Practical Nursing


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.

TCAT does not have a Nursing Assistant program. 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
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $4,308.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $2,719.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Nurse Aid432Certificate
Practical Nurse1296Diploma

Those interested in seeking admission to the Practical Nursing Program at Tennessee College of Applied Technology Hartsville MUST first successfully pass the HESI exam. The cost is $40 The test is scheduled to be given at various times.

NOTE: This is a timed exam. There is 2.5 hours for the exam. Please arrive 15-30 minutes early to prepare.

To schedule the HESI exam, please contact Susan McDonald at 615-374-2147.

For math and reading practice test questions, please visit

The deadline for the September 2022 class is Friday, May 20, 2022.  Applicants must submit a Fall 2022 online application for the Wilson County Campus, provide passing HESI scores, and complete the necessary documentation in the PN packet.

If you have any quesitons, please call Student Services at 615-374-2147.


Campus Locations

Main Campus
716 McMurry Blvd East
Hartsville, TN 37074
Wilson County Campus
415 Tennessee Blvd
Lebanon, TN 37087


First Trimester: 
LPN 0001 Worker Characteristic
LPN 1010 Basic Nursing Principles
LPN 1020 Fundamentals of Nursing
LPN 1030 Administer of Medication & Basic IV Theory
LPN 1040 Anatomy & Physiology
LPN 1050 Clinical I
Second Trimester: 
LPN 0002 Worker Characteristic
LPN 2010 Pharmacology I
LPN 2020 Mental Health
LPN 2030 Medical & Surgical Nursing I
LPN 2040 Maternity Health
LPN 2050 Clinical 2
Third Trimester: 
LPN 0003 Worker Characteristic
LPN 3010 Clinical 3
LPN 3020 Advanced Professional Vocational Relations
LPN 3030 Pediatric Nursing
LPN 3040 Pharmacology 2
LPN 3050 Medical & Surgical Nursing 2


Tennessee Board of Nursing – Approved


Tamera Gulley
Melvgn Luhrs
Earl Scruggs
615-374-2147 x127
Lou Ann Hall
615-374-2147 x117
Paige Harrelson

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