Practical Nursing


The primary purpose of the Practical nursing (PN) program is to provide classroom and clinical learning experiences which enable graduates of the program to obtain the basic competencies needed to secure licensure and become gainfully employed.  Clinical experience is conducted in  area facilities.

Following successful completion of the PN program, graduates will take a nationally standardized exam, the NCLEX-PN leading to licensure as a licensed practical nurse, LPN.  (TN Code Annotated, Individuals with certain criminal histories may not be eligible for licensure.)

Practical Nursing admission is not automatic, even though the applicant may be otherwise academically qualified.


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day
Credentials Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $4,308.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,393.49

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Nurse Aid432Certificate
Practical Nurse1296Diploma

IMPORTANT Enrollment Information

Those who possess a High School Diploma or a G.E.D., are at least 18 years of age by the date of enrollment, and obtain a passing score on the HESI (Health Educational Systems Inc) Entrance Exam. Classes are formed on a yearly basis and filled with those who successfully complete the screening process. This is a full-time program that consists of 1,296 hours and a diploma award. The classes meet Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (meeting times for the clinical portion may vary.)


PN Program Approximate Timeline

The application process begins with three informational sessions in spring each year.  These meetings are highly recommended to learn about the entire application process and how the program is taught.  All applicants must take and successfully pass the HESI Practical Nursing Pre-Admission Test.   Testing begins in September at TCAT Crump and continues through June.  Test dates are available on this website or by contacting TCAT Crump Student Services.

Steps to enrolling:

  • Take and pass the HESI test
  • Complete online course application
  • Complete financial aid
  • Receive invitation to be in class
  • Nursing packet is distributed
  • Attend mandatory orientation
  • Then class begins!

Applications are due in June of each year.

Notification of students accepted into the program in August.

Classes begin in September each year.

Campus Locations

Main Campus
3070 Hwy 64
PO Box 89
Crump, TN 38327
TCAT Crump - Parsons Extension Campus
256 West 9th Street
Parsons, TN 38363


First Trimester: 
LPN0001 Worker Characteristic
LPN1010 Basic Nursing
LPN1020 Fundamentals
LPN1030 Administer of Meds & Basic IV
LPN1040 A&P
LPN1050 Clinical I
Second Trimester: 
LPN0002 Worker Characteristic
LPN2010 Pharmacology I
LPN2020 Mental Health
LPN2030 Medical & Surgical Nursing I
LPN2040 Maternity Health
LPN2050 Clinical II
Third Trimester: 
LPN0003 Worker Characteristic
LPN3010 Clinical III
LPN3020 Advanced Professional Vocational Relations
LPN3030 Pediatric Nursing
LPN3040 Pharmacology II
LPN3050 Medical & Surgical Nursing II


Tennessee Board of Nursing – Approved


Kinsee Smith
Kinsee Smith

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