Nurse Aide Training program offered at Pellissippi State

Tennessee is expected to have the highest nursing shortage in the Southeast by 2020, according to Tennessee Nurse, the official publication of the Tennessee Nurses Association.

The Tennessee Health Care Education Summit in Nashville in June brought together stakeholders from across the state to address Tennessee’s growing shortage of nursing and allied health professionals.

The institution, in partnership with the American Red Cross, offers a Nurse Aide Training program at the Magnolia Avenue Campus, located at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. in Knoxville While many who attend plan to work permanently as a certified nursing assistant, others will use the training and job experience as foundation for an eventual licensed practical nurse or RN position.

In either case, the NAT program helps prepare its graduates for finding employment in the high-demand field of health care. The program is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and meets all state and federal requirements.

The program offers two scheduling options, depending on the time of year: a four-week day and a seven-week evening curriculum. Instruction in both includes hands-on, real-life experience and thorough training designed to prepare students to take and pass the CNA exam.

The next session will begin October 21 through December 10, with classes during both sessions running from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Clinicals take place at local nursing facilities for four days, during the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

To register or request additional information, call the local Red Cross, 865-584-2999, or visit

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