You’re officially a nursing student. Now what?

Now that you’ve been accepted into the Traditional BSN program, it’s time to take these important next steps.

Connect with Your Faculty Preceptor (Academic Advisor)
Your advisor is here to make your transition to the College of Nursing smooth and successful. Your freshmen advisor (faculty preceptor) will contact you via phone if you are not attending a Summer Preview session to discuss your fall course schedule and registration. You will meet with you faculty preceptor if you are attending Summer Preview Session. Please set up your Creighton email for important registration information. In addition, please begin checking this email account on a regular basis as this is the official means of communication at Creighton University.

Verify Earned Credit

Earned Credit covers any courses for which you will automatically receive AP or IB credit or dual credit. Do not sign up for any of those courses unless you plan to refuse credit on that course. Complete the PDF iconUndergraduate_Request_to_Decline_Credit to refuse credit. Please reach out to your advisor should you have any questions.

Pre-registered Courses

Keep in mind that you will have at least two or three assigned courses in the customized message sent to your Creighton University email. Make sure you record these pre-registered classes on your PDF iconSchedule_Planning_Worksheet.

Plan Your Schedule

Discuss customized schedules (such as study abroad) or if you’ve received college credit (AP, dual credit) with your faculty preceptor as these circumstances may change your course selections.

When you’ve done your research and feel ready to set your schedule, start looking in the NEST for open sections. Like anything else in life, it takes a bit of trial and error to perfect your schedule. If you’re planning on doing work-study, allow some blocks of time in your schedule for work. Outside employment is not encouraged due to the intensive nature of our nursing programs.

Please use the schedule planning worksheet to develop multiple course schedule options. PDF iconSchedule_Planning_Worksheet

10 Tips for Registration Day

  1. Have your advisor-approved schedule ready with alternate courses in mind in case any of your desired courses are unavailable.
  2. Know your NetID login information (ID and password) so you can sign into NEST.
  3. Know your registration time and have your PIN handy. Once you’re logged into NEST, your registration PIN allows you to access the Add/Drop area, so you can register for classes.
  4. Having trouble getting into NEST? Call the DoIT Student Help Desk at 402.280.1111 and select option 2.
  5. Experiencing difficulties with registration? Contact the Registrar’s Office at 402.280.4019.
  6. If you have trouble finding open courses that fit your schedule, consider moving the following courses to the first semester: SOC 101/SOC 102/ANT 111 (only one is required), ENG 15x, THL 11x, PHL 11x.
  7. Do not drop CHM 111, BMS 111, or RSP 102. These courses are required for all nursing students on the 4-year plan of study.
  8. PSY 201 and SOC 101/SOC 102/ANT 111 are pre-requisites to NUR 228 and must be completed during your freshman year, preferably first semester.
  9. Try your best to get a complete schedule today. If you don’t get the exact courses you want on Registration Day — that’s okay. 
  10. Making changes to your schedule is easy! Just log in to NEST from time to time and check the status of your desired courses. If another student drops the class or more seats become available, you can always add it to your schedule.


Magis Common Core Curriculum

The Magis Common Core Curriculum for undergraduate Creighton students was initiated in 2014 with the start of that academic year.  This link to the Magis Core Curriculum provides detailed information about the Core and lists a variety of courses available to meet the different components of the Core.  Explanations of the various levels and components are also found at that link. The following are some excerpts from the Core plan that demonstrate the importance of this new curriculum in preparing you to be a reflective professional who is educated in mind and spirit.

The Magis Core Curriculum serves as the cornerstone of Creighton University education, laying a shared foundation for all undergraduate students in order to shape responsible citizens of the global community. In the Jesuit tradition, Magis is “the more”, aspiring toward excellence. As Catholic, the Magis Core Curriculum provides a framework to challenge students to pursue truth in all forms through the living tradition of the Catholic Church. As Jesuit, the Magis Core Curriculum is deeply rooted in Ignatian values and the Jesuit intellectual tradition, engaging students through intimate learning communities in critical dialogue about the ultimate questions of life.

The components that constitute the Magis Core Curriculum are intentionally selected to provide a congruous liberal educational experience for all undergraduate students. Students across all colleges interact, challenge ideas, and gain a deeper appreciation for diverse perspectives and experiences, thus promoting a culture of inquiry and mutual respect.  … The Magis Core Curriculum promotes students’ ethical reasoning and critical thinking, and prepares students to respond to life’s challenges with discerning intelligence and thoughtful reflection. Committed to the inherent worth and dignity of each person, students gain an appreciation of ethnic and cultural diversity in all its forms, and develop a commitment to exploration of transcendent values and the promotion of justice.

Nursing Courses

As a nursing student, there are some components that are met by very specific courses designed to provide the foundation and support for your subsequent nursing courses. Specific plans of study are linked below.  Please review these before registration.

Searching for Courses within the Components

When searching for classes on the Class Schedule Search, use the “Attribute Type”, Magis Common Core: XXXX. Using the “Attribute Type” search will allow you to see all the course options that fulfill a Magis Common Core course requirement.

Leave other search fields as “All,” then scroll to the “Attribute Type” search box found on the lower half of the Class Schedule Search page. Please use the searching for courses form for more information.

Registration Resources


As a nursing student, you must have up-to-date immunizations in order to participate in clinicals. You will receive a letter in the mail with instructions on how to complete the required immunizations. All immunizations should be submitted to Student Health Services prior to the start of your first semester.

Specific questions about immunizations may be referred to SUSANWESTON [at] creighton [dot] edu (Sue Weston), RN in Student Health Services.

Background Check

You must complete a background check prior to your first semester. The background checks are completed through a third-party vendor with specific criteria for Creighton University College of Nursing. Your background check status will be listed in your Student Portal; the background check consists of three steps:

Step 1: “Background Check Order Confirmation”   You will order your background check through our approved vendor, One  Source. The website link to order your background check can be found in  your Student Portal upon deposit. 

Step 2: “Nursing Background Check DHHS Form”   Complete and upload your Nebraska Department of Health and Human  Services (NE DHHS) Adult & Child Abuse and Neglect Registry Release  form via the Student Portal. 

Step 3: “Background Check Complete and Approved by Creighton”   This step will be marked as “complete” within your Student Portal once  results are received from One Source and approved by the College of  Nursing. Average turn-around  time is 2-4 weeks from placing your order  and DHHS submission (steps 1 & 2).

Each  background check will include—but is not limited to—a combination of  the following screenings for every state and county of residence:

  • County Criminal Record Search
  • Alias Name Search
  • Found Wants and Warrants
  • Found Protection Orders
  • Residential History Search
  • Social Security Number Search
  • Abuse Registry
  • Sex Offender Registry

Physical Examination

Prior to starting your first semester, you must verify that you are not a health hazard to patients. Simply have your healthcare provider (MD, DO, NP, PA) complete the attestation of physical exam form, which can be downloaded and printed via your portal. Upon obtaining the appropriate signature, upload the signed form to the portal.

Drug Screening

In order to participate in clinical practicums, you will be required to submit to and pass drug testing. Drug screenings will be completed during the first semester of your freshmen and junior year. More information will be distributed at that time.

Minimum Computer Requirements


Do I need a car?
You do not need a car during you first year and probably not for the second year. You may need a car when you start attending clinicals and different sites around the area. Carpooling is always a possibility — just make sure you communicate with your clinical instructor and classmates.

What supplies/equipment will I need?
You’ll need stethoscopes for Health Assessment during your sophomore year. Check with Creighton University Student Nursing Association (CUSNA) the semester before your Health Assessment. They sell stethoscopes to Creighton students at a discounted rate.
You’ll also need to purchase an approved lab coat and scrubs (uniforms) just before your junior year for clinicals. More specific information about those items will be provided later on during the program.

What grades do I have to maintain?
You’ll be put on Academic Probation if your GPA falls below a 2.2. You must earn at least a 1.75 GPA during your freshmen year to progress to sophomore status. A “C” grade or better is required in all nursing and nursing support courses. Any grade less than a “C” is considered a failure.

If you have questions on repeating courses or the policies that apply to grades in the College of Nursing, please speak with your Faculty Preceptor or contact the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.

Do I have to take classes in a specific order?
Yes. As an admitted student in the BSN Traditional nursing program, you’ll need to take courses in the sequence outlined in your plan of study. Our courses are sequential in nature and must be taken in the order identified.

Why do health science students need more immunizations?
As a health science student, you have a much greater chance of being exposed to serious illnesses and diseases. The agencies we use for clinical experiences require that all health sciences students have the required immunizations. For patient safety, students without the necessary immunizations will not be allowed into the facility. Contact SUSANWESTON [at] creighton [dot] edu (Sue Weston), RN, in Student Health Services, for more information.

How do I keep track of my immunizations?
You can view your immunizations status on NEST. Feel free to contact Student Health with any questions by calling 402.280.2735 or emailing immunizations [at] creighton [dot] edu.

Who do I contact about financial aid and scholarships?
You’ll be notified directly by the College of Nursing as additional scholarship opportunities arise after your first semester. Contact the Office of Financial Aid at 402.280.2731 with any further questions.

When do I start clinical rotations?
Clinical rotations begin in the fall of your junior year and continue through your senior year.

What if all of the courses I need to take are closed?
The Core Curriculum gives you a lot of flexibility with scheduling. If there are no open sections of a course that is highly recommended, try to be open-minded when it comes to choosing other courses. Log into NEST occasionally and check the status of your more desired classes. You can always change your schedule as sections free up over the summer. If all else fails, you can also contact the department chair during Welcome Week to see if you can get an override into the course.

I want to study abroad. What should I do?
You will need to let your advisor know to plan accordingly. It is important to do this before you register for second semester classes. Now is a good time to start compiling information about where you would like to travel and how a semester abroad will fit into your plan of study. You can get more detailed information from the \Global Engagement office.

What about my work study job?
Work-study is managed through our Financial Aid office. During Welcome Week, you will receive your work-study assignment and will be given instructions on when and how to get in contact with the department for which you will be working.

When do I find out about my roommate?
You’ll receive information about your assigned residence hall and roommate during the summer before your freshman year. If you have concerns about how these will be communicated, please contact the Admissions office.

Can I change my RSP section time?
We are very hesitant to change RSP sections unless it is absolutely necessary. RSP sections are put together with careful attention to balance. We try to balance the sections to provide a variety by gender, achievement level, and geographic area. Throughout the summer you will be working with your Faculty Preceptor who is also the instructor for your RSP course. When we change RSP sections for a student, we throw that section off-balance, and sometimes we are not able to get that balance back.

What is Edge120 and why are some students assigned to take it?
EDGE 120 (Strategies for Academic Success) is a course designed to help you achieve academic success at Creighton, with an emphasis of improving personal academic skills. EDGE120 is assigned as a condition of a student’s admission to the University. If this is the case with you, you have been pre-assigned to a section of EDGE120 so that we can make the students in your course as diverse (in terms of gender, race, geographical area, etc.) as possible, and to even out class sizes for each section.

What is COM 152 and why are some students assigned to take it?
The Freshman Leadership Program (FLP) seeks to form a living and learning community of students. One of the facets of this program is a course with sections consisting only of FLP students. This year, the A, B, and C sections of COM 152 are reserved for FLP students only. If you are in the Freshman Leadership Program, you have been pre-registered for a section of this course.

What is the typical course load for an incoming freshman?
As a full-time student you’ll need to register for and complete at least 12 semester hours. We recommend taking between 14 and 17 credit hours.

Can I change my schedule after classes have started?
Yes. You can add/drop a class through online registration during the first week of the semester. If you drop a course during the first week of the semester, it will be removed from your transcript. You can withdraw from a course until shortly after midterm (see the academic calendar for details). This will appear as a “W” (withdrawal) on your record.

How do I change my schedule?
First, you’ll need to discuss the change with your advisor and make sure there is room available in the course you want to add. Changes can be made directly online — just access NEST like you did during registration. You’ll need your NetID and password handy.

When do I find out about my AP scores?
Creighton receives the AP scores in mid-July. You can check your NEST to see which courses you’ve received credit for. If you know your score, find out which credits you will be awarded at Advanced Placement.