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Associate in Science in Nursing

The Associate in Science in Nursing Program is offered at two sites - at the campus in Columbia, Missouri and at the Lake Ozark venue. 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 program is on a selective basis. Cohort sizes and selection deadlines vary by location:

  • Lake of the Ozarks selection will be made each December.
  • Columbia selection will be made each July and December.

    The application deadline is in June for students who plan to start the nursing sequence courses in the late fall session. The application deadline is in November for students who plan to start the nursing sequence courses in late spring session. 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 and 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,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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        Nursing Department

        Degree requirements

        The Columbia College Catalog outlines the courses you will need to take to complete your degree program. This includes required courses in your major and general education requirements, as well as elective classes you will select.

        See requirements


        The Associate in Science in Nursing degree is available and is approved at the following locations. Some locations may require a combination of in-seat and online coursework. Select one to view the tuition rate.

        Please note this degree program may not be able to be completed fully in-seat. A combination of in-seat and online coursework may be required.

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