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 online application (Apply Here)
  2. Register with Business Office at (423) 834-7954 for HESI entrance exam (cost $50), and submit successful passing scores.  For applicants 20 years old and under, submit official ACT scores (19 required in each area)
  3. Completed physical job requirement form
  4. Copy of official high school transcript or GED (if applicable, any college transcripts)
  5. Three work references
  6. Certificate of immunization (TB skin test, tetanus, MMR’s(2), Varicella(2), and Hepatitis B

Application Deadlines:

September 26— to start in January (Newport site only)

January 24—to start in May (Morristown and Tazewell only)

June 20— to start in September (Morristown and Greeneville only)

Campus Locations

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
Tazewell Instructional Service Center
1325 Claiborne Street
Tazewell, TN 37879
Main Campus
821 West Louise Ave
Morristown, TN 37813-2094

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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