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Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) work under the supervision of registered nurses and physicians to perform complex medical procedures, including dressing wounds, changing catheters, and monitoring medical equipment. They also independently provide bedside care for patients, and they frequently supervise nursing assistants and nurse aides.

Missouri’s aspiring LPNs must complete a 12- to 18-month certificate program, and all candidates must pass the NCLEX-PN national examination to gain licensure. Over 40 Missouri community colleges, technical centers, and schools of practical nursing offer an accredited LPN certificate program. Collectively, these institutions educate over 1,200 new practical nurses each year. Many of the state’s public community colleges routinely enjoy 100% NCLEX pass rates, including Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield and North Central Missouri College in Bethany.

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Missouri’s LPNs enjoy numerous employment opportunities and very competitive pay. More than 16,000 practical nurses are currently employed throughout the state. These professionals receive a median salary of $37,190 per year; the top quartile earns $43,300 or more annually. In addition, LPN salaries are typically $3,000 to $4,000 higher per year in large metropolitan areas like Saint Louis. Practical nurses have many employment options in Missouri, since several large healthcare networks have a substantial presence. Capital Health Management, Genesis HealthCare, Tenet Health, and VITAS all run numerous hospitals and medical centers in the state.

To provide aspiring LPNs a comprehensive view, we’ve listed below all of Missouri’s licensed practical nursing certificate programs. For ease of use, you’ll find them grouped by major metropolitan area and rank-ordered by their students’ recent NCLEX performance.

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Kansas City

Cass Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Lex La-Ray Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Concorde Career College - Kansas City
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Northland Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 80.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Cass Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.8% 2008 to 2012
Lex La-Ray Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.9% 2008 to 2012
Concorde Career College - Kansas City
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.2% 2008 to 2012
Northland Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.4% 2008 to 2012
Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City
Certificate in Practical Nursing 80.8% 2008 to 2012

Springfield

Ozarks Technical Community College - Springfield
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 99.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Bolivar Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Ozarks Technical Community College - Springfield
Certificate in Practical Nursing 99.6% 2008 to 2012
Bolivar Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.8% 2008 to 2012

St. Louis

Applied Technology Services - South County
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Washington School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Applied Technology Services - MET Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Jefferson College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Saint Charles Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
St. Louis College of Health Careers - Fenton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 78.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Applied Technology Services - South County
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.6% 2008 to 2012
Washington School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.0% 2008 to 2012
Applied Technology Services - MET Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.7% 2008 to 2012
Jefferson College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.5% 2008 to 2012
Saint Charles Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.8% 2008 to 2012
St. Louis College of Health Careers - Fenton
Certificate in Practical Nursing 78.2% 2009 to 2012

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North Central Missouri College - Bethany
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
State Fair Community College - Sedalia
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 99.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
North Central Missouri College - Trenton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
South Central Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Sikeston Career and Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Mineral Area College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Texas County Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Saline County Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Hannibal-LaGrange University
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Moberly Area Community College - Mexico
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Hillyard Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Kirksville Area Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Eldon Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Ozarks Technical Community College - Table Rock
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Clinton Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
North Central Missouri College - Maryville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Three Rivers Community College - Kennett
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Franklin Technology Center - MSSU
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
State Fair Community College - Boonville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Warrensburg Area Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Lebanon Technology and Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Carthage Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Rolla Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Moberly Area Community College - Moberly
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Three Rivers Community College - Hayti
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Pike-Lincoln Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Nevada Regional Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
State Technical College of Missouri - Jefferson City
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Waynesville Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Columbia Area Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
North Central Missouri College - Bethany
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2009 to 2012
State Fair Community College - Sedalia
Certificate in Practical Nursing 99.4% 2008 to 2012
North Central Missouri College - Trenton
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.8% 2008 to 2012
South Central Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.5% 2008 to 2012
Sikeston Career and Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.4% 2008 to 2012
Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.2% 2008 to 2012
Mineral Area College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.0% 2008 to 2012
Texas County Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.8% 2008 to 2012
Saline County Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.0% 2008 to 2012
Hannibal-LaGrange University
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.2% 2011 to 2017
Moberly Area Community College - Mexico
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.2% 2008 to 2012
Hillyard Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.1% 2008 to 2012
Kirksville Area Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.0% 2008 to 2012
Eldon Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.8% 2008 to 2012
Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.3% 2008 to 2012
Ozarks Technical Community College - Table Rock
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.2% 2008 to 2012
Clinton Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.1% 2011 to 2012
North Central Missouri College - Maryville
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.8% 2008 to 2012
Three Rivers Community College - Kennett
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.1% 2008 to 2012
Franklin Technology Center - MSSU
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.7% 2008 to 2012
State Fair Community College - Boonville
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.3% 2008 to 2012
Warrensburg Area Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.0% 2008 to 2012
Lebanon Technology and Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.7% 2008 to 2012
Carthage Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.9% 2011 to 2012
Rolla Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.3% 2008 to 2012
Moberly Area Community College - Moberly
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.6% 2008 to 2012
Three Rivers Community College - Hayti
Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.9% 2008 to 2012
Pike-Lincoln Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.6% 2008 to 2012
Nevada Regional Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.1% 2008 to 2012
State Technical College of Missouri - Jefferson City
Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.0% 2008 to 2012
Waynesville Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.0% 2008 to 2012
Columbia Area Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.5% 2008 to 2012