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Download the nursing brochureIf you’ve looked into nursing as a career, you’ve probably heard about the waiting lists at many nursing schools. Unfortunately, enrollment delays can last up to three years. At Lakeland University, we don’t believe in waiting lists. We believe in direct admission. After two successful years of liberal arts education here, you will earn an associate of science degree and be welcomed into the highly regarded Columbia College of Nursing program in Glendale, Wis. That means two years of core classes at Lakeland followed by the clinically intensive program at Columbia College of Nursing.

“The ability to know from the time you enter Lakeland University that you can graduate four years later with a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing, and also have that breadth of knowledge a strong liberal arts college, gives you is a fairly unique combination,” says Greg Smith, Lakeland University associate professor of biology.

A winning partnership

The Columbia College of Nursing has served Wisconsin since 1901, and has been affiliated with Columbia Hospital since 1909. With its close ties to the large Columbia St. Mary’s Health Systems, the Columbia College of Nursing guarantees clinical placements.

“The program has a great reputation in the healthcare industry in Wisconsin, and the students seem to really enjoy the program,” says Smith. “I know our students talk about how once they get into the program, they get internships or practical experience right away. They don’t wait. The two years at Columbia are a very clinical, intensive experience.”

The Columbia College of Nursing is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and is approved by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing.

Nursing at Lakeland

Facts about nursing:

  • The American Journal of Medical Quality is predicting a shortage of more than 900,000 registered nurses by 2030.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that registered nursing will be the top occupation in terms of projected job growth through 2020.
  • According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projections, there will be more than 710,000 new jobs in the nursing sector by 2020 (a 26 percent increase during the period beginning in 2010)
  • Median pay for a registered nurse is more than $65,000 a year



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