LPN Programs in Tennessee - TN
Education Requirements for Licensed Practical Nurses in Tennessee
Once you have completed your high school education (or GED equivalent), the next step to take in your quest to becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse is researching the programs offered online and through Tennessee’s LPN schools. There are nineteen (19) Licensed Practical Nurse programs in Tennessee that are approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing to offer instruction (both clinical and classroom) towards completion of a certificate. These programs are offered through technical academies, vocational centers, and hospital based programs. While most programs require a one year commitment, there are some that take as few as six (6) months to complete.
Prerequisites include a high school education or equivalent (as noted above), ACT scores, copy of an official high school transcript, an entrance exam as determined by the program or school you will be attending, and some schools will have additional academic requirements so it is important to check prior to submitting your application. These would typically include previous course work that weighed heavily in the sciences. Some programs may also expect the student to have had some exposure to volunteer or job shadowing opportunities. While not often required, these opportunities can weigh heavily in your favor for admission as it can set you apart from another applicant. Each individual school/program also sets its own (non-refundable) application fee that is expected when you submit your application. A complete listing of programs in Tennessee can be found on the Tennessee Department of Health’s Board of Nursing website at http://health.state.tn.us/boards/Nursing/education.htm.
Regardless of where you attend, you can expect to study courses such as anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, administration of medications (including intravenous methods), legal and ethical considerations, nutrition, and skill sets related to the profession. Students can also expect to be exposed to the different medical specialties where Licensed Practical Nurses can be employed to determine which one might be the right fit for them. Specialties such as obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics, extended care, geriatrics, and surgery are just a few of the available options to explore.
Through campus based and online programs, aspiring LPNs in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Clarksville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Memorial Hospital, Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and Nashville's Baptist Hospital.