State of Columbia is caught with 37 new nursing graduates

Pictured (standing, left to right): Jordan C. Schalk, Claire R. Sheller, Suchit Vyas, Russell Nabors and Nicole R. Vaughen of Williamson County. (Seated, left to right): Andrea R. Hopwood, Lindsay Smith, Angkana Khamsamgate, and Abby N. Miller.

Columbia State Community College recently celebrated 37 nursing graduates in a pinning ceremony at Webster Athletic Center.

“The Nursing Department congratulates the Spring 2022 nursing graduates and is honored to have assisted them in preparing for the profession,” said Dr. Amy Huff, director of the Columbia State Nursing Program. “This class has shown remarkable positivity and camaraderie throughout the program. It is expected that they will continue to demonstrate the professionalism and compassion so valued by nursing in the State of Columbia.”

Nursing graduates from the state of Columbia completed four semesters of classroom instruction and 540 hours of clinical instruction to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing.

Next, graduates must pass the National Council Licensing Examination to gain the accreditation required to practice as a registered nurse. The 2021 NCLEX first attempt rate for Columbia nursing students is 96%.

Nursing students are ready to provide direct care to patients in a variety of fields including medicine, surgery, pediatrics and more. After graduation, these nurses will work in various settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, schools and home nursing.

“These graduates entered nursing school in the midst of the pandemic, confident that the State of Columbia would continue to provide the highest quality learning experiences,” said Dr. Kae Fleming, dean of the Columbia State Department of Health Sciences. “This class of future Registered Nurses will be fondly remembered as resilient, adaptable, persistent and determined! Columbia State strives to meet the needs of learners, the healthcare community, and patients.”

The State of Columbia Nursing program is committed to excellence in nursing education. It has received full approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The graduate program’s four-year average placement rate is 99.5%.

The Columbia State Nursing Program has a competitive admissions process, with applicants admitted twice a year. For more information on applying to the program, visit

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