Columbia State Community College

Columbia, TN 38401
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Columbia State Community College is located in Columbia, Tennessee. This community college was established in 1966 and it serves more than 5000 students. The school even has the distinction of being Tennessee’s very first community college. Students can earn associate’s degrees in various fields and will also have several certificate opportunities. Columbia State is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school also takes part in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway system, making it easy to transfer credits to four-year universities in Tennessee.

The Columbia State nursing program allows students to pursue associate’s degrees in nursing. There will also be certain advanced placement options for LPNs who are seeking to gain RN status. The Columbia State nursing program has a competitive admissions process and is a very sought-after program. It boasts excellent success rates on the NCLEX licensure exams, scoring above the national and state averages. Students also find employment in the field of nursing very easily upon graduation. This nursing program has been approved by the Tennessee State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleDistant Town
Number of Students5,938
Student to Faculty Ratio20:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate57%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 14 71
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 89.8%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1968 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
06/01/1974 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Application fee
Undergrads $10
Graduates --

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$160/credit
In State Students$160/credit
Out of State Students$659/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $7,200 $7,200 $29,655
ADN 70 $11,200 $11,200 $46,130
BSN 125 $20,000 $20,000 $82,375
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 94% of Columbia State Community College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 43% $3,942
Other Federal Grant 9% $508
State Grant & Scholarships 86% $3,337
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 4% $5,601
Federal Student Loans 7% $3,823
Private Loans -- --


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$5,166
$30,001 to $48,000$6,296
$48,001 to $75,000$7,475
$75,001 to $110,000$8,224
Over $110,000--

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Tennessee state board of nursing.
Columbia State Community College
1665 Hampshire Pike
Columbia, TN 38401

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