Tri-Rivers Nursing School Ranked #1 in Ohio

The Tri-Rivers School of Nursing was recently ranked number one in the State of Ohio by  Eighty-four schools in Ohio were analyzed and 30 qualified to be ranked, said Dr. Emeline Kelly, Tri-Rivers Director of Health & Public Safety program. Dr. Kelly said RegisteredNursing.Org ranked nursing schools in Ohio by analyzing current and historical NCLEX-RN pass rates.
“They went back to the most recent years of data available up to five years, then averaged the schools’ pass rates, weighted the recency of the exam and considered the number of students taking the exam.”Dr. Kelly explained that the National Council Examination (NCLEX-RN) is the nationwide examination for licensing of nurses in the United State and Canada. Most recently the 2016 graduates of Tri-Rivers LPN to RN program achieved 100% passage of the NCLEX. In 2014 Tri-Rivers nursing program was the only RN program in Ohio with more than 10 graduates to achieve a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN, in 2015 they achieved 95.6%.Dr. Kelly said the goal of the Tri-Rivers LPN to RN program at Tri-Rivers is two-fold. “First of all, we want our graduates to successfully obtain licensure as a Registered Nurse. Secondly, our students also receive education that focuses on the professional environment and current practice issues including evidenced-based practice and patient experience, in order to make them successful employees for today’s health care agencies.”

“We also place importance on continuing education by instructing our students that it is an expectation that they will obtain further education, minimally a baccalaureate degree,” said Dr. Kelly. “Additionally, we hold our faculty and staff to a high standard, relying on current practice and innovative educational strategies.”

Dr. Kelly attributes the high ranking from RegisteredNursing.Org and high pass rate of the NCLEX to her team who works one on one with students and “offers unparalleled support for students during their training.”

“We look at each individual student and work hard to support their goals of becoming a healthcare professional,” said Dr. Kelly.  Each student is different. We recognize those differences and provide the support that help them succeed.”

Katie Keller, a graduate of Tri-Rivers Patient Care Technician, LPN, and LPN to RN program, said, “I wanted to become a nurse because my grandfather was an ob-gyn in Marion, Ohio for many, many years.  He delivered thousands and thousands of babies. He had a great legacy of being a great doctor and I always wanted to follow in his footsteps. Tri-Rivers made that possible for me. I am now a Registered Nurse working at Marion General in their labor and delivery room, walking the hallways that he walked, working in the same delivery rooms and I couldn’t be happier.”

Keller said, “I’m proud of my hometown and our labor and delivery at Marion General  where I work. We have an awesome team. There are actually multiples of us who have graduated from Tri-Rivers.  “Tri-Rivers taught us teamwork.”

Dr. Kelly said at Tri-Rivers School of Nursing it is “all about relationships. We are partners with our students. Their success is our success.”

To learn more about Tri-Rivers Healthcare programs, visit You can also direct your questions to Pam Collins at or 740-389-4682 ext 5526.  Visit to learn more about their ranking system and see how other schools in Ohio are ranked.

Tri-Rivers Center For Adult Education’s Open House is Monday, April 24, 4-7pm at the Adult Education Healthcare & Public Safety Building, 1563 Marion-Mt. Gilead Road, Marion, Ohio. You can visit the Nursing programs, and learn about Industrial Maintenance, Paramedic, EMT, Welding and RAMTEC programs.