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Tennessee’s registered nurses (RNs) often enter the profession by completing an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN). After several years, ADN-educated nurses frequently wish to complete their baccalaureate education by earning a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. RN-to-BSN programs enable these existing nurses to advance their education, often without leaving the workforce.

Overview of RN-to-BSN education
RN-to-BSN programs provide an accelerated path to a baccalaureate degree by complementing students’ existing ADN knowledge. Curricula are tailored to enable innovative delivery models, including part-time, evening, weekend, and online classes. One critical incentive for nurses to enroll is the accelerating marketplace shift towards BSN education. By earning a bachelor’s degree, RNs position themselves well for senior nursing and management positions.

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Tennessee nursing employment opportunities
BSN-educated nurses enjoy enhanced career prospects with Tennessee’s major nursing employers, including large healthcare networks like the Department of Veterans Affairs and Tenet Health. Nursing outplacement firms like MedPro Staffing also place a heavy premium on baccalaureate education. While the state’s 57,760 RNs earn a median annual salary of $56,000, nurses with a bachelor’s degree can earn top-quartile pay of $66,000 or more per year. A BSN degree also paves the way for later graduate study in specialized fields like family practice nursing, nursing midwifery, and nursing anesthesia.

As a starting point for Tennessee’s ADN-educated nurses to advance their careers, we have profiled below several of the state’s top RN-to-BSN programs.

Featured Schools

Chattanooga

Southern Adventist University
4881 Taylor Circle | Collegedale, Tennessee 37315
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
615 McCallie Avenue | Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Southern Adventist University 4881 Taylor Circle
Collegedale, Tennessee 37315
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Knoxville

South College
3904 Lonas Road | Knoxville, Tennessee 37909
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tennessee Wesleyan University
9845 Cogdill Drive | Knoxville, Tennessee 37932
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
527 Andy Holt Tower | Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
South College 3904 Lonas Road
Knoxville, Tennessee 37909
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tennessee Wesleyan University 9845 Cogdill Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37932
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 527 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Memphis

Baptist College of Health Sciences
1003 Monroe Avenue | Memphis, Tennessee 38104
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Christian Brothers University
650 East Parkway South | Memphis, Tennessee 38104
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Memphis
3720 Alumni Avenue | Memphis, Tennessee 38152
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
920 Madison Avenue | Memphis, Tennessee 38163
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Baptist College of Health Sciences 1003 Monroe Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Christian Brothers University 650 East Parkway South
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Memphis 3720 Alumni Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38152
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Tennessee Health Science Center 920 Madison Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Nashville

Belmont University
1900 Belmont Boulevard | Nashville, Tennessee 37212
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Cumberland University
One Cumberland Square | Lebanon, Tennessee 37087
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 East Main Street | Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tennessee State University
3500 John A Merritt Boulevard | Nashville, Tennessee 37209
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Belmont University 1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37212
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Cumberland University One Cumberland Square
Lebanon, Tennessee 37087
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Middle Tennessee State University 1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tennessee State University 3500 John A Merritt Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37209
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Other Tennessee cities

Austin Peay State University
601 College Street | Clarksville, Tennessee 37044
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bethel University
325 Cherry Avenue | McKenzie, Tennessee 38201
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Carson-Newman University
1646 South Russell Avenue | Jefferson City, Tennessee 37760
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
East Tennessee State University
807 University Parkway | Johnson City, Tennessee 37614
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
King University
1350 King College Road | Bristol, Tennessee 37620
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lincoln Memorial University
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway | Harrogate, Tennessee 37752
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Martin Methodist College
433 West Madison Street | Pulaski, Tennessee 38478
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Milligan College
One Blowers Boulevard | Milligan College, Tennessee 37682
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tennessee Technological University
One William L Jones Drive | Cookeville, Tennessee 38505
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tusculum College
60 Shiloh Road | Greeneville, Tennessee 37743
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Union University
1050 Union University Drive | Jackson, Tennessee 38305
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Tennessee at Martin
544 University Street | Martin, Tennessee 38238
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Austin Peay State University 601 College Street
Clarksville, Tennessee 37044
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bethel University 325 Cherry Avenue
McKenzie, Tennessee 38201
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Carson-Newman University 1646 South Russell Avenue
Jefferson City, Tennessee 37760
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
East Tennessee State University 807 University Parkway
Johnson City, Tennessee 37614
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
King University 1350 King College Road
Bristol, Tennessee 37620
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lincoln Memorial University 6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, Tennessee 37752
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Martin Methodist College 433 West Madison Street
Pulaski, Tennessee 38478
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Milligan College One Blowers Boulevard
Milligan College, Tennessee 37682
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tennessee Technological University One William L Jones Drive
Cookeville, Tennessee 38505
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tusculum College 60 Shiloh Road
Greeneville, Tennessee 37743
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Union University 1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, Tennessee 38305
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Tennessee at Martin 544 University Street
Martin, Tennessee 38238
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion