Practical Nursing


2016-2017 Completion 92% Placement 87% Licensure 85%

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.



Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $4,038.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $2,707.00
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Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Nurse Aid432Certificate
Practical Nurse1296Diploma

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.

PN  ST Physical Examination

PN Letter of Recommendation

ETSU CON link to application

Campus Locations

Main Campus
910 Miller Avenue
Crossville, TN 38555

Job Duties

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.

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook: Yes

Currently employed in the area: 23,080

Current job openings per year: 1,210

Salary Range



Rhonda Potter
Greg Sherrill
Dana Ragle

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