How to Apply
- Pick a program of study
- Download and complete the TCAT Application for Enrollment
- Some programs of study require additional application documents. Download, complete and submit any required documents listed under the programs of study below
- Contact your physician and obtain your proof of vaccination letter
- Applicants born on or after Jan. 1, 1957, must submit proof of MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccination
- Applicants born on or after Jan. 1, 1980, must submit proof of varicella (chicken pox) vaccination
Submit your application, program-specific application materials (if required), and vaccination letter to the Student Services Office at the address listed below
- Request official transcripts of education from high school, high-school equivalency or other colleges and universities
High school transcripts are available from your high school's counseling office
College and University transcripts are available at the insitutiton's records office
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
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
- 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)
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville
Student Services Office
1405 Madison St.
Shelbyville, TN 37160
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.
Program-Specific Admission Requirements
Educational and admission requirements vary from program to program.
- 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.
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. Once clinical practice has begun, clinical times may start as early as 6:45 a.m. and last as late as 4:15 p.m. Regardless of where you live, travel is required to different sites for both clinicals and labs. Also, a computer with internet access is needed at home or access to one is needed.
Step #1 – Complete a TCAT Shelbyville school application. – Deadline is May 15, 2017
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. This should occur by early August for the full-time Shelbyville program.
NOTE: Financial Aid is available to students who apply and meet the necessary qualifications. You must complete and submit the FAFSA to apply for federal student aid and for state and institutional aid. The website is www.fafsa.gov and our school code is 005379. If you need additional assistance, please contact the Financial Aid office located in Student Services.