About the nursing program at Union College
The Union College Division of Nursing builds on the concept that human beings are created in the image of God who gave them individuality, autonomy, a capacity for intelligent choice and adaptive mechanisms to deal with change. Exercising the right of self-determination, humans chose a course contrary to the principles that promote well-being, consequently forfeiting health in all dimensions. The goal of nurses is to assist clients in achieving high-level wellness.
A broad base in the humanities, natural, social and nursing sciences provides students with the solid foundation. Our mission is to prepare students from diverse backgrounds to be competent, caring generalists in the profession of nursing. The nursing program is based on professional standards and reflects a commitment to wholeness, Christian service and Seventh-day Adventist values.
Nursing Student Handbook (PDF)
How long has the Union College Nursing Program been around?
Established in 1896, the Union College Nursing Program has a long-standing tradition of excellence. In fact, Union's nursing program is the oldest Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in the state of Nebraska and in all the Adventist colleges!
How long is the nursing program?
First-Time Freshman: We offer a four-year curriculum that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Within this four-year curriculum, you will complete the necessary prerequisites and general education requirements required by the college in addition to the nursing courses.
Transfer Student: If you are a transfer student who has many of your general education requirements completed, the nursing courses will take approximately five semesters to complete.
How do your graduates perform on the NCLEX-RN®?
Our graduates have a consistently high pass rate for the NCLEX-RN® - a pass rate far above the state and national averages. In fact, 100% of our December 2018, May 2018 and December 2017 graduates passed on their first attempt! Additionally, our graduates had the highest NCLEX-RN® pass rate in the state of Nebraska and the Seventh-day Adventist higher educational system for 2018 (100%), 2016 (97.06%) and 2015 (94.44%). We are very proud of our graduates and their achievements!
How often does your program admit a new class of students?
We admit a new class of 30 nursing students each semester, beginning in August and January.
Where do your nursing students complete clinical hours?
Nursing students complete more than 925 clinical hours in all of the major hospital systems in Lincoln in addition to many observations and experiences in specialized healthcare environments. In the Simulation Center, our high-tech simulators, live patients and health care technology combine to prepare students for real-life nursing—teaming with other nurses to care for multiple patients. That’s one more reason our graduates have the best NCLEX-RN® first-time pass rate in Nebraska.
Does your program offer an LPN-BSN or RN-BSN program?
Yes, our BSN Completion Program is designed to assist LPNs and RNs in earning the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
Is this program accredited?
The baccalaureate degree in nursing program at Union College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Our program is also approved by the Nebraska State Board of Nursing.
Does your program participate in the international nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau?
Yes, nursing majors may be invited to join Union's chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, Nu Rho.
We are located in the Larson Lifestyle Center on the second floor
Monday–Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.