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Nursing Programs

Whether you're a first-time college student or already working as a registered nurse, the nursing program at Christian Brothers University has options to help you take the next steps in your nursing career.

Traditional Nursing

Starting Fall 2020, the new undergraduate nursing program at CBU is custom-fit for you. True to the service-learning culture that defines CBU's heritage, students in the nursing program will have study abroad learning choices as well as options for clinicals throughout the Memphis community. Many of the clinical experiences will provide opportunities for rotations with preceptors to ensure a personalized clinical experience.

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.

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate applicants must apply to CBU for pre-nursing and be admitted before applying to the nursing program (application opens November 2019).

Incoming Freshmen

As an incoming freshman, you will enroll at CBU in the School of Sciences as a Natural 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. Acceptance requires:

  • Minimum ACT score of 22, or equivalent SAT, or 65th percentile TEAS score
  • Proof of current TB surveillance, vaccination records, AHA BLS Healthcare Provider certification, background check and drug screen

Highly-qualified high school seniors are eligible for our early admission program, which guarantees you a spot in the nursing program once you reach your junior year of college. Requirements for early admission are: a minimum ACT score of 27, high school GPA of 3.5 or above, and a B or higher in all prerequisite courses.

Current and Transfer Students

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. The admission staff or your academic advisor can help you understand the application process and prerequisites for the nursing program. You must submit:

  • Transcripts from every university and college attended, showing two years/54 credit hours of general education credits
  • Minimum college GPA of 2.5 (for transfer students)
  • Proof of current TB surveillance, vaccination records, AHA BLS Healthcare Provider certification, background check and drug screen


The RN to BSN program is designed for the working registered nurse. The BSN curriculum focuses on current healthcare issues and delivery, and prepares you for leadership roles in a variety of settings. The online format allows you to complete the program in as little as three semesters of full-time study.

As part of this program, you'll have the chance to explore global community health through an international mission trip (when available) and participate in community engaged learning opportunities.

The BSN requires 122 credit hours. You'll take CBU general education and liberal arts courses, plus courses in:

  • Health assessment 
  • Professional writing
  • Professional role enactment
  • Population health nursing
  • Leadership
  • Professional practice & leadership
  • Evidence-based nursing

The academic catalog lists all course requirements for this program.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Christian Brothers University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (