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Academic Programs

Masters Direct Entry (MDE) Program

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).

 

Masters in Advanced Clinical Management and Leadership

The Masters in Advanced Clinical Management and Leadership grew from our relationship with our affiliates to advance the education of Bachelors prepared RNs to the Masters level.  To meet the needs of the fast-changing health care environment, nursing education must adapt to today’s challenges and anticipate those of tomorrow. Continuing in its tradition of preparing the nation’s nurse leaders, Columbia Nursing’s new Masters Advanced Clinical Management and Leadership curriculum equips its students with the desire and ability to improve the health and health care of all. Whether it’s teaching them to master complex new technologies, provide care based in the latest scientific investigations, lead health care teams, carry out life-saving research, lead transitions in patient care, or engage in the policy arena, a Columbia Nursing education places its graduates at the forefront of their profession, eminently qualified to provide the best care possible to patients, families and communities. 

The Master’s ACML student will demonstrate  proficiency in the provision of evidence-based nursing care with an emphasis on care coordination and assume a leadership role within health care settings by meeting the CUSON MS ACML Competencies.

This program is currently offered to our NewYork-Presbyterian affiliates.

Master of Science (Nurse Anesthesia Program)

The Master of Science degree advances nursing competence by extending and deepening knowledge within the Nurse Anesthesia Program. 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. 

 

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a Post-Baccalaureate(BS) program that 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. 

                                                     
The Post-BS DNP specialties are:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program (AG-ACNP)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program (AG-PCNP)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program
  • Nurse-Midwifery Program
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH)

There are currently three (3) points of entry to the DNP program:

Registered Nurses with a BS degree                                   

The Post-BS DNP is a 3 year, full-time program for registered nurses interested in advanced practice that includes a clinical residency. This program prepares students as Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) 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. Graduates are eligible for state licensure and professional certification in their area of specialty. 

The following two entry points require a  transcript evaluation for advanced standing upon enrollment.

Registered Nurses with a MS degree 

                                               
The program for RNs with a MS degree is a 3 year, full-time program that includes a clinical residency. This program prepares students as Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) 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. Graduates are eligible for state licensure and professional certification in their area of specialty.  

Advanced Practice Nurses with a MS Degree      

The program for RNs  with a MS degree and are advanced practice nurses is a 6 semester, full-time program that includes a clinical residency. 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. Graduates are eligible for state licensure and professional certification in their area of specialty.   

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.