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Ready to become a registered nurse?

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Columbia College is designed to prepare you for an outstanding career in the field in clinical care and leadership. 

You'll learn basic medical surgical nursing as well as various specialties and community care. Complex clinical reasoning, decision-making and collaborative skills are developed that contribute to patient safety and quality processes while providing a framework for evidence-based practice. This degree program prepares you to assume roles in professional nursing from basic care to advanced roles in nursing management, client care and education.


The BSN program has initial approval from the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Columbia College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. (

Learning Environment

Nursing classes take place in the state-of-the-art Brouder Science Center at the main campus in Columbia, MO. To ensure that you are prepared for the workplace, you’ll learn in a hyper-real (yet safe) environment, with responsive patient simulators and the exact same equipment you’ll find in hospitals across the nation.

In addition, clinical classes are patterned after typical shift start times for many hospitals, offering an even more realistic learning experience. 

NCLEX Pass Rates

At the completion of the program you will be eligible to apply to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). 

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 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, or at the direct link below:

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

Columbia College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, disability, race, color, national origin, veteran status, marital status, religion, nationality, or ethnicity in the recruitment, admission, or treatment of any student. The college's nondiscriminatory practices pertain to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the college, including administration of Columbia College's educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other college-related programs. (See the Policy & Procedures Columbia College Day Campus - Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy.)


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