Associate in Science

*YCCC’s Nursing Program is a COMPETITIVE PROGRAM with 32 SEATS available for for each cohort. The fall 2024 application is closed. The fall 2025 application is coming soon.


Enter the exciting field of nursing. YCCC’s new nursing program will prepare students to become registered nurses at the associate degree level. Registered nurses are a vital part of healthcare, administering compassionate care in a variety of medical settings. After completing the program, students will be able to take the NCLEX Registered Nurse (RN) licensure examination and obtain employment.



Quick Facts
  • The Fall 2024 Application is Closed. The Fall 2025 Application is Coming Soon.

  • *Acceptance into the Nursing program is on a competitive basis. Successful completion of the prerequisites does not guarantee acceptance into the Nursing program. Students who are working on their prerequisites should apply to the Health Studies/Pre-Nursing Program. Upon acceptance into the Nursing program, students will receive an acceptance letter listing their start date, and will be assigned a nursing faculty advisor.

  • Estimated degree completion time

    4 semesters

  • Program tracks


  • Information Sessions

    All accepted Nursing students are required to attend a MANDATORY information session. Sessions are held IN-PERSON and via ZOOM.

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The nursing program curriculum provides a sound theoretical base of nursing practice. Students will participate in classroom and clinical experiences during each of the four semesters in the program. Clinical experiences will be offered at hospitals and long-term care facilities located in York County.

Prepare to apply

Students who are interested in the nursing program should take prerequisite courses. They will be placed in the Health Studies/Pre-Nursing program until they are ready to apply for the Nursing program. Upon acceptance into the Nursing program, students will receive an acceptance letter listing their start date and their nursing faculty advisor. Each cohort has seat for 32 students. The 2024 application is closed. The Fall 2025 application is coming soon.

Admission Requirements

  • Possess a high-school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Achieve at least a B- in ALL prerequisite courses:
    • Anatomy & Physiology I w/ Lab (BIO 126/BIO 127)
    • College Composition (ENG 101)**
    • Quantitative Reasoning or Statistics (MAT 118 or MAT 124) or College Algebra (MAT 127)
    • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 101)*
  • TEAS test score of 60 or higher.** CLICK HERE FMI ABOUT TEAS TESTING
  • Attend a MANDATORY information webinar.

Additional courses recommended before starting the Nursing Program:

  • Psychology Across the Lifespan (PSY 210)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II w/Lab (BIO 136/BIO 137)
  • Microbiology w/Lab (BIO 230/BIO 231)
  • Oral Communications (SPE 101)
  • Multicultural America (HUM 201) OR Ethics and Contemporary Society (PHI 102)

* AP and/or CLEP credits will be accepted for College Composition, Introduction to Psychology, and Psychology Across the Lifespan. Math and Science prerequisites must be completed within seven years (January 1, 2017 to May 31, 2024) TEAS test scores must be from within the past 3 years (Feb. 2021 to Feb. 2024). All prerequisites for Fall 2024 applicants need to be completed by May 31, 2024. Applicants are responsible for ensuring all pre-requisites are appropriately met. All questions regarding prerequisite status must be directed to or 207.216.4407

Additonal Program Requirements and Considerations:

  • YCCC’s clinical practicum sites are located throughout Southern Maine. Nursing students are reuired to provide their own transportation to and from these sites.
  • YCCC Nursing students are reuired to have the their own laptop for coursework on campus, at practicum sites and at home. Additional information will be privided upon acceptance into the program.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Provide compassionate nursing care to patients, families, groups, populations, and communities from diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings.
  • Communicate effectively and collaborate with diverse patients and members of the healthcare team to promote shared-decision making.
  • Utilize the information and patient care technology to manage care, support decision-making, and minimize error while employing effective use of resources.
  • Evaluate and integrate current evidence with clinical judgment to provide safe, quality care.
  • Integrate professional behaviors and leadership skills in the provision of professional nursing care delivery.
  • Use quality measures and indicators to evaluate patient outcomes and the effects of changes in the delivery of care.

The YCCC Nursing Program located at 112 College Drive in Wells, Maine 04090 is currently in Phase II approval from the Maine State Board of Nursing, 161 Capitol St, Augusta, ME 04330 and is in Candidacy Status and seeking initial accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 / (404) 975-5000. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program on the ACEN website.

Program Outcomes

  1. Licensure examination NCLEX pass rate is 80% or greater for all first-time test takers.
  2. At least 75% of entering students complete the Nursing Program within three years.
  3. At least 80% of graduates report employment in nursing within six months of graduation
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Nursing program graduates may pursue a career as a registered nurse in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to pediatric nursing, gerontological nursing, primary care nursing, cardiac vascular nursing, pain management nursing, and psychiatric nursing. 

What Someone Working In the Field Has to Say:

Brian Smith

Nursing Director Cathlab/IR/ICU

Hi, my name is Brian. I’m the director of the ICU Cathlab and Intervention Radiology at York Hospital. 

Meet the Faculty

  • Lisa Gatti-Arnold

    Lisa Gatti-Arnold

    Department Chair Nursing

    Gatti-Arnold holds a Master of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Her 25 years of nursing experience includes diabetes education, geriatrics, and med-surg. She is a member of the National League for Nursing and the International Association for Human Caring. Gatti-Arnold has been teaching nursing and allied health since 2007 and is passionate about nursing education as an avenue to prepare students to be the nurses of tomorrow.

  • Paula Roy

    Paula Roy

    Nursing Faculty

    Paula Roy has a Master's Degree in Nursing.  She has been a nurse for 18 years and began her nursing career in an acute care medical-surgical setting working with diabetes, pulmonary, oncology, and hospice patients. Paula is a member of the National League for Nurses and The American Nurses Association of Maine. She has been teaching nursing students and new graduate nurses since 2012 and is enthusiastic about working with nursing students on their journey to becoming registered nurses.

  • Joan Flinkstrom

    Joan Flinkstrom

    Nursing Faculty

    Joan Finkstrom holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Emmanuel College, Boston, and a Masters in Nursing Education from Framingham State University, Framingham, MA. Her nursing career afforded her experience working with patients across the lifespan. Her practice focus was primarily in Maternal Child Health and Pediatrics. Joan was a clinical coordinator for a Parenting and Child Abuse Prevention program for many years. In addition, Joan held a clinical coordinator and pediatric/adult case manager position for a large Home Health Agency for many years. Teaching was always her passion, and she has taught at the PN, ADN, and BSN levels for over 13 years. In her free time, she’s usually found in the garden or baking bread.

  • Jamie Wendt

    Jamie Wendt

    Faculty - Nursing

    Jamie Wendt, DNP, MSN, FNP-C, RN, C-EFM is a nurse practitioner with a background in maternal-child health. She has a passion for evidence-based practice initiatives, and loves to see nurses effect change in their communities. Her current research work is in the area of maternal substance use disorders. In addition to her teaching role, she practices part-time at Wellness for Women in Kennebunk. She has enjoyed serving as a clinical preceptor for dozens of RN and NP students, and is looking forward to joining the nurse faculty and students at YCCC this fall. When not working, she enjoys time with her husband and 3 children, traveling, drinking all manner of coffee, and reading great books.

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