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Tennessee RN Programs

With the current state of the economy, it can be difficult for those starting college or struggling to begin a new career. Unlike other jobs, registered nursing is resistant to the recession because people are always in need of medical care.

There are many different RN programs in Tennessee, so potential students have a lot to choose from. Tennessee RN programs are a great start for those who want a challenging and rewarding career.

Becoming an RN in Tennessee

In Tennessee, one can become licensed either by examination or by endorsement, depending on whether or not he or she already holds a license. In order to be eligible for licensure, one must have completed an approved education program and passed the NCLEX-RN.

Tennessee is a member of the Nurse Licensing Compact, which means that a nurse licensed in another compact state can practice in Tennessee without becoming licensed there. An individual who is licensed in a non-compact state but wishes to practice in Tennessee can apply for licensure by endorsement, as well as those who have held a license in any other state but consider Tennessee to be a primary state of residence.

Renewing an RN License

Once licensed, there is a 2 year renewal period. An RN who wishes to renew his or her license and continue practicing in Tennessee must submit 2 of the following items:

  • Copy of satisfactory evaluation completed by employer
  • Peer letter of satisfactory nursing performance
  • Copy of position renewal contract
  • Written self-evaluation
  • Evidence of initial or continuing national certification
  • Document identifying 2 nursing goals and how they were met
  • Document from nursing school stating applicant participated in nursing student education
  • Evidence of 5 continuing education contact hours
  • Copy of published nursing-related article
  • Letter of satisfactory nursing refresher course completion
  • Letter of satisfactory nursing orientation program completion
  • Official transcript showing 2 or more nursing credits
  • Proof of re-passing the NCLEX

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The Best RN Schools in Tennessee

By offering the most complete directory of nursing schools, NurseGroups.com helps Tennessee residents find the best local RN programs, as well as the best online RN schools whose accreditation is accepted by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

Why Online RN Classes?

Being a registered nurse is a great career. But many working adults who want to become an registered nurse have an extremely busy schedule - balancing a full-time job, family commitments and other personal responsibilities. The traditional classroom setting offered by most local nursing schools doesn't offer the same flexibility as taking their RN classes online.

Online nursing programs allow each student to fit their education into his or her already busy schedule. Online students can participate in "classroom" discussions and take exams when it's convenient for them. RN nursing students can access their virtual classroom 24 hours per day / seven days per week.

Also, taking RN courses online saves students even more time, as online students don't need to commute to school. Online schools enable busy people to get an RN degree, without interfering with their current professional and personal life.


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3277 nursing students recently graduated from Tennessee nursing schools.

Tennessee State Board of Nursing
425 Fifth Avenue North
1st Floor - Cordell Hull Building
Nashville, TN 37247
Phone: (615) 532-5166
Fax: (615) 741-7899

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Other Schools with RN Programs in Tennessee

King College
1350 King College Road
Bristol, TN 37303
Chattanooga State Technical Community College
4501 Amnicola Highway
Chattanooga, TN 37406
University of Tennessee - Chattanooga
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Austin Peay State University
601 College Street
Clarksville, TN 37044
Cleveland State Community College
PO Box 3570
Cleveland, TN 37320
Southern Adventist University
4881 Taylor Circle
Collegedale, TN 37315
Columbia State Community College
1665 Hampshire Pike
Columbia, TN 38401
Tennessee Technological University
1 William L Jones Dr.
Cookeville, TN 38505
Dyersburg State Community College
1510 Lake Road
Dyersburg, TN 38024
Roane State Community College
276 Patton Lane
Harriman, TN 37748
Lincoln Memorial University
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752
Jackson State Community College
2046 North Parkway
Jackson, TN 38301
Union University
1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, TN 38305
Carson-Newman College
2130 Branner Ave.
Jefferson City, TN 37760
East Tennessee State University
807 University Parkway
Johnson City, TN 37614
South College
3904 Lonas Drive
Knoxville, TN 37909
Tennessee Wesleyan College
9821 Cogdill Rd # 2
Knoxville, TN 37932
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
1331 Circle Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996
Cumberland University
1 Cumberland Square
Lebanon, TN 37087
University of Tennessee - Martin
61 Mt Pelia Road
Martin, TN 38237
Bethel College
325 Cherry Avenue
Mckenzie, TN 38201
Baptist Memorial College
1003 Monroe Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
Methodist Hospital
1211 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
Southwest Tennessee Community College
5983 Macon Cove
Memphis, TN 38134
University of Memphis
101 Wilder Tower
Memphis, TN 38152
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
920 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163
Milligan College
PO Box 500
Milligan, TN 37682
Walters State Community College
500 South Davy Crockett Parkway
Morristown, TN 37813
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Aquinas College
4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205
Belmont University
1900 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212
Fisk University
1000 17th Ave. N.
Nashville, TN 37208
Lipscomb University
One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204
Tennessee State University
3500 John A Merritt Blvd
Nashville, TN 37209
Trevecca Nazarene University
333 Murfreesboro Road
Nashville, TN 37210
Vanderbilt University
211 Kirkland Hall
Nashville, TN 37240
Motlow State Community College
6015 Ledford Mill Road
Tullahoma, TN 37388

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