Nursing License and Renewals Tennessee

Explore The Southern Charm of Tennessee

If you love music, Tennessee could be the ideal location for your next travel nursing assignment. From the rock n’ roll legends of Memphis to the country music haven that is Nashville (home to the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and a world-famous stretch of dance halls), there is no shortage of music history to take in.

You can spend your days off immersing yourself in music’s rich history, or exploring the many other amenities and sights that the great state of Tennessee has to offer. “The Volunteer State” also boasts a great Southern location with easy access to a variety of great locations.

Travel nurses will find there are plenty of job opportunities throughout the state including work in Knoxville, Dickson, Clarksville, Franklin, Chattanooga, and of course, Nashville and Memphis.

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How to Get Your Tennessee Nursing License

Obtaining a Tennessee nursing license begins with a visit to the Tennessee Board of Nursing. Here, you will find everything you need to know about getting licensed as an RN.

Nurses who already hold an active license in another state can apply by endorsement. New nurses who have graduated from nursing school and are applying for their first license will need to apply by exam. You should allow approximately six weeks for license processing.

Applicants for either type of license will need the following:

  • Verification of state residency
  • Criminal background check
  • Declaration/verification of citizenship
  • Passport-type photo
  • Social security number
  • Copy of nursing diploma or transcript from initial nursing education (endorsement only)

More Information on Tennessee Nursing License

Last year, the Board eliminated the fee for applying by exam, something that few other states have done for their new applicants. The other fees are outlined below. Board of Nursing Fee Schedule – Fees are payable to the State of Tennessee.

Registered Nurse Application (RN)

  • Exam & Exam Retake Fee eliminated as of 08/05/2019
  • Endorsement $115.00
  • Reinstatement $200.00
  • Renewal $100.00

Let's Get You on the Road to Tennessee Today!

Are you ready to begin your adventure as a travel nurse in the beautiful state of Tennessee? Well, you’ve come to the right place because our expert team at AMN Healthcare is here to help you. If you want to get on the fast-track to start, simply fill out our online application and you will be connected with a recruiter who can help guide you along your journey.

Still just looking? No problem. You can leverage our job search tool to start seeking out travel nursing opportunities in Tennessee or nearby states.

To learn more, simply complete the form on the right of this page to speak with a qualified recruiter. 

Renew Your License with the Tennessee Board Of Nursing

A Tennessee nursing license can be renewed up to 60 days prior to the expiration date.

Licensure Verification:

Tennessee Board of Nursing has designated NURSYS as a primary source equivalent. For additional information regarding nursing licensure status in other states, go to

Tennessee Is A Compact Nursing State

Tennessee is a member of the nursing licensure compact (NLC) and Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). Tennessee multistate licensees are eligible to practice in all eNLC states. If you hold an active compact multistate license you can start your travel nursing journey today!

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