Admission to the Associate in Science in Nursing program is granted on a selective basis.
The associate in nursing admission criteria include general admission requirements and completion of prerequisites.
At our campus in Columbia, Missouri, students are admitted to the nursing course sequence twice a year with selections made in July and December. At our Lake of the Ozarks location, students are admitted once with selections made in December.
The maximum number of students, including LPN and non-LPN students, varies per location.
To be admitted to the nursing program:
Apply to Columbia College
Complete the application for admission
Complete courses and testing
Take prerequisite courses and the entrance test at Columbia College.
Apply to the program
Transfer students must submit official transcripts from every college attended.
Associate in Science in Nursing admission criteria
Candidates for the nursing program must first meet general admission requirements. Additional requirements include the following:
- The GPA used for acceptance into the nursing program will be based on your grades in the following courses, which must be completed at the time of the nursing application deadline. Prerequisites for the associate in nursing are:
- NURS 209, MATH 106 (or higher), PSYC 101, CHEM 109 or 110, BIOL 110 and 110L, BIOL 223 and 223L, and BIOL 326 and 326L.
- You must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 for general education, mathematics, science and nursing prerequisite classes.
- No class may have a grade of less than a C.
- Achieve a competitive score on the Admission Assessment HESI (HESI A2®). The HESI A2® exam must be administered at Columbia College to be considered for admission.
- Possess the necessary functional abilities to provide safe and effective patient care.
LPNs also must:
- Submit a copy of your current undisciplined LPN license
- Include relevant information in the application packet.
Additional requirements for those selected for the program:
- Urine drug test (those selected will receive more information)
- Physical forms, including documentation of immunizations/titers
- CPR certification by the American Heart Association, Health Care Providers course
Applicants taking the RN State Board Licensure Exam must have completed high school (or equivalent) and a professional nursing program.