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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
312 South Wilson Street
Paris, TN 38242
731-644-7365 Ext 151

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. 

Practical Nursing

Admission requirements include submitting a Practical Nursing application, attaining a minimum score of 70 in reading and math on the HESI A2 Assessment test, submitting a copy of high school or GED transcript, submitting one letter of recommendation, submitting a letter stating why you want to be a nurse, providing proof of 2 immunizations for MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) and Varicella (chickenpox).  Exemptions may apply.  Additional admission requirements for all health related classes include proof of protection against Hepatitis B, which is a three-part series of vaccinations that must have begun prior to your first day of enrollment.  Upon acceptance to the program, applicants will be invited to attend a group orientation meeting with the Allied Health Coordinator.  Prior to enrollment, a health record (physician's exam report) and the criminal background check must be completed.

Program start dates vary by location:

  • Paris full-time: January
  • Camden full-time: May
  • Dresden full-time: September
  • Paris part-time: Every 20 months

Early Childhood Education

Individuals who are employed in a licensed facility must meet several requirements to be included in the teacher to child ratio as determined by the Department of Human Services daycare licensing laws.  Some of those requirements may vary according to the center type.  However, two requirements that will remain the same are: 1) Must undergo fingerprinting for a criminal background check; and 2) Must hold a high school diploma/GED.


Admission into the Cosmetology program requires each applicant to have completed and passed the 10th grade or scored at least 450 on the GED. 

Prerequisites for the instructor trainee supplemental certificate include a high school diploma and a current Cosmetology license.