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:
- Complete the application for admission
- Complete the Nursing Application Packet
- Take prerequisite courses and the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®) entrance test at Columbia College
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 selection criteria include the following.
- Completion of 12 prerequisite credit hours at the time of application or by the end of the early spring or early fall sessions with a grade of C or higher. 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, BIOL 110 and 110L, BIOL 223 and 223L or BIOL 326 and 326L.
- You must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 for general education, mathematics, science and nursing prerequisite classes.
- Achieve a competitive score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®). The TEAS® 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 an official copy of your practical nursing transcript
- Submit a copy of your current undisciplined LPN license
- Complete an acceptable application packet.
Selection will be based on a composite, and a minimum composite of 150 is required to apply to the nursing program. The composite is based on:
- GPA of prerequisite courses
- Test of Essential Academic Skills® score
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.