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Associate in Science in Nursing program Admission/selection criteria and deadlines

ASN Program selection deadlines

Applications must be received in the Nursing Program Office by 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2021 (Columbia and Lake). The Columbia Nursing Office is located in Room 243 in the Brouder Science Center (west of Range Line Street). The Lake Nursing Office is on the 2nd floor of the building.

For students planning to start in Late Spring. The application deadline for students planning to start in Late Fall (Columbia only) is July 29, 2021.

Admission to the Associate in Science in Nursing program is granted on a selective basis. Students are admitted to the nursing course sequence twice a year at the main campus with selection being made in July and December. Students are admitted to the nursing course sequence once a year at the Lake of the Ozarks venue with selection being made in December.

The maximum number of students varies by location (Columbia and Lake of the Ozarks). This number is made up of a combination of non-LPN and LPN students.

Selection criteria

General education, mathematics and science courses selection criteria:

All candidates for the nursing program must first meet general admission requirements to the college. See Columbia College  Undergraduate Catalog.

Nursing selection criteria includes:

  • Completion of all general education, mathematics and science courses. The Admission/Selection GPA for acceptance into the Nursing Program will be based on the following prerequisite courses that must be completed at the time of the nursing application deadline: NURS 209, MATH 106 or higher, PSYC 101, CHEM 109 or CHEM 110, BIOL 110 and BIOL 110L, BIOL 223 and BIOL 223L or BIOL 326 and BIOL 326L. A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for these courses.
  • ENGL 133W and BIOL 221 and BIOL 221L or BIOL 312 and BIOL 312L must be completed before NURS 210. These courses are not counted in the GPA used for selection. A grade of C or better is required in all prerequisites.
  • Possess the necessary functional abilities to provide safe and effective patient care (see below).
  • 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. 
  • LPNs only:
    1. Submit an official copy of practical nursing transcript.
    2. Submit a copy of your LPN license.
    3. Must have a current undisciplined LPN license.
  • Completed and acceptable application packet.

Selection will be based on a composite. A minimum composite score of 150 is required to apply to the nursing program. The composite is based on the following:

  • GPA of prerequisite courses used for selection.
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®) score. The TEAS® exam must be administered at Columbia College to be considered for admission. Students are allowed to take the TEAS® a maximum of three times. 

Additional requirements for those selected for the program:

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

Applicants taking the RN State Board Licensure Examination must have completed high school (or the equivalent) and a professional nursing program.

Functional abilities

A candidate for the nursing program must possess essential abilities in order to provide safe and effective patient care. Functional abilities to fulfill the role of the nurse include: behavioral/emotional, cognitive, communication, professional conduct, psychomotor skills and sensory/perceptual abilities.

Behavioral/emotional: Ability to maintain effective, therapeutic relationships with patients, families, students, faculty, staff and other professionals under all circumstances and settings, including highly stressful situations. Possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his/her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment and the prompt completion of all responsibilities involved in the care of patients and families.

Cognitive: Ability to evaluate and apply knowledge and engage in critical thinking in the classroom and clinical settings.

Communication: Ability to communicate effectively and therapeutically with other students, faculty, staff, patients, family and other professionals in both oral and written forms.

Professional conduct: Ability to reason morally and practice nursing in an ethical and legal manner. Be willing to learn and abide by professional standards of practice. Be able to deliver safe, effective nursing care to all patient populations, including, but not limited to children, adolescents and adults with various emotional, developmental, and medical problems and needs. Adapt to rapidly changing environments/situations while maintaining a professional demeanor.

Psychomotor skills: Ability 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: Ability to utilize vision, hearing and senses of touch and smell to thoroughly analyze patient data and provide accurate and safe treatment/care.

Missouri Nursing Practice Act

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. A copy of the Nursing Practice Act is available at the Nursing Education Center and can also be accessed online on the Missouri State Board of Nursing website

  • The Missouri Nursing Practice Act, Section 335.066: Denial, revocation, or suspension of license, grounds for, civil immunity for providing information.

Questions regarding the relevance of this section to a particular situation should be addressed to the director/coordinator of the program.


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