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School of Nursing

School of Nursing

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According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of nursing will grow by 12 percent each year for the next decade. With 210,000 new job openings annually, this high-demand field needs skilled professionals who can think creatively, push the boundaries of science, and work to improve the lives of others.

Join a nationally-recognized nursing program designed for traditional students and working adults alike. With online degree options and convenient internship and practicum opportunities, it's easy to make your career goals a reality at CSU.

Columbus State's undergraduate program in nursing is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Previously part of the Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education (GICGNE), CSU School of Nursing was approved to launch its own MSN program in the spring of 2020. While CSU is still under the umbrella of the GICGNE, which is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the university is applying for individual CCNE accreditation. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted; however, students are covered under the GICGNE accreditation.

More than 85% percent of Columbus State University's School of Nursing graduates pass the NCLEX, the national nursing licensure exam. This passage rate is a testament to our faculty and the hands-on experiences they provide to our students. Many of our professors still practice what they teach, so they are able to create a relevant four-semester nursing curriculum (starting in the junior year - the first four semesters of course work are pre-requisites.)

Note for Out-of-State Students

If you will be living outside of Georgia while enrolled in courses, please visit our Program State Authorizations and Approvals page before applying to find out if Columbus State University is able to offer your program of interest where you will be living.

If you will be living internationally, or have any questions about state authorization or professional licensure authorization, please contact the State Authorization office at state_authorization@columbusstate.edu. Please include in your email:

  • Your name
  • Where you will be physically present while taking classes
  • Program of interest

The State Authorization office can only address questions related to state or licensing board approvals, for all other questions please contact the appropriate department:

Visit our Out-of-State Student page for more information for students living out of state.

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Another testament to our success is the fact that the two major local health organizations committed $1 million to Columbus State’s nursing program to increase nursing graduates and raise the level of nursing education in Columbus.

Nursing students who have been accepted into nursing programs may apply for available scholarships. Please see resource page for more information.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.The master's degree program in nursing at Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education (Consortium of Columbus State University and Georgia Southwestern University) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).