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The application deadline for the one-year certificate Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)/Practical Nurse (PN) programs at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff and Sikeston is Nov. 27, with classes beginning in January.

The purpose of the Practical Nurse program at Three Rivers College is to prepare students to achieve a one-year certificate in Practical Nursing and be successful in obtaining licensure as an LPN. The Practical Nurse program instills knowledge, skills, and professional values to prepare individuals to enter the workforce and provide safe, effective nursing care for clients in a variety of healthcare settings.

Nursing education courses are included in the program of study; clinical laboratory experiences are planned in local healthcare facilities under the direct guidance of the nursing faculty. Students enrolled in the nursing program have the same privileges and responsibilities afforded to all students of the College.

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 RN Bridge program. Salary information for LPNs from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics can be found here:

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 programs give career advancement possibilities to our students, and we want to give every opportunity for students wanting to join the programs to apply,” Three Rivers Director of Practical Nursing Andrea Pierce said.

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

PN 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.

Pierce 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 PN program can be found online at Prospective students must also complete a free Three Rivers application.

For more information about the program visit, or contact Andrea Pierce at 573-840-9672 or

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