This program is designed to meet the needs of an educational program for the members of the nursing team employed in hospitals, nursing homes, home health care agencies, etc., to give assistance in the care of patients. Included in the course is: fundamental nursing skills, medical-surgical nursing, pharmacology and administration of medicine, nutrition, growth and development, personal and community health, and all of the body systems such as endocrine etc. This course prepares graduates to take the state board examination in order to become a Licensed Practical Nurse
--Must have a High School Diploma or equivalent
--Pass Compass (the nursing admissions test) and score a minimum of 80 in Reading and 50 in Math (pre-Algebra).
--Once enrolled, nursing students must maintain an 81 average in all classes.
Physical examination, immunizations, negative drug screen, malpractice insurance, and certification in CPR by the American Heart Association for Health Care Providers, including the Automatic Electronic Defibrillator.
Graduate of an approved school of Practical Nursing and Criminal Background Check.
STEPS FOR ADMISSION TO PRACTICAL NURSING PROGRAM
Click here for a video presentation by Terri Blevins, Director of the Practical Nursing Program at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Elizabethton, previously known as the Tennessee Technology Center at Elizabethton, who explains the steps prospective students must take to be accepted into the Practical Nursing Program.
STEPS FOR ADMISSION TO PRACTICAL NURSING PROGRAM
STEP 1– Pay $15.00 cash/debit or credit card (checks are not accepted) and bring a copy of your high school diploma/transcript or GED to schedule the Compass Test at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Main Campus, 426 Highway 91 N, Elizabethton. Diplomas, transcripts must be from an accepted, accredited high school. If you have any questions concerning your diploma, (i.e. a home school diploma, online diploma, or out of the country diploma) please see Lori Clarke or Mike Cole or contact them at 423-543-0070. If you are 20 years old or younger, ACT scores of 19 each in Math, Reading, and English will be accepted in lieu of the Compass. (Click here for Compass Test information and preparation tips.)
STEP 2– On the day of your Compass test, bring a photo I.D. Compass testing is currently given at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Herman Robinson Campus, 1500 Arney Street, Elizabethton. You will not be allowed to test without your I.D.
STEP 3– When you pass the Compass test, you will be given an Application for Admission to the Practical Nursing Program to take with you to fill out. In order for the application to be complete, all required information must be provided as outlined below. Information provided must be current within three months of the date of enrollment.
Please check our website for the new student registration date each trimester. In Elizabethton, Practical Nursing classes begin in May (Summer Trimester) and in September (Fall Trimester) and in Kingsport in January (Spring Trimester).
STEP 4– OBTAIN YOUR REQUIRED CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK. (Instructions are included in the video). Cost of the background check is $50.00. (Click here for a copy of the Criminal Background letter.) YOU WILL NEED TO UPLOAD THE RESULTS OF YOUR BACKGROUND CHECK TO YOUR VERIFIED CREDENTIALS ACCOUNT. (See next step on how to create your account).
STEP 5– OPEN AN ACCOUNT FOR YOUR ADMISSION DOCUMENTATION. This will allow you to submit all your documentation to your account. Follow instructions in the Verified Credentials letter. (Click here for a copy of the Verified Credentials letter.)
NOTE: YOU MUST SELECT THE PROPER CODE TO INDICATE THE LOCATION AND TRIMESTER FOR THE PRACTICAL NURSING CLASS YOUR DESIRE. Practical Nursing classes in Elizabethton begin in May (Summer Trimester) and in September (Fall Trimester) and in Kingsport in January (Spring Trimester). This code will allow staff to verify that you have submitted all required documentation. Without the code, staff will be unable to verify submission of the required information and your application will not be accepted. (Instructions are also included in the video).
STEP 6 – Obtain copies of your immunizations. This includes MMR (Mumps, Measles and Rubella), Varicella (Chicken Pox) and Hepatitis B. If you were born prior to 1980 a copy of your driver’s license can be used for your Varicella. If you were born prior to 1957 you do not have to provide a copy of your MMR. YOU WILL NEED TO UPLOAD THIS DOCUMENTATION TO YOUR VERIFIED CREDENTIALS ACCOUNT.
STEP 7– Print the Physical Exam Form and make an appointment with your health care provider to get your exam as soon as possible, again keeping deadline dates in mind. YOU WILL NEED TO UPLOAD THIS DOCUMENTATION TO YOUR VERIFIED CREDENTIALS ACCOUNT.
(Click here for a copy of the Physical Exam Form.)
Physical job requirements for Practical Nursing are also listed for your review. (Click here for a copy of the Physical Job Requirements.)
STEP 8– Once you have provided Verified Credentials with all documentation (immunization records, physical exam and results of your background check), submit your Application for Admission to the Practical Nursing Program at the Main Campus, 426 Highway 91 N, Elizabethton. Staff will verify that the required information has been provided to Verified Credentials. If the information is complete, your name will be placed on the waiting list for the next available nursing class. You will be given a date for your orientation at this time.
If all required information has not been provided, you will have to obtain the required documents, submit them to Verified Credentials, and return to the Main Campus for application review.
NOTE: You are not eligible for admission until all steps have been completed.
STEP 9– If you plan to apply for financial aid, go to www.fafsa.gov. Our school code is 005281.
Applications and test results will be retained by the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Elizabethton for two (2) years.
**Remember you can always refer to the video to help you complete the process. Questions not answered by the video should be directed to Terri Blevins, Director of Nursing, at 423-547-2590, Ext. 412 or you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.**
THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING THE TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF APPLIED TECHNOLOGY ELIZABETHTON FOR YOUR PRACTICAL NURSING EDUCATION!
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology Elizabethton is a Tennessee Board of Regents Institution and is fully in accord with the belief that educational and employment opportunities should be available to all eligible persons without regard to age, gender, color, race, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.
Sandy Barker, Lisa Blackburn, Terri Blevins, Kacie Hauldren,Kathy Bullen, Emma Hopson, and Melissa Price.
|Basic Nursing Skills||Medical-Surgical Nursing I & II|
|Basic Sciences||Pharmacology/Administering Medicine|
|Nursing Trends and Issues I and II|
|Practical Nurse||12 Months|
Classes meet from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday with clinical hours scheduled at various times. Classes also meet at the ETSU at Kingsport Extension Campus, 1501 University Boulevard, Kingsport.
Effective Fall Trimester, 2012, maximum financial assistance to qualifying students enrolled in the Practical Nursing Training Program for 1,296 hours of instruction is as follows: Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant, $2,000; Federal Pell Grant, $5,500
The Tennessee Technology Center at Elizabethton does not offer a student loan program.
79% (Licensure pass rate:91%) of graduates from this program, who began their studies in 2012, completed it within 12 months.