4-year, Regionally accredited
Affiliation: United Methodist
Degrees: Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral
Located in Omaha, Nebraska, an affiliate of the Methodist Health System (multiple locations), this institution really impressed us with their range of degree and certificate programs in healthcare professions, the net cost to attend, and their progressive online programs. Also impressive are Nebraska Methodist College’s miniscule default rate (on student loans), the third lowest of all the college and universities we reviewed for a possible 2017 Best Value School Award.
Rather than listing their degree and certificate programs here, we chose to emphasize Nebraska Methodist College’s special accreditations, including their regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. Programmatic accreditations include: nursing (BSN, MSN and DNP); physical therapy assistant; medical assistant; respiratory care; surgical technology; diagnostic medical sonography; and radiologic technology. Although their sticker price for beginning full-time students is around $28,000, 100% of their students receive some type of financial aid, including 81% who receive institutional scholarships and grants, which reduce the average net cost to attend to $18,500. This is very reasonable, especially when considering readily available employment for graduates in their chosen field of health care.
The college is small, with about 1,100 students, 217 of which are graduate students who take their courses online, 32% of them doing so on a part time basis. And 40% of their undergraduates are enrolled part-time. With many (40%) students age 25 and older, this indicates that many in the college’s programs are serious adults who have chosen healthcare as their lifelong profession; we like that. If you are like most of Nebraska Methodist College’s students – serious about health care as a profession – and may only be able to attend part time, we urge you to look closely at this fine college.