Columbus State Adds Online Degree Programs in Education, Nursing

Mescon quoteCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University today announced that its College of Education and Health Professions will offer additional online degree programs beginning this summer.

Applications for the programs — Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN), Education Specialist in Educational Leadership (Ed.S. educational leadership), and Master of Education in Special Education (M.Ed. in special education) — are currently being accepted.

"We are committed to making our distinctive programs available to qualified students near and far," said CSU President Timothy Mescon. "Our growing array of quality online offerings allows us to attract students throughout the Southeast and around the world so that we can truly deliver on that commitment."

CSU's College of Education and Health Professions seeks to achieve excellence in the preparation of teachers, counselors, leaders and health professionals.  Like its on-campus programs, CSU's online RN-to-BSN, M.Ed. in special education and Ed.S. in educational leadership are fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges.

In addition, the RN-to-BSN is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and the Ed.S. in educational leadership and the M.Ed. in special education are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. The Ed.S. in educational leadership has also been designated as a performance-based leadership program by the Georgia Public Standards Commission, and the M.Ed. in special education has been recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children.

CSU has chosen Academic Partnerships, one of the largest representatives of public universities' online learning in the United States, to help convert these programs into an online format, recruit students, and support student retention efforts. AP will work closely with CSU faculty to ensure that the new online degree programs maintain the highest educational standards. The company will also use its integrated marketing and branding strategies to extend the university's reach, increasing the enrollment of highly qualified students.

These new programs will begin in August 2013.  Click here to apply or learn more about the programs.

About Columbus State University

Ranked among the top regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report with special recognition of its online programs in the College of Education and Health Professions, Columbus State offers nationally distinctive programs in the arts, education, business, nursing and more. Columbus State University provides a creative, deeply personal and relevant college experience.  Serving the Southeast while attracting students from around the world, Columbus State thrives on community partnerships to deliver excellence for students who want to achieve personal and professional success in an increasingly global environment. Just 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, Columbus State University is part of the University System of Georgia, enrolling more than 8,200 students in a wide variety of degree programs. For more information, visit

About Academic Partnerships

Academic Partnerships helps universities convert their traditional degree programs into an online format, recruits qualified students and supports enrolled students through graduation. Serving more than 40 public institutions, AP is one of the largest representatives of public universities' online learning in the United States. The company was founded by social entrepreneur Randy Best, an 18-year veteran of developing innovative learning solutions to improve education. AP is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through distance learning make higher education more accessible and achievable for students in the U.S. and globally. For more information, visit