Cumberland University

Admissions

Getting Admitted

  1. Students must first be admitted to Cumberland University and declare nursing as their major. Once accepted this is the best time to meet with an advisor to set a schedule. Click here to apply.
  2. Students must have no more than 3 hours of lower division coursework remaining to apply for admission to the School of Nursing at the Lebanon campus and have completed all lower division coursework for the Mt. Juliet site. Students admitted to the School of Nursing will receive a letter declaring admission.
  3. Students must have earned a minimum of 3.0 (effective spring 2011) cumulative G.P.A (4.00 scale) in required lower division coursework with no grade below a "C".
  4. Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II and Microbiology (BIO 213, BIO 214, BIO 203) must have been satisfactorily completed prior to entering the first upper division nursing course (B.S.N. completion students are exempt).
  5. A satisfactory score on a specified standardized pre-admission examination is required for admission to School of Nursing. Test scores must be earned within one (1) years of entering the School of Nursing and must be taken at Cumberland University. Order the Kaplan Review Study Book here.
  6. To enter the School of Nursing students must complete the Nursing Information Sheet and submit to the Office of Admissions no later than the first Friday of October for admission to spring semester, no later than the first Friday of June for admission to summer semester, and no later than first Friday of June for admission to fall semester. Nursing Information Form.
  7. Official transcript(s) must be on file with the Office of Admissions.

Prerequisites for the Nursing Program 

For student’s who hold a Bachelor’s Degree or a University Parallel Associate’s Degree prior to the start of upper division nursing coursework: 

  • General Biology
  • Microbiology, Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Nutrition- Nights and Weekends Only
  • Statistics of the Behavioral Sciences- Nights and Weekends Only
  • College Algebra or Math for the Liberal Arts

The following courses are required for all applicants that do not have a Bachelor’s Degree or a University Parallel Associate’s Degree prior to the start of upper division nursing coursework: 

  • English Composition I and II
  • College Algebra or Math for the Liberal Arts
  • General Biology
  • Microbiology, Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II
  • US History I and II or World Civilization I and II
  • Spanish I and II
  • Introduction to Literature or Topics in Literature
  • Fine Arts Elective
  • Fundamentals of Speech
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Nutrition- Nights and Weekends Only
  • Statistics of the Behavioral Sciences- Nights and Weekends Only

Students transferring in with a degree are exempt from General Biology if credit is awarded for Microbiology, Human Anatomy & Physiology I &II. In addition, students with a degree may also be exempt from College Algebra if credit is awarded for Statistics of Behavioral Science. 

Transferring into the Program

All transfer applicants to the Rudy School of Nursing at Cumberland University must complete their University Admission file no later than 15 business days prior to the upper division nursing admission date. Contact the Cumberland University Office of Admissions or the Rudy School of Nursing for information regarding the upper division nursing admission date. To complete your Cumberland University Admission File, the Office of Admissions must have the following:

  • Application for Admission
  • $25 non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges/universities

For questions or to request further information, please contact the Cumberland University Office of Admissions at 615-444-2562 or 615-547-1393 or admissions@cumberland.edu. You may also contact the Office of Admissions at 1 Cumberland Square, Lebanon, TN, 37087.