RUMFORD — The University of Maine at Augusta’s (UMA) Rumford Center, located at 60 Lowell Street, will be holding a Nursing Program Open House on Thursday, April 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. and  5 to 7 p.m. In addition to learning more about UMA’s nursing programs that can be completed in Rumford, participants will also be able to see a demonstration of the new Nursing Simulation Lab and meet with admissions and financial aid representatives.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is rapidly becoming the preferred educational credential for registered nurses, and UMA is delighted to help students earn this credential. UMA offers the Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Holistic Nursing with two pathways to degree completion; the traditional 4-Year program and the RN-BSN completion option. Holistic nursing focuses on the individualized care of the patient based on the principle that a patient’s biological, social, psychological, spiritual, and environmental aspects are all connected and need to be attended to individually while fostering healing relationships.

Rumford Center Director, Jim Bradley, stated “Earning a college degree has never been more local or affordable. In addition to being able to complete the BSN program locally in Rumford, UMA has over 40 other degrees and certificates that can be completed at the Center. We also have a Zero Tuition program for eligible full-time students. Anyone interested in earning their college degree or certificate, even if they aren’t interested in nursing, should attend this Open House as we will have information on all of our programs available.”

Chelsea Coffin of West Paris will graduate from the BSN program this May. “Being a nurse isn’t about your patients remembering your name, but instead it’s about the feeling and impact a patient makes you feel. Having a nursing program that is close to home and caring for those in my community in their time of need is a rewarding and honoring feeling” shared Coffin.

The UMA Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  It is also endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation. Students graduating from an AHNCC endorsed program are eligible and prepared to sit for the Holistic Nurse Board Certification exam. FMI: call 207.364.7882 or visit

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