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Most master of science in nursing (MSN) degree programs are designed to prepare existing registered nurses (RNs) for specialized fields of nursing practice. Tennessee is home to at least 15 universities with MSN programs, collectively offering more than 30 such programs. Vanderbilt University is the most prolific, with a dozen MSN specializations including nursing administration, adult health nursing, family practice nursing, pediatric nursing, and critical care nursing.

A select few MSN programs target a different audience: they prepare candidates to pass the NCLEX-RN examination and gain initial RN licensure. These “direct-entry” MSN programs require students to hold a bachelor’s degree from a non-nursing field. A handful of Tennessee universities offer a direct-entry MSN program, including two campuses of the University of Tennessee system.

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MSN-educated nurses in Tennessee earn top pay. The Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks salary data for three MSN specializations: nurse midwife, nurse practitioner, and nurse anesthetist. Tennessee’s nurse midwives earn a median annual salary of $75,220, much higher than the average RN salary of $56,080. Nurse practitioners receive just over $90,000 in annual compensation. However, this all pales in comparison to nurse anesthetists, who take home an average of over $135,000 per year.

To help Tennessee’s nurses advance their careers, we have compiled a detailed list of MSN programs offered by local universities. You’ll find them grouped below by major metropolitan area.

Featured Schools

Chattanooga

Southern Adventist University
4881 Taylor Circle | Collegedale, Tennessee 37315
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
615 McCallie Avenue | Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Southern Adventist University 4881 Taylor Circle
Collegedale, Tennessee 37315
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Knoxville

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
527 Andy Holt Tower | Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 527 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Memphis

University of Memphis
3720 Alumni Avenue | Memphis, Tennessee 38152
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
920 Madison Avenue | Memphis, Tennessee 38163
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
University of Memphis 3720 Alumni Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38152
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Tennessee Health Science Center 920 Madison Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Nashville

Belmont University
1900 Belmont Boulevard | Nashville, Tennessee 37212
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia
315 Hospital Drive | Madison, Tennessee 37115
  • Master of Science with a focus in Nurse Anesthesia
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 East Main Street | Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Tennessee State University
3500 John A Merritt Boulevard | Nashville, Tennessee 37209
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Vanderbilt University
2101 West End Avenue | Nashville, Tennessee 37240
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse-Midwifery
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Belmont University 1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37212
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia 315 Hospital Drive
Madison, Tennessee 37115
  • Master of Science with a focus in Nurse Anesthesia
Middle Tennessee State University 1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Tennessee State University 3500 John A Merritt Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37209
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Vanderbilt University 2101 West End Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37240
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse-Midwifery
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Other Tennessee cities

Austin Peay State University
601 College Street | Clarksville, Tennessee 37044
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Carson-Newman University
1646 South Russell Avenue | Jefferson City, Tennessee 37760
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
East Tennessee State University
807 University Parkway | Johnson City, Tennessee 37614
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
King University
1350 King College Road | Bristol, Tennessee 37620
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Lincoln Memorial University
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway | Harrogate, Tennessee 37752
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Tennessee Technological University
One William L Jones Drive | Cookeville, Tennessee 38505
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Tusculum College
60 Shiloh Road | Greeneville, Tennessee 37743
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Union University
1050 Union University Drive | Jackson, Tennessee 38305
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Austin Peay State University 601 College Street
Clarksville, Tennessee 37044
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Carson-Newman University 1646 South Russell Avenue
Jefferson City, Tennessee 37760
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
East Tennessee State University 807 University Parkway
Johnson City, Tennessee 37614
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
King University 1350 King College Road
Bristol, Tennessee 37620
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Lincoln Memorial University 6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, Tennessee 37752
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Tennessee Technological University One William L Jones Drive
Cookeville, Tennessee 38505
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Tusculum College 60 Shiloh Road
Greeneville, Tennessee 37743
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Union University 1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, Tennessee 38305
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
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