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Student Services Office
1600 Highway 51 South
Covington, TN  38019
(901) 475-2526

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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. 

Pharmacy Technology

Classes begin January, May, and September of each year.

Prospective Pharmacy Technology students must complete the entrance packet below.  Please submit the completed packet to Student Support Specialist at TCAT Covington.

Pharmacy Technology entrance packet 2020.pdf

Dental Assisting

Fall 2021 Information

Class begins September 1, 2021.

Application packet is due by August 4, 2021. (Deadline Extended)

Please click link below to print application packet.






Practical Nursing

Pass the HESI Exam with a minimum score of 70% on both the Math and Reading Comprehension Components.

2022 Nursing Information

What types of classes are available?

Full-time Day program – This class is 12 months in length and meets Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (clinical times may vary).  Our next day class begins on September 6, 2022. The deadline for submitting paperwork is July 13, 2022.

Part-time Evening program - This class is 18 months in length and meets Monday through Fridays evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (clinical times may vary).  Our next evening/weekend class is scheduled to begin late October 2023. Information about this class will be released in January 2023.


What is the Application Process?

Candidates applying for admission into the Four Rivers Regional Practical Nursing Program must pass the approved PN entrance exam (listed below). 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. 

The candidate will receive a letter of invitation to orientation by e-mail if all requirements have been submitted by the designated deadline.  Orientation is mandatory. Once all of the admissions requirements have been met, an Admissions Score Sheet will be used to determine your placement status regarding acceptance into the program.  When score sheets are tallied, the candidates with the top 25 scores will be considered for acceptance first.  The remaining candidates will be placed on a standby list and considered for selection contingent upon their ranking score and available space. All candidates will receive an official letter by e-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. 

What are the approved nursing entrance exams?

We currently accept one nursing entrance exam.

HESI test – score of 70% on both the Math and Reading Comprehension Components and a Critical Thinking score. Critical Thinking does not have a minimum score, but applicants will receive points based on their score.

All 3 test scores (Math, Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking) will be reviewed and scored on the Admissions Score Sheet.

Best scores are accepted, not necessarily latest. 

When is the approved nursing entrance exam given?

The HESI exam cost is $58.75. The HESI exam is one test with the parts all inclusive. NO partial tests will be given. You must come to the college and pay the non-refundable/non-transferable testing fee of $58.75 (no checks are accepted, but cash or credit/debit cards are accepted) to reserve a testing date and time. Limited seating is available. HESI Registration will take place Monday-Friday during regularly scheduled hours. At registration, you will select the date and time for your test.

How do I prepare for the HESI Exam?

The Math Component focuses on math skills needed for health care fields, including basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, household measures, general math facts, etc.

The Reading Comprehension Component provides scenarios to measure reading comprehension, identifying the main idea, finding meaning of words in context, passage comprehension, making logical inferences, etc.

The Critical Thinking Component is intended to provide the student and faculty with a brief “snapshot” of critical thinking ability in usual situations encountered in health care settings and has the following sub-categories: problem solving; biases and ethical dilemmas; argument analysis; and analysis of data. The HESI is timed exam. We will provide students with a calculator and scratch paper for the exam. Students can purchase an Admission Assessment Exam Review book online at: https://evolve.elsevier.com/cs/product/9780323353786?role=student. Use promotion code #92633 for a 25% discount and free shipping.  Students may also visit https://evolve.elsevier.com/studentlife/hesi.html.

What if I have already taken an approved nursing entrance exam and Passed?

If you have taken an approved nursing entrance exam previously at this College, We request that you come to TCAT-Covington and submit updated contact information, so that we can pull your scores and provide you with a nursing packet. If you tested at another testing center, we request that you bring an official copy of your passing scores to TCAT-Covington and complete updated contact information and receive a nursing packet. 

What date must TCAT-Covington receive my approved nursing entrance exam scores and nursing packet?

The deadline for our day, full-time PN class is July 13, 2022.

How long are nursing entrance exam scores valid for the program?

Approved nursing entrance exam scores must be within two years of the class starting.

More Questions?  Please e-mail admissions@tcatcovington.edu


Limited Seating is available for each test date - must register for the test prior to the testing date.

HESI Registration is NOW OPEN

2022 Testing Dates - Testers must arrive at 8:45 a.m.

March 24th

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HESI Test Resources

HESI Admission Exam .pdf

Math Rules Review.pdf

Conversions Review.pdf

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