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In Nebraska’s competitive nursing industry, a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree is a critical differentiator. Employers often favor nurses with an MSN degree in their hiring and promotion decisions, particularly for senior positions. Several Nebraska colleges offer MSN programs, including Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Creighton University in Omaha, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus in both cities. Many MSN graduates pursue advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) roles like nurse practitioner (NP), certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), and nurse midwife.

Nurse practitioner
MSN graduates who hold the NP designation can enter specialized practice fields like pediatrics and gerontology. They may also pursue employment as administrators, educators, researchers, or even nursing mentors. Nebraska is home to 780 NPs who typically earn $87,000 per year. Top performers can surpass $100,000 in annual pay.

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Certified registered nurse anesthetist
CRNAs work with anesthesiologists and surgeons to provide anesthesia for medical procedures. They are also responsible for patient care before, during, and after medical procedures such as surgery. Nurse anesthetists earn the highest salaries in the nursing profession. Nebraska’s 380 CRNAs are very well compensated: they average approximately $140,000 in annual pay, with the top quartile earning $160,000 or more per year.

Nurse midwife
Nurse midwives provide a broad range of services for female patients, including gynecological exams, family planning, prenatal care, and attendance in labor and delivery. Midwives often act as primary care providers for women and newborns, and they may also provide assistance with sexual or reproductive health issues. Nurse midwives typically earn around $90,000 per year.

To help Nebraska’s prospective APRNs explore their education options, we have profiled below several of the best MSN degree programs in the state.

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Lincoln

Bryan College of Health Sciences
5035 Everett Street | Lincoln, Nebraska 68506
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Nebraska Wesleyan University
5000 Saint Paul Avenue | Lincoln, Nebraska 68504
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Lincoln
1230 O Street, Suite 131 | Lincoln, Nebraska 68588
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Bryan College of Health Sciences 5035 Everett Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68506
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Nebraska Wesleyan University 5000 Saint Paul Avenue
Lincoln, Nebraska 68504
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Lincoln 1230 O Street, Suite 131
Lincoln, Nebraska 68588
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Omaha

Clarkson College
101 South 42nd Street | Omaha, Nebraska 68131
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
College of Saint Mary
7000 Mercy Road | Omaha, Nebraska 68106
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Creighton University
2500 California Plaza | Omaha, Nebraska 68178
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Nebraska Methodist College
720 North 87th Street | Omaha, Nebraska 68114
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Nebraska Medical Center
South 42nd & Emile Streets | Omaha, Nebraska 68198
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Clarkson College 101 South 42nd Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68131
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
College of Saint Mary 7000 Mercy Road
Omaha, Nebraska 68106
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Creighton University 2500 California Plaza
Omaha, Nebraska 68178
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Nebraska Methodist College 720 North 87th Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68114
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Nebraska Medical Center South 42nd & Emile Streets
Omaha, Nebraska 68198
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion