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Nursing

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to start my studies in a nursing assistant program?

No. An entry point for nursing studies is the Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at UNMC. You begin by taking prerequisite courses.

Are prerequisite courses offered by UNMC College of Nursing?

No. You may take these through the University of Nebraska (online or on campus in Kearney, Lincoln or Omaha) or at any accredited community college, four-year college or university.

Does UNMC offer Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified Medication Assistant (CMA) or two-year Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs?

No. Those programs are offered at many community colleges. Some course credits from such programs may transfer to the UNMC College of Nursing as prerequisites. UNMC nursing programs begin at the bachelor degree level (BSN).

What makes a nurse an RN?

A registered nurse is known as an RN. To become registered, you first get a nursing degree then pass a state nursing license exam after you graduate. Both associate degree (ADN) and bachelor's degree (BSN) graduates earn the same RN designation, but there are important differences between the two in training, types of care and career range.

Where and when should I apply?

You apply online through NursingCAS. Your application should NOT be submitted until you have completed almost all prerequisite courses. If you are uncertain when to apply, contact a student services representative. In Kearney, that's Hilary Christo at 308-865-8722 or hchristo@unmc.edu.

When are application due dates?

Admission is once a year in the fall. Applications open Oct. 1 and all application materials must be received by Feb. 1 for consideration for the following fall start of the nursing program.

Are dorms available?

Kearney Division nursing students are eligible for UNK housing contracts. Upon notification of acceptance, please contact the UNK Office of Residence Life.

How new are your nursing education facilities?

The Kearney campus facilities are located in the West Center Building. The program will be moving into a brand new building in the fall of 2015, located just west of the current location along west Highway 30.

What is your faculty-student ratio?

There is approximately one faculty member for each 10 students - another UNMC advantage for your nursing education.

What is the profile of current successful applicants?

Most accepted applicants have completed nearly all prerequisite coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or above. You must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to be considered. Admission is competitive and capacity is limited. Applicants with strong academic backgrounds have higher likelihood of admission.

What supplies and equipment will I need?

For clinical training, you'll need basic health-profession uniforms, sometimes called scrubs, and your own stethoscope and blood pressure cuff. A student services representative can provide more information and cost ranges.

At your induction ceremony, you'll be presented with an alumni-sponsored white lab coat - yours to keep - as a symbol of your entry into the nursing profession. For all BSN coursework, having your own laptop/netbook computer is required.

Is there a way I can qualify for guaranteed admission?

Yes - by meeting high academic and provisional standards.

How long does the program take to complete?

Traditional BSN nursing courses are completed over 4 semesters or 2 years. Prerequisite courses must be satisfied first. Including prerequisites, you may finish comfortably in 4 years. But you can go at your own pace, completing prerequisites faster or slower as your time and resources allow.

Are all nursing courses offered every semester?

No. Students take Traditional BSN courses in a certain progression over 4 semesters.

Are Traditional BSN courses online?

The College offers multiple online and web-based resources, including the Blackboard Learning System™, for course materials, assignments, interactive learning, discussion boards, testing, grades and more. Class attendance is required, with digital resources as 24/7 on-demand learning support tools.

Are there summer classes?

There are no summer classes in the Traditional BSN Program. You may take prerequisite courses from any accredited college or university (on campus or online) over the summer.

Where will I do my clinical training?

You'll get learning lab/clinical instruction through the College's state-of-the-art clinical training facilities/simulators. You'll also do clinical rotations at area medical centers, hospitals and other health facilities.

Can I work during the Traditional BSN Program?

Yes. Many Traditional BSN students work on weekends and during the summer. We recommend that you work part-time only during semesters in order to devote adequate time and energy to your nursing studies.