Admissions Policies

All students seeking admission must complete the application for admission and other requested documents before an admission decision can be determined. All materials become the property of the College and are not copied or returned. The College retains the right to request further information, if deemed important, to fully consider a student's application. Admission may be invalidated if granted on the basis of erroneous information submitted or if facts required in the application process are intentionally concealed or omitted. The Admissions Office receives and processes applications, transcripts and other supporting documentation for all certificate and degree programs.

Correspondence concerning admission documents and general requests for information may be directed to:

Nebraska Methodist College Admissions Office
720 North 87th Street
Omaha, NE, 68114
(402) 354-7200 or (800) 335-5510
admissions@methodistcollege.edu

Below you will find general information and policies about the admissions department and the admissions process at Nebraska Methodist College. 

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Application/Enrollment Fees

Applicants pay a non-refundable application fee. Applicants who are granted admission pay an enrollment fee that is applied to the tuition for the first semester at the College. This fee will not be refunded to students who withdraw prior to the start of the semester. The enrollment fee is encouraged within thirty (30) days of admission. 

Undergraduate Admission Criteria

Admission to a degree program at NMC is a selective process. All aspects of a student's record are evaluated in making an admission decision, with an emphasis placed on a student's academic success and potential. All components of the application must be submitted before an application will be reviewed. Official transcripts must contain evidence of good standing from the last school attended.  Final selection of applicants to be admitted shall be made by the College, which reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant for any lawful reason.

NMC does not obligate itself to admit all students who meet the minimum admission criteria. Qualified students are admitted in compliance with federal and state non-discrimination laws. In compliance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, NMC endeavors to provide qualified students equal access to the College's educational opportunities, facilities, programs and activities.

Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • High school record (minimum unweighted cumulative GPA of 2.5)
  • ACT/SAT exam scores (ACT Composite of 20 or higher or SAT combined score of 950 or higher)
  • College record (evidence of good standing from most current school)
  • Written statement
  • Success in prior Math and Science courses
  • Program technical standards
  • Shadowing experience as recommended by program

Refer to the program webpage for the most current program requirements and recommendations.

Application Process

To be considered for admission to an undergraduate degree program, an applicant must provide and complete all of the following items:

  • NMC application.
  • $25 non-refundable application fee.
  • Written statement.
  • An official high school transcript.
  • If appropriate, official GED test scores.
  • ACT/SAT exam scores required for all applicants within two years of high school graduation.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • Program/Career Awareness Questionnaire.

Homeschooled Applicants

Completion of application items listed above.

  • Home school educational transcript.
  • ACT/SAT exam scores are required for all applicants within two years of home school completion.
  • Exempt status notice (copy of letter signed by the Commissioner of Education "acknowledging" choice to receive exempt status).
  • Students with home school completion of more than two years and no results of ACT or SAT are required to show success in a minimum of 12 college credit hours. 

When to Apply

Application for admission should be made several months in advance of an applicant's intended enrollment date. Application deadlines vary by program and are listed under the academic programs pages. 

LPN Advanced Placement and RN to BSN Admission Process

Applicants are evaluated based on Undergraduate Admission Criteria and follow the admissions process and the following:

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

  • Proof of unencumbered LPN licensure.
  • Graduation from a state-approved diploma program or a program professionally accredited by NLNAC or CCNE.

Registered Nurse (RN)

  • Proof of unencumbered RN licensure.
  • Graduation from an associate degree or diploma RN state approved program of nursing or a program professionally accredited by NLNAC or CCNE.
  • Resume

Certificate Admission Criteria

Medical Assistant or Phlebotomy Career Certificate

Admission Criteria

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is preferred. Students with higher cumulative GPA's will be more competitive. 
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Demonstration of success in science and math courses (from either high school or college).
  • Demonstration of good physical health.
  • Demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills.

Note:  A medical terminology course is recommended, but not required. 

Application Process

To be considered for admission to a certificate program, an applicant must provide and complete all of the following items:

  • NMC application.
  • $25 non-refundable application fee.
  • Written statement.
  • Official high school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Official college transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • Program/Career Awareness Questionnaire.

Graduate Admission Criteria

Admission to a graduate program at NMC is a selective process. All aspects of a student's record are evaluated in making an admission decision, with an emphasis placed on a student's academic success and potential. All components of the application must be submitted before an application will be reviewed. Official transcripts must contain evidence of good standing from the last school attended. There is no requirement to have a GRE or other standardized exam for admission to the Graduate Programs.

Final selection of applicants to be admitted shall be made by the College, which reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant for any lawful reason. NMC does not obligate itself to admit all students who meet the minimum admission criteria. Qualified students are admitted in compliance with federal and state non-discrimination laws. In compliance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, NMC endeavors to provide qualified students equal access to the College's educational opportunities, facilities, programs and activities.

Health Professions (non-nursing)

Admission Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally-accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above.

Application Process

  • NMC Application.
  • Written statement.
  • Resume.
  • Official transcripts from graduating institutions. (Unofficial transcripts or copies are acceptable through the admissions process; official transcripts are required at the time of enrollment.)
  • Professional consultation with an admissions representative.

Master of Science in Nursing

Admission Criteria

Option 1 - BSN prepared applicants

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a state approved program of nursing or a program professionally accredited by NLNAC or CCNE.
  • Current unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above for admission consideration.
  • GPA below 3.0 will be considered on an individual basis.

Option 2 - RN to MSN

  • Graduation from an associate degree or diploma RN state approved program of nursing or a program professionally accredited by NLNAC or CCNE.
  • Current unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above for admission consideration.
  • A GPA below 3.0 will be considered on an individual basis.

Application Process

  • NMC Application.
  • Written statement.
  • Resume.
  • Official high school transcripts.
  • Official college transcripts from graduating institutions.
  • Current unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse.
  • Professional consultation with an admissions representative.

Post-Master's Certificate - Nurse Educator/ Nurse Executive / Healthcare Operations Management

Admission Criteria

  • Master of Science degree from a state approved program of nursing or a program professionally accredited by NLNAC or CCNE.
  • Applicants who have a master's degree (MA or MS) in other health care fields will be considered on an individual basis for the Nurse Educator and Nurse Executive programs.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Application Process

  • NMC Application.
  • Written statement.
  • Resume.
  • Official college transcripts from master's degree.
  • Copy of unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse (if applicable).
  • Professional consultation with an admissions representative. 

Background Investigation and Drug Screening

Clinical facilities require that Nebraska Methodist College perform drug screenings and background investigations on all students before they are allowed to participate in clinical experiences. Therefore, students will be required to have a background investigation performed and submit to drug screening before being allowed into clinical practice. Further information about the requirements is online and provided at new student orientation. Students enrolled in exclusively online undergraduate and graduate programs may be required to have a background investigation performed and submit to drug screening based on the policies of clinical practice sites used in their communities.

Persons who have criminal records, substance abuse problems or health problems that could interfere with safe clinical practice in their chosen discipline may be ineligible for student clinical practice, licensure and/or professional certification, or employment. However, students with a history of these difficulties are not necessarily precluded from a career in health care, and will therefore be considered for continued enrollment on a case-by-case basis. The College always keeps the interest of the student as a top priority, and reserves the right to dismiss any student that the College feels will not be able to secure a career in their chosen profession as a result of a history of past legal or behavioral difficulties.

Immunizations

All students must show proof of required immunizations and complete a pre-entrance health assessment. Please refer to student health requirements on the Campus Health webpage

Matriculation Date

The matriculation date is the desired initial enrollment date. Students indicate on the application their intended start date. If a student wishes to defer the matriculation date, a written request for a change of admission must be submitted to the Admissions Office. Due to the competitiveness of some programs, a change of admission may be denied and a student may be required to re-apply.

Confidentiality of Application Records

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, any individual who is or has been in attendance at NMC is considered a "student." In harmony with FERPA regulations, an individual applying to NMC is not considered a "student" unless and until they are admitted and in attendance. Once an individual is admitted and begins attending NMC, thereby becoming a "student", NMC will treat any application records as confidential to the extent permitted by FERPA. NMC considers an admitted student to be attendance when they attend their first day of classes.

Non-Degree Seeking Admission and Enrollment

Students may enroll at Nebraska Methodist College for purposes of personal enrichment, professional growth or transfer to another institution. Students are required to complete the Non-Degree Application and submit appropriate application and enrollment fees. Non-degree seeking students may enroll in a course on a spaceavailable basis. Permission of the administrator directly responsible for the course is required. The registration process and payment of fees are completed prior to enrollment in a course as a non-degree seeking student. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid. A student wishing to transfer to degree-seeking status must submit a formal application to the College. An application to a degree program may be submitted at any time, but must meet application deadlines. Up to nine (9) semester credits earned as a non-degree seeking student may be applied toward a degree. The Admissions Office can provide details regarding moving to degree-seeking status.

Re-Admission of Former Students

A student who withdraws from the College and returns within one year must have a Student Status Change form requesting a leave of absence on file with the Office of the Registrar. If this form was not submitted, or if the student has not been in attendance longer than one year, the student must reapply to the College. A student will be subject to the policies and curriculum in effect at the time of readmission.

Re-Admission of Service Members Policy

A student who is called to active duty in the United States Armed Forces (including the National Guard or Reserve) for a period of more than 30 days is entitled to reenroll at Nebraska Methodist College, providing the following conditions are met: 

  1. The student gives advance written notice of the call to active duty or, upon seeking readmission, submits written verification that such service was performed, necessitating their absence.Both the advance notice of the call to active duty and verification of service performed should be submitted to the NMC Director of Registration and Records;
  2. The cumulative length of the student's absence from NMC because of active duty service does not exceed five years;
  3. The student submits a notification of intent to reenroll within three years after the completion of service or within two years after recovery from an illness or injury incurred during the service; and
  4. The separation from service was not a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge.

Institutional determination of a student's preparedness to be readmitted with the same academic status will be made on a case-by-case basis. Should Nebraska Methodist College determine that the student is not prepared to be readmitted with the same academic status, the College will make reasonable efforts, at no cost to the student, to help the student become prepared (e.g., refresher courses). 

During the first academic year, the student will be assessed the same tuition and fee charges that were in effect during the academic year he/she left Nebraska Methodist College. Veteran or other service member education benefits may be considered as well. 

Retention of Records

In compliance with federal regulations the following retention of records is required. 

  • One year for received application materials. 
  • Three years for students who apply for admission and do not matriculate.

Request to Waive Admission Application Fee

The College will waive the $25 admission application fee for individuals who are supported by or participating in an agency or program that seeks to guide first-generation, prospective students to post-secondary education. An applicant must provide written requests from the agency/program to validate their eligibility and participation for support and services.