Pre-Practical Nursing Program Currently Scheduling Student Interviews

January 27, 2022

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Pre-Practical Nursing Program for Rising Seniors 2022-2023

Pre-Practical Nursing

CMCSS rising 12th-grade students will have the opportunity to complete the first trimester of the TCAT’s Practical Nursing program free of charge while still in high school.

  • Half of the day (up to 4 class periods) will consist of core high school graduation requirements. Students may complete these courses traditionally at their zoned high school or through an online platform as an enrolled student in the Early Technical College at TCAT.
  • Students will complete 3 hours of pre-practical nursing classes at TCAT Monday-Friday, from 2:30-5:30 pm.

Transportation to and from TCAT can only be provided by CMCSS if a student participates in the program through enrollment in the Early Technical College. All books, uniforms, and tuition costs for the Pre-Practical Nursing Program will be covered by CMCSS and a TCAT grant.

Successful pre-practical nursing students will be guaranteed a seat at either TCAT Clarksville or TCAT Dickson as an adult student in the Practical Nursing program after high school graduation. Students will complete clinical hours in the summer between their HS graduation and adult TCAT enrollment in order to be able to sit for the CNA certification assessment and ensure a seamless transition into the adult program.

Entrance Requirements

  • GPA: 2.5 or above
  • A grade of 80 or better per course in Biology, Algebra I, and English
  • ACT: 19 or higher score in Reading and Math OR Successful passage of the state-wide HSEI examination (70-Reading and 70-Math)

In-Person Information Sessions (2 options)

  • Thursday, February 3, 2022: 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
    Cental Services South (1312 Highway 48/13, Clarksville, TN 37040)
  • Thursday, February 10, 2022: 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
    Cental Services South (1312 Highway 48/13, Clarksville, TN 37040)


Complete this Google Form. In-person interviews will be scheduled for students who meet the entrance requirements.

Practical Nursing at TCAT Overview

Three trimesters (1 year) certification and degree program through Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT.)

Students study basic nursing skills and related subjects such as body structure and function, nutrition, pharmacology, obstetrics, and psychology. Clinical experience provides supervised nursing care of medical, surgical, obstetric, and pediatric patients. Both classroom work and clinical experiences are such that upon completion of the course, the graduate is eligible for the written examination by the State Board of Nursing. Licensed practical nurses who have passed their examination usually work under the supervision of the registered nurse or physician.