A Practical Nurse cares for ill, injured, convalescing or disabled persons in hospitals, clinics, private homes, mental health facilities, or similar health care settings. Some skills required of a practical nurse are: taking a patient’s vital signs, preparing a patient for surgery, assisting with examinations or diagnostic testing and clinical competencies such as catheters, tracheotomy tubes, oxygen, assisting a patient with personal hygiene and nutrition, administering prescribed medication and maintaining a clean and healthy patient environment. Upon completion of this course a student will be prepared for entrance into one of the many challenging and profitable areas of nursing, like home health, hospitals, doctor’s clinics, or nursing homes
The program qualifies the graduate to be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination. Licensure (L.P.N.) may be awarded to qualified applicants by the Tennessee Board of Nursing after obtaining a passing score on the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).
|Time Commitment||Full Time, Part Time|
|Typical Program Length||12 Months|
|Class Type||Day, Night|
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 will begin May 3, 2022. The deadline for submitting paperwork is March 17, 2022.
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 $40. 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 $40 (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 begin on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. 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.
The deadline for our evening, part-time PN class is March 17, 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.
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HESI TEST DATES
Limited Seating is available for each test date - must register for the test prior to the testing date.
HESI Registration begins Wednesday, October 6, 2021.
2021 Testing Dates - Testers must arrive at 8:45 a.m.
2022 HESI Testing Dates will be released in December 2021.
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.
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