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Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks to admit new nursing class for spring session
Monday, November 26, 2007

(Lake Ozark, Mo.)-Columbia College has announced that in January 2008 it will admit a new nursing class to its Lake of the Ozarks nursing program for the 2008 March Session. The deadline for applications is Jan. 2, 2008.

The Lake of the Ozarks campus nursing class, which was postponed in October because of faculty vacancies, has resumed after the hiring of Linda Claycomb, MSN, as nursing coordinator for the Lake campus program. Claycomb brings to the Columbia College nursing faculty 38 years of executive and staff-level experience in the health-care field. Most recently, Claycomb served as the executive director of the Community Health Center of Central Missouri where she was responsible for opening and directing clinics in Linn and Jefferson City, Mo.

Columbia College began offering an Associate in Science in Nursing degree at the Lake of the Ozarks campus in 2005, providing local residents the opportunity to earn a nursing degree without having to travel to Jefferson City or Columbia. The program is designed to prepare graduates for a nursing generalist role. Recipients of the associate degree in nursing also are eligible to apply for the Registered Nurse Licensing Examination.

The Lake's nursing program is one of two offered by Columbia College. The other nursing program is offered at the college's home campus in Columbia, Mo.

Columbia College admits two new nursing classes each year in August and January. However, last summer, Columbia College postponed admitting a new nursing class for the fall session, due to faculty vacancies and a nationwide shortage of nursing faculty candidates.

Columbia College maintains high standards for its nursing program, which is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and the Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education and has been accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

The program is open to individuals who have no prior nursing education and to individuals who hold a Licensed Practical Nursing license. Candidates for the nursing program must meet general admission requirements to Columbia College. The curriculum consists of general education, math and science courses and nursing courses.

Admission to the nursing program is selective. Those interested in applying for admission to the Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks nursing program may call the campus at (573) 348-2166 or visit to obtain more information about the program and an application.

Founded in 1851, Columbia College is a top-tier, nationally ranked institution serving 25,000 students each year at its 32 campuses nationwide and online.