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.
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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.
For more information regarding the practical nursing program, please contact Susan McDonald or Sheila Anderson at 615-374-2147.
For math and reading practice test questions, please visit www.hesia2practicetest.com
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline for the September 2020 class has been changed to Friday, June 5th. Applicants must submit an online applicaiton, 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.
716 McMurry Blvd East
Hartsville, TN 37074
415 Tennessee Blvd
Lebanon, TN 37087
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.
Bright Outlook: Yes
Currently employed in the area: 23,900
Current job openings per year: 2,250