Rudy School of Nursing & Health Professions

We know how to prepare our students. This success - and the dream behind it - started with the interest and generosity of the University's many friends. University medical Center generously provided an area for the Learning Resources Laboratory, major educational equipment and supplies for nursing skills simulation

Many other facilities and organizations in the Middle Tennessee area contributed seed money, student scholarship moneyor equipment/supplies to enable Cumberland to meet the needs of the Middle Tennessee area for well-prepared nurses. In the spring of 2004, the school’s name was changed to the Jeanette Rudy School of Nursing in honor of Dr. Jeanette Cantrell Rudy, a retired nurse and longtime friend and benefactor of Cumberland University. Today, the program is growing exponentially – and successfully.

Cumberland has a strong reputation of placing nursing students in jobs of their choice.

Four academic tracks are available to help:

  1. General students obtain a B.S.N. in eight semesters.
  2. Registered nurses (RN's) holding diplomas or Associate Degrees upgrade to B.S.N. status. (click here for more information)
  3. Students holding baccalaureate or university parallel degrees in areas other than nursing obtain a B.S.N. degree without meeting a second set of core requirements.
  4. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), holding a current LPN license, upgrade to B.S.N. status.


Our B.S.N. program is nationally accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

For a complete description of all courses, please review our undergraduate catalog.

The Jeanette Rudy School of Nursing is located on University Medical Center's McFarland Specialty Campus, located at 500 Park Ave. in Lebanon. For a detailed map and directions, please click here.

Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing 
McFarland Campus 
500 Park Avenue 
Lebanon, TN 37087

Deadline for Nursing Admissions:

Spring - First Friday in October
Summer - First Friday in February
Fall - First Friday in June

Admissions Assessment Exam by Kaplan

For NURSING Admissions Assessment information, please contact  the admissions office at admissions@cumberland.edu or (615) 547-1224.

*In order to reserve your seat for the Kaplan Nursing Admissions Exam you will need to pay a non-refundable $50 Kaplan Exam fee.

For more information and to schedule for the exam please contact the admissions office at admissions@cumberland.edu or (615) 547-1224.