Practical Nursing


The mission of the Practical Nursing Program is to provide the training and learning experiences necessary to enable graduates to obtain the basic competencies needed to secure licensure and become gainfully employed. The program is a 1296- hour course, designed to be completed within one year. Instruction is provided in both classroom and clinical. Approximately half of the instructional hours are spent in the classroom and the other half in clinical. 

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Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time, Part Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day, Night
Credentials Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $4,236.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,251.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Nurse Aid324Certificate
Practical Nursing1296Diploma

Applications are only available at the Mandatory Information Session. The Mandatory Information/Application Sessions will be held twice a year; first session is for the classes starting in May and a second session will be held for classes starting in September. You MUST attend this session to apply. To receive an information / reminder letter on the next session you can submit a request form.  For more information about the sessions email Sally Mercer, or call her at  931-796-5351 ext. 145.

High school diploma or the equivalent and a minimum of a passing score on the entrance exam are required for admission to the nursing program. Applicants are admitted by rank of score on the entrance exam with submission of completed application packet and process. If accepted into the program, a physical exam must be performed by a licensed physician prior to the first day of class and a completed form returned to TCAT Hohenwald. Medical clearance is required for any previous condition(s) which warrant clearance.

Effective July 1, 2011 all students enrolled in Practical Nursing, Surgical Technology, or CNA programs must provide proof of immunity to Hepatitis B BEFORE having patient contact.  The Hepatitis B vaccine is administered in 3 doses over a period of 6 months.  This requirement is in addition to all other immunization requirements for enrollment to TCAT-H. Vaccination requirements are to be provided when application is submitted.

Currently, the State of Tennessee requires practical nurses to complete 1296 hours of training and meet above stated admissions requirements. The State of Tennessee, with the State Board of Nursing, reserves the right to enact legislative changes at any time, without notice. Change in course content, hours required, or admission requirements could be effected and would be applicable to current students and applicants to the program. 

Campus Locations

TCAT Hohenwald Main Campus
813 West Main St.
Hohenwald, TN 38462
Wayne Medical Instructional Service Center
103 JV Mangubat Drive
Waynesboro , TN 38485
Columbia Central High School Instructional Service Center
921 Lion Parkway
Columbia, TN 38401

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