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The application deadline has been extended until October 18 for the one-year Practical Nurse (PN) certificate programs at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff and Sikeston. Classes for these programs will begin in January.

The Practical Nurse program is a new addition to TRC-Sikeston. The program was formerly taught at Sikeston public schools, which saw its final PN class graduate this summer. The Missouri State Board of Nursing approved the program’s move to Three Rivers – Sikeston in February of this year.

The Three Rivers Practical Nurse programs prepare 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, which is offered in Poplar Bluff and Sikeston. Salary information for LPNs 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 programs give 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 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.

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 PN program 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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