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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

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

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

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

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
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