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Registered Nurse (RN) Refresher
Certificate Online Program

The RN Refresher certificate online program at Nebraska Methodist College is tailored for registered nurses (RNs) seeking to revitalize, reactivate, or renew their nursing journeys.  The RN Refresher curriculum effortlessly blends online coursework with a concentrated three-day clinical component and meets the requirements for a refresher course as outlined by the Nebraska Board of Nursing (Title 172 NAC 101-004.06).

Moreover, the online RN Refresher program is bifurcated into two segments: a digital, self-paced course and an encompassing clinical facet. This distinctive mode of delivery affords you the adaptability to extend your certificate acquisition period, aligning seamlessly with your aspirations and availability. For nurses eager to seamlessly reintegrate into the healthcare landscape, the RN Refresher course from Nebraska Methodist College stands unmatched.

Advantages of Online Learning

Online RN Refresher courses provide flexibility, allowing you to balance personal and professional commitments while enhancing your nursing skills. The digital platform offers interactive modules, discussions, and assessments, ensuring a comprehensive learning experience.

Clinical Exposure: Bridging Theory and Practice

While online learning forms the foundation, the RN refresher's clinical segment ensures you're well-equipped for real-world scenarios. From patient interaction to handling medical equipment, the hands-on experience refines and rekindles your nursing prowess.

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Course Details


  • 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 Shadow Health 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, NE. Students are supervised throughout the clinical experience by expert nursing 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


Prospective students may apply anytime and are accepted from deadlines throughout the year. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and students will be notified of their application status by email.


The total cost of the RN Refresher course is $1,800 and includes testing and clinical rotations. Students are required to purchase their own textbook.

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.  Students are required to purchase their own textbook. Textbook - Kearney-Nunnery, R. (2020). Advancing your career: Concepts of professional nursing (7th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. (2020)

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
Division of Professional Development
RN Refresher
720 N 87 St
Omaha, NE 68114

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Additional information

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 1-5, 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 Methodist Hospital Orientation 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 6 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 remediate one-on-one with a faculty member at the cost of the student ($30/hr).

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.

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.

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. 

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 and within 6 months.  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.



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Chicken Pox/Varicella

Annual Influenza

Tuberculosis Screening (TB/PPD)


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

A three dose series
A positive blood test showing immunity for Hepatitis B (Hepatitis B surface antibody)
Waiver can be signed but shots are recommended

One dose of Tdap given after 2005

History of disease
2 doses of varicella vaccine
A positive blood test showing immunity for varicella

Annual seasonal influenza vaccine

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