Columbia University School of Nursing | 92% NCLEX Pass Rates

Columbia University School of Nursing, located in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights neighborhood in New York City, offers graduate, post-graduate and doctoral degrees in specialty areas including nurse anesthesia, nurse midwifery, and nurse practitioner as well as a number of other sub-specialties.

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  • 92%
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  • On Campus
  • Private
  • Accreditation ccne Accredited coa Accredited acme Accredited
  • Programs RN-to-MSN, PhD, MSN-to-DNP, BSN-to-PhD, BSN-to-DNP, Master's, Accelerated BSN, DNP, MSN, Post-grad Certificate, MSN to PhD, NP, CRNA, CNM, Other
  • Location New York, NY
  • Telephone 1-212-305-5756
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Columbia University, the 5th oldest institution in America, is a private institution that was founded in 1754 as King's College by royal charter of King George II of England. The School of Nursing, founded in 1892, has equipped each generation of students with the expertise demanded by a constantly changing health care system for over 125 years. Nurses who hold a degree from Columbia Nursing make a profound difference by improving the welfare of the patients, families, and communities they serve.

In 1956, Columbia Nursing was named the first in the country to award a Master's degree in a clinical nursing specialty.

Columbia Nursing has graduated 13,000 nurses since it opened.

Columbia Nursing takes part in partnerships with Columbia University Medical Center and is only one of eight schools in the nation associated with a major academic medical center.

Columbia is the largest recipient of NIH funding on a per capita basis among nursing schools.

In 2005, Columbia Nursing became the first graduate university-based nurse-midwifery program.

Columbia is the only school of nursing that has been chosen as a Collaborating Center for Advanced Practice Nursing by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Academic Nursing Degree Programs

Masters Direct Entry (MDE) Program (Formerly Combined BS/MS Program):  This program is designed to prepare students in 15-months to become masters-credentialed registered nurses.

Master of Science: The Master of Science in Nursing degree prepares nurses for advanced clinical practice. Beginning in the summer of 2017, Columbia University School of Nursing will begin to offer advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) education at the doctoral level via the Post-Bachelor’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (post-BS DNP) program. This program will be replacing the MS programs for all specialties except Anesthesia, which can still be completed as an MS program.

Specialty Areas

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-PCNP)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Nurse-Midwifery
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH)

Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Anesthesia

For RNs with a Bachelor's Degree  

The Nurse Anesthesia program consists of a 27-month, curriculum program that includes clinical anesthesia residency. This program requires full-time status.

The first-year curriculum includes advanced science courses, graduate core courses and specialty courses.

The clinical part will start in May of the second year. During clinical experiences, students will deliver anesthesia to patients, with tutorial guidance.

Clinical sites are available in the tristate area and beyond and are available as rotating or permanent. Clinical sites vary from urban centers as well as community hospitals. During the clinical residency, each student is precepted by both Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and anesthesiologists.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the certifying examination administered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists.

Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • BSN or a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and an associate’s degree in nursing
  • Degree awarded by a regionally accredited college or university

Frequently Asked Questions

How much and what type of critical care experience is required for the program? A minimum one-year of ICU experience is required. ICU experience includes: SICU, MICU, PICU, CVICU, CCU, Burn ICU, Trauma ICU, and Neuro ICU.
Do I need to have the CCRN certification? Certification as Critical-Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) is highly recommended for the Nurse Anesthesia Program.
What is the minimum GRE score? There is no minimum GRE score required for Columbia Nursing. All factors of an application are considered equally – applicants are neither accepted nor denied solely based on test scores.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Post-Bachelor's Doctor of Nursing Practice (post-BS DNP): The post-baccalaureate program is three years in length. The first part of the program focuses on the advanced practice coursework and clinical rotations, which vary across different specialties. The remaining three didactic semesters, the curriculum is offered as a cohort followed by a mentored and supervised, two semester-long residency.

Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (post-MS DNP): The post-master's program is six semesters in length, including four semesters of coursework precepted by a mentor; there is a two semester-long residency. The residency must be in an approved setting, which may or may not be in the New York metropolitan area.

Nurse Midwifery

Includes: well-woman gynecology, family planning, antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, primary care, and normal newborn care.

Graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certifying examination administered by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) to become a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). Graduates are also eligible to register with New York State as a licensed nurse midwife.

Graduation and Pass Rates

Columbia Nursing's five-year graduation rate is 100%.

For the last 5 years, the first time AMCB certification exam pass rate is 93%.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Both post-masters and post-BSN students admitted to the program will complete a minimum of 47 credits. The program completion takes about 3 years for those who have clear goals for their research.

Areas of Research

  • Infection prevention
  • Nursing informatics
  • Improving the health of women and children
  • LGBT health
  • Understanding health disparities
  • Health care policy
  • Comparative effectiveness

Sub-Specialty Programs

  • Oncology
  • Adult and Pediatric Oncology
  • Palliative and End-of-Life Care
  • Women's Health


The Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredited Columbia University.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the baccalaureate, master’s and doctor of nursing practice programs.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation accredited the Columbia University School of Nursing as a provider for continuing nursing education.

The Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) accredited the nurse midwifery program.

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) accredited the nurse anesthesia program.

The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board approved the pediatric nurse practitioner program.

Rankings and Listings

US News & World Report (2018/2019)

  • #11 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
  • #19 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • #5 (tie) in National Universities
  • #6 in Best Value Schools
  • #7 (tie) in Nurse Practitioner: Adult / Gerontology, Acute Care
  • #9 in Nurse Practitioner: Adult / Gerontology, Primary Care
  • #8 in Nurse Practitioner: Family
  • #10 (tie) in Nurse Practitioner: Pediatric, Primary Care
  • #9 (tie) in Nurse Practitioner: Psychiatric / Mental Health, Across the Lifespan
  • #8 Best Global Universities

Forbes (2018)

  • #15 Top Colleges
  • #14 in Private Colleges
  • #14 in Research Universities
  • #11 in the Northeast
  • #27 America's Best Value Colleges
The Princeton Review has listed Columbia University in their 2018, "The Best 384 Colleges" and "Best Northeastern".
QS Top Universities ranked Columbia University #16 in their "Global World Ranking" category (2018).

Latest Reviews (Max 10)

  1. Anonymous
    Mar 20, 11:46 pm by
    Overall: 4.2 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 4 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 1 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Program: Entry-Level Master's
    Classes: On Campus
    Graduation: 2017

    My Experience

    I graduated from the direct-entry master's in 2017 and am currently enrolled in one of the DNP specialties. I have had a great experience at Columbia and my only complaint is the cost. The MDE program is a very strict and structured program, so some people struggle with that. You lose an entire letter grade for missing one day of clinical if you do not notify the preceptor and staff in the expected period of time. I was in the first MDE class so there were some organizational issues, but I still think I came out of it very knowledgeable. Friends who have graduated from the program and decided to go into nursing have secured incredible jobs. Every person I know passed the NCLEX on the first try, but they make you take a prep course. You are set up to succeed at CUSON, if you fail a class or clinical I believe it is entirely on you.

    About The Staff

    Just like at any school, we LOVE some staff members and dislike others. Overall though, I had a good experience with the MDE faculty and staff. And I'm having an incredible experience with the DNP faculty in my specialty.

  2. Visit MomAuthor profile page
    Dec 20, '17, 10:20 am by
    Overall: 1.0 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 1 stars
    Experience: 1 stars
    Staff: 1 stars
    Academics: 1 stars
    Costs: 1 stars
    Support: 1 stars

    Status: Student
    Program: Entry-Level Master's, MSN
    Classes: On Campus, Online
    Graduation: 2018

    My Experience

    CUSON was the worst experience that I ever made! Do not go here! You will regret it! There is one dean who is in charge of everything and it is a favoritism experience. She made my life a living hell.
    The classes are poorly taught and you’re on your own for NCLEX studying!
    Plus if you are a minority in ANY shape or fashion then this is NOT the school for you! I have never witnessed such profound discrimination! Message me for questions!
    This school is not worth the cost and there are better more responsive programs that you can attend. Plus it doesn’t live up to its Ivy League name or history. Do not be fooled!

    About The Staff

    They are cold and do not represent nursing.

    Things To Know

    Message me if you have questions. I wish I had talked to an alum before going to CUSON!

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