Practical Nursing


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.



Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day, Night
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $7,007.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $3,152.00
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Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Nurse Aid432Certificate
Practical Nurse1296Diploma

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.


Campus Locations

Main Campus
1600 Hwy 51 South
Covington, TN 38019

Job Duties

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.

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook: Yes

Currently employed in the area: 23,080

Current job openings per year: 1,210

Salary Range



First Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Basic Nursing
Administration of Medications and Basic IV Therapy
Clinical I
Second Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Pharmacology I
Mental Health
Medical & Surgical Nursing I
Maternity Health
Clinical II
Third Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Clinical III
Advanced Professional Vocational Relations
Pediatric Nursing
Pharmacology II
Medical and Surgical Nursing II

Books and Supplies Lists


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