Top Nursing Schools in Nebraska

Score Tuition Student/Teacher ratio Program count Graduation Rate
1 Mid-Plains Community College 97.75 9:1 1 33%
2 Central Community College 97.75 14:1 1 33%
3 Western Nebraska Community College 97.50 15:1 1 27%
4 Metropolitan Community College 97.25 14:1 1 14%
5 Northeast Community College 96.75 17:1 1 46%
6 Southeast Community College 96.25 18:1 1 25%
Score Tuition Student/Teacher ratio Program count Graduation Rate
1 Bryan College of Health Sciences 97.25 10:1 5 80%
2 Clarkson College 96.75 11:1 2 59%
3 Creighton University 96.00 11:1 1 78%
4 Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health 95.75 12:1 3 66%
5 Nebraska Wesleyan University 95.00 12:1 3 69%
6 College of Saint Mary 94.00 12:1 5 49%
7 Midland University 94.00 10:1 7 48%
8 Bellevue University 93.25 32:1 7 29%
9 Doane University 93.25 14:1 7 N/A
10 Grace University 93.25 14:1 7 55%

Find Nursing Schools in Nebraska

Nebraska is home to several public and private nursing schools, some of which offer online programs so rural students have access to education or for those who need the extra flexibility. As the demand for qualified health care professionals grows, it is likely more schools will offer flexible programs in all corners of the state.

Below you’ll find a list of nursing schools in Nebraska. It’s important to find a school that’s approved by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) if you intend to practice nursing in the state.

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Becoming a Licensed RN in Nebraska

Nurses in Nebraska must graduate from an approved nursing program and each state has its own requirements for different levels of nursing. The NDHHS issues licenses, monitors those practicing in the profession, responds to complaints, and disciplines those who violate the nursing code of conduct. Below is a list of requirements for those seeking licensure in Nebraska and well as renewal information for keeping that license active.

Licensing Requirements

  • Earn an associate or bachelor’s degree from a nursing program approved by the Nebraska DHHS
  • Be at least 19 years old and demonstrate proof of age and citizenship with a state-issued identification and ID showing your permanent address
  • Pass the NCLEX-RN. Those who hold a license in another state must show proof of a current, unrestricted license in that state, and meet one of the following: graduated from nursing school within the last two years, have at least 500 practical hours in the last five years, or have completed a review course within the last five years.
  • Under the Nurse License Compact Act, licensed nurses in Nebraska (whose home state is Nebraska) receive a multi-state license that’s valid in any Nurse Compact state. Individuals whose home state is not Nebraska can apply for a single-state license.
  • Foreign graduates must pass the TOEFL to show English proficiency

Renewal Requirements

Registered nurses must renew their licenses by October 31 of each even-numbered year. One of the following continued competence requirements must be met to be eligible for renewal:

  • Have practiced at least 500 hours during the last five years and complete 20 hours of continuing education within the last two years (of which only four can be from CPR or BLS and 10 must be peer-reviewed)
  • Have graduated from a nursing program in the last two years
  • Have graduated from a nursing program in the last five years and hold at least 20 contact hours of continuing education within the last two years (of which only four can be from CPR or BLS and 10 must be peer-reviewed)
  • Have taken an approved refresher program within the last five years
  • Have earned certification by a nationally-recognized organization in a nursing specialty

To renew a license, applicants will need to submit the renewal notice, provide proof of having met one of the qualifying continued competency requirements, and pay a fee of $123.

Advanced Practice Certification in Nebraska

Advanced practice certification is available for registered nurses who pursue additional education and expertise in a specialty area. In Nebraska, nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse midwives are qualified to serve as primary caregivers to patients; however, they must meet all the licensing requirements for registered nurses as well as:

  • Hold a master’s or doctorate in a clinical specialty area
  • Have passed a national certification examination
  • Pay the required certification and verification fees

For more information on RN and APRN licensure requirements, visit the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Nebraska Nursing Numbers

Though Nebraska is a largely rural state, there’s still a need for qualified nurses. The national Health Resources and Services Administration predicts Nebraska will have a deficit in the profession by 2025, which makes it an in-demand career. Salaries are generally in line with the national average, though they vary depending on the city or region. The data below shows where the best opportunities for nurses in Nebraska can be found.

Top-Paying Areas for RNs in Nebraska

Area Hourly Median Wage Annual Median Wage
Omaha-Council Bluffs NE-IA $28.16 $58,580
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area $27.05 $56,260
Lincoln $26.28 $54,670
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area $26.01 $54,090
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area $25.62 $53,300
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area $25.08 $52,170

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

Nebraska vs. National Numbers

  • Nebraska
  • National
  • Annual Salary (25th percentile)
  • Annual Salary (median)
  • Annual Salary (75th percentile)

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

Total Employment (2014)
2022 occupational outlook
Avg. annual openings (2012 – 2022)

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014 and Projections Central

Nursing Resources

Licensed Practical Nurse Association of Nebraska

Representing licensed practical nurses in advocacy and legislative issues, the Licensed Practical Nurse Association of Nebraska is managed by the Nebraska Health Care Association.

Nebraska Board of Nursing

The Nebraska Board of Nursing is responsible for identifying approved colleges and universities for nursing study, as well as licensure requirements for practicing professionals.

Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services

On the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services website individuals can search for information about licensure requirements, read the Nurse Licensure Compact and review information about a variety of other health care professions in the state.

Nebraska Nurse Practitioners

This online community for advance practice nurses in the state provides information about upcoming events, continuing education and career assistance. Advance practice nurses can also use this forum for networking and mentoring.

Nebraska Nurses Association

The Nebraska Nurses Association is a membership organization dedicated to CARE (Collaboration, Advocacy, Respect and Education) and is a proactive voice for nurses across the state.

Nebraska School Nurse Association

Part of the National Association of School Nurses, the Nebraska School Nurse Association is dedicated to maintaining, promoting and advancing the quality of school nurses in the state and across the country.