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Review the programs of study and any program-specific admission requirements.

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Financial Aid

Complete the FAFSA to apply for the Pell grant, TN Promise scholarship, the TN Reconnect and the Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant.

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Learn about a particular program or tour our campus.

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Email any questions to: admissions@tcatjackson.edu

General Admission Requirements

  • Program enrollment is based on a first-come, first-served basis by date of completed application. (A completed application includes all items required for enrollment.)
  • Persons seeking admission to a college must be at least 18 years of age or have a high school diploma or equivalent. For full-time programs, the applicant must declare an occupational objective and demonstrate reasonable potential for achieving that objective.
  • All persons who are required to register for the Federal Draft under 50 U.S.C. App. Section 453 are not eligible to enroll in any post-secondary school until they have registered with selective service.

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Program-Specific Admission Requirements

Educational and admission requirements vary from program to program. 

Patient Care Technology/Medical Assisting

To apply for the Patient Care Technology/Medical Assisting (PCT/MA) program, applicants must submit all general admissions requirements, along with program specific requirements (including but not limited to a high school diploma or equivalent and passing the HESI® Entrance Exam). The HESI® Entrance Exam consists of Basic Math Skills and Reading Comprehension. The minimum passing score for the PCT/MA program is 50% in Math and 60% in Reading. All portions of the exam must be completed and passed during the 2-hour time limit. Equivalent ACT® scores (minimum of 19 in Math and 20 in Reading) may be substituted for the HESI® Entrance Exam. Entrance Exam scores are good for two years. Schedule the HESI® exam through our website by accessing the Quick Links option in the upper right corner. If you need additional assistance, contact TCAT Jackson’s Testing Center at 731-424-0691, ext. 110.

Truck Driving

21 years of age; D.O.T. medical exam; negative drug screening test, which is taken with 24 hours of payment. Current Moving Violation Record from Department of Safety (student can have no more than three speeding violations and/or accidents for the past three years and no alcohol or drug-related convictions in the last five years). Be a resident of TN; hold a valid state of TN drivers license; obtain a commercial drivers license permit (DPA). Attend an orientation session.  Payment for drug screen test will be made on the day of registration.

Orientation Dates

Practical Nursing

To apply for the Practical Nursing program, applicants must submit all general admissions requirements, Practical Nursing program specific requirements (including but not limited to a regular high school diploma or equivalent, being at least 18 years of age, and passing the HESI Entrance Exam), and any documents for points by the published deadline to be considered for the class. Acceptance is competitive and is based on a point system. Completion of admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. 

Guide to Applying to the Practical Nursing Program.pdf

Schedule the HESI exam through our website by accessing the Quick Links option in the upper right corner. If you need additional assistance, contact TCAT Jackson’s Testing Center at 731-424-0691, ext. 110.  

Campus Location

Start Date

Entrance Exam Deadline/Early Bird Deadline for Document Submission

Final Deadline for Submitting Required Documents

Brownsville January Last Friday in September Second Friday in October

Jackson Lexington


Last Friday in January Second Friday in February

Henderson Humboldt Whiteville


Last Friday in May

Second Friday in June