Western Nebraska Community College

Scottsbluff, NE 69361
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Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC) is located in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. This community college was established back in 1926 and it currently serves around 2,400 students. WNCC has become an important part of the community over the years and it also has campuses in Sidney and Alliance. This school offers its students many exciting academic opportunities. There are many associate degree, diploma, and certificate opportunities to consider. With such a wide variety of academic programs available, students will have no trouble finding a great career path to pursue. WNCC is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Institute and it holds all of its academic programs to a very high standard.

The WNCC nursing program has become one of the most sought-after programs in the school. Students have two basic paths to choose with this nursing program. The practical nursing path will lead students into careers as licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and the associate degree nursing path will lead students toward becoming registered nurses (RN's). There is also an LPN to RN advanced placement opportunity for existing LPNs. The WNCC nursing program is fully approved by the Nebraska State Board of Nursing. Clinical experiences occur during the school year at partnered healthcare facilities. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleRemote Town
Number of Students1,905
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate53%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 0 16
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 4 18
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 83.6%
  • NCLEX-RN: 76.9%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1988 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (PNUR) - Practical nursing programs
03/01/1974 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$98/credit
In State Students$98/credit
Out of State Students$105/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $4,410 $4,410 $4,725
ADN 70 $6,860 $6,860 $7,350
BSN 125 $12,250 $12,250 $13,125
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 87% of Western Nebraska Community College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 43% $5,027
Other Federal Grant 10% $1,010
State Grant & Scholarships 17% $1,050
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 62% $4,142
Federal Student Loans 21% $3,458
Private Loans 1% $5,750


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$4,988
$30,001 to $48,000$5,173
$48,001 to $75,000$6,541
$75,001 to $110,000$9,477
Over $110,000$10,412

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Two or more races

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Nebraska state board of nursing.

Western Nebraska Community College
1601 East 27th Street
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

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