Tennessee CNA Facts

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Tennessee requires 75 hours of CNA training in a state approved program, including 16 hours of clinical experiences. 

Summary: 75 hours training


HEADNASTER performs CNA testing in Tennessee. Qualifications for testing include:

  1. Candidate must complete an approved nurse aide training program and passing the state competency exam – within 24 months of completing the class.
  2. Nurse assistants certified in another state – except Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina – may apply for registration on the Tennessee Nurse Aide Registry by reciprocity
  3. Student nurses (enrolled in an approved licensed practical nurse or registered nurse program), may apply to challenge the test after completing basic nursing fundamentals and skills and submitting transcripts as evidence of their coursework.
  4. A military trained medic may apply to challenge the test by submitting a copy to the DD-214 to the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

You can also review the Candidate Handbook for more testing information.


Exam description
Knowledge Test or Retake
Oral Knowledge Test or Retake
Skill Test or Retake

Summary: $98 testing fee


CNAs in Tennessee are required to renew their CNA certification every 2 years.

The cost to renew is not specified.

The requirements for renewal are:

  1. CNA must have worked for a minimum of eight hours in the last two years at a licensed facility.

For a detailed renewal process, you can review the information here.

Summary: 8 paid working hours required


The employment outlook for CNAs in Tennessee is good. As of 2020, there are 29,570 people employed as CNAs and it is projected to grow by 15% at 2030 making it to 34,090 employees. It’s projected annual job openings between 2020 – 2030 is 4,290.

Summary: 15% projected growth


The average pay rate for CNAs in Tennessee is $31,122 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $28,364 and $34,366.

Summary: $31,122 average pay