Find a nursing school near you

Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

A private college or university is an independent, non-state school that does not rely on direct government funding. Private colleges and universities are thus primarily funded by student tuition and endowment donations, typically from successful alumni. There are a number of private schools that offer nursing programs in Tennessee.

Benefits of attending a private college or university
There are several benefits to attending a private institution. Private schools usually have smaller class sizes, enabling greater student participation and closer interaction with professors and classmates. Many private colleges and universities have a prestigious reputation that benefits graduates in the job market. They also often award scholarships to highly qualified students, lowering tuition costs.

Find a school

Nursing programs at Tennessee’s private schools
There are more than twenty private schools in Tennessee that offer nursing programs. Some of the state’s most prestigious private institutions are Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Union University in Jackson, and Bethel University in McKenzie. All three schools offer highly regarded nursing programs.

Tennessee nursing employers
Graduates of Tennessee’s private nursing schools are well-positioned for employment with the state’s largest healthcare providers, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Genesis HealthCare, and Tenet Health. All three employers are frequently hiring for a variety of nursing positions, including nursing assistant, licensed practical nurse, and registered nurse.

To help Tennessee’s aspiring nurses find the best education, we have organized below a detailed list of the state’s private colleges and universities with state-approved nursing programs.

Featured Schools

Chattanooga

Chattanooga College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southern Adventist University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Chattanooga College Chattanooga
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southern Adventist University Collegedale
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Knoxville

South College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tennessee Wesleyan University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
South College Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tennessee Wesleyan University Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Memphis

Baptist College of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Christian Brothers University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Concorde Career College - Memphis
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Baptist College of Health Sciences Memphis
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Christian Brothers University Memphis
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Concorde Career College - Memphis Memphis
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing

Nashville

Belmont University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Cumberland University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Fortis Institute - Nashville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Lipscomb University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Master of Science with a focus in Nurse Anesthesia
Trevecca Nazarene University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Vanderbilt University
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • 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 City Programs offered
Belmont University Nashville
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Cumberland University Lebanon
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Fortis Institute - Nashville Nashville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Lipscomb University Nashville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia Madison
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Master of Science with a focus in Nurse Anesthesia
Trevecca Nazarene University Nashville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Vanderbilt University Nashville
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • 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

Bethel University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Carson-Newman University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Freed-Hardeman University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
King University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lincoln Memorial University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Martin Methodist College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Milligan College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tusculum College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Union University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Bethel University McKenzie
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Carson-Newman University Jefferson City
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Freed-Hardeman University Henderson
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
King University Bristol
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Martin Methodist College Pulaski
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Milligan College Milligan College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tusculum College Greeneville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Union University Jackson
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Category: