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School of Nursing FAQs

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 experience.

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 will be placed on the Nebraska state CNA 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, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, and Children’s Physicians Clinics. Additional experiences occur at other Metro/Omaha hospitals and healthcare agencies during the preceptor/internship experiences. This allows the students to have excellent 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 all of the areas of nursing included in the NCLEX-RN.

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 slightly larger, but usually not more than about 50-60 students per class. Nursing clinical groups are typically 6-8 students per clinical faculty member.

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

The program is designed to be completed in four years, and most students do complete it 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 nursing program levels and will further enhance the excellent clinical sites currently used in the program. Virtual tour at: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=JSdhWCid9F4&utm_source=4

Will I have a preceptorship/internship before I graduate?

Yes! The final eight weeks of the nursing program are designated for 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 (aka boards), allowing you to be licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN).

What support is available should I need extra help?

Midland University has the Academic Resource Center (or ARC) where students can find tutoring, writing assistance, math help, and more 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?

Applications to the nursing program are 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 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, NCLEX-RN preparation resources (ATI), background check, drug testing, healthcare insurance, and lab/clinical supplies. 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 $1500-$2000 and will decrease in subsequent semesters. A specific breakdown of costs each semester is available by contacting the School of Nursing Administrative Coordinator at nur1@midlandu.edu.

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 me to pass the NCLEX-RN (aka boards)?

Our curriculum has been designed to ensure all students receive three full semesters of medical/surgical courses and three semesters of specialty area courses. Additionally, ATI, Inc. is utilized throughout the nursing program to prepare students for the NCLEX-RN examination. ATI offers resources for test-taking practice, review materials, case studies, and much more. ATI NCLEX-RN prep includes an online 8-week cumulative review and an intensive 3-day live review in the last eight weeks of the program. Virtual ATI NCLEX-RN prep continues after graduation with a virtual coach who will work with you one-on-one to guide you to optimal NCLEX-RN readiness.

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 nurses. 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.

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

Yes! Working with student-athletes or students involved in the arts is something we do all the time. The faculty will work with the students and coaches to make it possible for students to continue their interests outside of the classroom.

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 courses include statistics, college algebra, and English composition. Dual credit classes (classes taken for college credit) will also transfer and count as college credit.

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

Yes! Midland University offers a few travel opportunities each year. Destinations include 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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