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Courseworks Columbia Nursing Program

The MDE program is an innovative, accelerated curriculum for non-nurse college graduates. Our new fifteen-month Masters Direct Entry (MDE) program will prepare students to enter the nursing profession as masters-credentialed registered nurses with a focus on care coordination. Additionally, the new curriculum will provide coursework in health policy, evidence–based practice, religio-cultural competency, and global health for MDE. 

MDE students will gain knowledge and skills for making a difference in the lives of patients, families, and communities, as well as achieving their professional and personal goals. Students will be introduced to diverse urban clinical settings in the Washington Heights area of New York City that are unlike any in the world. Those graduating from the program will possess the ability to provide a high level of care throughout a variety of healthcare settings.

The new curriculum will enable students to move from our master’s program directly into one of our two doctoral programs, the clinical doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) or the doctorate in nursing research (PhD). Those choosing the DNP track can select from six advanced practice nursing specialties. Those selecting the PhD track will be mentored by a senior researcher working in the same field of interest.

The Program Director for the Masters Direct Entry program is Karen Desjardins, DNP, Assistant Dean.

Masters Direct Entry (MDE) / DNP / PhD (for non-nurses with a bachelor's degree)

The Masters Direct Entry (MDE) program is a full-time accelerated nursing program that offers basic competence in professional nursing and generalized master’s coursework. The program may be coupled with one of the doctorate programs, the clinical DNP or the research-based PhD. There are three application options:

1. Masters Direct Entry (MDE)

  • 15 months in length
  • Eligibility for RN licensure after completing the program

2. Masters Direct Entry/Doctor of Nursing Practice (MDE/DNP)

  • 4 years (15 months MDE + 3 years DNP)
  • Eligibility for RN licensure after the MDE portion of the program
  • Eligibility for APRN licensure during DNP portion of the program

3. Masters Direct Entry/Doctor of Philosophy (MDE/PhD)

  • 4-5 years (15 months MDE + 3-4 years PhD)
  • Eligibility for RN licensure after the MDE portion of the program

Master of Science in Nursing in Anesthesia (MS in Anesthesia)

The Nurse Anesthesia program is a 27-month, full-time, front-loaded program that includes a clinical anesthesia residency.

Post-RN Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-RN DNP) (for registered nurses with a bachelor's degree)

The post-RN DNP is a 3 year program that prepares registered nurses as advanced clinical practitioners within a specialty. Students learn to evaluate the health status of individuals and families, build interdependent relationships through the health care system, participate in and make use of research, and analyze issues that influence and contribute to the development of nursing.

Post-APRN Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-APRN DNP) (for APRNs with a master's degree)

The post-APRN DNP is a 2 year program that prepares nurse clinicians or advanced practice nurses as comprehensive care practitioners who provide fully accountable and continuous care to patients across settings and during transitions.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD is a 3-4 year program that provides a strong foundation in nursing science and research methods, enabling graduates to conduct evidence-based research independently and as part of interdisciplinary teams. Students are mentored by faculty advisors as they move toward independent investigations.

*Please note that we will not be accepting statutory certificate applications for 2017 until further notice.