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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. 

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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 has adopted new admission criteria (see above link to “Admission Scoring Criteria”). The state-wide alignment of nursing curriculum was implemented for the incoming fall 2018 class.  Phase-in of new curriculum:

 Implementation of New Curriculum
 Semester of Entry        
 Fall 2018 1st Semester       
 Spring 2019  "  2nd Semester*    
 Fall 2019  "  "  3rd Semester  
 Spring 2020  "  "  " 4th Semester 
*Including entering LPNs

    Columbia State First Attempt NCLEX Pass Rate National NCLEX First Attempt Pass Rate  

In-Field Job Placement Rate within 6-12 Months  

Completion Rate within 150%  
2016    87%   84%   94%   67%
2017   92%   87%   96%   60%
2018 97.5% 88.3% 100% 63%

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