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School of Nursing FAQs

As one of the premier nursing schools in Nebraska, Midland University students have opportunities to learn at esteemed healthcare institutions in the Fremont and Omaha area, ensuring that students enjoy a diverse range of clinical experiences. Students benefit from hands-on training at the Methodist Fremont Health Sim Lab, and at Midland’s partner institutions including Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center, CHI Health, Nye Health Services, and Vetter Senior Living.

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How soon do I get to take nursing classes?

The nursing classes with clinical start in the first semester of your sophomore year. This allows for three full years of hands-on experiences.

Do I need to have my CNA before I can start in the nursing program?

No. You are not required to have your CNA before beginning the nursing program. The skills taught in CNA classes will be covered in the first semester of your sophomore year. Once you complete your first two nursing classes, NUR 203 & NUR 210, with a C or above, you are eligible to be placed on the Nebraska Nurse Aid registry.

Where are some of the clinical locations?

The clinical sites vary depending on the course and include Methodist Fremont Health Medical Center and Nye Legacy in Fremont. Omaha sites include CHI Health facilities such as Immanuel, Lakeside, Creighton University Medical Center Bergan Mercy, and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. Additional experiences occur at other Metro/Omaha hospitals and healthcare agencies during the preceptor/internship experiences. This allows the students to have great clinical experiences!

Do I have to choose between taking Mental Health, Maternal/Newborn, and Pediatrics?

No. Midland University’s nursing program includes all three specialty nursing areas and three medical surgical classes. This allows students to have hands-on experiences in a variety of health care settings.

How big are the classes and clinical groups?

Midland’s nursing program is a small program with class sizes of 20-40 students. The classes you take as a freshman may be a little larger, but usually not more than about 50-60 students per class. Nursing clinical groups are typically 6-8 students per each clinical faculty member.

How long will it take for me to finish the program?

The program is designed to be completed in 4 years (8 semesters). Most students complete the nursing program in that time frame.

I have heard that simulation labs are important to learning. Do you have a lab?

We have lab space on the Midland campus where students engage in hands on learning.  In the Fall of 2018, Midland University partnered with Methodist Fremont Health to offer our students a state-of-the-art simulation lab.  This million-dollar lab is utilized in all levels of the nursing program and will further enhance the excellent clinical sites currently used in the program. Virtual tour at:

Will I have a preceptorship/internship before I graduate?

Yes! The final 8 weeks of the nursing program include a preceptorship. You will work side-by-side with your assigned nurse in an area of interest to you. This is an intensive hands-on experience providing an incredible student-to-nurse transition opportunity.

Once I graduate, will I be able to start working as a nurse right away?

Once you graduate from the nursing program at Midland you will have earned your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. You will need to pass the NCLEX-RN licensure exam which will allow you to licensed to practice as a registered nurse (RN).

What support is available should I need extra help?

Midland University has the Academic Resource Center (ARC) where tutoring, writing assistance, math help and more can be found at no charge to you.  The faculty are also available to meet one-on-one with the students. Some classes also offer supplemental instruction which is a peer led small group academic support program.

How do I apply to Midland’s nursing program?

Application to the nursing program is completed during the online application process to Midland University. Applications are reviewed in the School of Nursing and students are notified of their acceptance status via letter or email. Applicants that have not completed all prerequisite courses and/or that do not meet initial admission criteria may apply after successful completion of prerequisite courses and meet admission requirements after their first completed semester at Midland University.  Additional guidance will be provided to help you meet the nursing program requirements.

Are there any fees or costs in addition to the tuition costs?

Additional costs are incurred for uniforms, textbooks, background check, drug testing, healthcare insurance, lab/clinical supplies and NCLEX-RN preparation resources (ATI, HESI).  The additional costs associated with the nursing program are related to meeting clinical compliance requirements. Textbooks purchased in the sophomore year will be used throughout the program.  As a beginning nursing student, the additional costs range between $1,500-$2,000 and will decrease in subsequent semesters.  A specific breakdown of costs each semester is available by contacting the Coordinator of Health Professions and Compliance at

Am I required to carry my own health insurance?

Yes. To meet the clinical partner requirements, students must have a current health insurance policy.

How does Midland University’s nursing program prepare students for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam taken upon graduation from the nursing program?

Our curriculum has been designed to ensure all students receive three full semesters of medical/surgical courses, and three semesters of specialty area courses. Current junior and senior students are utilizing ATI, Inc to aid in preparation for NCLEX-RN success.  The current sophomores are using Evolve-Elsevier and HESI exams to provide additional preparation for NCLEX-RN success. Graduates of the Midland Nursing program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) as required for state licensure as a registered nurse.

Will I be able to get a job after I graduate?

Yes! Following graduation with a BSN and passing NCLEX, Midland University’s graduates are highly sought after in the Fremont and Omaha areas and elsewhere. Many times, the preceptorship/internship is a ‘foot-in-the-door’ for employment. Midland graduates are highly qualified and prepared educationally for a future career as a nurse.

I want to be involved in athletics or arts. Can I still do nursing, too?

Yes! Helping student athletes or students involved in the arts to ensure program success is supported by nursing faculty and a priority at Midland University.

What classes should I be taking in high school to help me be successful in the nursing program?

If your school offers science courses such as biology, anatomy and physiology, or chemistry, it is a great idea to take these classes to prepare you for their college counterparts. Other helpful classes include statistics, college algebra, and English composition.

Dual credit classes, taken for college credit while in high school, may also transfer to Midland as college credit.

Are there any extra experiences available, such as travel abroad?

Yes! Midland University offers a few travel opportunities each year. Destinations have included Europe, Guatemala, Tanzania, and Australia. If travel abroad interests you, be sure to ask what exciting trips are planned for the coming academic year.

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