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 $4,492.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $2,655.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Certified Nursing Assistant120Certificate
Practical Nurse1296Diploma

Important Info:

Spring term is only offered at the Kingsport Campus.

Summer and fall terms are only offered at the Main Campus.

General Requirements

  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Pass HESI test, or be a recent graduate within the last year with an ACT score of 19 or better.
    • HESI tests cost $40 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 Nurse Aide Certificate.  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

Main Campus
426 Highway 91 North
Elizabethton, TN 37643
ETSU at Kingsport Campus
1501 University Boulevard
Kingsport, TN 37664

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: 25,660

Current job openings per year: 2,460


First Trimester: 
Basic Nursing Skills
Basic Sciences
Basic Math
Common Emergencies
Nursing Trends and Issues I and II
Medical-Surgical Nursing I and II
Pharmacology/Administering Medicine
Psychiatric Nursing


Kathy Bullen
Melissa Price
Meredith Pardee
Leslie Hensley
Mindy Douglas
Joe Traughber
Jeremy Tromblay

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