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After being extended due to the restrictions around COVID-19, the application deadline for the Three Rivers College Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Day Program (RN) is July 20. This program will begin January 2021.

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 Dr. Staci Foster, Chair of Nursing and Allied Health at Three Rivers College. The occupational outlook for registered nurses 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.

“Our nursing 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. The NLN PAX-RN entrance examination for this program will be given remotely.

Students who have not taken the NLN PAX-RN exam, but have already registered for a previous testing date that was cancelled due to the ransomware cyberattack or COVID-19 do not need to register again. NLN Customer Service will contact them regarding the creation of an account and registration for a one-on-one test session. There is a $35 fee that will be required at the time of registration. This fee will be paid by the student.

Students who are interested in registering to take the NLN PAX-RN entrance exam will go to and scroll down to the NLN paragraph, click on the link and register and pay for the exam. Once that is completed, NLN Customer Service will contact the student regarding the creation of an account and registration for a one-on-one test session. There is a $35 fee that will be required at the time of registration. This fee will be paid by the student.

Tests can be taken on the student’s schedule, at their location, and with their computer. Exams must be completed by the program’s application deadline.

For questions about NLN exam registration, please contact the NLN at

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

Nursing program applications can be emailed to Virginia Watson at, faxed to 573-840-9055, or dropped off in person at the Nursing and Allied Health department on the Three Rivers Poplar Bluff campus. Contact Watson at 573-840-9672 with questions.

For more information about the nursing programs or the admission process, contact Staci Foster at

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