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  President Dr. Debbie Petree of Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Jacksboro is pleased to announce that the school’s Practical Nursing Program has been ranked 4th in the state by the Nursing Schools Almanac for 2020. The Appalachian Regional Practical Nursing Program, which is in a consortium with Tennessee College of Applied Technology- Oneida/Huntsville’s nursing program, received an overall score of 93.1%, based on data compiled over a nine year time period between 2009 -2018. This scoring was based on state board pass rates, which only averages 1st time testing results of graduates of the program from both schools. Appalachian Regional Practical Nursing Program is the only program representing small campuses that ranked in the top 5 from across the state.

Appalachian Regional Practical Nursing Coordinator Rae Ellis comments, “This recognition of our program is an affirmation that TCAT-Jacksboro offers a high quality nursing program, attributed to the hard work, dedication, teamwork, and efforts of qualified nursing faculty and support staff. I am honored to work with such a great team of individuals and am very pleased with the success of our graduates. This accomplishment is also attributed to strong support from the community, valuable advisory members, and support & dedication from our clinical sites, as well as adjunct faculty.” The program’s 2019 board pass rates, which were released in January of this year, was 98%, while the state’s overall pass rate was at 91.8% and the national pass rate was 85.6% respectfully.

The Practical Nursing Program is a year- long course consisting of 1296 clock hours. Currently the school offers one full-time day class per year and has a September start date. The school is now accepting applications for the next class. If you are interested in a career as a Licensed Practical Nurse, please contact the school at 423-566-9629 to discuss the program or visit the school’s website at for more information.

Picture caption: (L to R) Practical Nursing Coordinator Rae Ellis, Practical Nursing Instructor Betty Leach, Practical Nursing Instructor Connie Hubbard, and PN Adjunct Faculty/Career Counselor Camilla Gambrel