Tennessee Nursing Schools

As of September 25th, 2017 we have programs across 43 nursing schools in Tennessee. You’ll be able to find different courses that cover an extensive range of topics that include but not limited to Direct Entry MSN, Associates Degree and Certified Nursing Assistant. You can take these and a range of other course/degree options from schools that include Wilkes University - Online, Saint Xavier University Online, Loyola University New Orleans Online. If you’re looking for other states to start or further your studies we cover programs across the U.S. such as Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia.

State Nursing Board: Tennessee Board of Nursing

State Nurses Association: Tennessee Nurses Association

State Hospital Association: Tennessee Hospital Association

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What is the greatest predictor of a community's quality of life? The access and quality of health care are two of the greatest determining factors when it comes to how well and how long people live. If you're invested in helping people lead better lives, a career in the field of health care may be perfect for you.

Find out more about nursing programs in Tennessee by contacting those listed below to decide which career path is right for you.

Tennessee takes good care of its nurses—local legislators and health care leaders know just how much nurses contribute to the care of patients. The Tennesseean reports that a recent study showed how excellent nursing care can improve patient outcomes.

Another factor of Tennessee health care to keep in mind is the prominence of rural communities. A growing number of quick care clinics are opening up in rural Tennessee communities, increasing patients' access to affordable care. As a nurse, you may be able to help these clinics run quickly and smoothly.

Nursing Education in Tennessee

The courses you take as a nursing student are dependent on which degree you choose. Many courses are the same for LPN, Associate's degree, and Bachelor's degree students. However, as you move up through different education levels, you take more and more in-depth courses. LPN programs often require only two to three semesters of school, while you should set aside four semesters for an Associate's degree. Earning a Bachelor's degree typically takes four years. Completing a longer degree may give you the chance to work in a greater variety of specialties.

Regardless of the degree you ultimately decide on, you may take a variety of core courses that can make you a competent and confident nurse. Courses that may be part of your curriculum include Health Care in Communities, Health Assessment, Fundamentals of Nursing, Pharmacology, Medical/Surgical Nursing, and Pharmacology.

Spending a little bit of time looking into different types of financial aid can really pay off when it comes to your education. The East Tennessee Foundation is a source for scholarship seekers in different fields, and they award several nursing scholarships each year. If you join the Tennessee Nurses Association, you may have the freedom to apply for the scholarships they offer. There is also a scholarship nursing program available through the Tennessee Elks Association.

Licensure is a crucial part of being a nurse in Tennessee. Through the Tennessee Board of Nursing, you can take the NCLEX-RN or the NCLEX-PN and apply for a full practice license.

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Outlook for Nursing in Tennessee

Local health care experts note that the health care field is changing quite a bit in Tennessee. Because of these changes, many employers are in desperate need of nurses. Completing your education now may put you in a great position to meet this need and build a solid career for yourself.

Expected job growth in Tennessee appears to be quite promising. By the year 2022, O*Net believes that job openings for LPNs may increase by 19%. Their estimates indicate an expected 14% increase in jobs for registered nurses (O*Net, 2012).

Your expertise as a nurse may permit you to earn a competitive range of salaries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an average salary of $37,920 per year for licensed practical nurses (2016). Registered nurses, on the other hand, earn an average of $58,410 per year (BLS, 2016).

Some of the top employers of Registered Nurses in Tennessee include Baptist Memorial Hospital - Memphis, Methodist University Hospital, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, and Johnson City Medical Center. If you have additional questions, or would like to know more about nursing as a profession, please check out the Tennessee Board of Nursing, or email us at

Nursing Degree Programs in Tennessee

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MSN Programs from Tennessee Schools

Listed below are all of the nationally accredited MSN programs with campus locations in Tennessee.

Online programs may not be available in all areas

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Belmont University (Nashville, TN)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Nurse Educator Track
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Carson-Newman College (Jefferson City, TN)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN)
Program Name: Adult Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Leader, Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration (online), Nursing Education (online), Nursing Informatics (online), Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
King College (Bristol, TN / Knoxville, TN)
Program Name: MSN - Administration, MSN - Clinical Nurse Specialist, MSN - Education, MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN/MBA
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Lincoln Memorial University (Harrogate, TN)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: AANA/CANAEP accredited, ACEN accredited
Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia (Madison, TN)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
Accreditation: AANA/CANAEP accredited
Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Nursing Administration (online), Nursing Education (online), Nursing Informatics (online)
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Southern Adventist University (Collegedale, TN)
Program Name: Acute Care NP, Adult NP, Family NP, MSN/MBA, Nurse Educator
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Tennessee State University (Nashville, TN)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner, Holistic Nursing, Nursing Education
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis, TN)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
Accreditation: AANA/CANAEP accredited
The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (Knoxville, TN)
Program Name: Adult Clinical Specialist, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Homeland Security Management, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Nursing Administration, Pediatric Clinical Specialist, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Clinical Specialist, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
TN eCampus (Nashville, TN)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Nursing Administration (online), Nursing Education (online), Nursing Informatics (online)
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Union University (Jackson, TN)
Program Name: Administration Track (online), Education Track (online), Family Nurse Practitioner Track, Nurse Anesthesia Track, Nurse Practitioner/CNS Track
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Memphis (Memphis, TN)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Administration, Nurse Informatics, Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - ACNP (online), Adult Nurse Practitioner - ANP (online), Adult Nurse Practitioner/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (online), Clinical Management, Clinical Research Management, Emergency Nurse Practitioner FNP/ACNP, Family Nurse Practitioner - FNP, Forensic Nursing (online), Health Systems Management (online), Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (online), Nurse-Midwifery, Nurse-Midwifery/FNP Dual Focus, Nursing Informatics (online), Palliative Care, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care (online), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care (online), Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (online), Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner - WHNP, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner/ Adult Nurse Practitioner - WHNP/ANP Dual Focus
Accreditation: ACEN accredited, ACNM accredited