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Public colleges and universities are administered and significantly funded by the local state government. They have significantly lower tuition than many private institutions, yet they still offer state-approved curriculum and instruction methods. Public schools are an excellent fit for candidates who want to join the nursing vocation on a strict budget. Thankfully, Missouri’s nursing students can choose from 65 public school campuses that offer nursing education.

These public nursing schools fall into two broad categories. The first category is Missouri’s network of over 50 community college campuses. These schools offer brief certificate programs for aspiring certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs). They also provide a two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) that prepares graduates to work as registered nurses (RNs). Missouri’s second category of public nursing institutions is its four-year colleges and universities. Roughly a dozen public schools offer the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree program for aspiring RNs. Several public universities also award master’s and doctoral nursing degrees, including University of Missouri’s campuses in Columbia, Kansas City, and St. Louis.

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Graduates of Missouri’s public nursing schools can expect competitive pay and numerous employment opportunities. The state’s 40,000 CNAs typically earn $19,000 to $26,000 annually, and its 16,000 LPNs are paid between $30,000 and $45,000 per year. Nearly 65,000 RNs are employed across Missouri, earning a median annual salary of about $57,000. Registered nurses with a BSN degree frequently receive top-quartile pay of $69,000 or more per year.

To help the state’s nursing students chart an affordable path to their career, we’ve compiled below a comprehensive list of Missouri’s public colleges and universities with accredited nursing programs.

Featured Schools

Kansas City

Cass Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lex La-Ray Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northland Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Cass Career Center Harrisonville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lex La-Ray Technical Center Lexington
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City Kansas City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northland Career Center Platte City
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Missouri - Kansas City Kansas City
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Springfield

Missouri State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Ozarks Technical Community College - Springfield
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Missouri State University Springfield
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Ozarks Technical Community College - Springfield Springfield
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

St. Louis

Applied Technology Services - MET Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Applied Technology Services - South County
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
East Central College - Union
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Jefferson College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Saint Charles Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Saint Louis Community College - Florissant Valley
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Saint Louis Community College - Forest Park
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Saint Louis Community College - Meramec
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
University of Missouri - St. Louis
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Washington School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Applied Technology Services - MET Center Wellston
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Applied Technology Services - South County Sunset Hills
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
East Central College - Union Union
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Jefferson College Hillsboro
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Saint Charles Community College Dardenne Prairie
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Saint Louis Community College - Florissant Valley Saint Louis
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Saint Louis Community College - Forest Park Saint Louis
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Saint Louis Community College - Meramec Kirkwood
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
University of Missouri - St. Louis Saint Louis
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Washington School of Practical Nursing Washington
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Other Missouri cities

Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Carthage Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Clinton Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Columbia Area Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Crowder College - Cassville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Crowder College - Neosho
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Crowder College - Nevada
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
East Central College - Rolla
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Eldon Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Franklin Technology Center - MSSU
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hillyard Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Kirksville Area Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lebanon Technology and Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lincoln University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lincoln University - Fort Leonard Wood
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Mineral Area College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Missouri Southern State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Missouri State University - West Plains
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Missouri Western State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Moberly Area Community College - Mexico
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Moberly Area Community College - Moberly
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Nevada Regional Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
North Central Missouri College - Bethany
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
North Central Missouri College - Maryville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
North Central Missouri College - Trenton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwest Technical School
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Ozarks Technical Community College - Table Rock
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Pike-Lincoln Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Rolla Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Saline County Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Sikeston Career and Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Central Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southeast Missouri State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
State Fair Community College - Boonville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
State Fair Community College - Sedalia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
State Technical College of Missouri - Jefferson City
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Three Rivers Community College - Hayti
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Three Rivers Community College - Kennett
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Three Rivers Community College - Poplar Bluff
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Three Rivers Community College - Sikeston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Truman State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Central Missouri
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Missouri - Columbia
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Warrensburg Area Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Waynesville Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center Cape Girardeau
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Carthage Technical Center Carthage
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Clinton Technical School Clinton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Columbia Area Career Center Columbia
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Crowder College - Cassville Cassville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Crowder College - Neosho Neosho
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Crowder College - Nevada Nevada
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
East Central College - Rolla Rolla
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Eldon Career Center Eldon
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Franklin Technology Center - MSSU Joplin
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hillyard Technical Center Saint Joseph
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Kirksville Area Technical Center Kirksville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lebanon Technology and Career Center Lebanon
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lincoln University Jefferson City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lincoln University - Fort Leonard Wood Fort Leonard Wood
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Mineral Area College Park Hills
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Missouri Southern State University Joplin
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Missouri State University - West Plains West Plains
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Missouri Western State University Saint Joseph
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Moberly Area Community College - Mexico Mexico
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Moberly Area Community College - Moberly Moberly
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Nevada Regional Technical Center Nevada
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
North Central Missouri College - Bethany Bethany
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
North Central Missouri College - Maryville Maryville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
North Central Missouri College - Trenton Trenton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwest Technical School Maryville
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Ozarks Technical Community College - Table Rock Hollister
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Pike-Lincoln Technical Center Eolia
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center Poplar Bluff
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Rolla Technical Center Rolla
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Saline County Career Center Marshall
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Sikeston Career and Technology Center Sikeston
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Central Career Center West Plains
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
State Fair Community College - Boonville Boonville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
State Fair Community College - Sedalia Sedalia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
State Technical College of Missouri - Jefferson City Jefferson City
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Three Rivers Community College - Hayti Hayti
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Three Rivers Community College - Kennett Kennett
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Three Rivers Community College - Poplar Bluff Poplar Bluff
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Three Rivers Community College - Sikeston Sikeston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Truman State University Kirksville
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Central Missouri Warrensburg
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Warrensburg Area Career Center Warrensburg
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Waynesville Career Center Waynesville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing