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Registered nurses (RNs) play a critical role in Nebraska’s healthcare system. The profession is in such demand, in fact, that registered nursing is one of the ten fastest-growing occupations in the country. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 19 percent increase in RN employment over the coming decade. This is great news for aspiring healthcare professionals who want a growing career field. To be successful in nursing, however, it is important to start with a top-tier training program.

Overview of RN pathways
Nebraska’s aspiring RNs can pursue one of two pathways: the associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). While both programs prepare students for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), many employers prefer to hire nurses with a BSN degree. A typical ADN program requires two years of fulltime study, while a traditional BSN program may be completed in four years. Nebraska has over twenty state-approved prelicensure RN programs. Most of the state’s nine ADN programs are offered at public community colleges, with a few private options like Kaplan University in Lincoln and ITT Technical Institute in Omaha. Nebraska has a dozen BSN programs, including five University of Nebraska Medical Center campuses and several elite private schools like Creighton University.

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RN responsibilities and career prospects
Registered nurses promote health, prevent disease, and help patients cope with illness. As U.S. healthcare becomes increasingly complex, it is more important than ever for RNs to possess a large knowledge base. Physical endurance is also critical, since RNs are often required to withstand a considerable amount of walking and standing. For their hard work and dedication, RNs earn some of the highest salaries in the nursing field. Nebraska’s 19,550 RNs receive a median annual salary of $55,820. Those with BSN degrees typically land in the top pay quartile, earning $66,660 or more per year. Nebraska’s major hospitals routinely hire new nursing graduates, including Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Elkhorn, and Charles Drew Health Center in Omaha.

To help Nebraska’s aspiring RNs find a top local school, we’ve included below a comprehensive list of the state’s prelicensure registered nursing programs.

Featured Schools

Lincoln

Bryan College of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Kaplan University - Lincoln
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southeast Community College - Lincoln
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Union College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Lincoln
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Bryan College of Health Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Kaplan University - Lincoln
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southeast Community College - Lincoln
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Union College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Lincoln
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Omaha

Clarkson College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
College of Saint Mary
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Creighton University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Metropolitan Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Nebraska Methodist College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Clarkson College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
College of Saint Mary
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Creighton University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Metropolitan Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Nebraska Methodist College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Other Nebraska cities

Central Community College - Grand Island
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Creighton University - Hastings
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Mid-Plains Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Midland University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Northeast Community College
  • Associate's Degree in 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 - Scottsbluff
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Central Community College - Grand Island
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Creighton University - Hastings
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Mid-Plains Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Midland University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Northeast Community College
Associate's Degree in 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 - Scottsbluff
Associate's Degree in Nursing