Columbia College of Nursing (CCON) has a long history in nursing education, dating back to 1901. The College has been affiliated with Columbia Hospital since 1909 and serves a vital role in the education of competent nurses. CCON offers both Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees. Undergraduate students transfer general education courses from other accredited colleges and universities, and they complete their BSN degree at CCON. Graduate students take courses in 8- or 16-week blocks and complete their program of study in less than 17 months.
Columbia College of Nursing will prepare exemplary, compassionate, professional nurses, distinguished by liberal arts education, evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning, safe patient care, and commitment to social justice.
Columbia College of Nursing will provide outcome-based nursing education that is highly valued by diverse communities of students, educators, and employers for its principles of life-long learning, professionalism, academic and clinical excellence, and social responsibility.
In keeping with the core values of Columbia St. Mary’s, Columbia College of Nursing embraces the core values of respect, integrity, service, creativity, and commitment to excellence. Columbia College of Nursing supports these core values by a commitment to excellence in education, scholarship, service, and evidenced based-practice.
The nursing program is approved by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The baccalaureate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program will undergo the CCNE accreditation review in 2015.
Columbia College is affiliated with Columbia St. Mary's Health Systems, and has affiliations with Mount Mary University, University of Wisconsin-Waukesha and Lakeland College.
Review of approval and accreditation documents are available upon request through the Office of the Dean.