Cumberland University

Rudy School of Nursing & Health Professions

Public Notice of CCNE Accreditation Visit Invitation for Third-Party Comments

Cumberland University's Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions is fully accredited and is seeking re-accreditation for its BSN and RN to BSN programs and initial accreditation for its MSN program from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE will conduct an on-site accreditation visit at Cumberland University January 29th-31st, 2018. CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health and ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

In accordance with their Procedures for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Nursing Programs, CCNE provides the opportunity for program constituents to submit, in writing, comments concerning a program’s qualifications for accreditation. This is an open invitation to provide written and signed comments concerning the baccalaureate nursing programs and master’s program at Cumberland University.

CCNE will be accepting comments until January 8, 2018.  CCNE shares third-party comments only with the evaluation team prior to the on-site evaluation, but at no time during the review process are these comments shared with the program, the Accreditation Review Committee, or the Board. During its review of the program, the evaluation team considers third-party comments, if any, which relate to the program’s qualifications for accreditation.

Please submit comments to: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Attn: Third-Party Comments 655 K St., NW, Suite 750 Washington, DC 20001 - or -


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 money or 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.

Three 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. Master of Science in Nursing. (click here for more information)

Students seeking BSN must still have met the required prerequisites to enter the upper-division nursing program.  

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Cumberland University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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

The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions is located in McFarland Hall, located at 500 Park Ave. in Lebanon. For a detailed map and directions, please click here.

Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions 
McFarland Hall
500 Park Avenue 
Lebanon, TN 37087

Deadline for Nursing Admissions:

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

Admissions Assessment Exam by Kaplan

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

You may register to take the Kaplan Nursing Admissions Exam by clicking here.