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Nebraska’s public colleges and universities are a popular option for aspiring nurses. These institutions offer several distinct benefits. The first is cost. Public schools are much less expensive than private schools, since they receive significant funding from the state government. Another benefit is convenience. Since public schools often have a number of local campuses, nursing students enjoy a shorter commute.

Overview of Nebraska’s public nursing programs
Despite the significant differences in cost and convenience, public colleges offer the same types of nursing programs as their private counterparts. Nebraska students who wish to become licensed practical nurses (LPNs) can pursue a 12- to 18-month certificate at roughly a dozen community college campuses across the state. Aspiring registered nurses (RNs) have two potential pathways: an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Both programs feature coursework in anatomy, chemistry, microbiology, psychology, and nutrition. The BSN pathway takes two years longer to complete, since it includes additional coursework in the physical and social sciences, leadership, communication, and critical thinking. Nebraska has six community colleges with an accredited ADN program. University of Nebraska Medical Center offers the state’s public BSN program at campuses in Omaha, Lincoln, Scottsbluff, Kearney, and Norfolk.

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Career outlook for Nebraska’s nurses
In total, Nebraska has over 25,000 practical nurses and registered nurses. Local LPNs typically earn $33,000 to $43,000 annually. The state’s RNs earn a median income of almost $56,000 per year. Those with BSN degrees often land in the top pay quartile, receiving over $66,000 annually. Nebraska’s vast network of nursing employers includes Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, and Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Elkhorn.

If you are an aspiring nurse on a budget, consider Nebraska’s public nursing programs. Use our comprehensive list below of the state’s public nursing schools to find the best fit.

Featured Schools

Lincoln

Purdue University Global - Lincoln
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southeast Community College - Lincoln
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Lincoln
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
School City Programs offered
Purdue University Global - Lincoln Lincoln
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southeast Community College - Lincoln Lincoln
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Lincoln Lincoln
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates

Omaha

Metropolitan Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Metropolitan Community College Omaha
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Other Nebraska cities

Central Community College - Grand Island
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central Community College - Kearney
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central Community College - Platte
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mid-Plains Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northeast Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southeast Community College - Beatrice
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Kearney
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Norfolk
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Scottsbluff
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Western Nebraska Community College - Alliance
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Western Nebraska Community College - Scottsbluff
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Western Nebraska Community College - Sidney
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Central Community College - Grand Island Grand Island
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central Community College - Kearney Kearney
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central Community College - Platte Columbus
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mid-Plains Community College North Platte
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northeast Community College Norfolk
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southeast Community College - Beatrice Beatrice
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Kearney Kearney
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Norfolk Norfolk
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Scottsbluff Scottsbluff
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Western Nebraska Community College - Alliance Alliance
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Western Nebraska Community College - Scottsbluff Scottsbluff
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Western Nebraska Community College - Sidney Sidney
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing