Practical Nursing Program | TCAT Crump

Students attending the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Crump can begin a career in the nursing field after completing the Practical Nursing Program. TCAT provides both thorough classroom instruction and real-world clinical experience opportunities to ensure students are prepared for a successful nursing career. Eligibility for financial aid and enrollment must be determined before students are admitted to the program.

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Before admission to the practical nursing program, it’s highly recommended that applicants attend the three information sessions held in the spring of each year. These sessions give students important insights and information regarding the application and admission process and what to expect throughout the program. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, and take and pass the Health Education Systems Inc (HESI) entrance exam to be eligible for enrollment. All applications for the practical nursing program are due in June, with notifications of acceptance into the program following in August and classes beginning in September at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Crump. The practical nursing program is a full-time program with an approximate completion time of one year. Students who successfully complete the program will take the NCLEX-PN to obtain licensure as a licensed practical nurse. Program curriculum includes basic nursing, pharmacology, mental health, medical and surgical nursing, maternity health, pediatric nursing, and clinical experience for a comprehensive education.

When it comes to tech schools in TN, the TCAT network is the premier provider of workforce development and skills training across the state. First established in 1963, the statewide TCAT system includes more than 25 Tennessee College of Applied Technology locations serving students throughout the region. TCAT Crump offers over a dozen programs with extensive curriculum, each providing both comprehensive classroom instruction and valuable field experience to best prepare students for successful careers in their chosen fields. Eligible applicants may also be able to attend TCAT Crump debt-free via financial aid options including TN Promise and TN Reconnect, two programs implemented to provide Tennessee residents with two years of postsecondary education at colleges and trade schools in TN. These programs are funded by the Tennessee Lottery, which also funds the Hope scholarship, and are crucial to achieving the statewide Drive to 55 initiative, a mission set forth by the Tennessee governor to ensure 55% of Tennesseans receive a higher education. Eligible students at TCAT Crump can complete their entire program debt-free through these programs, going on to strengthen the state and the nation’s workforce and economy. As a successful west TN vocational school, TCAT Crump works closely with local business owners to provide quality experiences and opportunities for all students.

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