Nebraska Wesleyan University Nursing School Review

Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) history can be traced back to 1887. It was established as a liberal arts college under the United Methodist Church of America. The college has developed in size and the number of programs but still holds on the foundation of liberal arts and the strong Methodist Christian learning environment. The university has two campus locations, one in Lincoln which is also the main campus and another one in Omaha.

Nursing Programs at Nebraska Wesleyan University

Nursing degrees at the university start with completion programs implying that pre-licensure students are not enrolled. The only pre-licensure nursing students admitted in the university are those who want to complete the general education courses required in the 1st and 2nd years of a Bachelor of Science in nursing.  There are 3-Bachelor and Master of Science tracks which have been accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The three programs are offered under the Wesleyan Advantage(Adult Programs)  Two post-master’s certificate in nursing programs are also offered. More details for each program are given below:

Pre-Nursing Advising

This program is designed for prospective nursing students who want to complete their registered nursing program for initial licensure at another school. Students only take general education courses required for the first two years. Since Nebraska Wesleyan University does not prepare students for Registered Nurses (RN) licensure, students must transfer to community colleges or other universities to complete professional nursing courses.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) at Nebraska Wesleyan University is a RN to BSN completion program. It aims on building on prior nursing experience for RNs who hold current licensure. Candidates must also have graduated from a nationally accredited diploma or associate program.

RNs require 33 nursing major credits and up-to 45 general education credits and 9 supporting credits to complete the BSN program. Generally, the program is designed to take one year but a part time slower pace depending on the students needs. The program is offered in full at both campuses of the university.

Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in nursing (MSN) has two entry paths for RN and BSN prepared students. Details are given below:

RN to MSN Program

This program is designed for high achieving students who are ready to take-up a changeling career mobility path. For this program, Nebraska Wesleyan University requires candidates who hold active unrestricted RN licenses. Candidates must also have at least one year working experience within the last three years.

Students who choose this program have the advantage of graduating with two nursing in one program. Since the RN to MSN curriculum has a comprehensive BSN curriculum, students will be awarded both degrees. But this is not an exit program and students must complete the entire program to graduate with both degrees. The program is suitable for working RNs since classes are conducted one day/ week at both university campuses in 8-week sessions. For the MSN specialty, students can choose from Nurse Educator or Nurse Leader/ Manager Tracks.


The Wesleyan Advantage BSN to MSN is a part time program offered at both Omaha and Lincoln campuses. The program is suitable for working and adult students since the classes are conducted one day/ week in 8-week sessions.  The 41 credits curriculum is designed to take two years to complete. Like the RN to MSN track, students have the Nurse Educator or the Nurse Leader tracks as the specialization options.

Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing

The post graduate certificate in nursing is designed for students who want to become certified as Nurse Educators or Nurse Leaders. The program is offered under the Wesleyan Advantage adult programs and is therefore suitable for working RNs. Like other programs under the Wesleyan Advantage programs at Nebraska Wesleyan University, courses are conducted 1 day/ per week in 8-week sessions cycles.

Nebraska Wesleyan University
5000 St. Paul Avenue, Lincoln,
NE 68504