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Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) typically work under the direct supervision of physicians or registered nurses. They provide basic quality-of-life care for sick, disabled, injured, and convalescent patients.

LPN education programs
Aspiring LPNs must first complete a state-approved certificate program at a local vocational, career, or community college. Most LPN certificate programs are relatively brief, requiring 12 to 18 months of fulltime study. Candidates must then pass the NCLEX-PN national examination to gain licensure. Roughly twenty schools in Tennessee offer programs in licensed practical nursing, including a dozen campuses of Tennessee College of Applied Technology and a half-dozen regional practical nursing programs.

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LPN career prospects
Tennessee is home to 21,190 licensed practical nurses. Nashville employs the most LPNs of any major city, with over 5,000 certified professionals. Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga each employ 1,600-3,000 LPNs apiece. Tennessee’s LPNs earn a median annual salary of $35,820, with top performers earning over $40,000 per year. LPN pay is significantly ($3,000-4,000) higher in the state’s two largest cities, Nashville and Memphis. Major employers like Genesis HealthCare are actively hiring licensed practical nurses throughout the state.

To help Tennessee’s aspiring LPNs, we have compiled below a complete list of the state’s prelicensure programs. For each major city, you’ll find the LPN programs ordered by their students’ recent NCLEX test scores.

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Chattanooga

Chattanooga State Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Chattanooga College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 81.2% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Chattanooga State Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.5% 2009 to 2018
Chattanooga College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 81.2% 2013 to 2018

Knoxville

Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Knoxville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Harriman
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.9% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2018)
South College - Knoxville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Knoxville
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.0% 2009 to 2018
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Harriman
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.9% 2015 to 2018
South College - Knoxville
Certificate in Practical Nursing

Memphis

Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Memphis
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
The Healthcare Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Memphis
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.2% 2009 to 2018
The Healthcare Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing

Nashville

Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Nashville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Dickson
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hartsville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Murfreesboro
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79.4% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2018)
Allied Health Careers Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Nashville
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.8% 2009 to 2018
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Dickson
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.8% 2009 to 2018
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hartsville
Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.0% 2009 to 2018
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Murfreesboro
Certificate in Practical Nursing 79.4% 2015 to 2018
Allied Health Careers Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing

Other Tennessee cities

Tennessee Valley Regional Practical Nursing Program
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Appalachian Regional Practical Nursing Program
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Morristown
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Elizabethton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Jackson Regional Practical Nursing Program
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
South Central Regional Practical Nursing Program
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Livingston
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Paris
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Athens
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hohenwald
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Four Rivers Regional Practical Nursing Program
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Crossville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 78.2% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Tennessee Valley Regional Practical Nursing Program
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.1% 2009 to 2018
Appalachian Regional Practical Nursing Program
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.1% 2009 to 2018
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Morristown
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.5% 2009 to 2018
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Elizabethton
Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.0% 2009 to 2018
Jackson Regional Practical Nursing Program
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.3% 2009 to 2018
South Central Regional Practical Nursing Program
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.8% 2009 to 2018
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Livingston
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.4% 2009 to 2018
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Paris
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.0% 2009 to 2018
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Athens
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.2% 2009 to 2018
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hohenwald
Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.7% 2009 to 2018
Four Rivers Regional Practical Nursing Program
Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.7% 2009 to 2018
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Crossville
Certificate in Practical Nursing 78.2% 2015 to 2018