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Academic Programs

Masters Direct Entry (MDE) Program

Beginning in the summer of 2016 Columbia Nursing introduced an innovative, accelerated curriculum for non-nurse college graduates. Our new fifteen-month Masters Direct Entry (MDE) program prepares students to enter the nursing profession as masters-credentialed registered nurses with a focus on care coordination. Those graduating from the MDE program possess the ability provide a high level of care throughout a variety of healthcare settings. Students are able to move from this program directly into one of the two doctoral programs, the clinical Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), or the research-based Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD).


Master's Programs

The Master of Science degree advances nursing competence by extending and deepening knowledge within a specific clinical specialty. The program prepares students to manage and negotiate healthcare delivery systems, provide culturally sensitive care, cultivate the nurse/patient relationship, as well as, assess, plan, implement, and evaluate personalized patient education and coaching interventions. This program will be replaced by the post-bachelor's DNP program starting in June 2017 for all specialties except Anesthesia.


Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Post-Bachelor’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (post-BS DNP) Programs                                             

Beginning in the summer of 2017, Columbia Nursing will introduce the Post-Bachelor’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program for registered nurses interested in advanced practice. The Post-BS DNP is a 3 year, full-time program that includes a clinical residency. This program prepares students as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in an area of specialty. Students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary for comprehensive care with patients across sites and over time, while also serving as leaders, educators, and innovators in the profession.

Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (post-MS DNP) Programs                                                     

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares nurse clinicians to conduct complex diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, make use of sophisticated informatics and decision-making technology, and assimilate in-depth knowledge of the biophysical, psychosocial, behavioral, and clinical sciences. In addition, the DNP program prepares nurses with the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for fully accountable comprehensive care with patients across sites and over time. With the increasing scope of clinical scholarship in nursing and the growth of scientific knowledge in the discipline, doctoral level education is required for independent practice.

PhD Program

The PhD program is a research-intensive curriculum that prepares nurse scholars to conduct research independently and as part of interdisciplinary teams. The program provides students with an understanding of the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of nursing science, and a strong foundation in research methods (design, statistics, measurement) for clinical, translational and health services research.


Sub-Specialty Programs

The sub-specialty programs are available to current students enrolled in an MS or DNP program.