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.

 

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    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)

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    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Nashville

    100 White Bridge Pike, Nashville, TN 37205 - (615) 425-5500 - Visit Homepage

    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.

    Overall Score: 96.80 - Request Info on Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Nashville
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    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Knoxville

    1100 Liberty Street, Knoxville, TN 37919 - (865) 546-5567 - Visit Homepage

    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.

    Overall Score: 93.70 - Request Info on Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Knoxville
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    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Oneida/Huntsville

    355 Scott High Drive, Huntsville, TN 37756 - (423) 663-4900 - Visit Homepage

    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.

    Overall Score: 92.90 - Request Info on Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Oneida/Huntsville
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    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Dickson

    740 Hwy 46 S, Dickson, TN 37055 - (615) 441-6220 - Visit Homepage

    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.

    Overall Score: 92.50 - Request Info on Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Dickson
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    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Livingston

    740 High Tech Drive, Livingston, TN 38570 - (931) 823-5525 - Visit Homepage

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    Overall Score: 92.50 - Request Info on Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Livingston

    Continued List of All Programs in Tennessee

    RankedProgramScoreDetails
    #6 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Morristown
    821 W Louise Ave, Morristown, TN 37813
    (423) 586-5771 Visit Homepage
    91.50Request Information
    #7 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Athens
    1635 Vo-Tech Dr, Athens, TN 37303
    (423) 744-2814 Visit Homepage
    91.30Request Information
    #8 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Jackson
    2468 Technology Center Drive, Jackson, TN 38301
    (731) 424-0691 Visit Homepage
    90.50Request Information
    #9 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Pulaski
    1233 East College Street, Pulaski, TN 38478
    (931) 424-4014 Visit Homepage
    90.30Request Information
    #10 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hohenwald
    813 West Main Street, Hohenwald, TN 38462
    (931) 796-5351 Visit Homepage
    89.60Request Information
    #11 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Elizabethton
    426 Tennessee 91, Elizabethton, TN 37643
    (423) 543-0070 Visit Homepage
    88.70Request Information
    #12 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Memphis
    550 Alabama Ave, Memphis, TN 38105
    (901) 543-6100 Visit Homepage
    87.70Request Information
    #13 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Paris
    312 S. Wilson Street, Paris, TN 38242
    (731) 644-7365 Visit Homepage
    86.60Request Information
    #14 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Ripley
    127 Industrial Drive, Ripley, TN 38063
    (731) 635-3368 Visit Homepage
    86.10Request Information
    #15 Chattanooga State Community College
    4501 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37406
    (866) 547-3733 Visit Homepage
    84.10Request Information
    #16 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hartsville
    716 E McMurry Blvd, Hartsville, TN 37074
    (615) 374-2147 Visit Homepage
    81.80Request Information

    Programs Not Included In Rankings

    ProgramDetails
    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Crossville
    910 Miller Avenue, Crossville, TN 38555
    (931) 484-7502 Visit Homepage
    Request Information
    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Harriman
    1745 Harriman Highway, Harriman, TN 37748
    (865) 882-6703 Visit Homepage
    Request Information
    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Murfreesboro
    1303 Old Fort Pkwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37129
    (615) 898-8010 Visit Homepage
    Request Information

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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

    Learn more about Tennessee LPN Jobs, Salary, and Employment Outlook.

    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
    http://health.state.tn.us/boards/nursing/

    1. Tennessee Nurses Association (http://www.tnaonline.org)
    2. Rules of the Tennessee Board of Nursing: LPN (http://www.state.tn.us/sos/rules/1000/1000.htm)