Registered and licensed practical nurses who wish to return to practice can prepare themselves in the Nurse Refresher course at Clarkson College. This course focuses primarily on medical-surgical nursing.

The course consists of three components: self-study modules, skills laboratory and clinical experience. The self-study modules are completed at your own pace within the semester deadlines. The skills laboratory day consists of a variety of interactive and hands-on learning experiences, including individualized work with an instructor to practice nursing skills such as venipuncture, naso-gastric tube insertion and physical examination. The final portion of the course includes a clinical experience in a medical-surgical patient facility in the Omaha area.

Course Prerequisites

An active or a temporary Nebraska license as a registered nurse (RN) or a licensed practical nurse (LPN) of no more than a 10 year inactive status is required. If more than 10 years has passed on inactive status, further assessment of the prospective participant is required, including an interview with the coordinator/instructors of the Nurse Refresher course.

A current or previous license in the United States is required. This course does not provide adequate review for individuals who have not yet passed RN or PN NCLEX (State Board Examinations).

Course Length

The Nurse Refresher course is offered in spring, summer and fall semesters. Semesters range from 12-16 weeks in duration. Students are required to complete the course within the semester time frame.


View the current Nurse Refresher course schedule

Course Materials

Course materials and access to online data bases is provided at the orientation session prior to the start of each semester. Information regarding the required textbooks is also provided at that time.

Equipment for Clinical Rotation

The following equipment is needed for clinical:

  • Watch with a second hand
  • Stethoscope
  • Nurses scrubs: solid navy blue only
  • Clean, closed-toe shoes
  • Fanny pack or lab coat
  • Purses, cell phones, etc. are not allowed on units


Orientation and the Skills Lab sessions are held at Clarkson College, located on 42nd and Douglas Streets in Omaha, Neb. Clinical rotation is completed at an Omaha area medical facility.

Cancellation Policy & Refund Information

$35 application fee is non-refundable.

Non-participation does not relieve a student from the obligation to pay for the course. Upon completion and submission of the Nurse Refresher course application and acceptance into the course, you are committing to participation in the course and responsible for payment of tuition in full by the due date.

If you cannot participate for the Nurse Refresher course you registered for, you must fill out a Professional Development Drop/Cancellation form. Paperwork must be completed, signed and returned to the Professional Development office before you can be officially dropped from the class. You will be responsible for paying the course fee if you do not drop/cancel the course within the cancellation guidelines.

Students are responsible for dropping the course. A partial refund of tuition will be provided if the Professional Development office is notified in writing of a student’s desire to drop from the course 10 business days prior to the start of the semester. If tuition payment was made with a credit card, the refund will be credited to the same credit card. Allow 30 days for refund to be issued.

A refund is not provided to those who do not participate, who do not complete the course, who do not pass or who do not provide written request to drop the course within time stated.

Late Payment Fee

If tuition is not paid by the tuition due date, a late payment fee of $25 will be assessed every 10 business days thereafter.

Third Party Payments

Students receiving aid from a third party source (i.e. Workforce Development, Vocational Rehabilitation, etc.) are responsible for all tuition and late fees if payment is not made by the third party for whatever reason.