Accelerated Masters Nursing Program

for Non-Nursing College Graduates

Located in the heart of NYC, Columbia University School of Nursing is among the world’s leading centers of nursing education, research, and practice.

The Masters Direct Entry (MDE) Program is a full-time accelerated nursing program for non-nurse college graduates who wish to become registered nurses (RNs).


This program prepares students in the provision of evidence-based nursing care with an emphasis on care coordination and religio/cultural care to patients along the wellness/illness continuum and across all care settings. 

Program Director

Heidi Hahn-Schroeder, DNP, RN

Length of Program

15 Months

Application Deadline

October 15, 2020

Decisions Posted

February 2021

Program Start Date

June 2021

Financial Aid & Scholarships Available

Columbia University School of Nursing is proud to offer approximately $10 million annually in fellowships and scholarships to our nursing students who demonstrate excellent academic achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise for leadership in nursing. 

What Makes an Education at Columbia Nursing Unique

We prepare students to excel as clinicians, researchers, and nurse leaders. Our reputation for innovation and excellence attracts highly motivated students eager to apply the knowledge they acquire and practice at the highest level of the profession.

Educational Excellence

Learning extends beyond the classroom. Students gain valuable experience through clinical rotations at our faculty practice, the ColumbiaDoctors Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Group, which offers comprehensive integrated services in two NYC locations and house call visits in upper Manhattan. Additionally, we have partnerships with more than 200 practice sites throughout NYC.

Clinical Practice

Columbia University School of Nursing prepares nurses with the knowledge, clinical expertise, and leadership skills to contribute to the vast health challenges facing most of the world's population.


Our mission is to instill in nursing students a sense of global citizenship and ethical responsibility. 

Global Health

"Most of the nursing schools I researched offered bachelor’s degree programs, but Columbia Nursing's Masters Direct Entry (MDE) program allows me to get my master’s degree in 15 months, and leads directly into a doctoral program without having to apply again to school. And, as soon as I graduate I can sit for the licensing exam to become an RN. Also, the MDE program offers a lot of clinical hours starting from day one, which was a big draw. I had concerns about transitioning from a different field, and I wanted to be able to get hands-on experience working with patients right away. Columbia Nursing facilitates that."


Janine Inez

Masters Direct Entry Program Student

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