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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 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.

The CBU Nursing Program is fully accredited by the TN Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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.

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.

  • CURRENT PROGRAM: The ARC-PA accepted the plan for the current Christian Brothers University PA program to withdraw from the ARC-PA accreditation process effective May 31, 2017. The program will remain on Accreditation-Probation until that time. The program will not accept any new students for enrollment. Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s
  • NEW PA PROGRAM: CBU has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). CBU anticipates matriculating its first class in 2018, pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at September 2017 ARC-PA meeting. 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.