Practical Nursing


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 State Board of Examination for Practical Nursing. 

Also, potential students must pass two prerequisite classes:  Dosage Calculations for Nurses and Anatomy and Physiology.



Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day
Credentials Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $4,236.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $2,935.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Practical Nurse1296Diploma

All Practical Nursing applicants must also complete prerequisite classes in Anatomy & Physiology I & II and Dosage Calculations for Nurses.

Generalized PN Application 2022.pdf

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 ​is 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.

*Discloser: 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 Rymer at 931-473-5587.

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The Practical Nursing handbook can be found below. This handbook will provide information regarding the classroom and outline policies, rules, and regulations.



Campus Locations

McMinnville Campus
241 Vo-Tech Drive
McMinnville, TN 37110

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: 25,660

Current job openings per year: 2,460


First Trimester: 
Basic Nursing(PVR, Nutrition & Geriatrics)
Admin of Medications/IV Therapy
Med-Surg I
Workers Ethics
Clinical I
Second Trimester: 
Workers Ethics
Mental Health
Med-Surg II
Pharmacology I
Clinical II
Third Trimester: 
Workers Ethics
Pharmacology II
Med Surg III
Advanced PVR
Clinical III


Tennessee Board of Nursing – Approved

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