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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. The School of Nursing at Columbus State University offers a BSN Program, an RN-BSN program, an MSN program with tracks for a Nurse Educator, Nurse Informaticist, or Nurse Leader, and an FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner) program.

Our BSN graduates have a program experience guided by professors who have created a relevant four-semester nursing curriculum (starting in the junior year - the first four semesters of coursework are prerequisites). The curriculum, which includes many hands-on clinical opportunities, prepares the BSN student to take the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Exam) at the end of the program.

Our BSN program is ranked nationally in the top 100 Best Affordable Nursing Degrees. Columbus State's undergraduate program in nursing is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing.

Our RN-BSN Program is an online program designed for working registered nurses who want to advance their career by completing their BSN. Our RN-BSN program is also ranked nationally in the top 30 RN-BSN programs and statewide in the top 3. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Columbus State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Our MSN and FNP programs are also online programs with the ability to complete clinical experiences in your area. Our FNP program is ranked nationally in the top 5 Most Affordable Online Nurse Practitioner Degrees and our MSN program is one of the top 5 programs in Georgia.

While the MSN/FNP programs was established as 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. The master's degree program in nursing at Columbus State University under GICGNE is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). The master's degree program in nursing at Columbus State University as a single institution is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

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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).

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