Practical Nursing


The Practical Nursing (PN) program is a 12-month program leading to a diploma in Practical Nursing and qualifying graduates to take the State Board of Nursing Exam to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Nursing is the expression of an art based on scientific principles, which renders care to the individual, the family, and the community by the promotion of wellness, the prevention of disease, and the rehabilitation of the ill. Practical Nurses are integral members of the health care team. They possess the basic skills and understanding necessary to safely care for persons in situations relatively free from scientific complexity and to assist the registered nurse, doctor or dentist in more complex situations.

Licensure may be awarded by the State of Tennessee after satisfactorily meeting licensure requirements and obtaining a passing score on the NCLEX-PN exam. This exam is administered quarterly and is approved by the National Council on State Boards of Nursing. Individuals with previous criminal convictions may not be eligible for licensure.




Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day
Credentials Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $3,948.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,942.55

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Nurse Aid432Certificate
Practical Nurse1296Diploma

Campus Locations

Brownsville/Haywood County Extension Campus
401 Morgan Street
Brownsville, TN 38012
Main Campus
1685 Highway 64
PO Box 489
Whiteville, TN 38075

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: 25,660

Current job openings per year: 2,460


Tennessee Board of Nursing – Approved

Books and Supplies Lists


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