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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.

Browse the list of registered nursing schools in Tennessee and start your career as an RN today.

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

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  • Online - RN to Bachelors of Science in Nursing
  • The online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is taught by practitioner instructors who can prepare you for the next step
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  • MS in Nursing
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  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
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  • MSN Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Presents stimulating, thoughtful programs for students in every academic field
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  • Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator
  • Liberty University’s online programs ranked in the top 10 out of more than 2,100 colleges & universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility.*
  • 100% online programs at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level.**
  • Transfer up to 90 credits into an undergraduate degree program.
  • Up to 50% of your master’s degree can be transferred in to help you get the most out of your hard work and maximize the credit you previously earned.
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  • Nurse Educator Certificate
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Clinical Leadership

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  • MSN - Clinical Nurse Leader
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  • 96% of 2016 graduates employed, pursuing graduate study or volunteering full time
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More Tennessee Registered Nursing Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Nashville
Bachelor
857
Clarksville
Masters
9,094
Memphis
Bachelor
925
Nashville
Doctorate & First Professional
4,742
McKenzie
Masters
2,155
Jefferson City
Masters
2,012
Chattanooga
Associate
8,108
Cleveland
Associate
2,999
Columbia
Associate
4,633
Lebanon
Masters
1,335
Dyersburg
Associate
2,568
Johnson City
Doctorate & First Professional
13,119
Henderson
Masters
2,011
Jackson
Associate
4,380
Bristol
Masters
1,515
Harrogate
Doctorate
3,255
Nashville
Doctorate
2,744
Pulaski
Bachelor
924
Murfreesboro
Doctorate
23,246
Milligan College
Masters
1,006
Tullahoma
Associate
4,113
Harriman
Associate
5,404
Collegedale
Masters
2,640
Memphis
Associate
10,617
Nashville
Doctorate
9,065
Cookeville
Doctorate
10,321
Athens
Bachelor
861
Knoxville
Doctorate
29,937
Chattanooga
Doctorate
9,558
Martin
Masters
7,171
Jackson
Doctorate
3,235
Memphis
Doctorate & First Professional
20,379
Nashville
Doctorate & First Professional
11,847
Morristown
Associate
5,825

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