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Missouri’s nursing workforce is large and growing. Over 125,000 nurses hold licensure in the state today, and nursing is projected to be one of the country’s ten fastest-growing occupations over the coming decade. The Missouri healthcare industry includes 40,000 certified nursing assistants (CNAs), 16,000 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), 65,000 registered nurses (RNs), and over 5,000 advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).

To feed this increasing demand for nurses, Missouri has almost 100 accredited nursing schools that prepare graduates for one or more of the above nursing roles. The state’s aspiring nurses can choose to attend a local community college, a public university, or a private college. Each option has its advantages. Missouri’s community colleges offer a convenient and inexpensive path to licensure for CNAs, LPNs, and entry-level RNs. Public universities provide baccalaureate and graduate education at a significant discount for state residents, with a breadth of program offerings and a diverse student body. Private schools cost the most to attend, but they carry enhanced prestige, offer smaller class sizes, and facilitate closer instructor attention. A student’s choice ultimately depends on her career aspirations, financial constraints, and optimal learning style.

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Regardless of school choice, Missouri’s nursing programs promise a significant return on investment. This longer the program, the more significant the return. Local CNAs can earn a median annual salary of $22,140 after taking a brief training course of several weeks. LPNs, who must complete a one-year certificate program, receive $37,190 in annual pay. Missouri’s RNs earn a median salary of $56,690 after completing the relevant hospital diploma or undergraduate degree program. The state’s APRNs, who hold graduate degrees, make $85,000 to $145,000 annually depending on the field of specialization.

To help each Missouri nursing student find a school that fits her learning style, we’ve profiled the state’s nursing programs by class size. You’ll find them listed by city below and ordered from largest to smallest.

Featured Schools

Kansas City

Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 151 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 54 students during the 2012 period
Research College of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 100 students during the 2012 period
William Jewell College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92 students during the 2017 period
Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 61 students during the 2012 period
Park University
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 56 students during the 2012 period
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 55 students during the 2017 period
Avila University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 52 students during the 2012 period
Concorde Career College - Kansas City
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 50 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 33 students during the 2012 period
Graceland University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 38 students during the 2017 period
National American University - Zona Rosa
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 38 students during the 2012 period
Northland Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 29 students during the 2012 period
Lex La-Ray Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 24 students during the 2012 period
Cass Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 19 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City Associate's Degree in Nursing 151 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 54 students
Research College of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing 100 students
William Jewell College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92 students
Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences Bachelor of Science in Nursing 61 students
Park University Associate's Degree in Nursing 56 students
University of Missouri - Kansas City Bachelor of Science in Nursing 55 students
Avila University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 52 students
Concorde Career College - Kansas City Certificate in Practical Nursing 50 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 33 students
Graceland University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 38 students
National American University - Zona Rosa Associate's Degree in Nursing 38 students
Northland Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 29 students
Lex La-Ray Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 24 students
Cass Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 19 students

Springfield

Southwest Baptist University
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 137 students during the 2017 period
Cox College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 107 students during the 2017 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 69 students during the 2017 period
Ozarks Technical Community College - Springfield
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 55 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 33 students during the 2012 period
Missouri State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 52 students during the 2017 period
Bolivar Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 15 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Southwest Baptist University Associate's Degree in Nursing 137 students
Cox College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 107 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 69 students
Ozarks Technical Community College - Springfield Certificate in Practical Nursing 55 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 33 students
Missouri State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 52 students
Bolivar Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 15 students

St. Louis

Barnes-Jewish College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 389 students during the 2017 period
University of Missouri - St. Louis
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 199 students during the 2017 period
Saint Louis University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 180 students during the 2017 period
Chamberlain College of Nursing - St. Louis
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 164 students during the 2017 period
Maryville University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 126 students during the 2017 period
Saint Louis Community College - Forest Park
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77 students during the 2012 period
Jefferson College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 70 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 69 students during the 2012 period
Saint Louis Community College - Meramec
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 67 students during the 2012 period
Saint Charles Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 65 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 32 students during the 2012 period
St. Louis College of Health Careers - Fenton
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 53 students during the 2012 period
Applied Technology Services - South County
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 47 students during the 2012 period
Lutheran School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing: 44 students during the 2012 period
Applied Technology Services - MET Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 38 students during the 2012 period
East Central College - Union
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 28 students during the 2012 period
Saint Louis Community College - Florissant Valley
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 24 students during the 2012 period
Washington School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 19 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Barnes-Jewish College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 389 students
University of Missouri - St. Louis Bachelor of Science in Nursing 199 students
Saint Louis University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 180 students
Chamberlain College of Nursing - St. Louis Bachelor of Science in Nursing 164 students
Maryville University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 126 students
Saint Louis Community College - Forest Park Associate's Degree in Nursing 77 students
Jefferson College Associate's Degree in Nursing 70 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 69 students
Saint Louis Community College - Meramec Associate's Degree in Nursing 67 students
Saint Charles Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 65 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 32 students
St. Louis College of Health Careers - Fenton Certificate in Practical Nursing 53 students
Applied Technology Services - South County Certificate in Practical Nursing 47 students
Lutheran School of Nursing Diploma in Nursing 44 students
Applied Technology Services - MET Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 38 students
East Central College - Union Associate's Degree in Nursing 28 students
Saint Louis Community College - Florissant Valley Associate's Degree in Nursing 24 students
Washington School of Practical Nursing Certificate in Practical Nursing 19 students

Other Missouri cities

University of Missouri - Columbia
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 174 students during the 2017 period
Missouri Southern State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 107 students during the 2012 period
Missouri Western State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90 students during the 2012 period
University of Central Missouri
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 70 students during the 2017 period
Crowder College - Neosho
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 69 students during the 2012 period
North Central Missouri College - Trenton
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 64 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 32 students during the 2012 period
Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 63 students during the 2012 period
Three Rivers Community College - Poplar Bluff
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 59 students during the 2012 period
Southeast Missouri State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 53 students during the 2012 period
Missouri State University - West Plains
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 51 students during the 2012 period
Columbia College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 50 students during the 2012 period
Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 44 students during the 2012 period
Mineral Area College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 44 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 23 students during the 2012 period
Truman State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 43 students during the 2017 period
State Fair Community College - Sedalia
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 42 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 35 students during the 2012 period
Central Methodist University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 40 students during the 2012 period
Columbia College - Lake Ozark
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 35 students during the 2012 period
Lincoln University
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 35 students during the 2012 period
Hannibal-LaGrange University
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 34 students during the 2017 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 27 students during the 2017 period
Sikeston Career and Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 34 students during the 2012 period
Columbia Area Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 33 students during the 2012 period
Franklin Technology Center - MSSU
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 32 students during the 2012 period
Moberly Area Community College - Moberly
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 32 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 25 students during the 2012 period
North Central Missouri College - Maryville
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 30 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 26 students during the 2012 period
Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 29 students during the 2012 period
South Central Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 29 students during the 2012 period
Hillyard Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 27 students during the 2012 period
Rolla Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 27 students during the 2012 period
Clinton Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 26 students during the 2012 period
Kirksville Area Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 26 students during the 2012 period
Waynesville Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 25 students during the 2012 period
Crowder College - Nevada
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 24 students during the 2012 period
Crowder College - Cassville
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 23 students during the 2012 period
Ozarks Technical Community College - Table Rock
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 23 students during the 2012 period
East Central College - Rolla
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 22 students during the 2012 period
Nevada Regional Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 22 students during the 2012 period
Lebanon Technology and Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 21 students during the 2012 period
Pike-Lincoln Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 21 students during the 2012 period
College of the Ozarks
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 20 students during the 2017 period
Eldon Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 20 students during the 2012 period
Saline County Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 20 students during the 2012 period
Moberly Area Community College - Mexico
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 19 students during the 2012 period
Lincoln University - Fort Leonard Wood
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 18 students during the 2012 period
State Fair Community College - Boonville
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 18 students during the 2012 period
Texas County Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 18 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 14 students during the 2012 period
North Central Missouri College - Bethany
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 14 students during the 2012 period
State Technical College of Missouri - Jefferson City
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 14 students during the 2012 period
Warrensburg Area Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 14 students during the 2012 period
Three Rivers Community College - Hayti
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 13 students during the 2012 period
Carthage Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 11 students during the 2012 period
Three Rivers Community College - Kennett
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 11 students during the 2012 period
Three Rivers Community College - Sikeston
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 6 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
University of Missouri - Columbia Bachelor of Science in Nursing 174 students
Missouri Southern State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 107 students
Missouri Western State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90 students
University of Central Missouri Bachelor of Science in Nursing 70 students
Crowder College - Neosho Associate's Degree in Nursing 69 students
North Central Missouri College - Trenton Certificate in Practical Nursing 64 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 32 students
Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing & Health Sciences Associate's Degree in Nursing 63 students
Three Rivers Community College - Poplar Bluff Associate's Degree in Nursing 59 students
Southeast Missouri State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 53 students
Missouri State University - West Plains Associate's Degree in Nursing 51 students
Columbia College Associate's Degree in Nursing 50 students
Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 44 students
Mineral Area College Associate's Degree in Nursing 44 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 23 students
Truman State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 43 students
State Fair Community College - Sedalia Associate's Degree in Nursing 42 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 35 students
Central Methodist University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 40 students
Columbia College - Lake Ozark Associate's Degree in Nursing 35 students
Lincoln University Associate's Degree in Nursing 35 students
Hannibal-LaGrange University Associate's Degree in Nursing 34 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 27 students
Sikeston Career and Technology Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 34 students
Columbia Area Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 33 students
Franklin Technology Center - MSSU Certificate in Practical Nursing 32 students
Moberly Area Community College - Moberly Associate's Degree in Nursing 32 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 25 students
North Central Missouri College - Maryville Associate's Degree in Nursing 30 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 26 students
Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 29 students
South Central Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 29 students
Hillyard Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 27 students
Rolla Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 27 students
Clinton Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 26 students
Kirksville Area Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 26 students
Waynesville Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 25 students
Crowder College - Nevada Associate's Degree in Nursing 24 students
Crowder College - Cassville Associate's Degree in Nursing 23 students
Ozarks Technical Community College - Table Rock Certificate in Practical Nursing 23 students
East Central College - Rolla Associate's Degree in Nursing 22 students
Nevada Regional Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 22 students
Lebanon Technology and Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 21 students
Pike-Lincoln Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 21 students
College of the Ozarks Bachelor of Science in Nursing 20 students
Eldon Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 20 students
Saline County Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 20 students
Moberly Area Community College - Mexico Certificate in Practical Nursing 19 students
Lincoln University - Fort Leonard Wood Associate's Degree in Nursing 18 students
State Fair Community College - Boonville Certificate in Practical Nursing 18 students
Texas County Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 18 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 14 students
North Central Missouri College - Bethany Certificate in Practical Nursing 14 students
State Technical College of Missouri - Jefferson City Certificate in Practical Nursing 14 students
Warrensburg Area Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 14 students
Three Rivers Community College - Hayti Certificate in Practical Nursing 13 students
Carthage Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 11 students
Three Rivers Community College - Kennett Certificate in Practical Nursing 11 students
Three Rivers Community College - Sikeston Associate's Degree in Nursing 6 students