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Our Program

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. Graduates are able to develop, implement, and evaluate processes and programs that ensure high quality outcomes and smooth transitions of care throughout the continuum of care. This program is applicable to acute care, extended care, primary care, and throughout the community.

Program Highlights

  • Program focus: Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)
  • Length of MSN program - 17 months
  • Designed for the working professional RN
  • Small faculty to student ratio
  • Courses offered in a variety of venues including, online, in-person, and blended format
  • Blended and in-person theory courses meet one evening per week in 8-week sessions
  • 400 hours of clinical practice required, focused on CNL core competencies
  • Graduates qualify to take the Clinical Nurse Leader Certification Examination, offered by the Commission on Nurse Certification
  • Longest standing Nursing College in the State of Wisconsin – More than 100 years of rich history!
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Our Curriculum

Our innovative curriculum prepares you to be a leader in our ever-changing healthcare environments!



Columbia College of Nursing is committed to preparing exemplary, compassionate, professional nurses who are rooted in providing socially just, holistic, and evidence-based practice. These qualities will serve to sustain and improve the health of individuals, families, and communities.


Columbia College of Nursing excels in providing individualized transformative nursing education that serves diverse individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan, based on principles of life-long learning, leadership, professionalism, academic and clinical excellence, and social responsibility.

Core Values

In keeping with the core values of Ascension Health, Columbia College of Nursing embraces the principles of service, reverence, integrity, wisdom, creativity, and dedication. In addition, Columbia College of Nursing supports these core values by a commitment to excellence in education, scholarship, service, and implementation of evidenced based-practice.

Accreditation & Affiliations

The nursing program is approved by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

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