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The bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) is one of the most respected degrees in the world of nursing. Although an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) will prepare students for the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination, many employers prefer to hire nurses with more rigorous BSN training. Bachelor’s degree-holders also enjoy better career advancement opportunities and are prepared to pursue graduate study.

Overview of BSN pathways
A traditional prelicensure BSN program lasts four years full-time. Part-time programs require at least five years of study. All BSN programs emphasize leadership and research skills, which complement an individual’s development of clinical knowledge and expertise. At the end of the prelicensure program, candidates must pass the NCLEX-RN exam before practicing. Existing registered nurses (RNs) who already hold an ADN may pursue a different, more streamlined pathway to their bachelor’s degree: an RN-to BSN program. At least thirty of Missouri’s colleges and universities offer an accredited BSN program. The Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College runs the state’s largest prelicensure program, with over 300 graduates in each BSN class. National American University offers the RN-to-BSN pathway at campuses in Independence, Zona Rosa, and Lee's Summit.

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Registered nursing careers in Missouri
BSN-educated nurses can expect excellent career opportunities in Missouri’s burgeoning healthcare industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 64,000 RNs are employed in Missouri with a median salary of $56,690 per year. However, BSN-educated nurses frequently land at the top of the pay scale, earning $69,160 and above annually. Missouri’s nurses will find a wealth of local employment options, including St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, CoxHealth Hospital in Springfield, and Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis.

If you’d like to start or accelerate your Missouri nursing career, your best option is to earn a bachelor of science in nursing. We’ve profiled below the state’s top BSN programs, including both prelicensure and RN-to-BSN pathways.

Featured Schools

Kansas City

Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Graceland University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Research College of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Avila University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
William Jewell College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Independence
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Lee's Summit
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Zona Rosa
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Park University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.7% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Graceland University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.4% 2011 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Research College of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.6% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Avila University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.0% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
William Jewell College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.8% 2011 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.4% 2011 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Independence
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Lee's Summit
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Zona Rosa
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Park University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Springfield

Missouri State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Cox College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southwest Baptist University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Missouri State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.2% 2011 to 2017
Cox College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.6% 2011 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southwest Baptist University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

St. Louis

Maryville University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Saint Louis University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Barnes-Jewish College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing - St. Louis
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
University of Missouri - St. Louis
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lindenwood University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Webster University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Maryville University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.9% 2011 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Saint Louis University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.4% 2011 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Barnes-Jewish College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.6% 2011 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing - St. Louis
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.0% 2011 to 2017
University of Missouri - St. Louis
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.4% 2011 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lindenwood University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Webster University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Other Missouri cities

Missouri Southern State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southeast Missouri State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Truman State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
University of Missouri - Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Central Methodist University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
College of the Ozarks
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
University of Central Missouri
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Missouri Western State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Columbia College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hannibal-LaGrange University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lincoln University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Missouri Valley College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Missouri Southern State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.7% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southeast Missouri State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.6% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Truman State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.9% 2011 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
University of Missouri - Columbia
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.2% 2011 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Central Methodist University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.4% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
College of the Ozarks
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.3% 2011 to 2017
University of Central Missouri
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.7% 2011 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Missouri Western State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.4% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Columbia College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hannibal-LaGrange University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lincoln University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Missouri Valley College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing & Health Sciences
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion