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.
- 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.