* Students in the Nursing Transition Program apply and are accepted to the University of Maine-Presque Isle (UMPI) and complete their first two years of coursework at UMPI (the 65 credit hours of coursework reflected above).
Students then transition their matriculation to the University of Maine-Fort Kent (UMFK), though they may remain at the UMPI campus, to complete their junior and senior year nursing coursework which will be delivered by UMFK. Students must see their professional academic advisor at UMPI to complete the Transition Form during their fourth semester of coursework at UMPI.
Upon completion of all required coursework, students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maine at Fort Kent.
The Nursing program at UMPI is a transition program with UMFK. The program is consistent with UMFK program with nursing faculty and administration of the UMFK Department of Nursing will work to ensure that students have access to a high quality program in a rural area that is affordable and prepares them for professional success. The nursing faculty, staff, and administration contribute to the realization of UMFK’s mission, and the extension of the UMFK’s BSN program to the UMPI off-site location, is clearly congruent with that mission. The off-campus BSN programming location is consistent and compatible with UMFK’s mission and purposes. The objectives of the off-campus programming stem from and fulfill the health care industry’s desire to increase access to baccalaureate education in the state of Maine and to minimize off-site travel. Nursing students will be able to fulfill all course work on the UMPI campus.
The UMFK Division of Nursing provides a rigorous education founded upon the liberal arts, which prepares professional nurse graduates who holistically serve individuals, families, and communities, in a caring capacity in a complex global society.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing at UMFK is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887- 6791 and is approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing, 161 Capitol Street, 158 Statehouse Station, Augusta, Maine, 04333-0158.
Accreditation is an external process affirming established standards of excellence for baccalaureate nursing education. Accreditation also assures students of transferability of state licensure and of eligibility for admission to graduate school. Further information about the accreditation of the program can be obtained from any of the aforementioned accrediting bodies.
Missions and Outcomes:
As an integral part of our parent institutions, nursing faculty members deliver a transformative nursing education to prepare graduates who serve as nurse clinicians, scholars, and educators to meet the health needs of the people of Maine and beyond.
- Professionalism: (demonstrates accountability as a lifelong learner for the delivery of evidence-based nursing care. 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- Evidence-Based Practice (EBP): (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)
- Teamwork and Collaboration: (practices effectively with the healthcare consumer, family, and inter-professional team(s), to build relationships and foster open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making)
- Communication: (communicates effectively, fostering mutual respect and shared decision making to enhance knowledge, experience, and health outcomes)
- Systems-Based Practice: (is knowledgeable and responsive 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- Quality Improvement: (contributes to evidence-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)
- 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)
A course may satisfy requirements in both the general education requirements and prerequisite areas. All courses with grades of “C-“and below must be repeated, or a grade of C or below for any nursing (NUR/HLT) course. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 must be maintained to be enrolled in the nursing program of study.