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.

 

  • LPN Programs in Tennessee

    ProgramDetails
    Chattanooga State Community College
    4501 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37406
    (866) 547-3733 Visit Homepage
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    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Athens
    1635 Vo-Tech Dr, Athens, TN 37303
    (423) 744-2814 Visit Homepage
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    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Crossville
    910 Miller Avenue, Crossville, TN 38555
    (931) 484-7502 Visit Homepage
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    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Dickson
    740 Hwy 46 S, Dickson, TN 37055
    (615) 441-6220 Visit Homepage
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    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Elizabethton
    426 Tennessee 91, Elizabethton, TN 37643
    (423) 543-0070 Visit Homepage
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    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Harriman
    1745 Harriman Highway, Harriman, TN 37748
    (865) 882-6703 Visit Homepage
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    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hartsville
    716 E McMurry Blvd, Hartsville, TN 37074
    (615) 374-2147 Visit Homepage
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    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hohenwald
    813 West Main Street, Hohenwald, TN 38462
    (931) 796-5351 Visit Homepage
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    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Jackson
    2468 Technology Center Drive, Jackson, TN 38301
    (731) 424-0691 Visit Homepage
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    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Knoxville
    1100 Liberty Street, Knoxville, TN 37919
    (865) 546-5567 Visit Homepage
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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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    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Memphis
    550 Alabama Ave, Memphis, TN 38105
    (901) 543-6100 Visit Homepage
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    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Morristown
    821 W Louise Ave, Morristown, TN 37813
    (423) 586-5771 Visit Homepage
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    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Murfreesboro
    1303 Old Fort Pkwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37129
    (615) 898-8010 Visit Homepage
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    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Nashville
    100 White Bridge Pike, Nashville, TN 37205
    (615) 425-5500 Visit Homepage
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    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Oneida/Huntsville
    355 Scott High Drive, Huntsville, TN 37756
    (423) 663-4900 Visit Homepage
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    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Paris
    312 S. Wilson Street, Paris, TN 38242
    (731) 644-7365 Visit Homepage
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    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Pulaski
    1233 East College Street, Pulaski, TN 38478
    (931) 424-4014 Visit Homepage
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    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Ripley
    127 Industrial Drive, Ripley, TN 38063
    (731) 635-3368 Visit Homepage
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    Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.

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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)

    For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Tennessee LPN to RN programs page.