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Teaching Tomorrow's Nurses

Columbia Nursing is a leader in advanced practice nursing education. Our reputation for excellence attracts highly-motivated students eager to apply the knowledge they acquire to improve the welfare of their patients.

Columbia Nursing provides a unique academic curriculum. Columbia Nursing’s Masters Direct Entry (MDE) program will prepare students to enter the nursing profession as masters-credentialed registered nurses with a focus on care coordination. MDE students will gain knowledge and skills for making a difference in the lives of patients, families, and communities, as well as achieving their professional and personal goals. Those graduating from the program will possess the ability to provide a high level of care through a variety of healthcare settings. The new curriculum will enable students to move from our master's program directly into one of our two doctoral programs, the clinical Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), or the research-based Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD). 

At Columbia Nursing, learning begins in the classroom and quickly extends into clinical settings unlike any in the world. Clinical placements make it possible for students to work and learn in some of NewYork City’s most challenging and rewarding health care settings.

Columbia Nursing pioneered the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree which empowers nurses to practice at the top of their profession. Graduates of the program achieve an unmatched level of skill in comprehensive care across sites and over time.

Students choosing our PhD program have a passion for scientific inquiry. A common theme of our research addresses health care disparities in recent immigrant populations and ethnic and racialminorities. Topics focus on enhancing palliative care, improving the control of infectious disease, and managing chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and hypertension.

Columbia Nursing Degree Programs

  • Masters Direct Entry (MDE) Program (Formerly Combined BS/MS Program): Our new 15-month MDE program will prepare students to enter the nursing profession as masters-credentialed registered nurses with a focus on care coordination.
  • Master of Science: The Master of Science prepares nurses for advanced clinical practice. (This program will be replaced by the Post-Bachelor's DNP Program beginning in June 2017 for all specialties except Anesthesia).
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): The DNP program prepares advanced practice nurses as comprehensive care practitioners who provide fully accountable and continuous care to patients across settings and during transitions.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Building on a foundation in nursing science and research methods, PhD graduates conduct evidence-based research independently and as part of interdisciplinary teams.