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Tennessee RN Programs

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, 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

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

Tennessee Nurses Association

Other TN Schools with RN Programs

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