Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners

Tennessee-Medical-LicenseHeritage Place Metro Center
227 French Landing, Suite 300
Nashville, TN  37243
Nashville, TN  37228 (Courier/Overnight zip code)
Phone: (615) 532-3202
Fax: (615) 253-4484
Web: http://www.state.tn.us/health
Commissioner: Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN


  • Application Fee: $410
  • Background Check Fee : $60
  • License Renewal: $235


  • Application process: 8 weeks minimum
  • Board Meetings: Files are not required to go to the Board meeting. The application will be reviewed by a Board member. Once approved, the license will issue in 1-2 weeks.

What you need to know:

  • Expiration: Applications expire after 90 days from the date it is received by the Board.
  • Interview: Not required. The Board may require the applicant to attend a personal interview when, for instance, 1) the applicant has committed any acts constituting grounds for denial of license 2) the Board is in receipt of information requiring additional information or explanation from the applicant and 3) the applicant’s application is incomplete or requires further explanation.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • USMLE Attempt Limit: No attempt limit on steps I or II. 3 attempts on step III.
  • USMLE Time Limit: Must complete USMLE steps I, II, & III within 7 years of passing the first step.
  • PGY (AMG): 1 Year
  • PGY (IMG): 3 Years
  • SPEX/COMVEX: Not required.

PLS always thinks outside the box when we need to come up with creative solutions to move the licensure process along for our providers. They are very knowledgeable about each state’s process. We have enjoyed our relationship with PLS and have found them to be very responsive to our needs. They communicate with us regularly about the status of our providers. It has been a joy to work with PLS.
– Cogent Healthcare, Tennessee 

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About Tennessee:

Tennessee is located in the Southeastern United States. It is the nation’s 17th-largest state by population, and covers 42,169 square miles, making it the 36th-largest by total land area. Tennessee is bordered by Kentucky and Virginia to the north, North Carolina to the east, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi to the south, and Arkansas and Missouri to the west. The Appalachian Mountains dominate the eastern part of the state, and the Mississippi River forms the state’s western border. Nashville has the state’s largest metropolitan area, at 1,589,934 people and is also the capital and second largest city is Nashville.Memphis is the state’s largest city, with a population of 670,902.
The state of Tennessee is rooted in the Watauga Association, a 1772 frontier pact generally regarded as the first constitutional government west of the Appalachians. What is now Tennessee was initially part of North Carolina, and later part of the Southwest Territory. Tennessee was admitted to the Union as the 16th state on June 1, 1796. In the early 19th century, Tennessee was home to some of American history’s most colorful political figures, among them Davy Crockett, Andrew Jackson, and Sam Houston. Tennessee was the last state to leave the Union and join the Confederacy at the outbreak of the U.S. Civil War in 1861, and the first state to be readmitted to the Union at the end of the war.
Tennessee furnished more soldiers for the Confederate Army than any other state, and more soldiers for the Union Army than any other Southern state. Tennessee has seen some of the nation’s worst racial strife, from the formation of the Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski in 1866 to the assassination of Martin Luther King in Memphis in 1968. In the 20th century, Tennessee transitioned from an agrarian economy to a more diversified economy, aided at times by federal entities such as the Tennessee Valley Authority. In the early 1940s, Oak Ridge, Tennessee was established to house the Manhattan Project‘s uranium enrichment facilities, helping to build the world’s first atomic bomb.
Tennessee has played a critical role in the development of rock and roll and early blues music. Beale Street in Memphis is considered by many to be the birthplace of the blues, with musicians such as W.C. Handy performing in its clubs as early as 1909. Memphis was also home to Sun Records, where musicians such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, and Charlie Rich began their recording careers, and where rock and roll took shape in the 1950s. The 1927 Victor recording sessions in Bristol generally mark the beginning of the country music genre, and the rise of the Grand Ole Opry in the 1930s helped make Nashville the center of the country music recording industry.
Tennessee’s major industries include agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism. Poultry, soybeans, and cattle are the state’s primary agricultural products, and major manufacturing exports include chemicals, transportation equipment, and electrical equipment. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the nation’s most visited national park, is headquartered in the eastern part of the state, and a section of the Appalachian Trail roughly follows the Tennessee-North Carolina border. Other major tourist attractions include Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis and the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga.
* This excerpt is taken from Wikipedia. For further information on the History, Geography, Climate, Politics, & Culture of Tennessee, click here.


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