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


Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Westbrook College of Health Professions (WCHP)


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



The mission of the School of Nursing and Population Health is to facilitate the education of students as safe clinicians and leaders. As professional nurses, students are prepared to promote the ability of individuals, families, and communities in attaining their highest level of wellness. As leaders, students are consumers of evidence-based practice and advocates for individuals, families, and communities.


Nursing, a caring art and science, encompasses the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to health and illness. A contemporary definition of health “recognizes that disease and disability can and often do co-exist with health. In this new conception, health is transformed from a state that requires the absence of disease to a state where the central theme is the fullness of life. Health involves the integration of body, mind, and spirit and recognizes the significant influence of sociologic, environmental and behavioral factors” (Bradley, Goetz, & Viswanathan, 2018). The nurse serves in multiple capacities, using a variety of theoretical frameworks to guide individuals, families, and communities* of diverse cultures and backgrounds toward identifying their own needs for health care, healing, and health promotion, moving toward and maintaining health in their human experiences.

The environment in which the nurse functions is globally diverse, technologically oriented, and rapidly changing. Nursing care is informed by evidence-based practice that includes individual, family, and community preferences and values, clinical expertise, and best research evidence, as well as socio-political influences and issues of justice and equality. Professional nursing practice must be in accordance with established standards as outlined by the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics (ANA, 2015) and the Maine Nurse Core Competencies (MPNEP, 2012).

Professional nursing education is grounded in the integration of academic and experiential learning. A strong educational foundation rooted in the arts, sciences, and humanities enables nurses to improve health care delivery to individuals, families, and communities. The faculty is committed to a curriculum that encourages a diverse, global perspective, expanding each student’s professional identity and social conscience. The curriculum cornerstones of clinical judgment, professional values, and interprofessionalism prepare students to be safe and competent nurses. The acquisition of competency-based knowledge, skills, and attitudes prepares future nurses to meet the healthcare needs of diverse populations.

Learning is a collaborative process whereby students and faculty learn from each other, individuals, families, and communities, peers, mentors, and preceptors as well as other health care professionals. Reflective practice forms the basis for the development of sound clinical judgment necessary for the provision of safe, quality nursing care. Student centeredness is the cornerstone to optimal learning; faculty is committed to a supportive, caring, and interactive environment that takes into account the diversity of culture and experience that students bring to the learning environment.

Self-care practices can positively impact student academic achievement, individual, family, and community outcomes, and perceived well-being. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for and become skilled in self-care to ensure personal health, emotional resiliency, and ability to care for others. As future nurses, students have an ethical duty to care for their own health and safety in order to provide safe care for others.

*“Individual, family, and community” is referred to as “client” by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), which also includes significant others and populations.

Bradley, K. L., Goetz, T., & Viswanathan, S. (2018). Toward a contemporary definition of health. Military Medicine, 183, (suppl 3), 204–207. doi: 10.1093/milmed/usy213

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

Semester 1 (Spring or Summer) Credits
NSG 280 - Adult Health I/Clin/Lab/Sim 8
NSG 327 - Health Assessment 3
NSG 353 - Passport to Integration 2
BIO 309 - Pathophysiology 3
Total 16
Semester 2 (Summer or Fall) Credits
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
Total 16
Semester 3 (Fall or Spring) Credits
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
Total 16
Semester 4 (Spring or Summer) Credits
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 17
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

Department Policies

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.

School of Nursing and Population health Academic and Progression Standards

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

Dismissal from the Nursing Program

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

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. Demonstrate the clinical judgment necessary for the provision of safe, evidence-based nursing care that improves health outcomes for individuals, families, and communities. (Clinical Judgment/Evidence-based Practice)
  2. Demonstrate use of information management and client care technology that supports the provision of safe, quality nursing care. (Informatics)
  3. Demonstrate leadership principles that support effective health care delivery (Leadership).
  4. Demonstrate effective interprofessional communication and collaboration that contributes to safe, quality, team-based care. (Interprofessionalism)
  5. Model professional values (ethical, moral, and legal tenets), including care of self, that are inherent in the practice of nursing. (Professionalism/Self Care)

WCHP Core Vaules

  • Compassion
  • Collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Critical Thinking
  • Health
  • Wellness

Maine Nurse Core Competencies

  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.

Core Competencies For Interprofessional Collaborative Practice

  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.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2022–2023 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication May 2, 2022.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.