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Columbia College Associate in Science in Nursing

Prepare to join the fast-growing healthcare field of nursing. The program is open to individuals who have no prior nursing education and to individuals who hold a Licensed Practical Nursing license.

Explore nursing at Columbia College

Becoming a registered nurse can be challenging and competitive. The Associate in Science in Nursing degree from Columbia College will help you successfully complete your journey to RN licensing. The ASN provides the general science and math courses you’ll need, plus simulation lab experiences and clinicals that prepare you to pass the NCLEX-RN exam—whether you have prior nursing education or are starting on this path for the first time.

You’ll graduate with a strong background in anatomy, physiology, chemistry, microbiology and other sciences. You’ll also better understand the nursing profession as a whole, including specialties like mental health, as well as women’s and infant health.

Opportunities to study:

  • Introduction to Nursing
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Maternal-Child Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing

Dates and deadlines


Submit your application packet by: July 15 View the ASN application packet


NURS 209 test-out date: April 15, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. View the policy

View ASN admission requirements ASN Student Handbook

Prepare for a career as a registered nurse

If you are selected for the program at Columbia College, you have the reassurance of knowing that our curriculum is reviewed systematically to ensure it prepares you to succeed in a position in the nursing field. We have also identified the prerequisite courses that will aid you the most in completing the nursing course sequence.

Thanks to our comprehensive coursework, state-of-the-art simulation labs, and clinical experiences, graduates of our Missouri State Board of Nursing-approved program are well prepared for the NCLEX-RN exam. Successful completion of the program does not guarantee eligibility to take the licensure examination. According to the Nursing Practice Act, licensure may be withheld or revoked due to controlled substance abuse, criminal prosecution, and a variety of other offenses.  

Registered nursing jobs are growing at a fast rate across all settings—including hospitals, home care, hospice, schools and nursing homes.

Some possible paths include:

  • Public health
  • Research
  • Psychiatric care
  • Flight nursing
  • Pharmaceuticals 
Year Retention Rate NCLEX-RN Pass Rates Job Placement
2021 84% 82.35% 95%

The Associate in Nursing program at the Columbia College campus, located in Columbia, MO and the Lake of the Ozarks campus, located in Osage Beach, MO is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate in Nursing program is initial accreditation.

Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.

Cutout portrait of Faye Fairchild teaching nursing.

Dr. Faye Fairchild

"I have held numerous positions over the years that at first I wasn’t sure about. I was glad that I was willing to ‘give it a shot’ and try because I found out so much about myself and interests that I didn’t know I had."

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Available program formats

  • General education requirements 41 credit hours
  • Core requirements 36 credit hours
  • Electives credit hours
  • Total degree requirements 77 credit hours

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