College of Nursing

The Creighton University College of Nursing has achieved a national reputation for its innovative programs that keep pace with the ever-changing field of nursing.

Creighton was the first nursing school in Nebraska to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and preparation for the newest nursing role, Clinical Nurse Leader.

Creighton's College of Nursing has campus locations in Hastings and Omaha, Nebraska.


Creighton University College of Nursing offers both undergraduate and graduate nursing education. The College of Nursing was accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLN) from 1964 until 2001, and the graduate program held NLN accreditation from 1985 until 2001. In 2001, the College of Nursing's undergraduate and graduate programs received accreditation from the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.

In November 2011, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Board of Commissioners granted accreditation for the BSN and MSN programs for the period of 10 years.  The DNP program was granted initial accreditation for the term of 5 years, which is the maximum number of years for a new program.  The Board determined that the three programs met all four accreditation standards and that there are no compliance concerns.  The accreditation actions are effective as of April 11, 2011, the first day of the CCNE on-site evaluation.  The BSN and MSN programs next on-site evaluation is spring of 2021, and the DNP program is spring of 2016.

Points of Pride

    • Creighton BSN graduates continue to exceed the national average for first-time pass rates on the national licensing exam.
    • Creighton was the first nursing school in Nebraska to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and preparation for the newest nursing role, the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). Creighton is one of only 100 nursing schools in the nation preparing graduates that are eligible to sit for the certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader.

    • Creighton was one of the original national pilot sites for the CNL curriculum. A revolutionary new nursing role, CNL's are master's degree-prepared clinicians. The program prepares nurses as generalists with advanced nursing knowledge and provides the skills for clinical leadership within a specified area of health care.

    • Creighton was one of 52 nursing schools nationwide to be awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Nursing scholarship program.  Funds will support students traditionally under represented in the baccalaureate accelerated nursing program.

    • The accelerated nursing program began in 1975 and is one of the oldest second-degree accelerated nursing programs in the United States.  Each year, approximately 120 accelerated nursing students graduate.  many come to Nebraska from the western part of the United States, although interest is increasing among prospective students from the East and South.  Students' backgrounds are diverse in terms of previous degrees and occupations.  Creighton accelerated students consistently demonstrate a high level of success on national licensing exams and are sought after for employment upon graduation.

    • The College of Nursing, through a creative collaboration with 32 private and parochial schools in Omaha, provides annual health assessments for more than 8,000 children. This program enables children to get legally mandated health assessments and for the College of Nursing to have additional well-child and adolescent clinical sites.

    • The Clinical Learning Laboratory is equipped with adult, child and infant human patient simulators' life-size mannequins with pulmonary, cardiovascular and other systems mimicking human physiology that respond automatically to a user's interventions and to the environment. Students are able to practice physical exams, airway manipulations, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and trauma-care procedures on the mannequins.

    • Creighton University College of Nursing's four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) curriculum celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008.

    • A team of Creighton students received national recognition for their development of the "compassionate care tool kit," developed to assist hepatitis C patients and their families.

    • Creighton's master's degree program in nursing continues to rank in the top 100 graduate programs in nursing by US News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools."


    Nursing education began at Creighton University in 1928 when we entered into affiliation with St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing.  Nursing students completed their diploma curriculum at CU, and upon completion could continue on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

    The success of this affiliation led to a similar agreement with St. Catherine's Hospital School of Nursing in 1929, and these affiliations continued for nearly 30 years. In 1955, Creighton University established a department of nursing in the College of Arts and Sciences, and discontinued the affiliations with the two hospital diploma schools. The first degree from the collegiate program was awarded in 1958. In 1971, the department of nursing separated from the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Nursing was established. In 1978, the College of Nursing became a school.  In 2013, the School of Nursing officially changed its name to the College of Nursing to conform to the Creighton University Statutes, which state that academic units admitting students directly from secondary schools "shall be called colleges."

    Creighton began offering a Master of Science in Nursing degree in 1981.  In 2008, the Doctor of Nursing Practice program was initiated.

    In 1986, the College of Nursing expanded to include the Hastings, Nebraska campus which is located approximately 150 miles west of Omaha in a predominately agricultural community (population 33,000).  Hasting's Mary Lanning Healthcare, a non-profit private hospital, invited Creighton University to replace its NLN-accredited diploma nursing program that had been in existence since 1915, and to partner with it and Hastings College, a Presbyterian-affiliated liberal arts college, in providing BSN-level nursing education in central Nebraska. The arrangement continues to be successful, and the partners celebrated the 25th anniversary of the College of Nursing's Hastings campus in spring 2011.

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