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 schools 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. The courses are fully accredited and transferable. 

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

OPEN Program Calendar

DATE

DETAILS

January 11, 2021

OPEN Program Spring Session Begins

March 21, 2021

OPEN Program Spring Session Ends

May 24-28, 2021

OPEN Program Early Registration Period (Returning OPEN Students)

June 1-4, 2021 

OPEN Program Early Registration Period (New OPEN Students)

June 7, 2021

OPEN Program Summer Session Begins

June 7-11, 2021

OPEN Change of Program Period

June 11, 2021

Last Day to Drop a Summer Session Course with Tuition Refunded (after this date, no tuition is refunded) 

Registration Period for Cross-Registration OPEN Students (With Approval)

August 16, 2021

OPEN Program Summer Session Ends

September 13, 2021

OPEN Fall Session Begins

September 17, 2021

Last Day to Add/Drop a Fall Course

November 19, 2021

OPEN Fall Session Ends

 

School of Nursing Academic Calendar

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

OPEN Faculty

Courses

Course ID
Course Name
Credits
Description
NURS4105N
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
4

This introductory course is the first 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.

NURS4106N
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.

NURS4110N
Microbiology
4

This online course focuses on the core concepts and principles of microbiology. We will explore how microorganisms co-exist and interact with humans creating both beneficial and pathological results. We will survey the diversity of microorganisms, their classification, and the essential processes needed for survival; which will dictate the environments in which they can thrive. This exploration of microorganism diversity will include topics such as microbial nutrition and metabolism, genetics, and antimicrobial mechanisms employed by and against microorganisms. Special attention will be given to understanding the human immune system, mechanisms of infection by pathogenic microorganisms, and the role non-harmful microbiota serve in supporting immune function. The weekly lab component of this course will support and complement each learning module and familiarize students with basic microbiologic lab techniques.