Associate in Science in Nursing Degree
The Associate in Science in Nursing Program is offered at two sites - at the Home 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 nursing program is on a selective basis. Selection will be made each July and each December. The application deadline is the end of June for students who plan to start the nursing sequence courses in October. The application deadline is the end of November for students who plan to start the nursing sequence courses in March. LPN students begin the nursing sequence courses based on the fundamental standard exam. The maximum number for the Home Campus-Columbia is 40 students. The maximum number for the Lake Campus is 32 students. The class consists 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:
- Completion of the Nursing prerequisite courses, NURS 209 Introduction to Nursing 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Possess the necessary functional abilities to provide safe and effective patient care. **
- LPN students must submit a copy of LPN license (current and undisciplined) for the state of Missouri.
- A criminal background check is required at the time of submission of the nursing application. Forms and directions for completion are available as part of the nursing application.
- Selection of nursing students will be based on the GPA of the Nursing Program prerequisite courses and the TEAS score.
- 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.
* Successful completion of the program does not guarantee eligibility to take the licensure examination. According to the Nursing Practice Act, licensure may be withheld or revoked. More information is available on the Nursing Program Website and in the Nursing Program Information document.
**Functional abilities to meet the role of the nurse include: behavioral/emotional abilities, cognitive abilities, communication abilities, professional conduct, psychomotor skills, and sensory/perceptual abilities.
These Functional Abilities are described in the Nursing Student Handbook.