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The Nebraska medical community recognizes nursing as a vital service. Nurses enjoy competitive salaries, numerous job openings, and outstanding opportunities for advancement. Fortunately, nursing programs are abundant in Nebraska, especially for students interested in becoming a certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), or registered nurse (RN).

Certified nursing assistant
Most CNA programs can be completed in several weeks to several months. The course covers physiology, interpersonal skills, and medical terminology. Over fifty Nebraska institutions are approved to teach the 75-hour CNA certificate program, including Bryan College of Health Sciences in Lincoln and Clarkson College in Omaha. Nursing assistants perform basic healthcare tasks to provide patients with daily care, such as taking vital signs and assisting with eating, mobility, and dressing. There are approximately 13,350 CNAs in Nebraska who earn a median annual salary of $23,830.

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Licensed practical nurse
A practical nursing program requires 12 to 18 months of fulltime study. The LPN certificate includes advanced coursework in biology and pharmacology. Nebraska has about 15 state-approved LPN certificate programs, including three campuses apiece of Central Community College and Western Nebraska Community College. Graduates will conduct a range of important medical tasks, from administering medications and injections to performing CPR. LPN employment opportunities are abundant in hospitals, private homes, extended care facilities, and doctors’ offices. There are approximately 6,030 LPNs in Nebraska earning a median annual salary of $37,520.

Registered nurse
Nebraska’s aspiring RNs can pursue one of two prelicensure pathways: a two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). All programs cover liberal arts, anatomy, chemistry, microbiology, nutrition, physiology, and psychology. BSN programs feature advanced studies in critical thinking, leadership, and communication. They also include more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. Over twenty Nebraska colleges and universities offer RN prelicensure training, including five campuses of the University of Nebraska Medical Center system. There are approximately 19,550 RNs in Nebraska who earn a median annual salary of $55,820.

Whether you are interested in becoming a CNA, LPN, or RN, you’ll need the relevant certificate or degree from an accredited nursing school. To start your journey on the right foot, take a look at our comprehensive list below of Nebraska’s accredited nursing schools.

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Lincoln

Bryan College of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Education in Nursing Education
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Concordia University, Nebraska
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Doane College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Purdue University Global - Lincoln
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southeast Community College - Lincoln
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Union College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Lincoln
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
School City Programs offered
Bryan College of Health Sciences Lincoln
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Education in Nursing Education
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Concordia University, Nebraska Seward
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Doane College Lincoln
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Purdue University Global - Lincoln Lincoln
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southeast Community College - Lincoln Lincoln
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Union College Lincoln
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Lincoln Lincoln
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates

Omaha

Bellevue University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Clarkson College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
College of Saint Mary
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Creighton University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Metropolitan Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Nebraska Methodist College
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
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
Bellevue University Bellevue
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Clarkson College Omaha
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
College of Saint Mary Omaha
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Creighton University Omaha
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Metropolitan Community College Omaha
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Nebraska Methodist College Omaha
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
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
Creighton University - Hastings
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Mid-Plains Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Midland University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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
Creighton University - Hastings Hastings
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Mid-Plains Community College North Platte
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Midland University Fremont
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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