Stories @ TCAT

The Burkharts, who are expecting a new arrival soon, already have a message for the new arrival imprinted on a bodysuit, “RELAX, my parents are nurses.” 

(Editor’s note: An asterisk is by the name of students who are members of the National Technical Honor Society. Members have a 95 grade point average, no attendance violations and were recommended by a faculty member.)

Brandon and Rachel Burkhart of Carter County, are among 42 practical nursing students at TCAT Elizabethton scheduled to participate in the nursing pinning ceremony to be held in the Monarch Auditorium of Bristol Regional Medical Center at 5.30 p.m., Monday, April 22.

By county, the graduates are:

Carter-*Brandon T. Burkhart, *Rachel A. Burkhart, Jessica A. Coffey, Macie D. Dugger, *Abigail B. Fleenor, *Lisa A. Grover, Lucas A. Morton, *Chelsie L. Peters, *Erin G. Tuthill.

Greene-*David R. Cureton.

Johnson- Anthony D. Barker, *Joshua D. Finney, Brenna L. Jones, *Naomi A. King, *Casey D. Lowery.

Sullivan- Kayla M. Banks, Chantelle R. Combs, *Lea C. Durnin, Kim S. Fraser, *Megan E. Griffith, *Nichole A. Leu, Susan M. Rankin.

Unicoi-*Kelly N. Edwards, *Ashton E. Willis, Morgan A. Withers.

Washington-Michelle L. Campbell, Ashley C. Fillers, *Cheyenne P. Foster, Hannah N. Francis, *Cassandra M. Fuller, *Mohammed A. Kromah, Joseph J. Miller, Push Morris, *Ashley M. Parks, Makayla L. Pinkston, *Gorlon M. Teah, Kendon D. Tester.

North Carolina:

Ashe County-*April W. Reed, Avery County-*Marissa D. Oaks, *Cynthia E. Walker.

Virginia: Washington County-*Anna M. Honaker.

The practical nursing program at TCAT Elizabethton prepares students for the State Board of Nursing examination to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. In the 12-month period ending August 31, 2018, the licensure pass rate for TCAT nursing graduates was 98 percent.

Practical nursing classes are offered at the TCAT Elizabethton Main Campus, 426 Highway 921 North in Elizabethton, beginning in May and September each year, and on the ETSU at Kingsport Campus at Allandale, 1501 University Blvd., Kingsport, beginning in January.

Students desiring to enroll in the Licensed Practical Nursing Program at TCAT Elizabethton must have a high school diploma or equivalent. To be admitted to the program, students must pay a $40 test fee for the HESI Admission Assessment Exam, There are eight areas in the academic portion of the exam--math, reading, vocabulary, grammar, biology, physics, anatomy/physiology and chemistry.

Students select the preferred date of the test, which is given in the Administration Building at the Main Campus, 426 Highway 91 North, across from the Elizabethton Municipal Airport.

New student registration is May 1 for the 2019 Summer Trimester for students previously admitted to TCAT Elizabethton. Students must complete an online application to attend TCAT Elizabethton by visiting Select Apply Now.  

Financial assistance is also available.  Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), via the internet at, to determine financial need. The TCAT Elizabethton code, #005281, must be included on the FAFSA form.

For more information, telephone 423-543-0070 or visit