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Tennessee’s broad network of nursing schools has produced a successful and well-established nursing workforce. The state employs well over 100,000 nurses in a broad range of nursing roles, including certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).

Nursing employment in Tennessee
The size of each nursing profession in Tennessee varies significantly. There are nearly 29,000 CNAs and 21,000 LPNs employed in the state. These are junior nursing roles responsible for basic day-to-day care of sick, disabled, and elderly patients. The state is also home to 57,000 RNs and almost 7,000 APRNs. These registered nurses fill more senior roles, planning patient care in consultation with physicians.

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Tennessee nursing schools
With well over 100 accredited nursing programs in the state, Tennessee offers a wide variety of nursing class sizes. Size may vary both at the overall school level and at the specific program level. There are unique advantages to both large and small nursing programs. For example, large nursing schools offer a greater variety and frequency of classes, allowing students to tailor their education to their schedule and interests. Small nursing schools offer a more personalized learning environment, where students enjoy more intimate interactions with their classmates and professors.

To aid those seeking a career in nursing, we have profiled below many of Tennessee’s best nursing schools. You’ll find them organized by class size within each major city.

Featured Schools

Chattanooga

Chattanooga State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 154 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 60 students during the 2012 period
Southern Adventist University
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 119 students during the 2012 period
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 54 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Chattanooga State Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 154 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 60 students
Southern Adventist University Associate's Degree in Nursing 119 students
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Bachelor of Science in Nursing 54 students

Knoxville

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 119 students during the 2012 period
Roane State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 106 students during the 2012 period
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Knoxville
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 106 students during the 2012 period
Plateau Valley Regional Practical Nursing Program
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 60 students during the 2012 period
Tennessee Wesleyan University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 59 students during the 2012 period
Pellissippi State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 29 students during the 2012 period
South College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 20 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
University of Tennessee, Knoxville Bachelor of Science in Nursing 119 students
Roane State Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 106 students
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Knoxville Certificate in Practical Nursing 106 students
Plateau Valley Regional Practical Nursing Program Certificate in Practical Nursing 60 students
Tennessee Wesleyan University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 59 students
Pellissippi State Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 29 students
South College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 20 students

Memphis

University of Memphis
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 229 students during the 2012 period
Baptist College of Health Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 150 students during the 2012 period
Southwest Tennessee Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 65 students during the 2012 period
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Direct Entry MSN: 41 students during the 2012 period
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Memphis
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 35 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
University of Memphis Bachelor of Science in Nursing 229 students
Baptist College of Health Sciences Bachelor of Science in Nursing 150 students
Southwest Tennessee Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 65 students
University of Tennessee Health Science Center Direct Entry MSN 41 students
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Memphis Certificate in Practical Nursing 35 students

Nashville

Cumberland University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 164 students during the 2012 period
Vanderbilt University
Direct Entry MSN: 153 students during the 2012 period
Belmont University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 149 students during the 2012 period
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Nashville
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 133 students during the 2012 period
Columbia State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 127 students during the 2012 period
Middle Tennessee State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 105 students during the 2012 period
Tennessee State University
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93 students during the 2012 period
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 45 students during the 2012 period
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Dickson
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79 students during the 2012 period
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hartsville
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 62 students during the 2012 period
Lipscomb University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 50 students during the 2012 period
Nashville State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 35 students during the 2012 period
Trevecca Nazarene University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 5 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Cumberland University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 164 students
Vanderbilt University Direct Entry MSN 153 students
Belmont University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 149 students
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Nashville Certificate in Practical Nursing 133 students
Columbia State Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 127 students
Middle Tennessee State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 105 students
Tennessee State University Associate's Degree in Nursing 93 students
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 45 students
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Dickson Certificate in Practical Nursing 79 students
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hartsville Certificate in Practical Nursing 62 students
Lipscomb University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 50 students
Nashville State Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 35 students
Trevecca Nazarene University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 5 students

Other Tennessee cities

East Tennessee State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 194 students during the 2012 period
Tennessee Valley Regional Practical Nursing Program
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 145 students during the 2012 period
Jackson State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 135 students during the 2012 period
Lincoln Memorial University
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 135 students during the 2012 period
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 45 students during the 2012 period
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Elizabethton
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 134 students during the 2012 period
Walters State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 131 students during the 2012 period
Union University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 99 students during the 2012 period
Austin Peay State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 97 students during the 2012 period
Jackson Regional Practical Nursing Program
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87 students during the 2012 period
Four Rivers Practical Nursing Program
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 76 students during the 2012 period
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hohenwald
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 73 students during the 2012 period
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Morristown
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 73 students during the 2012 period
Tennessee Technological University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 73 students during the 2012 period
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Livingston
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 71 students during the 2012 period
Motlow State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 70 students during the 2012 period
Dyersburg State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 69 students during the 2012 period
Appalachian Regional Practical Nursing Program
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 68 students during the 2012 period
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Paris
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 55 students during the 2012 period
Cleveland State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 54 students during the 2012 period
King University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 48 students during the 2012 period
University of Tennessee at Martin
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 43 students during the 2012 period
Carson-Newman University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 40 students during the 2012 period
Northeast State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 38 students during the 2012 period
Milligan College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 30 students during the 2012 period
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Athens
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 29 students during the 2012 period
South Central Regional Practical Nursing Program
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 22 students during the 2012 period
Martin Methodist College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 14 students during the 2012 period
Bethel University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 9 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
East Tennessee State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 194 students
Tennessee Valley Regional Practical Nursing Program Certificate in Practical Nursing 145 students
Jackson State Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 135 students
Lincoln Memorial University Associate's Degree in Nursing 135 students
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 45 students
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Elizabethton Certificate in Practical Nursing 134 students
Walters State Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 131 students
Union University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 99 students
Austin Peay State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 97 students
Jackson Regional Practical Nursing Program Certificate in Practical Nursing 87 students
Four Rivers Practical Nursing Program Certificate in Practical Nursing 76 students
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hohenwald Certificate in Practical Nursing 73 students
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Morristown Certificate in Practical Nursing 73 students
Tennessee Technological University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 73 students
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Livingston Certificate in Practical Nursing 71 students
Motlow State Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 70 students
Dyersburg State Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 69 students
Appalachian Regional Practical Nursing Program Certificate in Practical Nursing 68 students
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Paris Certificate in Practical Nursing 55 students
Cleveland State Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 54 students
King University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 48 students
University of Tennessee at Martin Bachelor of Science in Nursing 43 students
Carson-Newman University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 40 students
Northeast State Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 38 students
Milligan College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 30 students
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Athens Certificate in Practical Nursing 29 students
South Central Regional Practical Nursing Program Certificate in Practical Nursing 22 students
Martin Methodist College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 14 students
Bethel University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 9 students