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The application deadlines for several Three Rivers College Nursing programs in Poplar Bluff and Kennett are approaching. The application deadlines are March 1 for the Poplar Bluff Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Day Program and the Poplar Bluff Evening LPN-RN Bridge Program; April 3 for the Practical Nursing (PN) Program in Kennett; and May 1 for the Poplar Bluff AAS in Nursing Evening Program.

The two-year Day and Evening AAS in Nursing programs prepare students to apply for licensure by examination as a registered nurse. The job outlook for registered nurses is excellent now and into the future. The compensation and benefits, as well as the diverse opportunities for continuing education and professional growth, make nursing a most attractive career.

Three Rivers’ LPN-to-RN Bridge program is a career-enhancement program that allows 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 levels, and enjoy more advancement opportunities than LPNs.

The one-year Practical Nurse certificate program at Three Rivers – Kennett prepares students to sit for the NLCEX PN exam to become a licensed practical nurse. LPNs usually work under the supervision of registered nurses, physicians, and/or dentists and provide simple nursing care for patients who are experiencing common, well-defined health problems. Demand for LPNs is strong now and into the future. The career offers good paying jobs with good benefits. LPNs who want to continue to advance in their careers can apply to the TRC LPN-RN Bridge program.

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 programs give extraordinary career advancement possibilities to our students, and we want to give every opportunity for students wanting to join the programs to apply,” said Dr. Staci Foster, Chair of Nursing and Allied Health at Three Rivers College.

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

Applicants for the RN and 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 and dates 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.

Practical Nursing program applicants must have a high school diploma or high school equivalency credential and complete the TEAS pre-entrance examination with a score of 58% or higher to be eligible for admission. Information on TEAS testing and dates is in the application packet.

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, LPN-to-RN, and PN 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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