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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.

Nursing program info session

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend a Nursing program information session for an opportunity to ask questions and learn about the profession, the program, and the admission process. Click here to see available dates/times and sign up: Sessions will be live, in-person, at various Columbia State campuses.

Nursing program Information Session.

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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. 

Nursing Courses

Major Restricted - Students must be formally admitted to the program, in addition to college admission, to be eligible to take discipline courses.

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“Columbia State was an option that allowed me to stay close to home and my family while also being at one of the best nursing schools in the state.”

~Gabbi Platt, graduate with Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing. For Platt, attending Columbia State is a family traditions as all three of her siblings and her mother graduated from Columbia State.

Gabbi Platt

Approval and Accreditation

The nursing program has full approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

The associate degree nursing program at Columbia State Community College at the Columbia and Williamson Campuses located in Columbia, TN and Franklin, TN is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate degree nursing program is continuing accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program on the ACEN website.

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