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 predicts the Registered Nurse (RN) workforce to grow by 526,000 between 2012 and 2022, with an additional 525,000 job openings for the replacement of retiring nurses.
RegisteredNursing.org recently ranked Columbia College as the third best school for RN programs in Missouri, based on analysis of the NCLEX-RN pass rates of 54 schools.
Nursing department mission
The Department of Nursing improves lives by providing a quality, innovative nursing education to both traditional and nontraditional nursing students, helping them to achieve their true potential as a professional nurse.
Nursing department philosophy
Teaching within the Nursing Department 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.
Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)
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 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.
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.