Become a Nurse in Tennessee - APRN, RN, LPN Licensure

Nursing requirements change rapidly. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Tennessee Board of Nursing before applying for licensure. Last updated: 3/26/2020

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Tennessee
Nursing Licenses in Tennessee Master's Required?
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) Yes
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Yes
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Yes
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Yes
Registered Nurse (RN) No
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) No

Tennessee Nursing Salaries

Tennessee Nursing Salaries
TN Nurse Career State-Wide Annual Mean Wage Nashville-Davidson—Murfressboro—Franklin Annual Mean Wage Memphis, TN-MS-AR Annual Mean Wage Knoxville Annual Mean Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse $40,120 $43,150 $43,150 $38,420
Registered Nurse $61,320 $63,830 $66,350 $58,020
Nurse Practitioner $95,990 $90,110 $107,210 $95,490
Nurse Anesthetist $150,880 $147,770 $150,810 $150,370
Nurse Midwife $85,040 $81,120 Not Available Not Available

Careers as a nurse salaries above were retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics - State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Tennessee in March 2020.

There are many paths to becoming a nurse in Tennessee. The one you take will mostly depend on the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The more education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in Tennessee, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Tennessee nursing licenses on this page. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in healthcare, it’s sometimes difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Tennessee, please email us at info@nursinglicensemap.com!

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Compact State Status

Tennessee is a Nursing Licensure Compact State.

Prescriptive Authority in Tennessee

In Tennessee, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Certified Nurse Midwives and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists may apply for prescriptive authority for controlled substances under schedule II to V in collaboration with physicians, according to the Rules of The Tennessee Board of Nursing.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) in Tennessee

Education: Advanced practice nursing education at post-basic professional nursing level with master’s or higher degree in a nursing specialty.

Examination: Varies according to prerequisite national certification

Certification Required: Varies according to specialty area, but must include current, unencumbered Registered Nurse license

Fees: No initial application fee

Renewal: Advance Practice Nurse licenses in Tennessee expire biennially. Two hours of continuing education on prescribing controlled substances are required for renewal.

Learn more on how to become an advanced practice registered nurse.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Tennessee

Education: Approved school of nursing

Examination: NCLEX-RN

Fees:

  • No initial application fee for licensure by exam
  • $115 Licensure by Endorsement
  • $200 Examination

Endorsement: RNs may apply for licensure by endorsement with approved education and licensure in another state.

Renewal: Registered Nurse licenses in Tennessee expire biennially, on the last day of the nurse’s birth month.

Learn more about how to become a registered nurse.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Tennessee

Education: School approved by board

Examination: NCLEX-PN

Fees:

  • No initial application fee for licensure by exam
  • $115 Licensure by Endorsement
  • $200 Examination

Endorsement: LPNs may apply for licensure by endorsement with approved education and licensure in another state.

Renewal: Licensed Practical Nurse licenses in Tennessee expire biennially, on the last day of the nurse’s birth month.

Learn more about how to become a licensed practical nurse.

Information on the above nursing careers in Tennessee was retrieved from the Tennessee Board of Nursing as of March 2020.

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  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Preparation to pursue certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Part-time, full-time, and extended plans of study
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  • Earn a CCNE-accredited MSN in as few as 21 months
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