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Associate in Science in Nursing

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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.


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

      • Degree Requirements


        Required Courses

        41 sem. hrs

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

        2 hrs
          BIOL 221View Syllabus Clinical Microbiology and 3 hrs
          BIOL 221LView Syllabus Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
        2 hrs
          BIOL 312View Syllabus Microbiology and 3 hrs
          BIOL 312LView Syllabus Microbiology Lab

        2 hrs
          BIOL 223View Syllabus Anatomy 3 hrs
          BIOL 223LView Syllabus Anatomy Laboratory 2 hrs
          BIOL 326View Syllabus Physiology 3 hrs
          BIOL 326LView Syllabus Physiology Laboratory

        2 hrs
          CHEM 109View Syllabus Chemistry for Biological and Health-Related Sciences 3 hrs
          CHEM 110View Syllabus Chemistry I and 3 hrs
          CHEM 112View Syllabus Chemistry II

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


        Nursing Sequence Courses

        36 sem. hrs

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


        Total Semester

        77 hrs

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