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Bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree programs are offered at traditional colleges and universities. There are two distinct types of BSN programs available in Tennessee. The first type are prelicensure programs that prepare aspiring registered nurses (RNs) for the NCLEX-RN exam. The second type are RN-to-BSN programs which enable existing RNs to complete their baccalaureate education in nursing.

Categories of BSN offerings
Prelicensure BSN programs require four years of fulltime study. They prepare students with a strong foundation to pass the NCLEX-RN licensure examination, complemented by a well-rounded liberal arts curriculum. Roughly 25 colleges and universities in Tennessee offer prelicensure BSN programs, including four campuses of the University of Tennessee system. RN-to-BSN programs enable existing nurses with only an associate’s degree to strengthen their skills and expertise. Many nurses pursue an RN-to-BSN program part-time while working, and several innovative schools have launched online-only delivery models to enhance students’ convenience.

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Employment advantages of a BSN
Healthcare employers throughout Tennessee are showing an increasing preference for BSN-educated nurses. While the state’s RNs earn $56,000 per year on average, BSN-holders typically land in the top pay quartile with an annual income of $66,000 or more. The BSN degree also enables its holders to pursue graduate education and high-paying nursing specializations like nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, or nurse anesthetist.

To help Tennessee’s future nurses find the best bachelor’s degree program for their needs, we have listed below the state’s accredited BSN programs in each major city.

Featured Schools

Chattanooga

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southern Adventist University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.8% 2009 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southern Adventist University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Knoxville

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tennessee Wesleyan University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.9% 2009 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.6% 2009 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tennessee Wesleyan University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.5% 2009 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Memphis

University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2011)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Memphis
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Baptist College of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Christian Brothers University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.0% 2009 to 2011
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Memphis
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.5% 2009 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Baptist College of Health Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.6% 2009 to 2012
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Christian Brothers University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Nashville

Middle Tennessee State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Belmont University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Trevecca Nazarene University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Cumberland University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tennessee State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lipscomb University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Middle Tennessee State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.4% 2009 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Belmont University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.8% 2009 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Trevecca Nazarene University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.4% 2009 to 2012
Cumberland University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.1% 2009 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tennessee State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.1% 2009 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lipscomb University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.3% 2009 to 2012

Other Tennessee cities

Austin Peay State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 98.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Union University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 97.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Tennessee at Martin
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tennessee Technological University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lincoln Memorial University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Carson-Newman University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bethel University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
King University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
East Tennessee State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Milligan College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Martin Methodist College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Freed-Hardeman University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Tusculum College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Austin Peay State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 98.6% 2009 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Union University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 97.0% 2009 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Tennessee at Martin
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.9% 2009 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tennessee Technological University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.7% 2009 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lincoln Memorial University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.5% 2011 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Carson-Newman University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.5% 2009 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bethel University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.3% 2009 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
King University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.6% 2009 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
East Tennessee State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.3% 2009 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Milligan College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.0% 2009 to 2012
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Martin Methodist College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.9% 2009 to 2012
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Freed-Hardeman University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Tusculum College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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