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Thank you for your interest in Cumberland University’s nursing programs. The Jeanette C Rudy School of Nursing seeks candidates who will bring the qualities of: scholarship, caring, resilience, integrity, collaboration, service, passion, vision, excellence, professionalism, motivation, commitment and excellence to the profession of nursing.  

We take pride in our nursing programs, and hope you find a great fit with us and find our programs suitable to your educational needs.   

Our History:

Cumberland University's response to meeting the needs in Middle Tennessee for well-educated and well-prepared nurses began several decades ago.  The BSN nursing program began accepting students in 1992. This was made possible by many facilities, organizations and individuals in Middle Tennessee who contributed money for start-up, scholarships, equipment and supplies. 

In the spring of 2004, the school’s name was changed to honor one of those generous individuals. The school was named the “Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing” to honor the generosity of Dr. Jeanette Cantrell Rudy, retired nurse and philanthropist.  Today, the program is growing exponentially and successfully and offers the traditional BSN, an RN to BSN and a Masters of Science in Nursing (Educator track or Leadership track).  

Cumberland has a strong reputation of placing nursing students in jobs immediately upon graduation.  

These academic options are available.  

  1. General students obtain a B.S.N. in eight or nine semesters.
      1. Upper division nursing is a five-semester full-time program of study. Part-time options are also available.  
      2. Standard cohorts start in fall and spring semesters.
      3. Evening/weekend program cohorts starts each fall and spring if a full-cohort numbers are reached.  
  2. Registered nurses (RN's) holding diplomas or Associate Degrees upgrade to B.S.N. status via an online program of study. (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.
      1. Upper division nursing is a five-semester full-time program of study.  Part-time options are also available.  
      2. Standard cohorts start in fall and spring semesters.
      3. Evening/weekend program cohorts starts each fall and spring if a full-cohort is reached.  

 

Master of Science in Nursing available via an online program of study. (click here for more information)

Students seeking BSN candidacy must meet the required prerequisites to enter the upper-division nursing program.

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 BSN Nursing Admissions:

Spring – September 1
Fall – March 14 (Extended from March 1)

Admissions Assessment for the BSN Program: ATI TEAS

The ATI TEAS is used to determine the candidate’s academic preparedness level.  The exam covers the areas of reading, mathematics, science, English and language usage.  You will be given a score and a rank of developmental, basic, proficient, advanced, or exemplary.  The higher the score and the rank, the higher the candidate will rank in the pool of applicants.  

TEAS Exam scores must be earned within one year of seeking candidacy to the School of Nursing and Health Professions.  The test can be retaken once each application period after a 30 day wait time.

 If you plan to seek BSN candidacy, you are urged to go to the TEAS website and start prepping for the exam. They have a suggested six-week study plan available on the website.   

For cost and more information on preparing for the ATI TEAS, please go to www.atitesting.com/teas. Cumberland University Library has two TEAS prep books on reserve.  There are study manuals, online practice tests and a SmartPrep Tutorial available on the ATI website.

In order to reserve your seat for the TEAS, you will need to first create an ATI student account, then register and pay for the exam.  Please note that testing space is limited so register and pay in advance. Information on how to create your ATI account, register and prepare for the exam can be found at this link.

* Scores must be earned within one (1) year of entering the School of Nursing and must be taken at Cumberland University or an approved ATI testing site.