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

  • 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

    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

    Books and Supplies Lists


    Beth Bratshci
    Beth Bratschi, RN

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