Carole Ann Bach

      Dean, Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions

B.S.N., Indiana University
M.S.N., Washington University
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Office Location: McFarland Building
Phone: 615.547.1200

I grew up in Nashville Tennessee and moved away to go to nursing school.  I’ve taught undergraduate and graduate nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University, Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri, and at Vanderbilt University.  I returned to Nashville in 1995 to be closer to my aging parents and to my siblings and nephews. 

My clinical interest is in rehabilitation of patients with chronic illnesses and injury.  I enjoy coaching people who have had spinal cord injuries and exploring their rehabilitation needs.  My goal for patients is for them to become the best they can be within the limitations they have.  I have worked in rehabilitation in Texas, Missouri, and Tennessee.  I was the nurse educator for 3 years at Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital prior to coming to Cumberland University.

I have taught in baccalaureate and higher degree programs for over 30 years and have been dean of the Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing since 2007.  Since that time we have started an evening and weekend nursing program for working adults, an online RN to BSN program as well a growing generic nursing program. 


Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
MSN, Washington University in St. Louis
BSN, Indiana University


Professional Nursing Role
Foundations of Scholarship and Learning


American Nurses Assn./Tennessee Nurses Assn.
Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Sigma Theta Tau, Int.
Xi Alpha Chapter


Health Care Provider BLS CPR & AED, American Heart Assn.
Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse, ARN (2000-2015)
RN License


Thirty plus years as a university professor of nursing
Nine years working as a rehabilitation nurse in various hospitals
Editorial Board for Journal of Rehabilitation Nursing
Reviewer for Scholarship, Journal of Rehabilitation Nursing


Quality of life for clients with spinal cord injuries (SCI)
Rehabilitation needs of women veterans with SCI
Adjustment of clients to disabilities
Qualitative research techniques
Violence against people with disabilities


Multiple contact hours of Continuing Education Units each year