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Tennessee RN Programs

Complete list of state approved pre-licensure registered nurse education programs

Earn your ADN degree or BSN degree at a Tennessee college

How to Become a Registered Nurse in Tennessee

When considering a future career, whether you are a student coming out of high school or someone who is looking for a change of professions, Tennessee RN Programs may be just what the doctor ordered. The outlook for jobs as an RN are excellent and the pay scale is very rewarding. The average RN salary in Tennessee is $62,390 a year, or $32.49 an hour.

Due to the nature and importance of the job, the educational requirements to become an RN are set a notch higher than other nursing designations. A well rounded knowledge of human anatomy and physiology is mandatory. Knowledge of drugs and possible chemical interactions is vital. To obtain that knowledge Tennessee offers 2-year Associate programs for RN’s and 4-year Baccalaureate programs.

Most Associate programs are offered at community colleges around the state, but a few universities offer the ADN program as well. The program consists of 24 hours of general university classes including English, biology, chemistry, sociology, math, and computer. That is followed by 36 hours of specific nursing classes which leads to an AASN or Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing. Successful completion will allow you to take the NCLEX-RN Licensure Examination.

The 4-year Baccalaureate program is offered at many universities throughout Tennessee. The RN program begins with basic general university education classes. Once accepted into the RN program the courses become nursing specific with a variety of different topics covered. Pathophysiology, pharmacolgy, family nursing, mental health nursing, and management courses are just a few of the required courses in the nursing core of the BSN program. Completion of the 4-year program is recognized as a Bachelor Of Science in Nursing or BSN degree. After graduation, the NCLEX-RN Licensure Examination must be taken and passed to secure an RN license. The BSN track will provide a great foundation for future advancement in specialty areas.

As an RN you will provide patient care and supervise nurse aides and practical/vocational nurses. There will be lots of hands-on work like taking vital signs, administering tests, and assisting the doctor when necessary. You will also supervise other health care workers to ensure proper treatment and care of the patients and to keep the health care facility running smoothly.

RN’s not only work in hospitals but can also find opportunities in private physicians offices, elderly care facilities, public schools, and home health care. The outlook for job opportunities is excellent as the aging of America provides more patients and the retirement of career nurses creates demand for new nurses to take their place. Employment prospects for Tennessee RN’s are expected to increase at 26% growth over the next 5-8 years. Salary can vary due to area of the state but one can expect a range of $55,000 to $65,000 per year on average.

Associates Degree RN Programs in Tennessee

Aquinas College

4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 297-2008
***RN to BSN Program Also Available***

Chattanooga State Community College

4501 Amnicola Hwy.
Chattanooga, TN 37406
(423) 493-8740

Cleveland State Community College

3535 Adkisson Drive
Cleveland, TN 37311
(423) 478-6228

Columbia State Community College

1665 Hampshire Pike
Columbia, TN 38401
(931) 540-2600

Dyersburg State Community College

1510 Lake Road
Dyersburg, TN 38024
(731) 286-3390

Freed-Hardeman University

158 East Main Street
Henderson, TN 38340
(731) 989-6000
***BSN Degree Also Available***

ITT Technical Institute – Nashville

2845 Elm Hill Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
(615) 889-8700

Jackson State Community College

2046 North Parkway
Jackson, TN 38301
(731) 425-2622

Lincoln Memorial University

6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752
(800) 325-0900, x6324
***BSN Degree Also Available***

Motlow State Community College

6015 Ledford Mills Rd.
P.O. Box 8500
Lynchburg, TN 37352
(800) 654-4877, x1628

Northeast State Community College

2425 Highway 75
P.O. Box 246
Blountville, TN 37617
(423) 354-5108

Pellissippi State Community College

10915 Hardin Valley Rd.
P.O. Box 22990
Knoxville, TN 37933
(865) 694-6400

Roane State Community College

276 Patton Lane
Harriman, TN 37748
(865) 882-4605

Southern Adventist University

P.O. Box 370
Collegedale, TN 37315
(423) 236-2940
***RN to BSN Also Available

Southwest Tennessee Community College

737 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 333-5425

Tennessee State University

3500 John A. Merritt Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 963-5251
***BSN Degree Also Available***

Walters State Community College

500 S. Davy Crockett Parkway
Morristown, TN 37813
(423) 585-6981

Resources for Nurses and Nursing Students in Tennessee

Tennessee Board of Nursing
Tennessee Nurses Association
Tennessee Nurses Foundation Grants & Scholarships
Harriet D. Westmoreland Nursing Scholarship Endowment
Roy and Nathan Tudor Nursing Scholarship

Annie Mae Grant Nursing Scholarship Endowment

Accredited Tennessee RN Schools

See our complete list of qualified RN nursing education programs in the state of Tennessee. The schools listed here offer pre-licensure nursing programs that meet the registered nursing education requirements set forth by the Tennessee State Board of Nursing. Although the schools listed on this page are accredited by the Tennessee Board of Nursing and approved by the state of Tennessee, they might not be accredited by national organizations such as the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Individuals should check to see if the state-approved nursing school they are considering also enjoys national accreditation status if they are seeking a school with both accreditations.

BSN Degree RN Programs in Tennessee

Austin Peay State University

P.O. Box 4658
Clarksville, TN 37040
(931) 221-7710

Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences

1003 Monroe Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 572-2468

Belmont University

1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 460-6100

Bethel University

Department of Nursing
325 Cherry Avenue
McKenzie, TN 38201
(731) 352-6757

Carson-Newman College

1646 Russell Avenue
Jefferson City, TN 37760
(865) 471-3425

Christian Brothers University

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 321-3000

Cumberland University

One Cumberland Square
Lebanon, TN 37087
(615) 547-1215

East Tennessee State University

807 University Parkway
P.O. Box 70617
Johnson City, TN 37614
(423) 439-7051

Fisk University

1000 17th Avenue North
319 Dubois Hall
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 329-8500

King College

1350 King College Road
Bristol, TN 37620
(423) 968-1187

Lipscomb University

One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 966-6650

Martin Methodist College

433 West Madison Street
Pulaski, TN 38478
(931) 424-4663

Middle Tennessee State University

1301 East Main Street, P.O. Box 81
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
(615) 898-2437

Milligan College

Area of Nursing, P.O. Box 500
Milligan College, TN 37682
(423) 461-8655

Nashville State Community College

120 White Bridge Road
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 353-3647

South College

400 Goody’s Lane
Knoxville, TN 37934
(865) 251-1800

Tennessee Technological University

10 W. 7th Street
P.O. Box 5001
Cookeville, TN 38505
(931) 372-3203

Tennessee Wesleyan College

9845 Cogdill Rd
Knoxville, TN 37932
(865) 777-5100

Trevecca Nazarene University

333 Murfreesboro Road
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 248-1540

Union University

1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, TN 38305
(731) 668-5200

University of Memphis

Loewenburg School of Nursing
100 Billy Mac Jones
Memphis, TN 38152
(901) 678-2003

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

School of Nursing Dept. 1051
615 McCallie Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 425-4644

University of Tennessee at Knoxville

1200 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996
(865) 974-7606

University of Tennessee at Martin

538 University Street
136 Gooch Hall
Martin, TN 38238
(731) 881-7131