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Vocational, career, and community colleges offer a streamlined path to nursing employment. These two-year schools are much more accessible than four-year colleges and universities in several respects, including time commitment, financial cost, and campus locations. Nebraska’s community colleges focus their nursing education on programs for aspiring licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs).

Practical nursing programs
An LPN certificate program requires 12 to 18 months to complete. The curriculum covers critical topics like pharmacology, biology, and nursing practice. All programs include supervised clinical experience as well. Graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) before practicing in Nebraska. The state has roughly a dozen accredited LPN programs across its network of community colleges.

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Registered nursing programs
The quickest prelicensure pathway for Nebraska’s aspiring RNs is the associate’s degree in nursing (ADN). In just two years of fulltime study, this program prepares graduates to pass the rigorous NCLEX-RN national licensure examination and enter the nursing workforce. Many ADN graduates later pursue their bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree by enrolling in an RN-to-BSN program at a local college or university. Nebraska’s community colleges offer a half-dozen accredited ADN programs, including Metropolitan Community College in Omaha and Southeast Community College in Lincoln.

The Nebraska nursing job market
Nebraska’s large and vibrant nursing workforce earns very competitive pay. The state’s 6,000 LPNs typically earn about $37,500 per year, with top performers receiving over $43,000 in annual pay. Nebraska is home to almost 20,000 RNs with a median annual salary of $55,800. Many of the state’s registered nurses earn well over $65,000 per year. Nebraska’s largest hospitals, like Nebraska Medical Center and Bryan Medical Center, frequently hire LPN and RN graduates from local community colleges.

To help Nebraska’s aspiring nurses find a rapid path to employment, we’ve profiled below the state’s best vocational, career, and community colleges for nursing.

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Lincoln

Southeast Community College - Lincoln
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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Southeast Community College - Lincoln Lincoln
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Omaha

Metropolitan Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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Metropolitan Community College Omaha
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

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
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
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