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Tennessee LPN Programs

Browse our list of state approved LPN certification programs


Practical Nurse (LPN) Career Overview

There are many current job openings for a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Tennessee. Many of these careers are available in the mid-south (Memphis), and focus in areas such as gastroenterology, nursing centers and regular primary care physician offices. Although a lot of these jobs require much training and certified licensing, there are so many jobs available in the field that allow many unemployed people to seek employment.


Many health care employers are seeking reliable, quick-working, energetic people to fill their vacant positions. Some jobs might require an LPN to be IV-certified and have a specific number of years of experience to apply. Other practical nursing jobs do not have any minimum requirements in terms of work experience and will consider newly licensed LPNs for their job openings. The work hours for a typical LPN shift can range from 3-6 days per week and 8-14 hours per shift depending on the employer’s needs.

Although the average salaries for LPNs in Tennessee are 5% lower than the national average, Tennessee LPNs still make an average of $45,000 per year and have the opportunity to increase their wages over time as they gain more relevant work experience. For LPNs who specialize in Urgent Care the average salary is a bit higher at $49,000 per year. The average compensation for a Flu Nurse in Tennessee is around $50,000 per year. Sometimes branching off into a nursing specialty field can increase the wages that an individual can command. This can also backfire and limit the scope of an individual because their experience all comes from one specific area.

In order to become an LPN in Tennessee, students must complete an 8-12 month program which will probably include prerequisites in biology, nutrition and college-level English. There are also 2-year programs for aspiring LPNs who want to earn their Associate’s degree simultaneously.


List of LPN Programs in Tennessee (TN)

Appalachian Regional Practical Nursing Program

Tennessee Tech Center at Oneida/Huntsville
355 Scott High Drive
Huntsville, TN 37756
(423) 663-4900

Blount Memorial Hospital Practical Nursing School

907 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.
Maryville, TN 37804
(865) 983-7211

Chattanooga State Community College Practical Nursing Program

4501 Amnicola Highway
Chattanooga, TN 37406
(423) 697-4400

Four Rivers Practical Nursing Program

Tennessee Technology Center at Ripley
127 Industrial Drive
Ripley, TN 38063
(731) 635-3368

Jackson Regional Practical Nursing Program

Tennessee Technology Center at Jackson
2468 Technology Center Drive
Jackson, TN 38301
(731) 424-0691

Plateau-Valley Regional Practical Nursing Program

Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman
1745 Harriman Highway
Harrriman, TN 37748
(931) 484-7502

South Central Regional Practical Nursing Program

Tennessee Technology Center at Pulaski
1233 E. College Street
P.O. Box 614
Pulaski, TN 38478
(931) 424-4014

Tennessee Technology Center at Athens Practical Nursing Program

1635 Vo-Tech Dr.
Athens, TN 37371
(423) 744-2814

Tennessee Technology Center at Dickson Practical Nursing Program

740 Highway 46 South
Dickson, TN 37055
(615) 441-6220

Tennessee Technology Center at Elizabethton Practical Nursing Program

1500 Arney Street
Elizabethton, TN 37643
(423) 543-0070

Tennessee Technology Center at Hartsville Practical Nursing Program

716 McMurry Blvd
Hartsville, TN 37074
(615) 374-2147

Tennessee Technology Center at Hohenwald Practical Nursing Program

813 West Main Street
Hohenwald, TN 38462
(931) 796-5351

Tennessee Technology Center at Knoxville Practical Nursing Program

1100 Liberty Street
Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 546-5567

Tennessee Technology Center at Livingston Practical Nursing Program

740 High Tech Drive
Livingston, TN 38570
(931) 823-5525

Tennessee Technology Center at Memphis Practical Nursing Program

550 Alabama Ave
Memphis, TN 38105
(901) 543-6100

Tennessee Technology Center at Morristown Practical Nursing Program

821 West Louise Ave
Morristown, TN 37813
(423) 586-5771

Tennessee Technology Center at Nashville Practical Nursing Program

100 White Bridge Road
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 425-5500

Tennessee Technology Center at Paris Practical Nursing Program

312 South Wilson Street
Paris, TN 38242
(731) 644-7365

Tennessee Valley Regional Practical Nursing Program

Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville
1405 Madison Street
Shelbyville, TN 37160
(931) 685-5013


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Tennessee LPN Schools

Our directory lists all Tennessee schools that currently offer approved practical nursing programs. The Tennessee state board of nursing is the regulatory organization in charge of approving LPN education programs. To gain approval, educational institutions must demonstrate to the board of nursing that their program sufficiently prepares students with the knowledge and skills expected of a licensed practical nurse. The on-going approval of a program depends largely upon their graduation rates and the NCLEX pass rates of their graduates. If a program starts to produce poor results in either of these two categories they can quickly lose their state approval or be placed on probationary approval status until their results improve.

Required LPN Classes in Tennessee

The specific course work required in practical nursing programs can differ from institution to institution. However, there are some subjects that are almost always included in most programs. Typical LPN classes include Anatomy & Physiology, Basic Nursing Skills, Nutrition, Math for Nurses, Psychology and Pharmacology. Topics covered within these subjects prepare students with the knowledge base required to perform the work of a licensed practical nurse.

How to Become an LPN in Tennessee

Start the process by researching available education programs to find one that suits your schedule and preferences. The next step is to enroll and complete an LPN training program that is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing. Most LPN programs take roughly one year to finish. Upon successful completion of all course requirements you are eligible to challenge the NCLEX-PN exam. After passing the test you can register with the state of Tennessee as a licensed practical nurse and begin searching for employment.

Taking the NCLEX-PN Exam in Tennessee

When it comes time to challenge the practical nursing license exam it is advisable to prepare for the exam with a self-study program or classroom prep course. Knowing what to expect on the actual test and completing practice questions can increase your chances of passing. When you feel ready to take the test, apply for your practical nursing license with the Tennessee state board of nursing and register with Pearson VUE. There is a $200 fee required in order to register for the exam. The next step is to wait until you receive confirmation of your Authorization to Test (ATT). Once you receive your ATT you can schedule your NCLEX exam with Pearson VUE at a nearby testing center.

LPN Quick Reference Links

Tennessee Board of Nursing
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Pearson VUE – Official NCLEX Testing Provider
LPN/LVN Career Outlook – US Dept of Labor
Licensed Practical Nurse Wiki
National Association for Practical Nurse Education & Service (NAPNES)
National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses