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Of all the states in the nation, Tennessee has one of the most unique and colorful histories. Did you know that Tennessee is where the Ku Klux Klan first came into being? Or that Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee? Yes, Tennessee is the state responsible for Martin Luther King Day. Tennessee is also the birthplace of modern rock and roll and many people give Tennessee credit for the introduction of blues music. Musicians and singers, including the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins, got their start in the great state of Tennessee.

In addition to a colorful past, Tennessee has a strong and growing economy. The main industries in Tennessee include agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism. Several attractions including Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the Appalachian Trail, the Tennessee Aquarium and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (the nation's most visited national park) bring hundreds of thousands of tourists to the state each year.

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Another important industry in Tennessee is health care. As is the case in most states, Tennessee is home to a large variety of healthcare facilities, including hospitals, medical clinics, rehabilitation centers, long-term care nursing homes, assisted living centers and more. Every one of these organizations employs nurses and most are actively looking to hire more.

To become a nurse in Tennessee you’ll need to earn a diploma or degree from an accredited nursing program. Earning your diploma in nursing will qualify you to become a licensed vocation/practical nurse (LPN/LVN). These nurses work in entry-level nursing support positions in hospitals and medical clinics. To become a registered nurse (RN) you’ll need to earn an associate's degree in nursing (ADN) or bachelor's of science in nursing (BSN). While either of these degrees will allow you to become an RN, only the BSN will qualify you for a graduate nursing program down the road as well as a variety of career advancement opportunities.

Below you’ll find an editor-compiled directory of nursing schools in Tennessee offering diploma programs as well as a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing.

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There are 71 colleges and universities in Tennessee that offer nursing degree programs of varying degree levels. Explore nursing schools below.


Aquinas College

Aquinas College logo
Location: Nashville, TN
Student Enrollment: 342
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's

Austin Peay State University

Austin Peay State University logo
Location: Clarksville, TN
Student Enrollment: 10,344
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's

Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences

Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences logo
Location: Memphis, TN
Student Enrollment: 1,076
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Belmont University

Belmont University logo
Location: Nashville, TN
Student Enrollment: 7,723
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

Bethel University

Bethel University logo
Location: McKenzie, TN
Student Enrollment: 5,975
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Carson-Newman University

Carson-Newman University logo
Location: Jefferson City, TN
Student Enrollment: 2,659
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's

Chattanooga College Medical Dental and Technical Careers

Chattanooga College Medical Dental and Technical Careers logo
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Student Enrollment: 343
Type of School: 2-year, Private for-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Chattanooga State Community College

Chattanooga State Community College logo
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Student Enrollment: 8,628
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate

Christian Brothers University

Christian Brothers University logo
Location: Memphis, TN
Student Enrollment: 2,138
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Cleveland State Community College

Cleveland State Community College logo
Location: Cleveland, TN
Student Enrollment: 3,315
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate

Columbia State Community College

Columbia State Community College logo
Location: Columbia, TN
Student Enrollment: 5,645
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate

Concorde Career College-Memphis

Concorde Career College-Memphis logo
Location: Memphis, TN
Student Enrollment: 1,448
Type of School: 2-year, Private for-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate

Cumberland University

Cumberland University logo
Location: Lebanon, TN
Student Enrollment: 1,963
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Dyersburg State Community College

Dyersburg State Community College logo
Location: Dyersburg, TN
Student Enrollment: 2,816
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate

East Tennessee State University

East Tennessee State University logo
Location: Johnson City, TN
Student Enrollment: 14,022
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

Freed-Hardeman University

Freed-Hardeman University logo
Location: Henderson, TN
Student Enrollment: 1,906
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Jackson State Community College

Jackson State Community College logo
Location: Jackson, TN
Student Enrollment: 4,689
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate

King University

King University logo
Location: Bristol, TN
Student Enrollment: 2,804
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

Lee University

Lee University logo
Location: Cleveland, TN
Student Enrollment: 5,302
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Lincoln Memorial University

Lincoln Memorial University logo
Location: Harrogate, TN
Student Enrollment: 4,254
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's

Lipscomb University

Lipscomb University logo
Location: Nashville, TN
Student Enrollment: 4,632
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Martin Methodist College

Martin Methodist College logo
Location: Pulaski, TN
Student Enrollment: 1,017
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia Inc

Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia Inc logo
Location: Madison, TN
Student Enrollment: 229
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Master's, Doctorate

Middle Tennessee State University

Middle Tennessee State University logo
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
Student Enrollment: 22,050
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's

Miller-Motte Technical College-Clarksville

Miller-Motte Technical College-Clarksville logo
Location: Clarksville, TN
Student Enrollment: 416
Type of School: 2-year, Private for-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Motlow State Community College

Motlow State Community College logo
Location: Tullahoma, TN
Student Enrollment: 5,838
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate

Nashville State Community College

Nashville State Community College logo
Location: Nashville, TN
Student Enrollment: 8,914
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate

Northeast State Community College

Northeast State Community College logo
Location: Blountville, TN
Student Enrollment: 6,124
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate

Pellissippi State Community College

Pellissippi State Community College logo
Location: Knoxville, TN
Student Enrollment: 10,244
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate

Roane State Community College

Roane State Community College logo
Location: Harriman, TN
Student Enrollment: 5,756
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate

South College

South College logo
Location: Knoxville, TN
Student Enrollment: 1,838
Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor's

Southern Adventist University

Southern Adventist University logo
Location: Collegedale, TN
Student Enrollment: 2,959
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

Southwest Tennessee Community College

Southwest Tennessee Community College logo
Location: Memphis, TN
Student Enrollment: 8,327
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate

Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville

Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville logo
Location: Nashville, TN
Student Enrollment: 1,089
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Athens

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Athens logo
Location: Athens, TN
Student Enrollment: 415
Type of School: < 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Covington

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Covington logo
Location: Covington, TN
Student Enrollment: 326
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Crossville

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Crossville logo
Location: Crossville, TN
Student Enrollment: 398
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Crump

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Crump logo
Location: Crump, TN
Student Enrollment: 320
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Dickson

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Dickson logo
Location: Dickson, TN
Student Enrollment: 559
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Elizabethton

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Elizabethton logo
Location: Elizabethton, TN
Student Enrollment: 478
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Harriman

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Harriman logo
Location: Harriman, TN
Student Enrollment: 286
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Hartsville

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Hartsville logo
Location: Hartsville, TN
Student Enrollment: 654
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Hohenwald

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Hohenwald logo
Location: Hohenwald, TN
Student Enrollment: 344
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Jacksboro

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Jacksboro logo
Location: Jacksboro, TN
Student Enrollment: 260
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Jackson

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Jackson logo
Location: Jackson, TN
Student Enrollment: 410
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Knoxville

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Knoxville logo
Location: Knoxville, TN
Student Enrollment: 1,112
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Livingston

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Livingston logo
Location: Livingston, TN
Student Enrollment: 553
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-McMinnville

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-McMinnville logo
Location: McMinnville, TN
Student Enrollment: 306
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Memphis

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Memphis logo
Location: Memphis, TN
Student Enrollment: 1,003
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Morristown

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Morristown logo
Location: Morristown, TN
Student Enrollment: 683
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Murfreesboro

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Murfreesboro logo
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
Student Enrollment: 432
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Newbern

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Newbern logo
Location: Newbern, TN
Student Enrollment: 419
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Oneida-Huntsville

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Oneida-Huntsville logo
Location: Huntsville, TN
Student Enrollment: 338
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Paris

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Paris logo
Location: Paris, TN
Student Enrollment: 308
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Pulaski

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Pulaski logo
Location: Pulaski, TN
Student Enrollment: 692
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Ripley

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Ripley logo
Location: Ripley, TN
Student Enrollment: 211
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville logo
Location: Shelbyville, TN
Student Enrollment: 552
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Whiteville

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Whiteville logo
Location: Whiteville, TN
Student Enrollment: 271
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Tennessee State University

Tennessee State University logo
Location: Nashville, TN
Student Enrollment: 8,760
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's

Tennessee Technological University

Tennessee Technological University logo
Location: Cookeville, TN
Student Enrollment: 10,493
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's

Tennessee Wesleyan University

Tennessee Wesleyan University logo
Location: Athens, TN
Student Enrollment: 1,037
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga logo
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Student Enrollment: 11,533
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville logo
Location: Knoxville, TN
Student Enrollment: 28,052
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

The University of Tennessee-Martin

The University of Tennessee-Martin logo
Location: Martin, TN
Student Enrollment: 6,705
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Trevecca Nazarene University

Trevecca Nazarene University logo
Location: Nashville, TN
Student Enrollment: 3,221
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Tusculum College

Tusculum College logo
Location: Greeneville, TN
Student Enrollment: 1,796
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Union University

Union University logo
Location: Jackson, TN
Student Enrollment: 3,466
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

University of Memphis

University of Memphis logo
Location: Memphis, TN
Student Enrollment: 21,301
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University logo
Location: Nashville, TN
Student Enrollment: 12,587
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Master's, Doctorate

Walters State Community College

Walters State Community College logo
Location: Morristown, TN
Student Enrollment: 5,951
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate

West Tennessee Business College

West Tennessee Business College logo
Location: Jackson, TN
Student Enrollment: 190
Type of School: < 2-year, Private for-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

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