Missouri, like many other states in the nation, has an ongoing need for primary healthcare providers. Nurse Practitioners represent an affordable and quality way to bridge the gap between supply and demand, as they are often utilized in primary care settings such as clinics, home health agencies, acute and ambulatory care settings. Building upon your current nursing knowledge and experience by earning your NP degree is a great way to advance both your career, and the health of your state's residents.
According to the (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012) almost 3000 nurse practitioners are currently in practice Missouri. They work in collaboration with local physicians and must have a collaborative agreement on file to practice legally. On average, Missouri nurse practitioners earn $86,680 per year (BLS, 2012). The Missouri Nurses Association is the professional association for all nurses in Missouri.
As you explore NP programs, check out the featured schools on our page, which offer online and distance education courses as you earn your advanced practice nursing degree. Some of the top NP programs in Missouri include:
- Cox College. Located in Springfield, Cox College offers a Master's-level Family Nurse Practitioner program, with an RN to MSN option for associate degree-prepared RNs who wish to become nurse practitioners.
- Graceland University. Graceland offers a full and part-time online Family Nurse Practitioner program. The Master's-level program allows students to complete the required 660 hours of clinical practice in their home communities.
- Research College of Nursing. Located in Kansas City, Research College of Nursing offers a part-time, Master's-level Family Nurse Practitioner program. Seventeen of the program's required 45 credits may be completed online. All clinical experiences may be completed in students' home communities.