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Bachelors of Science of Nursing  Degree

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. 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. The unique upper division curriculum at the Columbia College of Nursing provides students with multiple options to earn a degree in nursing.

Why choose CCON?

  • Guaranteed clinical placements, with clinicals beginning in the first semester
  • No waiting lists
  • Full-time and part-time plans available
  • Student-to-faculty clinical ratio of 8:1 or lower
  • All required nursing courses offered each semester (Fall and Spring)
  • Academic scholarships and financial assistance to qualified students
  • Student Enrichment Center staffed by faculty
  • Longest standing Nursing College in Wisconsin—more than 100 years of rich history!
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Approved by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing
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Learn more about admission eligibility, application deadlines, and how to apply.


Our Curriculum

See why our curriculum prepares students to excel in the rigorous demands of health care.


What is 2+2?

Transfer in 60 college credits and complete your final 60 credits for your BSN degree at CCON.


The Clinical Experience

Through our partnership with the Columbia St. Mary's health system, Ascension Health and several clinical sites, we ensure our students receive the benefits of the latest advances in nursing education, while remaining on the cutting edge of healthcare.


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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