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Nursing Department

Nursing Class

The baccalaureate degree in nursing program at Columbia College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( 

The demand for qualified nurses has risen markedly in recent years, with growth expected to continue over the next decade or more. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expect the Registered Nurse (RN) workforce to grow by 526,000 by 2022, with an additional 525,000 job openings for the replacement of retiring nurses.

Nursing Department Philosophy

Teaching is accomplished through deliberate acts and interventions to promote learning, using planned objectives and outcomes needed to prepare the graduate with knowledge, information, understanding, and skills.

Students bring culturally diverse backgrounds and unique learning styles to the academic environment, which supports the development of critical thinking skills in preparation for professional nursing. We believe that nursing, as a discipline, is a dynamic profession based on and directed toward the contributing expertise to comprehensive healthcare. The role of the professional nurse requires critical thinking through the use of the nursing process, clinical competence, accountability, and patient advocacy.

Columbia College currently offers two nursing programs that can help you make the most of these tremendous opportunities.

Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)

For those who want to qualify as an RN.

RN to BSN program (Online)

For practicing RNs who want to obtain a BSN degree.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

For those who want to qualify as an RN with a BSN degree.


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