Bachelor of Science in Nursing admission

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is designed for nursing majors who wish to provide a high-level of clinical care and leadership in the nursing profession.

The bachelor's degree in nursing program at Columbia College has received accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Selection into the BSN program is based on a composite score consisting of:

  • GPA in required prerequisite courses.
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®) composite score of at least 70. The TEAS® exam must be administered at Columbia College to be considered for admission.

Once selected for admission to the BSN program, students are required to submit:

  • Urine drug test (those selected for the program will be sent more information).
  • Physical forms, including documentation of immunizations/titers.
  • CPR certification by the American Heart Association, Health Care Providers course.

BSN admission process

  1. Apply

    Apply to Columbia College as a freshman or transfer student (not required for current Columbia College students)

  2. Complete courses

    Complete prerequisite courses

  3. Apply to the program

    Apply to the BSN Program (view BSN program details )

Acceptance into Columbia College does not guarantee acceptance into the nursing sequence courses. Students must apply to the BSN program, and admission is on a selective basis. 

Functional abilities

A candidate for the nursing program must possess essential abilities in order to provide safe and effective patient care.

  • Behavioral/emotional

    You must be able to maintain effective, therapeutic relationships with patients, families, students, faculty and other professionals at all times. You must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of your intellectual abilities. You must exercise good judgment. You must ensure prompt completion of all responsibilities involved in the care of patients and families.

  • Cognitive

    You must be able to evaluate and apply knowledge and engage in critical thinking in the classroom and clinical settings.

  • Communication

    You must be able to communicate effectively and therapeutically with students, faculty, patients, family and other professionals. This includes both oral and written communication.

  • Professional conduct

    You must be able to reason morally and practice nursing in an ethic and legal matter. You must be willing to learn and abide by professional standards of practice. You must be able to deliver safe, effective nursing care to all patient populations. This includes, but is not limited to, children, adolescents and individuals with various emotional, development and medical problems and needs. You must be able to adapt to rapidly changing environments and situations while maintaining a professional demeanor.

  • Psychomotor skills

    You must be able to to maintain motor coordination, strength, flexibility, dexterity, balance and sensory capabilities sufficient for safe and accurate assessment of the patient and performance of patient-care tasks.

  • Sensory/perceptual

    You must be able to utilize vision, hearing and senses of touch and smell to thoroughly analyze patient data and provide accurate and safe treatment/care.


Earn your BSN

BSN-level nurses have increased leadership opportunities and earning potential. Earn your BSN at Columbia College's traditional campus and benefit from experienced faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and simulation equipment. Apply today.

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