The Practical Nursing Program is a 12-month diploma program, which consists of a combination of classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences. These experiences expose the student to the wide variety of tasks and responsibilities required of today’s practical nurse. The program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing. Graduates will obtain a diploma in Practical Nursing and may then be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) used to obtain nursing licensure in Tennessee.
|Time Commitment||Full Time|
|Typical Program Length||12 Months|
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 (special education diploma does not qualify)
Proof of Immunization for Mumps Measels and Rubella 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. Once the completed application packet is submitted, an appointment is made for the applicant to attend a general information session. During this session, applicants will complete orientation (both program and admissions).
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 final interviews are complete.
For more information regarding the practical nursing program, please contact 931-484-7502 ext. 125.
Admission to the Practical Nursing and Surgical Technology programs is open to all adults who meet the following criteria for enrollment:
1. Pass an entrance test.
2. Submit application packet during designated time. The application packets include Application (submit on-line) for Enrollment, high school (special education will not qualify) or high school equivalency transcript and immunization record with proof of 2 Mumps Measels and Rubella (if born after 1957) and 2 varicella (if born after 1980) or exemptions. Also, nursing applicants must furnish three letters of recommendation, current physical, and additional immunizations which include hepatitis B series, current TB skin test and tetanus.
3. Participate in a General Information Session.
4. Furnish additional documents to include background check, proof of immunization, flu vaccine (clinical sight requirement), and physical examination. Surgical Tech and Practical Nursing students must pass a physical exam prior to the first day of class.
5. Interview with instructors upon request.
Warning! Prior convictions or probations may prevent clinical placement (a requirement of completion of the program) and gainful employment.
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.
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