Practical Nursing


      Students study basic nursing skills and related subjects such as body structure and function, nutrition, pharmacology, obstetrics, and psychology. 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 or physician.
      TCAT Dickson does not have a Nursing Assistant program. Students are eligible to receive a Nursing Assistant certificate if all first trimester work has been successfully completed. If the student wishes to become a certified nursing assistant, he/she would need to apply for certification through the state regulatory board.
Day Class Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 2:30 PM
Evening Schedule: Monday through Friday, 2:45 PM to 9:15 PM
Clinical Hours: Vary depending on clinical site availability.


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $4,328.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $2,391.65

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Nurse Aid432Certificate
Practical Nursing1296Diploma

Practical Nursing classes are offered at the Dickson, Clarksville, and Franklin campuses. 

Information sessions scheduled for Friday, September 23 at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM on the Dickson campus.

Program start dates vary by location:

The Dickson campus begins nursing classes every January, May, and September.

The Clarksville campus begins nursing classes in May and September.  The May start date is for an evening class.

The Franklin campus begins a nursing class in January.

*Classes without sufficient enrollment may be cancelled.

Practical Nursing applicants:

Complete an online application for TCAT Dickson Practical Nursing.  Applications expire one year from date of application.

Additional application requirements for Practical Nursing:

January admissions – All application documents must be received by November 1.

May admissions – All application documents must be received by March 1.

September admissions – All application documents must be received by July 1.

  • An official high school transcript or equivalent.  The transcript should be mailed directly from your school system to TCAT Dickson, Attn: Sherry LaRose-Bowman.  Foreign transcripts will require evaluation from a credentialing service to verify US equivalency. 

  • Three current references. Click here for the reference form: TCAT Reference Form.pdf

  • Proof of immunity to MMR and Varicella.  Immunization records must show two doses of each vaccine, or the applicant must provide proof of positive titer levels. 

  • Completion of the HESI Admission Assessment, math and reading sections.  Minimum scores are 70 in each section. 

For questions about outstanding admissions requirements, please contact Sherry La-Rose Bowman at

HESI Admission Assessment Information

HESI testing slots are limited. Applicants will have an opportunity to schedule testing at the information session. The test fee must be paid when scheduling to reserve your spot.  The HESI Admission Assessment costs $40, which must be paid in cash.   The HESI test fee is nonrefundable.

HESI testing dates:  September 30 and October 7 (9 AM on Dickson campus only)

Please arrive early for HESI testing.  Tests begin promptly at the scheduled time.  There will be no late admittance.

HESI retesting policy:  Applicants must wait a minimum of 30 days before retesting.  Applicants may only retest once per trimester.

Achieving the minimum scores on the exam does not guarantee admission.  Admission to the Practical Nursing Program is highly competitive, and only a select number of students are enrolled in each class. Nursing applicants with a complete application are ranked based on scores on the entrance exam.

Applicants may utilize the HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review ISBN: 9780323582261.  The local American Job Centers/Workforce Essentials offices in Dickson and Clarksville/Montgomery County offer free assistance with preparation.

For more information regarding the practical nursing program, please contact Stephanie Murphy, ealth Careers Coordinator, at 615-441-6220 or

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Campus Locations

Franklin Instructional Service Center
118 Seaboard Lane
Suite 109
Franklin, TN 37064
Main Campus
740 Highway 46 South
Dickson, TN 37055
Clarksville Campus
135 International Blvd
Clarksville, TN 37040


Certified Nursing Assistant Exam after first trimester


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