Nursing offers a variety of workplace environments.
Nurses work in various hospital areas from pediatrics to emergency departments. Outside of the hospital, nurses are found in the home healthcare industry, long-term care facilities, clinics, schools and more. Whatever career path is chosen, the ever-changing nature of healthcare provides nurses many occasions for professional growth and lifelong learning. Employment opportunities are available, with area starting salaries of approximately $40,000 or more.
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The Columbia State nursing program follows a competitive admissions process. Nursing applicants are admitted twice a year (during Fall and Spring terms) into the nursing program.
Notice: Columbia State’s Nursing Program will adopt new admission criteria (see above link to “Admission Scoring Criteria”) and implement the state-wide alignment of nursing curriculum for the incoming fall 2018 class. Phase-in of new curriculum:
- August 2017 applicants seeking Spring 2018 admission will be scored based on the prior system and follow the existing curriculum sequence. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for program application. Watch the Nursing Program Admission Changes video to learn more.
- February 2018 applicants seeking Fall 2018 admission will be scored based on revised criteria (see link to ‘Admission Scoring Criteria’) and follow the revised curriculum sequence. A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for program application.