Nebraska Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide will provide you with important information on the many undergraduate and graduate nursing programs in Nebraska. The colleges and universities in Nebraska allow students to earn a degree focusing on a specific area such as adult gerontology nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, nurse leader/executive, pediatric nurse practitioner, and family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Several universities, such as Clarkson College and the University of Nebraska, afford students the opportunity to earn a nursing degree entirely or predominately online. Online universities, like Walden University, also allow students the convenience and flexibility of earning a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in nursing entirely online.

Nebraska School Facts:

  • 8 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 10 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 7 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • Highest graduation rate*: Creighton University 75%.1
  • Highest net price*: Creighton University $26,539.1
  • Lowest net price*: Clarkson College $13,990.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Nebraska with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $12,510 – $33,330.2
  • 2 schools in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100: University of Nebraska Medical Center (36) and Creighton University (64).

*For 4-year colleges and universities with nursing degree programs.

Following are several profiles of the many undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered in Nebraska’s colleges and universities.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in Nebraska

Midland University
Midland University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Students spend the first two years of the four-year program completing general college coursework in math, science, and English and, in the sophomore year, take several nursing courses before focusing predominately on the nursing curriculum in the junior and senior years. Nursing coursework, which includes mandatory practicums, covers medical and surgical procedures, developmental psychology, population focused care, and professional concepts. Students, who already have a registered nurse’s license and an associate’s degree in nursing, may want to consider the RN to BSN program, which is completed entirely online.

Nebraska Wesleyan University
Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is geared toward students who already have an associate’s degree or a diploma in nursing and who possess a registered nurse’s license. Students, who have taken the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) but who have not received test scores, may still apply for the program but cannot take certain courses until the test has been passed. The RN to BSN program requires students to complete between 39 and 45 general college credits and 42 credits in nursing coursework. The program can be completed in one full year. Required coursework encompasses nursing theories, health assessment, and health care ethics.

Master’s in Nursing Programs in Nebraska

Clarkson College
Graduate students at Clarkson College may earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in one of several concentrations: adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, nurse anesthesia, nurse health care administration, and nursing education. Students in the nursing education and health care administration tracks may fulfill degree requirements online. Adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner students can complete most courses online although students must attend classes on campus three times during the program for two days each session. The program generally takes between two and a half and five years to complete depending on full time or part time study. In addition to core courses and concentration-specific classes, nurse practitioner students must complete practicums totaling 650 hours.

University of Nebraska
The University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program prepares graduates for advanced nursing positions. Nursing students may choose from one of six concentrations: adult gerontology/acute care/primary care, family nurse practitioner, nurse leader/executive, family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, women’s health nurse practitioner, and pediatrics nurse practitioner. Those students who want to teach upon graduation may opt for a dual concentration with the nurse educator track. All MSN students, regardless of the track, take such core courses as nursing scholarship, leadership in nursing, health systems innovation and improvement, and health promotions for populations. The MSN program is offered on campus and entirely online. Online students complete clinical requirements in their hometown.

Reviews of Nebraska Nursing Programs

Mid-Plains Community College
601 W State Farm Rd
North Platte, NE 69101
(308) 535-3600

Being part of [the] nursing program has been a challenging experience, yet I’ve been able to learn an incredible amount over a short period of time. My nursing classes are just like lecture classes, so I spent a lot of time outside of class reviewing and teaching myself the material. It takes a lot of self-discipline to stay on top of work, and I really wish these classes were more interactive. However, professors are always available to help, and encourage us to visit them during office hours. I’d say that what I love the most about this nursing program are the labs. I’ve gotten the chance to learn how to examine people and perform nursing skills such as catheter insertion, tracheostomy suctioning, nasogastric tube insertion, wound care, etc. It can be a little scary (especially when the professor was watching), but the hands-on labs proved to be an invaluable part of my experience here. I couldn’t have chosen a better place!” – Student at Mid-Plains Community College

University of Nebraska Medical Center-Lincoln
UNMC College of Nursing-Lincoln
1230 O Street, Suite 131
Lincoln, NE 68588
(402) 472-3657

This nursing program is excellent, arguably one of the best in the US. The care for its students is immaculate and I loved being a part of the program. The program has one goal: save the life of the baby being born, as well as the mother, to bring life into this world. My professors were great and all acted like they wanted to teach. Also, the facilities are top notch as well as the equipment. The top of the line facilities and equipment allowed me to more easily learn how to care for children directly after childbirth. My favorite area was the NICU.” – Student at University of Nebraska Medical Center

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=NE&major=nursing&sort=best