Nursing Schools in Tennessee

The state of Tennessee is home to 87 nursing schools. This year (2018) we evaluated 54 schools and our ranking system identified the following nursing schools as the best in Tennessee.

NursingExplorer ranking system is statistical. We use the following factors when evaluating schools: NCLEX pass rates, programmatic and institutional accreditations. Learn more about our nursing schools ranking system here.

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Complete List of Nursing Schools in Tennessee

Listed below are all nursing schools in Tennessee. Please use the sort feature to view which schools have top RN and LPN programs along with their corresponding average NCLEX pass rates. Click on each school's name to view more detail about the school.

There are a total of 87 nursing schools in the state of Tennessee. And according to our database 1 schools have been closed permanently.

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University of Tennessee - Health Science Center

Memphis, TN
Campus size
College Type
NCLEX RN Passrate100.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • Accelerated MSN
  • BSN

The University of Tennessee-Martin

Martin, TN
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate99.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$10,430

Programs offered

  • BSN

Motlow State Community College

Tullahoma, TN
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate96.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$7,611

Programs offered

  • ADN

Nashville State Community College

Nashville, TN
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate96.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$3,400

Programs offered

  • ADN

Chattanooga State Community College

Chattanooga, TN
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate96.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate78.0%
Cost per annum$6,971

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, TN
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate96.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$14,688

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN

Fortis Institute-Nashville

Nashville, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate96.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$26,329

Programs offered

  • ADN

Bethel University

McKenzie, TN
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate95.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$14,583

Programs offered

  • BSN

Jackson State Community College

Jackson, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate95.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$7,383

Programs offered

  • ADN

Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, TN
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate93.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$12,688

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN

Carson-Newman University

Jefferson City, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate92.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$18,110

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to BSN

Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences

Memphis, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate91.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$9,626

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to BSN

Lincoln Memorial University

Harrogate, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate91.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$16,276

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • RN to BSN

The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

Chattanooga, TN
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate91.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$14,559

The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga is a public institution and part of the University of Tennessee System, along with campuses in Knoxville and Martin. It was established in 1886 and merged with several schools and universities over the years before becoming the Chattanooga campus for the ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN

Union University

Jackson, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate91.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$25,759

Established in 1823, Union University is a private institution in Jackson, Tennessee. It is affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. The university is the result of mergers between several schools, including the West Tennessee College and Southwestern Baptist University. The Jackson ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • LPN to BSN

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Knoxville, TN
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate90.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$20,780

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is a public institution in Knoxville, Tennessee. It is part of the University of Tennessee System that includes three campuses in the state. It was established in 1794, two years before Tennessee became a state. It was originally called Blount College and ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated MSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN

Columbia State Community College

Columbia, TN
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate90.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$6,806

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN

Pellissippi State Community College

Knoxville, TN
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate90.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$6,787

Programs offered

  • ADN

Roane State Community College

Harriman, TN
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate89.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$7,849

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN

Dyersburg State Community College

Dyersburg, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate88.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$6,018

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN

Walters State Community College

Morristown, TN
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate88.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$4,192

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN

South College

Knoxville, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate88.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$25,885

Programs offered

  • BSN

University of Memphis

Memphis, TN
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate88.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$13,291

The University of Memphis is a public institution in Memphis, Tennessee. It is also part of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee. There are ten campuses in this system, including the Memphis campus. The University of Memphis was established in 1912 as the West ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated MSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN

Northeast State Community College

Blountville, TN
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate87.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$5,119

Programs offered

  • ADN

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, TN
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate87.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$14,915

East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is a public institution in Johnson City, Tennessee. It is also part of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee, along with nine other campuses in the state. It was listed as one of America’s Best Value Colleges by the Princeton ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • LPN to BSN

Belmont University

Nashville, TN
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate87.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$34,678

Belmont University is a private institution in Nashville, Tennessee. It offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Belmont University was established in 1890 as the Belmont Seminary for Women. Classes were taught in the Belmont Mansion, which was built in 1850. The seminary merged ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN

Concorde Career College-Memphis

Memphis, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate86.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$18,174

Programs offered

  • ADN

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, TN
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate86.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$11,744

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to BSN

Southwest Tennessee Community College

Memphis, TN
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate85.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$3,927

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN

Cumberland University

Lebanon, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate84.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$20,753

Established in 1842, Cumberland University is a private institution in Lebanon, Tennessee. Most of the buildings on the campus were constructed in the mid-1890s, as several buildings were burned down during the American Civil War. The Cumberland Presbyterian Church founded the university, and ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • LPN to BSN

Southern Adventist University

Collegedale, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate83.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$21,540

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN

Aquinas College

Nashville, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate83.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$18,708

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • RN to BSN
  • BSN

Freed-Hardeman University

Henderson, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate80.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$16,492

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN

Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate78.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$23,426

Programs offered

  • BSN

Cleveland State Community College

Cleveland, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate78.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$4,481

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN

King University

Bristol, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate75.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$18,918

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN

Tennessee State University

Nashville, TN
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate74.8%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$9,614

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • LPN to ADN

Trevecca Nazarene University

Nashville, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate73.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$17,898

Programs offered

  • BSN

Martin Methodist College

Pulaski, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate70.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$24,450

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN

Tusculum College

Greeneville, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate68.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$16,223

Programs offered

  • BSN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Knoxville

Knoxville, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate95.0%
Cost per annum$8,379

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Paris

Paris, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate93.3%
Cost per annum$6,074

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Dickson

Dickson, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate92.7%
Cost per annum$9,423

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville

Nashville, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate92.3%
Cost per annum$9,433

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Morristown

Morristown, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate92.0%
Cost per annum$10,285

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Elizabethton

Elizabethton, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate89.0%
Cost per annum$8,963

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Athens

Athens, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate87.3%
Cost per annum$3,717

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Harriman

Harriman, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate86.0%
Cost per annum$9,439

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Memphis

Memphis, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate85.0%
Cost per annum$7,059

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Livingston

Livingston, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate84.3%
Cost per annum$5,532

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Hohenwald

Hohenwald, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate82.7%
Cost per annum$12,308

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate81.5%
Cost per annum$10,308

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Crossville

Crossville, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate79.0%
Cost per annum$9,929

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Hartsville

Hartsville, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate79.0%
Cost per annum$5,938

Programs offered

  • LPN

Christian Brothers University

Memphis, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$16,660

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • BSN

Fisk University

Nashville, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$17,980

Programs offered

  • BSN

Milligan College

Milligan College, TN
Campus size
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • BSN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Covington

Covington, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$4,948

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Crump

Crump, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$7,180

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Jacksboro

Jacksboro, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$6,888

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Jackson

Jackson, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$7,986

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-McMinnville

McMinnville, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$10,272

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Newbern

Newbern, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$8,587

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Pulaski

Pulaski, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$6,912

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Ripley

Ripley, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$5,902

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville

Shelbyville, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$10,471

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Whiteville

Whiteville, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$7,960

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee Wesleyan University

Athens, TN
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$12,329

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$23,150

Programs offered

  • Accelerated MSN

Lee University

Cleveland, TN
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$16,789

Programs offered

  • BSN

Tennessee Technology Center at Hartsville - Westmoreland

Westmoreland, TN
Campus size
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Blount Memorial Hospital

Maryville, TN
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee Technology Center

Nashville, TN
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee Technology Center at Jamestown-Fentress Co. Campus

Jamestown, TN
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee Technology Center at Alamo

Alamo, TN
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee Technology Center at Ashland City

Ashland City, TN
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee Technology Center at Brownsville

Brownsville, TN
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee Technology Center at Columbia

Columbia, TN
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee Technology Center at Franklin

Waverly, TN
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee Technology Center at Greeneville

Greeneville, TN
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee Technology Center at Kingsport

Kingsport, TN
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee Technology Center at Lexington

Lexington, TN
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee Technology Center at Red Boiling Springs

Red Boiling Springs, TN
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee Technology Center at Spring Hill

Spring Hill, TN
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee Technology Center at Tazewell

Tazewell, TN
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee Technology Center at Waynesboro

Waynesboro, TN
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Tennessee Technology Center at Winchester

Winchester, TN
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Closed Nursing Schools/Campuses

The following instructions are closed permanently.

ITT Technical Institute-Nashville (Closed in 2016)
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