Applying to a TCAT
Review the programs of study and any program-specific admission requirements. Complete the FAFSA to apply for the Pell grant, TN Promise scholarship, the TN Reconnect and the Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant.
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Review the programs of study and any program-specific admission requirements.
Complete the FAFSA to apply for the Pell grant, TN Promise scholarship, the TN Reconnect and the Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant.
Student Services Office – Main Campus
426 Highway 91 North
Elizabethton, TN 37643
Phone: 423-543-0070 Fax: 423-547-2587
General Admission Requirements
- Program enrollment is based on a first-come, first-served basis by date of completed application. (A completed application includes all items required for enrollment.)
- Person seeking admission to a college must be at least 18 years of age and not attending a public school (students under the age 18 with a high school diploma or equivalent are eligible for admission). For full-time programs, the applicant must declare a career objective to be documented on the application and demonstrate reasonable potential for achieving that objective.
- All persons who are required to register for the Federal Draft under 50 U.S.C. App. Section 453 are not eligible to enroll in any post-secondary school until they have registered with selective service.
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Program-Specific Admission Requirements
Educational and admission requirements vary from program to program.
Dietary Manager (online)
High School Diploma or GED & Recent TB Skin Test or Chest X-Ray (prior to field training.)
Students must be at least 18 years of age, and must pass a TB skin test and have proof of Hepatitis B immunization. Classes meet Monday thru Thursday at 8:00 AM till 3:30 PM.
Summer and fall terms are only offered at the Main Campus.
Spring term is only offered at the TCAT-Elizabethton Instructional Service Center in Kingsport.
- Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Pass HESI exam, provide previous HESI scores (within the past two years), or be a recent graduate with an ACT score of 19 or greater with in the last year.
- HESI tests cost $50 per attempt, you may attempt it up to 3 times, and it is non-refundable.
- Once enrolled, nursing students must maintain an 80 or above average in all classes.
- Physical examination
- MMR (mumps, measles, and rubella)
- Varicella (chicken pox)
- Hepatitis B
- Pass drug screen
- Criminal background check
- Malpractice insurance
- CPR and AED certification from American Heart Association for Health Care Providers
- At least 18 years of age
Certified Nursing Assistant
Upon successful completion of the Nursing Assistant topics and 30 hours of long-term care clinical, the student will receive a Nursing Assistant certificate. The student will then be able to challenge the Tennessee Department of Health (pdf application form is shown below) to sit for a Certified Nursing Certification. Successful completion is obtaining an 80 or above in all Nursing Assistant content.
Steps for Admission to Practical Nursing Program
Note: PDF documents of all forms referenced in these steps are posted below under Books and Supplies Lists.
Please see Steps for Admission to Practical Nursing PDF posted below under Books and Supplies Lists.
Students must be at least 18 years old and not attending public school. However high school students may attend through dual enrollment provided it is approved by their school counselor, the local school administrator and the College of Applied Technology president.