Best Ranked 9 RN
Programs in Nebraska

RN Programs in Nebraska

Ranked RN and BSN Programs in Nebraska

After evaluating 1,209 ADN, 794 BSN, 2,022 campus and 383 online RN programs, we ranked RN programs against criteria nurses found to be most valuabale. We spent $27,700 on this unique list that has helped more than 3,000 nurses apply to the right program for their career goals. Find NCLEX passing scores, tuition rates, nursing program accreidtation, institution accreditation and more. Expore our RN-ADN and RN-BSN rankings for Nebraska in the listings below.

Hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s office in Nebraska are suffering from the nursing shortage. It is important that the nurses are as highly educated as possible to help ensure that the patients receive the most effective care. Nursing schools and hospitals alike are working hard to implement programs that will encourage nurses to seek out higher education. Nursing schools in Nebraska responded to this by introducing more RN and BSN programs and making them more common. Hospital systems have also responded by offering recruitment bonuses for BSNs and tuition reimbursement for nurses who choose to advance their education.

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Ranked Schools : 9

Evaluated Schools : 20

RN Programs in Nebraska

Students at community colleges in Nebraska may be eligible for funds under "Project HELP", which stands for Health Education Laddering Program.  Project HELP allows students who meet strict income guidelines to attend school for specific, in-demand, health-related careers:
  • Nursing assistants
  • EMTs/Paramedics
  • Medication aide
  • Medical assistant
  • Occupational therapy assistant
  • Medical laboratory technician
  • Nursing - ADN
  • Nursing - LPN
  • Health information management services

See our methodology for ranking ADN and BSN programs.

RANKED 1

Southeast Community College RN Programs in NE [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.621192.42%

Southeast Community College

  • 301 South 68th Street Place, Lincoln, NE - 68510-2449
  • (402) 471-3333

Southeast Community College is located in Lincoln, Nebraska.  They offer a practical nursing program and an ADN program.  They boast that they have one of the most affordable nursing programs in Nebraska.  Their nursing programs are also eligible for Project HELP, which is a grant program that allows students in poverty to receive additional funds for their education.

  • Campus: Lincoln, NE
  • Net Price: $7,209.00
  • Enrollment: 9,751
  • Transfer Out Rate: 20.10%
  • Loan Default Rate: 11.40%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 17.74%
  • Graduation Rate: 27.10%
  • Median Borrowing: $8,516.00
  • Median Payment: $88.92
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED 2

Northeast Community College RN Programs in NE [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.487189.74%

Northeast Community College

  • 801 E Benjamin, Norfolk, NE - 68702-0469
  • (402) 371-2020

Northeast Community College is located in Norfolk, Nebraska.  Their nursing program is unique; students who apply first complete their practical nursing diploma.  If they have an adequate grade point average, they are able to continue for their RN degree.  The RN portion of the program may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis

  • Campus: Norfolk, NE
  • Net Price: $7,324.00
  • Enrollment: 5,145
  • Transfer Out Rate: 13.20%
  • Loan Default Rate: 11.20%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 21.20%
  • Graduation Rate: 43.20%
  • Median Borrowing: $7,502.00
  • Median Payment: $78.33
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 3

Metropolitan Community College RN Programs in NE [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.2445184.89%

Metropolitan Community College

  • 30 & Fort Street, Omaha, NE - 68111-1610
  • (402) 457-2400

Metropolitan Community College is located in Omaha, Nebraska.  Their ADN nursing program is reserved specifically for licensed practical nurses.  It is offered twice yearly – fall and summer.  The fall program is “traditional”, whereas the summer program requires that students be available on evenings and weekends.

  • Campus: Omaha, NE
  • Net Price: $7,639.00
  • Enrollment: 15,752
  • Transfer Out Rate: 23.20%
  • Loan Default Rate: 18.00%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 4.00%
  • Graduation Rate: 12.50%
  • Median Borrowing: $4,250.00
  • Median Payment: $44.37
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 4

College of Saint Mary RN Programs in NE [state_name]

ADN / BSN

Overall Score: 4.231184.62%

College of Saint Mary

  • 7000 Mercy Rd., Omaha, NE - 68106
  • (402) 399-2400

College of Saint Mary is located in Omaha, Nebraska.  They offer two BSN programs.  One program is a three-year program, which is the only three-year program in the state of Nebraska.  The other program is a traditional four-year program.  The summer program does require classes over the summer, making it back-to-back semesters.

  • Campus: Omaha, NE
  • Net Price: $18,388.00
  • Enrollment: 735
  • Transfer Out Rate: 46.20%
  • Loan Default Rate: 8.00%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 0.03%
  • Graduation Rate: 41.90%
  • Median Borrowing: $23,970.00
  • Median Payment: $250.27
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 5

Central Community College RN Programs in NE [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.186183.72%

Central Community College

  • 3134 West Hwy 34, Grand Island, NE - 68802-4903
  • (308) 398-4222

Central Community College has various campuses throughout central Nebraska.  The Columbus and Grand Island campuses offer the practical nursing program. Students who graduate from the practical nursing program are eligible to apply for the RN program, which is offered at the Grand Island campus.  Students who are not practical nurses are also eligible to apply for the RN program, provided they meet certain requirements.

  • Campus: Grand Island, NE
  • Net Price: $7,462.00
  • Enrollment: 6,906
  • Transfer Out Rate: 18.90%
  • Loan Default Rate: 13.20%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 23.12%
  • Graduation Rate: 24.90%
  • Median Borrowing: $5,370.00
  • Median Payment: $56.07
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 6

Mid-Plains Community College RN Programs in NE [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 3.989179.78%

Mid-Plains Community College

  • 1101 Halligan Drive, North Platte, NE - 69101
  • (800) 658-4308

  • Campus: North Platte, NE
  • Net Price: $6,004.00
  • Enrollment: 2,491
  • Transfer Out Rate: 20.40%
  • Loan Default Rate: 12.10%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 4.65%
  • Graduation Rate: 34.20%
  • Median Borrowing: $5,500.00
  • Median Payment: $57.43
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 7

Western Nebraska Community College RN Programs in NE [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 3.5935171.87%

Western Nebraska Community College

  • 1601 East 27th Street, Scottsbluff, NE - 69361-1899
  • (308) 635-3606

  • Campus: Scottsbluff, NE
  • Net Price: $6,505.00
  • Enrollment: 1,960
  • Transfer Out Rate: 21.10%
  • Loan Default Rate: 18.30%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 11.39%
  • Graduation Rate: 23.10%
  • Median Borrowing: $5,501.00
  • Median Payment: $57.44
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 8

ITT Technical Institute-Omaha RN Programs in NE [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 3.212164.24%

ITT Technical Institute-Omaha

  • 9814 M St, Omaha, NE - 68127-9812
  • (402) 331-2900

  • Campus: Omaha, NE
  • Net Price: $24,083.00
  • Enrollment: 505
  • Loan Default Rate: 22.40%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 7.30%
  • Graduation Rate: 42.60%
  • Median Borrowing: $23,217.00
  • Median Payment: $242.41
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED 9

Kaplan University-Lincoln Campus RN Programs in NE [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 2.4555149.11%

Kaplan University-Lincoln Campus

  • 1821 K St, Lincoln, NE - 68508
  • (402) 474-5315

  • Campus: Lincoln, NE
  • Net Price: $20,857.00
  • Enrollment: 472
  • Loan Default Rate: 20.40%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: -19.80%
  • Graduation Rate: 39.80%
  • Median Borrowing: $16,628.00
  • Median Payment: $173.62
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED N/A

Kaplan University-Omaha Campus RN Programs in NE [state_name]

ADN / BSN

Overall Score: N/A

Kaplan University-Omaha Campus

  • 5425 N. 103rd St., Omaha, NE - 68134-1002
  • (402) 572-8500

  • Campus: Omaha, NE
  • Net Price: $17,851.00
  • Enrollment: 728
  • Loan Default Rate: 20.40%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus, Online
  • Type: Private For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: -28.63%
  • Graduation Rate: 36.90%
  • Median Borrowing: $16,628.00
  • Median Payment: $173.62
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

Nebraska RN Licensing Requirements

RN Licensure by Exam

Candidates must complete a 2-4 year program in professional nursing prior to applying to the department. All official transcripts should be sent from any institution where the candidate took courses that were applied toward the nursing degree. Application fees are dependent on what stage the candidate is in the licensure renewal cycle. Following this, the candidate will register separately to take the NCLEX-RN and pay the $200 testing fee. When the candidacy has been accepted, the candidate will be issued an ATT and be able to schedule a testing session.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

A candidate who has obtained licensure in one of the other 50 states can apply to be licensed in Nebraska by endorsement. The candidate will be able to practice under a temporary permit while materials are being received and processed. A notarized copy of the license will also need to be submitted. Nurses must show continuing competency by being a practicing nurse or participating in a refresher course within the last five years.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Internationally educated nurses must have passed a qualifying exam before being authorized to take the NCLEX exam in Nebraska. The Department will accept the CGFNS or the Canadian Licensing Examination.

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Ranked Schools : 6

Evaluated Schools : 11

BSN Programs in Nebraska

There are several options available to registered nurses who wish to pursue higher education and wish to obtain a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. Both state and private universities administer BSN programs. Available campus programs can be completed on both a part-time or full-time schedule. There are also online programs to choose from. These programs are ideal for busy, working nurses. A typical BSN program meets the challenges of today’s nurses in terms of technology and research advances.

RANKED 1

Bryan College of Health Sciences RN Programs in NE [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 4.6975193.95%

Bryan College of Health Sciences

  • 5035 Everett, Lincoln, NE - 68506-1299
  • (402) 481-3801

Bryan College of Health Sciences is located in Lincoln, Nebraska.  They offer a BSN and an RN to BSN program.  The RN to BSN program is a hybrid program – it is a mix of online and traditional, on-campus courses.  Bryan College of Health Sciences is a college devoted entirely to educating healthcare professionals, from nurses to sonographers.

  • Campus: Lincoln, NE
  • Net Price: $22,962.00
  • Enrollment: 627
  • Transfer Out Rate: 33.30%
  • Loan Default Rate: 3.90%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 12.37%
  • Graduation Rate: 55.60%
  • Median Borrowing: $24,875.00
  • Median Payment: $259.72
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 2

Clarkson College RN Programs in NE [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 4.622192.44%

Clarkson College

  • 101 S 42nd St, Omaha, NE - 68131-2739
  • (402) 552-3100

Clarkson College is located in Omaha, Nebraska.  Clarkson College is devoted entirely to educating healthcare professionals.  Their nursing program was established in 1888.  They offer a BSN program and an RN to BSN program.  The RN to BSN program is offered entirely online.  They are also the only college in Omaha to offer a Nurse Anesthesia program.

  • Campus: Omaha, NE
  • Net Price: $17,024.00
  • Enrollment: 780
  • Loan Default Rate: 2.30%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus, Online
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: -17.19%
  • Graduation Rate: 46.40%
  • Median Borrowing: $23,846.00
  • Median Payment: $248.98
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 3

Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health RN Programs in NE [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 4.6105192.21%

Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health

  • 720 North 87th Street, Omaha, NE - 68114-2852
  • (402) 354-7000

Nebraska Methodist College is located in Omaha, Nebraska.  Their college educates healthcare professionals, from nurses to respiratory therapists to occupational therapists.  Their nursing program is extensive, offering everything from BSN programs to DNP programs.  They offer a traditional BSN program, an accelerated BSN program, an RN to BSN program and an LPN to BSN program.

  • Campus: Omaha, NE
  • Net Price: $17,327.00
  • Enrollment: 742
  • Loan Default Rate: 2.40%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 15.23%
  • Graduation Rate: 68.00%
  • Median Borrowing: $25,000.00
  • Median Payment: $261.03
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

RANKED 4

Union College RN Programs in NE [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 4.5715191.43%

Union College

  • 3800 S 48th Street, Lincoln, NE - 68506
  • (402) 486-2600

Union College is located in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Their nursing program has been in existence since 1896 – it is the oldest BSN program in the state of Nebraska.  They offer a traditional BSN program, an LPN to BSN track and an RN to BSN track.  They have also began to offer an early admission for new college freshmen.

  • Campus: Lincoln, NE
  • Net Price: $19,298.00
  • Enrollment: 821
  • Loan Default Rate: 2.50%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 9.57%
  • Graduation Rate: 37.90%
  • Median Borrowing: $17,275.00
  • Median Payment: $180.37
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

RANKED 5

Creighton University RN Programs in NE [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 4.5455190.91%

Creighton University

  • 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE - 68178
  • (402) 280-2700

Creighton University is located in Omaha, Nebraska.  Their College of Nursing has extensive options for nursing students; they offer a traditional BSN program, an accelerated BSN program that can be completed in one year, provided the student has a prior bachelor’s degree, and an RN to BSN program.  The RN to BSN program is an online program and can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis.

  • Campus: Omaha, NE
  • Net Price: $27,057.00
  • Enrollment: 4,076
  • Loan Default Rate: 2.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 22.35%
  • Graduation Rate: 75.90%
  • Median Borrowing: $23,400.00
  • Median Payment: $244.32
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

RANKED 6

University of Nebraska Medical Center RN Programs in NE [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 4.5445190.89%

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • 987815 Nebraska Medical Ctr, Omaha, NE - 68198-7815
  • (402) 559-4000

University of Nebraska Medical Center is located in Omaha, Nebraska.  UNMC is focused on educating healthcare professionals, from nurses, to pharmacists, to dentists.  They offer a traditional BSN program, an accelerated BSN program for students with a prior bachelor’s degree, an an RN to BSN program, which can be completed either full-time or part-time.

  • Campus: Omaha, NE
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus, Online
  • Type: Public
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

RANKED N/A

Nebraska Wesleyan University RN Programs in NE [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: N/A

Nebraska Wesleyan University

  • 5000 St Paul Ave, Lincoln, NE - 68504-2794
  • (402) 466-2371

  • Campus: Lincoln, NE
  • Net Price: $23,514.00
  • Enrollment: 1,927
  • Loan Default Rate: 3.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 9.46%
  • Graduation Rate: 68.50%
  • Median Borrowing: $20,644.00
  • Median Payment: $215.55
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED N/A

College of Saint Mary RN Programs in NE [state_name]

ADN / BSN

Overall Score: N/A

College of Saint Mary

  • 7000 Mercy Rd., Omaha, NE - 68106
  • (402) 399-2400

College of Saint Mary is located in Omaha, Nebraska.  They offer two BSN programs.  One program is a three-year program, which is the only three-year program in the state of Nebraska.  The other program is a traditional four-year program.  The summer program does require classes over the summer, making it back-to-back semesters.

  • Campus: Omaha, NE
  • Net Price: $18,388.00
  • Enrollment: 735
  • Transfer Out Rate: 46.20%
  • Loan Default Rate: 8.00%
  • Institution Accreditation: NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 0.03%
  • Graduation Rate: 41.90%
  • Median Borrowing: $23,970.00
  • Median Payment: $250.27
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED N/A

Grace University RN Programs in NE [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: N/A

Grace University

  • 1311 S 9th St, Omaha, NE - 68108-3629
  • (402) 449-2800

  • Campus: Omaha, NE
  • Net Price: $15,142.00
  • Enrollment: 410
  • Loan Default Rate: 2.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 3.88%
  • Graduation Rate: 47.60%
  • Median Borrowing: $15,400.00
  • Median Payment: $160.79
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED N/A

Kaplan University-Omaha Campus RN Programs in NE [state_name]

ADN / BSN

Overall Score: N/A

Kaplan University-Omaha Campus

  • 5425 N. 103rd St., Omaha, NE - 68134-1002
  • (402) 572-8500

  • Campus: Omaha, NE
  • Net Price: $17,851.00
  • Enrollment: 728
  • Loan Default Rate: 20.40%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus, Online
  • Type: Private For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: -28.63%
  • Graduation Rate: 36.90%
  • Median Borrowing: $16,628.00
  • Median Payment: $173.62
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED N/A

Doane College-Lincoln Grand Island and Master RN Programs in NE [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: N/A

Doane College-Lincoln Grand Island and Master

  • 303 N 52nd St, Lincoln, NE - 68504
  • (402) 466-4774

  • Campus: Lincoln, NE
  • Net Price: $7,366.00
  • Enrollment: 726
  • Transfer Out Rate: 50.00%
  • Loan Default Rate: 2.70%
  • Institution Accreditation: ABHE, NCA
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Median Borrowing: $20,225.00
  • Median Payment: $211.17
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

Nebraska RN Licensing Requirements

RN Licensure by Exam

Candidates must complete a 2-4 year program in professional nursing prior to applying to the department. All official transcripts should be sent from any institution where the candidate took courses that were applied toward the nursing degree. Application fees are dependent on what stage the candidate is in the licensure renewal cycle. Following this, the candidate will register separately to take the NCLEX-RN and pay the $200 testing fee. When the candidacy has been accepted, the candidate will be issued an ATT and be able to schedule a testing session.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

A candidate who has obtained licensure in one of the other 50 states can apply to be licensed in Nebraska by endorsement. The candidate will be able to practice under a temporary permit while materials are being received and processed. A notarized copy of the license will also need to be submitted. Nurses must show continuing competency by being a practicing nurse or participating in a refresher course within the last five years.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Internationally educated nurses must have passed a qualifying exam before being authorized to take the NCLEX exam in Nebraska. The Department will accept the CGFNS or the Canadian Licensing Examination.

Nebraska RN Job Outlook

Registered Nurses in Nebraska earn an average of $56,920 on a yearly basis. This average covers medical and surgical nurses, home healthcare positions, and psychiatric and substance abuse hospital positions. Traditional offices generally pay less but nurses enjoy Monday to Friday daylight work hours. A registered nurse with a Bachelor’s degree will find a wide array of job opportunities available to them. Some hospital jobs that are available for PSN prepared nurses include positions in management, utilization review, and case auditors, wound care specialists, and nursing educators.

Nebraska Registered Nursing Salaries

The Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area has the highest employment rate along with the highest annual median wage. The same area also has the highest hourly mean wage, with Lincoln following closely behind.
Area name Employment Hourly mean wage Annual median wage
Lincoln, NE 3,370 $26.80 $54,670
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 11,170 $28.70 $58,580
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 1,550 $27.35 $56,260
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 2,340 $25.60 $52,170
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 1,700 $26.05 $53,300
Source: http://www.dol.gov/, 2014 Data

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