Practical Nursing


The Jackson Regional Practical Nursing Program provides the theory and skills necessary to perform as an entry level practical nurse upon successful program completion. Instruction is provided through classroom lecture and discussion, laboratory demonstrations and practice, and clinical assignments at hospitals and long term care facilities. Through clinical rotations, students are exposed to the care of persons in a variety of settings such as: medical, surgical, pediatric, obstetrical and geriatric. Progressing from simple to complex, clinical experiences provide students the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for the practice of nursing and for providing the foundation for continuing personal and professional growth.  The practical nursing student must complete the prescribed course of study and clinical experience and then pass the national licensure examination (NCLEX) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $4,038.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $2,560.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Nurse Aid432Certificate
Practical Nursing1296Diploma

Regular High School Diploma or equivalent, at least 18 years of age by the date of enrollment, obtain a minimum score of 70 percent in Reading and Math on the HESI exam. The HESI exam must be taken and passed prior to receiving an application packet for the program. Classes are formed based on the highest HESI exam scores. The critical thinking portion of the HESI exam is required and is used as a tie-breaker for students who achieve the same total reading and math score.

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. 

Class Campus Location Start Date Last Day to Apply
Practical Nursing Jackson
May January 29th
Practical Nursing Humboldt
September May 28th
Practical Nursing Brownsville


September 24th

Surgical Technology Jackson September May 28th


Campus Locations

Brownsville/Haywood Extension Campus
401 Morgan Street
Brownsville, TN 38012
Henderson/Chester County Instructional Service Center
1449 White Avenue
Henderson, TN 38340
Main Campus
2468 Technology Center Dr.
Jackson, TN 38301
Humboldt Higher Education Instructional Service Center
1751 Main Street
Humboldt, TN 38343
Lexington Extension Campus
230 S. Broad Street
Lexington, TN 38351

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: 25,620

Current job openings per year: 2,520


Meredith Cooper, M. S. N., R. N. Director Practical Nursing & Allied Health Programs
731-424-0691 x120
Rhonda Moses, B. S. N., R. N, Henderson/Chester County
Savannah Rushing, B.S.N., R. N., Humboldt Higher Education Instructional Service Center
Lori Akins, B. S. N., R. N., Lexington Extension Center
731-967-1795 x205
Heather Doolin, A. S. N., R. N., Part-Time, Humboldt Higher Education ISC
Richard Kutschman, M. S. N., R. N., Part-Time, Henderson/Chester County Instructional Service Center
Jamie McMillion, A. S. N., R. N., Part-Time, Humboldt Higher Education Instructional Service Center
Jordan Presley, M. S. N., R. N., Part-Time
731-424-0691 x123
Traci Mayfield
Emily Swalm-Sommers


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