The Hastings College 3+1 nursing program is conducted in partnership with the Creighton University College of Nursing at CHI Health St. Francis in Grand Island . Spend three years on the Hastings College campus followed by one year in Creighton’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program on the CHI Health St. Francis campus. When you graduate — at a pinning ceremony — you’ll receive two degrees: a bachelors from Hastings and a BSN from Creighton.


After three years at Hastings College, you’ll move into the Creighton nursing program upon admission, which has a January start. It’s a great example of community-based education in a program that’s in demand. 

For those interested in completing an accelerated nursing program at other institutions across the country, the Hastings College program can transfer. We also offer a traditional four-year plan to graduation before nursing school. Just check with your admissions counselor.

Graduate faster

Through the program, you’ll graduate in as few as four years with two degrees: a bachelor’s degree from Hastings College in Biology-Health Systems, and a BSN from Creighton. During the program, you’ll also become familiar with nursing practice through Creighton’s ongoing affiliations with the CHI Health St. Francis campus and local partners in nearby communities.

Your Hastings College advisor and supportive faculty will provide the individual guidance you need to prepare you for the nursing program — and for your life’s path. You’ll be ready for whatever the future brings.

And because our graduates are in demand, some employers offer loan repayment opportunities to new hires.

Create your future

See for yourself how we tailor your education to your talents and your goals. Schedule a visit and we’ll demonstrate how Hastings will inspire you to reach your potential, or if you’re a high school senior, apply today.

Go further with a Hastings education

Thanks to our small class sizes (most have fewer than 20 students!), and a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1, you’ll work closely with faculty and your advisor to chart a course and prepare for the Accelerated BSN Program.

The Hastings College block-style semester structure means you’ll take just one or two classes at a time — which lets you focus more intently on each class. It also lets faculty devote more time to every student because they’re only teaching one or two classes in a block!

Graduate with experience

At Hastings, students have the opportunity expand their understanding of the world by studying abroad. Many take advantage of  additional experiences and insight that help advance career options. What does all this mean? You’ll graduate from Hastings College ready to succeed.

Along your path, you’ll appreciate the stepping stones of teaching, counseling, inspiring, supporting and guiding from our engaged faculty. It’s an experience that’s true to Hastings College, and you won’t find it anywhere else.

All the extras aren't extra

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No-cost study abroad — During your third year on campus, you’ll spend a transformational two-week block studying abroad. And thanks to donors, you’ll experience this at no additional cost. France, Ireland, Peru, Spain, Honduras, the United Kingdom…where will you go?

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Books included — Afraid of a $400 textbook? No more! We’ve eliminated the high cost of text books by working with our bookstore to provide all required textbooks. This will save you $1,000 or more each year.

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iPad  + Apple Pencil — We’ll set you up with an iPad and Apple Pencil — and help you learn how to best incorporate these tools into your studies. From digital notes (that you’ll never lose!) to pictures of lab setups, professors and students find creative, new ways to use this perfect combination of technology and teaching every semester!

Get involved beyond the classroom

  • Beta Beta Beta (Biology honor society)
  • Alpha Chi (Academic honor society)

In addition to these biology/nursing-related groups, the 3+1  program is a great way to get into nursing while exploring and enjoying your other interests, such as band, theatre, chorus, athletics, art, student organizations and more. All are available to you during your time as a student at Hastings College. You can even add supporting majors or minors at Hastings to broaden your education and match your interests.

It’s a full college experience not always possible in traditional nursing programs.

Find scholarships at Hastings College

Your high school achievements can both fuel and fund your success during your time as a Hastings College student. We offer a range of generous and renewable academic scholarships based on your GPA and test scores. Plus talent scholarships for everything from speech (forensics) to the arts to athletics . The result? Every student receives at least $12,000 in scholarships (but most receive more!) while enrolled at Hastings College.

First employers for recent graduates

  • Mary Lanning Healthcare
  • Bryan Medical Center
  • Children’s Hospital & Medical Center – Omaha
  • Denver Health
  • The Spectrum Center for Autism

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