University of Nebraska Medical Center

Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Make a difference in the lives of patients — and launch a meaningful and rewarding career.

Why Earn a BSN in Nursing?

With a BSN, you'll have the training to offer quality patient care and make skilled nursing diagnosis. Research by the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing shows that higher nursing education makes a major positive difference in clinical outcomes.

As a BSN student, you'll learn much more than clinical care. You'll gain enhanced communication, critical thinking, evidence based practice and leadership skills. If you plan to move into administration or teaching, a BSN, or higher, is essential. Four of the highest paying nursing jobs include nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist and clinical nurse specialist. In order to gain this level of education and specialization, it begins with a BSN.

Why Study Nursing at UNMC?


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 baccalaureate 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 for 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
Two to three years after completing prerequisites
Omaha, Lincoln, Scottsbluff, Kearney, Norfolk
Start Dates
Fall Semester, only Kearney and Lincoln have twice-a-year admissions (fall and spring) at this time

Program Highlights

760 Hours Clinical Training

You'll receive instruction through our state-of-the-art clinical training facilities and simulators. You'll do clinical rotations at area medical centers, hospitals and other health facilities. These experiences will provide opportunities to apply your training and care for people at all life stages: infants, children, adolescents, adults and older adults.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Each summer there are 80 to 100 positions available for talented undergraduate students mentored by faculty. These full-time research positions are primarily in research laboratories where students work with team members on an ongoing research project. Students attend weekly seminars provided by UNMC researchers to enhance their knowledge about research careers and the variety of research at UNMC.


Before beginning your BSN course of study, you will need to complete 17 essential science and liberal arts courses. You can take these courses through the University of Nebraska (on campus or online) or from any accredited community college, four-year college or university. Apply to UNMC once you’ve completed about 12 of the required prerequisite courses and finish the remainder of your courses before starting the BSN program in August.



Twice-a-Year Admissions

Kearney Division and Lincoln Division are excited to offer spring entry to the traditional track BSN program.



Careers and Outcomes

Nursing is a quickly growing field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a growth of more than 438,000 new RN jobs by the year 2026. UNMC nursing graduates are in demand among employers throughout Nebraska and BSN graduates have the edge.


Job Opportunities 

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Doctor's offices
  • Ambulatory care facilities
  • Residential care facilities
  • Long-Term care facilities
  • Hospices
  • Schools
  • Educational services
  • Government services
  • And More...



  • Nebraska Medicine
  • Faith Regional
  • Western Regional
  • St. Elizabeth’s
  • Kearney Regional
  • Bryan Health
  • Good Samaritan
  • Nebraska Methodist
  • St. Francis
  • And More...