University of Nebraska Medical Center

Master of Science in Nursing

Advance your career in nursing with a master's degree from UNMC.

Why Earn a Master's in Nursing?

By learning specialized nursing skills through a MSN program, you can pursue leadership roles in administration or clinical work as a nurse practitioner. A master's degree will increase your expertise, expand your skills and equip you with new credentials to advance your career.

MSN graduates are equipped with a broad spectrum of knowledge and practical skills that can be extremely valuable to their nursing careers. Advanced nurses can be responsible for coordinating with other health care providers and managing other nurses. In addition, you'll increase your earning potential and gain options to move into teaching and administration. Many leadership positions only consider nurses with MSN degrees.

Why Earn a Master's in Nursing from UNMC?

500-Mile Campus

The College of Nursing is the largest and most far-reaching of UNMC's health colleges with five campuses spanning the state. We have divisions in Omaha, Lincoln, Scottsbluff, Kearney and Norfolk.


The master's degree program in nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington D.C. 20001. Phone: (202)887-6791.

Competency-Based Education

Our comprehensive curriculum is centered on student learning, patient outcomes and best-practices care propelled by advanced nursing systems. We'll equip you to translate nursing research into forward-thinking, best-practices clinical application.

Progression Flexibility

Students can choose from full or part-time options, completing their degree at a pace that suits their lifestyle.

Program Snapshot

Course Load
Full- or part-time
Three to four years
Omaha, Lincoln, Scottsbluff, Kearney, Norfolk
Start Date
Fall, Spring

Nurse Practitioner Specialty Tracks

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP

This specialty focuses on the diagnostic reasoning, assessment and management of the acute, complex and life-threatening health care issues of adolescents through the elderly both in hospital and in clinic.

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP

This course of study focuses on the diagnostic reasoning, assessment and management of the primary health care of adolescents through the elderly.

Family Nurse Practitioner

The FNP has advanced knowledge and skills in health promotion and maintenance, disease prevention and physical and psychosocial assessment of individuals of all ages.

Pediatric Primary Care NP

This specialty focuses on the diagnostic reasoning, assessment and management of the acute care needs of children from birth to 21 years.

Pediatric Primary & Acute Care NP (Dual)

The advanced practice nurse will have advanced knowledge and skills in physical and psychosocial assessment to meet acute health care needs of children from birth to 21 years.

Psychiatric Mental Health NP

The scope of practice includes health promotion and prevention, physical and mental health assessment, diagnosis of mental health conditions, integration and implementation of care, psychopharmacology, counseling, practice evaluation, education, consultation and liaison.

Women's Health NP

This specialty focuses on the assessment, diagnosis and management of women's common and complex gynecologic, sexual, obstetric, reproductive and common primary healthcare needs. It is the only specialty women’s health program in the state of Nebraska.

Non-Nurse Practitioner Specialty Tracks

Nurse Leader/Executive

Nurse leaders are needed to respond to the clinical, organizational and fiscal changes faced by complex health care delivery systems. Nurse Leader/Executive specialty students participate in hybrid classes supported by 500 hours of specialty clinical experiences.

MSN/MBA Dual Degree

This dual-degree graduate program prepares nurses for health care leadership in increasingly complex clinical and business environments.

Clinical Nurse Leader

The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Master’s Degree, a new specialty within the graduate program, provides a generalist focus for nurses who desire interdisciplinary and lateral care coordination of a distinct group of patients through transitions in care.

Program Highlights


Advanced practice nurses work collaboratively within the health care system to promote client health, provide prevention management and improve client outcomes. Advanced practice nurses are leaders for the discipline and are responsive to current and emerging issues facing nursing and healthcare.


Nurse practitioner graduates are eligible to apply to take the nurse practitioner board certification in their respective specialty.


Prior to admission to the to the MSN program, you'll need:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Master of Science in Nursing degree from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing accredited school of nursing. If your BSN and/or MSN degree was obtained from a non-U.S. college, it must be evaluated and be equivalent to a U.S. nursing degree.
  • A license to practice nursing in one of the 50 U.S. states.

Note: Preference will be given to applicants who have completed at least one year of full-time work experience as a registered nurse. Experience with the specialty population is valuable.


Careers and Outcomes

Nurses with advanced degrees are particularly sought after in the marketplace. MSN degree graduates work in many different areas of nursing with enhanced salary potential and a strong job outlook.

Job Opportunities

  • Hospitals
  • Physician practice management
  • Clinics
  • Schools
  • Health departments
  • Community health centers
  • Home health care management
  • insurance companies
  • HMOs
  • Consulting
  • And More...


  • Nebraska Medicine
  • Methodist Women’s Health
  • Bryan Health
  • Catholic Health Initiatives
  • Avera Health
  • Sanford Health
  • Nebraska Methodist Health System
  • Children's Hospital and Medical Center
  • Omaha VA Medical Center
  • St. Francis
  • And More...

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