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

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: 98.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 East Main Street | Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Belmont University
1900 Belmont Boulevard | Nashville, Tennessee 37212
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Trevecca Nazarene University
333 Murfreesboro Road | Nashville, Tennessee 37210
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Dickson
740 Highway 46 South | Dickson, Tennessee 37055
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Vanderbilt University
2101 West End Avenue | Nashville, Tennessee 37240
  • Direct Entry MSN: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • 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
Columbia State Community College
1665 Hampshire Pike | Columbia, Tennessee 38401
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hartsville
716 McMurry Boulevard | Hartsville, Tennessee 37074
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Cumberland University
One Cumberland Square | Lebanon, Tennessee 37087
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tennessee State University
3500 John A Merritt Boulevard | Nashville, Tennessee 37209
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Nashville State Community College
120 White Bridge Road | Nashville, Tennessee 37209
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Lipscomb University
One University Park Drive | Nashville, Tennessee 37204
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Fortis Institute - Nashville
3354 Perimeter Hill Drive, Suite 105 | Nashville, Tennessee 37211
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia
315 Hospital Drive | Madison, Tennessee 37115
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Master of Science with a focus in Nurse Anesthesia
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Nashville Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.9% 2009 to 2012
Middle Tennessee State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.4% 2009 to 2012
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Belmont University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.8% 2009 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Trevecca Nazarene University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.4% 2009 to 2012
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Dickson Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.2% 2009 to 2012
Vanderbilt University Direct Entry MSN 93.8% 2009 to 2012
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
Columbia State Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.0% 2009 to 2012
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hartsville Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.0% 2009 to 2012
Cumberland University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.1% 2009 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tennessee State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.1% 2009 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.9% 2009 to 2012
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Nashville State Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.0% 2012 to 2012
Lipscomb University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.3% 2009 to 2012
Fortis Institute - Nashville Associate's Degree in Nursing
Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
Master of Science with a focus in Nurse Anesthesia