RN Refresher Online Program

Renew your nurse license and reclaim your career!

The RN Refresher certificate program at Nebraska Methodist College is designed for registered nurses (RNs) who would like to reinstate, reactivate or renew their nursing careers.  The RN Refresher curriculum combines online course work with a three-day, intensive clinical element, and meets the requirements for a refresher course as outlined by the Nebraska Board of Nursing (Title 172 NAC 101-004.06).

What's more, the RN Refresher program is divided into two parts:  an online, self-paced course and a comprehensive clinical component.  This unique course delivery gives you the flexibility to extend your period of certificate completion to a time frame that fits your goals and needs.  There is no better way for nurses to quickly and conveniently get back to the patient bedside than the RN Refresher course from Nebraska Methodist College.

Course Curriculum:

  • All courses are based on Nebraska state requirements and designed to bring up-to-date a learner's knowledge in all aspects of nursing.
  • Course work is divided into modules to facilitate self-paced learning-you learn in a time frame  that works for you
  • Online resources include ATI Real Life that provides nurses with 'pre-hospital' practice scenarios
  • The clinical component of the RN Refresher certificate program is comprised of practice and assessment sessions in simulation labs at the College along with actual hospital clinical scheduling for a total of over 30 hours
  • All hospital clinical are conducted at Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha, NEStudents are supervised throughout the clinical experience by expert nurse faculty from Nebraska Methodist College
  • Students are organized into small clinical groups to give you individualized attention and support from faculty

How to Enroll:

  • Complete the online application
  • Once application is approved, you will be sent a confirmation letter which will also include payment information (payment in full is required prior to start of course)
  • Upon payment, course materials and instructions are sent to you by e-mail
  • The RN Refresher program is on a rolling enrollment schedule, and begins on the date of application and payment is processed
  • Once the application and payment is processed, inactive nurses are eligible to receive a temporary active license from the state of Nebraska

Cost of the Program:

  • The total cost of the RN Refresher course is $1,700 and include all books, testing and clinical rotations

Licensure Requirements

In order to participate in the Nebraska Methodist College RN Refresher Course, participants must have been actively licensed as a Registered Nurse in the United States.  Individuals who have yet to pass the NCLEX examination are not eligible for this refresher course.  A participant with a license inactive for ten years or greater must undergo additional assessments prior to admission to the program. Please contact directly at 402-354-7100. 

It is required for students without an active Nebraska nursing license to obtain a temporary nursing license to participate in clinical with Nebraska Methodist College.  Students must show proof of the *temporary license prior to signing up for clinical dates.  

 *Temporary licensure is obtained from the NE Department of Health and Human Services Regulation and Licensure division, 402-471-2666. Students must submit the Application for Reinstatement of Nursing License from Inactive or Lapsed Status.  To complete the application, you will need a letter of acceptance from Nebraska Methodist College.  This letter will be e-mailed to you once your application has been processed and approved and tuition has been paid.  The student is responsible for payment of all the necessary fees for the application.  Application fees are not included in the price of this course.

Students with an active, unexpired license, in the state of Nebraska or a compact state, must show proof of license prior to signing up for clinical dates.

Students seeking a reinstatement of a nursing license due to disciplinary action are eligible to reapply for licensure two years from the date of revocation.  It is strongly encouraged students contact the Department of Health and Human Services directly to discuss all required steps for reinstatement. 

Once an application is submitted, the Department of Health and Human Service has up to 150 days to act on any submission. This is important as you must start and complete your RN Refresher course in the same calendar year.  If you are unable to obtain successful completion of the RN Refresher course, including the clinical components,  in the same calendar year, you will be assessed a $350 non-refundable change fee to transfer your registration to the next calendar year.

Immunization Requirements

Proof of immunizations must be submitted prior to signing up for clinical dates.  There will be no exceptions to this policy.  Proof of immunizations and health form can be faxed directly to our office 402-354-7055. The health form will be sent in the welcome packet to accepted students.

REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS FOR RN REFRESHER STUDENTS

Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)

Two doses of MMR vaccine given after the 1st birthday and at least one month apart are required of all students born after 1957.
OR
Positive blood tests showing immunity for measles, mumps and rubella.
Hepatitis B

A three dose series
OR
A positive blood test showing immunity for Hepatitis B (Hepatitis B surface antibody)
OR
Waiver can be signed but shots are recommended
Tdap One dose of Tdap given after 2005
Chicken Pox/Varicella

History of disease
OR
2 doses of varicella vaccine
OR
A positive blood test showing immunity for varicella
Annual Influenza Annual seasonal influenza vaccine
Tuberculosis Screening (TB/PPD)

Negative TB/PPD test within the past year and annually thereafter
Students with a history of a positive TB skin test must have documentation of a negative chest x-ray done in the U.S. OR Quantiferon Gold testing AND complete symptom checklist annually

 

Technology Requirements

To be successful with your online courses, the following computer skills and basic computer technology are needed:

  • Knowledge of basic computing terms
  • Knowledge of web browsers and how to use them
  • Familiarity with navigating the Internet and researching topics
  • Proficient with sending and receiving email including attaching, sending, and opening files
  • Skill with word processing programs, including the use of spellcheck, general formatting, copy and paste, and other common word processing tasks
  • Basic computer technology to access your online classes, coursework, and the course management system for NMC programs

Please review the minimum technology requirements.

Successful Completion Requirements

1) Online Didactic Course Component:

Successful completion is required of each module prior to advancing to the next module. Each student will have two attempts to receive an 80% on each module post test. Should the student not receive a passing score in two attempts, one-on-one remediation will be required at the cost of the student ($30/hr). Once the re-mediating instructor is satisfied the student has successfully completed the module, the student will be allowed to move on to the next module.

If a student is unable to complete modules 1-4, he/she will not be allowed to continue on to the clinical component of the course. No exceptions will be made.

In addition, students are required to complete American Heart Association Basic Life Support Online Course and Passport on-boarding component.  Students must successfully complete both prior to advancing to clinical.
 

2) Clinical Course Component:

Day 1: BLS Skills Test and Nursing Arts Skills Lab
Successful completion of the BLS Skills Test must be confirmed by our AHA Program Coordinator who will issue a BLS/CPR card to the student.  Students will be required to successfully demonstrate the nursing skills listed in Module 5 prior to hospital clinical. In addition, students must successfully complete the math exam with a score of 80% or greater prior to advancing to hospital clinical. Should the student not receive a passing score on the math exam or skills demonstration, one-on-one remediation will be required at the cost of the student ($30/hr).  He or she will have to reschedule to another clinical date, resulting in a change fee of $350.

Day 2 and 3: Successful completion of the hospital clinical component will be confirmed by nursing faculty using a clinical evaluation tool.  Should the student receive an unsatisfactory evaluation, the student may be required to re-mediate one-on-one with a faculty member at the cost of the student ($30/hr).

Tuition

Tuition is due in full prior to being enrolled in the online, didactic portion. Until full payment is received, students will not be given access to begin course materials. Total cost of course and materials is $1,700.

Tuition can be paid with cash, check or credit card. The business office (402-354-7105) can accept credit card payments in person or over the phone.  Cash payments must be made in person to the business office.  Check payments may be made in person or sent via mail to:

Nebraska Methodist College
The Center for Professional and Continuing Education
RN Refresher
720 N 87 St
Omaha, NE 68114

Refund/Cancellation Policy

Non-participation does not relieve the student from obligation to pay for the course.  No refund will be issued to those who do not successfully complete the requirements or do not attempt to complete the requirements.

No refunds will be issued once students have been given access to the course.  Should a student choose to drop prior to being given access, a request must be submitted in writing.  Students will be refunded 70% of the full tuition amount. 

If a student requires remediation, all fees must be paid prior to students receiving a course completion certificate.