Bachelor's - BSN

Below are options for your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. All are based on completion of prerequisite courses.

• Traditional BSN

A 4-semester program over 2 years with no summer classes.

• Accelerated BSN

An intense 12-month program for excellent students with a bachelor's degree in another field.

• RN to BSN

An online advancement program for current registered nurses (RNs) with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Diploma in Nursing. Full-time or part-time options.

Visionary, progressive, student-centered
and exceptionally comprehensive

The UNMC College of Nursing has fully recalibrated its baccalaureate curriculum to reflect the fast-changing demands of modern nursing.

Classroom and clinical education standards incorporate recommendations by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, The Institute of Medicine, the Carnegie Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — all leading advocates of progressive, evidenced-based health care education.

The result: An accelerated, gold-standard, exceptionally comprehensive BSN curriculum focused tightly on student learning, progression and advancement to a nursing career.

Curriculum enhancement will continue full speed ahead as part of the College's commitment to continuous quality improvement.

Welcome to the new world of active learning!

The College of Nursing uses active learning in coursework to help you learn more, become the best nurse you can be, and create a supportive, engaged environment that fits your learning style. Please click here to learn more about WHY we use active learning, HOW you can participate, and WHAT this learning method will do for you!

The learning environment:
yesterday, today and tomorrow

• Yesterday

U.S. nursing education was largely linear, nonintegrated and decontextualized — heavy on memorization, focused on unrelated classes, separate from other health professions training, without holistic patient context, without knowing the patient's full health care circumstance or provisions.

• Today

Nursing students encounter more information in one year than their grandparents over a lifetime. Scientific information now doubles every year.

• Tomorrow

Nurses face challenges undreamed of just a few years ago. Health problems are more complex, treatment is a new, ever-changing world of medical technology, and care is compressed into shorter periods. As health care must anticipate change, so must nursing education.

A modern, evidence-based, interdisciplinary,
holistic approach to nursing education

At UNMC, the focus is on dynamic learning, critical thinking, independent clinical judgment, interprofessional training, evidence-based treatment and the 360-degee patient. Tomorrow's nurses must be nimble leaders — ready for change, quick to adapt, fast to respond. They must be sentinels of care quality and patient safety, ever alert to prevent, spot and remedy errors within their patients' entire health care delivery.

Credit Hours

UNMC follows the federal credit hour definition. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement. The determination/assignment of credit hours should reflect the educational content of the course and the time required for a typical student to achieve the College’s desired outcomes. See Credit Hour Definition policy.


If you have questions after reviewing our BSN section, please contact a student services coordinator.