Outstanding academics is a point of pride at Columbia College and a key part of our reputation for educating successful students.  Columbia College offers 2-year associate degrees and certifications in a variety of the country’s leading industries.

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Vocational (ESL)

Vocational ESL program is to help immigrants learn English skills which can be used in their employment or in a particular vacation or provide language education with instruction in job specific skills.

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Online VESL

Columbia College offers online ESL for those who want to learn English online.

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Occupational & Licensure Studies

Our programs provide abundant knowledge and hands-on skills so that students can be successful in the fields that may require licensure.

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Explore all the degrees, programs of study, and classes that Columbia College has to offer. At the completion of the program, students receive an associate degree.

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Academic Freedom

In order to create an atmosphere most conducive to excellent teaching, Columbia College has adopted the following policy for academic freedom:

 Academic freedom encourages the flow of ideas with the recognition that the freedom to teach and the freedom to learn carry both rights and responsibilities within the framework of the law and Columbia College’s curricular objectives.

 The instructors, staff, and students of Columbia College shall be free from censorship and interference when speaking or writing. However, the authoritative position of instructors entails particular obligations. Instructors and staff, as representatives of Columbia College, are expected to be accurate, objective, and to exercise appropriate judgment and restraint, to encourage a spirit of respect for the opinion and culture of others, and to ensure the relevancy of subject matter in their respective subjects

Academic Term and Class Hours

Columbia College operates on a session system. The academic year is divided into five 10-week sessions. Each 10-week session has an A and B schedule. Schedule ‘A’ meets for ten weeks and Schedule ‘B’ meets the last five weeks of the session. Columbia College conducts classes during days, evenings and weekends. Day classes begin at 8:30 or 9:00 am, depending on the program. Evening classes begin at 5:30 or 6:00 pm, depending on the program, and can run until 10 pm or earlier. Columbia College’s certificate programs operate on a clock hour system. Students must complete the full amount of clock hours assigned for each program they must consult with their professors about their absentee policies, since absentee policies also vary according to program.

Faculty Responsibility

Columbia College requires faculty participation in curriculum development, academic planning, and the enforcement of academic quality to ensure our high-standards are continuously met.

The faculty has the responsibility to set, supervise, and enforce standards of academic quality that are necessary for maintaining the integrity of a Columbia College degree or certification.

The faculty and the administration shall have collective responsibility for academic planning and for carrying out the mission of the institution.

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Professional Licensure

SARA has no effect on state professional licensing requirements. Programs leading to professional licenses often have additional requirements beyond basic authorization. Our program administrators are constantly working to ensure that Columbia College programs meet the requirements of the various states. If you are planning on taking a course that leads to a professional license, please contact the school offering the course for information related to licensure in your state. 

Professional Licensure Disclosure

In compliance with the U.S. Department of Education and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education for participation in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA), Columbia College provides information pertaining to professional licensure and certification.

The following is recommended BEFORE beginning a program if considering Columbia College program that leads to professional licensure with the intent to be licensed outside of Virginia:

Review the licensing information provided for the applicable program(s) below

Contact the appropriate licensing agency in the U.S. states and territories where licensure is intended. This will enable you to obtain the most up-to-date information about licensure requirements and confirm how Columbia College program facilitates those requirements.

While a program may not be formally approved, it may still meet all or a portion of the “educational” requirements for licensure in other states and territories. Therefore, it may be necessary for you to contact the licensing agency directly to find out if Columbia College program will meet educational requirements.

Additionally, while progressing through any of these programs, we recommended that you check licensing agency requirements regularly to monitor whether they have changed in a manner that impacts your licensure plans.

License Disclosures – Massage Therapy 

Each state has different professional licensure and certification requirements. Students who are considering an academic program that may allow them to pursue professional licensure in their state are strongly encouraged to check their state’s information below and contact the appropriate licensing agency to seek information and additional guidance before beginning a program outside of their state.

Contact the Columbia College Massage Therapy Program for more information.

List by State 

State Licensure Disclosure
Alabama Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Alabama should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Alaska Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Alaska should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Arizona Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Arizona should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Arkansas Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Arkansas should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
California Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in California should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Colorado Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Colorado should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Connecticut Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Connecticut should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Delaware Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Delaware should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Florida Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Florida should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Georgia Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Georgia should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Hawaii Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Hawaii should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Idaho Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Idaho should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Illinois Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Illinois should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Indiana Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Indiana should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Iowa Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Iowa should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Kansas Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Kansas should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Kentucky Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Kentucky should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Louisiana Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Louisiana should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Maine Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Maine should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Maryland Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College Massage Therapy program meet the educational requirements for licensure in Maryland. Students who are interested in working in Maryland should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Massachusetts Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Massachusetts should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Michigan Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Michigan should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Minnesota Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Minnesota should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Mississippi Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Mississippi should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Missouri Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Missouri should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Montana Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Montana should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Nebraska Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Nebraska should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Nevada Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Nevada should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
New Hampshire Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in New Hampshire should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
New Jersey Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in New Jersey should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
New Mexico Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in New Mexico should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
New York Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in New York should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
North California Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in North Carolina should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
North Dakota Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in North Dakota should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Ohio Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Ohio should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Oklahoma Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Oklahoma should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Oregon Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Oregon should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Pennsylvania Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Pennsylvania should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Rhode Island Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Rhode Island should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
South Carolina South Carolina Labor, Licensing, and Regulation – Massage/Bodywork Panel The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in South Carolina should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
South Dakota Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in South Dakota should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Tennessee Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Tennessee should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Texas Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Texas should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Utah Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Utah should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Vermont Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Vermont should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Virginia Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College Massage Therapy program meet the educational requirements for licensure in Virginia. Students who are interested in working in Virginia should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Washington Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Washington should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
West Virginia Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in West Virginia should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.
Wisconsin Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals The Columbia College program cannot determine if the program meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Students who are interested in working in Wisconsin should contact the state board before enrolling in this program.