Missouri Nursing Schools

As of June 22nd, 2017 we have programs across 41 nursing schools in Missouri. You’ll be able to find different courses that cover an extensive range of topics that include but not limited to MSN, LPN-BSN and DNP. You can take these and a range of other course/degree options from schools that include Georgetown University, Sacred Heart University Online, Saint Xavier University Online. If you’re looking for other states to start or further your studies we cover programs across the U.S. such as Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kansas, Arkansas, Kentucky and Illinois.

State Nursing Board: Missouri Nursing Board

State Nurses Association: Missouri Nurses Association

State Hospital Association: Missouri Hospital Association

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If you've kept up on recent health care legislation and its effects on the health care community at large, you likely know that the United States has a severe shortage of nurses. From LPNs who work under registered nursing professionals to registered nurses, there are many different roles you can play in this industry.

Learn more about nursing schools in Missouri by contacting those listed below for program details.

The field of nursing is expanding rapidly in Missouri. Existing health care organizations and providers are expanding, while new communities and organizations open up around the state. In the St. Louis area, for example, a large skilled nursing community is in development. As these businesses look to grow, they may need more skilled nursing graduates.

Missouri, like many other Midwestern states, has a care shortage in its rural counties. As a result, rural community colleges are expanding their nursing programs to boost graduate numbers. Working in a rural area may allow you to practice to your full potential.

Professional development is also a priority in Missouri, so you can look forward to staying on top of nursing standards and techniques. Nursing leaders in Missouri have made it a priority to keep nurses engaged in professional development opportunities.

Nursing Education in Missouri

The courses you take as a nursing student depend on which type of degree you want to earn. As an LPN student, you may take low-level nursing courses that prepare you to take directions from registered nurses. In a two-year or four-year registered nursing program, you may take more in-depth courses that allow you to learn more about different specialties.

Some of the courses you may take as a nursing student include Nursing as a Profession, Psychosocial Issues in Nursing, Nursing Skills and Simulations, Pathophysiology & Therapeutics, Foundations for Nursing, and Pharmacology & Nursing Implications. You should plan on focusing heavily on clinical experience, as this is an important part of learning how to function in a health care environment. Most programs in Missouri include over 600 hours of clinical experience.

Since the nursing shortage in Missouri is fairly serious, there are many financial aid programs that aim to get aspiring nurses through nursing school. Health Professional Nursing Student Loans, worth up to $2,500 for LPN students and $5,000 for RN students, are forgivable through service. If you are active in the Missouri League for Nursing, you may qualify for scholarships that are designed for LPN students and RN students. Through the Missouri Nurses Association, you can apply for scholarships that are awarded in odd-numbered years.

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Outlook for Nursing in Missouri

Upon completion of your LPN or RN education, you can get your nursing license. You must take either the NCLEX-PN or the NCLEX-RN. With a passing score on this test, you can apply for a professional nursing license through the Missouri Board of Nursing.

With high levels of anticipated job growth, Missouri may be the perfect place to start your career as a nurse. Through 2022, O*Net predicts a 16 percent increase in LPN jobs throughout the state. In this same time period, they hope to see a 12 percent jump in RN jobs (O*Net, 2012). Registered nurses in Missouri earn an average salary of $60,830 per year, while licensed practical nurses earn an average of $39,600 per year (BLS, 2016).

If you're ready to change the world of health care through service and education, take the first step to a new career today by contacting nursing schools in Missouri. Please check out the Missouri Board of Nursing for additional information and answers to your questions, or email us at

Nursing Degree Programs in Missouri

Transition programs for nurses:

Graduate programs for nurses:

Entry level nursing programs:

MSN Programs from Missouri Schools

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

Online programs may not be available in all areas

Traditional On Campus Programs:

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Central Methodist University (Fayette, MO)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Leader
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Cox College (Springfield, MO)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Leader, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator
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, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Educator Concentration, Nursing Administration Concentration
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Graceland University (Independence, MO)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Health Care Administration (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Maryville University of Saint Louis (Saint Louis, MO)
Program Name: Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Missouri State University (Springfield, MO)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner, Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Research College of Nursing (Kansas City, MO)
Program Name: Executive Nurse Track: Health Care Leadership, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Southeast Missouri State University (Cape Girardeau, MO)
Program Name: Adult Health Clinical Nurse Educator/Case Manager, Family Nurse Practitioner, Master of Science in Nursing - Adult Health CNS, Nurse Educator
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), Master of Science Research (MSR) (online), MSN/MPH (online), Pediatric (CNS NP or Nurse Educator) (online), Psychiatric/Mental Health (CNS NP or Nurse Educator) (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Truman Medical Centers (Kansas City, MO)
Program Name: MA in Biology
Accreditation: AANA/CANAEP accredited
University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg, MO)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner (Rural Family Nursing focus) (online), Nurse Educator (Rural Family Nursing focus) (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Missouri (Columbia, MO)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist (online), Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (online), Leadership in Nursing and Health-Care Systems (online), Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (online), Nurse Educator (online), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (online), Public Health Nurse/School Health Nurse (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Missouri-Kansas City (Kansas City, MO)
Program Name: Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (online), Nurse Educator, 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, Nurse Educator, Pediatric NP, Women’s Health NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Webster University (St. Louis, MO)
Program Name: MS in Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Educator, Nurse Leader
Accreditation: AANA/CANAEP accredited, ACEN accredited