Bachelor's in Nursing

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Why Study Nursing? 

Our dedicated and enterprising students are thriving in clinical care and leadership roles. Upon completion of the program, you'll be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become an RN. A BSN degree better positions you to advance to leadership and educational roles, and provides a foundation for advanced academic study. 

What You'll Learn 

Students in our highly respected program learn basic medical surgical nursing as well as various specialties and community care. You'll develop complex clinical reasoning, decision-making and collaborative skills that contribute to patient safety and quality processes. In the nursing sequence, you'll gain an understanding of nursing fundamentals, pharmacology, human nutrition and mental health nursing.

Program Details

A Bachelor’s degree prepares you for a rising career and for future graduate study by emphasizing clear communication, critical thinking, and a leading-edge understanding of your chosen field. 
View the core requirements and electives needed to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Columbia College.
  • Priority BSN application deadline: April 15
  • Final BSN application deadline: June 15
  • Mental health nursing 
  • Therapeutic communication 
  • Sociocultural principles 
  • Infection control 
  • Pharmacology 
  • Medical surgical nursing 
  • Women's and infants' health 
  • Pathophysiology

Pair your degree with a related minor or explore your other interests without taking on a full course load.

Careers & Outcomes 

Columbia College's Bachelor of Science in Nursing prepares graduates for clinical care as well as leadership roles in nursing. At the completion of the program, you'll be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become an RN. 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.   

Those with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing are better positioned to advance to leadership and educational roles. The BSN also provides a foundation for advanced academic study. 

Some possible paths include:

  • Registered Nurse 
  • Intensive Care Nurse 
  • Clinical Case Manager 
  • Healthcare Administrator 
  • Director of Nursing 
  • Medical Surgical Nurse 
  • Infection Preventionist 
  • Psychiatric Registered Nurse
Year Retention Rates NCLEX-RN Pass Rates Job Placement
2021 92% 92% 100%
2020 95% 84% 96%
2019 75% 89% 100%


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 
The baccalaureate degree in nursing for Traditional and RN-BSN programs at Columbia College is accredited by 

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791 

Re: Columbia College BSN CCNE accreditation

This notice is to notify all students, faculty, and interested parties that Columbia College will have an accreditation review this spring for the Traditional BSN, and online RN-BSN programs.

The on-site review by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is scheduled for February 21st, 2024 to February 23rd, 2024.

In the CCNE accreditation process, there is the opportunity for program constituents and other interested parties to submit in writing comments by January 31st, 2024 to the email or postal address below.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments 655 K Street NW, Suite 750 Washington, DC 20001

For any questions regarding this process or the rationale for this public notice, please contact Dr. Corrine Floyd Interim Director of Nursing, or (573) 876-4458. 

Initial Accreditation Date:, February 8, 2016 
Most Recent Accreditation Date:, April 7, 2021 
Accreditation Term Expires:, December 31, 2024 
Last On-Site Evaluation:, April 2021 
Next On-Site Evaluation:, Spring 2024

Flexible Education

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.


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