Practical Nursing


Potential students must pass two prerequisite classes: Anatomy and Physiology and Dosage Calculations

The Practical Nursing student studies basic nursing skills and related subjects such as body structure and function, conditions of illness, nutrition, and medications.  The clinical experience provides supervised nursing care of medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, and geriatric patients.

The practical nurse works under the supervision of the registered nurse or physician or as an assistant of the professional nurse.  Classroom work and clinical experiences provide the graduate, who has completed all of the necessary requirements, eligibility to take the National Council of Licensure Exam (NCLEX-PN).


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day
Credentials Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $8,105.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $3,686.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Nurse Aid432Certificate
Practical Nurse1296Diploma

***Program Prerequisites***

All Practical Nursing applicants must complete prerequisite classes in Anatomy & Physiology and Dosage Calculations. The application for A&P and Dosage Calculations can be found at the hyperlink below:

BACKGROUND CHECKS: If you are accepted into the Practical Nursing program,  you will be required to have a background check completed prior to clinical rotations. 

The cost of the background checks ​are not covered in the tuition or by financial aid.

 Students who have been CONVICTED OF A CRIME, may not be permitted to attend clinicals. If you are not allowed to take the clinical portion, you will not be able to complete the program requirements.

*Disclosure*: Please be advised that some convictions could prohibit nursing students from sitting for the National Council of Licensure Exam (NCLEX).

For more information regarding the practical nursing program, please contact Kimberly Matheson at 931-473-5587.

To apply for Allied Health Programs: download, complete, and submit the TCAT Enrollment Application Allied Health.

For Phlebotomy Re-certifications

Please follow the link to for the National Health Career Association (NHA)/National Allied Health Certifications.

Then click on  Certification. Choose the drop down menu and click on "Renew or Reinstate" for instruction on phlebotomy certifications

Practical Nursing Handbook

The handbook will provide information regarding the classroom and clinical policies, rules, and regulations.

Practical Nursing Handbook

Campus Locations

McMinnville Campus
241 Vo-Tech Drive
McMinnville, TN 37110
Unity Hospital Campus
482 Interstate Drive
Manchester, TN 37355


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


National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN)

Books and Supplies Lists

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