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Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville
Student Services Office
1405 Madison St.
Shelbyville, TN 37160
admissions@tcatshelbyville.edu
931-685-5013

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 – Part Time Evenings, Main Campus

NOTE: All applications are handled through the main campus in Shelbyville by contacting the Student Services Department only. Failure to do so may result in your getting the incorrect information and could ultimately prevent you from entering the program (i.e. missed deadlines, etc.) Applications for one TCAT are not transferrable to another. Classes meet Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. until 2:15 p.m. until clinicals begin.

Step #1 – Complete a TCAT Shelbyville school application. – Deadline is May 15

You must also submit proof of high school completion or GED at this time and proof of two MMR shots and two varicella shots in accordance with regular TCAT Shelbyville admissions requirements.

Step #2 – Take the two pre-requisite classes.

Failure to complete both successfully will result in you NOT starting the program.

Anatomy & Physiology (A & P) is required of all students entering the program. This must be completed prior to entering the program. If you have already taken A & P, your credits may transfer. We will accept an official transcript (only) from any Tennessee college or university that is SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) or COE (Commission on Occupational Education) accredited. It must indicate that a grade of B or above was achieved and that A & P 1 and 2 were completed no earlier than Spring of 2011. Students will be allowed to test out by successfully completing the HESI A & P test for the course. Applicants will only be allowed to take the “test out” exam one time. Cost will be $50 and a minimum score of 750 is required. Appointments must be made at least three weeks in advance. Applicants who take the test and do not pass will be required to take the class before continuing the application process. The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville will be offering Anatomy and Physiology as a night program in January, May and September. Check with Student Services for the current schedule.

Math for Meds is required of all students entering the program. This must be completed prior to entering the program. The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville will be offering Math for Meds as a night program. Classes will meet one night per week for 3 hours for 13 weeks. Students will be allowed to test out by successfully completing the 100 question final for the course. Applicants will only be allowed to take the “test out” exam one time. Cost will be $50 and a minimum score of 80% is required. Applicants who take the test and do not pass will be required to take the class before continuing the application process.

PLEASE NOTE: Completion of all pre-requisites does not guarantee entrance!

Step #3 - Acceptance Standards

This part of the process is currently under review. If you have completed Step #1, the information will be sent to you as soon as it becomes available.

Step #4 - Notification of Status

You will be notified by mail regarding your status in the class.

Practical Nursing – Part Time Evenings, UTSI-Tullahoma Campus

NOTE: All applications are handled through the main campus in Shelbyville by contacting the Student Services Department only. Failure to do so may result in your getting the incorrect information and could ultimately prevent you from entering the program (i.e. missed deadlines, etc.) Applications for one TCAT are not transferrable to another.

Step #1 – Complete a TCAT Shelbyville school application.

You must also submit proof of high school completion or GED at this time and proof of two MMR shots and two varicella shots in accordance with regular TCAT Shelbyville admissions requirements.

Step #2 – Take the two pre-requisite classes.

Failure to complete both successfully will result in you NOT starting the program.

Anatomy & Physiology (A & P) is required of all students entering the program. This must be completed prior to entering the program. If you have already taken A & P, your credits may transfer. We will accept an official transcript (only) from any Tennessee college or university that is SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) or COE (Commission on Occupational Education) accredited. It must indicate that a grade of B or above was achieved and that A & P 1 and 2 were completed no earlier than Spring of 2011. Students will be allowed to test out by successfully completing the HESI A & P test for the course. Applicants will only be allowed to take the “test out” exam one time. Cost will be $50 and a minimum score of 750 is required. Appointments must be made at least three weeks in advance. Applicants who take the test and do not pass will be required to take the class before continuing the application process. The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville will be offering Anatomy and Physiology as a night program in January, May and September. Check with Student Services for the current schedule.

Math for Meds is required of all students entering the program. This must be completed prior to entering the program. The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville will be offering Math for Meds as a night program. Classes will meet one night per week for 3 hours for 13 weeks. Students will be allowed to test out by successfully completing the 100 question final for the course. Applicants will only be allowed to take the “test out” exam one time. Cost will be $50 and a minimum score of 80% is required. Applicants who take the test and do not pass will be required to take the class before continuing the application process.

PLEASE NOTE: Completion of all pre-requisites does not guarantee entrance!

Step #3 - Acceptance Standards

This part of the process is currently under review. If you have completed Step #1, the information will be sent to you as soon as it becomes available.

Step #4 - Notification of Status

You will be notified by mail regarding your status in the class.

Supplemental and General Interest Programs

*Supplemental and General Interest Courses are not Scholarship/TN Promise Eligible. 

Truck Driving

  • Fees will be assessed at orientation for a drug test and Moving Violation Report
  • Fees will be assessed upon enrollment for tuition and insurance
  • Provide proof of a least 10th grade education
  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Pass the medical exam required by the Department of Transportation
  • Have a valid driver's license
  • Have a good driving record (You must obtain a copy of your State Department of Safety Moving Violation Report prior to beginning the program.) This must indicate no more than 3 speeding tickets and/or at-fault accidents in the last three years and no DUI convictions in the last 5 years.
  • Have a drug test and be certified drug free. A fee will be charged and the student will be referred to a test site by the college.
  • Student will be subject to random drug tests while enrolled.

*The curriculum is covered in five weeks, at which point, students are skill tested, and may obtain their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).  Students that obtain their CDL, and have secured documented full time employment may opt out of the remaining class hours while still receiving a certificate of completion.

Students who do not pass their CDL exam, or who are not employed at the end of the five weeks, must complete the remaining required hours.

Practical Nursing - Full Time Days Main Campus

NOTE: All applications are handled through the main campus in Shelbyville by contacting the Student Services Department only. Failure to do so may result in your getting the incorrect information and could ultimately prevent you from entering the program (i.e. missed deadlines, etc.) Applications for one TCAT are not transferrable to another. Classes meet Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. until 2:15 p.m. until clinicals begin.

Step #1 – Complete a TCAT Shelbyville school application. – Deadline is May 15

You must also submit proof of high school completion or GED at this time and proof of two MMR shots and two varicella shots in accordance with regular TCAT Shelbyville admissions requirements.

Step #2 – Take the two pre-requisite classes.

Failure to complete both successfully will result in you NOT starting the program.

Anatomy & Physiology (A & P) is required of all students entering the program. This must be completed prior to entering the program. If you have already taken A & P, your credits may transfer. We will accept an official transcript (only) from any Tennessee college or university that is SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) or COE (Commission on Occupational Education) accredited. It must indicate that a grade of B or above was achieved and that A & P 1 and 2 were completed no earlier than Spring of 2011. Students will be allowed to test out by successfully completing the HESI A & P test for the course. Applicants will only be allowed to take the “test out” exam one time. Cost will be $50 and a minimum score of 750 is required. Appointments must be made at least three weeks in advance. Applicants who take the test and do not pass will be required to take the class before continuing the application process. The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville will be offering Anatomy and Physiology as a night program in January, May and September. Check with Student Services for the current schedule.

Math for Meds is required of all students entering the program. This must be completed prior to entering the program. The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville will be offering Math for Meds as a night program. Classes will meet one night per week for 3 hours for 13 weeks. Students will be allowed to test out by successfully completing the 100 question final for the course. Applicants will only be allowed to take the “test out” exam one time. Cost will be $50 and a minimum score of 80% is required. Applicants who take the test and do not pass will be required to take the class before continuing the application process.

PLEASE NOTE: Completion of all pre-requisites does not guarantee entrance!

Step #3 - Acceptance Standards

This part of the process is currently under review. If you have completed Step #1, the information will be sent to you as soon as it becomes available.

Step #4 - Notification of Status

You will be notified by mail regarding your status in the class.