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Non-Licensure Nursing Program Authorizations - Columbus State University

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Non-Licensure Nursing Program Authorizations

These programs are intended for nurses who already hold a valid RN license, and are not designed to lead to any additional state licensure or certification.

  • Nursing (BSN) - RN to BSN
  • Nursing (MSN) - Informatics, Leadership, and Nurse Educator Tracks
    • The Nursing (MSN) - Leadership Track prepares students to sit for the Nurse Executive Certification (NE-BC) exam through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
    • The Nursing (MSN) - Nurse Educator Track prepares students to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam through the National League of Nursing (NLN)
  • Graduate Certificates: Healthcare Informatics and Nurse Educator
    • The Nurse Educator certificate prepares students to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam through the National League of Nursing (NLN)

These programs are currently approved or exempt from approval, and meet the regulatory requirements to be offered to students who are physically present in the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa *
  • Kansas
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

* For Students Physically Present in IOWA: 655 Iowa Administrative Code 2.10(6) requires that we notify prospective students in Iowa that nursing courses with a clinical component may not be taken by a person:

  • who has been denied licensure by the board.
  • whose license is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in any U.S. jurisdiction.
  • whose license/registration is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in another country due to disciplinary action.

These programs cannot enroll students who are physically present in:

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New York
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Washington

Clinicals: The ability to participate in clinical placements in your state is contingent on:

  • clinical work taking place in an approved state,
  • holding a current, unencumbered state RN license, and
  • your ability to secure a program approved clinical site and preceptor.

Accreditation: Our BSN Nursing programs are nationally accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and have the approval of the Georgia Board of Nursing.

We currently offer two versions of the MSN Nursing program. The consortium program offered through the Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium Graduate Nursing Education (GICGNE), which is phasing out, and a new stand alone CSU program that started admitting students in Spring 2020. Each program offers the same curriculum and degree tracks. The GICGNE program is nationally accredited by CCNE. The CSU program is currently seeking national accreditation by CCNE. The CSU program expects to obtain CCNE accreditation by Spring 2022. For questions about this transition, please contact the School of Nursing at

Columbus State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC).

Contact the State Authorization office at for additional details on out of state requirements for these programs, or if you do not see your state included in the information above. Your email should include:

  • Your name
  • State(s) you will physically live in while taking classes/participating in field experiences
  • State you want to seek licensure or certification in (if different)
  • Program of interest

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