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The application deadline for the Three Rivers College LPN-RN Bridge Program at TRC-Sikeston is November 2. This deadline was previously December 1.

The Three Rivers LPN-to-RN Bridge program is a career-enhancement program designed to allow Missouri LPNs to earn an associate degree and prepare to apply for licensure by examination as a registered nurse.

On average, registered nurses earn higher salaries, perform at higher skill levels, and enjoy more advancement opportunities than LPNs, said Dr. Staci Foster, Chair of Nursing and Allied Health at Three Rivers College. The occupational outlook for registered nurses can be found

Three Rivers nursing programs offer challenging course work, close interaction with faculty, and diverse clinical experiences. The programs have proven pass rates for licensure exams and high job placement rates. These rates can be found on the Nursing Program application.

“These programs offer our students career advancement possibilities, and we want to give every opportunity for students wanting to join the programs to apply,” said Foster.

Students must complete an application and meet certain criteria to be admitted into Three Rivers’ nursing programs.

Applicants for the LPN-RN Bridge programs must have a minimum 2.0 GPA and an NLN PAX-RN score of 110 or higher. Information on NLN PAX-RN testing is in the application packet. No specific classes must be completed to apply to the program. LPN-to-RN Bridge applicants must have a valid LPN license.

Those who wish to start their nursing career by becoming an LPN, will need to complete the TEAS pre-entrance examination with a score of 58% or higher to be eligible for admission. A high school diploma or high school equivalency credential, application, and admission materials will also need to be submitted by the October 1 application deadline.

TRC Testing Services is once again open for the NLN PAX-RN exam, as well as TEAS testing. For more information about testing, visit

Foster advises that all admissions materials, including official copies of transcripts from high school and other colleges, must be received by the appropriate deadline. Application forms for the Nursing programs can be found online at Prospective students must also complete a free Three Rivers application.

For more information, contact Staci Foster at 573-840-9672.

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