursing

University of Southern Maine’s School of Nursing offers a CCNE accredited Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program. The DNP program currently offers only one pathway to the DNP: a post-Master’s pathway. It prepares nurses for the most advanced clinical practice.

The post-Master’s DNP program requires 42-43 credit hours and can be completed with either a part-time or full-time basis. Students are required to complete a mandated minimum of 1,000 clinical hours.

Applicants to the post-Master’s DNP program must hold a Master’s degree in nursing with in one of the following specialization:

  • Advance Practice Nursing (Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Midwife, or Nurse Anesthetist)
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Management/Administration

Their Master’s must be from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program with a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale. The prospective student must taken either the GRE or MAT within the last five years with acceptable scores.

While University of Sourthern Maine does not currently have a post-Baccalaureate program, they have plans to offer one soon.


Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education

Contact Information:

USM School of Nursing
PO Box 9300
Portland, ME 04104
(800) 800-4USM