I wanted to weigh in on my personal experience with Cumberland University. I did not have a good application process and chose to defer my admission (actually, the nursing department does not allow deferments, so I truly declined and would have to reapply if I wanted to go there the next semester).
I started applying in March of 2011, and did not have my admission status (from the nursing department) until July. I feel like I fell through the cracks - I left tons of voicemails and emails and very few returned, and very few in a timely manner. I was really interested in getting a tour of the lab facilities, and that was like pulling teeth. I was told "no, the building isn't open, we just can't do that." In higher ed, students (and potential students) are customers making a huge investment. I now attend Belmont and I can't imagine Belmont staff or faculty saying no to a request to see facilities or learn more about the program.
For those looking for nursing schools, it's a great idea to review the NCLEX pass rates- these are published online in TN through the Board of Nursing. Examine Cumberland's and compare to other schools.
I did finally get to see the lab facilities, and they are minimal. I know that labs aren't the most important thing in a program, but it was important to me see how much a school invests in its students' learning environments. I also met with one of the nursing professors who taught the night and weekend program. She told me that classes start at 6pm, but they usually wait until all the students are there (usually 6:30pm). Some students out there may appreciate that level of flexibility, however, I am not one of them. If I am paying for instructional time......there should actually be instructional time.
Class sizes are quite small - I recall I was told about 7-8. So that is great plus. I believe they can secure clinical spots for up to 25, so this means they haven't filled their cohort in the past few semesters. I also think most of their faculty have MSN's, not doctorates. I appreciate doctorate level instructors, and would have liked to see more on staff at CU.
In conclusion -- in my opinion, CU is an adequate option for evening/weekend nursing program, but only that. You can go there and get a degree from there, and it is the only night/weekend program in the area, so if that is the MAJOR factor for you, CU is a good fit. If it's not, and you can secure admission elsewhere, consider other programs.
On a side note, I do wish other students who have completed this program could/would weigh in. I've only had the application/admission experience and from that chose not to go.