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.

Important OPEN Program Dates

  • September 14, 2020: OPEN Program Fall Session Begins
  • November 20, 2020: OPEN Program Fall Session Ends
  • January 11, 2021: OPEN Program Spring Session Begins
  • March 12, 2021: OPEN Program Spring Session Ends
  • May 3, 2021: OPEN Program Summer Session Begins
  • July 9, 2021: OPEN Program Summer Session Ends

School of Nursing Academic Calendar

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

OPEN Faculty

*N4108 = 4 Credits

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 & Phys 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 general principles of microbiology and their application in health care for the nursing students. It emphasizes the different microbial groups’ anatomy, genetics, metabolism and pathogenesis, the interaction with humans, and the diseases they cause. Attention is given to the immune system, pathogenesis, prevention and treatment of various diseases. The course is complimented by laboratory exercises in which students acquire hands-on experience in studying various aspects of microbiological applications.