Interested in nursing? You’ve got options at Hastings College!

We offer a 3+1 nursing program in partnership with the Creighton University College of Nursing at CHI Health St. Francis in Grand Island and house a second site for Bryan College of Health Sciences (BCHS) four-year bachelor of science in nursing program, with instruction at Hastings College and Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings.

You can also complete accelerated nursing program at other institutions across the country (via a transfer program) or complete your undergrad at Hastings and then enroll in a nursing program. Ask your admissions counselor for details. 

3+1 Program

Spend three years on the Hastings College campus as a Hastings College student followed by one year in Creighton’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program on the CHI Health St. Francis campus in Grand Island, Nebraska. When you graduate you’ll receive two degrees: a bachelors in Biology–Health Systems 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 an August 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.

Students in the 3+1 program or traditional four-year plan are Hastings College students.

BCHS Program

One great program, two great places!

Bryan College of Health Sciences offers a four year nursing program in Hastings — with BCHS students living at Hastings College. Most general education courses will be taken through Hastings College with the majority of clinical opportunities at Mary Lanning Healthcare and Grand Island Regional.

You’ll be a Bryan College of Health Sciences student through this program — but live on the Hastings College campus and be able to participate in campus activities.

To participate in this program, you must apply to and be admitted by BCHS; just select the Hastings location on the application. The BCHS application deadline is January 21, 2022.

This second location for the Bryan College of Health Sciences BSN program is a partnership between Hastings College, BCHS and Mary Lanning Healthcare.

Go further with a Hastings education

Thanks to our small class sizes, and a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, 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.

Note: The information below is for Hastings College students enrolled in the 3+1 or traditional nursing program. 

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. 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
  • CHI Health St. Francis 
  • Children’s Hospital & Medical Center – Omaha
  • Denver Health
  • The Spectrum Center for Autism

Success in Nursing