RN Programs in Nebraska

RN programs in Nebraska are experiencing a shortage in nursing educators. This shortage makes getting into RN schools in Nebraska difficult, and many qualified nursing students are put on a waiting list.

Still, registered nurses are in high demand in Nebraska and graduates of Nebraska RN programs are quickly employed upon graduation. The career outlook for registered nurses in Nebraska is solid, with good pay and great job security. Since there is a shortage of nursing educators in the state, there are many opportunities, especially in rural areas, for qualified registered nurses to continue on to become nursing educators.

Registered Nurses (RNs) have the important job of caring for patients in emergencies and they are responsible for routine care as well. There are two ways to become an RN in Nebraska. Students may either enter a two-year RN program to earn an Associate Degree in Nursing or a four-year program that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Graduates from either of these programs qualify to take the national exam that is required for licensure.

RN Licensure in Nebraska

Graduates from an accredited RN program may apply for their license in Nebraska. Before it is issued, the graduate must pass the NCLEX-RN.

Nebraska RN Registry

Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services

Nebraska State Board of Nursing

301 Centennial Mall South

Lincoln, Nebraska 68509


RN Jobs and Salary in Nebraska

The most in-demand RN jobs in Nebraska are located in and around its largest city, Omaha. In Nebraska, the average wage of registered nurses is $26.46 hourly and $55,040 yearly. Registered nurses are needed mostly to fill positions in Nebraska rural areas.

Regional West Medical Center, Scottsbluff

Department of Veterans Affairs, Omaha

Fremont Area Medical Center, Fremont

Faith Regional Health Services of Nebraska, Norfolk

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, Hastings

Advanced Surgical, North Platte

Catholic Health Initiatives, Kearney

RNs in Nebraska earn an average annual salary of $53,960.


RN Programs in Nebraska

Each of the RN programs in Nebraska has different entrance requirements. It is recommended that applicants submit their applications around one year in advance. This allows time for campus tours, and some schools require a personal interview before admission is finalized.

The following RN programs lead to an Associate Degree in Nursing. The requirements for most of these programs are college preparatory courses in high school and a certain Grade Point Average (GPA) for high school grades. Those who are interested in becoming an RN should check with various programs because some schools only require that the applicant is a high school graduate. More and more students are completing prerequisite courses in college before entering the Nursing Program. Some Associate Degree Programs require minimum ACT or SAT scores as well.

Central Community College

Associate Degree Nursing Program

3134 West Highway 37

P.O. Box 4903

Grand Island, NE 68803-4903


College of Saint Mary

Associate Degree Nursing Program

7000 Mercy Road

Omaha, NE 68106


ITT Technical Institute, Omaha

Associate Degree Nursing Program

9814 M Street

Omaha, NE 68127


Metropolitan Community College

Associate Degree Nursing Program

P.O. Box 3777

Omaha, NE 68103-0777


Mid-Plains Community College

Associate Degree Nursing Program

1101 Halligan Drive

North Platte, NE 69101


Northeast Community College

Associate Degree Nursing Program

801 East Benjamin Avenue

P.O. Box 469

Norfolk, NE 68702-0469


Southeast Community College

Associate Degree Nursing Program

8800 O Street

Lincoln, NE 68520-1299


Western Nebraska Community College

Division of Health Occupations

Associate Degree Nursing Program

Scottsbluff Campus

1601 E. 27h Street

Scottsbluff, NE 69361-1899


The following list of RN programs lead to a BSN. These programs usually have more stringent requirements for admission to their programs. Typically, students must first qualify to be admitted to the university or college. After that, they are qualified to apply to the RN program. Some nursing schools require students to first complete pre-nursing courses and to maintain a minimum grade point average in these before they are considered for admission to the program.

Most colleges and universities require that students have completed college preparatory courses in high school, and that they earned a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher in these classes. Applicants may also be required to have graduated in the upper half of their class and to have minimum SAT scores of 1,000 or better or an ACT score of 20 or higher. Each bachelor’s degree program that applicants are interested in should be contacted because the admission requirements are so different. While some programs are very selective and may accept only 35 students out of 300 or more who apply, other are much more lenient in accepting students into their programs.

Bryan/LGH College of Health Sciences

Department of Nursing

5035 Everett Street

Lincoln, NE 68506-1315


Clarkson College

Undergraduate Nursing

101 South 42nd Street

Omaha, NE 68131-2739


Creighton University

School of Nursing

2500 California Plaza

Omaha, NE 68178


Creighton University-Hastings Campus

Department of Nursing

Mary Lanning Hospital

715 North St. Joseph

Hastings, NE 68901


Midland Lutheran College

Department of Nursing

900 North Clarkson

Fremont, NE 68025


Nebraska Methodist College

Nursing Program

Josie Harper Campus

720 N. 87th Street

Omaha, NE 68114


Union College

Nursing Program

3800 South 48th Street

Lincoln, NE 68506


University of NE Medical Center

College of Nursing

98530 Nebraska Medical Center

Omaha, NE 68198-5330


UNMC-Kearney Campus

Department of Nursing

Kearney Division

1917 West 24th Street

Kearney, NE 68849-4510


UNMC-Lincoln Campus

Department of Nursing

Lincoln Division

1230 O Street, Suite 131

Lincoln, NE 68588-0220


UNMC-Scottsbluff Campus

Department of Nursing

4502 Avenue I

Scottsbluff, NE 69361-4939


UNMC-Norfolk Campus

Department of Nursing

Northern Division

P.O. Box 1709

601 East Benjamin Avenue

Norfolk, NE 68702-1709

For reviews and a full list of RN programs in the state, please visit Nursing Schools in Nebraska.