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School of Graduate and Professional Studies

Photo of Students in the RN to BSN Nursing Program at DoaneRN to BSN - Program Overview

The RN to BSN program, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), allows licensed registered nurses to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Doane recognizes your academic, clinical and professional experiences in the health care profession constitute a foundation upon which to build a degree program in the liberal arts tradition. Completion of degree requirements involves courses in nursing and the liberal arts that will continue the development of skills for critical thinking, problem solving, conflict resolution and team building and will develop a knowledge base for leadership in your profession.


Admission Requirements

  • A copy of an unencumbered current Nebraska Registered Nursing license, a compact state registered nursing license, or a temporary permit issued by the Nebraska Health and Human Services Regulations Licensure Division
  • A completed Application for Admission form
  • An official transcript from the school of nursing and each college or university attended.

Doane College will evaluate all courses submitted by the transfer applicant and reserves the right to accept or deny any of the credits offered for transfer. Credit hours earned with grades of "C-" or better at an accredited institution of higher education prior to admission to Doane College may be transferred.

Mission of the RN to BSN Program

As a compliment to the mission of Doane College, the RN to BSN program seeks to inform and inspire nurses in the art, culture, and science of health care in order to save and improve lives, to teach others how to achieve better health, and to advocate for people when they are in their weakest state. Our purpose is to help nurses develop into compassionate, self-motivated health care professionals who have the knowledge and skills to act as leaders in the health care industry.


Real Balance: Global Wellness Services

Doane College has partnered with Real Balance Global Wellness Services Inc. to provide the best Wellness & Health Coach Certification training to its nursing students. Becoming a professional health and wellness coach will add value to the nursing profession, and have a positive impact on patients and their families by improving communication and patient outcomes. Coaches act as change agents, which is vital in our health care system today. Upon graduation from Doane, nursing students will be eligible to sit for the health and wellness certification exam offered through Real Balance.
An instructor within the College has been trained in Wellness Mapping 360 Methodology of wellness coaching (developed by Real Balance) and has become a Licensed Trainer with Real Balance. The Doane faculty are working with Real Balance to give Doane students the best and most current Health Coach education and the opportunity to become Certified Wellness & Health Coaches. This collaborative and visionary adventure will begin in 2015.
Real Balance is a distinguished leader in the field of Wellness & Health Coach Certification Training and offers a comprehensive methodology that provides a systematic framework for wellness and healthcare professionals, organizations and independent coaching practices. Our Wellness & Health Coach Certification’s proven structure effectively supports an individual’s movement toward successfully achieving positive lasting lifestyle behavioral change. Real Balance offers coaching training courses along the Professional Coach Path supported by the International Coaching Federation and Nurse Coach Credential. Training courses include entry-level core competencies, advanced coaching competencies, mentor coaching, group coaching, and distance learning. At the forefront of the wellness movement since inception and First in Health & Wellness Coach Training, Real Balance is committed to advancing the implementation of coaching services into healthcare and organizations worldwide.


Learning Environment

Our Lincoln, Grand Island and Omaha campuses are specifically designed to serve our adult nontraditional - undergraduate, graduate and non-degree-seeking students. 

We are proud to meet the needs and objectives of students who have to juggle a college education with responsibilities as career professionals and parents.


As a student here, you'll discover:

  • A rich selection of degree and course options, including some of the most relevant graduate programs in Nebraska.
  • Faculty who combine impressive academic qualifications with extensive professional experience.
  • Small, conveniently scheduled classes and a curriculum flexible enough to meet your individual needs.

A friendly community where you can make lifelong connections with classmates from a wide variety of professional and personal backgrounds.