Program Overview

If you already hold a bachelor’s degree and feel that the field of nursing is your calling, UNE’s 16-month Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will build on that foundation and will immediately engage you in nursing content, immersing you in evidence-based nursing science and hands-on clinical experiences. Through 550+ hours of experiential learning in hospitals, clinics, community settings, and in nursing skills laboratories in our state-of-the-art simulation center, you will develop the skills and expertise you need to pass the NCLEX-RN exam and become part of the largest and most trusted segment of the health care workforce.


The University of New England's Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Contact ACEN
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Ga. 30326
(404) 975-5000

The program has also been approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing.


If you’d like to apply for this program, you should use the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS).

Important Deadline Information

The January 2023 ABSN application cycle is closed, and the May 2023 ABSN application cycle is now open. Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until April 15th or until a qualified class is filled. If you have additional application or admission questions, please contact Pete Heeley at (207) 602-2385 or

Why UNE for Nursing

UNE’s School of Nursing is part of a comprehensive health sciences university recognized internationally for interprofessional, collaborative practice. By working with graduate students and faculty across the health sciences, you are uniquely prepared for modern, team-based health care.

  • State-of-the-art Interprofessional Simulation and Innovation Center
  • Situated close to Greater Portland’s hospitals, health agencies, and community-based organizations
  • NCLEX-RN licensing exam pass rate above the national average since 2013
  • Upstream Practicums in Nursing Program for increased focus on community health nursing
  • Global travel opportunities
  • Student Nurses Association Club


Accelerating toward Success (ABSN Program)


Emphasizing clinical reasoning and judgment, understanding of health and human functioning, expertise in care and therapeutics, and knowledge of health care resources, UNE’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program prepares you for one of the world’s most rewarding careers.

As a nurse, you may work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Acute care (hospitals)
  • Primary care
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Public and private schools
  • Federal, state, and local health departments
  • Home health care
  • Accountable care organizations

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, the Office of Career Services is here to help you plan your next step.

Nursing By The Numbers


Expected rate of nursing job growth from 2016 to 2026, with 438,100 new nursing positions


UNE is the top provider of health professionals in Maine

Student Financial Services

One of the most important considerations when committing to a college or university is cost. We work with you and your family to help make your education affordable by pricing our tuition competitively and offering financial assistance.


The School of Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing.

Examples of available courses

As a Nursing student, you will explore the domains of geriatrics, pediatrics, obstetrics, mental health, and more. The following are just some examples of the exciting courses that you will take:

  • Maternal/Child Nursing
  • Evidenced-Based Practice
  • Health Assessment
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical Surgical Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Older Adult Health
  • Nursing Leadership
  • Transitions to Practice

To learn more about the program, see Curriculum, visit our Catalog or check out answers to Frequently Asked Questions.


For general questions or questions related to curriculum and coursework, contact: Kristen Holt, MSN, RN, CNE, Associate Professor and Interim ABSN Coordinator at


Experiential Learning

Whether you’re practicing basic skills on fellow nursing students, learning emergency medical techniques with high fidelity patient simulators, or caring for people in clinical practice settings, in UNE’s Nursing program, you’re always learning by doing.

Service learning

Our Service Learning Program enables you to serve in communities with some of society’s most vulnerable populations. You may work with a variety of agencies and nonprofits, including:

  • Homeless Health Outreach
  • Partners for World Health
  • Cumberland County Jail
  • Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging
  • Maine Access Immigrant Network

Interprofessional education

  • Prepare for modern, team-based health care models in UNE’s Center for Excellence in Collaborative Education
  • Work with students in a wide range of different health professions programs to provide quality, patient-centered care
  • Reap the personal and professional benefits of graduating from one of only a handful of private universities with a comprehensive health care mission

Global Education

See the world

A critical component of learning to provide health care is the development of cross-cultural sensitivity. We encourage your participation in medical mission trips organized by the (IMM)UNE Club and the unique Cross Cultural Health Care Immersion Experience in Ghana, where you engage in direct health services, interprofessional collaboration, community education, and academic and cross-cultural exchange in the twin cities of Sekondi and Takoradi.

Interested in studying abroad? Make a plan with your advisor.