Practical Nursing


This program is designed to meet the needs of an educational program for the members of the nursing team employed in hospitals, nursing homes, home health care agencies, etc., to give assistance in the care of patients. Included in the course is: fundamental nursing skills, medical-surgical nursing, pharmacology and administration of medicine, nutrition, growth and development, personal and community health, and all of the body systems such as endocrine etc. This course prepares graduates to take the state board examination in order to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $6,515.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,194.30

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Nurse Aide432Certificate
Practical Nurse1296Diploma

Important Info:

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.

General Requirements

  • 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.

Clinical Requirements

  • Physical examination
  • Immunizations
    • MMR (mumps, measles, and rubella)
    • Varicella (chicken pox)
    • Hepatitis B
    • Tetanus
  • 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.

Campus Locations

TCAT-Elizabethton Instructional Service Center
2533 N John B Dennis Hwy
Kingsport, TN 37660
Boones Creek Extension Campus
348 Christian Church Rd
Johnson City, TN 37615
Main Campus
426 Highway 91 North
Elizabethton, TN 37643


First Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Basic Nursing Principles
Fundamentals of Nursing
Administer of Medication & Basic IV Theory
Anatomy and Physiology
Clinical I
Second Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Pharmacology I
Mental Health
Medical & Surgical Nursing I
Maternity Health
Clinical II
Third Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Clinical III
Advanced Professional Vocational Relations
Pediatric Nursing
Pharmacology II
Medical & Surgical Nursing II


Melissa Price
Meredith Pardee
Renee Hensley
Melinda Douglas
Kimmie Tipton
April Bowman

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