Columbia University’s School of Nursing allows students to practice at one of the highest levels of the profession. Students are taught to master all facets of nursing. The world-class faculty includes not only educators, but most maintain an active practice, allowing them to share the challenges of nursing by bringing real-world experience into the classroom. 

Columbia Nursing collaborates with the College of Physicians and Surgeons, The Mailman School of Public Health, and the College of Dental Medicine. The school’s commitment to global health includes its designation as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center.

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The Good

  • Nursing Degree Programs
  • Career Resources
  • Nursing School Accreditations

Nursing Degree Programs

Columbia University believes learning should begin in the classroom but should extend into real-life clinical settings. The school offers clinical placements for students to learn in some of New York City’s most challenging healthcare settings. 

Graduates from Columbia Nursing will have the knowledge and skills for making a difference in the medical community. Here are the nursing programs Columbia offers:

  • Masters Direct Entry (MDE) Program
    • 15 months
    • Eligibility for RN licensure after completing the program
  • Masters Direct Entry/Doctor of Nursing Practice (MDE/DNP)
    • 4 years (15 months MDE + 3 years DNP)
    • Eligibility for RN licensure after the MDE portion of the program
    • Eligibility for APRN licensure during DNP portion of the program
  • Masters Direct Entry/Doctor of Philosophy (MDE/PhD)
    • 4-5 years (15 months MDE + 3-4 years PhD)
    • Eligibility for RN licensure after the MDE portion of the program
  • Master of Science in Nursing in Anesthesia (MS in Anesthesia)
    • 27 months
    • Full-time
    • Clinical Anesthesia Residency
  • Post-RN Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-RN DNP) (for registered nurses with a bachelor's degree)
    • 3 years
    • Prepares registered nursed as an advanced Clinical Practitioner within a specialty
  • Post-APRN Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-APRN DNP) (for APRNs with a master's degree)
    • 2 years
    • Practice as a Comprehensive Care Practitioner
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • 3-4 years
    • Provides a strong foundation in nursing science and research methods

Career Resources

Columbia Nursing uses the College Central Network as the official resume and job posting service. Many local employers post jobs exclusively to Columbia University via the CCN site. Students and recent graduates (within 6 months of graduation) can create a profile and upload a resume and career portfolio, as well as search and apply to job opportunities.

Nursing School Accreditations

Columbia University School of Nursing is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Columbia University School of Nursing's baccalaureate, master’s and doctor of nursing practice nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. 

Columbia University School of Nursing's nurse-midwifery program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education.

Columbia University School of Nursing's nurse anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

Columbia University School of Nursing's pediatric nurse practitioner program is accredited by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

Columbia University School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

Columbia University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. 

The Bad

  • No Distance Learning
  • No Undergraduate Degree
  • Acceptance Rate

No Distance Learning

Columbia Nursing does not have a distance learning program.

No Undergraduate Degree

Columbia Nursing does not offer a four-year undergraduate program, although the Masters Direct Entry (MDE) program is available to those who have already received their undergraduate (B.A., B.F.A, B.S., etc.) degree in a non-nursing field and would like to make a career change.

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate for Columbia University is around 7 percent, which is low.

The Bottom Line

Students who have graduated with their bachelor's degree and would like to pursue a Masters, DNP or PhD in nursing should look into Columbia University. The school is highly accredited, and the majority of the staff are practicing nurses. However, there are a few drawbacks to Columbia University, including the lack of a distance learning program and low acceptance rate.

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