Metropolitan Nashville and surrounding Middle Tennessee ensure a quality public education in school systems that excel in innovative programs, a favorable teacher/pupil ratio, and high-tech advantages. A wide selection of private schools, both independent and parochial, are available to parents who are interesting in exploring alternative learning environments. Higher education is available in vocational, career, and technical institutes as well as in public and private colleges and universities that are scattered throughout the region.

Nashville State Technical Institute in Nashville and Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin provide an affordable beginning to a four-year degree as well as career and training programs, continuing education, and credit or non-credit courses. State-supported universities are available in Nashville, Murfreesboro, and nearby Clarksville. Among the private colleges and universities in this area are Aquinas College, Belmont University, Cumberland University, Lipscomb University, Meharry Medical College, the Nashville School of Law, Trevecca Nazarene University, Fisk University, and Vanderbilt University.

The Nashville metropolitan area also provides some of the finest healthcare in the world, anchored by renowned teaching hospitals and research centers. Nashville is home to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Saint Thomas Health Services, Baptist Hospital, and HCA/TriStar Health System. From the heart of the city to the suburbs and into the rural corners of Middle Tennessee, leading healthcare systems operate regional institutions that are recognized for their excellence. Hundreds of healthcare companies are clustered in Nashville, well known for the spearheading of many innovative services that have been replicated throughout the nation.

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