• Columbia University School of Nursing was established in 1892.
  • The School of Nursing was the first in the country to award a master's degree in a clinical nursing specialty in 1956.
  • Nearly 12,000 nurses have graduated since the School opened. Graduates hold leadership positions in hospitals, academia, federal agencies, professional organizations and associations, and state and local government.
  • The School of Nursing is part of the Columbia University Medical Center, which also includes the College of Physicians & Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, and the College of Dental Medicine. It is only one of eight schools in the nation associated with a major academic medical center.
  • The school is the second largest recipient of NIH funding on a per capita basis among nursing schools.
  • Columbia School of Nursing is home to the first graduate university based nurse-midwifery program which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2005.


School of Nursing faculty keep current in their professional roles and all faculty either have a clinical practice or are working in current research projects.

  • There are 75 full-time faculty members and 60 part-time.
  • 11 faculty members are Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing.
  • 12 faculty members are Fellows of the New York Academy of Medicine.
  • 5 faculty members are members of the Institute of Medicine.


Our students come from all walks of life and experiences, such as CEOs, journalists, court judges and lawyers, Broadway actors, accomplished artists, military, recent college graduates and many other diverse backgrounds that weave a thread to the fabric of the diversity of the school and the collaborate life experience education taught at SON.

  • There are 624 Students enrolled in the school: 171 combined BS/MS, 397 MS, 24 DNP, 23 PhD, 8 Certificate, 1 DNS
  • The average age of accepted students is 27. Students range in age from 21-53.
  • 29% of the student body is comprised of ethnic and racial minorities.
  • The first time pass rate for Columbia School of Nursing students for the National Council Licensure Exam is 96.04 %. (The national first time student pass rate is 91.24 % and the New York State first time student pass rate is 89.43%).


  • Combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science: Prepares students for careers in advanced nursing practice including nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, and nurse midwives.

  • Master’s Programs: Specialty programs offered are: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (NP), Adult NP, Family NP, Neonatal NP, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Midwifery, Pediatric NP, Psychiatric/Mental Health NP and Women’s Health NP. Subspecialties currently include Addictive Behaviors, Genetics in Advanced Practice, HIV/AIDS, Oncology and Palliative and End of Life Care.

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): Prepares nurse clinicians to conduct complex diagnostic interventions, use sophisticated informatics and assimilate in depth knowledge

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD): Enables graduates to conduct evidence-based research. PhD graduates have a major effect on health care by fostering nursing knowledge at the national and global levels.

  • University Statutory Certificates:  Carry master's level credit equivalence, and are available to nurses with master's degrees in nursing who wish an additional specialization without completing an additional master's degree. Certificate programs are available in Acute Care, Adult-Gerontology Family Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Midwifery, Pediatric Nursing, Psychiatric/Mental Health and Women's Health.

  • Joint Degree Programs in Nursing and Public Health & Nursing and Business: The Nursing and Public Health program offers a Master of Science from the School of Nursing and a Master of Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health. The School of Nursing, in collaboration with the Columbia University School of Business, offers a combined graduate program for students with an interest in management and nursing.


  • The School of Nursing carries out research that is recognized as a leader in improving health outcomes, health systems, and health policy.
  • Research efforts have led to new knowledge and insights in areas including reducing infectious disease, helping manage pain, and using web based- technologies to prevent disease.
  • Research centers include: The Center for Children and Families, Center for Evidence-Based Practice in the Underserved, Center for Health Policy, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research to Prevent Infections.


  • The centerpiece of the School of Nursing’s global health activities is its designation as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Advanced Practice Nursing.
  • The school has 10 partnerships with nursing schools and clinics around the world to conduct collaborative activities, such as research, teaching, symposia, exchanges of academic materials, and exchanges of faculty and students. Those partnerships are located in Bangladesh, the Dominican Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Norway (2), Portugal, South Africa, and Taiwan.


  • Numerous school-based clinical programs and activities, actively contribute to the health of individuals in the Washington Heights section of Upper Manhattan, where the school is located.
  • Nursing students collaborate with colleagues at Columbia University Medical Center to staff a primary health clinic benefitting the uninsured.
  • Faculty nurse practitioners operate a clinic in midtown Manhattan in partnership with New York-Presbyterian Hospital, which provides comprehensive primary care, women’s health care, and travel medicine to patients.


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