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Associate in Science in Nursing Program

If you've been thinking about becoming a nurse or advancing your nursing career, there's never been a better time to pursue your goal. Nursing is a very satisfying profession, and the demand for nurses continues to rise.

In 2016, graduates from the Lake of the Ozarks location had a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX and the graduates from the Columbia campus achieved a 95.35 percent pass rate.

Classroom of nursing students

Two locations

The Associate in Science in Nursing degree is available at the following locations:

  • Main campus in Columbia, Missouri
  • Columbia College–Lake of the Ozarks location in Osage Beach, Missouri

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Students may apply to the main campus program, the Lake of the Ozarks program, or both. The campus in Columbia, Missouri accepts applications twice a year and the Lake of the Ozarks program accepts applications once a year.  The program is open to individuals who have no prior nursing education and to individuals who are licensed practical nurses.

ASN program outcomes

NCLEX-RN® aggregate pass rates by year
Year Pass rates
2019 92%
2018 93%
2017 95%
ASN program aggregate completion rates by year
Year Completion rates
2019 83%
2018 90%
2017 70%
ASN program aggregate employment rates
Year Employment rates
2019 94%
2018 84.2%
2017 70%

*Aggregate data from Columbia and Lake of the Ozarks venues.

Respected in the field

Both Columbia College Nursing Programs are approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. Columbia College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Graduates of either program are eligible to apply to take the Missouri State Board of Nursing Licensure Examination to become registered nurses.* 

*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. Read more about the Missouri Nursing Practice Act.

This nursing education program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326 404-975-5000


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