The student practical nurse studies basic nursing skills and such related subjects as body structure and function in wellness and illness, nutrition, pharmacology, obstetrics, and psychology. The clinical experience provides supervised nursing care of medical, surgical, obstetric, and pediatric patients. Both classroom work and clinical experiences are such that upon completion of the course, the graduate is eligible for written examination by the State Board of Nursing. Licensed practical nurses, who have passed their examination, usually work under the supervision of the registered nurse, physician, or dentist.
Students who withdraw before completing the entire Practical Nursing diploma are eligible to receive a Nursing Assistant certificate if all first trimester work is completed and passed. A Nursing Assistant graduate then must pass the state licensure test.
The application procedure for this program is very strict. It begins with registering to take the HESI entrance test. Failure to pass the test or complete any application step on the specified schedule may result in disqualification. Admission is open to all adults who complete the following:
Submit a completed application packet which includes:
Application for Enrollment
Copy of high school or GED transcript
Proof of Immunization for MMR and Varicella
Copy of current passing HESI scores
The applicant’s name will appear on the admission list on a first come, first served basis. Names will appear on the admission list AFTER the completed application packet is submitted and a pre-enrollment session is attended. Once the completed application packet is submitted, an appointment is made for the applicant to attend a pre-enrollment session. During this session, applicants will tour the TCAT campus, discuss costs and financial aid, talk with the instructor/coordinator and talk with a success coordinator.
A mandatory General Information Session will be held for all applicants wishing to start a practical nursing class. This information session includes discussions led by the nursing coordinator and financial aid coordinator. Applicants will receive information regarding additional documentation required before starting school; costs sheets for books, equipment and supplies; and information regarding financial aid. This is a great time to ask questions. Admission lists will appear on the website after this meeting. This program admits 40 students.
Students interested in the modified class are encouraged to submit their completed application packet and attend their pre-enrollment session as soon as possible so that their name will appear on the admission list. The General Information Session(GIS) will be scheduled on a different date closer to the start of the modified program and there will be different deadlines to submit additional documentation.
For more information regarding the practical nursing program, please contact Cindy Lowe at 931-484-7502.
910 Miller Avenue
Crossville, TN 38555
Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.
Bright Outlook: Yes
Currently employed in the area: 23,080
Current job openings per year: 1,210