Online Prerequisites for Entry to Nursing

Columbia University School Nursing is committed to preparing future nurses by offering an excellent education, beginning with prerequisites courses. The Online Prerequisites for Entry to Nursing (OPEN) program allows non-nurses to take courses needed to apply to nursing school or other health professions that require science prerequisites. 

All courses are taught by Columbia University faculty and are undergraduate-level. Course offerings are available three times per year with each session lasting ten weeks. The modules are set up independently and allow registration for courses to be taken concurrently. Upon completion, all grades are posted on an official transcript from Columbia University.

In alignment with our commitment to social justice and health equity, these courses are offered online and at a discounted tuition.

Important OPEN Program Dates

  • June 8, 2020: OPEN Program Summer Session Begins
  • August 14, 2020: OPEN Program Summer Session Ends
  • September 14, 2020: OPEN Program Fall Session Begins
  • November 20, 2020: OPEN Program Fall Session Ends

School of Nursing Academic Calendar

For program related questions please contact cuson-open@cumc.columbia.edu.

Additional Courses

Microbiology: 4 credits

Additional course information will be available no later than August 1, 2020.

OPEN Faculty

Nutrition

Moneek Madra, PhD  

Sharon Akabas, PhD

Microbiology 

Erika Landau, MD, MSc, FAAP

Human Anatomy & Physiology

Sally Aboelela, PhD, RN

Courses

Course ID
Course Name
Credits
Description
NURS4108M
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
3

This introductory course is the first of a two-course seriers on human anatomy and physiology.  Using a body systems approach, we will study the anatomical structure and physiological function of the human body.  Foundational concepts from chemistry, cell bioloby, and histology are reviewed and built upon through the progression of topics.  Each of the body systems will be studied for their structure, function, and mechanisms of regulation.  The core concepts of levels of organization, interdependence of systems, and homeostasis will be emphasized throughout the course.  This beginner level course will lay the foundation for further advanced study of physiology and pathophysiology within a nursing curriculum.

NURS4109N
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
4

This introductory course is the second of a two-course series on human anatomy and physiology.  Using a body systems approach, we will study the anatomical structure and physiological function of the human body.  Foundational concepts from chemistry, cell biology, and histology are reviewed and built upon through the progression of topics.  Each of the body systems will be studied for their structure, function, and mechanisms of regulation.  The core concepts of levels of organization, interdependence of systems, and homeostasis will be emphasized throughout the course.  This beginner level course will lay the foundation for further advanced study of physiology and pathophysiology within a nursing curriculum.

NURS4107N
Food and the Body
3

This course will use an evolutionary perspective to focus on what humans need to eat for survival and health. We will examine how and why sufficient and optimal diets can be obtained through a range of dietary patterns, and how those patterns were rooted in different geographic and cultural regions.  We will also compare current patterns with those of humans from 200,000, 12,000 and 100 years ago, and where it is instructive, we will compare the food intake and food system of other animals.  Throughout the course, the environmental impact of a given dietary pattern will be considered, and where possible, the economic determinants of individual food intake will be reviewed. We will incorporate a lifespan perspective throughout the course.