The heart of healthcare

Nursing

Top test scores in Nebraska.

100%
NCLEX-RN first-time pass rate for 2018

For the second graduating cohort in a row, Union College graduates posted a 100 percent NCLEX-RN first-time pass rate!

Nationally, only about 85 percent of nursing graduates pass the NCLEX-RN—an exam all nurses must pass to receive a license to practice—on their first attempt. 100% of our 2018 graduates passed on their first try. That after posting the best scores in Nebraska in 2015 (94%) and 2016 (97%).

If you want to be part of a rewarding, growing profession that demands equal parts excellence and empathy, than nursing may be the perfect fit for you.

Why study nursing?

  • Experts project that more than one million nursing jobs will be added in the U.S. over the next three years. And all that demand means great pay—$70,000–$80,000 per year on average.
  • Everybody needs nurses, so you’ll be able to find a job where ever you want.
  • Make a difference in the lives of people who need it most.

Nursing runs in my family, and I never really considered any other career. But when I struggled with science classes at the private college near my Oregon home, my professors suggested I try another occupation. Back home I worked as a CNA and retook my science courses at community college, trying to crack the two-year plus waiting lists for every nursing school in the state. But a Google search led me to apply to Union College in far away Nebraska. From my first interview, I could see a difference—a deep spiritual faith, a strong support system, and faculty who cared about my success. I wish I had discovered Union sooner. If I had come here my freshman year, I would have had the support and the community to succeed sooner. Now I’m proud to be a Union College nurse.

Heather Boone
a 2017 graduate who now works in the emergency department of a hospital in Salem, Oregon.
photo Heather Boone

Guarantee your spot in the Union nursing program when you enroll. Learn more

Imagine graduating from college with the guarantee of a job at a prestigious organization—and getting a $10,000 signing bonus.

For Union College nursing graduates, this is now a reality thanks to a new partnership between Union College and the Kettering Health Network. Starting with the class of 2018, nursing graduates who pass the NCLEX-RN exam, have strong references and agree to work within the Kettering system for at least two years are guaranteed a job at a Kettering Health Network hospital. In addition, they will receive a signing bonus of $2,500 for each year they attended Union as a pre-nursing or nursing major, up to $10,000.

Why study at Union College?

  • Small class sizes mean plenty of personal attention—our NCLEX-RN® first-time pass rate is higher than any other school in the state of Nebraska and it soars above the national average. Make that 100% in 2018.
  • Union’s Nursing Simulation Center allows you to practice in a hospital-like environment with patient volunteers and high-tech patient simulators.
  • Every month a group of Union nursing and physician assistant students hold a foot clinic at Matt Talbot Kitchen and Community Outreach, a food kitchen for Lincoln’s homeless.
  • Each year, nursing students make a trip to developing nation to run medical clinics in remote areas of the country that receive little modern medical care.

You don’t have to be a nurse to help people, but it sure helps. After the earthquake in Haiti, aid organizations invited Union students to participate in relief efforts because they knew our training and preparation matched our enthusiasm for service. Working alongside physicians in mobile clinics was an emotional experience. It’s hard to comprehend what our patients had been through. I’ve learned that no matter how hard I try, I can’t heal the world. But I can make my little corner of it a better place, wherever that may be.

Jason Warren
2011 graduate—now a telemetry nurse at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colo.
photo Jason Warren

Majors and minors

Union offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing—a four-year degree that admits a new class every semester.

Traditional Student (January Entry) - Guide PDF
Traditional Student (August Entry) - Guide PDF
Transfer Student (January Entry) - Guide PDF
Transfer Student (August Entry) - Guide PDF
LPN-BSN (January Entry into NURS 321) - Guide PDF
LPN-BSN (August Entry into NURS 321) - Guide PDF
LPN-BSN (January Entry into NURS 322) - Guide PDF
LPN-BSN (August Entry into NURS 322) - Guide PDF

Career options

Registered nurse

Provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Job outlook
15% growth (much faster than average)

Median pay
$70,000

Nurse practitioner

Advanced practice nurse who coordinates patient care and may provide primary and specialty healthcare.

Job outlook
31% growth (much faster than average)

Median pay
$110,000

Nurse anesthetist

Advanced practice nurse who administers anesthetics for surgical, obstetrical and trauma care in a variety of medical settings.

Job outlook
30% growth (much faster than average)

Median pay
$110,000