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Professional Health Programs

CBU has a long history of educating well-qualified undergraduate students for entry into professional health programs and a rate of acceptance into medical, pharmacy, veterinary, and other programs that is far above the national average.

In 2011, CBU recognized that it could help address the rising need for healthcare providers in the Memphis community and other parts of the nation by expanding its curricula and degree offerings to include professional healthcare fields. CBU currently offers two professional health degrees, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing for registered nurses and the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

RN to BSN Nursing Program

The CBU RN to BSN Program provides registered nurses (RNs) with a path to obtain a full bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) within 18 months. The program’s curriculum is affordable, convenient and flexible for hard-working nurses seeking to advance their careers in nursing. The BSN degree offers learning opportunities that blend face-to-face classroom instruction with online teaching, mentoring and advising, all within a convenient schedule. 

This accelerated BSN program for RNs provides a unique alternative to the traditional method of pursuing a bachelor’s degree. It is designed as a transformational learning experience leading to personal and professional skill development to meet the needs of RNs previously prepared at the ADN or diploma level. In addition, the program will serve the needs of the health sciences industry in the Mid-South by adding qualified BSNs to the local workforce.

Nursing Program Accreditation

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


Physician Assistant Program

The CBU Master of Science PA Program, the first in Memphis, is a cohort-based program that delivers its curriculum via traditional campus-based methods with clinical rotations located at sites throughout the Memphis metropolitan area, one of the nation’s leading medical centers.

Using newly renovated space for both the didactic and laboratory components of the program, the program focuses on six major competency components: medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, patient care, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice. One new cohort is accepted each year.

Physician Assistants are licensed to practice medicine, issue prescriptions, and practice in all medical fields including primary care, internal medicine and subspecialties, as well as surgical and emergency care. The PA’s scope of practice may also include education, research, and administrative services.

PA Program Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), 12000 Findley Road, Suite 150, Johns Creek, GA 30079 accredits Physician Assistant programs in the United States.

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Christian Brothers University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Christian Brothers University.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.