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Numerous schools in the Nashville metropolitan area offer accredited nursing programs. These offerings cover a broad range of certificates and degrees. The first step in launching one’s nursing career is understanding the different nursing roles and the required educational programs for each.

Nursing roles
There are three primary nursing roles from which aspiring nurses can choose. Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are the most junior of nurses. They provide basic quality-of-life care for sick, injured, disabled, and convalescent patients. CNAs must only pass a brief eight- to ten-week certificate program and a state-administered exam. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) are more senior than CNAs and thus require lengthier education. LPNs must complete a 12- to 18-month certificate program and pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam. Registered nurses (RNs) have the greatest responsibility and autonomy of the major nursing roles. RNs in Tennessee may complete a prelicensure associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or direct-entry master’s degree program. All RNs must also pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam.

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Nashville nursing careers
Nashville has numerous career opportunities for nurses. Local healthcare providers like naviHealth, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Centennial Medical are frequently hiring newly minted nurses. Nashville’s nursing salaries are among the highest in the state. Local CNAs earn a median annual salary of $24,210, LPNs earn $38,490 on average, and RNs make about $59,000 per year. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), like nurse practitioners and nurse anesthetists, typically receive $85,000-130,000 in annual compensation.

To aid those researching nursing education in Nashville, we have compiled below a detailed list of accredited nursing schools and programs throughout the metropolitan area.

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Nashville nursing schools by NCLEX score

Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Nashville
100 White Bridge Road | Nashville, Tennessee 37209
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Vanderbilt University
2101 West End Avenue | Nashville, Tennessee 37240
  • Direct Entry MSN: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • 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
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Dickson
740 Highway 46 South | Dickson, Tennessee 37055
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Columbia State Community College
1665 Hampshire Pike | Columbia, Tennessee 38401
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Fortis Institute - Nashville
3354 Perimeter Hill Drive, Suite 105 | Nashville, Tennessee 37211
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Marian University - Nashville
4220 Harding Pike, Suite 500 | Nashville, Tennessee 37205
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2018)
Nashville State Community College
120 White Bridge Road | Nashville, Tennessee 37209
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2018)
Belmont University
1900 Belmont Boulevard | Nashville, Tennessee 37212
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 East Main Street | Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
South College - Nashville
616 Marriott Drive | Nashville, Tennessee 37214
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Trevecca Nazarene University
333 Murfreesboro Road | Nashville, Tennessee 37210
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Cumberland University
One Cumberland Square | Lebanon, Tennessee 37087
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • MSN: Nurse Executive Leadership and Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hartsville
716 McMurry Boulevard | Hartsville, Tennessee 37074
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Lipscomb University
One University Park Drive | Nashville, Tennessee 37204
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Murfreesboro
1303 Old Fort Parkway | Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79.4% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2018)
Tennessee State University
3500 John A Merritt Boulevard | Nashville, Tennessee 37209
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 72.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Holistic Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Post-Graduate Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Graduate Certificate: Holistic Nursing
  • Post-Graduate Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Allied Health Careers Institute
1237 Commerce Park | Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37130
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia
315 Hospital Drive | Madison, Tennessee 37115
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
Volunteer State Community College
1480 Nashville Pike | Gallatin, Tennessee 37066
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Nashville Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.8% 2009 to 2018
Vanderbilt University Direct Entry MSN 93.0% 2009 to 2018
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
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Dickson Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.8% 2009 to 2018
Columbia State Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.6% 2009 to 2018
Fortis Institute - Nashville Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.6% 2013 to 2018
Marian University - Nashville Accelerated Second Degree BSN 91.3% 2015 to 2018
Nashville State Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.3% 2012 to 2018
Belmont University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.2% 2009 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Middle Tennessee State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.0% 2009 to 2018
Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
South College - Nashville Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.1% 2009 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Certificate in Practical Nursing
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Trevecca Nazarene University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.5% 2009 to 2018
Cumberland University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.4% 2009 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
MSN: Nurse Executive Leadership and Administration
MSN: Nursing Education
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hartsville Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.0% 2009 to 2018
Lipscomb University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 81.4% 2009 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Murfreesboro Certificate in Practical Nursing 79.4% 2015 to 2018
Tennessee State University Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.5% 2009 to 2018
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 72.5% 2009 to 2017
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Holistic Nursing
MSN: Nursing Education
Post-Graduate Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Graduate Certificate: Holistic Nursing
Post-Graduate Certificate: Nursing Education
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Allied Health Careers Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing
Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
Volunteer State Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing