Tennessee Registered Nursing Schools and Training Programs (RN Schools)

Career Information for Registered Nurses in Tennessee

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Registered nurses, or RNs, are licensed medical professionals who care for patients who are ill, injured or recovering from surgery. Although most (60%) registered nurses are employed by hospitals, RNs can also be found in physicians' offices, home healthcare services, nursing care facilities and employment services.

Registered Nursing Schools in Tennessee

You can become an RN by earning a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) from a college or university. You can also get an associate degree at a community college or a diploma from a hospital-based nursing school. Those who already hold a bachelor's degree in another field and are interested in switching to a career in nursing may also enroll in an accelerated BSN program, which usually lasts 12 to 18 months. As a registered nursing student, you'll receive both classroom instruction and hands-on experience. Coursework for registered nurses usually includes anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, behavioral sciences and nursing. You can earn a nursing degree or diploma from an online or campus-based program at one of the many Tennessee RN schools. All states and the District of Columbia require that registered nursing students graduate from an approved program as well as pass a licensing examination. Other requirements, such as continuing education credits, vary by state. RN schools in Tennessee can help you gain the education and training you need to become a successful registered nurse.

Registered Nursing Salaries in Tennessee

Job opportunities for RNs are expected to be excellent, with more than 581,000 new jobs opening between 2008 and 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Registered nurses held approximately 2.6 million jobs in 2008, making them the largest healthcare occupation. In Tennessee, there are 61,980 registered nurses. The BLS reports that as of May 2009, Tennessee registered nurses earned a median annual salary of $55,820. The tenth percentile earned an annual median salary of $41,030, while the 90th percentile earned $81,430 a year. Within Tennessee, employment for registered nurses is highest in the Nashville metropolitan area, Knoxville and Kingsport area. RNs in the Nashville area, Johnson City and Morristown earned the highest median salaries.

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Fast Facts for Registered Nurses in Tennessee

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Jackson, Johnson City and Kingsport
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Clarksville, Morristown and Cleveland
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga

Salaries for Registered Nurses in Tennessee

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Memphis, Chattanooga and Johnson City

Schools for Registered Nurses in Tennessee are listed below.

Selected Registered Nursing Schools in Tennessee

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Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.

  • Programs: Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner, MS in Nursing, Master of Science - DNP Path (Doctor of Nursing Practice) , more...
  • Degrees: Master
Fortis Institute

At Fortis Institute, you may get the skills and training you need to prepare for a career.

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  • Programs: PN RN Associate Degree Bridge Program
  • Degrees: Associate

Grow Your Career with the University of Saint Mary

  • Programs: RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator, Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Administrator
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master

Work toward your degree online with University of Cincinnati Online.

  • Programs: Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse-Midwifery, Master of Science in Nursing - WomenÂ’s Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Degrees: Master
South College

Get the skills you need to pursue your dreams at South College, located in Knoxville.

  • Programs: BS Nursing
  • Degrees: Bachelor

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

  • Programs: Doctor of Education - Nursing Education
  • Degrees: Doctorate

Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University.

  • Programs: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Degrees: Bachelor
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More Tennessee Registered Nursing Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Aquinas College Nashville Bachelor 857
Austin Peay State University Clarksville Masters 9,094
Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences Memphis Bachelor 925
Belmont University Nashville Doctorate & First Professional 4,742
Bethel College McKenzie McKenzie Masters 2,155
Carson-Newman College Jefferson City Masters 2,012
Chattanooga State Technical Community College Chattanooga Associate 8,108
Cleveland State Community College Cleveland Associate 2,999
Columbia State Community College Columbia Associate 4,633
Cumberland University Lebanon Masters 1,335
Dyersburg State Community College Dyersburg Associate 2,568
East Tennessee State University Johnson City Doctorate & First Professional 13,119
Freed-Hardeman University Henderson Masters 2,011
Jackson State Community College Jackson Associate 4,380
King College Bristol Masters 1,515
Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate Doctorate 3,255
Lipscomb University Nashville Doctorate 2,744
Martin Methodist College Pulaski Bachelor 924
Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro Doctorate 23,246
Milligan College Milligan College Masters 1,006
Motlow State Community College Tullahoma Associate 4,113
Roane State Community College Harriman Associate 5,404
Southern Adventist University Collegedale Masters 2,640
Southwest Tennessee Community College Memphis Associate 10,617
Tennessee State University Nashville Doctorate 9,065
Tennessee Technological University Cookeville Doctorate 10,321
Tennessee Wesleyan College Athens Bachelor 861
The University of Tennessee Knoxville Doctorate 29,937
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chattanooga Doctorate 9,558
The University of Tennessee-Martin Martin Masters 7,171
Union University Jackson Doctorate 3,235
University of Memphis Memphis Doctorate & First Professional 20,379
Vanderbilt University Nashville Doctorate & First Professional 11,847
Walters State Community College Morristown Associate 5,825
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