Columbus Technical College (CTC) educates over 4,000 students in Columbus, Georgia. The college is accredited by the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and offers certificates and associate’s degrees. In 1961, when the college (commonly called Columbus Tech) began offering classes, programs were auto and appliance focused. Today there are programs in healthcare, business and early childhood education among others.
Nursing Degree Programs
Nursing programs at Columbus Technical College are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Nursing programs are housed in the School of Health Sciences. In addition to nursing programs, many other healthcare programs are offered including surgical technology, residential care assistant, health care assistant, healthcare science and respiratory care.
Columbus Technical College Undergraduate Nursing Programs
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
The ADN program prepares students to complete the basic requirements necessary to become a Registered Nurse (RN). Upon completion of the program, students will receive an ADN and are eligible to take the National Council for Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses, NCLEX-RN. Admission and enrollment requirements include being 16 years of age, COMPASS (college entrance exam) results, a 2.5 GPA or better, and a nursing specific entrance exam score. The program is 72 hours and can be completed in 6 semesters. Admission to the ADN program is competitive and students are ranked, in part, according to grades earned in pre-requisite courses.
LPN to RN (Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse) Program
For students who hold an LPN, the LPN to RN program allows nurses to build on their previous academic and career preparation to earn an ADN. Upon completion of the program, students will receive an ADN and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN. The program is 72 hours and can be completed in 6 semesters.
Columbus Technical College Graduate Nursing Programs
Practical Nurse Diploma (Licensed Practical Nurse-LPN)
The LPN program at Columbus Technical College prepares vocational nurses to serve in a basic care role under the supervision on Registered Nurses (RNs) and physicians. The program prepares nurses to take the National Council for Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses, NCLEX-PN. Upon completion of the program students receive a diploma. Admission to the LPN program is competitive and not all students who apply will be admitted. Basic admission requirements for the program include COMPASS (a college placement exam) results in Math and English. Students must also have a 2.0 GPA. The program is 73 credit hours. The program can be completed in four semesters. As part of the program, students will participate in clinical experiences offering the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom and receive feedback.
Nurse Aide Certificate (CNA Program)
The Nurse Aide Certificate is 13 semester hours and trains students to assist in providing basic care to patients under the supervision of LPNs and RNs. Admission requirements include a high school diploma or GED. Students may be accepted into the program at age 17. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a certificate and are eligible to take the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam to be a CNA in the state of Georgia.
Columbus Technical College
928 Manchester Expressway
Columbus, Georgia 31904-6572