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Nursing FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the RN to BSN Nursing program designed for?

The program is for Registered Nurses previously prepared at the ADN or diploma level, designed as a transformational learning experience leading to personal and professional skill development.

What are the deadlines to apply?

CBU has two starting classes each year in August and January. Preference is given to those meeting the admission deadlines of August 1 (Fall Enrollment) and December 1 (Spring Enrollment). RN to BSN candidates must submit all applications, transcripts, and drug screen and background check by these dates for priority consideration. Applications are accepted year-round for the RN to BSN entering classes.

I have never taken online courses before. How much time should I set aside each week per course?

Assume a minimum of four hours per week for the didactic portion of the course, and an average of eight hours per week for clinical practicum.

Are there any classes that I will need to take before I apply to the RN to BSN Nursing program?

No. The courses required are those you took during your Associate Degree or Diploma Nursing Program. The other required courses can be taken at CBU.

What is the first step in applying to the RN to BSN program?

First, you must be a licensed RN. Next, we recommend you read the nursing admissions page in its entirety to familiarize yourself with the admission and prerequisite requirements. If you need your transcripts to be reviewed to make sure you have met all prerequisites, please contact the Nursing Office at (901) 321-3339 or

Do online courses cost more than traditional courses?

The online courses cost the same per credit hour as regular courses - $405.00 per credited hour. 

What nursing classes do I have to take to complete my BSN, and which ones require clinical hours?

Please see the nursing curriculum webpage. 

I’ve already taken general education courses at another college. Do these count?

Upon evaluation of transcripts, transfer semester hour credits for general education courses completed at a college or university may be awarded. CBU has a wide array of General Education Courses (GER) to meet the requirements for graduation. Many of these are online.

Would my working hours count as my clinical time during the semesters?

No. The clinical practicum during the second and third semester takes approximately six-eight hours per week, performed outside of normal job duties.

Who are the Nursing faculty?

CBU employs a distinguished faculty that includes professional educators as well as practitioners in the field of nursing. All nursing faculty members hold a minimum of a Master of Science in Nursing, with many also holding doctoral degrees from various institutions of higher education. 

Will I get to choose where I perform my clinical practicum?

Yes. The clinical course instructor works with the student to provide an optimal practice setting and practicum. The assignment may be at any health facility that meets the clinical placement requirements, including your work environment but not your area of focus.

What kind of computer will I need to take online courses?

Minimum computer recommendations for CBU can be found on our webpage. You will also need reliable Internet access and be able to view videos.

How will I know if I have the computer skills to be successful in online courses?

We recommend you have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Word features, and PowerPoint before taking online courses. You will need a good working knowledge of all applications processes of the Internet browsers (such as Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, or Firefox) and search engines (such as Google, Bing, or Yahoo). Other software that may be necessary includes Adobe Acrobat Reader, Real Player and/or QuickTime, email and sending attachments.

Once I am admitted to the program, who will my advisor be?

An Advisor in the College of Adult Professional Studies (CAPS) will be assigned upon admission.

What if I am a licensed RN but also have a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field?

Licensed RNs who hold a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field are also eligible for the CBU nursing program. Your advisor will evaluate your transcript.

Am I eligible for RN licensure in Tennessee?

Each state Board of Nursing determines their own requirements for licensure. All states require successful completion of an accredited Nursing program, passage of the NCLEX exam, and a criminal background check. Additional requirements vary by state. Please refer to the Tennessee State Board of Nursing Rules of the Tennessee Board of Nursing Chapter 1000-01 (PDF) for specific requirements.

What if I have additional questions not listed on this FAQ?

Please contact the Nursing Office at (901) 321-3339 or We will be glad to answer any questions you may have. Our fax number is (901) 321-3344.

Nursing Documents & Links

Online Application Form  •  Recommendation Form (Word doc)  •  Student Health Form (PDF)  •  Immunization FAQs (PDF)  •  Background Check & Drug Screen  •  Transfer Equivalencies  •  Nursing Student Handbook (PDF)

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