LPN to RN bridge programs are accelerated degree paths offered at colleges for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to become registered nurses (RNs). LPNs already possess certain nursing skills, so bridge classes are meant to bring LPNs \"up to speed\" on advanced nursing concepts. There are several colleges in Tennessee that offer LPN to RN bridge programs. There are also many employment opportunities in Tennessee for RNs. According to Salary.com, the median annual salary range for RNs in Tennessee was $55,000 to $60,000 as of 2010.

Dyersburg State Community College

Dyersburg State Community College is a public school located about an hour and a half north of Memphis. DSCC offers a fully accredited LPN/RN bridge program that leads to an associate of applied science degree in nursing. The program is five semesters in length and generally takes one and a half years to complete. Coursework includes Introduction to Nursing, Transitions to Nursing, Intro to Pharmacology, Nursing Care and Dimensions of Practice. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a licensed registered nurse.

Dyersburg State Community College 1510 Lake Rd. Dyersburg, TN 38024-2411 731-286-3200 dscc.edu?

Columbia State Community College

Columbia State Community College is located about an hour south of Nashville. CSCC is a public community college that offers a fully accredited LPN/RN program leading to an associate of applied science degree. CSCC offers two program options: a two-semester and a three-semester plan. Both programs incorporate the same classes but differ in the time frame for completion. Coursework includes Basic Medical-Surgical Nursing, Developmental Psychology, Health of Women and Infants and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing. Graduates are qualified to take the NCLEX-RN exam.

Columbia State Community College 312 E. 8th St. Columbia, TN 38401 931-540-2530 columbiastate.edu?

Roane State Community College

Roane State Community College is a public school located in Harriman, about an hour west of Knoxville. RSCC's LPN/RN program is fully accredited and leads to an associate in applied science degree in nursing. Some of the classes in this program include Care of the Childbearing Family, Pharmacology in Nursing, Psychosocial Nursing and Transitions to Nursing Practice. The program takes about one and a half years to complete. Graduates are also eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam.

Roane State Community College 276 Patton Ln. Harriman, TN 37748-8664 865-354-3000 roanestate.edu?