Cumberland University offers guaranteed admissions to combat nursing shortage

The nursing school at Lebanon, Tenn.-based Cumberland University has launched a program to offer guaranteed admission to some high school seniors. 

High school seniors with an ACT composite score or super score of 25 and above who have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale will be eligible for guaranteed admission as part of the new program, according to a Dec. 1 news release from the university. Applications for the program, which will start in the fall semester, must be received by March 1. 

Students who are accepted will take general education classes at Cumberland for the first two years and are then guaranteed a spot in the nursing school as juniors if they maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or above and earn at least a B in all science courses, according to a Jan. 9 report from The Tennessean

A key goal of the program is to attract more nurses to the mid-Tennessee region, leaders at the nursing school told the news outlet. About 96 percent of Cumberland nursing school graduates go on to work in the region. 

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