This Practical Nursing Program is designed to provide training in the competencies required of a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). All instructional units must be successfully completed for progression in the course. The course is 1296 hours and is 12 months in length with a diploma awarded after successful completion. Careful consideration is given to the standards set by the Tennessee State Board of Nursing* in the development and upgrading of this program.
This program is designed to meet the needs of nurses employed in hospitals, nursing homes, home healthcare, etc. Classes are held at the Fall and Summer Applicants attend TCAT – Livingston, and Spring Applicants attend the TCAT – Livingston Extension Campus at the Cookeville Higher Education Campus (CHEC). Clinical sites designed to meet program requirements. Preparation for licensure by the State Board of Nursing begins with the student’s application process and continues throughout the year-long program.
|Time Commitment||Full Time|
|Typical Program Length||12 Months|
Students interested in enrolling in the Practical Nursing program must visit the receptionist to schedule the HESI entrance exam. This is a new extrance exam selected by the state. The exam cost is $40 (cash, credit or debit card accepted) and tentative schedule is below. Suggested practice tests can be found at Testpreview.com. Study books will be available at a later date.
Expected testing dates are below.
Test starts at noon. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to test time.
TEST DATES FOR THE HESI ARE: November 25, December 16, January 6, and January 27.
(See receptionist to register for the test.)
For entrance into the Practical Nursing program, a student must have a high school or GED/HiSET diploma. Students in the program are subject to drug testing and background screening.
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Livingston
740 Hi Tech Dr
Livingston, TN 38570
1000 Neal St
Cookeville, TN 38501
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.
Bright Outlook: Yes
Currently employed in the area: 23,900
Current job openings per year: 2,250