Tennessee Nursing License

Tennessee  Nursing

Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official source is the State Board of Nursing. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Tennessee State Nursing Board before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/21/2015

Nursing Licenses in Tennessee Master’s Required?
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)Y
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)Y
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)Y
Nurse Practitioner (NP)Y
Registered Nurse (RN)N
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)N

Tennessee Nursing Salary Average

Licensed Nursing AssistantLicensed Practice NurseRegistered NurseAdvanced Practice Registered Nurse
$23,110$36,260$56,730 >$80,000*
*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in Tennessee can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about Tennessee nursing salary.

Learn about financial aid options for nurses on our nursing scholarships and grants page.

Nursing License

There are many paths to become a nurse in Tennessee. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of 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 licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Tennessee, please let us know!

Compact State Status

Tennessee is a Nursing Licensure Compact State.

Prescriptive Authority in Tennessee

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule II-V controlled substances in collaboration with a physician. 3 quarter hours or 2 semester hours in pharmacology are required.


Tennessee Nursing Licensure Renewal

License renewal is required through the Tennessee State Board of Nursing every two years. Educational requirements for all nurses include completion of two out of 15 of Tennessee’s Continuing Competence Options. These requirements are in addition to any national certifications held and requirements of that certifying body.

Advanced Practice Nursing- Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Midwife, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Tennessee

EducationMaster’s Degree in Nursing Specialty
ExaminationVaries for Different Certifications
Fees$210 Application Fee, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)
ExperienceVaries for Different Certifications
Certification RequiredNational Certification in Relevant Nursing Field
RenewalA fee of $100 is required per renewal period.
Additional InformationAn Active Registered Nurse License from a Compact State Is Required for Application

 

Registered Nurse (RN) in Tennessee

EducationCompletion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program
ExaminationNCLEX-RN
Fees$200 Examination Fee, Contact the Tennessee Board of Nursing for Current Application Fee
ExperienceNone
RenewalA fee of $90 is required per renewal period.
Additional InformationNone
EndorsementIndividuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $115 Application Fee, $42 Fingerprinting Fee and $30 NURSYS License Verification Fee. Registered Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in Tennessee, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to Tennessee.

 

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Tennessee

EducationCompletion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program
ExaminationNCLEX-PN
Fees$200 Examination Fee, Contact the Tennessee Board of Nursing for Current Application Fee
ExperienceNone
RenewalA fee of $90 is required per renewal period.
Additional InformationNone
EndorsementIndividuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $115 Application Fee, $42 Fingerprinting Fee and $30 NURSYS License Verification Fee. Licensed Practical Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in Tennessee, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to Tennessee.