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Nurse Practitioner Programs in Missouri
(found programs from 25 schools)

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How Can I Become a Nurse Practitioner in Missouri?

 Becoming a nurse practitioner is a great way to make full use of your nursing experience and expand your scope of practice in Missouri. Like most states, Missouri requires you to earn a Master's degree or doctoral degree to qualify for certification. Compare average graduation requirements below.

 

Average Master's Nurse Practitioner Degree Requirements

  • Credit hours required: 35 to 40 credit hours
  • Average cost: $750 per credit
  • Clinical hours required: At least 500 clinical hours
  • Timeframe: Three years

 

Average Doctoral Requirements in Nurse Practitioner Schooling Options

  • Credit hours required: 85 credits
  • Clinical hours required: At least 1,000 clinical hours
  • Timeframe: Four to five years

 Ready to learn more about nurse practitioner degrees? Missouri nursing schools are here to help you.

Explore the list of nursing schools below and contact those that fit your needs.

 

What Types of Nurse Practitioner Programs Are Available in Missouri?

 To enroll in a nurse practitioner program, you have to choose a patient population. Each option requires different areas of expertise and provides different types of clinical experience. For example, FNP programs introduce students to family care.

This may involve building a general knowledge of patient conditions and health needs that are relevant to patients of different ages and backgrounds. On the other hand, pediatric nurse practitioner students learn about childhood development, diseases commonly seen in children, and appropriate growth patterns.

Some courses are common to all nurse practitioner programs.

Courses Commonly Offered in Missouri Schools

  • Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing
  • Public Health
  • Research Basis for Advanced Nursing
  • Health Disparities of Rural Populations
  • Advanced Nursing Role Acquisition
  • Advanced Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Promotion
  • Health Program Design and Management

 

As noted, the clinical work you do is determined by your program choice. Work settings and patient loads vary quite a bit between specialties like mental health, adult-gerontology care, and pediatric care.

At minimum, graduate students typically need 500 clinical hours and doctoral students need 1000 clinical hours. If you’re interested in attending nurse practitioner programs online, you need to meet these requirements at a local facility.

 

How Can I Pay for Nurse Practitioner School in Missouri?

  • BestNursingDegree.com Back to School Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded four times per year. Each selected student receives $2,500 to offset the costs of attending nursing school.
  • NURSE Corps Scholarship Program: In this program, you can minimize the healthcare provider shortage in Mississippi. After graduation, you must spend two years working in a Health Professional Shortage Area.
  • NHSC Loan Repayment Program: In exchange for repayment of up to $50,000 in student loans, selected graduates spend two years working at an NHSC-approved site.
  • Missouri League for Nursing: This group awards multiple scholarships each year. Awards are capped at $2,500 each.

 

Licensing and Practice Requirements for NPs in Missouri

 Your career is regulated by the Missouri Board of Nursing. In addition to maintaining your registered nursing license, you must apply for nurse practitioner licensure. State requirements include a valid nursing license, proof of graduation from a nurse practitioner program, and national certification.

You should be well-versed in Missouri healthcare laws, since nurse practitioners work within a reduced scope of practice in this state (AANP, 2016).

 

Nurse Practitioner Careers in Missouri

You may find that becoming a nurse practitioner has a positive impact on your income potential and your job outlook. Currently, Missouri nurse practitioners earn an average of $90,410 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016). Those who work in in-demand specialties or rural areas may find that they can command a higher income.

Through the year 2024, demand for nurse practitioners may swell 25% in Missouri (O*Net, 2016). As you near graduation, you may consider looking for openings at your clinical sites. Local options include hospitals, specialty clinics, community clinics, and nursing homes.

 With the right experience and background, you could be on your way to a nurse practitioner degree.

Check out Missouri nurse practitioner schooling options below and request information today.

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.

Programs from Missouri Schools

Listed below are all of the nationally accredited Nurse Practitioner programs with campus locations in Missouri.

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Missouri

Cox College (Springfield, MO)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College (Saint Louis, MO)
Program Name: Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner Concentration
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Graceland University (Independence, MO)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Maryville University (St. Louis, MO)
Program Name: Online Master of Science in Nursing- Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (online), Online Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
Maryville University of Saint Louis (Saint Louis, MO)
Program Name: Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Missouri State University (Springfield, MO)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Research College of Nursing (Kansas City, MO)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Southeast Missouri State University (Cape Girardeau, MO)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
St. Louis University (Saint Louis, MO)
Program Name: Adult (NP CNS or Nurse Educator) (online), Adult Acute Care NP (online), Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Gerontological (NP CNS or Nurse Educator) (online), Pediatric (CNS NP or Nurse Educator) (online), Psychiatric/Mental Health (CNS NP or Nurse Educator) (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg, MO)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner (Rural Family Nursing focus) (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Missouri (Columbia, MO)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (online), Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (online), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Missouri-Kansas City (Kansas City, MO)
Program Name: Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (online), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Missouri-St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
Program Name: Adult NP (ANP), Family NP (FNP), Neonatal NP, Pediatric NP, Women’s Health NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited

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