Do you have a passion for helping others and an interest in the healthcare profession? Nursing may be the right career path for you. If you have decided to pursue a career in nursing, there are several training programs in the Nashville area to choose from. For experienced nurses, there are also a number of accredited programs designed to help you learn new skills and earn a higher degree, which can open the door to a new job and higher pay.

To get started in nursing or to advance your nursing career, check out our accredited program listings sections below:

Entry Level ADN, BSN, & MSN Programs in Nashville, TN

For aspiring nurses with no prior training or experience, an entry-level training program is the best place to find out if a career in nursing is right for you. In the Nashville area, there are a few options for entry-level nursing programs, including LPN to RN programs, Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs and one direct-entry Master of Science in Nursing program. Each of these programs trains students for their first professional job in the nursing field.

LPN to RN Programs

Many licensed practical nurses decide to pursue their RN license in order to earn a higher wage and take on more patient care responsibilities. LPN to RN programs help practical nurses do just that, and earn either their ADN or BSN in the process. Tennessee College of Applied Science offers an LPN to BSN program in a hybrid online/on-campus program that can be taken on a full- or part-time basis to accommodate working practical nurses.

ADN Programs

The ADN degree is offered at many community colleges and vocational schools, and generally takes around two years to complete. These programs provide a basic nursing education and prepare students to take the NCLEX licensing exam. One example of these programs is found at Nashville State Community College, which places students in clinical settings in middle Tennessee for clinical practice hours.

Direct-Entry BSN Programs

BSN programs are becoming more popular entry points to the nursing profession as more employers are seeking candidates with a bachelor’s degree or higher education level. BSN programs take longer to complete than ADN programs, and generally include additional general education courses as well as more in-depth nursing curriculum. Belmont University, as an example, offers a traditional BSN program as well as an accelerated BSN program that allows students with a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing subject to earn the BSN in just 16 months of full-time study.

Find out more about Tennessee Accelerated BSN Programs

Direct-Entry MSN Programs

Less common of an entry point to nursing is the direct-entry MSN program, which is generally offered to students who have completed a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and would like to earn a master’s-level education in nursing. The direct-entry MSN program at Vanderbilt University program includes three semesters of study for the bachelor’s level degree in nursing, followed by three semesters or more of the master’s-level study of nursing.

Find out more about Tennessee Accelerated MSN Programs

Nashville RN Program NCLEX-RN Pass Rates

NCLEX-RN Students Total6373,709
NCLEX-RN Students Passed5923,430
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate93.0%92.5%

Top Ranked Accredited Nursing Programs in Nashville

Listed below are the top nursing schools in Nashville based on our RN program rankings for Tennessee out of 44 other accredited programs offered in the state:

  • Lipscomb University - #18
  • Nashville State Community College - #4
  • Vanderbilt University - #16
SchoolContact Information
Belmont University
1900 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 460-6781
Cumberland University
McFarland Hall, 500 Park Avenue
Lebanon, TN 37087
(615) 547-1393
Fortis Institute in Nashville
3354 Perimeter Hill Dr.Suite 105
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 320-5917
Lipscomb University
  • BSN Campus
  • Top Ranked Tennessee Program: #18 of 44
1 University Park Dr
Nashville, TN 37204
(800) 333-4358
Marian University
4220 Harding Road, S&E Building, Ste. 500
Nashville, TN 37205
(866) 892-4355
Nashville State Community College
  • ADN Campus
  • Top Ranked Tennessee Program: #4 of 44
120 White Bridge Pk
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 353-3333
Tennessee State University
3500 John A Merritt Blvd
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 963-5000
Trevecca Nazarene University
333 Murfreesboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 248-1200
Vanderbilt University
  • MSN Campus
  • Top Ranked Tennessee Program: #16 of 44
461 21st Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37240
(615) 322-4400

RN to BSN/MSN Programs in Nashville, TN

If you are a working nurse with a valid RN license and an ADN degree, there are specially designed programs in which you can earn a higher nursing degree in a shorter amount of time than a traditional BSN or MSN program. So-called “bridge” programs because they provide a bridge between one degree and the next, RN to BSN/MSN programs can put your dreams of a new career in nursing within reach.

RN to BSN Programs

RN to BSN programs can be completed in as little as one year of study, and are often offered in an online format to accommodate working nurses. For RNs in Nashville, there are several online options, as well as an RN to BSN program at Tennessee State University that offers admission in the summer semester and is completed in one calendar year.

Learn more about Tennessee RN to BSN Programs

RN to MSN Programs

Nurses who want to become advanced practice nurses may be interested in RN to MSN programs, such as the one offered at Vanderbilt University, which is in a modified block format that features concentrated blocks of time on campus supplemented with online conferencing and recorded lecture delivery and can be completed in two years of study.

Learn more about Tennessee RN to MSN Programs

SchoolContact Information
Tennessee State University
3500 John A Merritt Blvd
Nashville, TN 37209
Vanderbilt University
461 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37240
(615) 343-8876

APRN & Nurse Practitioner Programs in Nashville, TN

For nurses who are serious about advancing their careers in the nursing field, an advanced practice degree is the next step. These programs, which include traditional MSN, graduate certificate programs and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees, prepare nurses for careers as nurse leaders, nurse practitioners, administrators, and educators.

MSN Programs

MSN programs prepare nurses for careers as nurse practitioners and other advanced practice nursing specialties, and generally allow students to specialize their studies along a particular career track. Tennessee State University offers an MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner program that includes coursework on nursing theory, research, health policy, pathophysiology, pharmacotherapeutics, and family health nursing and 600 hours of clinical practice.

Find out more about Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Programs

Post-Master's Certificate Programs

Nurses who have already earned their MSN but would like to learn a new advanced practice specialty can seek out a post-graduate certificate program. These programs offer master’s-level specialty nursing courses that prepare nurses with their MSN for certification exams in a new specialty. For example, Belmont University offers a 24-credit hour post-master’s certificate program in the family nurse practitioner role.

Learn more about Tennessee Post-Master's Certificate Programs

DNP Programs

The highest level of advanced practice nursing education is the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. DNP programs may be designed for nurses with their BSN degree or their MSN degree. Belmont University offers both types of DNP program, offered in a hybrid format with intensive classes held during four weekends each semester and supplemented by online coursework.

Learn more about Tennessee DNP Programs

SchoolContact Information
Belmont University
DNP ProgramsGraduate Certificate ProgramsMSN Programs
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 460-6000
Tennessee State University
3500 John A. Merritt Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 963-5000
Vanderbilt University
MSN ProgramsDNP ProgramsPost-Doctoral Nursing Fellowships Programs
461 21st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37240
(615) 322-4400

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