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BSN FAQs

Who is the Traditional BSN Nursing program designed for?
The new undergraduate Bachelor of Science in nursing program at CBU is custom-fit for you. True to the service-learning culture that defines CBU's heritage, students in the traditional BSN program will have study abroad learning choices as well as options for clinical experiences throughout the Memphis community. Many of the clinical experiences will provide opportunities for rotations with preceptors to ensure a personalized clinical experience.

Does this degree allow me to be a RN?
After program completion, you will be eligible to apply to the State Board of Nursing for RN licensure. CBU's nursing program does not guarantee licensure; all graduates of the program must pass the NCLEX licensing exam.

Where will the clinical experiences be held?
Clinical experiences will be offered in the greater Memphis area.

Is this nursing program accredited?
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Christian Brothers University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). It is also approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

I plan to come into CBU with no previous college experience. How does that work?
As an incoming freshman, you will enroll at CBU in the School of Sciences as a Health Science major for your first two years before being accepted into the Nursing Program prior to your junior year. Those first two years are spent completing prerequisite general education courses to prepare you for nursing classes your junior and senior year.

I am a high school senior. Do you have an early entry program?

  • Highly qualified high school seniors can apply for early admission during their senior year of high school.
  • Minimum 3.5 high school GPA
  • Minimum ACT Composite 27 or SAT Composite 1280
  • Complete online application by April 1 in your senior year of high school
  • Early admission guarantees a seat in the cohort starting 2 years from time of first admission to CBU, if following requirements are met:
    • 3.0 Overall College GPA
    • All prerequisites must be completed with a B or higher
    • No prerequisites can be repeated
    • No deferments for enrollment
    • Meet all other general admissions requirements
  • If requirements are not met, students can still apply for admission via the general admission process. 
  • Early admission to the Nursing program is a competitive process. Early admissions is based on the number of applications and seats available. Meeting minimum qualifications does not guarantee early admission to the program.

What are the health requirements?

  • Physical, gross and fine motor, auditory, visual, and tactile abilities sufficient to provide nursing care as outlined in the CBU Nursing Program Handbook Health and Vaccination Policy.
  • Proof of vaccinations, satisfactory TB screening, and annual influenza vaccination as outlined in the CBU Nursing Program Handbook Health and Vaccination Policy.

Am I guaranteed admission?
Admission to the Nursing program is a competitive process.  Admissions is based on the number of applications and seats available.  Meeting minimum qualifications does not guarantee admission to the program.

How do I apply to the Traditional BSN Nursing Program?

  1. Students who are not already enrolled at CBU must first apply to the university to be admitted as degree-seeking undergraduate students. A completed online application must be submitted to be admitted to CBU.
  2. Those enrolled at CBU must apply to the Nursing Program once they complete the program prerequisites. The Nursing Program will accept applications at any time, but students will be admitted into the fall and spring semesters only.
  3. Applicants must submit a 1-2 page letter of interest, including a discussion of their interest in nursing and a personal reflection on enrollment in the nursing program. A list of all incomplete prerequisites, if any, along with anticipated completion dates should be included in this letter.
  4. The first cohort of Traditional BSN Nursing students will begin the nursing program in the fall of 2020.

I plan to apply for admission to CBU as a transfer student. How does that work?
To enter CBU's traditional nursing program as a college sophomore or junior, whether you are a current CBU student or transfer student, you must be accepted to both CBU and the Nursing Program. Transfer students who have completed courses at other schools will have their transcripts evaluated during the admissions process.

  • Students who are transferring from another Nursing program must submit a letter of good standing from the Dean/Director of the previous Nursing program.
  • Applicants dismissed from another nursing program within the last 5 years are not eligible to apply.  No nursing credits will be transferable from a program in which the student was dismissed.
  • Send official transcripts from all colleges, to the Admissions office via email, fax, Scrip-Safe, or addressed as follows:

Christian Brothers University
Office of Admissions
650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
Phone: (901) 321-3205  Fax: (901) 321-3344

What classes do I have to take before I can apply for admission to the nursing program?

CBU General Education Requirements (GER) for BSN Nursing Major

  • Orientation to CBU
  • English Composition I and II
  • Functions/Trigonometry or Precalculus
  • English Literature elective
  • Religious Studies elective
  • Moral Values elective

Traditional BSN Nursing Major Prerequisites:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab
  • Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab
  • Microbiology and Lab
  • Nutrition
  • Analysis and Interpretation of Health Data
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology
  • General Psychology
  • Human Development

What GPA is required for admission into the nursing program?

  • Students must have a minimum college GPA of 2.5 and a minimum 2.75 GPA for prerequisite science courses.
    • Two (2) of the three (3) prerequisite science courses must be completed (not in-progress) at the time of application; all three (3) must be complete prior to enrollment in program.
    • One (1) science prerequisite course may be repeated only once. If repeated, an average earned grade of the initial and repeated course will be used in the science GPA calculation
    • Applicants are required to complete prerequisite science courses within eight (8) years of admission.
  • Prerequisite courses should be completed at the time of enrollment in nursing. However, they must have no more than two (2) general education courses outstanding (6 hours) at the time of enrollment.
  •  Students with incomplete prerequisites at the time of application should list these courses in their Letter of Interest, including anticipated dates of completion.

What nursing classes do I have to take to complete my BSN, and which ones require clinical hours?
Please see the BSN curriculum webpage.