College of Nursing Fact Sheets

Fast Facts


Catherine Todero, PhD, BSN'72

738 undergraduates
425 master's and doctoral students

65 full- and part-time faculty members


About the College of Nursing

Our faculty are accomplished

  • Creighton is represented professionally at the state and national levels on nursing and health care committees and organizations
  • Creighton’s nursing faculty created an instrument that gauges the effectiveness of clinical learning in simulation environments: C-CEI, a national tool for evaluating simulation learning

Our students are bright

  • Creighton BSN graduates meet or exceed the national average for first-time pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN )
  • Annual pass rates on the certification examination for nurse practitioner-track graduates generally range from 90 to 100 percent for first-time test-taker

Community involvement – at home and abroad – is at the heart of Creighton nursing

  • Students gain hands-on learning at free health clinics in Omaha and through international health care at the Institute for Latin American Concern in the Dominican Republic (ILAC)
  • The College of Nursing collaborates annually with public and parochial schools to provide state-mandated health screenings
  • Traditional undergraduate students experience semesters abroad in countries as varied as Ireland, Germany, Spain, Tanzania and the Dominican Republic
  • Nursing students complete preceptorships in some of the nation’s largest hospitals as well as in small, rural hospitals or specialty hospitals
  • Faculty, staff and students have been instrumental in the development and growth of the Porto Urgent Care Clinic, addressing the needs of the underserved in Omaha

The curriculum is outstanding

  • The traditional BSN program is located on our Omaha campus and includes a 4-year direct-entry pathway for students to start their college careers in nursing as freshmen
  • The Accelerated BSN program is a 12-month program designed for college graduates who want to pursue nursing as a 2nd degree. The program is offered on our campuses in Omaha, Phoenix and Hastings, Nebraska
  • The MSN and DNP programs prepare graduates to be nurse practitioners, clinical nurse leaders, clinical systems administrators and nurse educators
  • Collaboration with Creighton’s Graduate School incorporates negotiation and conflict tesolution classes and faculty into nursing curricula

Did you know?

  • Creighton’s accelerated BSN was one of the 1st in the nation
  • Creighton was the first nursing school in Nebraska to offer the DNP degree and preparation for one of the newest nursing roles, the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)
  • The Leadership Scholars Program provides students leadership skills that reflect Ignatian values and practice

And our more than 8,800 alumni live out Creighton's mission

Just a few College of Nursing alumni who have made a difference include:

  • Elizabeth Keitges See, PhD, BSN'52 (1929-1992): National leader in nursing research; former director of research for the American Nurses Association
  • Barba Jean Edwards, BSN'53, 1st African American to serve as national president of the Association of Operating Room Nurses
  • Barbara Braden, PhD, BSN'73, Developed the Braden Scale for pressure-sore risk assessment, used worldwide
  • Karen Monsen, PhD, BSN'78, A global leader in public health nursing