Traditional BSN

Traditional BSN program summary


The Traditional BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) Program requires completion of 120 total credits. *

Preparation coursework

You first complete prerequisite courses — essential science and liberal arts courses — totaling 58 credits. Prerequisite courses are NOT offered by the UNMC College of Nursing. You may take them through the University of Nebraska (on campus or online/distance) or from any accredited community college, 4-year college or university.

UNMC nursing coursework

Students are admitted once annually for August program start. Required nursing coursework consists of 62 credits over 4 semesters — 2 years, with no summer classes. See Traditional BSN plan of study below.

Completion timeline

The Traditional BSN can be completed in 4 years — 2 years for prerequisite coursework and 2 years for nursing coursework.

Depending on your available time and circumstances, prerequisite courses may be completed over a longer or shorter period. 

Admission steps / requirements

Application due date


BSN learning approach

See BSN learning structure and objectives progression.

Clinical education affiliations

In addition to its own clinical simulation/skills labs, UNMC has relationships with over 100 health care institutions across Nebraska to provide students a convenient, diverse range of clinical learning.

Diverse enrollment

Our 5 Nebraska nursing campuses attract BSN students from across the U.S. and globe. Men and women from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. International students are welcome.

Outside work

Many students pursue a nursing degree and successfully balance a variety of non-academic responsibilities. To be a successful student your primary focus is to devote adequate time to your nursing program. For every hour of academic course work, you can plan to spend approximately 3 hours a week outside the classroom to study and be prepared for class. So a 3 credit hour class would require 9 hours a week outside the classroom to accomplish homework, work on group projects, study for tests, and keep up with assigned reading. Once you begin the program, we suggest that if you must work that you you work no more than a minimal amount of hours (e.g., up to 12 hours per week). You can always increase your hours during semester breaks and during the summer between your first and second year in the program.

Your first step

Contact a student services representative for answers to your questions and for guidance on requirements, application and admission.