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Admissions and Financial Aid

Applications to Columbia Nursing are received from across the country and we value the diversity of each applicant. Columbia Nursing seeks individuals who bring with them a spirit of inquiry, commitment, and motivation toward scholarship.

Whether you are just beginning to consider the right university or already have a focused plan and are ready to apply, the admissions staff is available to help you. We welcome your email, phone calls and personal visits and look forward to talking with you.

Application Deadlines

Program Deadline Decisions Posted 2016 Program Start
Masters Direct Entry (MDE) / DNP (For non-nursing college graduates)
  • All DNP specialties except Nurse Anesthesia
October 16th February Summer - June
Masters Direct Entry (MDE) / PhD (For non-nursing college graduates)
October 16th February Summer - June
Masters Direct Entry (MDE) (For non-nursing college graduates)
November 16th February Summer - June
Nurse Anesthesia November 2nd January
MS: Summer - June
Certificate: Fall - September
PhD January 4th March Fall - September
Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP (MS, MS/DNP or Certificate)
Adult Gerontonology Primary NP (MS, MS/DNP or Certificate)
Family NP (MS, MS/DNP or Certificate)
Pediatric NP (MS, MS/DNP or Certificate)
Psychiatric/Mental Health NP (MS, MS/DNP or Certificate)
January 15th March Summer - June
DNP (Post-MS)
  • All Specialties
March 1st May Fall - September

Financial Aid Deadlines

  • MDE FAFSA Deadline:  February 15th*
  • Doctoral FAFSA Deadline: March 15th*
  • New Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA) is availabe each year on January 1st at

* For the 2016-2017 year, the federal deadline says applications must be submitted by midnight Central Time, June 30, 2017.  Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 23, 2017. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be submitted anytime while enrolled during your academic  year.  Please keep in mind that aid may only disburse during a period of enrollement for halftime or more.


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