Practical Nursing


Full-time and part-time Practical Nursing programs are offered through TCAT-Paris. However, the part-time program is only available at the Paris campus.

The mission of the Practical Nursing Program is to provide students with the knowledge and skill to enable them to become successful members of today's health care workforce. Students will be prepared for lifelong learning in order to meet the ever-changing challenges of the community and the state.

The program consists of classroom, laboratory time, and clinical practice. Students progress through selected learning experiences, correlating theory with practice under the guidance of qualified faculty.  Career opportunities include work in hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, doctors' offices and industrial nursing.


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time, Part Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day, Night
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $4,008.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,704.84

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Nursing Aid432Certificate
Practical Nurse1296Diploma

Before You Apply, You Need to Know This:

Successful entrance test scores are required before an applicant can submit an application packet.

There are two ways to report entrance test scores.

1. For those applicants under the age of 20 at the time of application, you may submit official ACT test scores if you have a 19 or greater in the Math and Reading portions of the test. Contact the Student Services office at 731-644-7365 for instructions on how to submit these scores.


2. You must pass the HESI A2 admission exam. There is a $40 testing fee for the HESI, which is given monthly except for December (See schedule below). Once you have successfully passed the Reading and Math portions with a 70 percent, you will be given an application packet to complete and submit. Only after the completed application packet has been submitted will you be placed on the active wait list.

Additional information:

Items you will need to include in the packet are:

  • High School/GED transcript
  • Proof of 2 immunizations for both the MMR and Varicella

Applicants must be capable of passing a physical examination by a licensed physician or other approved health care professional. Applicants must be able to pass a drug screen and national background check. Applicants will be notified by the school when these must be conducted .

Upon acceptance to the program, applicants will be invited to attend a group orientation meeting with the Student Services Department and Nursing Director.  

Program start dates vary by location:

  • Paris full-time: January
  • Camden full-time: May
  • Dresden full-time: September
  • Paris part-time: Every 20 months (May 2021)

HESI Testing Schedule 2022

*********Applicants may call in to schedule the exam anytime after the 1st day of the month. **********

2023 Hesi A2 Entrance Exam Schedule

January 17th and 25th

February 6th and 16th

March 15th and 20th

April 6th and 10th

May 15th and 23rd

June 5th and 9th

July 17th and 20th

August 4th and 8th

September 12th and 20th

October 10th and 18th

November 8th and 16th

December – No test dates

*********Applicants may call in to schedule the exam anytime after the 1st day of the month. **********

Please call 731-644-7365 on the sign-up date to register for the monthly test. You must be prepared with a debit or credit card to make payments over the phone. Cash is accepted in the business office. No checks are accepted. Once spot is secured with payment, no refunds are issued.

Campus Locations

Weakley County Personal Development Center
8250 Hwy 22
Dresden Extension Campus
Dresden, TN 38225
Main Campus
312 South Wilson Street
Paris, TN 38242
Benton County Service Building
152 North Forrest Avenue
Camden Extension Campus
Camden, TN 38320

Job Duties

Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook: Yes

Currently employed in the area: 25,620

Current job openings per year: 2,520


First Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Basic Nursing
Administration of Medications and Basic IV Therapy
Clinical I
Second Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Pharmacology I
Mental Health
Medical & Surgical Nursing I
Maternity Health
Clinical II
Third Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Clinical III
Advanced Professional Vocational Relations
Pediatric Nursing
Pharmacology II
Medical & Surgical Nursing II


Genan Pendergrass
Practical Nursing Instructor
Jill Kirk
Practical Nursing Director
Shante' Foster
Practical Nursing Instructor
Nicci Harrod
Practical Nursing Clinical Instructor
Candice Qualls
Practical Nursing - Dresden
Kelli Braham
Practical Nursing Instructor - Camden

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