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The University of Nebraska Medical Center is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North La Salle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education SealThe bachelor's, master's, and doctor of nursing practice degree programs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

The bachelor's degree program is also approved by the Nebraska State Board of Nursing, P.O. Box 95044, Lincoln, NE 68509-5044.

Nursing Mission and Vision

The Mission of the College of Nursing is to improve the health of Nebraska through premier nursing education programs, innovative research, the highest quality patient care, and service to underserved populations.

The Vision of the College of Nursing is to be a vital contributor to a world-renowned health sciences center and:

  • advance innovative nursing education incorporating evidence-based experiential and active learning approaches;
  • lead health care and health systems solutions based on world-class nursing research;
  • promote health, reduce the burden of illness, and foster health equity in Nebraska and beyond; and,
  • embrace diversity and inclusivity as essential to excellence.

The College of Nursing seeks to achieve the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s goals (UNMC Planning Information and Quality Indicators, 2016, p.vii):

  • to provide Nebraskans access to high quality, affordable higher education
  • to build and sustain high quality programs that emphasize excellent teaching
  • to help build a competitive workforce for Nebraska’s knowledge-based economy
  • to be internationally competitive in research and scholarly activity
  • to engage with citizens, businesses, agriculture and communities throughout the state
  • to be cost-effective and accountable.

Nursing Philosophy Statement

[Subsection 2.2 12-12-2012]

The nursing metaparadigm (human being, health, environment and nursing) guides students and faculty in teaching and learning at all levels of nursing education at the College of Nursing. 

Human Being

Human beings are holistic individuals with physiologic, psychosocial (cognitive/mental, emotional, behavioral, social), developmental, and spiritual dimensions. All human beings have inherent worth, have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, and are embedded in a milieu that includes culture and society.


Health is a dynamic state of well-being in each dimension of the human being, and extends to families and communities. Well-being is demonstrated by functioning which is effective in achieving life course goals to the satisfaction of the individual, family, or community. Health is affected by complex interrelationships of factors (health determinants) such as the social and economic environment, individual characteristics, and behavior.


The environment is the milieu within which human beings exist and nurses provide care. The external environment includes systems of health care, culture, family and community, and the physical environment in which people live. The internal environment is expressed through the multiple dimensions of the human being. Internal and external environments influence well-being across the life course of individuals, families, groups, and communities.


Nursing is a practice discipline and a caring profession. Nurses use best scientific evidence, provider expertise, and patient values to provide safe, high quality, effective, efficient, timely, equitable, and patient-centered care.1 Nurses provide care through primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention to individuals, families and communities that addresses the multiple dimensions of the human being with the goal of improving well-being. Nurses promote health using knowledge, critical reasoning, clinical judgment, skills, experience, and leadership. Nurses have a responsibility for ethical awareness in the social, political, legal, ecological and economic arenas and serve as advocates for patient health.


IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2011. The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.


The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing has a long and colorful history. From the first class, which started in 1917, to the present day, College of Nursing alumni have been in the forefront of the evolution of the profession of nursing in Nebraska and in the nation and internationally. This section provides a glimpse of the proud heritage of the College of Nursing.

In The Beginning (1917-1946)

In October 1917, the first 13 women enrolled in the "University of Nebraska School for Nurses" under Director Charlotte Burgess. Dr. Burgess started the program and directed the evolution of the program from 1917-1946. The program offered was innovative and forward thinking, combining a liberal arts education with nursing curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree. At that time most nursing schools were based in hospitals and offered a diploma after three years of study. The "University of Nebraska School for Nurses" offered both a three-year diploma program and a five-year baccalaureate degree program. Students lived in a variety of residential structures around the hospital and received their clinical learning at University Hospital which opened in 1918. The nursing program endured through the Great Depression and was called upon to join the war effort in the early 1940s with participation of many students in the U.S. Nurse Cadet Corps.

Strengthening the Foundation (1946-67)

In April, 1946, the second director of the University of Nebraska School of Nursing, Irma Kyle Kramer, R.N., S.M. assumed the leadership of the school. Under Kramer's leadership, the School of Nursing forged new paths toward offering the 4 year baccalaureate degree (1950), and toward attaining national recognition for the program through accreditation with the National League for Nursing (1965).

Forging Ahead (1967-79)

In 1966, the director of the National League for Nursing, Dr. Rena Boyle, was recruited to serve as director of the School of Nursing. Under Dr. Boyle's leadership, the School of Nursing provided the direction necessary to develop the first graduate nursing program in the state (1968), the Niedfelt Nursing Research Center (1968), the first articulated (ASN-BSN-MSN) ladder program in the nation, the expansion of the nursing program to Lincoln (1972), and the name change from "School of Nursing" to "College of Nursing" (1972) with Dr. Boyle serving as Dean. The Learning Center was as well-used then as it is now.

Continuing the Tradition of Excellence (1979-1994)

In 1979, Dr. Rosalee C. Yeaworth assumed the leadership of the College of Nursing. Under Dr. Yeaworth, the College expanded to the state borders with the addition of divisions in west Nebraska (1986) and Kearney (1991). The addition of the divisions was made possible through the use of technology (teleconferencing, television downlinking, and videotapes) to provide nursing education for students at a distance.

Under her leadership additional master's specialty programs were offered and the doctoral program was initiated (1989). Outreach of the College of Nursing to rural and underserved individuals was increased through the development of two nurse managed centers, the Family Health Care Center, and the Mobile Nursing Center.

Planning for the Next Century (1995-2003)

In 1995, Dr. Ada M. Lindsey became dean of the College of Nursing. Under Dr. Lindsey's leadership, the College of Nursing pioneered new distance learning technology methods (teleconferencing, desktop video conferencing, asynchronous and synchronous Internet courses, etc.); received major research funding from federal and private foundations; and, attained national recognition for the nursing education programs. Today our baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral program alumni are valued members of health care teams in Nebraska, the U.S., and internationally. In February 2003, Dr. Lindsey was recognized for oncology research with an award from the National Oncology Nursing Society.

Expansion and Growth (2003-2011)

In 2003, Dr. Virginia Tilden became the dean of the College of Nursing. Under her leadership a fifth division in Norfolk was added in conjunction with and on the campus of Northeast Community College and the Center for Nursing Science was built adjacent to the Omaha College of Nursing building. The Norfolk division admitted its first BSN class Fall of 2010 and the Center of Nursing Science opened in January 2011.  In 2011, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved the start of a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in the College of Nursing. The inaugural DNP cohort was admitted and started the program the Fall of 2011 with the subsequent cohorts starting in May each year.  

Moving Forward (2011-present)

In October 2011, Dr. Juliann G. Sebastian became the dean of the College of Nursing.  The College of Nursing Kearney Division proudly moved into the new Health Sciences Education Complex on the University of Nebraska Kearney campus in August 2015 with the UNMC College of Allied Health Professions.  This $19 million complex resulted from $4 million in private donations and $15 million appropriated in May 2012 by the Nebraska Legislature for construction this remarkable facility.  Addition of this new space makes it possible for the College of Nursing to increase its undergraduate cohorts at the Kearney Division by eight traditional and eight accelerated BSN students and its graduate cohorts also by eight students. 

In May 2013, the Nebraska Legislature also appropriated funding for construction of a UNMC College of Nursing Lincoln Division building, which is expected to open in Spring 2018.

The West Nebraska Division moved classrooms and faculty offices to the Harms Building on the West Nebraska Community College (WNCC) campus and Regional West Medical Center (RWMC), respectively in 2013.  The building the WND had been housed in, the University of Nebraska Lincoln Elliott Building in Scottsbluff, was undergoing renovations, necessitating the move.  Co-location of the West Nebraska Division of the College of Nursing with these two organizations is fostering even stronger partnerships with WNCC and RWMC.

In May 2012, we graduated our first BSN class from the Northern Division in Norfolk. With this division’s location on the Northeast Community College campus, the partnership strengthens seamless access to nursing education.

Today’s College of Nursing is truly a 500 mile wide campus, with five divisions across the state.  The UNMC College of Nursing offers academic programs leading to the bachelor (BSN) and master of science (MSN) degrees in nursing and doctoral programs in nursing leading to the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) and doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree. The baccalaureate program of study is available on all five divisions sites; these are the Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney, West Nebraska (in Scottsbluff), and Northern (in Norfolk) divisions. The RN to BSN is available online, facilitating access and flexibility for adult learners. The graduate programs (MSN, DNP, and PhD) are available on the Omaha division; however, with the use of distance learning technology, many graduate courses, specialties, and clinical experiences are available at the other divisions and some off-site locations. The College, through the range of academic programs offered, is committed to career advancement of nurses.

The baccalaureate degree program prepares graduates for beginning professional nursing practice. The Master of Science degree program prepares advanced practice nurses. Specializations offered include Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist (for primary care or acute care), Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Leader/Administrator/Executive, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  Post Master's Certificate programs are available in most of the specialty areas. All students have the opportunity for rural clinical learning experiences. The DNP program prepares nurses at the highest level of clinical nursing leadership to use research to improve care and outcomes through systems change.  These students complete their programs with a DNP project.  They are prepared to lead clinical improvements and hold clinical or academic positions.  The PhD program prepares nurse scientists; students complete the program with a dissertation. They are prepared to contribute to the science base of the field and to hold academic or clinical research positions.

Nursing Education

A liberal education is the foundation of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for the practice of nursing; the liberal education prepares nurses to participate in a global community. Nursing education uses active and reflective learning, clinical practice, scientific inquiry, service, technology, informatics, and inter-professional partnerships to prepare nurses to practice.  Students and faculty possess different knowledge, skills, experiences, and learning styles. Both educators and students are responsible for active engagement as partners in learning. Through this partnership, students acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes and skills necessary for life-long learning. Student centered learning is central to the creation of a productive, effective learning community. The role of teacher as manager of the learning environment is to facilitate and promote learning. The practice of teaching nursing is a scholarly endeavor.

Professional nursing education at the baccalaureate level prepares graduates for practice as generalists who provide leadership in the provision of patient-centered care at the micro-system level. Master’s education in nursing prepares nurses for advanced practice roles and leadership in the provision of care to populations and the development, monitoring, and evaluation of systems of care delivery. Doctoral education in nursing prepares nurses for leadership roles in the development and application of nursing knowledge in the health care system. The PhD program prepares nurse scientists to discover knowledge to improve health.  Nurse scientists improve the health of human beings through the development, testing, and dissemination of nursing science. Nurses with Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees are clinical scholars who are prepared to translate research into evidence-based clinical practice using informatics and quality improvement models, and to provide organizational level leadership for improved performance within systems. All nurses should be prepared to understand and work to promote well-being and ameliorate health care problems within their scope of practice at local, state, national, and global levels.

English Proficiency for Applicants Whose Native Language is Not English

For applicants whose first language is not English, the Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL), the Pearson PTE, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required.  Additional information can be found on the College of Nursing website:

Transfer Credit

Undergraduate Program                                                    

[Policy5.2.8 March 2008]
The College of Nursing may accept transfer credit earned in an accredited college. The College is the final authority on granting transfer credit and determining how transfer courses and credits apply toward a degree in nursing. Transfer credits are recorded with no grade or quality points assigned. Grades from transfer courses may be considered for admission purposes.

Transfer requests will be evaluated by the Director of Undergraduate Programs, Student Services Advisors, and/or appropriate undergraduate course coordinators utilizing the following criteria:

  1. Similarity of transfer courses to current course requirements
  2. The course grade must be a 2.0 or better on a 4.0 scale to be considered for transfer
  3. Credit earned more than ten years prior to application for admission will be reviewed by the undergraduate student services office. Applicants may be required to repeat some courses. The Director of Undergraduate Programs may review these credits and act as the final authority for transfer credit.
  4. Courses not considered applicable for transfer are those:
    a.   Grade "I" (Incomplete), "W" (Withdrawal), or Audit
    b.   Completed but not given for credit
    c.   Remedial in nature

Professional and Graduate Programs

 [Policy5.3.9 November 2016]

  1. Courses that are routinely accepted from other institutions of higher education, i.e. statistics, will be maintained on a list of approved courses that is reviewed every 5 years.
  2. Students applying for transfer courses must use the following procedure in order to assure acceptance of the course within the professional graduate nursing program of study.
    1. Students will consult with their advisors or specialty coordinator/program director about requesting a transfer of a course.
    2. If the advisor or specialty coordinator/program director supports the transfer request, the student submits to their advisor a written request for approval for the course. The request includes the name and number of course, description and the syllabus for the course they want to transfer. The name and number of the similar existing College of Nursing course that is the subject of the transfer course is identified.
    3. The advisor or specialty coordinator/program director sends a request for review to the College of Nursing course coordinator for the existing course to determine if the transfer course is similar. Faculty review the requested transfer course and determine if the courses are at least 80% similar for course description, objectives and content. The course coordinator sends the advisor a statement regarding similarity of the transfer course.
    4. The advisor will send a recommendation to the chair of the Professional Graduate Nursing Affairs Committee (PGNAC) with supporting documentation and a brief note on the comparability of the course work. If transfer is recommended, the PGNAC members will review and vote via consent agenda. Following PGNAC approval, the advisor, Student Service office and the student are notified.
    5. Student Services office will add the approved course to the CON list of approved transfer courses with the date of approval.
  3. All courses presented for transfer must meet the Graduate College policy that all coursework for the professional graduate degree be completed within five years prior to graduation.
  4. Student Services office will create a timeline to review the transfer courses every year. This includes checking the institutions for accreditation status and the existence of the course.

Testing Information

Undergraduate Program

 [Policy5.2.6 October 2012]
The College of Nursing will accept non-nursing credit by examination (e.g.: AP, CLEP, Dantes, P/NP) according to the following criteria:

  1. Credit will be awarded on the basis of examinations from accredited and approved institutions according to UNMC academic records if the score meets the transferring institution’s requirements for credit
    1. There is a maximum of 12 credits hours of prerequisite/co-requisite courses that can be earned by examination
    2. Up to 12 credit hours recorded on college transcripts of transfer students will be accepted by the College of Nursing from the transfer institution’s transcript

Tuition and Fees

Current Tuition and Fees

The current tuition rates are posted on the UNMC Student Services website

The current student fees and deposits are posted on the UNMC Student Services website

NOTE: Official tuition rates and costs change annually and are subject to change. Official tuition figures for the next academic year are available in July of every year.

Additional/Alternate Fees – Kearney, Lincoln, Norfolk, Scottsbluff

The College of Nursing division supported by host campuses of the University or one of our partner institutions may have some additional or alternate fees for the same services as the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus students. You may refer to the host's bulletin. The Scottsbluff division has no host campus and therefore some of the services are contracted through outside agencies and the fees will differ slightly.

Payment of Tuition and Fees

Tuition is calculated approximately two weeks prior to the beginning of the term.  Payment in full is required in accordance with the payment Due Date shown on the billing statement.

  1. The initial billing statement is available on-line on the tenth day of the term. An email notification is sent to all students with a balance due. The due date recognized by the billing office is the one printed on the email notification of the billing statement.
  2. If payment is not received, and/or a formal payment agreement has not been signed by the student to pay tuition/fees, a second billing statement will be sent via certified, return receipt mail, four (4) days after the due date for the initial billing statement. With this second billing statement, the following information will go to the student:
  • Student Account placed on University Hold
  • Indication that this is the A Final Notice
  • A $20 late fee added to the bill
  • If bill is not paid or a formal payment agreement has not been signed by the student by the due date on this notice, the student will be dis-enrolled
  • Disenrollment is final, an appeal process is not available, no exceptions
  • A disenrollment letter will be sent to the student via certified, return receipt mail. Copies of this letter will be sent to the respective academic dean and program director/graduate committee chairperson
  • The student cannot re-enroll during this semester
  • If the tuition/fees are paid along with a $100 re-enrollment fee, the student will be eligible for enrollment for the next semester
  • Disenrollment may affect the student’s financial aid and/or ability to defer student loans

Additional information can be found in the UNMC Student Handbook at:

Refund of Tuition and Fees

Students who withdraw from the university or drop a course may be entitled to a refund of a portion of tuition and fees. The refund schedule is as follows:

Regular Semester Percent Refunded
Period of Drop / Withdrawal
Before first official day of semester 100%
First week of classes 100%
Second week of classes 75%
Third week of classes 50%
Fourth week of classes 25%
Fifth week of classes 0%

Additional information about refunds for Summer Sessions can be found in the UNMC Student Handbook at:

Scholarship and Financial Aid Information

Detailed information about scholarships and financial aid, application materials and educational costs are available in the Office of Financial Aid, web address: