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The application deadline is March 11 for the Evening LPN-RN Bridge program at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff.

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 to become a registered nurse. On average, registered nurses earn higher salaries, perform at higher skill levels, and enjoy more advancement opportunities than LPNs, said Dr. Sherry Phelan, Dean of Instruction/Chief Academic Officer at Three Rivers College. Salary information for RNs from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics can be found here:

All 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.

“The LPN-RN Bridge program offers our students career advancement possibilities, and we want to give every opportunity for students wanting to join the programs to apply,” Phelan said.

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

Applicants for the LPN-RN Bridge program 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.

Phelan advises that all admissions materials, including official copies of transcripts from high school and other colleges, must be received by the March 11 deadline. Application forms for the LPN-RN Bridge program can be found online at Prospective students must also complete a free Three Rivers application.

For more information, contact Dr. Sherry Phelan at 573-840-9688.

Three Rivers College is committed to contributing to the quality of life in Southeast Missouri with quality, affordable higher education opportunities and community services that support and encourage the economic, civic, and cultural vitality of the region. For more information about college and workforce programs and upcoming events, visit

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