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What makes the Columbia College of Nursing a smart choice?

The Columbia College of Nursing has been a college of, by, and for nurses for more than 100 years! We go far beyond merely textbook knowledge. When you choose the established programs at the Columbia College of Nursing, your child will receive real-life education. As the only nursing program in Milwaukee within a hospital system, the Columbia College of Nursing can ensure your child will receive the benefits of the latest advances in nursing education, while staying on the cutting edge of the changing healthcare landscape. Your child will have opportunities to develop the experience, skills, and confidence required for the nursing profession.

The Columbia College of Nursing offers:

  • Guaranteed clinical placements with no waiting lists
  • Partnership with Ascension Health providing state of the art facilities, the latest technologies, and outstanding staff.
  • Small student to faculty ratio of 8:1 or lower in clinical courses.
  • More than 100 years of rich history in nursing education at the longest standing Nursing College in Wisconsin!

What is a 2+2 program?

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 are often completed within two years. Upon successful completion, students then can be admitted to the nursing program at the Columbia College of Nursing, where the final 60 nursing credits are completed for the BSN degree. With guaranteed clinical placements and no waiting lists, the majority of students complete the final 60 credits in two years.

Please encourage your son or daughter to contact our Admissions Specialist early when completing prerequisite coursework, to ensure classes meet transfer requirements. Students are encouraged to plan ahead so they can complete their degree within four years and start working as a nurse as soon as possible!


Tell me about the Columbia College of Nursing campus.

Located minutes from downtown Milwaukee, WI, the Columbia College of Nursing (CCON) has a long and proud 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 caring, competent nurses. We are located inside Eastlake Towers, just off I-43 in Glendale, Wisconsin.

Columbia College of Nursing
Eastlake Towers
4425 N. Port Washington Rd.
Glendale, WI 53212

Campus Information

Is a private college affordable for my child?

in your child’s future at the Columbia College of Nursing has many benefits. After admission 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 your student can begin his or her career as registered nurse sooner, earning a pay check, rather than paying for additional semesters of tuition.

Financial aid and scholarships may be available for those who qualify. Follow the link below to learn about the many Financial Aid opportunities available.


How safe is the Columbia College of Nursing campus?

Safe learning environments enrich educational experiences. See how the Columbia College of Nursing’s safety record exemplifies this.

Safety and Security Report

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

Acknowledging that 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.