TENNESSEE NURSING LICENSE

Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the ultimate authority is your local state board of nursing. Be sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Tennessee Board of Nursing before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 11/29/2017

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Tennessee
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

Nursing Assistants: $23,850

Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurses: $37,920

Registered Nurses: $58,410

Nurse Practitioners: $93,790  

Salaries of nurses in Tennessee can vary widely based on specialization. These figures are based on information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Learn more about Tennessee nursing salaries.

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

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 on or suggestions for our information about nursing in Tennessee, please let us know!

Compact State Status

Tennessee is a Nursing Licensure Compact State.

Prescriptive Authority in Tennessee

In Tennessee, Certified 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.

Tennessee Nursing Licensure Renewal

All nursing licenses in Tennessee expire biennially, on the last day of the nurse’s birth month. Two contact hours of continuing education on prescribing controlled substances are required for Advanced Practice Nurse license renewal.

FEATURED ONLINE HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS


Nursing@Georgetown

Nursing@Georgetown is an academically rigorous, evidence-based program that culminates in a Master of Science degree in Nursing, delivered online by Georgetown University’s nationally ranked School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Nursing@Simmons

Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

Nursing@USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program for aspiring family nurse practitioners through Nursing@USC.

MPH@Simmons

MPH@Simmons, the online Master of Public Health from Simmons College, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global level.

MPH@GW

An innovative online Master of Public Health program offered by the top-ranked Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

MHA@GW

Offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, this online Executive Master of Health Administration program is designed for healthcare professionals who aspire to become leaders in their field.

HealthInformatics@GW

This online Master of Science in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University enables graduates to improve the efficiency of health care organizations through the use of data and technology.

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Advanced Practice NursingNurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Midwife, Clinical Nurse Specialist – in Tennessee

Education
Master’s degree or higher in nursing specialty

Examination
Varies according to prerequisite national certification

Fees
Application: $200

Experience
Varies according to prerequisite national certification

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

Renewal
Advance Practice Nurse licenses in Tennessee expire biennially, on the last day of the nurse’s birth month. Two hours of continuing education on prescribing controlled substances are required for renewal.

Additional Information

 

Registered Nurse (RN) in Tennessee

Education
Approved school of nursing

Examination
National Council Licensure Examination

Fees

Application: $90

National Council Licensure Examination: $200


Experience
None

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

Additional Information
None

Endorsement
Endorsement is available to Registered Nurses in Tennessee.

 

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Tennessee

Education
School approved by board

Examination
National Council Licensure Examination

Fees

Application: $90

National Council Licensure Examination: $200



Experience
None

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

Additional Information
None

Endorsement
Endorsement is available to Licensed Practical Nurses in Tennessee.

 

FEATURED ONLINE HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS


Nursing@Georgetown

Nursing@Georgetown is an academically rigorous, evidence-based program that culminates in a Master of Science degree in Nursing, delivered online by Georgetown University’s nationally ranked School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Nursing@Simmons

Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

Nursing@USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program for aspiring family nurse practitioners through Nursing@USC.

MPH@Simmons

MPH@Simmons, the online Master of Public Health from Simmons College, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global level.

MPH@GW

An innovative online Master of Public Health program offered by the top-ranked Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

MHA@GW

Offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, this online Executive Master of Health Administration program is designed for healthcare professionals who aspire to become leaders in their field.

HealthInformatics@GW

This online Master of Science in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University enables graduates to improve the efficiency of health care organizations through the use of data and technology.

Sponsored Programs