Jul 05, 2022  
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, B.S. (Day)

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is designed for the Day nursing major who wishes to achieve a baccalaureate in nursing to provide not only clinical care but leadership in the profession of nursing. Courses teach 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 the nursing student to assume roles in professional nursing from basic care to advanced roles in nursing management, client care and education. This degree will prepare the student for higher degrees in nursing. A total of 120 credits are required to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. At the completion of the program, the student will be eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Selection criteria for the Nursing Course Sequence:

  1. Completion of the Nursing prerequisite courses.
  2. Minimum of an overall GPA of 2.75 for the general education, mathematics, science courses, and be in good academic standing within Columbia College. A minimum grade of “C” is required for all prerequisite courses.
  3. Possess the necessary functional abilities to provide safe and effective patient care.2
  4. Selection of nursing students will be based on the GPA of the Nursing Program prerequisite courses and the TEAS score (minimum TEAS score of 70 and a minimum composite score of 150 is required for application to the Nursing Program).
  5. Additional requirements for those selected for the Nursing Program:
    • Urine drug test
    • Physical forms, including documentation of immunizations/titers
    • Current CPR certification by the American Heart Association, Health Care Providers course
    • Criminal background check

General Education Requirements (39-42 sem. hrs)

For a complete list of general education courses click here ​. For additional information on general education requirements click here .

Core Requirements (87 sem. hrs)

All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher; courses in the major cannot be taken as Pass/Fail; 15 hrs of Upper Level core coursework must be completed in residency.

Total: 120 (sem. hrs)

The total reflects the minimum number of hours to obtain a bachelor’s degree. Some courses listed above may fulfill more than one requirement block. Please speak to your academic advisor to plan your specific degree path.


The total semester hours required for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree are variable and dependent, in part, upon preparatory coursework requirements and core requirements that simultaneously fulfill general education requirements.

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