International Students

International Student Applicants

International student applicants should complete their application several months in advance of the desired date of enrollment to allow sufficient time for review of application materials.

International applicants also have the responsibility before entering the United States to attend a Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) certified school. NMC does not issue I-20 student visas for online programs.

Other criteria include:

  • Completion of high school (secondary school) education equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma.
  • Cumulative 2.5 grade point average (GPA) required for secondary school education and/or all post-secondary (university) coursework completed.  Please note:  some programs require a higher minimum GPA. 
  • Required pre-requisite courses include: four years of English, two years of mathematics (including algebra), two years of natural science (including biology and chemistry) and two years of social science. Successful completion of college courses of a "C-" or higher may be accepted. 
  • A general report is acceptable for proof of education equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma.  Comprehensive course-by-course official evaluation of educational credentials required for postsecondary courses.  Evaluation of credentials may be obtained from the Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., at www.ece.org, World Education Services (WES) at www.wes.org or International Education Research Foundation at www.ierf.org. 
  • Proof of financial resources to completely cover the cost of attendance at NMC. The I-134, Affidavit of Support form must be submitted to the Admissions Office before an I-20 can be issued. The Affidavit of Support is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis.
  • Meet minimum English Proficiency requirements. (see below)

English Proficiency - Minimum Criteria:

The English Proficiency requirement applies to all individuals with educational records from outside of the United States and/or whose first language is not English, regardless of U.S. citizenship status or time spent in the United States. An official TOEFL® Test (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required.  Information about TOEFL® may be obtained from: TOEFL® Services Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA or at www.ets.org.

TOEFL® Score Requirements - Scores are only valid from two years of the test date:

  • TOEFL iBT - minimum of 80 total score and 26 in speaking
  • TOEFL PBT - minimum of 550 total score and a score of 5.0 on the TWE® (Test of Written English)

Students completing the TOEFL PBT must also complete the Test of Spoken EnglishTM  (TSE®) and receive a score of 50 or higher. 

Higher TOEFL® scores are required for applicants to the Accelerated - ACE Nursing Program. 

TOEFL® Score Requirements - Scores are only valid from two years of the test date:

  • TOEFL iBT - minimum of 100 total score and 26 in speaking
  • TOEFL PBT - minimum of 600 total score and a score of 5.0 on the TWE® (Test of Written English)

Students completing the TOEFL PBT must also complete the Test of Spoken EnglishTM  (TSE®) and receive a score of 50 or higher. 

Note: The TOEFL CBT is no longer offered.

International RNs Seeking BSN Completion - Additional Criteria:

  • An international RN may be eligible for the NMC RN-BSN program, if he/she can prove NCLEX-RN. Nebraska licensure may be awarded based on successful completion of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing School exam (CGFNS) or the NCLEX-RN exam.
  • An international RN who does not seek Nebraska licensure will be evaluated as a nursing transfer student. Students will be asked to provide course syllabi to facilitate an evaluation by the Nursing Department.

Students may be eligible for advanced placement depending upon the outcome of the evaluation.


Additional International Student Responsibilities
(Not Criteria for Admission):

Student must assume responsibility for arrangements, through official channels, for entrance into the United States and provide proof of personal insurance coverage under a health and accident insurance policy.


Permanent Resident or Naturalized U.S. Citizen Applicants

In addition to satisfying the Undergraduate admission criteria the following is required:

  • Proof of permanent residency status or U.S. Citizenship
  • U.S. high school diploma or equivalent
  • Evaluation of educational credentials (see below)
  • Meet minimum English Proficiency requirements (see below)

Evaluation of Educational Credentials

A general report is acceptable for proof of education equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma. Comprehensive course-by-course official evaluation of educational credentials required for postsecondary courses. Evaluation of credentials may be obtained from the Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. at www.ece.org, World Education Services (WES) at www.wes.org or International Education Research Foundation at www.ierf.org.

English Proficiency - Minimum Criteria:

The English Proficiency requirement applies to all individuals with educational records from outside of the United States and/or whose first language is not English, regardless of U.S. citizenship status or time spent in the United States. An official TOEFL® Test (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required. Information about TOEFL® may be obtained from: TOEFL® Services Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA or at www.ets.org.

TOEFL® Score Requirements - Scores are only valid from two years of the test date:

  • TOEFL iBT - minimum of 80 total score and 26 in speaking
  • TOEFL PBT - minimum of 550 total score and a score of 5.0 on the TWE® (Test of Written English)

Students completing the TOEFL PBT must also complete the Test of Spoken EnglishTM  (TSE®) and receive a score of 50 or higher. 

Higher TOEFL® scores are required for applicants to the Accelerated - ACE Nursing Program. 

TOEFL® Score Requirements - Scores are only valid from two years of the test date:

  • TOEFL iBT - minimum of 100 total score and 26 in speaking
  • TOEFL PBT - minimum of 600 total score and a score of 5.0 on the TWE® (Test of Written English)

Students completing the TOEFL PBT must also complete the Test of Spoken EnglishTM  (TSE®) and receive a score of 50 or higher. 

Note: The TOEFL CBT is no longer offered.