Tennessee, where BBQ and country music live, has a growing demand for qualified and skilled healthcare workers including nurses. RNs wanting to take charge of nursing units or concentrate in pediatrics, geriatrics, or psychiatric care can become leaders or specialists by completing a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree.

A high-level career in nursing can be achieved via bridge options (RN/BSN to MSN degrees) as well as a direct entry program.

RN to MSN and BSN to MSN Programs

RNs with either associate or bachelor's degrees can find a direct path to an MSN in the state of Tennessee. Streamlined RN to MSN and BSN to MSN bridge programs enable rapid degree progression in an online, on-ground, or blended instructional method. Simulation opportunities make the most of distance learning. Many programs allow students to specialize as nurse practitioners, administrators, or educators once core courses are completed. The curricula of many such programs focus on providing patient care in a rural setting.

Typical Program Length:

  • Approximately 5 full-time semesters for an RN to MSN
  • At least 3 full-time semesters for a BSN to MSN

Typical Admissions Requirements:

  • ADN or BSN from an accredited university (degree level may vary by program)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00
  • Application with letter of intent
  • Current, unencumbered license as an RN in Tennessee
  • Some clinical experience
  • Resume and letters of recommendation
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (some universities)

Accelerated & Master's Entry Nursing Programs

Nurses make a positive difference in the lives of others. Bachelor's-educated professionals who want to enter this in-demand occupation can do so with less of a hassle with the PreSpecialty master's entry program at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. Upon successful completion of core coursework, which is similar to a BSN and only offered in-person and full-time, students then choose among specialty areas to complete the master's degree. Once they enter their concentration area, they are afforded more flexibility in completing the degree.

Typical Program Length:

  • 2 to 3 years of full-time study

Typical Admissions Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in a non-nursing field
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher and submission of official transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • Completion of prerequisite courses in science and statistics
  • Application (responding to all questions)
  • Letters of reference (at least three)

2024 List of MSN Programs in Tennessee

There are more than 5 different RN to MSN programs offered within the state of Tennessee, some of which offer traditional in-class learning, while others offer online distance education. Taking an online program can offer candidates the opportunity to finish their degree from just about anywhere, and the freedom to work around personal and professional responsibilities. Imagine being a clinical nurse leader, or a pain management nurse or even a nurse executive, these are just some of the title that you can aspire to once you have completed your MSN degree.

MSN Programs By City:

Bristol, TN

1350 King College Road
Bristol, TN 37620
(800) 362-0014

Chattanooga, TN

Clarksville, TN

P.O. Box 4458
Clarksville, TN 37044
(931) 221-7662

Cookeville, TN

Whitson-Hester School of Nursing
1 William L Jones Dr.
Cookeville, TN 38505
(931) 372-3101

Harrogate, TN

Jackson, TN

Johnson City, TN

Knoxville, TN

Memphis, TN

Loewenberg College of Nursing
101 Wilder Tower
Memphis, TN 38152
(190) 167-8200 x3

Murfreesboro, TN

Nashville, TN

1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 460-6000

3500 John A. Merritt Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 963-5000

MSN Programs
2201 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37235
(615) 322-7311

MSN Programs
461 21st Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37240
(615) 322-4400

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