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RN Programs in Tennessee

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

Additional Resources

On-Campus & Online RN Schools

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 discussion forums 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.

Tennessee RN Resources on NurseGroups.com

King College

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Austin Peay State University

Southern Adventist University

Columbia State Community College

Tennessee Technological University

Dyersburg State Community College

Roane State Community College

Lincoln Memorial University

Jackson State Community College

Union University

Tennessee Wesleyan College

Cumberland University

University of Tennessee at Martin

  • 61 Mt Pelia Road
    Martin, TN 38237
    Programs: BSN, RN

Bethel College

  • 325 Cherry Avenue
    McKenzie, TN 38201
    Programs: BSN, RN

Methodist Hospital

University of Memphis

Milligan College

Walters State Community College

Middle Tennessee State University

Aquinas College

Belmont University

Fisk University

Lipscomb University

  • One University Park Drive
    Nashville, TN 37204
    Programs: BSN, RN

Tennessee State University

Trevecca Nazarene University

Motlow State Community College

  • 6015 Ledford Mill Road
    Tullahoma, TN 37388
    Programs: ADN, RN