Saint Joseph’s College of Maine Online Nurse Practitioner Programs

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine (SJCME) offers an MSN and Post-Master’s Certificate with a choice of Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) specializations. The FNP track does not require any campus visits while the AGACNP track has one campus visit requirement. Clinical preceptorships are completed at approved sites local to the student in approved states of study.

SJCME is a Catholic, liberal arts college founded on faith and academic excellence. Although it began as a women’s only institution, Saint Joseph’s became co-ed in 1970. The online nursing programs are delivered asynchronously and are made to be collaborative to help build relationships between faculty and peers. Students are assigned a student support specialist and develop one-on-one relationships with faculty.

Family nurse practitioners work in many different settings such as hospitals, government facilities, nursing homes, schools, primary care clinics, research institutions, long-term health care situations, and home health care. Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NPs work with young adults through the elderly in critical care situations such as emergency departments, specialty units for oncology, endocrinology, neurology, and cardiology, as well as intensive care units (ICUs).

Upon graduation, students are eligible to take their respective nurse practitioner certification exams through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The NP programs through Saint Joseph’s College of Maine are accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). SJCME is located in Standish, Maine, and is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

What to Expect from the Saint Joseph’s College of Maine Online Nurse Practitioner Programs

Admission Requirements: Applicants to the MSN must hold a BSN from an accredited nursing program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Prospective certificate students must hold a BSN and an MSN from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. As well, all nursing applicants must hold an unencumbered RN license in the U.S. If certificate students are already licensed as an NP, this licensure must also be unencumbered. Prerequisites include statistics and health assessment with a grade of B or higher. Application materials include official transcripts, a resume or CV, a career statement, three references, and proof of English language proficiency if applicable.

State Restrictions: SJCME is authorized to offer the online NP programs in all states except Arizona, Delaware, Louisiana, Nevada, North Dakota, and West Virginia. As a general rule, students outside of Maine should check with the admissions department at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine to make sure they are eligible for the nursing NP programs. In addition, prospective nursing students should contact the licensing board of their specific state of residence to determine if the program meets state requirements for NP licensure.

Study Plan: The MSN takes two years and 3 months to complete on a full-time basis and 3.5 to four years part-time. The degree must be completed within five years. The RN to MSN takes about four years to complete and the certificate programs take 1.5 to two years. Saint Joseph’s College of Maine admits students in September, December, March, and June. Courses typically last 12 weeks and run in four terms per year. Students in all programs complete clinicals of at least 600 hours near where they live and work in approved states.

MSN Core Curriculum: Core courses for the FNP and AGACNP – MSN degrees include Nursing Informatics; Policy, Quality, and Safety; Population Health and Interprofessional Collaboration; Nursing Research Methods: Utilization for EBP; Organizational and Systems Leadership; Advanced Health Assessment; Advanced Pathophysiology; and Advanced Pharmacology.

  • MSN – FNP Curriculum: The MSN – FNP comprises 45 credits and requires completion of at least 600 clinical hours. Specialty courses include The Advanced Practice Nurse as Provider; Family Theory: Young and Middle-Aged Adults; Family Theory: Older Adult; Primary Care Practicum: Young and Middle-Aged Adult; Primary Care Practicum: Older Adult; Women’s Health Theory and Practice; Pediatric Theory and Practicum; and Capstone.
  • MSN – AGACNP Curriculum: The MSN – AGACNP comprises 48 credits and requires completion of at least 600 clinical hours. Specialty courses include The Advanced Practice Nurse as Provider; Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Theories for Advanced Practice I-III; Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Practicum I-III; and Capstone.

Post-Master’s Certificate Curriculum: The Post-Master’s Certificates follow the specialty courses for the MSN, plus Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Pathophysiology. The certificates comprise 30 credits each and include a minimum of 600 clinical hours.

Online Experience: SJCME seeks to make online programs more like mentorships, giving them a human experience and building real relationships. Students develop a one-on-one relationship with faculty and are also assigned a dedicated student support specialist. Saint Joseph’s College of Maine utilizes Brightspace as its online learning management system and delivers courses asynchronously. Courses may include written assignments, participation in discussion boards, projects, readings, recorded lectures, and assessments. Online nursing students have access to the same support resources and services as on-campus students.

On-Site Requirements: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP students come to the Standish, ME campus for one visit during one of their last two practicums. Family NP students do not need to come to campus.

Paying for the Saint Joseph’s College of Maine Online Nurse Practitioner Programs

SJCME charges $663 per credit plus fees for the online graduate nursing programs. Travel costs for the AGACNP campus visit are not included in tuition and fees. Prospective students should inquire with the Office of Financial Aid for current and full costs.

SJCME may offer unsubsidized federal student loans to graduate students according to the FAFSA. Graduate nursing students may wish to check with their employers as to the existence of a tuition reimbursement program and SJCME works with certain organizations to offer tuition discounts. Finally, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine online students may wish to explore unique pathways to fund their graduate education such as community and organizational scholarships, grants, and private loans.

Saint Joseph's College of Maine

SJCME seeks to develop relationships between faculty and peers and support nursing students throughout their MSN or certificate FNP or AGACNP educational paths, with dedicated student support specialists and one-on-one relationships with faculty members.

APRN Programs

MSN – Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP Certificate
Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Campus Address

278 Whites Bridge Road
Standish, Maine 04084

Saint Joseph's College of Maine – MSN – Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

PMHNP – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

February, May, August, November

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

1

Credits Needed to Graduate

48

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AZ, DE, LA, MT, NV, ND, OR, WV

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

48

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$644.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$30,912.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$644.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$30,912.00

Saint Joseph's College of Maine – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

February, May, August, November

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

48

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AZ, DE, LA, MT, NV, NY, ND, OR, WV

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

48

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$644.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$30,912.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$644.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$30,912.00

Saint Joseph's College of Maine – Post-Master's Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP Certificate

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

PMHNP – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

February, May, August, November

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

1

Credits Needed to Graduate

30

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.5 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AZ, DE, LA, MT, NV, ND, OR, WV

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

30

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$663.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$19,890.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$663.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$19,890.00

Saint Joseph's College of Maine – Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

February, May, August, November

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

30

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.5 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AZ, DE, LA, MT, NV, NY, ND, OR, WV

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

30

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$663.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$19,890.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$663.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$19,890.00

Tuition is calculated based on credits, at the published tuition rate. Rates may change, so please check here for the latest tuition information. For programs with variable tuition rates, we use the rates for part-time students. “Resident” and “non-resident” refer to the student’s school-recognized state residency status. Tuition number represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year. Estimated total tuition does not include additional fees.