Additional costs for nursing programs

Students taking online or in-seat nursing courses will have additional expenses.

Nursing costs

Paying for college is an investment in yourself and your future. Columbia College offers a quality, innovative nursing education with associate or bachelor’s degrees with opportunities to earn online or in-seat in Columbia, MO or at the Lake of the Ozarks location.

Online and in-seat costs
Description Cost per credit hour
Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) [1] $405
Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) $375

1 Nursing sequence courses are offered during the day on campus in Columbia, Missouri, and at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Main Campus nursing costs
Description Cost per semester
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) $12,403 [2]

2 Costs for incoming BSN students prior to Fall 2021 are different.


  • Admission HESI A2® test fee: $65
  • Background check, medical document manager and drug test package: approximately $148
  • Other potential CMA fees: $150 or more
    • CPR certifications: $90-120
    • Immunizations: varies based on need
    • TB skin tests: $10-30
    • Physicals: Free on campus
    • Parking passes: varies based clinical site

Other student expenses

A urine drug test and physical exam required to start the nursing sequence. Immunizations and lab tests are required.

Some clinical facilities charge parking fees that typically cost $2 per day. Parking fees for a typical clinical course could total $30. Carpooling is a less expensive option.

Incidental fees/lab fees:

Lab fees cover supplies, testing and student name tag. Fees are distributed over nursing courses.

  • BSN: $2,000[3]
  • Transcript fee: $10[4]
  • State board and NCLEX application fees: Approximately $300

3 Fee applies to incoming BSN students prior to Fall 2021.

4 Transcripts sent to state board with application for licensure.