Nursing Schools & Licensing Requirements in Nebraska

There are currently more than 22,000 registered nurses working in Nebraska and according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for more nurses is expected to rise. The government agency predicts that by 2022, the state will need 12 percent more registered nurses as well as about 20 percent more advance practice nurses. In response to this need, nursing schools in Nebraska provide quality programs to prepare those interested in entering the field. The guide below includes a search tool prospective students can use to explore schools and programs, and also details everything aspiring nurses need to know about licensure in Nebraska.

Top Nursing Schools in Nebraska

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To be considered for this ranking, schools were required to meet the following criteria:

  • Accredited at the institutional level
  • Private nonprofit or public school
  • Minimum of 1 bachelor’s or master’s degree in subject area for 4-year schools
  • Minimum of 1 associate degree or certificate program in subject area for 2-year schools

Schools were then scored on factors such as:

  • Cost & Financial Aid
  • Number and variety of program offerings
  • Student-teacher ratios
  • Graduation rates (4-year schools only)
  • Placement and support services offered
  • Academic/Career counseling services
  • Employment services
  • Loan default rates

These factors were assembled for each school and rated using a peer-based-value (PBV) calculation. PBV compares the cost of a program to the cost of other programs with the same (or similar) qualitative score and cost. PBV denotes the overall value or "bang for your buck" of a college or degree program.

Top 10 Bachelor Nursing Schools in Nebraska

#1 Bryan College of Health Sciences Lincoln, NE
#2 Clarkson College Omaha, NE
#3 Creighton University Omaha, NE
#4 Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health Omaha, NE
#5 Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln, NE
#6 College of Saint Mary Omaha, NE
#7 Midland University Fremont, NE
#8 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
#9 Doane College-Crete Crete, NE

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Bryan College of Health Sciences View School Profile Lincoln, NE 80%
Clarkson College View School Profile Omaha, NE 59%
Creighton University View School Profile Omaha, NE 78%
Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health View School Profile Omaha, NE 66%
Nebraska Wesleyan University View School Profile Lincoln, NE 69%
College of Saint Mary View School Profile Omaha, NE 49%
Midland University View School Profile Fremont, NE 48%
Bellevue University View School Profile Bellevue, NE 29%
Doane College-Crete View School Profile Crete, NE

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Top 10 Associate Nursing Schools in Nebraska

#1 Mid-Plains Community College North Platte, NE
#2 Central Community College Grand Island, NE
#3 Western Nebraska Community College Scottsbluff, NE
#4 Metropolitan Community College Omaha, NE
#5 Northeast Community College Norfolk, NE
#6 Southeast Community College Lincoln, NE
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Mid-Plains Community College View School Profile North Platte, NE 33%
Central Community College View School Profile Grand Island, NE 33%
Western Nebraska Community College View School Profile Scottsbluff, NE 27%
Metropolitan Community College View School Profile Omaha, NE 14%
Northeast Community College View School Profile Norfolk, NE 46%
Southeast Community College View School Profile Lincoln, NE 25%
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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

AreaHourly Median WageAnnual 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

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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.

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