What Are the Online Nursing Education Prerequisites in Tennessee?

Nursing educators in Tennessee require a relevant undergraduate degree in nursing. This can be either an ADN or BSN. As with your practice nursing, you must have a Registered Nursing license. Further, you need a master's degree in nursing (MSN) with an education major or option, or a doctorate (Ph.D., DNP, Ed.D.) with those too.

Online RN to MSN Nurse Educator Programs

Tennessee has just one online RN to MSN Nurse Educator program located at East Tennessee University. It is available as a part-time and a full-time program for those who currently work as registered nurses.

  • Complete an Associate Degree in Nursing
  • Unencumbered Registered Nursing license
  • Transcripts may be required
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on the 4.0 scale
  • Specific courses are usually required, including statistics and anatomy & physiology, usually grade C or 3.0 or equivalent

Online BSN to MSN Nurse Educator Programs

There are two online BSN to MSN Nurse Educator programs in Tennessee, Tennessee State University and East Tennessee University. Students learn to teach clinical skills, but also teaching and assessment methods, along with curriculum design and effective assessment.

  • A regionally accredited BSN
  • A copy of your unencumbered RN license
  • State issued ID
  • Reference letters – must be a mix of academic and employer references
  • Send transcripts with your application if requested
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on the 4.0 scale

Online Doctorate Nurse Educator Programs: DNP, Ph.D., or Ed.D.

There are three doctorate programs for nursing education–a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), a Doctor of Nursing Philosophy (Ph.D.), and a Doctor of Education (EdD).

The DNP is typically for those who want to become practicing doctors, while the Ph.D. is typically for research. The Ed.D. is for those students who want to go on to teach, but these degrees are less common.

There are a few great examples of programs offered in these degree types. For Ph.D. programs, as well as DNP programs, the University of Tennessee is a great choice.

The admission requirements for entering a doctorate program in nursing education are similar to the requirements for other nursing education programs. Still, you will be required to hold a higher degree (MSN).

Nurse Educator Licensing and Certification in Tennessee

Nursing educators in Tennessee are required to maintain a list of qualifiers to hold and maintain the Registered Nursing license. Those who will solely work as an educator are not excluded from this.

Nursing educators should consider certification through the CNE. Though it is not mandatory, some employers may strongly prefer it or stipulate it in job listings. Three types exist:

  • CNE is the certification for those working in academic teaching (colleges and universities)
  • CNEcl is the certification for professional trainers (those who work in clinical settings teaching other clinicians)
  • CNEn is the novice type of certification for those with less than three years of experience in either field

Much like licensing, certification also holds a minimum criteria list for continued eligibility and renewal.

RN licensing in Tennessee costs $115 for license by endorsement and $200 for the examination. There is no fee for the application. CNE is one standard cost no matter the state of residence: $400 for NLN members; $500 for non-members.

Who Hires Nurse Educators in Tennessee?

The following careers are the most likely destination for you once you've completed all the steps above:

  • Academia: US nursing schools and universities employ educators as teachers for nursing undergraduates and graduate students
  • Professional training: Hospitals and other medical facilities that employ medical professionals require educators for ongoing training
  • Private training: You'll work for independent agencies and train support staff rather than clinicians. This includes sales and administrative support
  • Non-profit: Educators are required for training aid workers, but also when appealing to government and grant bodies
  • Public health: Likely a public-facing role meeting the general public or special interest groups with dedicated health needs

List of Nurse Educator Degree Programs in Tennessee

Ready to find an online or campus-based nurse educator degree program in Tennessee? Explore our listings to find the perfect program that matches your academic goals and career aspirations.

Bristol, TN

Graduate Certificate ProgramsMSN Programs
1350 King College Road
Bristol, TN 37620
(800) 362-0014

Chattanooga, TN

MSN ProgramsGraduate Certificate Programs
615 McCallie Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 425-4416

Clarksville, TN

Graduate Certificate ProgramsMSN Programs
P.O. Box 4458
Clarksville, TN 37044
(931) 221-7662

Cookeville, TN

MSN ProgramsGraduate Certificate Programs
1 William L Jones Dr
Cookeville, TN 38505
(931) 372-3101

Jackson, TN

MSN ProgramsGraduate Certificate Programs
1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, TN 38305
(731) 661-6545

Johnson City, TN

Graduate Certificate ProgramsMSN Programs
365 Stout Drive
Johnson City, TN 37614
(423) 439-4578

Knoxville, TN

1200 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37996
(865) 974-4151

Memphis, TN

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

Murfreesboro, TN

1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
(615) 898-2300

Nashville, TN

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

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