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Associate in Science in Nursing

The Associate in Science in Nursing Program is offered at two sites - at the Main Campus in Columbia, Missouri and at the Lake Ozark Campus. The program is open to individuals who have no prior nursing education and to individuals who hold a Licensed Practical Nursing license.

The program is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

The program is designed to prepare the graduate for a nurse generalist role. Graduates are awarded an Associate in Science in Nursing degree and are eligible to apply for the Registered Nursing Licensure Examination.*

The curriculum consists of general education, mathematics and science courses and specific nursing courses. Students are required to complete all of the general education, mathematics and science courses before entering the Nursing Course Sequence.

Columbia College systematically reviews the curriculum to ensure that students are prepared for a position in the nursing field. As a result the prerequisite requirements noted in the Undergraduate Catalog are periodically updated to reflect coursework that best supports degree completion. Although not required, students are highly encouraged to transfer to the most recent catalog year in order to complete the prerequisite courses that have been identified as best aiding in the successful completion of the Nursing Course Sequence.

Admissions

Admission to the associate in science in nursing program is on a selective basis. Cohort sizes and selection deadlines vary by location:


  • Lake of the Ozarks campus selection will be made each December. The maximum cohort size is 32 students.
  • Columbia campus selection will be made each July and December. The maximum cohort size is 40 students.
  • The application deadline is in July for students who plan to start the nursing sequence courses in October. The application deadline is in November for students who plan to start the nursing sequence courses in March. LPN students begin the nursing sequence based on the fundamental standard exam. Class cohorts consist of non-LPNs and LPNs.

    All candidates for the nursing program are expected to meet general admission requirements to the College. Acceptance to Columbia College does not guarantee acceptance to the Nursing Course Sequence.

    Selection criteria for the Nursing Course Sequence: 

    1. Completion of the Nursing prerequisite courses, NURS 209 - Introduction to Nursing 6 hours, or at least one year of documented clinical experience in a health care setting. An admission committee of nurse faculty will determine the adequacy of health care experience and will require the student to successfully complete a clinical skills test. There is a $50 fee for this test.
    2. Completion of the general education, mathematics and science courses. Students may elect to complete NURS 209, one or more of their remaining general education, mathematics, or science courses in the eight week session between the time of submission of the nursing application and the start of the nursing classes. Students are limited to a maximum of six semester hours of coursework during an eight-week session. Students registering for more than six hours will be required to have overload approval.
    3. Minimum of an overall GPA of 2.75 for the general education, mathematics, science courses and NURS 209 and be in good academic standing within Columbia College. A minimum grade of 'C' is required for all prerequisite courses.
    4. Possess the necessary functional abilities to provide safe and effective patient care. **
    5. LPN students must submit a copy of LPN license (current and undisciplined) for the state of Missouri.
    6. Selection of nursing students will be based on the GPA of the Nursing Program prerequisite courses and the TEAS score (minimum composite TEAS score of 150 is required for application to the Nursing Program).
    7. Additional requirements for those selected for the Nursing Program: 
      • Urine drug test
      • Physical forms, including documentation of immunizations/titers
      • Current CPR certification by the American Heart Association, Health Care Providers course.
      • Criminal background check
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        Degree Requirements

        Required Courses 41 sem. hrs

        • (Courses in the major cannot be taken as Pass/Fail.)
        • BIOL 110 Principles of Biology I 3 hrs
        • BIOL 110L Principles of Biology I Laboratory

          2 hrs

        • BIOL 221 Clinical Microbiology and 3 hrs
        • BIOL 221L Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
          2 hrs
        • or
        • BIOL 312 Microbiology and 3 hrs
        • BIOL 312L Microbiology Lab

          2 hrs

        • BIOL 223 Anatomy 3 hrs
        • BIOL 223L Anatomy Laboratory 2 hrs
        • BIOL 326 Physiology 3 hrs
        • BIOL 326L Physiology Laboratory

          2 hrs

        • CHEM 109 Chemistry for Biological and Health-Related Sciences 3 hrs
        • or
        • CHEM 110 Chemistry I and 3 hrs
        • CHEM 112 Chemistry II

        • ENGL 111 English Composition I 3 hrs
        • ENGL 112 English Composition II 3 hrs
        • MATH 106 Intermediate Alegebra or higher level math 3 hrs
        • NURS 209 Introduction to Nursing*** 6 hrs
        • PSYC 101 General Psychology 3 hrs

        Nursing Sequence Courses 36 sem. hrs

        • All must be completed with a grade of C or higher
        • NURS 210 Fundamentals of Nursing**** 6 hrs
        • NURS 211 Mental Health Nursing 3 hrs
        • NURS 212 Pharmacology for Nursing 3 hrs
        • NURS 300 Foundations of Professional Nursing 6 hrs
        • NURS 301 Medical Surgical Nursing I 6 hrs
        • NURS 302 Medical Surgical Nursing II 6 hrs
        • NURS 303 Women's and Infant's Health 5 hrs
        • NURS 491 NCLEX-RN Review 1 hrs

        Total Semester 77 hrs

        Locations

        The Associate in Science in Nursing degree is available at the following locations:

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