Columbia College Online - RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

Admission Requirements

What is needed to Advance Your Career with Columbia College Online?

Admission Credentials necessary for admission to the online programs are a completed online application and official transcripts from all colleges previously attended. References, high school transcripts, and training academy transcripts may also be needed by the Admissions Office in some cases. Students in the online programs must be at least 18 years of age on or before their first day of class. Additionally, they must meet the criteria outline below:

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

One or more of the following criteria must be met:

  • Have transferable college credit with a minimum GPA of 2.0 of higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Have an approved training academy certification, or
  • Submit an academic personal statement to the Online Programs Enrollment Specialist at bsims@columbiasc.edu.

If an academic personal statement is submitted, it should be a minimum of 500 words and address the following:

  • Explain why you should be accepted for admission.
  • Answer the questions, “Why is the Criminal Justice program important to you? Why would Columbia College be a good fit for your educational goals?”

Bachelor of Arts in Disaster and Emergency Management

One or more of the following criteria must be met:

  • Have transferable college credit with a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Have an approved training academy certification, or
  • Submit an academic personal statement to the Online Programs Enrollment Specialist at bsims@columbiasc.edu.

If an academic personal statement is submitted, it should be a minimum of 500 words and address the following:

  • Explain why you should be accepted for admission.
  • Answer the questions, “Why is the Disaster and Emergency Management program important to you? Why would Columbia College be a good fit for your educational goals?”

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Columbia College online RN to BSN degree is offered to Registered Nurses who have met the following requirements:

  • Completed an associate degree in Nursing*
  • Have passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
  • Hold an unencumbered license to practice nursing.**

* Diploma Graduates are encouraged to apply. An RN applicant who is a diploma graduate with an unencumbered license to practice nursing will be considered and evaluated on a case by case basis.

** Some states may require additional clinical experience in the licensing state for a BSN. The student is encouraged to verify the requirements for practice in the state in which he/she is seeking licensure. Additional clinical experience is not offered within the curriculum of this program.

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Please review each of the following admission and supplemental documentation requirements before completing the M.A. Criminal Justice application.

Admission requirements include:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Official, unopened transcripts which contains the degree earned and date earned
  • If applicable, official graduate transcript from a regionally accredited institution (partial or with degree earned)
  • A completed graduate admission application form
  • Two letters of recommendation: recommendation form
  • Submission of an entrance essay: Rubric | Essay Scenarios

Note: Any exceptions to the preceding requirements must be approved by the Program Director.

All application materials can be emailed to: bsims@columbiasc.edu.
For questions, please contact Brittany Sims at bsims@columbiasc.edu or by telephone at 803-786-3362.

Veterans Application – Columbia College welcomes applications from veterans to the M.A. in Criminal Justice program. This program fully qualifies for the financial benefits available to veterans or their dependents.

 
The College reserves the right to deny admission to any student whose record indicates that she/he may not be a successful participant in the educational program or whose conduct as a whole is viewed by the College to be inconsistent with its goals, standards and/or ideals. Columbia College reserves the right to determine which transfer courses meet the requirements and standards of the College.

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