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The application deadlines for two Three Rivers College Nursing programs in Poplar Bluff are approaching. The application deadlines are March 1 for the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Day Program (RN) and the Evening RN Bridge Program.

The two-year AAS in Nursing program is designed to prepare students to apply for licensure by examination as a registered nurse.

“According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 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,” said Laura McElroy, Three Rivers Director of Nursing.

Three Rivers’ RN Bridge program is a career-enhancement program designed to allow Missouri LPNs and Licensed Paramedics 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,” McElroy said.

All Three Rivers nursing programs offer challenging coursework, 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.

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

Applicants for the RN and RN Bridge programs must have a minimum 2.0 GPA and a HESI A2 entrance exam score of 75% or higher. Additionally, applicants for the RN Bridge program must score 700 or better on the HESI ADN (associate degree nurse) entrance exam. Information on testing is listed in the application packet. No specific classes must be completed to apply to the program. RN Bridge applicants must have a valid LPN or Paramedic license.

McElroy advises that all admissions materials, including official copies of transcripts from high school and other colleges, must be received by the March 1 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 Laura McElroy at 573-840-9672 or

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