Columbia University Nursing School Review

Columbia University, formally called Columbia University in the City of New York, is a private Ivy League college in New York City. It is the second most selective college in the U.S., behind Harvard. Located in Manhattan, Columbia University is a very large campus that is much like a city itself. There are two university branches located in Manhattan. Many different degrees are offered at this institution. The Nursing Programs at Columbia University are graduate programs with the exception of a combined Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program.

Nursing Programs

Combined BS/MS (ETP) Program for Non-Nursing College Graduates

This option is for those who already have a Baccalaureate degree but are non-nurse college graduates. It leads to both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). It is an accelerated program that combines required courses with clinical experience. It is designed for students who want to enter advanced specialized nursing such as nursing education or a nurse practitioner track. The nursing program prepares students to take the national NCLEX-RN exam that leads to licensure as an RN. The MSN portion of the program allows students to choose a specialty and to continue studies in their field of choice. Students begin their experience with patients their first semester of the BSN program in hospitals, clinics, and community centers.

With enough credits in basic courses from their undergraduate degree, including human anatomy, human physiology, and microbiology, and others, a student can complete both the BSN 60 credit hours in one year of three semesters. This program is not for most people since it is very demanding when attending classes full-time. It is possible to earn 19 credits in the Summer Session, 32 credits in the Fall Semester, and 9 credits in the Spring Semester. After completing these classes, a specialty is selected for graduate study leading to the MSN. This takes an additional one to three years, depending on whether the student attends part-time or full-time.

Master’s Degree Program

The Master’s Degree Program is another choice of nursing studies at Columbia University. It takes from one to three years depending on whether study is full-time or part-time. There are many Master’s Programs from which to choose from, including Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program, Adult Nurse Practitioner Program, Family Nurse Practitioner Program, and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program. Other choices are Nurse Anesthesia Program, Nurse Midwifery Program, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program, or Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program.

The University Statutory Certificate Program

This program takes one to two years to complete, dependent on whether the student opts to study full-time or part time. Nurses who already have a MSN may add these certificates to their credentials without completing the entire Master’s level curriculum. Choices of programs include Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program, Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program, Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program, or Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program. Other choices are Nurse Anesthesia Certificate Program, Nurse Midwifery Certificate Program, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program, or Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program.

PhD in Nursing Program

Students who want to earn their PhD in Nursing must work on their degree full-time. It takes from three to five years to complete, depending on the student’s dissertation.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

This program at Columbia University takes two years to complete. The first year, two days of classes are required. Full-time residency is required the second year of studies and leads to The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). This program requires 30 credits of science practice and practica, a full-time residency of one year, and the completion of case studies, scholarly papers, and published articles organized into a portfolio.

Joint Degree Programs:

Columbia University also offers two Joint Degree Programs. One of these is a combined Nursing and Business degree that leads to a Master of Science and Master of Business Administration (MS/MBA). This degree is ideal for Registered Nurses who intend to be nurse managers who are specialized in both nursing and business. The university also offers another joint degree, which is the Master of Science and Master of Public Health (MS/MPH). This degree fits the needs of RNs who want to be advanced clinical practitioners as well as public health administrators.

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