Northern Maine Community College recently launched a new program in Houlton, training Practical Nurses, or PN’s.

The program looks to fill a gap in the healthcare field in Aroostook County and beyond. The new nursing group currently has 16 students enrolled in the 45-week program based out of the Houlton Regional Hospital. The program is the only of its kind offered by a public institution in the state of Maine.

The idea of a PN program came about when Rob Moran, the executive director at Community Living Association, also in Houlton, notified NMCC about a shortage of nurses in southern Aroostook. “I picked up the phone and called President Crowley at NMCC and he was very open to the idea and it went from there,” Moran said.

The program is being co-instructed by Angela Davis RN BSN and Angela Bickford RN BSN.

For more information about the new PN program visit nmcc.edu.