Tennessee Licensure & Registration Info

The Tennessee State Board of Nursing licenses registered nurses and practical nurses. Tennessee is a Nurse Licensure Compact (Compact) state, meaning that nurses licensed by another Compact state do not need to apply for licensure unless they plan to make Tennessee their primary state of residency.

Select license type you’re applying for:

Registered Nurse - Initial Licensure

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Exam scores not required to be resubmitted to CGFNS for CP Verification Letter

Exams scores are required to be submitted to CGFNS for CES if your program was not taught in an **English exempt country

Accepted English Language Proficiency Test and Passing Exam Scores:

  • TOEFL Internet Based Test: Passing Score: 83; Speaking score: 26
  • IELTS: Overall Score: 6.5; Speaking Score: 7.0

Notes

*Certification Program Evaluation Letter (CP) required for applicants from non-English speaking countries, including Puerto Rican and Canadian (excluding Quebecois) applicants

**CES ONLY for applicants educated in the following English exempt countries Australia, Barbados, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad/Tobago, United Kingdom, United States (except Puerto Rico)

Registered Nurse - Endorsement

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Exam scores not required to be resubmitted to CGFNS for CP Verification Letter

Exam scores are not required to be submitted to CGFNS for CES.

Notes

Licensed Practical Nurse - Initial Licensure

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Exams scores are required to be submitted to CGFNS for CES if your program was not taught in *English

Accepted English Language Proficiency Test and Passing Exam Scores:

  • TOEFL Internet Based Test: Passing Score: 83; Speaking score: 26
  • IELTS: Overall Score: 6.0; Speaking Score: 7.0

Notes

*Applicants are English Exempt if they were educated in Australia, Barbados, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad/Tobago, United Kingdom, United States (except Puerto Rico)

Licensed Practical Nurse - Endorsement

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Exams scores may be required to be submitted to CGFNS if your program was taught in **English

Notes

*May be required by Board of Nursing

**Applicants are English Exempt if they were educated in Australia, Barbados, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad/Tobago, United Kingdom, United States (except Puerto Rico)

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