Bridge to Healthcare

bridge to healthcare

The Nebraska Methodist College Bridge to Healthcare is a pilot program that will provide educational experiences for low-income, first-generation, and other underrepresented students.  The purpose of this program is to provide a one-year academic supportive learning community to prepare students for one of the degree programs at Nebraska Methodist College.

This program is designed for students who show academic promise but whose GPA or ACT are too low for NMC admittance.  The one-year Bridge to Healthcare program is designed to get students academically ready for their degree program.  Students who successfully complete all the Bridge Program components and pass all courses with a grade of  "C" or higher will be eligible for admission to NMC in the following fall.  Additional support will be provided for these Bridge students throughout their tenure at NMC.


The 2013-2014 academic year is the first year of the pilot program, Bridge to Healthcare, at Nebraska Methodist College.  In the fall of 2013, six students will begin a one-year academic program to prepare them for one of the academic degree programs at NMC.  The degree programs currently offered as part of the Bridge to Healthcare program are: Nursing, Surgical Technology, Respiratory Care, and Medical Assistant.

Program Details

The Bridge to Healthcare Program is currently a pilot program for Upward Bound alums.  Students must first apply for Admission to Nebraska Methodist College.   Students, who are not admitted due to low ACT or GPA, can apply for the Bridge to Healthcare program.  Students must complete the Bridge to Healthcare application, write an essay, provide two letters of recommendation, and participate in an interview with the Selection Committee. 

Students who are selected for the Bridge to Healthcare Program must participate in all program components, which include:

  • Chemistry and Life Span Psychology courses in the Fall
  • Anatomy and Physiology and Critical Reasoning and Rhetoric courses in the Spring
  • One noncredit College Success Strategies course
  • Monthly mentoring and academic advising
  • Daily, mandatory supplemental instruction and additional tutoring
  • Social activities and community service

Students who successfully complete all program components and pass all their courses with a "C" or higher will be admitted to their degree program the following fall semester.

Program Calendar of Events

  • Boot Camp: July 22 – August 1; Monday – Thursday from 9am-4pm
  • Bridge to Healthcare Orientation: Tuesday, August 6 and Thursday, August 8 9am-12pm
  • NMC Orientation: Thursday, August 15 and Friday, August 16 from 9am-4pm
  • Fall Semester: August 19 – Dec 13, Monday-Thursday from 9am-4pm
  • Spring Semester: January 13 – May 9, Monday-Thursday from 9am-4pm 

calendarTo view the calendar of events for all CfHP Programs, click here.

Contact Staff


Allison Kinney-Walker
Assistant Director, Center for Health Partnerships
Nebraska Methodist College - The Josie Harper Campus
720 North 87th Street, Omaha, NE 68114
Phone: (402) 354-7121