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CBU Launches Nursing Degree to Address Regional Shortage

MEMPHIS, TN — The Tennessee State Board of Nursing recently approved plans by Christian Brothers University (CBU) to start an entry-level Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, which will now begin accepting students for this fall. The program was instituted to help address the shortage of qualified nurses in Memphis and the Mid-South region.

“We are excited to expand our nursing offerings to include a traditional, entry-level BSN program,” said Dr. Jennifer Hitt-Mayo, director of the nursing program in CBU’s School of Sciences. “Seeing the vital need for more registered nurses in Memphis and Shelby County, we really created this program out of necessity. Memphis simply needs more nurses. Period.” 

New students will enter CBU as Health Science majors before entering the nursing program as juniors, but the university is also accepting transfer students who could begin the program immediately with the necessary prerequisite courses.

“CBU has a long and distinguished history of providing excellent pre-professional health programs, as evidenced by the high placement rates of our graduates in medical schools and other healthcare-related professional schools,” said Dr. James McGuffee, dean of the CBU School of Sciences. “It makes sense for us, considering the demand and need, to add the traditional BSN to our degree offerings. Along with our existing Physician Assistant Program, it now provides our students two degree options that lead directly into a healthcare profession in addition to our RN-to-BSN degree program which allows working registered nurses to grow in their field.”

McGuffee also points out that the program fits well with CBU’s Lasallian mission of serving those in need, as well as within the long historical tradition of Catholic nursing education. “CBU is now the only Catholic nursing program in the state of Tennessee,” he added. “Actually, it’s the only one in the entire area from St. Louis to New Orleans.”

That fact has not been missed by the local Catholic Diocese. “Our Diocese, students, and community will benefit greatly from the Tennessee Board of Nursing approving a four-year nursing program at CBU,” said Bishop David Talley of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis. “Through God’s work and their hands, CBU’s outstanding administrators and faculty are further advancing the spiritual work of welcoming future nursing students into an educational community of faith and service, one that is committed not only to academic excellence, but also to the betterment of society and the care of God’s creation.”

Information on the program, including admissions requirements, can be found on the CBU website at www.cbu.edu/nursing. Applications are also open on the website.

The program is accredited through the State of Tennessee and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Posted by Cory Dugan at 4:10 PM