Nebraska is one of those states that don’t have many options for future medical students. At least not many if you compare it with New York or California, which have over 10 medical schools each. Actually, Nebraska only has two medical schools, but fortunately, they are great in their fields. They stand out for their primary care programs, and the different degrees they offer. So, let’s dig into the details of the medical schools in Nebraska to learn much more.

Top Medical Schools in Nebraska

1. University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

Originally founded in 1880 as a private medical school, the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) joined the university’s system in 1902 as a College of Medicine. UNMC is a leader in the primary care area, and they have consistently ranked among the top universities in this world during the last few years.

In 2019, according to the U.S. News & World Report, this medical school in Nebraska was considered the 8th best in terms of primary care and the 65th best in terms of research. Other departments have also stood out, like the physician assistant program, which ranked as the 15th best.

In 2017, they renewed their M.D. curriculum to adapt education to the constant changes in medicine. During the first two years, besides basic sciences, students also learn about emerging sciences, like public and global health. Along with this, education is divided into organ-systems blocks, and students are exposed to early clinical experiences. This is done in the Clinical Simulation Laboratory, which is equipped with simulators.

They also have a dual M.D./Ph.D. program, which lasts for seven to eight years, and an M.D./M.P.H. program (Master’s in Public Health), which lasts for five years. In affiliation with the University of Nebraska at Omaha, they offer an M.D./M.B.A. program (Master’s in Business Administration).

In 2018, they had 1,865 applicants, and only 126 were accepted. However, as this is a public medical school, your chances of being accepted are very high if you are a Nebraska resident. In the same year, only 297 out of the 1,865 applications were from resident students. But from those 1568 out-of-state applicants, only 17 were accepted! The rest were resident students.

2. Creighton University School of Medicine (CUSOM)

The Creighton University School of Medicine (CUSOM) is a Jesuit private medical school founded in 1892. It grants M.D. degrees and offers multiple Master’s and Ph.D. programs.

The M.D. curriculum divides into foundational coursework and clinical rotations. During the first year, students will learn basic sciences. During the second year, the program has an organ-systems distribution, and students are exposed to early clinical experiences.

CUSOM recently opened a new campus located in Phoenix, Arizona. This allowed them to expand the class size. Students in the third and fourth years can do their clinical rotations on this campus. There are also many volunteer opportunities for all students.

The dual degree programs that this medical school in Nebraska offers include M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.S.C.T.S. (Clinical and Translational Science), M.D./M.B.A. (Business Administration), and M.D./M.S.H.C.E. (Health Care Ethics). They also offer Master’s and Ph.D. programs in pharmacology, biomedical sciences, medical microbiology and immunology, physician assistant studies, among others.

Acceptance rates are quite competitive. In 2018, there were 6,245 applicants who were competing for 165 spots. As this is a private school, they don’t have any residency preference. In fact, the majority of the 165 enrolled students in 2018 were out-of-state applicants.


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Hyun is the founder at Global Scholarships. He has received a full-tuition scholarship at Birmingham-Southern College as well as $1,000 Burger King Scholarship for his undergraduate degree and has been offered a fully funded scholarship consisting of tuition, living stipend, and health insurance for computer science Ph.D. program at North Carolina State University. Read more about his scholarship journey here.

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