FAQ for the MDE Program
It is strongly recommended that applicants do research on the program and/or specialty they are applying to. We recommend the following websites to get you more acquainted with the role:
If you are considering applying to the DNP program, we also recommend the following websites to get you more acquainted to our various specialty roles:
- “Are You Considering a Career as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner?” | American Association of Nurse Practitioners
- “Are You Considering a Career as a Family Nurse Practitioner?” | American Association of Nurse Practitioners
- "What is a Midwife?" | American College of Nurse-Midwives
- “Are You Considering a Career as a Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner?” | American Association of Nurse Practitioners
- “Are You Considering a Career as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner?” | American Association of Nurse Practitioners
The program begins once a year in June. The first day of orientation is usually the Wednesday after Memorial Day.
No. The MDE program prepares students as nurse generalists and registered nurses. Thus, students do not choose a specialty.
No. You can only apply to one program option. The MDE program prepares students as registered nurses, the MDE/DNP program prepares students for an advanced practice license, and the MDE/PhD prepares students as nurse researchers and scientists. You should apply to the program that fits your professional goals.
No. You must choose only one specialty.
Yes. Applicants for the MDE/DNP and MDE/PhD programs are reviewed by the admissions committee for each program. An applicant can be accepted into the MDE program, but not one of the doctoral programs, and will be notified of this in their decision letter.
Students are awarded a Master of Science degree after graduating from the MDE. New York State does not offer MSN degrees.
It is not possible to work during the MDE program.
You will be eligible to sit for your NCLEX after classes conclude in August.
The employment and salary outlook for entry-level Registered Nurses is excellent. Please review the U.S. Department of Labor's career data and growth projections.
Columbia Nursing does not require labs for the science prerequisite courses. However, please check with your home state as labs may be required for your home state licensure.
International Students FAQ
Columbia University’s International Student and Scholars Office provides advice and counseling to international students on housing, financial issues, visas, extensions of stay, work permission, temporary departure from the United States, transfer from Columbia to another school, and termination of study. Visit the International Student and Scholars Office website to learn more.
International students are not eligible for any federal aid or scholarships offered by Columbia Nursing. International students use personal resources, private loans, scholarships, and/or grants to finance their education. Columbia University offers a comprehensive list of suggested lenders that international students can use as a resource. Visit the Student Financial Services website to learn more.