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Top test scores in Nebraska.

NCLEX-RN first-time pass rate for 2020

For the past five of six graduating cohorts, 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. One-hundred percent of our 2020 graduates passed on their first try, and that's not a fluke. Our graduates posted the best pass rates in Nebraska consistently since 2015.

If you want to be part of a rewarding, growing profession that demands equal parts excellence and empathy, then 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 wherever 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 now working in the emergency department of a hospital in Salem, Oregon
photo Heather Boone

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

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 2020.
  • 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.

I never expected that I would go to a small college, but as soon as I toured Union's campus, I knew that it was where I wanted to be. Everyone was so welcoming and the approach to nursing education was different. We didn't look at patients as just a set of symptoms, but as a whole person who needed love, care, touch, and prayer. The nursing professors were so encouraging throughout the program and have continued to encourage me now that I'm working as a nurse in the ICU. I'm so glad I chose Union.

Mackenzie Yager
2018 graduate, now a nurse at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa
photo Mackenzie Yager

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, on campus) - Guide PDF
LPN-BSN (August Entry, on campus) - Guide PDF
RN-BSN (January Entry) - Guide PDF
RN-BSN (August Entry) - Guide PDF

After completing my first week in working at Johns Hopkins, I was very proud to say that I am a Union College graduate. As I compared myself to other new graduates in my residency program here at Hopkins, I humbly and proudly realized my teachers at Union thoroughly prepared me to assume my role as a new nurse. Union's faculty invest in students individually and teach the important content and skills that graduates need to be very prepared as we begin our nursing careers. I know I still have a lot to learn, but I believe Union College gave me a great foundation that will help me, by God's grace, succeed in my nursing career.

Dorinda Ackah
a 2016 graduate and now an acute care specialist in Laurel, Maryland
photo Heather Boone

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

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

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