The mission of the Practical Nursing Program is to provide students with the knowledge and skill to enable them to become successful members of today's health care workforce. Students will be prepared for lifelong learning in order to meet the ever-changing challenges of the community and the state.
If you enjoy working with people, want job stability, desire an opportunity to grow, and would like to feel that you have made a difference for the good in the life of your fellow citizens, then Practical Nursing may be right for you.
The program consists of 650 hours of classroom and laboratory time and 646 hours of clinical practice. Students progress through selected learning experiences, correlating theory with practice under the guidance of qualified faculty.
Career opportunities are endless upon graduation. Practical Nurses work in hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, doctors' offices and in industrial nursing. It's not just a job - It's a Career with predicted growth and different job opportunities for both men and women.
New classes begin each trimester. Contact student services for more information concerning the application process.
Admission requirements include an applicant submitting a Practical Nursing application, attain a minimum score of 80 in reading and 50 in math on the COMPASS test, submit a copy of their high school or GED transcript, submit one letter of recommendation, submit a letter stating why you want to be a nurse, provide proof of 2 immunizations for MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) and Varicella (chickenpox). Exemptions may apply. Additional admission requirements for all health related classes include proof of protection against Hepatitis B, which is a three-part series of vaccinations that must have begun prior to your first day of enrollment. Once these are submitted, you must attend a group orientation meeting with the Allied Health Coordinator. Prior to enrollment, you must submit a health record (physician's exam report) and begin the criminal background check process.
PN Capping Ceremony
TCAT-P operates two off-campus LPN sites. They are located as follows:
Weakley County Center for Adult and Continuing Education
8250 Hwy 22
Dresden, TN 38225
Benton County Governmental Building
152 North Forrest Avenue
Camden, TN 38320
|Nurse Assistant||1 Trimester||Certificate|
|Practical Nurse||3 Trimesters||Diploma|
|2012/2013 Completion Rate||91%|
|2012/2013 Placement Rate||90%|
|Average Starting Pay||$11.00 - $15.00/hour|
Rebecca Hergert is a TCAT-P Practical Nursing Instructor for the Paris part-time program. She graduated from West Virginia Northern Community College and has been a Registered Nurse for 18 years. She received her BSN from Western Governor's University. She has experience in critical care, home health, medical/surgical nursing, telemetry, orthopaedics, hospice, and nursing home care. She and her husband, Robert, have 8 children and 11 grandchildren.
Janis Noel is a TCAT-P Practical Nursing Instructor for the Dresden class. She received her LPN from Gateway Technology Institute in Kenosha, WI. She received her RN from the College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL. She utilized the campus of Jackson State Community College and the University of Tennessee-Martin to continue her degree and ultimately received her BSN from Chamberlain College of Nursing in St. Louis, Missouri.
Janis loves family, grandchildren and church family. She is the mother of 4 children, Sharondia, Lynn, Lucian, and Nicole. Her three grandchildren, SaMantha, Joshawa, and Syerra, are Janis' pride and joy.
Her pasttimes include reading and relaxing.
Beth Rowland Hopper, a registered nurse, is the newest full-time practical nursing faculty member at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Paris. She will be the lead instructor for the evening/weekend program.
Mrs. Hopper comes to us from the Jackson campus, where she has been the lead practical nursing instructor since 2009. She is a 2011 graduate of the University of Memphis with a bachelor’s of science in nursing. She is also a graduate of the registered nursing program at Jackson State Community College where she was named outstanding nursing student in 2005.
In addition to her previous teaching experience, she has also worked for Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in the post anesthesia care unit and the cardiac intensive care unit.
Mrs. Hopper and her husband, Michael, reside in Carroll County with his two daughters, Kami, a student at the University of Tennessee at Memphis and Reese, a student at Huntingdon High School.
Cindy Kee is a TCAT-P Practical Nursing Instructor.