Practical Nursing


The mission of the Practical Nursing program is to provide the technical instruction and skill development for the student to become gainfully employed in the nursing field.

The curriculum includes classroom study and supervised clinical practice in hospitals, nursing homes, and allied health facilities. The students study basic nursing skills such as body structure and function, conditions of illness, injury, nutrition, and medications. The clinical experience provides supervised nursing care of medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, and geriatric patients.

The practical nurse works under the supervision of the registered nurse or physician or as an assistant of the professional nurse. The practical nursing student must complete the prescribed course of study and clinical experience and then pass the state license examination to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.



Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day, Night
Credentials Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $3,648.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,524.00
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Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Practical Nurse1296Diploma

Prospective students must meet all requirements below in order to enroll into the Practical Nursing course:

  • The following two prerequisite classes are required to be completed and the transcripts must be submitted with your application:
    • Anatomy & Physiology
    • Medical Math
  • You must be eighteen (18) years of age or older to enroll.
  • Complete the TCAT – Murfreesboro application for enrollment.
  • Provide a regular high school diploma or GED transcript.
  • Provide three letters of reference. Two letters must be from professional sources and must be on professional letterheads. All three letters must be typed and signed.
  • Provide proof of MMR and Varicella immunity.

Students are subject to drug screening, criminal background checks, and more stringent vaccination requirements based upon clinical affiliation agreements.

Campus Locations

Murfreesboro Campus (Main)
1303 Old Fort Parkway
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

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: 23,080

Current job openings per year: 1,210

Salary Range



Robert Pullen
615-898-8010 Ext.151
Amy Curtis
615-898-8010 Ext.148
Shirley Netschytailo
615-898-8010 Ext.160
Elizabeth Reed
615-898-8010 Ext.135

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