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Columbia College of Nursing (CCON) offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with a focus on the Clinical Nurse Leader. CCON graduate students develop advanced skills essential to providing high-quality care for patients, families, and communities. These skills include, but are not limited to, collaboration, ethical decision making, diversity competence, and critical thinking. Graduates are able to develop, implement, and evaluate processes and programs that ensure smooth transitions throughout the continuum of care. Ultimately, MSN graduates shape the nursing profession and embrace life-long learning that integrates evidence-based practice, research, and professional development.  

Accreditation and Affiliations

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.

Program Highlights

  • Program focus: Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) 
  • Length of MSN program - 17 months 
  • Spring admission only
  • Designed for the working professional RN 
  • Small faculty to student ratio 
  • Theory courses meet one evening per week in 8-week sessions 
  • 400 hours of clinical practice focused on CNL competencies 
  • Graduates qualify to take the Clinical Nurse Leader Certification Examination offered by Commission on Nurse Certification 
  • Longest standing Nursing College in the State of Wisconsin – More than 100 years of rich history!

Click the links on the left for more information and to begin the application process. You’re just a few months away from starting a new chapter in your RN career.

Columbia College of Nursing

4425 N. Port Washington Rd.| Glendale | WI | 53212
Phone 414-326-2330 | Fax 414-326-2331

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