Complete CNA Course Guide in Tennessee

Required to complete a certified nursing assistant course first, candidates must pass Tennessee state certification exam in any case to achieve CNA license in Tennessee. Such a course must be pursued only from a college/school, recognized by Tennessee State Department of Health.

Meant to extensively train each student in all nursing aspects practically, this course includes minimum 75 hours of training, containing classroom training and applied clinical exercises.

It covers the following aspects:

  • Patient care
  • Hygiene and nutrition
  • CPR and Dementia specific training
  • Checking vital signs
  • Infection control
  • Safety and emergency measures
  • Restorative care
  • Medical terminology
  • Maintaining (updating) records and on-time reporting
  • Promoting patients’ rights

Prerequisites for CNA Courses in Tennessee

This course requires one to meet the following requirements:

  • Clean criminal past record
  • Passing medical and drug examination

Required Skills for CNA Courses in Tennessee

  • Good mannerism
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Optimism/teamwork
  • Consistency

State Approved CNA Courses in Tennessee

Name of SchoolAddressContact NoFax NoOfficial Website
Anderson County Career and Technical Center140 Maverick Circle, Clinton, TN 37716(865) 457-4205(865) 457-1715http://www.acctc.acs.ac
NHC Healthcare, Oak Ridge300 Laboratory Road, Oak Ridge, TN(865) 482-7698http://www.nhcoakridge.com
TENNESSEE College of Applied Technology/Shelbyville1405 Madison Street, Shelbyville, TN 37160(931) 685-5013(931) 685-5016http://www.tcatshelbyville.edu
Camden Healthcare And Rehab Center197 Hospital Drive, Camden TN 38320(731) 584-3500(731) 584-2753http://www.camdenhc.com
Alcoa High School524 Faraday Street, Alcoa, TN 37701(865) 984-0531(865) 984-5832http://www.alcoaschools.net
Bradley Central High School1000 South Lee Highway,Cleveland, TN   37311(423) 476-0650(423) 476-0613http://bradleycentralhigh.tn.bch.schoolinsites.com
Prepare To Care Program Center891 Keith Street NorthwestSuite 7,Cleveland, Tennessee 37311(423) 614-3838http://www.prepare-2-care.com
Walker Valley High School750 Lauderdale Memorial Highway,Cleveland, TN   37312(423) 336-1383(423) 336-1578http://www.walkervalleyhigh.com
Beech Tree Manor240 Hospital LaneJellico, TN 37762(423)784-6626(423) 784-6802http://beechtreemanor.com
Cumberland Village Genesis Healthcare136 Davis Lane,La Follette , TN 37766-3118(423) 562-0760http://www.genesishcc.com
TN College Of Applied Technology/JacksboroPO Box 419 265 Elkins Road, Jacksboro, TN 37757(423) 566-9629(423) 566-9713http://www.tcatjacksboro.edu
Huntingdon High School475 Mustang DriveHuntingdon, TN   38344(731) 986-8223(731) 986-4879http://huntingdon.tn.hsh.schoolinsites.com
Life Care Center Of Bruceton-Hollow Rock105 Rowland Avenue, Bruceton, TN 38317(731) 586-2061(731) 586-2047http://lifecarecenterofbrucetonhollowrock.com
Mckenzie High School23292 Highway 22,McKenzie, TN   38201(731) 352-2133(731) 352-1424http://www.mckenziehighschool.org
Roan Highlands Nursing Center, Inc.146 Buck Creek RoadRoan Mountain, Tennessee 37687(423) 772-0161(423) 772-3481http://www.roanhighlandsnursingcenter.com
TN College Of Applied Technology/Elizabethton426 Highway 91, Elizabethton, TN 37643(423) 543-0070,(888) 986-2368http://www.tcatelizabethton.edu
Chester County High School 970 East Main Street, Henderson, TN 38340(731)989-5134www.chestercountyschools.org
Tri-State Health And Rehabilitation Center600 Shawanee Road,Harrogate, TN 37752(423) 869-5376(423) 869-5610http://www.nursingrehabtnky.com
NHC Healthcare, Somerville308 Lake Drive,  Somerville, TN(901) 465-9861(901) 465-9897http://www.nhcsomerville.com
Alvin C. York InstitutePO Box 70701 North Main Street,Jamestown, TN 38556(931) 879-8101(931) 879-2147http://www2.york.k12.tn.us
Signature Healthcare Of Fentress County208 Duncan Street North,Jamestown, TN 38556(931) 879-5859(931) 879-4624http://shcoffentresscounty.com
Greeneville/Greene Co. Ctr For Tech High School1121 Hal Henard Road,Greeneville, TN   37743(423) 639-0171(423) 639-0176http://cft.gcschools.net
Laughlin Memorial Hospital, Inc 1420 Tusculum Boulevard, Greeneville, Tennessee 37745(423) 787-5000http://www.laughlinmemorial.org
Life Care Center Of Greeneville725 Crum Street, Greeneville, TN 37743(423) 639-8131(423) 639-4742http://lifecarecenterofgreeneville.com
The Bridge at Monteagle26 Second Street (P.O. Box 429)Monteagle, TN 37356(931) 924-2041(931) 924-2055http://bridgeatmonteagle.com
Morristown-Hamblen High School WestOne Trojan TrailMorristown, TN   37813(423) 581-1600(423) 585-3791http://mhhsw.hcboe.net
Morristown-Hamblen High School EastOne Hurricane Lane, Morristown, TN 37813(423) 586-2543(423) 585-3779http://mhhse.hcboe.net
TN College Of Applied Technology/Morristown821 West Louise Avenue Morristown, TN 37813-2094(423) 586-5771(423) 586-8030http://www.tcatmorristown.edu
Walters State Community College500 South Davy Crockett ParkwayMorristown, TN 37813-6899(423) 585-2600http://www.ws.edu
Chattanooga State Community College4501 Amnicola Highway,Chattanooga, TN 37406(423) 697-4404http://www.chattanoogastate.edu
Hixson High School5705 Middle Valley Road,Hixson, TN   37343(423) 847-4800(423) 847-4801http://www.hixsonhigh.org
Miller-Motte Technical College – Chattanooga6020 Shallowford Road #100‎Chattanooga, TN 37421(866) 297-0267http://www.miller-motte.edu
NHC Healthcare, Chattanooga2700 Parkwood Avenue, Chattanooga, TN(423) 624-1533(423) 242-7103http://www.nhcchattanooga.com
Red Bank High School640 Morrison Springs Road,Chattanooga, TN   37415(423) 874-1900(423) 874-1924http://www.redbankhigh.com
Soddy-Daisy Health Care Center701 Sequoyah Road,Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379(423) 332-0060(423) 332-0328http://www.soddydaisyhealthcare.com
The Health Center at Standifer Place2626 Walker Road,Chattanooga, TN 37421(423) 490-1599(423) 490-4675http://www.standiferplace.org
TN College Of Applied Technology/Whiteville1685 Highway 64 P O Box 489, Whiteville, TN 38075(731) 254-8521 (731) 254-9558http://www.tcatwhiteville.edu
Harbert Hills Academy Nursing Home3575 Lonesome Pine Road,Savannah, Tennessee 38372(731) 925-3098http://www.harberthills.org
Hardin County Nursing Home935 Wayne RoadSavannah, TN 38372(731) 926-8000(731) 926-8160http://www.hardinmedicalcenter.org
Church Hill Health Care And Rehab Center701 West Main Boulevard, Church Hill, TN 37642(423) 357-7178(423) 357-5857http://www.churchhillhealthcare.com
Signature Healthcare Of Rogersville109 Highway 70 North, Rogersville, TN 37857(423) 272-3099http://shcofrogersville.com
Haywood High School900 East Main Street, Brownsville, TN 38012(731) 772-9613http://www.haywoodschools.com
Tennessee Health Management, Inc.P.O. Box 10 52 West Eighth Street, Parsons, TN 38363(731) 847-6343http://www.tnhealthmanagement.com
TN College Of Applied Technology/Paris312 South Wilson Street Paris, Tennessee 38242(731) 644-7365(731) 644-7368http://www.tcatparis.edu
Life Care Center Of Centerville112 Dickson Road,Centerville, TN 37033(931) 729-4236(931) 729-5489http://lifecarecenterofcenterville.com
Waverly Health Care Center95 East Powers Boulevard, Waverly, TN 37185(931) 296-7552https://www.waverlyhealthcenter.org
Jefferson County Nursing Home914 Industrial Park RoadDandridge, TN 37725(865) 397-3163(865) 397-4225http://www.jeffersoncountytn.gov
Life Care Center Of Jefferson City336 West Old Andrew Johnson HighwayJefferson City, TN 37760(865) 475-6097(865) 475-5236http://lifecarecenterofjeffersoncity.com
Johnson County High School Career & Tech. Edu.510 Fairground Lane, Mountain City, TN 37683(423) 727-2620http://www.jchs.k12tn.net
Mountain City Care & Rehabilitation Center919 Medical Park Drive,Mountain City, TN  37618(423) 727-7800(423) 727-2496http://mountaincitycare.com
American Red Cross – Knoxville6921 Middle brook Pike,Knoxville , TN 37909(865) 584-2999http://www.redcross.org
Compassionate Care Technical Center2424 Sutherland Avenue,Knoxville TN 37919(865) 394-9960(865) 312-9916http://www.cnaprogramknox.com
Fulton High School2509 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917(865) 594-1240865-594-1953http://www.knoxschools.org
Goodwill Industries-Knoxville15810 Indianola Drive,Rockville, MD 20855(800) GOODWILLhttp://www.goodwill.org
Shannon dale Health Care Center801 Vanosdale Road, Knoxville, TN 37909(865) 690-3411 , (866) 380-6281http://shannondaletn.com
South Doyle High School2020 Tipton Station Road, Knoxville, TN 37920(865) 577-4475(865) 577-4540http://www.knoxschools.org/southdoylehs
Tennessee State Veterans Home2865 Main StreetHumboldt, TN 38343(731) 784-8405(731) 784-2448http://www.tsvh.org
TN College Of Applied Technology/Knoxville1100 Liberty Street, Knoxville, TN 37919(865) 546-5567http://www.tcatknoxville.edu
The Bridge At Ridgley117 Main StreetRidgley, TN 38080(731) 264-5555(731) 264-5547http://bridgeatridgely.com
Lawrence County High School1800 Springer Road,Lawrenceburg, TN   38464(931) 762-9412(931) 766-0761http://www.lawcohi.us
NHC-Scott2380 Buffalo Road, Lawrenceburg, TN 38464(931) 762-9418(931) 766-0573http://www.nhcscott.com
Summertown High School411 West College Street,Summertown, TN   38483(931) 964-3539(931) 964-3302http://www.shs.lcss.us
Lincoln Medical Center106 Medical Center Boulevard,Fayetteville, TN 37334(931) 438-1100(931) 438-7456https://www.lchealthsystem.com
Baptist Health Care Center700 Williams Ferry Road,Lenoir City, TN 37771(865) 986-3583(865) 986-1707http://www.tnbaptisthomes.org
Kindred Nursing & Rehab – Loudon1520 Grove StreetLoudon, TN 37774(865) 458-5436http://www.loudonhealthcare.com
Forest Cove Nursing And RehabP.O. Box 10, 52 West Eighth Street , Parsons, TN 38363(731) 847-6343http://www.tnhealthmanagement.com
Jackson Central Merry High School310 North Parkway, Jackson, TN 38305(731) 664-2500(731) 664-2502http://www.jmcss.org
Maplewood Healthcare100 Cherrywood PlaceJackson, TN 38305(731) 668-1900(731) 664-2175http://www.maplewoodhealthcare.com
West Tennessee Business College 1186 Highway 45 Bypass, Jackson, TN 38301(731) 668-7240, (800) 737-9822http://www.wtbc.edu
Marion County High School160 Ridley AvenueJasper, TN   37347(423) 942-5120 (423) 942-5544http://www.marion.k12.ga.us
South Pittsburg High School717 Elm AvenueSouth Pittsburg, TN 37380(423) 837-7561,(423) 837-8147(423) 837-4532http://www.southpittsburghigh.org
Whitwell High School200 Tiger Trail,Whitwell, TN   37397(423) 658-5141(423) 658-0313http://www.whitwelltigers.org
NHC Healthcare, Lewisburg100 East Vine Street,  Murfreesboro, TN(615) 890-2020(615) 890-0123http://www.nhccare.com
Life Care Center Of Columbia841 West James Campbell BoulevardColumbia, TN 38401(931) 388-5035(931) 380-9213http://lifecarecenterofcolumbiatn.com
Spring Hill High School 501 West 8th Street, Columbia, TN  38401(931) 388-8403(931) 840-4410http://www.mauryk12.org
McNairy Central High School493 High school Road, Selmer, TN 38375(731)645-3226(731) 645-8014http://www.mchscats.org
Montgomery Central High School621 Gracey Avenue,Clarksville, Tennessee 37040(931) 648-5600http://www.cmcss.net
Signature Healthcare Of Clarksville198 Old Farmers Road, Clarksville, TN 37043(931) 358-2900(931) 358-3821http://shcofclarksville.com
Tennessee Health Careers, LLC116 North 2nd Street Suite B10, Clarksville, TN 37040(931) 648-2424(931) 648-2425http://tnhealthcareers.net
West Creek High School1210 West Creek Coyote Trail,Clarksville, TN 37042(931) 503-1788(931) 503-1802http://www.cmcss.net
TN College Of Applied Technology/Livingston740 High Tech Drive, Livingston, TN 38570(931) 823-5525http://www.tcatlivingston.edu
Perry County High School1056 Squirrel Hollow Drive-Linden, TN 37096(931) 589-2102(931) 589-5110http://www.perrycountyschools.us
Bethesda Health Care & Rehab CenterP.O. Box 10, 52 West Eighth Street , Parsons, TN 38363(731) 847-6343http://www.tnhealthmanagement.com
NHC Healthcare, Cookeville815 South Walnut, Avenue, Cookeville, TN(931) 528-5516(931) 528-8151http://www.nhccookeville.com
Standing Stone Care & Rehab Center410 West Crawford Avenue, Monterey, TN 38574(931) 839-2244(931) 839-3047http://standingstonecare.com
Harriman Care And Rehabilitation Center240 Hannah Road P.O. Box 749,Harriman, TN 37748(865) 882-9159(865) 882-1982http://harrimancare.com
TN College Of Applied Technology/Harriman1745 Harriman Highway, Harriman, TN 37748-1109(865) 882-6703, (800) 599-9426http://www.tcatharriman.edu/
ADAMSPLACE Healthcare Center1927 Memorial Boulevard,Murfreesboro, TN 37129(615) 904-9111http://www.adamsplace.org
TN College Of Applied Technology/Murfreesboro1303 Old Fort Parkway, Murfreesboro, TN 37129(615) 898-8010(615) 893-4194http://www.tcatmurfreesboro.edu
TN College Of Applied Technology/Oneida355 Scott High Drive Huntsville, TN 37756-4149(423) 663-4900http://www.tcatoneida.edu
NHC Healthcare, Sequatchie100 East Vine Street, Murfreesboro, TN(615) 890-2020(615) 890-0123http://www.nhccare.com
Kingsbury Career Technology Center1328 North Graham,Memphis, TN  38122(901) 416-6000(901) 416-6003http://www.mcsk12.net
MaySept Healthcare Services4514 Summer AvenueSuite # 1,Memphis, TN 38122(901) 474-7687http://www.maysept.org
TN College Of Applied Technology/Memphis550 Alabama Avenue, Memphis, TN 38105(901) 543-6100(901) 543-6197http://www.tcatmemphis.edu
Kindred Nursing & Rehab-Smith County112 Health Care DriveCarthage, TN 37030-1091(615) 735-0571http://www.smithcountyhc.com
Manor House Of Dover537 Spring Street,Dover, TN 37058(931) 232-6902http://manorhouseofdover.com
Stewart County High School120 Robertson Hill Road,Dover, TN  37058(931)  232-5179(931) 232-6326http://stewartcountyschools.net
Dobyns-Bennett High School1800 Legion Drive, Kingsport, Tennessee-37664(423) 378-8400http://kingsport.dbhs.schoolfusion.us
Greystone Healthcare Center181 Dunlap Road, Blountville, TN 37617(423) 323-7112(423) 323-1393http://www.greystonehc.com
Holston Manor3641 Memorial Boulevard,Kingsport, TN 37664(423) 246-2411(423) 246-4803http://www.holstonmanor.com
Sullivan South High School154 Blountville BypassP.O. Box 306,Blountville, TN 37617(423) 354-1000http://www.sullivank12.net
Gallatin Health Care Center438 North Water Avenue,Gallatin, TN 37066USA(615) 452-2322http://gallatinhealthcare.com
The Bridge At Highland215 Highland Cir Drive,Portland, TN 37148(615) 325-9263(615) 325-9260http://bridgeathighland.com
Westmoreland Care And Rehabilitation Center1559 New Highway 52, Westmoreland, TN 37186(615) 644-5111(615) 644-3236http://westmorelandcare.com
Willow Ridge Care & RehabilitationP.O. Box 10May 215 Richardson Way,Maynardville, TN 37807-3803(865) 992-5816http://www.genesishcc.com
Warren County High School2548 Morrison Street, McMinnville, TN 37110(931) 668-4022(931) 815-2703http://www.warrenschools.com
Daniel Boone High School1440 Sun crest Drive, Grey, TN 37615(423) 477-1600(423) 477-1625http://www.wcde.org
Life Care Center Of Gray791 Old Gray Station Road, Gray, TN 37615(423) 477-7146(423) 477-2311http://lifecarecenterofgraytn.com
Mt. Juliet High School1875 Golden Bear Gateway,Mt. Juliet, TN 37122(615) 758- 5606(615) 758-5645http://www.mjhsbnn.com
TN College Of Applied Technology/Hartsville716 McMurray Boulevard, Hartsville, TN 37074(615) 374-2147(615) 374-2149http://www.tcathartsville.edu

Procedure for Applying for State Certification Exam

One can apply for Tennessee CNA certification exam thrice within 2 years from the date of state-approved course completion.

It comprises two parts: a written test and skills evaluation test.

Written test (can be taken in English or Spanish language) evaluates conceptual nursing understanding, wherein candidates need to solve 75 multiple choice questions within 90 minutes.

Highlighting oral test in the examination application form is important if you are willing to take this test orally.

Regardless of whether you take this test in any format and in any language, there will be 10 questions related to reading comprehension, which can be taken in English only.

During skills test, candidates are required to perform any 5 skills, which are randomly chosen and assigned by an evaluator. These skills are selected from the ones that are taught during the course of a Tennessee CNA training program.

You must pass both written test and skills test with passing scores of at least 75% and 80% respectively.

Achieving this goal will guarantee a CNA license acquirement in the state, allowing you to work in any licensed facility and related sectors in Tennessee.

If, by chance, you do not pass in either of the parts of this exam in the first or second attempt, retaking only that part will be required. If you fail in the third try, you will be needed to take the course with certification exam once again.

CNA license renewal is an important aspect for the growth of a Certified Nurse Aide. This includes proving that you have worked as a Certified Nurse Aide for at least one 8-hour shift, performing nursing duties under the supervision of a registered nurse in the past 2 years. Once this is confirmed, your employment continuation in that state would be enabled.

Tennessee CNA Reciprocity

Reciprocity form can be obtained from Tennessee State Department of Health. One who is willing to shift to Tennessee for employment applies for reciprocity.

This form consists of two parts. The first part of this form is filled by an applicant, while the second part is filled by the registry, after which the form is sent to Tennessee Nurse Aide Registry for verification.

Both these parts (plus required documents) must prove the following conditions:

  • Active license from the state where he/she currently works
  • Must be in good standing with that state
  • Clean criminal history track

After verifying these things, candidates will be notified about your transfer status. You need to satisfy the mentioned conditions for your transfer approval.

This approval will allow you to be placed under Tennessee Nurse Assistant Registry. Thus this license will give you the liberty to acquire a CNA position in Tennessee.

CNA Salary in Tennessee

The good news for CNAs is that the opportunities for them have risen over the years and so has the salary.

Generally, salary made by a Certified Nurse Aide in a year averagely varies between $20,000 and $22,000. The average hourly earnings are around $10.50-$11.

As per estimation, the State of Tennessee is expected to see a rise of 21% in CNA jobs over the next 4-5 years.

However, there is no substitute for dedication when it comes to pursuing CNA education and if you possess that, things will go in favor of your CNA career.


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