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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: Practical Nursing program inquiries and applications are handled through Admissions, at TCAT Shelbyville’s main campus. Failure to follow instructions from Admissions could result in missing deadlines, receiving incorrect information, and a missed enrollment opportunity. Applications for one TCAT are not transferrable to another.

Start Dates for Upcoming Practical Nursing Cohorts:

  • Full-time, Daytime Shelbyville Main Campus - September 2020
  • Part-time, Evening Shelbyville Main Campus - September 2020
  • Part-time, Evening Winchester Extension Campus - January 2021

Class Schedule for Practical Nursing Cohorts:

  • The Full-time, Daytime Practical Nursing cohort meets Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. (until clinical practice begins). Prior to beginning clinical practice, an alternate schedule will be provided by the instructor.
  • The Part-time, Evening Practical Nursing cohorts meet Monday through Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (until clinical practice begins). Prior to beginning clinical practice, an alternate schedule will be provided by the instructor.

Step 1

  • Select and complete the 04 Special Industry/Supplemental Application Type for application to the Anatomy &Physiology and/or Math for Meds pre-requisite course(s).
    • Please be advised that it is recommended that the two prerequisite courses be taken in separate trimesters due to the level of difficulty of course curricula.
    • Prerequisite courses are offered at TCAT Shelbyville’s main campus and Franklin County extension campus during the evening hours, starting in January, May and September. Specific course meeting schedules are published to the institutional website by December, April, and August of each year.
  • Select and complete the 01 New College Applicant or 02 Returning TCAT Application Type for application to the Practical Nursing program.
  • Check your personal and campus email accounts for official enrollment notifications from Admissions and act accordingly.
  • Review program Books and Supplies Lists on the institutional website for cost estimations. Do not purchase books or supplies until you begin classes. Books and supplies are subject to change without notice.
  • Review Bookstore and Textbook information on the institutional website for the contact and ordering information.

Step 2

Submit the following mandatory items to Admissions in the Office of Student Services at TCAT Shelbyville’s main campus:

  1. Proof of High School completion or Equivalent/GED in the form of an official transcript (sealed document from the high school or state).
  2. Proof of two Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccinations.
  3. Proof of two Varicella vaccinations.

Step 3

  • Successfully complete the Anatomy & Physiology and/or Math for Meds prerequisite course(s) from TCAT Shelbyville with a minimum grade of 80 (eighty) in the following terms for priority deadline dates:
    • Spring term for a Fall (September) Practical Nursing cohort start
    • Summer term for a Spring (January) Practical Nursing cohort start
    • Fall term for a Summer (May) Practical Nursing cohort start.
  • Please be advised that successful completion of pre-requisite courses does not guarantee entrance into a practical nursing cohort program. TCAT Shelbyville Practical Nursing program enrollment is based on a first-come, first-serve basis by date of completed application. A completed application includes all mandatory items required for enrollment.

Transferring of Anatomy & Physiology Credits:  If you have already taken Anatomy and Physiology from a Tennessee college or university that is Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), or Commission on Occupation Education (COE) accredited, your credits may transfer to TCAT Shelbyville. The official college transcript must indicate a grade of B or above in Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II, with a successful completion date no more than 5 (five) years prior to starting a TCAT Shelbyville Practical Nursing cohort program.

**TCAT Shelbyville no longer offers the Math Challenge Exam (MET).

Disclosure: 

Students who withdrawal or terminate from another Tennessee College of Applied Technology Practical Nursing program, seeking enrollment into one of TCAT Shelbyville’s programs, will be required to start at the beginning of a practical nursing cohort. TCAT Shelbyville Practical Nursing students that do not successfully complete a trimester, will be allowed to return at the beginning of the unsuccessful term, for one occasion only.

Practical Nursing – Part Time Evenings, UTSI-Tullahoma Campus

NOTE: Practical Nursing program inquiries and applications are handled through Admissions, at TCAT Shelbyville’s main campus. Failure to follow instructions from Admissions could result in missing deadlines, receiving incorrect information, and a missed enrollment opportunity. Applications for one TCAT are not transferrable to another.

Start Dates for Upcoming Practical Nursing Cohorts:

  • Full-time, Daytime Shelbyville Main Campus - September 2020
  • Part-time, Evening Shelbyville Main Campus - September 2020
  • Part-time, Evening Winchester Extension Campus - January 2021

Class Schedule for Practical Nursing Cohorts:

  • The Full-time, Daytime Practical Nursing cohort meets Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. (until clinical practice begins). Prior to beginning clinical practice, an alternate schedule will be provided by the instructor.
  • The Part-time, Evening Practical Nursing cohorts meet Monday through Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (until clinical practice begins). Prior to beginning clinical practice, an alternate schedule will be provided by the instructor.

Step 1

  • Select and complete the 04 Special Industry/Supplemental Application Type for application to the Anatomy &Physiology and/or Math for Meds pre-requisite course(s).
    • Please be advised that it is recommended that the two prerequisite courses be taken in separate trimesters due to the level of difficulty of course curricula.
    • Prerequisite courses are offered at TCAT Shelbyville’s main campus and Franklin County extension campus during the evening hours, starting in January, May and September. Specific course meeting schedules are published to the institutional website by December, April, and August of each year.
  • Select and complete the 01 New College Applicant or 02 Returning TCAT Application Type for application to the Practical Nursing program.
  • Check your personal and campus email accounts for official enrollment notifications from Admissions and act accordingly.
  • Review program Books and Supplies Lists on the institutional website for cost estimations. Do not purchase books or supplies until you begin classes. Books and supplies are subject to change without notice.
  • Review Bookstore and Textbook information on the institutional website for the contact and ordering information.

Step 2

Submit the following mandatory items to Admissions in the Office of Student Services at TCAT Shelbyville’s main campus:

  1. Proof of High School completion or Equivalent/GED in the form of an official transcript (sealed document from the high school or state).
  2. Proof of two Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccinations.
  3. Proof of two Varicella vaccinations.

Step 3

  • Successfully complete the Anatomy & Physiology and/or Math for Meds prerequisite course(s) from TCAT Shelbyville with a minimum grade of 80 (eighty) in the following terms for priority deadline dates:
    • Spring term for a Fall (September) Practical Nursing cohort start
    • Summer term for a Spring (January) Practical Nursing cohort start
    • Fall term for a Summer (May) Practical Nursing cohort start.
  • Please be advised that successful completion of pre-requisite courses does not guarantee entrance into a practical nursing cohort program. TCAT Shelbyville Practical Nursing program enrollment is based on a first-come, first-serve basis by date of completed application. A completed application includes all mandatory items required for enrollment.

Transferring of Anatomy & Physiology Credits:  If you have already taken Anatomy and Physiology from a Tennessee college or university that is Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), or Commission on Occupation Education (COE) accredited, your credits may transfer to TCAT Shelbyville. The official college transcript must indicate a grade of B or above in Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II, with a successful completion date no more than 5 (five) years prior to starting a TCAT Shelbyville Practical Nursing cohort program.

**TCAT Shelbyville no longer offers the Math Challenge Exam (MET).

Disclosure: 

Students who withdrawal or terminate from another Tennessee College of Applied Technology Practical Nursing program, seeking enrollment into one of TCAT Shelbyville’s programs, will be required to start at the beginning of a practical nursing cohort. TCAT Shelbyville Practical Nursing students that do not successfully complete a trimester, will be allowed to return at the beginning of the unsuccessful term, for one occasion only.

Supplemental and General Interest Programs

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

To Enroll in a Supplemental or General Interest course, please follow these steps:

1. Complete an online admission application . 

2. Click on “First time user” account creation if you have not previously applied to a TCAT Shelbyville Practical Nursing program or enter the Login ID and PIN you have already created and select “Login”. 

3. Check your personal and TBR Campus email regularly. You will be notified by email to confirm your acceptance. Upon confirming your acceptance, continue to access your MyTCAT portal, click on the “My Account” icon, and make payment on or before the first day of class. Fees may also be paid in person Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. or by phone (ext. 133) with a credit card.

4. To place your book order, please call the bookstore at (931) 685-5031. 

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: Practical Nursing program inquiries and applications are handled through Admissions, at TCAT Shelbyville’s main campus. Failure to follow instructions from Admissions could result in missing deadlines, receiving incorrect information, and a missed enrollment opportunity. Applications for one TCAT are not transferrable to another.

Start Dates for Upcoming Practical Nursing Cohorts:

  • Full-time, Daytime Shelbyville Main Campus - September 2020
  • Part-time, Evening Shelbyville Main Campus - September 2020
  • Part-time, Evening Winchester Extension Campus - January 2021

Class Schedule for Practical Nursing Cohorts:

  • The Full-time, Daytime Practical Nursing cohort meets Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. (until clinical practice begins). Prior to beginning clinical practice, an alternate schedule will be provided by the instructor.
  • The Part-time, Evening Practical Nursing cohorts meet Monday through Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (until clinical practice begins). Prior to beginning clinical practice, an alternate schedule will be provided by the instructor.

Step 1

  • Select and complete the 04 Special Industry/Supplemental Application Type for application to the Anatomy &Physiology and/or Math for Meds pre-requisite course(s).
    • Please be advised that it is recommended that the two prerequisite courses be taken in separate trimesters due to the level of difficulty of course curricula.
    • Prerequisite courses are offered at TCAT Shelbyville’s main campus and Franklin County extension campus during the evening hours, starting in January, May and September. Specific course meeting schedules are published to the institutional website by December, April, and August of each year.
  • Select and complete the 01 New College Applicant or 02 Returning TCAT Application Type for application to the Practical Nursing program.
  • Check your personal and campus email accounts for official enrollment notifications from Admissions and act accordingly.
  • Review program Books and Supplies Lists on the institutional website for cost estimations. Do not purchase books or supplies until you begin classes. Books and supplies are subject to change without notice.
  • Review Bookstore and Textbook information on the institutional website for the contact and ordering information.

Step 2

Submit the following mandatory items to Admissions in the Office of Student Services at TCAT Shelbyville’s main campus:

  1. Proof of High School completion or Equivalent/GED in the form of an official transcript (sealed document from the high school or state).
  2. Proof of two Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccinations.
  3. Proof of two Varicella vaccinations.

Step 3

  • Successfully complete the Anatomy & Physiology and/or Math for Meds prerequisite course(s) from TCAT Shelbyville with a minimum grade of 80 (eighty) in the following terms for priority deadline dates:
    • Spring term for a Fall (September) Practical Nursing cohort start
    • Summer term for a Spring (January) Practical Nursing cohort start
    • Fall term for a Summer (May) Practical Nursing cohort start.
  • Please be advised that successful completion of pre-requisite courses does not guarantee entrance into a practical nursing cohort program. TCAT Shelbyville Practical Nursing program enrollment is based on a first-come, first-serve basis by date of completed application. A completed application includes all mandatory items required for enrollment.

Transferring of Anatomy & Physiology Credits:  If you have already taken Anatomy and Physiology from a Tennessee college or university that is Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), or Commission on Occupation Education (COE) accredited, your credits may transfer to TCAT Shelbyville. The official college transcript must indicate a grade of B or above in Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II, with a successful completion date no more than 5 (five) years prior to starting a TCAT Shelbyville Practical Nursing cohort program.

**TCAT Shelbyville no longer offers the Math Challenge Exam (MET).

Disclosure: 

Students who withdrawal or terminate from another Tennessee College of Applied Technology Practical Nursing program, seeking enrollment into one of TCAT Shelbyville’s programs, will be required to start at the beginning of a practical nursing cohort. TCAT Shelbyville Practical Nursing students that do not successfully complete a trimester, will be allowed to return at the beginning of the unsuccessful term, for one occasion only.