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 functions of the practical nurse on the nursing team, practice basic 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.
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.
1405 Madison St.
Shelbyville, TN 37160
1940 Elk River Dam Rd
Tullahoma, TN 37388
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