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A significant number of accredited colleges and universities in Memphis offer nursing programs. These programs cover a broad spectrum of nursing roles and career trajectories. It is important for aspiring nurses to consider in advance which role, and thus which educational pathway, is the right fit.

Overview of nursing positions
A certified nursing assistant (CNA) is a junior nursing role that requires the completion of a brief certificate program, usually several months in length. CNAs must then pass a state-administered examination before they begin practice.

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A licensed practical nurse (LPN) must complete a lengthier certificate program that usually requires one to one and a half years of fulltime study. Aspiring LPNs must then pass a national licensure test called the NCLEX-PN exam.

A registered nurse (RN) is a more senior nursing role and must hold a degree from a state-approved prelicensure program. Tennessee’s RNs have three options for prelicensure education: associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), or direct-entry master of science in nursing (MSN). Aspiring RNs from all pathways must pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam.

Nursing careers in Memphis
Memphis has a broad base of nursing employers. These include non-profit hospitals like Methodist Hospitals of Memphis and Baptist Memorial Hospital, as well as large healthcare provider networks like Tenet Health and Satellite Healthcare.

Memphis nurses earn some of the highest nursing salaries in the state of Tennessee. Nursing compensation grows dramatically with level of education. For example, Memphis’ CNAs and LPNs earn a median annual salary of $23,750 and $39,550, respectively. Registered nurses in Memphis earn about $59,000 per year on average; those with BSNs typically earn top-quartile pay of $69,000 or more. Advanced practice registered nurses, who must hold an MSN, often earn $100,000+ per year.

To help aspiring nurses throughout Memphis, we have compiled below a complete list of colleges and universities in the metropolitan area with accredited nursing programs.

Memphis nursing schools by NCLEX score

Southwest Tennessee Community College
737 Union Avenue | Memphis, Tennessee 38103
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 98.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
920 Madison Avenue | Memphis, Tennessee 38163
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2011)
  • Direct Entry MSN: 92.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Memphis
3720 Alumni Avenue | Memphis, Tennessee 38152
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Baptist College of Health Sciences
1003 Monroe Avenue | Memphis, Tennessee 38104
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Memphis
550 Alabama Avenue | Memphis, Tennessee 38105
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Christian Brothers University
650 East Parkway South | Memphis, Tennessee 38104
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Concorde Career College - Memphis
5100 Poplar Avenue, Suite 132 | Memphis, Tennessee 38137
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing