This program is designed to give the student both theory and clinical experience in the nursing field in order to meet criteria to pass the National Council License Exam (NCLEX) and practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Upon completion of the course, the graduate will be able to understand the role of the practical nurse on the nursing team, practice nursing safely and understand related information, appreciate health as related to the individual, the family, and the community, demonstrate skill in understanding behavior in relation to patients, co-workers, family and friends, recognize scientific principles which form a background for nursing, demonstrate communication skills in observing and reporting, demonstrate competency in theory and clinical performance, recognize the need for continued self-direction in personal and vocational growth and give nursing care to clients under the supervision of a registered nurse, licensed physician, dentist, opthalmologist or optometrist.
|Time Commitment||Full Time, Part Time|
|Typical Program Length||12 Months|
|Class Type||Day, Night|
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.
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 five years prior to the program start date. 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 850 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 e-mail (not mail) regarding your status in the class.
1940 Elk River Dam Rd
Tullahoma, TN 37388
1405 Madison St.
Shelbyville, TN 37160
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.
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