Practical Nursing


The primary mission of practical nursing education is to provide the learning experiences including the technical instruction and skill development to enable graduates of the program to obtain the basic competencies needed to secure licensure and become gainfully employed. The course is one year in length, consisting of 1296 hours; approximately half of the hours are spent in various clinical settings. Curriculum includes, but is not limited to, Vocational Relationships, Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, Administration of Medications, Pharmacology, Medical-Surgical, Maternal, Infant, Psychiatric, Geriatric and Pediatric Nursing. Upon completion, the graduate is eligible to take the state licensure exam. Upon completion and passing the NCLEX, the candidate may be licensed as a Practical Nurse.

Information about the HESI Test (Entrance Exam).

* Special academic fee $100 / Trimester is reflected in the Total Tuition and Fees on the website.



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 $5,344.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $2,460.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Nurse Aid324Certificate
Practical Nursing1296Diploma

PN information packet as is available on PN Downloadable Forms Page.

Please complete a TCAT application available on the TCAT Hohenwald website (click apply now).  If you have further questions, please email or call Haylee Hall at 931-796-5351 (

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
Maury Regional Medical Center Instructional Service Center
1224 Trotwood Avenue
Columbia, TN 38401
Wayne Medical Instructional Service Center
103 JV Mangubat Drive
Waynesboro , TN 38485
Bevis Education Center
100 East Tennessee Street
Collinwood, TN 38450


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