Practical Nursing


The Practical nurse is an integral practitioner on the health care team who renders nursing within a legally defined role. Practical nurse education prepares persons for gainful employment regardless of age, sex, religion, color, race, national origin, or handicap. The education of practical nurses is provided with planned learning experience in a logical sequence.

The practical nursing curriculum includes both theory and supervised clinical experience which will enable students to obtain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to function within the scope of practical nursing.

Upon successful completion of this program, a diploma will be issued, and a graduate will be prepared to successfully pass the Nation Council Licensure Examination for practical nursing. Licensure of practical nurses is regulated by the Tennessee Board of Nursing. Conviction of a misdemeanor or felony offense may be grounds for refusal by the Board to issue a license.


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day
Credentials Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $4,308.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $3,317.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Practical Nursing1296Diploma

Special Enrollment Requirements
  1. Complete TCAT online application (Apply Here)
  2. Call (423) 834-7954 to schedule and pay for HESI entrance exam (payment of $50 required when exam is scheduled). Applicants 20 years old and under may submit official ACT scores with a minimum score of 19 in each area; otherwise, the applicant must register and take the HESI entrance exam.
  3. After obtaining a passing entrance exam score, applicants must meet with the PN Administrative Assistant in order to obtain a nursing application and a nursing admissions packet (office location is in building D, first door on the left at the northeast entrance - double doors near the nursing department).
  4. Submit completed required paperwork to PN Administrative Assistant.
    1. Nursing Application
      1. Copy of official high school transcript or GED
      2. Copy of official ACT scores (only applies to applicants 20 years old or under who scored a minimum of 19 on all required areas).
    2. Nursing Packet Paperwork
      1. Completed physical job requirement form.
      2. Certificate of immunizations (Tb skin test, tetanus, MMRs (2), Varicella (2), and Hepatitis B.
      3. Completed three (3) work reference forms.
      4. Completed statement of desire to be a nurse.


Application Deadlines:

October 16 — to start in January (Newport site only)

February 20 — to start in May (Morristown and Tazewell only)

July 14 — to start in September (Morristown and Greeneville only)

Application deadline dates are subject to change depending on the number of applications received by the deadline date.

Campus Locations

Tazewell Instructional Service Center
1325 Claiborne Street
Tazewell, TN 37879
Main Campus
821 West Louise Ave
Morristown, TN 37813-2094
Newport Instructional Service Center
Ben W. Hooper Career & Technical Education Center
216 Hedrick Drive
Newport, TN 37821
Greeneville Instructional Service Center
Laughlin Memorial Hospital
1420 Tusculum Blvd
Greeneville, TN 37743

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

Books and Supplies Lists


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