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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any classes that I will need to take before I apply to your program?

No. The courses required are those you took during your Associate Degree or Diploma Nursing Program. The other required courses can be taken at CBU.

What is the first step in applying to the RN to BSN program?

First, you must be a licensed RN. Next, we recommend you read the RN to BSN website in its entirety to familiarize yourself with the admission and prerequisite requirements. If you need your transcripts to be reviewed to make sure you have met all prerequisites, please contact Nursing Office at (901) 321-3339 or

What are the deadlines to apply?

Preference is given to those meeting the admission deadlines of April 1 (Fall Enrollment) and November 1 (Spring Enrollment). RN to BSN candidates must submit all applications, transcripts, and drug screen and background check by these dates for priority consideration. Applications are accepted year-round for the RN to BSN entering classes.

Do online courses cost more than traditional courses?

The online courses cost the same per credit hour as regular courses.

What nursing classes do I have to take to complete my BSN, and which ones require clinical hours?

Please see the Curriculum web page.

Would my working hours count as my clinical time during the semesters?

No. The clinical practicum during the second and third semester takes approximately six-eight hours per week, performed outside of normal job duties.

Will I get to choose where I perform my clinical practicum?

Yes. The clinical course instructor works with the student to provide an optimal practice setting and practicum. The assignment may be at any health facility that meets the clinical placement requirements, including your work environment but not your area of focus.

I have never taken online courses before. How much time should I set aside each week per course?

Assume a minimum of four hours per week for the didactic portion of the course, and an average of eight hours per week for clinical practicum.

What kind of computer will I need to take online courses?

Minimum computer recommendations for CBU can be found on our webpage. You will also need reliable Internet access and be able to view videos.

How will I know if I have the computer skills to be successful in online courses?

We recommend you have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Word features, and PowerPoint before taking online courses. You will need a good working knowledge of all applications processes of the Internet browsers (such as Internet Explorer, Safari or Firefox) and search engines (such as Google, Bing or Yahoo). Other software that may be necessary includes Adobe Acrobat Reader, Real Player and/or QuickTime, email and sending attachments.

Once I am admitted to the program, who is my advisor?

An Advisor in the College of Adult Professional Studies (CAPS) will be assigned upon admission.

What if I am a licensed RN but also have a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field?

Licensed RNs who hold a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field are also eligible for the CBU nursing program. Your advisor will evaluate your transcript.

What if I have additional questions not listed on this FAQ?

Please contact Nursing Office at (901) 321-3339 or We will be glad to answer any questions you may have. Fax number is (901) 321-3344.

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