Practical Nursing


 A Practical Nurse cares for ill, injured, convalescing or disabled persons in hospitals, clinics, private homes, mental health facilities, or similar health care settings.  Some skills required of a practical nurse are:  taking a patient’s vital signs, preparing a patient for surgery, assisting with examinations or diagnostic testing and clinical competencies such as catheters, tracheotomy tubes, oxygen, assisting a patient with personal hygiene and nutrition, administering prescribed medication and maintaining a clean and healthy patient environment.  Upon completion of this course a student will be prepared for entrance into one of the many challenging and profitable areas of nursing, like home health, hospitals, doctor’s clinics, or nursing homes

 The program qualifies the graduate to be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination.  Licensure (L.P.N.) may be awarded to qualified applicants by the Tennessee Board of Nursing after obtaining a passing score on the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $4,486.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $3,459.15

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Nurse Aid432Certificate
Practical Nurse1296Diploma

​CNA to LPN Practical Nursing Evening/Weekend Program Begins Fall 2020 (One-Time Only Class)

This class will be 18 months in length and meet Monday through Wednesday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (clinical times may vary).  

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED 
  • Must obtain a minimum score of 70 on the HESI exam
  • Must submit evidence of a recent physical examination by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner with appropriate immunizations
  • Successful completion and submission of Practical Nursing packet

CNA to LPN Flyer.pdf

HESI Test Dates
Limited Seating is available for each test date - must register for the test prior to the testing date.
Due to COVID-19, we have paused HESI Testing.  We will post information here and on Facebook once HESI testing resumes.

Campus Locations

Bells Campus
6514 Hwy 412S
Bells, TN 38006
Ripley Campus
127 Industrial Drive
Ripley, TN 38063

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: 23,900

Current job openings per year: 2,250


First Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Basic Nursing
Administer of Meds & Basic IV
Clinical I
Second Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Mental Health
Medical & Surgical Nursing I
Maternity Health
Clinical II
Third Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Clinical III
Adv Prof Vocational Relations
Pediatric Nursing
Pharmacology II
Medical & Surgical Nursing II


Tennessee Board of Nursing – Approved
Certified Nursing Assistant
First Aid/CPR


Leticia Harris
Bridgette Cobb
Candace Stallings
Christy Bailey

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