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Nursing

Why Study Nursing?

The global pandemic brought into clear focus the vital role nurses play in the national healthcare system. Columbia-Greene’s nursing degree opens the door to helping others as well as a career in a stable, secure profession. Nurses are among the country’s most in-demand workers, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employers will need nearly 3.4 million nurses by 2030, a nine percent increase from 2020. That means the United States will need close to 200,000 new registered nurses every year.

Nursing is an extremely rewarding career. There are numerous employment opportunities in a variety of health care settings. Nurses, even new graduates, are very much in demand. Nursing students often have jobs secured before they graduate. Nurses are needed 24/7, so there is flexibility with hours of employment. Nurses are paid very well and, with the nursing shortage, many agencies offer a $5,000 or more sign-on bonus.

Program Format

Credits: 64 | Time to Completion: 2 years

Curriculum Code: 0622 I Liberal Arts Credits: 30 I Program Credits: 34

Columbia-Greene’s nursing program prepares students to sit for the NCLEX, the exam that provides licensure for registered nurses. Coursework covers the behavioral and biological sciences as well as the liberal arts. Nursing students learn from trained experts in the classroom as well as in clinical settings.

Columbia-Greene RNs also have the opportunity to earn their bachelor of science in nursing—now required within 10 years of graduation—through a new articulation agreement with SUNY Delhi.

Columbia-Greene’s nursing program recently received an eight-year reaccreditation from ACEN, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Course CodeCourseCredits
BI 130Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BI 131Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BI 210General Microbiology 4
EN 101Composition 3
EN 102Composition and Literature 3
MA 102Statistics* 3
PY 101General Psychology 3
PY 201Life Span Development 3
SO 101Introduction to Sociology 3
Liberal Arts Credits:30
NU 101Nursing I 7
NU 102Nursing II 7
NU 201Nursing III 10
NU 202Nursing IV 10
Program Credits: 34
Minimum Credits:64
*(MA 110-College Algebra or higher level
math will be accepted)

Nursing Information Sessions

Register here for in-person sessions:

  • Saturday, June 15, 2024, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Saturday, July 13, 2024, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Saturday, August 10, 2024, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Saturday, September 7, 2024, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Saturday, October 5, 2024, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Saturday, November 2, 2024, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Saturday, December 14, 2024, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Register here for virtual sessions:

  • Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Friday, July 26, 2024, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Monday, August 12, 2024, 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
  • Friday, August 23, 2024, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Friday, September 27, 2024, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Wednesday, October 23, 2024, 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
  • Friday, November 22, 2024, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Monday, December 2, 2024, 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Ready for the Kaplan?

Please complete the C-GCC Kaplan Entrance Exam Request Form. Requests must be submitted no later than four business days before the exam date. You may take the test twice per admission cycle.

Kaplan Test Schedule for Fall 2025 Admission Cycle

  • Friday, August 16 at 9am
  • Friday, September 13 at 1pm
  • Saturday, December 7 at 9am
  • Saturday, January 18 (2025) at 9 am

Career and Salary Outlook

Over 90! That’s the percentage of Columbia-Greene nursing graduates who find jobs as nurses within six months of graduation. Nursing alumni can be found in many health care settings such as hospitals, assisted care facilities, doctor’s offices, and elder care.


Program Completion

2023: 79%, 2022: 84%, 2021: 91%

Student Evaluation of Clinical Agencies

Percent of students satisfied with clinical agencies: 88% (2023), 92% (2022), 92% (2021)

Student Satisfaction with College Support Services

Percent of students satisfied with support services: 98% (2023), 95% (2022), 95% (2021)

Student Satisfaction with Meeting Nursing Program Student Learning Outcomes

Percent of students satisfied, very satisfied, or highly satisfied in their ability to meet program student learning outcomes: 95% (2023), 100% (2022), 99% (2021)

NCLEX Passing Rate

Columbia-Greene graduates: 100% (2023 Q2), 65% (2022), 85.96% (2021), 92.45% (2020)

Graduate Satisfaction with Meeting Nursing Program Student Learning Outcomes

Percent of graduates satisfied, very satisfied, or highly satisfied in their ability to meet program student learning outcomes: 97% (2022), 97% (2021), 100% (2020)

Employer Satisfaction with Graduates’ Ability to Meet Nursing Program Student Learning Outcomes

Percent of employers satisfied, very satisfied, or highly satisfied in graduates’ ability to meet program student learning outcomes: 100% (2022), 89% (2021),100% (2020)

Employment Data (6 months after graduation)

Percent of graduates able to find employment as nurses: 100% (2022), 94% (2021), 97% (2020)

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