Columbia College is excited to announce the expansion of its nursing degree offerings. Beginning this August, the college will offer an in-seat bachelor’s of science degree (BSN) in nursing. The new degree offering was recently announced by Dr. David Starrett, the college’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
“We are responding to the needs of the health care industry and to the needs of our current and future students,” Starrett said. “Our nursing program continues to flourish and the addition of the in-seat bachelor’s degree takes the program to a new level.”
The in-seat BSN, which is designed for students looking to become registered nurses, is being offered in addition to the online bachelor’s degree in nursing (designed for currently registered nurses) that was launched in 2014. Additionally, an associate degree in nursing has been available at the college for more than 25 years.
The BSN program at Columbia College will prepare students to assume roles in professional nursing from basic care to advanced roles in nursing management and education. Students will develop complex clinical reasoning, decision-making and collaborative skills that contribute to patient safety and quality processes while providing a framework for evidence-based practice. The program is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing, and the courses will teach medical surgical nursing as well as various specialties and community care.