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An associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) is the fastest path to a career as a registered nurse (RN). Many students enter the profession right after graduation and work for a few years before pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree through an RN-to-BSN degree completion program.

Description of the ADN pathway
Most ADN programs take two to three years to complete, and they place a strong emphasis on clinical skills and knowledge. All programs prepare students for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), which they must pass in order to practice. Missouri has 35 accredited ADN programs at campuses throughout the state. The majority are offered by the state’s vast network of community colleges; Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City hosts the largest such program, with 150 graduating students each year. These public programs are complemented by several private schools. For example, Southwest Baptist University’s Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences also graduates approximately 150 new ADN-educated nurses each spring.

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Career outlook for Missouri’s RNs
Missouri’s registered nurses can expect numerous employment opportunities and attractive pay. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are close to 65,000 RNs in the state with a median annual salary of $56,690. The average RN pay increases to $62,790 in Kansas City, one of the state’s largest metropolitan areas. Missouri’s nurses can build stable and rewarding careers at local hospitals like Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Washington University’s Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and St. Luke’s Hospital.

If you live in Missouri and you want to become a nurse, it’s time to start planning. Take a look at our comprehensive list below of the state’s ADN programs, organized by major city.

Featured Schools

Kansas City

Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Park University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
National American University - Zona Rosa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Concorde Career College - Kansas City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.0% 2008 to 2012
Park University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.4% 2008 to 2012
National American University - Zona Rosa
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.5% 2008 to 2012
Concorde Career College - Kansas City
Associate's Degree in Nursing 77.9% 2009 to 2012

Springfield

Ozarks Technical Community College - Springfield
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Cox College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Southwest Baptist University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Bolivar Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2011)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Ozarks Technical Community College - Springfield
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.7% 2009 to 2012
Cox College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.5% 2011 to 2017
Southwest Baptist University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.5% 2011 to 2017
Bolivar Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.5% 2009 to 2011

St. Louis

Saint Louis Community College - Florissant Valley
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 99.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
East Central College - Union
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 98.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Saint Charles Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Saint Louis Community College - Meramec
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Saint Louis Community College - Forest Park
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Jefferson College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Saint Louis Community College - Florissant Valley
Associate's Degree in Nursing 99.2% 2008 to 2012
East Central College - Union
Associate's Degree in Nursing 98.1% 2008 to 2012
Saint Charles Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.8% 2008 to 2012
Saint Louis Community College - Meramec
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.2% 2008 to 2012
Saint Louis Community College - Forest Park
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.7% 2008 to 2012
Jefferson College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.0% 2008 to 2012

Other Missouri cities

Moberly Area Community College - Moberly
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Lincoln University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
North Central Missouri College - Maryville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
North Central Missouri College - Trenton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Crowder College - Neosho
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Hannibal-LaGrange University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Lincoln University - Fort Leonard Wood
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
East Central College - Rolla
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Crowder College - Nevada
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
State Fair Community College - Sedalia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Three Rivers Community College - Poplar Bluff
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Columbia College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Mineral Area College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Missouri State University - West Plains
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Three Rivers Community College - Sikeston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Columbia College - Lake Ozark
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Crowder College - Cassville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Texas County Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 74.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Moberly Area Community College - Moberly
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.9% 2008 to 2012
Lincoln University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.0% 2008 to 2012
North Central Missouri College - Maryville
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.4% 2008 to 2012
North Central Missouri College - Trenton
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.3% 2008 to 2012
Crowder College - Neosho
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.8% 2008 to 2012
Hannibal-LaGrange University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.1% 2011 to 2017
Lincoln University - Fort Leonard Wood
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.3% 2008 to 2012
East Central College - Rolla
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.0% 2008 to 2012
Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.2% 2008 to 2012
Crowder College - Nevada
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.9% 2008 to 2012
State Fair Community College - Sedalia
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.7% 2008 to 2012
Three Rivers Community College - Poplar Bluff
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.6% 2008 to 2012
Columbia College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.3% 2008 to 2012
Mineral Area College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.9% 2008 to 2012
Missouri State University - West Plains
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.3% 2008 to 2012
Three Rivers Community College - Sikeston
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.0% 2008 to 2012
Columbia College - Lake Ozark
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.6% 2008 to 2012
Crowder College - Cassville
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.3% 2012 to 2012
Texas County Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 74.7% 2009 to 2012
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