Nursing (Accelerated B.S.N. 16 Months)


Jennifer Morton, D.N.P., M.P.H., PHNA-BC

Degree name
Bachelor of Science in Nursing



The mission of the School of Nursing and Population Health is to facilitate the education of future professional nurses to be effective clinicians and leaders. As clinicians, graduates are prepared to promote the ability of all persons, families, and communities in attaining their highest level of wellness. As leaders, graduates are prepared to use research for evaluating and improving health care approaches and for continued study in nursing.


Nursing, a caring art and science, encompasses the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to health and illness. Nurses use a variety of models to guide people of many cultures toward identifying their own health care and healing needs. Nurses model self-care while supporting people in their own pursuit of health. People are born with healing capacities with or without the perception of these capacities although a cure is not always certain. The nurse as a health care resource is available to assist people to move toward and maintain health in their human experiences. The society in which the nurse functions is rapidly changing and technologically oriented. Nurses use the knowledge gained from client preferences and values, clinical expertise, and best research evidence as well as the integral process to guide their practice. The practice of nursing must be in accordance with established standards of clinical practice and the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics (ANA, 2001) and the Maine Nurse Core Competencies (MPNEP, 2012).

Health, a personally perceived state of well being, is an ever-changing holistic interplay among the physiological, spiritual, psychological, social, cultural, cognitive and emotional dimensions of people.  Faculty believes that reflective practice is a continuous one wherein the student develops a unique holistic awareness of self and how one’s self affects others. As people grow and develop, they strive to meet the needs of these interconnected dimensions to achieve a sense of harmony and balance between self and environment. Clients, as partners in their care, maybe individuals, families, groups, or communities. Faculty value the uniqueness, worth, dignity, and integrity of all people and believe that each human being is a dynamic holistic system.

The essence of professional nursing education lies in the integration of academic and clinical experience. Faculty are committed to a foundation of study grounded in arts, sciences, and humanities that leads to Interprofessional and nursing education. The acquisition of competency-based knowledge, skills, and attitudes to prepare future nurses to meet the healthcare needs of a diverse population. Faculty believe that student-centeredness is the cornerstone to optimal learning and are committed to a supportive, caring and interactive environment that takes into account the diversity of culture and experience that students bring to the learning situation. Learning is a collaborative process whereby students and faculty learn from each other, clients, peers, mentors, preceptors as well as other health care professionals.

Major Description

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program is a rigorous 16-month professional program for highly motivated and committed students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing. The ABSN program is designed to run continuously for the 16 months and totals 65 credits. The ABSN program mirrors the School of Nursing and Population Health's vision, mission, philosophy and program outcomes for BSN education.

Students build on previous academic foundations and are able to engage quickly in nursing course work and clinical experiences that emphasize clinical judgment, health and human functioning, care and therapeutics, person and environment and health care resources. Nursing skill laboratories combined with simulation and clinical experiences occur in a variety of hospital and community settings. These settings, serving diverse populations, actualize the process of integrating theory to practice. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, The University of New England awards a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®).

Curricular Requirements

Courses Credits
Semester 1 (Spring or Summer)  
NSG 280 - Adult Health I/Clin/Lab/Sim 8
NSG 327 - Health Assessment 3
NSG 353 - Passport to Integration 2
BIO 309 - Pathophysiology 3
Semester 2 (Summer or Fall) 16
NSG 315 - Adult Health II/Clin/Lab/Sim 7
NSG 328 - Mental Health Nursing/Clin/Sim 4
NSG 332 - Evidence-based Practice (EBP) I 2
NSG 342 - Pharmacology 3

Semester 3 (Fall or Spring)

NSG 424 - Maternal/Child Care/Clin/Lab/Sim 8
NSG 432 - Evidence Based Practice (EBP) II 2
NSG 444 - Integrating Experience III 1
NSG 445 - Leadership 2
IHS 310 - Interprofessional Ethics for Health Professionals 3
Semester 4 (Spring or Summer) 17
NSG 456 - Adult Health III/Clin/Lab/Sim/Preceptorship 9
NSG 409 - Adult Health IV 3
NSG 420 - Community and Public Health Nursing 3
NSG 447 - Transition to Practice 2
Total Credits Required 65

Graduation Requirements

Courses Credits Needed ABSN
Nursing 65
General Education 3
Transfer 27
Prerequisites 21-22
Total 120-121

Academic and Technical Standards


Academic Integrity Policy
The University of New England values academic integrity in all aspects of the educational experience. Academic dishonesty in any form undermines this standard and devalues the original contributions of others. It is the responsibility of all members of the university community to actively uphold the integrity of the academy; failure to act, for any reason, is not acceptable.

Charges of academic dishonesty will be reviewed by the program director and if necessary the dean of the college. This may result in a failing grade on the assignment and/or possible dismissal from the program and/or the University of New England. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Cheating, copying, or offering or receiving unauthorized assistance or information
  • Fabrication or falsification of data, results, or sources for papers or reports, or experiential/clinical documentation
  • Actions that destroy or alter the work of another student
  • Multiple submissions of the same paper or report for assignments in more than one course without the permission of each instructor
  • Plagiarism, the appropriation of records, research, materials, ideas, or the language of other persons or writers and the submission of them as one’s own

HIPAA Compliance
Prior to attending any clinical experience, it is mandatory that each nursing student document yearly completion of the UNE training program explaining their legal responsibilities under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in addition to Nursing department training that highlights specific clinical environment examples/scenarios. Under this regulation, nursing students are permitted to have access to Protected Health Information (PHI) only when observing and performing direct client/patient care as a part of their training and must follow approved HIPAA policies on usage of PHI. More detailed information is available in the UNE School of Nursing and Population Health Student Handbook, and will also be provided by the UNE HIPAA training program. Students requiring further clarification are referred to as the faculty of this course. Students must comply with requirements and expectations for appropriate storage and transmittal of client information. No PHI can leave a covered entity site unless it is de-identified. All HIPAA violations will be reported to the UNE HIPAA Compliance Officer. 

Office for Student Access
The University of New England Student Access Center will make reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Students need to register with the Student Access Center and inform their faculty of any academic accommodations. Timely accommodations are dependent on early registration with the Student Access Center. This office is located on the Lower Level of Ginn Hall on the Portland Campus and can be contacted at (207) 221-4438.

WCHP Course and Instructor Evaluation Policy
Course and instructor evaluations are an important tool for evaluating the quality of education, and for providing meaningful feedback to course faculty. Students completing course evaluations by the published deadline will have access to their grades as soon as they are available. Students who do not complete their evaluations by the published deadline will have grades masked for approximately two weeks.


Students accepted to the WCHP at the University of New England are subject to two sets of academic guidelines, one to meet minimum qualifications for ongoing enrollment at the University of New England and the other to meet specific program requirements.

  • Students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.50
  • Students must comply with requirements for attendance and professionalism
  • Students must comply with policies stated in UNE and Nursing Student Handbooks
  • Students must obtain a C or better in the required science course of pathophysiology. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the student repeating the course a maximum of one time.
  • Students must obtain a minimum examination final average of 77 (C+) in all nursing courses in order to continue to progress through the program
  • Students must obtain ad 77 (C+) in all nursing courses in order to continue to progress through the program
  • Students must meet the competencies for the satisfactory completion of the clinical component of each nursing course. An unsatisfactory grade (U) in clinical, regardless of the grade in the didactic component of the course, will result in a course grade no higher than C. In addition, a student cannot progress to the next clinical nursing course.
  • If a student’s exam average is 77 (C+) or greater, his/her final grade will be determined by the calculation as stated in the syllabus for the course. If student’s exam average is less than 77 (C+), the final grade will be determined by the calculation as stated in the syllabus for the course, but not to exceed a C regardless of the earned average
  • Failure to obtain a minimum grade of 77 (C+) in any nursing course necessitates that the student repeat the course to achieve the minimum grade a maximum of one time


A student may be dismissed from the nursing program for any of the following reasons:

  • Violations of the academic integrity policies
  • Violation of the American Nurses Association “Code for Nurses” guidelines for ethical practice, or the National Student Nurses’ Association “Code of Academic and Clinical conduct”
  • Following admission and enrollment, the discovery of dishonest proclamation of self-report of crime on application following criminal background discovery
  • Failure to maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.50
  • Failure to achieve a grade of C or higher in a required pathophysiology science course after a prior failure in the same course
  • A documented pattern of unprofessional behavior

Students dismissed from the nursing program related to academic deficiencies (low GPA or failure of a second nursing course) may appeal the decision to the nursing faculty. The faculty will make a recommendation to the director of the School of Nursing and Population Health regarding re-admission to the nursing program.

Students dismissed from the program may initiate an appeal process as documented in the UNE student manual. Students wishing to appeal an issue should refer to the UNE Student Handbook “Academic and Disciplinary Appeals Policy."


Technical standards are all of the nonacademic functional abilities essential for the delivery of safe, effective nursing care. These basic abilities are necessary for safe and effective education, training and nursing care. Failure to meet the technical standards can result in untoward outcomes for clients. In compliance with state and federal laws, nursing education programs must attend to these essential functional abilities in the teaching and evaluation of students preparing for the practice of nursing.

This statement of technical standards identifies the functional abilities deemed by the Nursing Faculty at the University of New England to be essential to the practice of nursing, and as such are reflected in satisfactory progression through the nursing program and in the performance-based outcomes which are the basis for teaching and evaluating all nursing student. Technical standards can be found in the School of Nursing and Population Health Student Handbook.


The nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing. Further information regarding accreditation can be obtained from ACEN at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga. 30326. 1-404-975-5000,

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to

  1. Integrate the knowledge and science of nursing with the natural/behavioral sciences, the humanities, and interprofessional education to provide holistic care for individuals, families, groups, communities or populations. 
  2. Demonstrate the capacity to practice nursing using an evidence-based and theoretically guided framework. 
  3. Model professional values as a nurse which reflect the integration of ethical and moral principles, social advocacy and legal standards in delivering quality care to all people. 
  4. Utilize data from diverse sources with knowledge and skill in informatics and patient care technology to promote safety and optimal outcomes of care. 
  5. Distinguish the components of nursing leadership and management as applied to healthcare organizations and healthy work environments. 
  6. Model principles of self-care while supporting the health and well being of diverse individuals, families, groups, communities or populations. 
  7. Demonstrate basic knowledge of the issues concerning health care delivery to diverse individuals, families, groups, communities or populations. 


Compassion, Collaboration, Leadership, Critical Thinking, Health, and Wellness


  1. Professionalism-Evaluates own practice that is consistent with ethical, moral, altruistic, humanistic, legal, and regulatory principles, and utilizes self-care to practice in a mindful manner.
  2. Leadership-Demonstrates leadership in the professional practice setting through accountability, influence, change management, and collaboration with others in a way that will facilitate the establishment and achievement of shared goals.
  3. Patient-Centered Care-Enters into a holistic, compassionate, respectful partnership with the patient and family that facilitates shared decision-making, recognizing consumer preferences, values, and needs in providing age and culturally appropriate, coordinated, safe, and effective care.
  4. Evidence-Based Practice identifies, integrates, and evaluates current evidence and research findings coupled with clinical expertise and consideration of consumers' preferences, experience, and values to make practice decisions for quality outcomes.
  5. Teamwork and Collaboration-Practices effectively with the healthcare consumer, family, and interprofessional teams, to build relationships and foster open communication, mutual respect, and share decision-making.
  6. Communication-Communicates effectively, fostering mutual respect and shared decision making to enhance knowledge, experience, and health outcomes.
  7. Systems-Based Practice-responsive and knowledgeable to the changing healthcare system and demonstrates the ability to access resources in a safe, effective, and financially responsible manner to provide value-based care.
  8. Informatics and Technology-Demonstrates proficiency in the use of technology and information systems to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and to support decision making for safe practice.
  9. Safety-Utilizes clinical reasoning and critical thinking that drives a culture of safety to prevent risk of harm to healthcare consumers, families, colleagues, and the environment.
  10. Quality Improvement-Contributes to evidenced-based nursing practice by participating in improvement strategies/processes including the use of data to design, implement, and evaluate outcomes to improve the quality and safety of healthcare systems.
  11. Geriatrics-Values the unique psychosocial, physical, and cultural attributes of the older adult in order to promote healthy aging and provide safe and effective care.


  1. Values and ethics for interprofessional practice
  2. Roles and responsibilities for collaborative practice
  3. Interprofessional communication
  4. Interprofessional teamwork and team-based care
  5. Population health management

Transfer Credit

Non-nursing courses completed at another college/university may be considered for transfer into the program according to the School of Nursing and Population Health's grading policy. Courses must be close in scope and content to the required courses offered at UNE in order to transfer as equivalent-. otherwise, they may transfer as general electives. All courses completed must be no older than five years and be approved by the appropriate college program director. Other restrictions apply. See Undergraduate Admissions.


In order to be considered for admission to the Accelerated Nursing Program, students should possess the following:

  • A baccalaureate degree (not in nursing) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Satisfactory completion of program pre-requisite course work*
  • General requirements for admission to the University

*Prerequisite Course Work

  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II w/Lab
  • Microbiology w/Lab
  • Chemistry w/Lab or Nutrition
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Statistics

Students in the summer start are encouraged to complete Pathophysiogy prior to beginning study. All pre-requisite courses should have been taken within 10 years of admission and students must achieve a grade of B- or better in the course.*

Faculty will look at individual cases if coursework greater than 10 years.

  • Completion of all of the health requirements including the following immunizations and tests Tetanus, Diphtheria, Attenuated Pertussis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Meningococcal, Hepatitis B, Varicella, Tuberculin Skin Testing
  • Other immunizations and tests as required by clinical facilities, including but not limited to, Influenza vaccine
  • 10 Panel Drug Screening, per various facilities
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Basic Life Support at the level of health provider by the American Heart Association
  • HIPAA training module 
  • Ability to meet Technical Standards

See Undergraduate Admissions also.

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and expenses related to the nursing program. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.


Students are responsible for the costs of the following required item uniforms, shoes, name tag, bandage scissors, watch indicating seconds, stethoscope, and penlight.


Nursing students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical facilities throughout the program.

Commencement Activities

Commencement activity expenses include the cost of the nursing pin for the college commencement ceremony (pinning) and the cost of the cap and gown for the university commencement ceremony (graduation). These expenses may vary each year. Students may inquire in the nursing office for an estimate of current costs.

Financial Aid

Detailed information and applications are available on request from the Financial Aid Office at the University Campus. Call (207) 602-2342 or visit the Financial Aid website.