Feb 21, 2020  
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admissions Policies Pertaining to Special Programs


Policies Pertaining to Special Programs:

Special programs at Columbia College may require additional admission steps and requirements. All applicants must complete the Admissions Procedures outlined below as well as the additional requirements to apply directly to the special program. Contact the Recruiting & Admissions Division for further information at 573-875-7515 or 877-999-9876 or Admissions@ccis.edu.

Admissions Procedures

To be considered for admission to the Columbia College, an applicant’s file must include the materials outlined below. All unofficial documents should be submitted electronically to Admissions@ccis.edu; faxed to 573-875-7506; or mailed to the Recruiting & Admissions Division, Columbia College, 1001 Rogers Street, Columbia, MO 65216. Documents supporting college readiness must be provided to the Recruiting & Admissions Division before admission review.

Note: Some programs may require final official transcripts to be provided. All official college transcripts should be submitted electronically to EvalTrans@ccis.edu or mailed to: Office of the Registrar, Columbia College, 1001 Rogers Street, Columbia, MO 65216.

The moderately-selective requirements for admission to the Main Campus Day Program are not applicable to the Columbia College Global (CCG) campuses. See Campus Maps for a map of the all Columbia College Locations.

Every applicant to any Columbia College program or Location, must complete the following steps for admission. Additional requirements may apply to specific applicant status (i.e. non-degree, readmit, international, etc.). See specific applicant status policies below for more information.

  1. Submit a completed application at www.ccis.edu/apply
  2. Authenticate identity* (see Student Authentication
  3. Provide proof of college readiness (more information in the Admissions Policy section)

* Applicants to the Main Campus Day Program will authenticate after admission.

Columbia College welcomes home schooled applicants at all Locations. Home School applicants must complete all Admissions Procedures. Transcripts may be accepted from recognized home school programs. Contact the Recruiting & Admissions Division for more information.

Teacher Certification Programs

Columbia College offers a variety of teacher certification programs. All candidates for the teacher certification programs are expected to meet general admission requirements to Columbia College. (See Admissions Requirements for more details.) Not all programs for teacher certification are available at all Columbia College locations. See specific program details in catalog and on our website at www.ccis.edu. Contact the Recruiting & Admissions Division for more program specific information.

Note: Acceptance to Columbia College does not guarantee acceptance to the teacher certification course sequence.

Admission to the teacher certification program is on a moderately selective basis. Additional details regarding selection criteria for the teacher certification course sequence is available online at https://www.ccis.edu/departments/education/teachercertificationprogram.aspx.
 

BEACON Program

The Beacon Program is a certification program designed so that students can graduate with a bachelor’s degree in their desired content area and certification in their desired grade level. Students complete all degree and certification requirements at the undergraduate level. 

When completing the online application, students who wish to pursue Elementary Education Certification have two degree:

  1. Choose the ‘Bachelor of General Studies for Elementary Education Certification’ that includes the Elementary Education Certification Minor and Elementary Education Content Area Minors in Language Arts, Mathematic/Science, and Social Studies. Students must complete all minors to earn this degree.
  2. Choose a degree in a content area (i.e. human services, psychology, art, etc) and add the Elementary Education Certification Minor.

Students who choose to pursue Middle School or Secondary Education Certification will select the content area/major (i.e. math, English, science, etc) on the online application. Students will then select a minor in a certification area of middle school, secondary, art k-12 or music k-12.

Note: Acceptance to Columbia College does not guarantee acceptance to the teacher certification course sequence.

Admission to the teacher certification program is on a moderately selective basis. Certification students must apply and be accepted into the Teacher Certification Program before enrolling in most education courses above EDUC 300. Additional details regarding selection criteria for the teacher certification course sequence is available online at https://www.ccis.edu/departments/education/teachercertificationprogram.aspx.

Post-Baccalaureate Programs

Undergraduate Post-Bacc

The Columbia College Undergraduate Post-Baccalaureate Certification Program (UPB.CERT) is designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue teacher certification but not a master’s degree. This program is available through the main campus in Columbia as well as at two nationwide locations - Lake of the Ozarks and St. Louis, Missouri. (Not all certificate options are available at all three campus locations.) Post baccalaureate students are only eligible for take courses required for certification. Non-certification courses are not covered by federal financial aid.

To be reviewed for admission to this certification program, students must complete the Admissions Procedures above AND

  • Provide proof of program readiness by presenting the following:
    • Completed bachelor’s degree
    • 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA (this includes all courses taken at any undergraduate institution)

All official college transcripts should be submitted electronically to EvalTrans@ccis.edu or mailed to: Office of the Registrar, Columbia College, 1001 Rogers Street, Columbia, MO 65216.

Recent graduates from Columbia College with a bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply for the undergraduate post baccalaureate program. Students must reapply to the UPB.CERT program and must complete the Admissions Procedures and meet the Readmission criteria for admission review.


Master’s Post Bacc

The Columbia College Master’s Post Baccalaureate program (MAT.PB) is designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue teacher certification along with a master’s degree. (This program, with graduate level courses is currently only offered through the main campus in Columbia, Missouri. Students at the Lake Ozark or St. Louis locations may be admitted if they wish to commute to enroll in graduate courses.)

Students interested in applying to the Master’s program must follow the graduate admissions procedures as outlined in the graduate catalog.

Associate of Science in Nursing

Columbia College offers an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program offered at two Locations - in Columbia Missouri and the Lake of the Ozarks. The program is open to individuals who have no prior nursing education and to those who hold a Licensed Practical Nursing license.

All candidates for the nursing program are expected to meet general admission requirements to Columbia College. (See Admissions Requirements for more details.)

Note: Acceptance to Columbia College does not guarantee acceptance to the ASN course sequence.

Admission to the ASN program is on a selective basis. Cohort sizes and selection deadlines vary by Location. Additional details regarding selection criteria for the ASN course sequence is available online at www.ccis.edu/nursing.

RN-to-BSN Online Program

Columbia College offers a fully only RN-to-BSN program to help working registered nurses obtain a bachelor degree. The RN-to-BSN degree program may not be available in specific states. Please visit the Nursing webpage for more specific info: www.ccis.edu/nursing.

To be reviewed for admission to this degree program, students must complete the Admissions Procedures above AND

  • Provide proof of program readiness by presenting the following:
  • Completed associate degree in Nursing
  • Successful completion of the National Counselor Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses

Proof of program readiness is typically provided by college transcripts and a copy of the RN License.

Recent graduates from Columbia College with an Associate of Science in Nursing degree are eligible to apply for the RN-to-BSN online program. Students must reapply to the RN-to-BSN program and must complete the Admissions Procedures and meet the Readmission criteria for admission review. Additional documents may be required after admission which will be collected by the Nursing Department.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Main Campus Day Program)

Columbia College offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at the Main Campus Day Program in Columbia, MO. Students are admitted to Columbia College first and then must meet additional selection criteria to be considered for the BSN program.

All candidates for the BSN program are expected to meet general admission requirements to the Main Campus Day Program. (See Admissions Requirements for more details.)

Note: Acceptance to Columbia College does not guarantee acceptance to the BSN course sequence.

Admission to the program is on a selective basis. Cohort sizes and selection deadlines vary. Additional details regarding selection criteria for the BSN course sequence is available online at www.ccis.edu/nursing.

Certificate Programs

Columbia College offers a variety of certificate programs and eligibility to enroll varies by program. Please see specific certificate sections for enrollment criteria. Note that the majority of certificate programs are non-degree seeking status. The non-degree seeking status is designed for part-time students who do not seek an academic degree at Columbia College. Students who wish to apply for non-degree seeking status must complete the non-degree seeking application for admission. Acceptance as a non-degree certificate seeking student is not automatic. Additional and separate criteria may apply to different certificate programs for admission review. Please see specific certificate sections for admission criteria.

Enrollment as a certificate, non-degree seeking student neither guarantees automatic admission to degree-seeking status, nor does it necessarily impact an admission decision. Students enrolling at Columbia College under this non-degree certificate status may be considered for degree-seeking status in a subsequent semester by completing the full degree-seeking application process. Non-degree seeking students cannot change/update to degree seeking in the middle of an academic semester.


Non-degree seeking certificate students are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Certified Medical Assistant

Students interested in the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) certificate have the opportunity to take college courses for credit while working with a partner hospital. Eligibility is based on a partnership between Columbia College and that particular hospital. Courses will be taken online. The CMA certificate is a non-degree program and not eligible for financial aid. Contact the Recruiting & Admissions Division for information about current hospital partners.

*NOTE: The CMA certificate has a paper application & do not need to complete the online application. The paper application will be provided by the partner hospital.

To be reviewed for admission to this certificate, students must complete the Admissions Procedures above AND

  • Provide proof of program readiness by presenting one of the following:
  • 2.5 Cumulative high school GPA
  • 2.0 Cumulative College GPA
  • Satisfactory score on the TEAS test (Proficient or higher level required)

Proof of program readiness is typically provided by high school or college transcripts. Items required will be collected by the hospital representative and submitted to Columbia College by agreed deadline.

Crime Scene Investigation Certificate

The Crime Scene Investigation Certificate (CSI) is available only at the Main Campus Day program, Online and St. Louis location. The CSI certificate is a non-degree program and not eligible for federal financial aid.

For new students to Columbia College, to be reviewed for admission to the CSI certificate, students must complete the Admissions Procedures AND

  • Provide proof of program readiness by proof of the following.
    • State certified law enforcement academy graduates with bachelors or associate degrees from a regionally accredited academic institution. Students must have earned a major or minor in Criminal Justice, Justice Studies, or Forensic Science.

Current Columbia College students do NOT need to reapply to this program; current students can declare this program in the self-service portal in CougarTrack. Contact your academic advisor for more information.

Business Certificates

Business Administration undergraduate certificates are available in three business administration fields: management, marketing and human resource management. These certificates are only available at our nationwide & online locations and only current degree-seeking Columbia College students are eligible to add these to their current program of study.

Current Columbia College students do NOT need to reapply to this program; current students can declare this program in the self-service portal in CougarTrack. Contact your academic advisor for more information.