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How to Apply

  1. Pick a program of study
  2. Complete the TCAT Application for Enrollment
    1. Some programs of study require additional application documents. Download, complete and submit any required documents listed under the programs of study below
  3. Submit your application, program-specific application materials (if required), and vaccination letter to the Student Services Office at the address listed below

  4. Request official transcripts of education from high school, high-school equivalency or other colleges and universities
    1. High school transcripts are available from your high school's counseling office

    2. College and University transcripts are available at the institution's records office

    3. Official GED and HiSET requests can be obtained at https://www.diplomasender.com for the following states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wyoming

    4. If you have foreign transcripts you will need to provide an English translated version of your transcript and have your education evaluated through the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The website for NACES can be found at: www.naces.org. We will need the English translated version of your transcripts to complete admissions requirements

  5. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online, if applying for financial aid (this is required for TN Promise scholarship and the Wilder Naifeh grant)


Student Services Office – Main Campus
740 Highway 46 South
Dickson, TN 37055
Phone: 615-441-6220    Fax: 615-441-6223

Student Services Office – Clarksville Campus
135 International Blvd
Clarksville, TN 37040
Phone: 931-572-1694   Fax: 931-572-1696


General Admission Requirements

  • Program enrollment is based on a first-come, first-served basis by date of completed application. (A completed application includes all items required for enrollment.)
  • Persons seeking admission to a college must be at least 18 years of age or have a high school diploma or equivalent. For full-time programs, the applicant must declare an occupational objective and demonstrate reasonable potential for achieving that objective.
  • All persons who are required to register for the Federal Draft under 50 U.S.C. App. Section 453 are not eligible to enroll in any post-secondary school until they have registered with selective service.

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Program-Specific Admission Requirements

Educational and admission requirements vary from program to program. 

Pipefitting and Plumbing Technology

Welding Technology

Practical Nursing

The first step to apply for the nursing program is to attend an information session. The information sessions are held four months prior to class start dates.

Information sessions for the Practical Nursing class that will begin in January 2019 have been scheduled.

Sessions will be held at the Dickson campus located at 740 Highway 46 South on the following dates/times:

  • September 13, 2018    3:00 PM
  • September 20, 2018  10:00 AM
  • September 24, 2018   3:00 PM
  • September 27, 2018 10:00 AM

Sessions will be held at the Clarksville campus located at 135 International Blvd on the following dates/times:

  • N/A

Sessions will be held at the Franklin campus located at 118 Seaboard Lane on the following dates/times:

  • N/A

The information sessions are required for admission to the nursing program. 

All application materials will be distributed at the session.  The sessions are held at their respective campus and appointments are not necessary. Call 615-441-6220 for more information.

Each session will begin promptly at the time listed. Late arrivals will not be admitted. 

Directions to the campuses are provided on this website.

  • Program classes begin. Program start dates vary by location:
    • Dickson: January, May, and September
    • Clarksville: September
    • Franklin: September

HESI Admissions Assessment Exam Information

Admission to the Practical Nursing Program is highly competitive, and only a select number of students are enrolled to each class. To qualify, an applicant must meet the minimum requirements of the HESI Admissions Assessment Exam.

The HESI test is given at regular intervals. Applicants will be scheduled for the test following the information session.

However, achieving the minimum scores on the exam does not guarantee admission.

Admissions to the nursing program is based on scores on the entrance exam. Applicants must have a completed application to be considered for admission.

For more information regarding the practical nursing program, please contact Laura Travis at 615-441-6220.

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Pharmacy Technology

For entrance into the Pharmacy Technology program, a student must have a high school or GED/HiSET diploma and a satisfactory physical exam with all required immunizations. Students in the program are subject to drug testing and background screening.

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Supplemental training certificates may be given for specialized industry training. The individual training programs will determine supplemental certificate requirements.


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Machine Tool Technology

Kim received the 2017 OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD presented at this year’s National conference of the American Technical Education Association (ATEA) in Nashville.

The Machine Tool Technology program at TCAT-Dickson is accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills.

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Industrial Electrical Maintenance/Mechatronics

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration

Digital Graphic Design

A graphic design career requires creativity and a desire to constantly improve. You will need to be able to listen carefully to the ideas of others and use your training to make those ideas tangible. You will need to push past the first brilliant idea (which is something you have probably seen before) and keep working until you have something truly original. Multiple revisions and tight deadlines are a way of life in this career. Digital Graphic Design will provide you with a sense of history, the basic building blocks of art and design, and the professional tools that employers expect designers to master.

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Diesel Powered Equipment Technology

The Diesel Powered Equipment Technology training program at TCAT Dickson has received accreditation by NATEF and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

TCAT Dickson Diesel Powered Equipment Technology program has been accredited in the following areas: (Diesel Engines, Brakes, Electrical/Electronics, Drive Train, Suspension and Steering, HVAC, Preventive Maintenance).

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Dental Assisting

Prospective students must attend at least one information session to begin the intake process. If you are interested in becoming a Dental Assisting student, please complete the following steps:

  • In April: Call the main campus to find out the dates for the May information sessions. You will not need to reserve a seat for an information session.
  • In May: Attend the information session that best fits your schedule. All information sessions will be held on the TCAT Dickson main campus. You do not need to have filed an application for admission in order to attend an information session.
  • In September: Program classes begin.

Sessions will be held at the Dickson campus located at 740 Highway 46 South on the following dates/times:

  • June 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM
  • June 28, 2018 at 2:00 PM
  • July 6, 2018 at 10:00 AM
  • July 11, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Admission to the Dental Assisting Program is highly competitive, and only a select number of students are enrolled each year.  To qualify, an applicant must meet the minimum requirements of the HESI Admissions Assessment Test.

However, this does not guarantee admission.

Our Dental Assisting Class will be selected from the highest scores on the above-mentioned test. 

Applicants will be registered for the HESI Admissions Assessment after attending the information session.

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For entrance into the Cosmetology program, an applicant must have 10 High School credits or a GED score of 450 or a passing HiSet score. Provide official high school or GED or HiSet transcript prior to enrollment.

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Computer Information Technology

Automotive Technology

Administrative Office Technology