More About the Nursing Program

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.

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 can pay your Kaplan Exam fee here.

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