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RN to BSN FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the RN to BSN Nursing program designed for?
The RN to BSN program is designed for the working registered nurse who is prepared at the ADN or diploma level. The RN to BSN curriculum is all online and allows you to move at your own pace. That means you can earn your BSN in as few as 15 months or take up to three years to complete it at your own pace.

The curriculum focuses on current healthcare issues and delivery, and prepares you for leadership roles in a variety of settings. As part of this program, you'll have the chance to explore global community health and participate in community engaged learning opportunities. An International Clinical Immersion Experience (when available) OR a Faith Community Nursing Certification is included in the tuition.

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

The RN to 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.

I have never taken online courses before. How much time should I set aside each week per course?
To help determine the course load study time, use the formula:

  • 3 credit hours (1 average course) = 3 hours online reviewing the “in class” materials plus approximately 6-9 hours study time per week per course.
  • Clinical courses require 42 hours per credit, or 84 contact hours for a 2 credit clinical practicum.

Where will the clinical experiences be held?

  • Clinical experiences will be arranged individually with students at a location that is convenient to them.
  • An International Clinical Immersion Experience (if available) OR a Faith Community Nursing Certification is included in the tuition.

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.

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.

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.

What are the deadlines to apply?
CBU’s RN to BSN Nursing Program 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 screens and background checks by these dates for priority consideration. Applications are accepted year-round for the RN to BSN entering classes.

To apply to the RN to BSN Program, you will need to provide:

  1. An active/unrestricted multi-state license as a Registered Nurse (RN) allowing practice in the state of Tennessee. Send by fax or to admissions@cbu.edu.
  2. One letter of recommendation from current/former faculty, colleague or immediate supervisor (emailed to admissions@cbu.edu).
  3. completed online application.
  4. Official transcripts from all schools/colleges attended, 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
(901) 321-3205
Fax: (901) 321-3344

RN to BSN Nursing Program Enrollment Requirements:
Prior to the start of classes, admitted students will need to provide:

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. If you have already taken courses after you completed your RN course work they may be evaluated for transfer to CBU.

Do online nursing courses cost more than traditional courses?
The online courses cost the same per credit hour as face to face courses - $405.00 per credit hour. 

I’ve already taken general education courses at another college. Do these count?
Upon evaluation of transcripts, transfer semester hour credits may be awarded for general education courses completed at a college or university. 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, and MUST be 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 admissions department will help you during the admissions process and a member of the nursing faculty will be assigned as your advisor upon admission to the nursing program.

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 admissions 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 visit cbu.edu/nursing.

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 (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).