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I'm concerned that the program will be too difficult or demanding. Should I be worried about my ability to succeed at the College?

The program is rigorous, and students are expected to be committed to their coursework and clinical practice. But the College also provides one-on-one instruction and support to ensure that all students feel comfortable in this challenging environment. The College also has a Student Success Center where current students can consult with faculty advisors about course expectations and assignments. We expect students to work hard - but we also want you to succeed, and we will help you reach your goals

When do you start clinical? 

It depends on your program of study.

  • BSN: Clinical begins your sophomore year.  
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Associate degree students begin clinical in their second year, while Bachelor's degree students begin in the third year.
  • Adult Cardiac & Vascular Sonography: Associate degree students begin clinical in their second semester while Bachelor's degree students begin the second year.

What will my class schedule look like?

The majority of courses are offered during day time hours, with a few late afternoon and early evening courses in among our general education offerings. It's possible, and likely, on clinical days that you may be required to be at your clinical site by 6 a.m.

What are the admissions requirements?

In order to apply to the college, you must fill out an application, send in official transcripts, provide references, provide an ACT/SAT score, and complete the required essays, as well as a $50.00 application fee. There is also an interview process for the qualified applicants.

Do you have parking at the College?

Parking I located across the street from the College or designated areas on bother East and West campuses—and it’s FREE!

What can I wear to classes and clinical?

Unless stated otherwise, you are able to wear street clothes to class. Some labs may require you to wear business casual with or without a lab coat. The Bryan COHS uniform will be worn on Clinical.

What are the average classroom sizes as well as the student faculty ratio?

The average classroom size is 25-35, and the student faculty ratio is 1:7.

Are all my classes at East Campus?

Most of the classes will be held at East campus, however, there are some science classes and labs that will take place at West Campus. For your convenience, there is a free shuttle that leaves every 15 minutes from East to West Campus and vice versa.

How often do you study?

Studying time varies per topic and if there is material to read for the class. Study time ranges from 5-10 hours a week. 

How hard/difficult are classes?   

Classes are challenging and can be difficult but the faculty are very willing to spend extra time with each student. And the Student Success Center offers faculty and student tutoring assistance. 

 

Student Life

Are there student organizations and activities available for undergraduate majors at the College?

Yes! The College takes pride in its community-oriented approach to student life. There are numerous organizations designed to enhance students' personal growth and professional opportunities - and everyone is encouraged to take part in recreational activities that range from charity drives to volleyball and basketball games sponsored by the College.

Where do you live?

Currently the College doesn't have housing but there are apartment complexes and houses close by that are available to rent or buy. We also host Roommate Round-up every year that will assist in helping find a roommate. Roommate Round-up also hosts an apartment fair. A list of apartments can also be found here.    

Can you have a job?

Yes.  Many of our students work part-time, about 16 hours a week on average, in jobs at the College, Bryan Health Medical Center, care facilities in Lincoln and various other non-healthcare related positions.

There is not a meal plan program at Bryan? Does the College accommodate for Students?

Again you are right. Bryan doesn’t have a set meal plan program, however, students are allowed to eat at any of the cafeterias on both East and West campus. With your student ID badge, you are given a 15% discount on anything you buy at the cafeterias. Gift cards can also be bought through the hospital, and this has been popular for parents to help out their students when paying for meals.

Without dorms or a central living place for students, do I still get the collegiate atmosphere like I would at a university?

Absolutely. The college’s student body is smaller, approximately 720 students, allowing everyone from all areas of the programs to get to know one another. By joining different organizations, you get to meet upper and lower classmen quickly. We offer several different events for the student body to get together and have a great time you will also become very close with your professors. Unlike a larger college or university, you are no longer just a body sitting in their classrooms, but an actually person with dreams and aspirations. They understand the hard work you put in, and your dedication to the medical field.

I’m looking for a job. Does the college offer any work study programs right on campus?

Yes. Bryan offers many different student position for those looking to stay close for work, and to earn some money while attending classes. Different positions, within the college include working in the skills labs, microbiology labs, Library, different administrative offices, and technical support. You can find all listings for jobs online at Bryan Health website. The best part about being a student worker? Your bosses understand that you are a STUDENT FIRST, and a worker second!

 

Student Support

Where can I go to get tips on how to survive and maybe even love college?

The Professional Development Center has tips on how to: manage time, reduce stress, maintain balance between work and school, juggle family and home responsibilities, juggle free time and recreation, avoid procrastination, avoid roommate and classmate tug of wars, problem solve (effectively cope with unfamiliar situations) and socially network with other students. Call Patty Bollinger at (402) 481-3831.

If I feel lonely or like I am not fitting in, who can they talk to?

The Success Center has Mentors who will be assigned to each new student upon enrollment to the College. The mentors will make contact with your student. They have the opportunity to respond back and develop a connection with a positive resource. The mentors are also assigned to various classes so if a student is having a difficult time in that class they will be able to contact the classes' assigned mentor. Patty Bollinger at (402) 481-3831 and Deb Wilke at (402) 481-8984 are sponsors of the Mentorship program.

Where can my student go if they freeze up when taking a test?

The Professional Development Center has a biofeedback machine called Freeze Frame. Students are taught how to use the Freeze Frame and practice reducing their stress level. Give Patty Bollinger a call in the Professional Development Center at (402) 481-3831 and she can help them out.

What if my student fails an exam?

Failing an exam is often a traumatic experience for students. There is help available for these students. Our Early Intervention Program is designed to assist students who are at risk of failing a course. Students need to call the Academic Counselor at (402) 481-8846 to make an appointment to discuss the options available to them. They can be assigned a peer tutor who can review course content with them at no cost. There may be established exam reviews they could attend.  The student may also be able to join a study group or meet with the Academic Counselor to review course content. Help is just a phone call away!

 

Pre-Requisites/General Education classes

Do I need to have pre-requisite courses completed before I can apply or begin the undergraduate programs?

No!  We have integrated all general education program requirements in among the courses in your major. Plus we offer small class sizes and a health science focus to the general education courses!

What are some of the advantages to completing my General Education courses at Bryan College of Health Sciences? 

Students who complete their General Education courses at the College also develop valuable relationships with faculty and students that provide continuity, support and guidance throughout their course of study. Moreover, many of the General Education courses offered at Bryan College of Health Sciences are focused on issues that are of particular interest to healthcare professionals.

Does Bryan offer general education courses?

Bryan offers all of the general education that you will need to graduate with.

Can I transfer in general education classes from other institutions?

If you have taken general education courses BEFORE your start date at Bryan College of Health Sciences, you can transfer those courses in. However, if you decide to take general education classes during your time at Bryan at another university they will not count towards your classes you need to graduate.

 

Just for Parents

What is the career placement rate for graduates of the College?

Outstanding! One-hundred percent of our graduates who are seeking employment are placed in a variety of settings within four months of graduation. Some such healthcare environments include large research hospitals, smaller community hospitals, private clinics and extended-care facilities throughout Nebraska and the nation.

What are the admissions requirements?

In order to apply to the college, you must fill out an application, send in official transcripts, provide references, provide an ACT/SAT score, and complete the required essays, as well as a $50.00 application fee. There is also an interview process for the qualified applicants.

Where can a student go to get tips on how to survive and maybe even love college?

The Professional Development Center has tips on how to: manage time, reduce stress, maintain balance between work and school, juggle family and home responsibilities, juggle free time and recreation, avoid procrastination, avoid roommate and classmate tug of wars, problem solve (effectively cope with unfamiliar situations) and socially network with other students. Call Patty Bollinger at (402) 481-3831.

If a student feels lonely or like they are not fitting in, who can they talk to?

The Success Center has Mentors who will be assigned to each new student upon enrollment to the College. The mentors will make contact with your student. They have the opportunity to respond back and develop a connection with a positive resource. The mentors are also assigned to various classes so if a student is having a difficult time in that class they will be able to contact the classes' assigned mentor. Patty Bollinger at (402) 481-3831 and Deb Wilke at (402) 481-8984 are sponsors of the Mentorship program.

Where can my student go if they freeze up when taking a test?

The Professional Development Center has a biofeedback machine called Freeze Frame. Students are taught how to use the Freeze Frame and practice reducing their stress level. Give Patty Bollinger a call in the Professional Development Center at (402) 481-3831 and she can help them out.

I'm concerned that the program will be too difficult or demanding for my student. Should I be worried about their ability to succeed at the College?

The program is rigorous, and students are expected to be committed to their coursework and clinical practice. But the College also provides one-on-one instruction and support to ensure that all students feel comfortable in this challenging environment. The College also has a Student Success Center where current students can consult with faculty advisors about courses expectations and assignments. We expect students to work hard-but we also want them to succeed, and we will help them to reach their goals.

How often should my student study?

Studying time varies per topic and if there is material to read for the class. Students should plan on studying 1-3 hours per week for each credit hour they are taking. 

How hard/difficult are classes?  

Classes are challenging and can be difficult but the faculty are very willing to spend extra time with each student. And the Student Success Center offers tutoring assistance from faculty and students.

What if my student fails an exam?

Failing an exam is often a traumatic experience for students. There is help available for these students. Our Early Intervention Program is designed to assist students who are at risk of failing a course. Students need to call the Academic Counselor at (402) 481-8846 to make an appointment to discuss the options available to them. They can be assigned a peer tutor who can review course content with them at no cost. There may be established exam reviews they could attend.  The student may also be able to join a study group or meet with the Academic Counselor to review course content. Help is just a phone call away!

When will my student start clinical?

It depends on their program of study:

  • BSN: Students clinical begins in the sophomore year.
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Associate degree students begin clinical in their second year, while Bachelor's degree students begin in the third year.
  • Adult Cardiac & Vascular Sonography: Associate degree students begin clinical in their second semester while Bachelor's degree students begin the second year.

What will my student's class schedule look like?

The majority of courses are offered during day time hours, with a few late afternoon, early evening courses for our general education classes. It's possible, and likely, on clinical days that your student may be required to be at their clinical site by 6:00 a.m.!

Can my student have a job?

Yes. Many of our students work part-time, about 16 hours a week on average, in jobs at the College, Bryan Medical Center, healthcare facilities in Lincoln and various other non-healthcare related positions.

Does my student need to have pre-requisite courses completed before they can apply or begin the undergraduate programs?

No! We have integrated all general education program requirements in among the courses in their major. Plus we offer small class sizes and a health science focus to the general education courses!

 

Financial Aid

 

How much does it cost?

Tuition and Fee Rates.  Tuition and fees do not include books, living expenses, graduation fees or fees that are specific to a given program. Transition course fees must also be paid prior to entering the program; these are based upon the amount of instructional time required.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. Students wishing to apply for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Bryan College of Health Sciences does not discriminate in awarding Title IV student financial aid on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, creed, color, national origin, ethnicity, marital status, veteran status, disability or sexual orientation. Loans, work study, grants and scholarships are available.

What is the cost per credit hour?

 Tuition per credit hour: $493.00 plus general fee per credit hour: $30.00 Total: $ 523.00.

Does Bryan offer Scholarships?

  Yes! Every March, scholarship applications are available to fill out to be eligible for the Bryan Foundation Scholarships. Throughout the year, the Financial Aid director also sends out additional information about Scholarships.

My son/daughter doesn't live with me; they have their own apartment. Can they be considered independent for financial aid?

The student status questions in Step Three on the FAFSA determine if the student can be considered independent or dependent (must include parent information on the FAFSA). Basically, if the student is under the age of 24, unmarried, not a veteran, not on active duty, or doesn't support a dependent more than 50%; the student will be considered dependent for FAFSA purposes.

I filed a FAFSA for my son/daughter when they were a freshman in college. Do I need to refile every year?

The FAFSA must be filed in the spring of each year that the student wants to apply for financial aid.

The financial aid dates confuse me. The FAFSA is for an academic year, but it requests tax information that is based on a calendar year. How does that work?

The FAFSA applies to an academic year:  July 1 - June 30. The financial information you supply on the FAFSA is for the previous tax year. The financial information you supply must be verifiable, that is why it requests previous year tax information. The FAFSA makes it easy for you to fill in the correct information because it identifies the line number for each corresponding item on the IRS form.

I have more than one child in college this year. Do I need a separate FAFSA PIN# for each child?

No, you need only one FAFSA PIN#. The PIN# identifies you. Each of your children will need their own PIN#.

 

Health and Wellness

What health forms need to be completed before my student starts classes?

Students enrolled in a health professions course of study, which includes clinical requirements, must provide the following documentation prior to enrollment:


Where is student health located at the College?

Students can access assistance for health issues in two ways. The College does not have its own health "clinic," as there are services easily available to students at Bryan Medical Center through the employee health office. Please refer to the document "Student Health Services at Employee Health" for a list of available services. There is a designated faculty member at the College who coordinates student health and wellness (Melinda White, RN), who is available for consultation and assistance with health needs.


Can students get immunizations at the College?

Students may receive an annual influenza immunization at no charge. Annual TB skin testing is also completed for all health sciences students. Other adult immunizations are available through Employee Health at the Medical Center; however, students will be charged a fee.

What kinds of health and wellness services are offered at the College?

Services offered through Student Health and Wellness:

  • Health promotion activities
  • Provide annual influenza immunization and tuberculosis screening; monitor immunization status
  • Assist with finding a healthcare provider to meet your needs
  • Connect students with health related community resources

Services offered in conjunction with Bryan Medical Center through Employee Health:

  • Appointments with nurse practitioner. The nurse practitioner is available on selected days and can diagnose and treat minor illnesses or injuries.
  • Administer injections ordered by your physician, including allergy injections, Depo-Provera, infertility and pregnancy injections.
  • Lactation rooms are available for nursing mothers. Call extension 13272 to coordinate access to these rooms.

How do students contact Student Health and Wellness?

The coordinator for Student Health and Wellness is Melinda White, RN, College office #208, (402) 481-8468. 

Students are welcome to drop by between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, though it is best to call ahead to check availability. Employee Health services at the Medical Center are available between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

FERPA

I had easy access to my student's school records before, so why don't I have the same access to records kept by the College?

Under FERPA regulations, the access rights that parents and legal guardians had in the elementary and secondary school settings are transferred to students once a student turns eighteen or attends a post-secondary educational institution.


How can I learn how my student is doing?

The best approach is to ask your student. The college years are a period of remarkable growth and maturation for most students. The ability and willingness of the students to share information and insights usually grows, especially as they acquire the confidence that comes with assuming greater responsibility for their own lives.


What are the exceptions to FERPA's coverage?

There is a detailed list of exceptions to the FERPA guidelines. Perhaps the most important exception allows, but does not require, disclosure or information in the student's education records to the parents of a dependent student, as defined in section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 [99.31 (a) (8)].

As a matter of policy, although the above stated IRS exception exists, the College does not grant such parental access to educational records even if you claim your student as a dependent for federal tax purposes or if you are supporting them financially.

 

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