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Private colleges and universities do not receive direct financial support from the local state government, unlike their public counterparts. As a result, private schools generally charge higher tuition fees. However, these schools are an excellent option for individuals who value their enhanced prestige, individualized instruction, and highly engaged alumni base. Collectively, Missouri’s thirty private nursing schools offer licensure for all critical nursing roles, including certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), and registered nurse (RN).

Missouri’s largest nursing program is operated by a private school: the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College in St. Louis. This school’s bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program regularly graduates over 300 students annually. St. Louis is home to several other large private nursing schools, including Saint Louis University, a Catholic institution, and Chamberlain College of Nursing, a private for-profit school. Indeed, all of Missouri’s major cities are served by established private colleges and universities. Research College of Nursing in Kansas City graduates a 100-person BSN class each spring. Southwest Baptist University’s Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences runs the largest associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) program in Springfield.

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Graduates of Missouri’s private nursing schools can expect competitive pay that increases with their level of education. The state’s CNAs, who need only complete a brief training program, earn approximately $22,000 per year. LPNs, who must complete a more extensive certificate program, receive about $37,000 in annual pay. Missouri’s RNs must hold a hospital diploma, ADN, or BSN, and their pay reflects this deeper education. They earn a median salary of $57,000 per year; those with BSN degrees are often paid in excess of $70,000 annually.

To provide a comprehensive view of the state’s private nursing programs, we’ve profiled each of Missouri’s private colleges and universities for nursing. These schools are organized below by major metropolitan area.

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Kansas City

Avila University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Concorde Career College - Kansas City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Graceland University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN 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
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Park University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Research College of Nursing
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
William Jewell College
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Avila University Kansas City
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Concorde Career College - Kansas City Kansas City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Graceland University Independence
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
National American University - Independence Independence
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Lee's Summit Lee's Summit
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Zona Rosa Kansas City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Park University Parkville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Research College of Nursing Kansas City
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences Kansas City
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
William Jewell College Liberty
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Springfield

Bolivar Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cox College
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southwest Baptist University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Bolivar Technical College Bolivar
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cox College Springfield
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southwest Baptist University Springfield
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

St. Louis

Barnes-Jewish College
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Health Systems and Population Health Leadership
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Health Systems and Population Health Leadership
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Educator
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing - St. Louis
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Lindenwood University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lutheran School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Maryville University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Missouri Baptist University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Saint Louis University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Louis College of Health Careers - Fenton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
St. Louis College of Health Careers - Saint Louis
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Webster University
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Barnes-Jewish College Saint Louis
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Health Systems and Population Health Leadership
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Health Systems and Population Health Leadership
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Educator
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing - St. Louis Saint Louis
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Lindenwood University Saint Charles
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lutheran School of Nursing Saint Louis
  • Diploma in Nursing
Maryville University Saint Louis
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Missouri Baptist University Saint Louis
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Saint Louis University Saint Louis
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Louis College of Health Careers - Fenton Fenton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
St. Louis College of Health Careers - Saint Louis Saint Louis
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Webster University Saint Louis
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Other Missouri cities

Central Methodist University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
College of the Ozarks
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Columbia College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Columbia College - Lake Ozark
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Hannibal-LaGrange University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Missouri Valley College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Texas County Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Central Methodist University Fayette
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
College of the Ozarks Point Lookout
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Columbia College Columbia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Columbia College - Lake Ozark Osage Beach
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Hannibal-LaGrange University Hannibal
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Missouri Valley College Marshall
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing & Health Sciences Cape Girardeau
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Texas County Technical College Houston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate