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A vocational, career, or community college is an institution that focuses on two-year degree or shorter certificate programs. These programs help students gain trade-specific skills, knowledge, and training in a brief period of time and at an affordable cost.

Many vocational schools offer nursing programs, providing a rapid path to employment for aspiring nurses. Licensed practical nursing (LPN) certificate programs are typically just 12 to 18 months long, while registered nursing (RN) associate’s degree programs require two to three years of study. In Tennessee, LPNs have a median annual salary of $35,820, while registered nurses earn about $56,000 per year on average.

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The state of Tennessee has over 30 vocational, career, and community colleges that offer nursing programs. This includes a wide network of public community colleges across the state, as well as a dozen campuses of Tennessee College of Applied Technology. The state also has several private career schools like Fortis Institute in Nashville, Chattanooga College, and Concorde Career College in Memphis.

Top nursing employers in Tennessee, like Tenet Health and Genesis HealthCare, are frequently hiring newly minted nurses from the state’s vocational, career, and community colleges. In total, the state is home to over 21,000 LPNs and 57,000 registered nurses.

To help those seeking a career in nursing, we have compiled a list of Tennessee’s best vocational, career, and community colleges for nursing. You’ll find them organized below by major metropolitan area.

Featured Schools

Chattanooga

Chattanooga College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chattanooga State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Chattanooga College Chattanooga
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Knoxville

Pellissippi State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Plateau Valley Regional Practical Nursing Program
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Roane State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Knoxville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Pellissippi State Community College Friendsville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Plateau Valley Regional Practical Nursing Program Harriman
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Roane State Community College Harriman
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Knoxville Knoxville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Memphis

Concorde Career College - Memphis
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southwest Tennessee Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Memphis
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Concorde Career College - Memphis Memphis
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southwest Tennessee Community College Memphis
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Memphis Memphis
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Nashville

Columbia State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Fortis Institute - Nashville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Nashville State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Dickson
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hartsville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Nashville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Columbia State Community College Columbia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Fortis Institute - Nashville Nashville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Nashville State Community College Nashville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Dickson Dickson
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hartsville Hartsville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Nashville Nashville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Other Tennessee cities

Appalachian Regional Practical Nursing Program
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cleveland State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Dyersburg State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Four Rivers Practical Nursing Program
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Jackson Regional Practical Nursing Program
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Jackson State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Motlow State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Northeast State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
South Central Regional Practical Nursing Program
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Athens
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Elizabethton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hohenwald
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Livingston
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Morristown
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Paris
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tennessee Valley Regional Practical Nursing Program
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Walters State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Appalachian Regional Practical Nursing Program Huntsville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cleveland State Community College Cleveland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Dyersburg State Community College Dyersburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Four Rivers Practical Nursing Program Ripley
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Jackson Regional Practical Nursing Program Jackson
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Jackson State Community College Jackson
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Motlow State Community College Tullahoma
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Northeast State Community College Blountville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
South Central Regional Practical Nursing Program Pulaski
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Athens Athens
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Elizabethton Elizabethton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hohenwald Hohenwald
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Livingston Livingston
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Morristown Morristown
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Paris Paris
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tennessee Valley Regional Practical Nursing Program Shelbyville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Walters State Community College Morristown
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
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