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)
Student Services Office
1600 Highway 51 South
Covington, TN 38019
Our office is ready to help. Please call or come by.
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.
Candidates wishing to enter Four Rivers Regional Practical Nursing Program must pass an approved nursing entrance exam or be less than 20 years of age by the start date of the class and have acceptable ACT scores. Upon successful completion of this requirement, the candidate will be handed a nursing packet to be completed by a specified date. This packet explains the requirements that must be submitted in order for the candidate to be invited to orientation. Requirements consist of:
●Official high school /GED and college transcripts,
●Proof of immunizations
●Letters of references (only current ones accepted)
●College and nursing applications
If all requirements have been submitted by the designated deadline, a candidate will receive a letter of invitation to orientation in the mail. Orientation is mandatory. Upon successful completion of these steps, the candidate will be submitted to the practical nursing advisory board committee who will select the students for the upcoming class. All candidates will receive an official letter in the mail in regards to whether they were selected for the program or not. Those candidates accepted in the program are responsible for contacting the college to confirm acceptance of this position or an alternate may/will be asked to fill the seat.
We currently accept three nursing entrance exams. You only have to take and pass 1 of the 3 to be considered for the class.
HESI – score of 70% on both the Math and Reading Comprehension Components
ACT – scores of 19 in math and reading are acceptable for those less than 20 years old when the class starts
Compass – 50 in Math (Pre-Algebra) and 80 in Reading (Compass is no longer given at the TCATs)
Passing scores are valid for two years for the Practical Nursing program.
Best scores are accepted, not necessarily latest. Math and Reading scores must come from the same entrance exam.