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Admissions

How to Apply

  1. Pick a program of study
  2. Download and complete the TCAT Application for Enrollment
    1. Some programs of study require additional application documents. Download, complete and submit any required documents listed under the programs of study below
  3. Contact your physician and obtain your proof of vaccination letter
    1. Applicants born on or after Jan. 1, 1957, must submit proof of MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccination
    2. Applicants born on or after Jan. 1, 1980, must submit proof of varicella (chicken pox) vaccination
  4. Submit your application, program-specific application materials (if required), and vaccination letter to the Student Services Office at the address listed below

  5. Request official transcripts of education from high school, high-school equivalency or other colleges and universities
    1. High school transcripts are available from your high school's counseling office

    2. College and University transcripts are available at the insitutiton's records office

    3. Official GED and HiSET requests can be obtained at https://www.diplomasender.com for the following states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wyoming

    4. If you have foreign transcripts you will need to provide an English translated version of your transcript and have your education evaluated through the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The website for NACES can be found at: www.naces.org. We will need the English translated version of your transcripts to complete admissions requirements

  6. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online, if applying for financial aid (this is required for TN Promise scholarship and the Wilder Naifeh grant)

Student Services Office – Main Campus
1100 Liberty Street
Knoxville, TN 37919
Phone: 865-546-5567    Fax: 865-971-4474
admissions@tcatknoxville.edu

How to Apply to Part Time and Supplemental Classes

Please see the brochures at the link below for program admission requirements, tuition cost, and class schedule dates.

REGISTRATION STARTS MARCH 27 at 8:30 am for SUMMER PART-TIME CLASSES

 

General Admission Requirements

  • Program enrollment is based on a first-come, first-served basis by date of completed application. (A completed application includes all items required for enrollment.)
  • Persons seeking admission to a college must be at least 18 years of age or have a high school diploma or equivalent. For full-time programs, the applicant must declare an occupational objective and demonstrate reasonable potential for achieving that objective.
  • All persons who are required to register for the Federal Draft under 50 U.S.C. App. Section 453 are not eligible to enroll in any post-secondary school until they have registered with selective service.

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Program-Specific Admission Requirements

Educational and admission requirements vary from program to program. 

Dental Assisting

All of the below documents must be submitted together with the general requirements to accept your application

  • Complete Application for Enrollment
  • Provide proof of completed FAFSA
  • Provide current CPR card certification from American Heart Association in BLS for Healthcare Providers which covers basic life support in infant, child, adult, choking and AED.
  • Provide official, sealed high school transcript or quivalent
  • Take and pass the HESI Exam.
    ACT EXEMPTION – If you are under the age of 21 and have scored a 19 or above on BOTH the Reading and Math sections of the ACT (Not the composite score) you do not have to take the HESI. You must bring in your test results with a photo ID. A score of 19 or above in both sections is required.

Manicuring

All of the below documents must be submitted together with the general requirements to accept your application.
  • Provide an official copy in a sealed envelope of one of the following:
    • A High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma transcript with a score of at least 450 with no score less than 410 in any area
    • A high school transcript with proof of completion of at least the 10th grade with 12 high school credits
  • Provide one of the following for proof of age:
    • A copy of your Driver's License
    • A copy of your birth certificate
    • A high school transcript with the birth date listed
  • Provide a copy of your Social Security Card.
  • Provide one of the following for a recent photograph.
    • A copy of your driver’s license/Photo ID
    • A snapshot that has been signed, dated, and notarized

Cosmetology Instructor Training

All of the below documents must be submitted together with the general requirements to accept your application.

Nursing Aide

Steps to Enroll:

To enroll in the Nursing Assistant course you will need to bring $438 in tuition and fill out a registration card.  ALL applicants must also provide an official, sealed background check from the Sheriff's Office in the county in which they reside at least 2 weeks prior to the start date of class.  The Background check can NOT come from the Police Department!  You must register in person and registration is first come, first serve.  The total estimated program cost will be around $716 and will include books, supplies, tuition, uniforms, and your state board exam.

Applicants cannot be on the Abuse Registry.  This includes but is not limited to theft and abuse.

Applicant must be at least 18 years of age to enroll in this class.

 

Fall 2017 Schedule (Registration will begin July 31st)

Program Days Time Dates
Day Sept 5 M-F 8 am – 3 pm Sept 5 – Sept 28
Day Sept 29 M-F 8 am – 3 pm Sept 29– Oct 26
Day Oct 27 M-F 8 am – 3 pm Oct 27– Nov 21
Day Nov 27 M-F 8 am – 3 pm Nov 27 – Dec 20
Night Sept 18 M-TH 5:30 pm – 9 pm Sept 18– Nov 16
Night Oct 9 M-TH 5:30 pm – 9 pm Oct 9 – Dec 11

*For each of the evening classes, clinical will be scheduled for a weekend class during day shift hours

Collision Repair Technology

Truck Driving

All of the below documents must be submitted together with the general requirements to accept your application
  • Complete a Department of Transportation Physical (DOT Physical)—A DOT physical examination must be conducted by a licensed “medical examiner”. To schedule this you may contact your primary care provider to schedule an appointment but be sure you request a DOT physical since it is specific to the industry. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) form called the Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination is used for the DOT physical and does evaluate if an individual is physically qualified to drive a motor vehicle. In some cases a Skill Performance Evaluation (SPE) Examination may be required with the DOT physical. For more information please refer to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/.
  • Provide copy of your Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) for last three years. The MVR is an official copy of your driving record and can be obtained at a Driver Service Station.
  • Provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency
  • Provide copy of valid drivers license

Obtain CDL Permit (before the start of class cost is $15)- Applicants may be placed on the waiting list before obtaining their permits. All truck driving applicants must have their CDL permit before they are allowed to start the program. The CDL Permit is obtained by taking and passing the general knowledge test at full-service driver service centers throughout the state.

Note: applicants must be at least 21 years of age by Truck Driving program start date.

Program Start Date End Date Training Days
Sept 5 Oct 27 37
Oct 30 Dec 21 37
Jan 3 Feb 24 37
Feb 27 April 26 37
May 1 June 21 37
July 9 Aug 28 37
Sept 4 Oct 26 37
Oct 29 Dec 21 37

Pipefitting and Plumbing Technology

Surgical Technology

Surgical Technology program starts twice a year each September and spring midterm which is around February. Admission is based on a point system determined by the applicants submitted documents by the deadline date. We accept 20 students for each class.

  • Complete the Application for Enrollment
  • Provide proof of completed FAFSA
  • Provide copy of official, sealed high school transcript or equivalent
  • Take and pass the HESI Exam.
    ACT EXEMPTION – If you are under the age of 21 and have scored a 19 or above on BOTH the Reading and Math sections of the ACT (Not the composite score) you do not have to take the HESI. You must bring in your test results with a photo ID. A score of 19 or above in both sections is required.
  • Provide current CPR card certification from American Heart Association in BLS for Healthcare Providers which covers basic life support in infant, child, adult, choking and AED.
  • Provide any documentation for Points System.
Trimester Application Deadline
Spring 2018
Feb 2018 class
October 20, 2017
Fall 2018
Sept 2018 class
June 8, 2018

 

Medical Assisting

Medical Assistant program starts one time a year each September and admission is on a point system effective January 1, 2017.
Trimester: Fall 2017
Application Deadline: 07/13/2018
All of the below documents must be submitted together with the general requirements to accept your application
  • Complete Application for Enrollment
  • Provide proof of completed FAFSA
  • Provide official, sealed high school transcript or quivalent
  • Take and pass the HESI Exam.
    ACT EXEMPTION – If you are under the age of 21 and have scored a 19 or above on BOTH the Reading and Math sections of the ACT (Not the composite score) you do not have to take the HESI. You must bring in your test results with a photo ID. A score of 19 or above in both sections is required.
  • Provide current CPR card certification from American Heart Association in BLS for Healthcare Providers which covers basic life support in infant, child, adult, choking and AED.

Medical Office Information Technology

Industrial Electricity

Welding Technology

Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing program starts three times a year each January, May, and September. Admission is based on a point system determined by the applicants submitted documents.
All of the below documents must be submitted together with the general requirements to accept your application by the deadline date.
Trimester Application Deadline
Spring 2018 10/26/2017
Summer 2018 3/08/2018
Fall 2018 7/19/2018
  • Complete the Application for Enrollment form
  • Provide proof of completed FAFSA
  • Provide copy of official, sealed high school transcipt or equivalent
  • Declaration of Citizenship: Provide the completed and notarized Declaration of Citizenship form as required by the Tennessee Department of Health. This form must be the original, notarized document.
  • Take and pass the HESI Exam. Exam is over Math, Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking the cost is $40.00.
    ACT EXEMPTION – If you are under the age of 21 and have scored a 19 or above on BOTH the Reading and Math sections of the ACT (Not the composite score) you do not have to take the HESI. You must bring in your test results with a photo ID. A score of 19 or above in both sections is required.
  • Provide current CPR card certification from American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR which covers basic life support in infant, child, adult, choking and AED.
  • Documentation for Points System.

Industrial Maintenance/Mechatronics

Machine Tool Technology

Heating, Ventiliation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Diesel Powered Equipment Technology

Cosmetology

All of the below documents must be submitted together with the general requirements to accept your application.

  • Complete Application for Enrollment
  • Provide Proof of Completed FAFSA
  • Provide an official copy in a sealed envelope of one of the following:
    • A High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma transcript with a score of at least 450 with no score less than 410 in any area
    • A high school transcript with proof of completion of at least the 10th grade with 12 high school credits
  • Provide one of the following for proof of age:
    • A copy of your Driver's License
    • A copy of your birth certificate
    • A high school transcript with the birth date listed
  • Provide a copy of your Social Security Card.
  • Provide one of the following for a recent photograph.
    • A copy of your driver’s license/Photo ID
    • A snapshot that has been signed, dated, and notarized

Computer Information Technology

Automotive Technology

Administrative Office Technology