Practical Nursing


If you enjoy caring for people and are interested in a medical career, consider the high demand profession of Practical Nursing. Practical Nursing is a career with excellent earning potential and anticipated job growth. Practical Nurses play a vital role in patient care. Because they have daily interaction with patients, Practical Nurses provide medical care, patient teaching, and support from diagnosis to recovery.

Nursing classroom instruction and over 500 hours of hands-on clinical experience are provided under the supervision of the registered nurse faculty. In the TCAT Practical Nursing program, we demonstrate our commitment to our community through health fairs, blood drives, and school screens.

Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to write the State Board of Nursing Examination (NCLEX-PN) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. Licensed Practical Nurses may find employment in Private Hospitals, Physician Offices, Home Health Care, Assisted Living or Rehabilitation Centers, and Schools.

Special admission requirements apply. Schedule your admissions examination today. Call 423-744-2814.

• Nursing Fundamentals

• Medical Terminology

• Personal and Vocational Relations

• Anatomy and Physiology • Pharmacology and Administration of Medications • Maternal/Child Nursing

• Nutrition and Diet Therapy

• Medical-Surgical Nursing

• Gerontological Nursing

• Mental Health/Mental Illness

• Leadership Management


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $7,500.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $3,945.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Nursing Assistant432Certificate
Practical Nursing1296Diploma

Classes begin every September.  Please call Student Services at 423-744-2814 for more information. 

practical nursing 2024 Application directions.pdf

Campus Locations

Main Campus
1635 Technology Way
PO BOX 848
Athens, TN 37303


First Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic 6
Basic Nursing (Prof Voc Relations Nutrition Geriatrics) 90
Fundamentals 124
Administration of Medications and Basic IV Therapy 80
A&P 96
Clinical I 36
Second Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic 6
Pharmacology I 51
Mental Health 60
Medical and Surgical Nursing I 75
Maternity Health 60
Clinical II 180
Third Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic 6
Clinical III 225
Advanced Professional Vocational Relations 24
Pediatric Nursing 60
Pharmacology II 42
Medical and Surgical Nursing II 75


Tennessee Board of Nursing – Approved


Alise Holt, RN
Shelly Foster, RN
Kim Gibson, RN

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