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Undergraduate Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions?  Please see the Frequently Asked Questions below to help guide you.  If you do not find the answer you are looking for, please don’t hesitate to contact the Admission Specialist at (414) 326-1797 or email, and we would be happy to help you!

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  Will my credits transfer to the Columbia College of Nursing?

It's easy to find out what your transfer status is! View the Transfer Credit Guide from your school here(click on the Transfer Guides tab) to quickly identify which classes will transfer to CCON. A detailed, personalized credit evaluation will be completed for you by contacting the Admissions Specialist at

Here is a quick glance at the required 60 credits of Prerequisite Essential and General Education transfer courses. These required courses must be successfully completed (grade of “C” or better) or, you must be in the process of completing them*, for admission to the Columbia College of Nursing.

Prerequisite Essential Coursework (Completed within the last 7 years of application date)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic and/or Bio Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Introductory Sociology OR Cultural Anthropology
General Education Coursework (Completed within the last 10 years of application date)
  • English/College Level Composition
  • English Literature
  • Fine Arts
  • College Algebra
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • History
  • Ethics/Philosophy
  • Electives (as needed)

*Please note courses may be in progress at the time of application; however, documentation of successful completion (official transcripts) must be provided prior to final acceptance to the nursing program.

  What is a 2+2 program?

It’s a school and program not like all others! The Bachelors of Science of Nursing (BSN) Degree at the Columbia College of Nursing is an upper division "2 plus 2" program. Students complete their first 60 required general education credits at accredited institutions of higher learning, which is often completed within two years. Upon successful completion, students can then be admitted to the nursing program at the Columbia College of Nursing, where they complete the final 60 nursing credits for the BSN degree. With guaranteed clinical placements and no waiting lists, as long as students achieve a “C” or better in each course, the majority of students complete the final 60 credits in two years.

Please contact our Admissions Specialist early in your prerequisite coursework to ensure your classes meet the transfer requirements. We encourage you to plan ahead so you can complete your degree within four years and start working as a nurse as soon as possible!


  How do I submit an application to the Columbia College of Nursing?

Columbia College of Nursing utilizes NursingCAS (Online Application Service) for students to apply for admission. Follow the link below to the NursingCAS website and you will find simple instructions. The pathway to your professional goal is a click away!

Follow the steps below to complete an application:

  1. Click on the NursingCAS link.
  2. If you are new to the NursingCAS site, select “Create an Account” and complete the required profile. Otherwise, sign into the site using your previously established username and password.
  3. Once you are signed into the site, search for “Columbia College of Nursing” under the listing of schools, and complete all sections of the application.

  Will academic and student support be available?

Your success is our success! Our low faculty to student ratio of 8:1 or less in clinical settings, and theory classes that are typically around 30-40 students, provides a supportive and enriching academic environment. Our faculty focus on teaching and are passionate about what they do. Both faculty and staff cultivate professionals with state of the art skills while fostering the personal confidence to succeed.

  Can I afford private college?

Investing in your future at the Columbia College of Nursing has many benefits. Once admitted to CCON, guaranteed clinical placements with no waiting lists allow full-time students who achieve at “C” or better in each course to progress through the program in two years. This means you can begin your career as registered nurse sooner, making a pay check rather than paying for additional semesters of tuition.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.


  What about working while attending school and job placement after graduation?

Acknowledging each student’s situation is different, balancing employment with the rigor of academic success is an individual matter. If possible, we recommend students limit outside employment to approximately 10 hours per week. If students are interested in working in health care to gain experience during the program, our Ascension Health partnership allows nurse recruiters to provide recruitment events exclusively for CCON students to explore employment opportunities that match students’ needs. In addition, priority job placement is available for Columbia College of Nursing graduates seeking employment within Ascension Health.

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