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USM to Offer Doctor of Nursing Degree Next Year 

The University of Southern Maine will be offering a Doctor of Nursing degree program beginning next year.USM will become the first school in northern New England to do that. The school says the degree is becoming increasingly sought-after nationwide and is expected to be required for all advanced-practice nurses by 2015. USM has the state’s largest Nursing program with more than 440 undergraduate students and 120 students studying for Nursing Master’s Degrees.