Tennessee Master's Degree in Nursing

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Tennessee MSN Programs

MSN programs in Tennessee are some of the best in the country. These programs, offered both online and in traditional classrooms, allow students to enter some of the most exclusive parts of the nursing industry. For those who would like to gain greater nursing expertise, this master's degree may be the perfect opportunity to do so. The hardest part is choosing the right school.

To earn a master's degree in nursing, applicants are typically required to have a bachelor's degree and nursing license, though there are many bridge programs for registered nurses with an associate's degree. The main differences to consider between MSN programs in Tennessee is the areas of focus that are offered, location, and whether they are offered online or on-campus. These are all things to consider when choosing a MSN program.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

For those who enjoy learning alongside other students, a traditional MSN program format may work best. These programs require students to attend courses on campus, which are taught live. Benefits of this format include the ability to interact with other students about the material and to speak with instructors in person. The downside to these programs is that it may be difficult for some to attend classes that the scheduled times.

For those who feel they are better suited for an online program format, there are countless options. Online programs may require greater time management and self-discipline than traditional programs, as it is up to the student to make sure classes and coursework are completed. For those who are self-motivated, these MSN programs allow greater flexibility, and work well for busy nurses who are employed full-time.

Chamberlain College of Nursing and Indiana Wesleyan University are two examples of the many online MSN programs that Tennessee nurses can choose from. Chamberlain College of Nursing offers both an MSN and an MSN FNP program, both of which are accredited by the CCNE. The MSN can be completed in as little as 2 years, and nurses can become a Family Nurse Practitioner in as little as 2.5. There are multiple start dates for the programs throughout the year.

Chamberlain College of Nursing's MSN program consists of 36 credits and features the following specialty tracks: Educator, Executive, Healthcare Policy, and Informatics. Students must complete a 100 hour practicum, and this requirement is increased to 200 hours for those on the Informatics track. The MSN FNP degree track consists of 45 credits, with 625 practicum hours built in.

Indiana Wesleyan University offers another online MSN program that Tennessee residents can take advantage of. This university offers the MSN MBA joint program online, as well as the MSN in the Nursing Administration and Nursing Education specialty tracks. Both of these MSN tracks have a curriculum that consists of 41 credit hours. The MSN MBA dual-degree program requires completion of 60 credits.

Admission Requirements

Though admission requirements vary amongst MSN programs available in Tennessee, but the following are common:

  • BSN from an accredited program
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Current, unencumbered RN license
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • Writing sample
  • At least one year of professional nursing practice
  • TOEFL for those who do not speak English as a first language


Tuition at Chamberlain College of Nursing is listed at $650 per credit hour, excluding fees. There is a discounted tuition rate of $550 per credit for alumni and military. The cost of tuition for Indiana Wesleyan University's MSN program is $520 per credit hour. The MSN MBA joint program charges $546 per credit hour for tuition.

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Other Schools with MSN Programs in Tennessee

University of Tennessee - Chattanooga
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Tennessee Technological University
1 William L Jones Dr.
Cookeville, TN 38505
Lincoln Memorial University
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752
Union University
1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, TN 38305
East Tennessee State University
807 University Parkway
Johnson City, TN 37614
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
1331 Circle Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Tennessee State University
3500 John A Merritt Blvd
Nashville, TN 37209
Vanderbilt University
211 Kirkland Hall
Nashville, TN 37240

Tennessee MSN Degree Prerequisites

Tennessee nurses who continue their education and gain a Masters in Nursing (MSN) Degree are licensed by the ­Tennessee Board of Nursing as either an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) or an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner(ARNP).

To enroll in a MSN degree program in Tennessee, you must first become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). The most common Nursing Masters Degree curriculum in Tennessee and across the US is the RN-MSN program. See our directory of Tennessee RN to MSN programs

Those holding Tennessee RN certification have most likely already earned their Bachelors in Science of Nursing (BSN) degree. This is typically a four year training program at a nationally accredited school of nursing.

Contact your school of choice to learn more about their specific MSN program prerequisites.

Tennessee MSN Degree Areas of Specialization

In Tennessee, there are typically four specific areas that MSN degree seeking students may choose to specialize in. These include:

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Check with the ­Tennessee Board of Nursing to learn about the about the legal authority the state of Tennessee grants Advanced Practice Nurses(APNs) and Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners(ARNPs)in each particular area of specialization.

Online MSN Degree Programs

In Tennessee, online nursing degree programs are increasingly popular. This is mainly due to the convenience of nursing distance learning programs. As long as the online MSN program is nationally accredited, earning your MSN degree online is accepted and honored by the state of Tennessee.

Tennessee MSN Degree Resources

Here are a few examples of MSN degree programs in Tennessee. Keep in mind there is also a large selection of online MSN programs available to the Tennessee RN.

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