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Thinking of UNMC?

Student application requirements need to be met by Feb. 1

Rachel Overby
Antelope Staff

Many students think and dream about their futures their whole lives but for some, like Allie Verzani, choosing a major was a decision not made easily.

Allie Verzani
Allie Verzani

Verzani, a sophomore from Kearney, did not have a plan for her major, but knew she wanted to help people.

“I have always wanted to be in the medical field, just because I want to help people. But I didn’t know for sure what exactly, but from talking to other girls I thought nursing would be a great choice because of all the different paths I could take,” Verzani said.

Verzani is applying to the University of Nebraska Medical Center here at UNK. The application process was lengthy but she knew that UNMC was the right place for her. Being from Kearney, she appreciates the small size and likes to stay close to home while still getting a great education.

Verzani says she is excited for the hands-on learning in a new state of the art facility. “UNMC is one of the best medical centers in Nebraska.

Kearney’s building is really new and has all the latest technology and I think that creates a great learning environment and really sets its students up for success.”

Students must meet a list of requirements before they can be considered for UNMC. Students need to have met all pre-requisite classes before applying as well as having two letters of reference, an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher, a background check, a signed disclosure statement and, sometimes, an interview may be needed, according to Students also need to have a CPR certification for Health Professionals and the necessary immunizations.

Current UNMC student Emily Hohenstein says, the application was hard work but very much worth it. Hohenstein, a junior from Omaha, says she is very grateful that she got into such an amazing school and program. Her advice for students looking to apply is simply to work hard and focus your energy on the thing you love doing.

“Good grades and passion will get you in. Never doubt that you have the ability to be a nurse,” Hohenstein said.
“Good grades and passion will get you in. Never doubt that you have the ability to be a nurse,” Hohenstein said.

Hohenstein thinks that everything she did to prepare for nursing school was worth it and actually helps her in her current program. The long hours spent studying for her classes truly have prepared her for the more difficult classes over at UNMC.

“Try and retain as much as you can from Anatomy and Physiology. That class has really helped me with nursing classes,” Hohenstein said.

When asked, Hohenstein said the long application process was worthwhile. “Well, of course! I got accepted into a highly regarded program to study something that I am extremely passionate about. Couldn’t have been more worth it.”

The application requirements might seem daunting to some, but these two students say attending UNMC is the chance of a lifetime. Students do not even have to leave Nebraska to get one of the best health science educations.

For any students interested in UNMC, there are many different degree options to consider but the deadline for application is quickly approaching. Students need to have met all the requirements by Feb. 1 to be considered. Students applying to attend UNMC in the fall will not learn their application status until late March.

For all the information on applying go to the UNK website and search UMNC, or use this link:


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