Nurses promote health, prevent disease, and help patients cope with illness. Nurses are hands-on healthcare professionals who provide focused and highly personalized care. The field has a wide range of career opportunities, ranging from entry-level practitioner to doctoral-level researcher.


Plan Your Path to Nursing School

  1. Meet with a Pre-Health advisor to create a comprehensive academic and co-curricular plan
  2. Research application requirements
    • See specific school websites for any specific application requirements which may vary by program.
    • Meet with a representative of the program for specific questions and guidance
  3. Apply to Nursing programs
    • The application process for nursing programs varies by school. Please consult programs directly regarding applications and requirements
    • Some nursing programs use NursingCAS (link to
    • Others require application to be submitted directly to the school

Traditional versus Accelerated BSN Programs

  • Traditional programs do not require completion of a bachelor’s degree prior to starting, whereas accelerated programs do
  • Accelerated programs last one year, traditional programs will vary
  • Both programs will require students to change institutions to complete their BSN

Suggested Academic Preparation

  • Completion of pre-requisite courses
  • Competitive academic record
    • GPA in both science and non-science courses
  • No UNL Major is required (students will earn their degree from the nursing program)
  • A CNA license may be required

Local Professional Schools

Current students: Meet with a Pre-Health advisor to talk more about your Pre-Health goals.

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