Nursing Schools in Tennessee

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A study looking at the supply and demand for the nursing profession in Tennessee conducted by the Tennessee Hospital Association predicts that there will be a shortage of around 9,000 nurses in Tennessee by the year 2020. The Tennessee Department of Health and Human Services have released a more daunting number, stating a shortage of 36,305 nurses in the state by 2020!

Based on these findings, this means there is a great opportunity here for those interested in pursuing nursing as a career. It all begins with finding the right nursing program. It is critical to find a program approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing as a Practical Nurse or a Registered Nurse to be eligible for state licensure. To become a Certified Nurse Aide you must complete a Nurse Aide training that has been approved by the State of Tennessee Department of Health.

Organizations such as the Tennessee Center for Nursing, the Southern Regional Education Board, the Tennessee Board of Nursing and the Tennessee Hospital Association have been involved in developing solutions to the nursing faculty and nurse shortage in the state. Some proven strategies they are working on include filling the vacant faculty positions, developing new nursing programs and locating additional clinical sites. These strategies in turn are opening up additional spots at entry to nursing programs throughout the state of Tennessee. Explore more information regarding how to become a Nurse in Tennessee.

Online Nursing Schools in Tennessee

This is also an opportunity for registered nurses to seek an advanced nursing degree and pursue their career goals while not leaving their current professional nursing roles. Online RN to BSN and MSN programs have opened the doors to virtually any nursing professional desiring career ladder mobility whether they are located in rural Tennessee or in urban areas. Online nursing programs offer opportunity and flexibility. Online programs also allow more nurses to stay in the state of Tennessee, especially those in rural areas who may be considering leaving the state to attend a school offering a program of particular interest.

Tennessee Nursing Job Outlook and Salary Information 

The job outlook for new nurses is very good in Tennessee with many jobs offering sign on bonuses and flexible work schedules. For those nurses holding advanced degrees in nursing the job outlook is even better, higher salaries, supervisor positions and opportunities to pursue an educator role or practitioner role. There has not been a better time to start or advance your nursing career in Tennessee.

According to the Tennessee Department of Labor January, 2009 salary report, the average annual salary for a registered nurse (RN) was $53.980 (based on a 40 hour work week) and the average annual salary for an LPN was $34,020. In Chattanooga, TN the average annual salary for an RN is $48,030. As you can see, an advanced degree in nursing can significantly up your earnings. These numbers will vary depending on experience, location and specialization. According to indeed.com, as of 2/28/11, the average annual salary for RN job postings in the state of Tennessee was $67,000. Salaries will depend highly on location, facility, education and experience.

Campus Based Nursing Schools in TN

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University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix offers accredited nursing degree programs at campuses nationwide including the following Tennessee cities: Chattanooga, Memphis, Franklin, and Nashville. The RN to BSN program offered at the Nashville location is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing. Request information from University of Phoenix School to learn more.

South College

South College is located in Knoxville, TN. They offer a BSN program accredited by the NLNAC and approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

Associate's Nursing Degree (ADN) Programs in Tennessee

Aquinas College
4210 Harding Road
Nashville, TN 37205
615-297-7545
Chattanooga State Technical Community College
4501 Amnicola Hwy.
Chattanooga, TN 37406
423-493-8740
Cleveland State Community College
3535 Adkisson Drive, P.O. Box 3570
Cleveland, TN 37320-3570
423-472-7141
Columbia State Community College
1665 Hampshire Pike
Columbia, TN 38401
931-540-2600
Dyersburg State Community College
1510 Lake Road
Dyersburg, TN 38024
731- 286-3390
Freed-Hardeman University
158 East Main Street
Henderson, TN 38340
731-989-6965
Jackson State Community College
2046 North Parkway
Jackson, TN 38301-3797
731- 425-2622
Lincoln Memorial University
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752
800-325-0900 ext. 6324
Motlow State Community College
6015 Ledford Mills Rd., P.O. Box 8500
Lynchburg, TN 37352-8500
931-393-1628
Northeast State Technical Community College
2425 Highway 75, P. O. Box 246
Blountville, TN 37617-0246
423-354-5108
Roane State Community College
276 Patton Lane
Harriman, TN 37748
865-882-4605
Southern Adventist University
P.O. Box 370; 5010 University Dr.
Collegedale, TN 37315
423-236-2940
Southwest Tennessee Community College
301 Walnut Street
Memphis, TN 38126
901-333-5425
Tennessee State University
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37209-1561
615-963-5251
Walters State Community College
500 S. Davy Crockett Parkway
Morristown, TN 37813
423-585-6981
 

(Source: Tennessee Board of Nursing)

Baccalaureate (BSN) Programs Approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing

Belmont University School of Nursing

Belmont University School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The BSN and MSN programs are approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

Programs Offered: BSN, Accelerated BSN, MSN - (Tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator), Post-Master's Certificate - (Options: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator)

Belmont University School of Nursing, 1900 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212-3757

South College - BSN Program

South College is located in Knoxville, TN. They offer a BSN program accredited by the NLNAC and approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

Austin Peay State University
P.O. Box 4658; 681 Summer St.
Clarksville, TN 37040
931-221-7710
Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences
1003 Monroe Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
901-575-2468
Belmont University
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212-3757
615-460-6100
Bethel University
325 Cherry Avenue
McKenzie, TN 38201
731-352-6757
Carson-Newman College
1646 Russell Avenue
Jefferson City, TN 37760
865-471-3425
Cumberland University
One Cumberland Square
Lebanon, TN 37087
615-547-1215
East Tennessee State University
P.O. Box 70617
Johnson City, TN 37614
423-439-7051
Fisk University -
Vanderbilt Partnership Program
1000 17th Avenue North, 319 Dubois Hall
Nashville, TN 37208-3051
615-329-2197
King College
1350 King College Road
Bristol, TN 37620
423-652-4748
Lincoln Memorial University
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752
800-325-0900 ext. 6324
Lipscomb University - Vanderbilt Nursing Partnership Program
One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204-3951
615-966-1000
Martin Methodist College
433 West Madison Street
Pulaski, TN 38478
931-424-4663
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
615-898-2437
Milligan College
P. O. Box 500
Milligan College, TN 37682
423-461-8655
South College
3904 Lomas Drive
Knoxville, TN 37909
865-251-1800
Southern Adventist University
P.O. Box 370; 5010 University Dr.
Collegedale, TN 37315
423-236-2940
Tennessee State University
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37209-1561
615-963-5251
Tennessee Technological University
805 Quadrangle Drive
Cookeville, TN 38505
931-372-3203
Tennessee Weslyan College
9821 Cogdill Road, Suite 2
Knoxville, TN 37932
865-777-5100
Trevecca Nazarene University- Belmont Partnership Program
333 Murfreesboro Road
Nashville, TN 37210-2877
615-248-1540
Union University
1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, TN 38305
731-661-5200
University of Memphis
610 Goodman, Newport 100
Memphis, TN 38152
901-678-2003
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
615 McCallie Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37403
423-425-4644
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville
1200 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996
865-974-4151
The University of Tennessee at Martin
538 University Street, Gooch Hall 136
Martin, TN 38238
731- 881-7138
The University of Tennessee
Health Science Center
College of Nursing
877 Madison Avenue, Suite 620
Memphis, TN 38163
901-448-6135
   

(Sources: Tennessee Board of Nursing, Projection of Supply and Demand for Nurses in Tennessee: 2002-2020 - Tennessee Center for Nursing and the Tennessee Hospital Association, July, 2001)

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