CNA Classes in Tennessee

Although Tennessee has one of the lower pay scales for CNAs, an average of $22,000 per year, it is still an acceptable income for a position that can be entered after a short training class and state testing. More experienced CNAs can even earn nearly $30,000 per year.

In order to be certified on the Tennessee Nurse Aid Registry, you need to complete an approved CNA training in Tennessee program. You must also pass the state examination within two years of completing the course. The certification lasts for 2 years and can be renewed.

Tennessee requires all programs to entail at least 75 hours of training including 16 hours of specific training in the areas below prior to working directly with patients:

  • Infection control

  • Safety and Emergency Procedures (including Heimlich)

  • Residents Rights

  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  • Residents Independence

The program must include clinical training to cover 25+ different skills. Training programs undergo an approval process by the state than qualifies them to give CNA classes in Tennessee. They are approved for a 2-year period at a time.

The Department of Health maintains a website on which you can locate those programs that are currently approved. Just go to and then click on the region or county in which you would like to find a facility. Each listing gives the facility name, address, county, phone number, approval date, expiration date and current status.

Tennessee CNA testing and certification is done by D & S Diversified Technologies LLP. Information on test schedules, a copy of their candidate handbook and other information can be found on their website at The handbook is especially helpful as it gives complete information about the written test content and lists the 27 skills from which the skills portion of the exam will be taken.