The student practical nurse studies basic nursing skills and such related subjects as body structure and function in wellness and illness, nutrition, pharmacology, obstetrics, and psychology. The clinical experience provides supervised nursing care of medical, surgical, obstetric, and pediatric patients. Both classroom work and clinical experiences are such that upon completion of the course, the graduate is eligible for written examination by the State Board of Nursing. Licensed practical nurses, who have passed their examination, usually work under the supervision of the registered nurse, physician, or dentist.
TCAT Covington does not have a Nursing Assistant program. Students who withdraw before completing the entire Practical Nursing diploma are eligible to receive a Nurse Aid certificate if all first trimester work is completed and passed.
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.
1600 Hwy 51 South
Covington, TN 38019
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.
Bright Outlook: Yes
Currently employed in the area: 23,080
Current job openings per year: 1,210