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LPN to RN Programs in Missouri

Nursing schools in Missouri are ahead of the game - many of their programs are offered virtually or in an evening/weekend format.  This allows their students to attend to other necessities of life, such as family and work, while simultaneously attending school on a part-time or full-time basis.

 

Missouri RN Licensing Requirements

There is strict regulation nurses must follow in order to obtain licensure in the state of Missouri. There are three ways a candidate can obtain licensure: by exam, by endorsement, and by completing a nursing program abroad.

RN Licensure by Exam

No more than three months before graduation, candidates must submit the following:
  • Completed, signed, and notarized application
  • 2 x 2 passport-type photograph
  • $45.00 fee made payable through money order, cashier’s check, or personal check to the Missouri Board of Nursing.
Candidates are required to submit a background check approximately two weeks after the application has been submitted. This can be done at: www.machs.mo.gov. Candidates will choose a fingerprint site, complete a fingerprinting process and obtain a receipt. There is a $44.80 fee that will include a State of Missouri search, FBI search, and Cogent (the vendor that processes fingerprints for the state) fee. After graduation, nurses should request that an official transcript be sent to the Board of Nursing office. Candidates must apply for the NCLEX exam through the Pearson VUE website and pay the $200 fee. Tests can only be scheduled when the candidate has received the Authorization to Test (ATT).

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Missouri is a part of the Nursing Licensure Compact, which allows nurses who are licensed in Missouri to practice in other compact states. Nurses may only hold one compact license and it must be issues by the primary residence. Candidates who reside in a compact state outside of Missouri planning on changing the primary residence to Missouri within 9 days may declare their primary residency in Missouri. Nurses who declare a non-compact state as the primary residence will be required to meet all the other requirements for licensure in Missouri. The following documentation must be submitted:
  • Completed, signed, and notarized application
  • $55 fee by check or money order made payable to Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • License verification
  • Official transcript
  • Criminal background check along with the $44.80 fee

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Foreign nurses who have obtained licensure in a foreign country (with the exception of Puerto Rico and Canada) must have their credentials approved by an evaluation service and sent to the board. A list of services can be found on the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools website.

Total Schools: 25

Ranked Schools: 14

Ranked: 1 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.912198.24%

State Fair Community College

3201 W 16th Street, Sedalia, MO - 65301-2199 66053113

State Fair Community College is located in Sedalia, Missouri.  SFCC serves 14 counties in Missouri and also has one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.  Their nursing program is designed in a two-year format – the first year, students earn their LPN and the second year, students ear their RN.

Campus: Sedalia, MO
Net Price: $5,585.00
Enrollment: 5,185
Transfer Out Rate: 20.00%
Loan Default Rate: $28.00
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $6.69%
Graduation Rate: 20.90%
Median Borrowing: 6,707.00%
Median Payment: 70.03%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.763195.26%

Cox College

1423 N Jefferson, Springfield, MO - 65802 (417) 269-3401

Cox College is located in Springfield, Missouri.  They offer ASN, BSN and an RN to BSN degree options.  The nursing program began in 1907 as the Burge Deaconess Training School for Nurses, with three nursing students.

Campus: Springfield, MO
Net Price: $18,154.00
Enrollment: 832
Loan Default Rate: $9.20
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $-1.96%
Graduation Rate: 90.90%
Median Borrowing: 17,703.00%
Median Payment: 184.84%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.756195.12%

Columbia College

1001 Rogers Street, Columbia, MO - 65216 (573) 875-8700

Columbia College is located in Columbia, Missouri.  They offer an associate’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in nursing, both of which are on-campus options.  They also offer an online option for those who are seeking a RN to BSN program.

Campus: Columbia, MO
Net Price: $11,759.00
Enrollment: 15,998
Loan Default Rate: $13.30
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $10.82%
Graduation Rate: 39.70%
Median Borrowing: 13,803.00%
Median Payment: 144.12%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.702194.04%

Ozarks Technical Community College

1001 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, MO - 65802 (417) 447-7500

Ozarks Technical Community College is located in Springfield, Missouri.  They have two options for their ASN program: a traditional “seated” program and a hybrid program where classes are primarily in an online format.  Both programs are an LPN to ASN program.

Campus: Springfield, MO
Net Price: $6,161.00
Enrollment: 14,798
Transfer Out Rate: 17.90%
Loan Default Rate: $22.30
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-1.82%
Graduation Rate: 19.60%
Median Borrowing: 8,946.00%
Median Payment: 93.41%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 5 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.632192.64%

Moberly Area Community College

101 College Ave, Moberly, MO - 65270-1304 66026312

Moberly Area Community College is located in Moberly, Missouri.  They offer an ADN program and a virtual accelerated ADN program.  The virtual program is designed for LPNs to earn their ADN degree in 12 months.

Campus: Moberly, MO
Net Price: $7,735.00
Enrollment: 5,710
Transfer Out Rate: 9.50%
Loan Default Rate: $22.60
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $36.20%
Graduation Rate: 18.80%
Median Borrowing: 6,964.00%
Median Payment: 72.71%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 6 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5565191.13%

St Charles Community College

4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr, Cottleville, MO - 63376-0975 (636) 922-8000

St. Charles Community College is located in Cottleville, Missouri.  St. Charles offers an ADN option; they also offer a bridge program for LPNs.  The bridge option is not a separate program but serves as a later entrance into the ADN program.

Campus: Cottleville, MO
Net Price: $3,717.00
Enrollment: 7,396
Transfer Out Rate: 30.10%
Loan Default Rate: $14.20
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $4.85%
Graduation Rate: 18.60%
Median Borrowing: 5,150.00%
Median Payment: 53.77%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 7 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4605189.21%

Mineral Area College

5270 Flat River Road, Park Hills, MO - 63601-1000 (573) 431-4593
Campus: Park Hills, MO
Net Price: $6,464.00
Enrollment: 4,508
Transfer Out Rate: 17.20%
Loan Default Rate: $24.30
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $3.92%
Graduation Rate: 26.70%
Median Borrowing: 8,250.00%
Median Payment: 86.14%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 8 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.3695187.39%

Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences

2001 William Street, Cape Girardeau, MO - 63703-4507 57333511
Campus: Cape Girardeau, MO
Enrollment: 222
Loan Default Rate: $11.40
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Graduation Rate: 50.00%
Median Borrowing: 14,250.00%
Median Payment: 148.79%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 9 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.359187.18%

Hannibal-LaGrange University

2800 Palmyra Rd, Hannibal, MO - 63401-1999 (573) 221-3675
Campus: Hannibal, MO
Net Price: $15,832.00
Enrollment: 1,198
Loan Default Rate: $8.00
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $12.63%
Graduation Rate: 61.20%
Median Borrowing: 15,535.00%
Median Payment: 162.20%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 10 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.1295182.59%

Texas County Technical College

6915 S Hwy 63, Houston, MO - 65483 (417) 967-5466
Campus: Houston, MO
Net Price: $20,997.00
Enrollment: 139
Loan Default Rate: $13.50
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $27.24%
Graduation Rate: 75.90%
Median Borrowing: 14,654.00%
Median Payment: 153.00%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 11 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.052181.04%

Park University

8700 NW River Park Dr, Parkville, MO - 64152-3795 (816) 741-2000
Campus: Parkville, MO
Net Price: $11,859.00
Enrollment: 10,198
Loan Default Rate: $9.80
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $8.71%
Graduation Rate: 43.50%
Median Borrowing: 13,500.00%
Median Payment: 140.96%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 12 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.966179.32%

Concorde Career Colleges

3239 Broadway, Kansas City, MO - 64111-2407 (816) 531-5223
Campus: Kansas City, MO
Programs: Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursin
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private For-Profit
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 13 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.9605179.21%

Jefferson College

1000 Viking Drive, Hillsboro, MO - 63050-2440 (636) 797-3000
Campus: Hillsboro, MO
Net Price: $5,917.00
Enrollment: 5,194
Transfer Out Rate: 17.40%
Loan Default Rate: $21.80
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $4.54%
Graduation Rate: 24.10%
Median Borrowing: 7,113.00%
Median Payment: 74.27%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 14 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.197163.94%

ITT Technical Institute-Earth City

3640 Corporate Trail Drive, Earth City, MO - 63045 (314) 298-7800
Campus: Earth City, MO
Net Price: $20,696.00
Enrollment: 602
Loan Default Rate: $22.40
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private For-Profit
Net Price Change: $-0.14%
Graduation Rate: 34.50%
Median Borrowing: 23,217.00%
Median Payment: 242.41%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in Missouri

Rank (Modified)
University
NCLEX Pass Rate
Based In
Program Accreditation
N/A Crowder College N/A Neosho, MO AOTA, ACEN, MSBN
N/A Lincoln University N/A Jefferson City, MO AOTA, ACEN, MSBN, NCATE
N/A Southwest Baptist University N/A Bolivar, MO AOTA, ACEN, MSBN, NCATE, APTA
N/A Missouri State University-West Plains N/A West Plains, MO AOTA, ACEN, MSBN, NCATE, APTA
N/A Three Rivers Community College N/A Poplar Bluff, MO AOTA, ACEN, MSBN, NCATE, APTA
N/A East Central College N/A Union, MO AOTA, ACEN, MSBN, NCATE, APTA
N/A Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City N/A Kansas City, MO AOTA, ACEN, MSBN, NCATE, APTA
N/A Saint Louis Community College N/A Saint Louis, MO AOTA, ACEN, MSBN, NCATE, APTA
N/A North Central Missouri College N/A Trenton, MO AOTA, ACEN, MSBN, NCATE, APTA, ADA
N/A National American University-Zona Rosa N/A Kansas City, MO AOTA, ACEN, MSBN, NCATE, APTA, ADA
N/A National American University-Lee’s Summit N/A Lee's Summit, MO AOTA, ACEN, MSBN, NCATE, APTA, ADA

LPN to BSN Programs in Missouri

Over 90 percent of the registered nurses in Missouri passed the NCLEX at the first attempt. BSN programs in Missouri are commonly designed to shift the perspective from hospital-centered care to the needs of public health, disease prevention, and population-based nursing. Nursing research and applied theories help nurses to build on existing experience and knowledge. Classes in a typical RN to BSN program in Missouri may include:
  • Health education for communities
  • Professional values
  • Health information systems
  • Evidence based practice
  • Organizational leadership
  • Healthcare policy

 

Missouri RN Licensing Requirements

There is strict regulation nurses must follow in order to obtain licensure in the state of Missouri. There are three ways a candidate can obtain licensure: by exam, by endorsement, and by completing a nursing program abroad.

RN Licensure by Exam

No more than three months before graduation, candidates must submit the following:
  • Completed, signed, and notarized application
  • 2 x 2 passport-type photograph
  • $45.00 fee made payable through money order, cashier’s check, or personal check to the Missouri Board of Nursing.
Candidates are required to submit a background check approximately two weeks after the application has been submitted. This can be done at: www.machs.mo.gov. Candidates will choose a fingerprint site, complete a fingerprinting process and obtain a receipt. There is a $44.80 fee that will include a State of Missouri search, FBI search, and Cogent (the vendor that processes fingerprints for the state) fee. After graduation, nurses should request that an official transcript be sent to the Board of Nursing office. Candidates must apply for the NCLEX exam through the Pearson VUE website and pay the $200 fee. Tests can only be scheduled when the candidate has received the Authorization to Test (ATT).

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Missouri is a part of the Nursing Licensure Compact, which allows nurses who are licensed in Missouri to practice in other compact states. Nurses may only hold one compact license and it must be issues by the primary residence. Candidates who reside in a compact state outside of Missouri planning on changing the primary residence to Missouri within 9 days may declare their primary residency in Missouri. Nurses who declare a non-compact state as the primary residence will be required to meet all the other requirements for licensure in Missouri. The following documentation must be submitted:
  • Completed, signed, and notarized application
  • $55 fee by check or money order made payable to Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • License verification
  • Official transcript
  • Criminal background check along with the $44.80 fee

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Foreign nurses who have obtained licensure in a foreign country (with the exception of Puerto Rico and Canada) must have their credentials approved by an evaluation service and sent to the board. A list of services can be found on the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools website.

Total Schools: 36

Ranked Schools: 19

Ranked: 1 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6995193.99%

Maryville University of Saint Louis

650 Maryville University Drive, Saint Louis, MO - 63141-7299 (800) 627-9855

Maryville University is located in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Catherine McAuley School of Nursing has three BSN options; a traditional option is available for the student without prior college credits.  A fast-track option is available for students with at least 65 credits of liberal arts and science classes.  An RN to BSN option is available for students who have an ASN/ADN degree.

Campus: Saint Louis, MO
Net Price: $22,711.00
Enrollment: 2,829
Transfer Out Rate: 10.20%
Loan Default Rate: $6.00
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $6.57%
Graduation Rate: 67.30%
Median Borrowing: 23,000.00%
Median Payment: 240.15%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6495192.99%

University of Missouri-Columbia

105 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO - 65211 (573) 882-2121

University of Missouri is located in Columbia, Missouri.  The Sinclair School of Nursing offers a traditional BSN, an accelerated BSN, and an RN to BSN program.  The RN to BSN program is offered online for the convenience of the working RN.

Campus: Columbia, MO
Net Price: $16,884.00
Enrollment: 26,928
Loan Default Rate: $5.50
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $7.14%
Graduation Rate: 70.10%
Median Borrowing: 20,500.00%
Median Payment: 214.04%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.643192.86%

Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences

624 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO - 64111 (816) 932-6700

Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences is located in Kansas City, Missouri.  Saint Luke’s had its origins in 1887 as a nursing school.  It has evolved over the years into a college for health sciences.  They offer a BSN degree and an RN to BSN degree.  The RN to BSN option can be completed in three semesters if attended on a full-time basis.

Campus: Kansas City, MO
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site

Ranked: 4 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.59191.80%

University of Central Missouri

202 Administration Building, Warrensburg, MO - 64093 (660) 543-4111

University of Central Missouri is located in Warrensburg, Missouri.  UCM offers a BSN degree and an RN to BSN degree.  The RN to BSN program is an online program and can be completed in one calendar year.  In 2013, the RN to BSN program was added to the “Best Buy” list on GetEducated.com, meaning it costs less than the average online nursing program.

Campus: Warrensburg, MO
Net Price: $13,842.00
Enrollment: 9,974
Transfer Out Rate: 27.60%
Loan Default Rate: $10.30
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $21.00%
Graduation Rate: 53.60%
Median Borrowing: 17,741.00%
Median Payment: 185.24%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 5 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5875191.75%

Truman State University

100 E Normal, Kirksville, MO - 63501-4221 (660) 785-4000

Truman State University is located in Kirksville, Missouri.  They offer a traditional BSN program and an accelerated BSN program (designed for students with a prior bachelor’s degree, or who have a certain amount of college credits).  Truman’s nursing department offers a high-tech nursing simulation with their Nursing Simulation Center (NSC), which is designed like a hospital with up-to-date equipment.

Campus: Kirksville, MO
Net Price: $13,060.00
Enrollment: 5,898
Loan Default Rate: $3.80
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $7.90%
Graduation Rate: 71.70%
Median Borrowing: 18,482.00%
Median Payment: 192.97%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 6 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.579191.58%

Southeast Missouri State University

One University Plaza, MS4675, Cape Girardeau, MO - 63701 (573) 651-2000

Southeast Missouri State University is located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. They offer a traditional BSN program and an online RN to BSN program.  Their online program is unique in that all students receive in-state tuition, regardless of where they live.

Campus: Cape Girardeau, MO
Net Price: $11,330.00
Enrollment: 10,605
Loan Default Rate: $11.60
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $13.46%
Graduation Rate: 48.50%
Median Borrowing: 16,000.00%
Median Payment: 167.06%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 7 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5785191.57%

College of the Ozarks

100 Opportunity Avenue, Point Lookout, MO - 65726-0017 (417) 334-6411

College of the Ozarks is located in Point Lookout, Missouri.  C of O is a Christian college; their nursing program is biblically-based and students must take courses that satisfy these requirements in addition to nursing requirements.  The mission is, “The mission of the Department of Nursing is to present a Christ-centered, Biblically-based, character-driven nursing education program while preparing qualified individuals for a spiritual role as a professional nurse providing service to Christ and humankind.”

Campus: Point Lookout, MO
Net Price: $12,073.00
Enrollment: 1,513
Transfer Out Rate: 18.10%
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $27.41%
Graduation Rate: 64.50%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 8 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.572191.44%

Missouri State University-Springfield

901 S National, Springfield, MO - 65897 (417) 836-5000

Missouri State University is located in Springfield, Missouri.  Missouri State offers a two-year BSN and a four-year BSN.  The four-year BSN is a “traditional” BSN.  The two-year is a “transfer” program that allows nurses to transfer to their university from other colleges or universities if they’ve already completed college credits, such as earning their ADN or other bachelor’s degrees.

Campus: Springfield, MO
Net Price: $13,910.00
Enrollment: 18,027
Loan Default Rate: $7.90
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $17.62%
Graduation Rate: 53.40%
Median Borrowing: 17,049.00%
Median Payment: 178.01%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 9 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5715191.43%

Missouri Southern State University

3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, MO - 64801-1595 (417) 625-9300

Missouri Southern State University is located in Joplin, Missouri.  Their program is a traditional BSN program.  They do have an RN to BSN track, which basically allows RNs to pass into their program at a later date.  The RN will receive validation for the courses that they have “skipped” due to prior education and nursing experience.

Campus: Joplin, MO
Net Price: $9,146.00
Enrollment: 5,587
Transfer Out Rate: 31.20%
Loan Default Rate: $15.80
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $9.06%
Graduation Rate: 36.10%
Median Borrowing: 11,920.00%
Median Payment: 124.46%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 10 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5695191.39%

Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing

4483 Duncan Avenue, Saint Louis, MO - 63110 (314) 454-7055

Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing is located in St. Louis, Missouri.  The school has its origins in 1902 at the Jewish Hospital School of Nursing and was one of the first schools in the nation to be accredited by the National League of Nursing.  They offer a traditional BSN program, an accelerated BSN program and an RN to BSN program.

Campus: Saint Louis, MO
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site

Ranked: 11 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5265190.53%

William Jewell College

500 College Hill, Liberty, MO - 64068-1896 (816) 415-5979

William Jewell College is located in Liberty, Missouri.  It was recently recognized by Apple as an Apple Distinguished School for “innovation, leadership and academic excellence.”  Nursing students have several options at William Jewell; there is a traditional BSN program (with a three-year option for first-year direct entry students), an accelerated program, a transfer program and an RN to BSN program.

Campus: Liberty, MO
Net Price: $21,859.00
Enrollment: 1,044
Loan Default Rate: $5.20
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $1.83%
Graduation Rate: 58.70%
Median Borrowing: 19,270.00%
Median Payment: 201.20%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 12 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4925189.85%

Cox College

1423 N Jefferson, Springfield, MO - 65802 (417) 269-3401

Cox College is located in Springfield, Missouri.  They offer ASN, BSN and an RN to BSN degree options.  The nursing program began in 1907 as the Burge Deaconess Training School for Nurses, with three nursing students.

Campus: Springfield, MO
Net Price: $18,154.00
Enrollment: 832
Loan Default Rate: $9.20
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $-1.96%
Graduation Rate: 90.90%
Median Borrowing: 17,703.00%
Median Payment: 184.84%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 13 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4275188.55%

Saint Louis University

One Grand Blvd, Saint Louis, MO - 63103-2097 (314) 977-2222
Campus: Saint Louis, MO
Net Price: $35,249.00
Enrollment: 12,567
Loan Default Rate: $4.70
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $8.69%
Graduation Rate: 69.70%
Median Borrowing: 24,624.00%
Median Payment: 257.10%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 14 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.3565187.13%

Chamberlain College of Nursing-Missouri

11830 Westline Industrial Dr., Ste. 106, St. Louis, MO - 63146-0000 (314) 991-6200
Campus: St. Louis, MO
Net Price: $21,434.00
Enrollment: 488
Loan Default Rate: $5.80
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private For-Profit
Net Price Change: $-5.86%
Graduation Rate: 37.50%
Median Borrowing: 23,500.00%
Median Payment: 245.37%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 15 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.3325186.65%

University of Missouri-Kansas City

5100 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO - 64110 (816) 235-1000
Campus: Kansas City, MO
Net Price: $17,524.00
Enrollment: 10,227
Loan Default Rate: $9.80
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-9.27%
Graduation Rate: 50.70%
Median Borrowing: 18,750.00%
Median Payment: 195.77%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 16 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.3035186.07%

Research College of Nursing

2525 E. Meyer Boulevard, Kansas City, MO - 64132-1199 (816) 995-2800
Campus: Kansas City, MO
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private For-Profit
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site

Ranked: 17 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.289185.78%

Missouri Western State University

4525 Downs Dr, Saint Joseph, MO - 64507 (816) 271-4200
Campus: Saint Joseph, MO
Net Price: $9,652.00
Enrollment: 5,616
Transfer Out Rate: 29.50%
Loan Default Rate: $16.50
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-2.77%
Graduation Rate: 32.80%
Median Borrowing: 12,183.00%
Median Payment: 127.20%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 18 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.059181.18%

Avila University

11901 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO - 64145-1698 (816) 942-8400
Campus: Kansas City, MO
Net Price: $18,789.00
Enrollment: 1,401
Transfer Out Rate: 37.70%
Loan Default Rate: $7.90
Institution Accreditation: NCA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $2.53%
Graduation Rate: 49.10%
Median Borrowing: 18,792.00%
Median Payment: 196.21%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 19 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 2.774155.48%

Missouri Valley College

500 E College St, Marshall, MO - 65340 (660) 831-4000
Campus: Marshall, MO
Net Price: $16,337.00
Enrollment: 1,656
Loan Default Rate: $10.00
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $12.90%
Graduation Rate: 24.90%
Median Borrowing: 10,500.00%
Median Payment: 109.63%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in Missouri

Rank (Modified)
University
NCLEX Pass Rate
Based In
Program Accreditation
N/A Hannibal-LaGrange University N/A Hannibal, MO ACEN, CCNE
N/A Lincoln University N/A Jefferson City, MO ACEN, CCNE, MSBN, NCATE
N/A University of Missouri-St Louis N/A Saint Louis, MO ACEN, CCNE, MSBN, NCATE, ACOE, APA
N/A Southwest Baptist University N/A Bolivar, MO ACEN, CCNE, MSBN, NCATE, ACOE, APA, APTA
N/A Webster University N/A Saint Louis, MO ACEN, CCNE, MSBN, NCATE, ACOE, APA, APTA, COA
N/A Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts and Sciences N/A Fayette, MO ACEN, CCNE, MSBN, NCATE, ACOE, APA, APTA, COA
N/A Culver-Stockton College N/A Canton, MO ACEN, CCNE, MSBN, NCATE, ACOE, APA, APTA, COA
N/A Drury University N/A Springfield, MO ACEN, CCNE, MSBN, NCATE, ACOE, APA, APTA, COA
N/A Evangel University N/A Springfield, MO ACEN, CCNE, MSBN, NCATE, ACOE, APA, APTA, COA
N/A Northwest Missouri State University N/A Maryville, MO ACEN, CCNE, MSBN, NCATE, ACOE, APA, APTA, COA, ACEND
N/A Rockhurst University N/A Kansas City, MO ACEN, CCNE, MSBN, NCATE, ACOE, APA, APTA, COA, ACEND, AOTA, ASHA, TEAC
N/A National American University-Independence N/A Independence, MO ACEN, CCNE, MSBN, NCATE, ACOE, APA, APTA, COA, ACEND, AOTA, ASHA, TEAC
N/A Sanford-Brown College-St Peters N/A Saint Peters, MO ACEN, CCNE, MSBN, NCATE, ACOE, APA, APTA, COA, ACEND, AOTA, ASHA, TEAC
N/A Grantham University N/A Kansas City, MO ACEN, CCNE, MSBN, NCATE, ACOE, APA, APTA, COA, ACEND, AOTA, ASHA, TEAC
N/A Central Methodist University-College of Graduate and Extended Studies N/A Fayette, MO ACEN, CCNE, MSBN, NCATE, ACOE, APA, APTA, COA, ACEND, AOTA, ASHA, TEAC
N/A National American University-Zona Rosa N/A Kansas City, MO ACEN, CCNE, MSBN, NCATE, ACOE, APA, APTA, COA, ACEND, AOTA, ASHA, TEAC
N/A National American University-Lee’s Summit N/A Lee's Summit, MO ACEN, CCNE, MSBN, NCATE, ACOE, APA, APTA, COA, ACEND, AOTA, ASHA, TEAC

Missouri RN Licensing Requirements

There is strict regulation nurses must follow in order to obtain licensure in the state of Missouri. There are three ways a candidate can obtain licensure: by exam, by endorsement, and by completing a nursing program abroad.

RN Licensure by Exam

No more than three months before graduation, candidates must submit the following:
  • Completed, signed, and notarized application
  • 2 x 2 passport-type photograph
  • $45.00 fee made payable through money order, cashier’s check, or personal check to the Missouri Board of Nursing.
Candidates are required to submit a background check approximately two weeks after the application has been submitted. This can be done at: www.machs.mo.gov. Candidates will choose a fingerprint site, complete a fingerprinting process and obtain a receipt. There is a $44.80 fee that will include a State of Missouri search, FBI search, and Cogent (the vendor that processes fingerprints for the state) fee. After graduation, nurses should request that an official transcript be sent to the Board of Nursing office. Candidates must apply for the NCLEX exam through the Pearson VUE website and pay the $200 fee. Tests can only be scheduled when the candidate has received the Authorization to Test (ATT).

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Missouri is a part of the Nursing Licensure Compact, which allows nurses who are licensed in Missouri to practice in other compact states. Nurses may only hold one compact license and it must be issues by the primary residence. Candidates who reside in a compact state outside of Missouri planning on changing the primary residence to Missouri within 9 days may declare their primary residency in Missouri. Nurses who declare a non-compact state as the primary residence will be required to meet all the other requirements for licensure in Missouri. The following documentation must be submitted:
  • Completed, signed, and notarized application
  • $55 fee by check or money order made payable to Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • License verification
  • Official transcript
  • Criminal background check along with the $44.80 fee

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Foreign nurses who have obtained licensure in a foreign country (with the exception of Puerto Rico and Canada) must have their credentials approved by an evaluation service and sent to the board. A list of services can be found on the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools website.

Missouri LPN Jobs by City

Missouri RN Job Outlook

There are approximately 64,870 registered nurses currently working in Missouri. The mean salary is around $58,040. Nurses who earn their BSN degree will be able to expand the nursing services in the state are often preferred by community based employers. Nurses who take advantage of a higher education will find new and satisfying job opportunities as a result. Areas of certification and specialty nursing may provide advancement such as:
  • Oncology nursing
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Midwifery
  • Legal nursing
  • Clinical nurse leaders
  • Tele-Nursing
Nurses are encouraged to take advantage of nursing programs in Missouri in order to allow them to expand their practice and finding personal and professional satisfaction.

Missouri Registered Nursing Salaries 

St. Louis has the largest employment rate of registered nurses than any other area in the state of Missouri. However, nurses who are employed in Kansas City make a higher hourly mean wage and annual median wage than St. Louis and all the other metropolitan areas statewide.
Area name Employment Hourly median wage Annual median wage
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 1,940 $23.62 $49,130
Columbia, MO 3,170 $26.68 $55,490
Jefferson City, MO 1,290 $25.79 $53,650
Joplin, MO 2,250 $21.11 $43,900
Kansas City, MO-KS 21,150 $30.44 $63,310
St. Louis, MO-IL 34,400 $27.64 $57,490
Springfield, MO 5,160 $24.30 $50,540
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 2,800 $25.27 $52,560
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 1,460 $23.46 $48,800
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 3,850 $23.65 $49,190
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 1,100 $25.13 $52,260