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CNA Classes in Tennessee

Tennessee has an increasingly booming population which is expected to rise above seven million in 2020. This means there is a constant need for skilled medical professionals. Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) make up an essential part of this and working as a CNA is a great way to take the first step in your Tennessee healthcare journey. CNAs in Tennessee can make between $25,580 to 36,810 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

The state of Tennessee requires prospective CNAs to undergo a state-approved nurse aide training program unless they qualify for an exemption (nursing students and military medical aides). Completion of the training will allow the candidate to sit the exam and begin their career as a CNA.

Tennessee CNA Certification Requirements

Eligibility to take CNA classes and work in Tennessee varies depending on the location and the institution. There is no state requirement for a GED or high school diploma, though it is recommended. Some requirements that exist across all state-approved courses include:

  • Being 18 years or over
  • Passing a criminal background check.
  • Having a valid state-issued ID
  • Having a card for CPR for Healthcare Providers
  • Passing drug and TB screening
  • Being physically able to lift 40 pounds and stand for hours
  • Up to date immunizations
  • Having liability insurance

Tennessee CNA Classes & Testing Costs

To sit the examination and become a qualified CNA in Tennessee, you must first complete a state-approved training program, unless you are exempt. The training is a minimum 75 hours with 16 clinical hours. This can be completed in as little as two to six weeks. Completion of this course qualifies you for the examination.

The cost of the examination is $90. The costs of the prerequisite training can vary greatly depending on the institution and where you are located, usually averaging $800 for tuition, not including the costs of textbooks, uniforms, and other incremental costs. Contacting healthcare providers may allow you to arrange free training in exchange for the promise to work at the institution after you pass the exam. An incomplete list of places that may offer free training can be found here.

Training ProgramCityZip CodePhone
Crockett County High SchoolAlamo, TN38001731-696-4525
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - AthensAthens, TN37303423-744-2814
Greystone Healthcare CenterBlountville, TN37617423-323-7112
Pine Meadows Healthcare CenterBolivar, TN38008731-658-4707
Haywood High SchoolBrownsville, TN38012731-772-1845
Life Care Center of Bruceton-Hollow RockBruceton, TN38317731-586-2061
NHC HealthCare, ChattanoogaChattanooga, TN37404423-624-1533
Brainerd High SchoolChattanooga, TN37411423-855-2615
Chattanooga State Community CollegeChattanooga, TN37406423-697-4400
Chattanooga State Community College East CampusChattanooga, TN37421423-697-4400
The Health Center at Standifer PlaceChattanooga, TN37421423-490-1599
BrightStar Care of ChattanoogaChattanooga, TN37421423-296-6640
Hospice of ChattanoogaChattanooga, TN37416423-892-4289
Maxim Healthcare ServicesChattanooga, TN37421423-553-5530
Miller-Motte CollegeChattanooga, TN37421423-414-3247
Church Hill Health Care CenterChurch Hill, TN37642423-357-7178
Walking Horse MeadowsClarksville, TN37043931-648-8007
Ahava Healthcare of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN37043931-647-0269
Tennessee Health Careers LLCClarksville, TN37042931-648-2424
Tennessee State Veterans' Home - ClarksvilleClarksville, TN37042931-245-4700
AHC ClarksvilleClarksville, TN37040931-552-3002
Spring Meadows Health Care Center - Nursing Home Clarksville TNClarksville, TN37043931-552-0181
Cleveland State Community CollegeCleveland, TN37312423-472-7141
AHC ApplingwoodCordova, TN38016901-385-1803
Life Care Center of CrossvilleCrossville, TN38555931-484-4782
WyndRidge Health & Rehab CenterCrossville, TN38555931-484-6129
Jefferson Park at DandridgeDandridge, TN37725865-397-3163
Sequatchie County High SchoolDunlap, TN37327423-949-2154
Dyersburg State Community CollegeDyersburg, TN38024731-286-3200
Ivy Hall Nursing HomeElizabethton, TN37643423-547-3840
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Elizabethton - Main CampusElizabethton, TN37643423-543-0070
Signature HealthCARE of ErinErin, TN37061931-289-4141
Erwin Health Care CenterErwin, TN37650423-743-4131
Center on Aging & HealthErwin, TN37650423-743-7669
Unicoi County High SchoolErwin, TN37650423-743-1632
NHC Place, Cool SpringsFranklin, TN37067615-778-6800
NHC Place, SumnerGallatin, TN37066615-451-0788
Greene Technology CenterGreeneville, TN37743423-639-0172
Life Care Center of GreenevilleGreeneville, TN37743423-639-8131
Roane State Community CollegeHarriman, TN37748865-354-3000
Harriman Care & Rehabilitation CenterHarriman, TN37748865-882-9159
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - HarrimanHarriman, TN37748865-882-6703
Tennessee College of Applied Technology HartsvilleHartsville, TN37074615-374-2147
Freed-Hardeman UniversityHenderson, TN38340800-348-3481
McKendree Village Inc.Hermitage, TN37076615-871-8200
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Oneida/HuntsvilleHuntsville, TN37756423-663-4900
AHC Forest CoveJackson, TN38301731-424-4200
Signature HealthCARE of Fentress CountyJamestown, TN38556931-879-5859
Beech Tree Post Acute Rehabilitation CenterJellico, TN37762423-784-6626
Science Hill CTEJohnson City, TN37604423-232-2200
Ross Medical Education CenterJohnson City, TN37601423-232-6270
Chattanooga State Community College - Kimball SiteKimball, TN37347423-837-1327
Wexford HouseKingsport, TN37660423-288-3988
South-Doyle High SchoolKnoxville, TN37920865-577-4475
Compassionate Care Technical CenterKnoxville, TN37919865-394-9960
Shannondale Health Care CenterKnoxville, TN37909865-690-3411
Shannondale KnoxvilleKnoxville, TN37909865-690-3411
South College ParksideKnoxville, TN37922865-251-1800
South College ParksideKnoxville, TN37922865-251-1800
Tennessee College of Applied TechnologyKnoxville, TN37919865-546-5567
Tennessee College of Applied Technology KnoxvilleKnoxville, TN37919865-546-5567
Lebanon Center for Rehabilitation and HealingLebanon, TN37087615-444-4319
NHC McMinnvilleMcMinnville, TN37110931-473-8431
Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Job Corps CenterMemphis, TN38116901-396-2800
Health Tech Institute-MemphisMemphis, TN38126901-529-9007
Allen Morgan Health CenterMemphis, TN38111901-325-4003
AHC Bright GladeMemphis, TN38117901-682-5677
Concorde Career College - MemphisMemphis, TN38137800-249-7082
The Healthcare Institute IncMemphis, TN38125901-244-0844
Career Academy CNA TrainingMemphis, TN38112901-761-4500
Southwest Tennessee Community College - Union Avenue CampusMemphis, TN38103901-333-5000
Standing Stone Care & Rehabilitation CenterMonterey, TN38574931-839-2244
The Heritage CenterMorristown, TN37814423-581-5100
Walters State Community CollegeMorristown, TN37813423-585-2600
Mountain City Care & Rehabilitation CenterMountain City, TN37683423-727-7800
AdamsPlaceMurfreesboro, TN37129615-904-9111
Community Care of Rutherford CountyMurfreesboro, TN37127615-893-2624
Adoration HealthNashville, TN37228615-733-3600
Bordeaux Long Term CareNashville, TN37218615-712-2600
Fortis InstituteNashville, TN37211615-320-5917
Vanderbilt UniversityNashville, TN37235615-322-7311
Vanderbilt University Medical CenterNashville, TN37232615-322-5000
Nats IncNashville, TN37217615-333-8474
Phlebotomy Training SpecialistsNashville, TN37217888-531-8378
Nashville Center for Rehabilitation & HealingNashville, TN37203615-806-8800
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-ParisParis, TN38242731-644-7365
Giles County High SchoolPulaski, TN38478931-363-6532
Summit View of Rocky TopRocky Top, TN37769865-426-2147
Signature HealthCARE of RogersvilleRogersville, TN37857423-272-3099
Ridgeview Terrace of Life CareRutledge, TN37861865-828-5295
Harbert Hills Academy Nurse HomeSavannah, TN38372731-925-3098
JSCC - Savannah-Hardin County CenterSavannah, TN38372731-925-5722
Walters State Community College - Sevier CampusSevierville, TN37876865-774-5800
Glen Oaks Health & RehabShelbyville, TN37160931-684-8340
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - ShelbyvilleShelbyville, TN37160931-685-5013
NHC HealthCare, SmithvilleSmithville, TN37166615-597-4284
Soddy-Daisy Healthcare CenterSoddy-Daisy, TN37379423-332-0060
NHC SomervilleSomerville, TN38068901-465-9861
Life Care Center of SpartaSparta, TN38583931-738-9430
Independence High SchoolThompson's Station, TN37179615-472-4600
Obion County Nursing HomeUnion City, TN38261731-885-9065
Waverly Health Care & RehabilitationWaverly, TN37185931-296-7552
Westmoreland Care & Rehabilitation CenterWestmoreland, TN37186615-644-5111

CNA Classes & Nurse Aide Courses in Tennessee

If you are tempted by the sound of becoming a CNA in Tennessee, the following links will help you get started. These are some popular institutes that offer CNA classes in Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville, three of the major population centers in the state. Please contact these institutions directly for further information on the program, curriculum, or costs.

CNA Classes in Nashville, TN

NATS, Inc. This is a four-week CNA class with 100 clock hours split between classroom/labs and clinical training. This can also be extended to six weeks for evening-only classes. Fees are $900, and the lab fee is $50 which is deposited along with your application. Classes restart every six weeks.

Nashville General Hospital – School of Health Sciences. This course is Saturday only and runs for 12 weeks. It aims to cover everything from patient rights to clinical work and provides experience within the hospital. A high school diploma or GED is required and there is an application fee of $50. Tuition is $750 plus around $250 for textbooks, checks, and materials. Courses run every three months and the next start date can be found by calling on 615-341-4659.

National HealthCare Corporation. This is a free program except for the cost of the uniform, and it is offered every month. It boasts a very flexible schedule which is particularly suited to high school and college students, but will also benefit those working around childcare, etc.

Learn more about CNA classes in Nashville.

CNA Classes in Memphis, TN

Career Academy. This expert-led CNA four-week daytime/six-week evening course is run by experts in the field and offers contacts within healthcare. The $1350 tuition covers CPR costs, examination fee (1 time), textbooks, and job-finding assistance. There may also be tuition reductions or exemptions for those on SNAP, VA, or other financial assistance programs.

Concorde. This is a more advanced medical assistant course which will help you take a step further in your medical career. They offer the CNA exam as well as the later MA test, and the full diploma course lasts around eight months. The course is around $15,000 for eight months plus fees for books and materials.

CNA Classes in Knoxville, TN

Compassionate Care. This is a 96 hour course split between 78 classroom hours and 18 clinical hours. The cost, including registration, handbook, ID, and liability insurance, is around $700 but does not include equipment. You must either have a GED/high school diploma or sit and pass the Ability to Benefit Test.

Additional Tennessee CNA resources

After the above links help you get started, make sure to keep a note of the following links to help you with your further education and career.

Tennessee Nurse Aide Registry

To contact the Tennessee Nurse Aide Registry, use the information below:
Nurse Aide Registry
Cordell Hull Bldg., 1st Floor
425 5th Ave. North
Nashville, TN 37247-1010
PH: (615) 532-3202 or (800) 778-4505

Out of State CNAs

Active out-of-state CNAs can register to work in Tennessee by applying for reciprocity. The form and instructions can be found here. There is no fee for this, but your home state may charge at their discretion.

Note: This does not apply to candidates from North Dakota, Georgia, or Florida. Candidates from these states must re-sit the examination. Georgia residents may challenge the exam directly, while those from North Dakota and Florida only can after completing the full training within Tennessee.

CNA Renewal in Tennessee

Once registered, your CNA license in Tennessee is valid for two years and may be renewed so long as you have worked eight full hours during this time at a state-approved facility. It must be renewed at least one month before expiration.

How much does a CNA make in Tennessee?

In Tennessee, the average wage for a starting CNA is $15.19 per hour, or $31,600 annually. Salary varies depending on where in the state and which institution you work with, with urban populations such as Chattanooga or Memphis generally giving higher wages but having a higher cost of living in return.