Practical Nursing - Ashland City, Clarksville, Dickson and Franklin

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The student practical nurse studies basic nursing skills and such related subjects as body  structure and function in wellness and illness, nutrition, pharmacology, obstetrics, and  psychology.  The clinical experience provides supervised nursing care of medical, surgical,  obstetric, and pediatric patients. Both classroom work and clinical experiences are such that upon completion of the course,  the graduate is eligible for written examination by the State Board of Nursing.  Licensed  practical nurses, who have passed their examination, usually work under the supervision of  the registered nurse, physician, or dentist.

TCAT Dickson does not have a Nursing Assistant program. Students who withdraw before completing the entire Practical Nursing diploma are eligible to receive a Nursing Assistant certificate if all first trimester work is completed and passed. A Nursing Assistant graduate then must pass the state licensure test.

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Nursing Assistant

432 Hours


Practical Nurse 1296 Hours

Course Length

  • 432 Hours = 4 Months or 1 Trimester
  • Program Length = 12 Months or 3 Trimesters


  • Ashland City
  • Dickson
  • Clarksville
  • Franklin

Beginning the Application Process:

Interested individuals must attend an information session in order to learn about the nursing program, profession and the application process.  Prospective applicants may call the school approximately 5 months prior to the class start date to determine the dates of the information sessions.

Following is the schedule for nursing programs:

Program Location

Check website for Information Session Dates

Information Sessions Held

Program Starts

Ashland City August September January
Clarksville April May September
Dickson December January May
Franklin April May September

Attendance at an information session is the first step in the application process for the program, and applicants will receive all the information necessary to apply for the program at the session. The sessions will last approximately one hour.

Information sessions for the 2016-17 Clarksville nursing class will be held at the Clarksville campus at 135 International Blvd., Clarksville, TN on the following dates:

  • May 13, 2016 -- 10 a.m. and noon
  • May 19, 2016 -- 10 a.m. and noon

Information sessions for the 2016-17 Franklin nursing class will be held at the Franklin campus at 225 Noah Drive, Franklin, TN on the following dates:


  • May 10, 2016 -- 10 a.m. and noon
  • May 17, 2016 -- 10 a.m. and noon

Some GPS systems do not provide correct directions to our campuses. Frequently, prospective students will get lost, try to call the school for directions only to find the phone lines are full with folks calling for directions! Please take the time to print directions to the campus you are trying to reach. We have provided directions to all of our locations here on our website.

Appointments are not required; applicants may attend the session that best fits their schedule.  For more information regarding the practical nursing program, please contact Laura Travis at 615-441-6220.

Books, Supplies, Tools and Fees

Please open the file below for a complete listing of items required to complete this program.


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