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JANUARY 8, 2014

Application deadline nears for newly consolidated LPN program in Kennett

Prospective students looking to enter Three Rivers College's Licensed Practical Nursing program are nearing the Feb. 1 application deadline, according to college officials. The program is accepting applications for the 2013-2014 class for students until Feb. 1.

The LPN program, which was previously offered as two programs at the Career and Technology Centers in Hayti and Kennett, has been consolidated into a single course of study at the college's Center at Kennett. The Center recently moved to a new location on Great West Drive that gives the program increased classroom space and new laboratory facilities. The move has also allowed Three Rivers to decrease the cost of the LPN program to students.

"We've had great success with our students in Kennett and Hayti, with 94% of our students who complete the program passing the NCLEX-PN exam on the first try," said Staci Campbell, Chair of the Department of Nursing and Allied Health at Three Rivers. "Our new facilities not only let us make the program more affordable for students, but increase the quality of training we offer."

The program trains students to obtain their LPN license, while also providing a jumping-off point for more advanced nursing education. Classes cover practical nursing skills, preparation for the NCLEX-PN license exam, with instruction in specific aspects of nursing such as pediatrics and obstetrics.

Nursing is one of the fastest-growing professions in Missouri. A study by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center predicts that the state will have a demand for as many as 7,800 new LPNs by 2018, three times the expected growth for other careers. The field also provides serious economic incentives, with the Center reporting an average yearly salary of $34,178 for LPNs.

"I can't emphasize enough how valuable these programs are for the community," said Campbell. "They allow residents to obtain an education that gives them the opportunity to have a life-long, rewarding career."

Potential applicants must hold a high school diploma or GED, and take the TEAS-V placement exam. Applicants must also undergo an interview process. For more information, prospective students should contact the Nursing and Allied Health Center at Three Rivers by calling 573-840-9672.
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