Becoming an LPN in Tennessee
Tennessee ensures safe patient care by licensing health professionals, enforcing standards, and educating the public about quality health care. As part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), additional licensure is not required for other NLC state nurses to practice in Tennessee. Nurses licensed outside of the NLC can become licensed by endorsement, while new applicants can apply by examination. The state’s nursing jobs are on the rise according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics prediction—LPN jobs are expected to increase by 28% per year by 2024.
2017 Best LPN Programs in Tennessee
Tennessee has almost 20 approved nursing programs offering the required curriculum for licensure. These programs are made of private nursing schools, community colleges, and vocational high schools in both large and small cities across the state. Over the last few years, we've been collecting data from NCLEX-PN testing. To help you decide on which school is best for you, we've compiled a ranked list of the top 5 LPN schools in the state of Tennessee.
For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page (http://www.practicalnursing.org/lvn-lpn-ranking-methodology)1100 White Bridge Pike, Nashville, TN 37205 - (615) 425-5500 -
Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT)-Nashville is located in Nashville, Tennessee. TCAT-Nashville is the premier provider of workforce development programs throughout the state, providing competency-based training through traditional and distance learning that is economical and accessible to all residents of the state.21100 Liberty Street, Knoxville, TN 37919 - (865) 546-5567 -
Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT)-Knoxville is located in Knoxville, Tennessee. TCAT-Knoxville is the premier provider of workforce development programs throughout the state, providing high-quality, competency-based training through traditional and distance learning to qualify students for employment or workplace advancement.3355 Scott High Drive, Huntsville, TN 37756 - (423) 663-4900 -
Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT)-Oneida/Huntsville is located in Huntsville, Tennessee. TCAT-Oneida/Huntsville provides competency-based training through both traditional and distance learning, providing high-quality training that is economically accessible to all residents of the state, while also providing premiere workforce development.4740 Hwy 46 S, Dickson, TN 37055 - (615) 441-6220 -
Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT)-Dickson is located in Dickson, Tennessee. TCAT-Dickson is committed to education that promotes diversity, that is economical and accessible to all residents of Tennessee, and that provides the highest-quality of student instruction, utilizing both traditional coursework and distance learning, ensuring student success.5740 High Tech Drive, Livingston, TN 38570 - (931) 823-5525 -
Follow the link to learn more about the Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Livingston nursing program.
Continued List of All Programs in Tennessee
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Tennessee LPN Licensing Requirements
Tennessee requires individuals seeking to become an LPN in the state to attend a Board-approved nursing program and pass the NCLEX.
Board of Nursing Applications (http://health.state.tn.us/boards/Nursing/applications.htm)
Keep in mind that this is a physically demanding job. Physical strength and endurance challenges are part of being an LPN—patients may require moving, machinery may need to be pulled and pushed to its destination, and long periods of standing are inevitable.
Tennessee is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact which means that nurses in compact states must register a primary state of residence, but can work in multiple compact states without additional licensure.
As part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), nurses working in other NLC states do not require an additional license to practice in the state of Tennessee. Although, LPN's outside of the NLC area can apply for a Tennessee license by endorsement if he or she has completed an equivalent state-approved nursing program and passed the NCLEX-PN or State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE). To apply for licensure, the applicant must submit the following:
- Application and licensure fee ($115).
- Headshot (passport-style) photo.
- Nursing diploma or official transcript from state-approved nursing program.
- Criminal background check.
Foreign applicants, seeking to work as an LPN in Tennessee, must submit his or her official school transcripts or a Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) evaluation. The applicant must also submit a headshot (passport-style) photo, Declaration of Citizenship, and submit to a criminal background check.
Licensed LPN's in Tennessee are required to submit proof of competence within 30 days of a written request by the board, and each licensee must maintain evidence of compliance for 4 years from when the requirements are completed. Acceptable competencies include:
- Employer evaluation.
- Peer letter providing evaluation of nursing performance.
- Patient letter giving evidence of relationship.
- Nursing Contract renewal.
- Self-evaluation based on competence standards.
- Continuing national certification.
- Documenting 2 nursing goals and how those were met.
- Letter from an agency where volunteer hours were logged.
- Teaching documentation from a nursing school
- Evidence of 5+ hours continued education.
- Published article relevant to nursing
- Completion of a nursing refresher course.
- Completion of comprehensive orientation program.
- Official transcript showing two hours nursing credit.
- Successful retake of NCLEX
Additional TN Nursing Resources
Tennessee State Board of Nursing
425 Fifth Avenue North
1st Floor - Cordell Hull Building
Nashville, TN 37247
Phone: (615) 532-5166
Fax: (615) 741-7899
LPN Salary: Tennessee vs National Salary Comparison
Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2015
Tennessee LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook
In 2015, the median income for LPNs in the state of Tennessee was $36,700. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of Tennessee (http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=292061&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=47&search=Go) published by Careerinfonet.org, state and national trends predict a 28% increase in LPN jobs in Tennessee by 2024. This prediction translates to approximately 1,210 job openings per year, consisting of both regular turn-over and new job growth.
Occupational Employment Statistics for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm)
Tennessee Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area
The table below lists career information collected by the BLS for licensed practical nurses in Tennessee. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.
Area Total Employment Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Salary Nashville, Davidson, , Murfreesboro, , Franklin 6,150 $19.18 $39,900 Memphis 2,740 $19.95 $41,500 Knoxville 2,540 $18.09 $37,620 Chattanooga 1,690 $17.21 $35,810 Johnson City 1,120 $16.76 $34,870 Jackson 930 $15.98 $33,230 Clarksville 860 $19.45 $40,450 Kingsport, Bristol, Bristol 860 $16.35 $34,010 Morristown 480 $16.13 $33,560 Cleveland 420 $17.71 $36,840