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With a wide variety of local schools and training programs, the barriers to entry are very low in Kansas City’s nursing profession. Local nursing students can pursue one of four critical roles: certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), or advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). Roughly 15 nursing schools serve the metropolitan area, with eight campuses located in Kansas City proper.

Nursing roles and training
Nursing assistant is the industry’s most junior role. CNA candidates need only complete a brief eight- to ten-week training program and pass a state-administered examination. Practical nurses are senior to CNAs. LPN certificate programs typically run from 12 to 18 months, and candidates must pass the NCLEX-PN national exam to attain licensure. Registered nurse is the most common role in Kansas City’s nursing industry. RNs typically follow one of two licensure pathways: two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). All candidates must pass the NCLEX-RN national exam to attain licensure. RNs who wish to pursue specialized fields may earn a master of science in nursing (MSN) or doctoral degree in order to achieve licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse.

Career outlook for Kansas City’s nurses
Kansas City’s nursing professionals earn some of the highest nursing salaries in Missouri. CNAs earn a median annual salary of $23,600, LPNs receive about $39,000 in annual pay, and RNs typically earn $62,800 per year. Each number is 5-10% higher than the respective figure for Missouri as a whole. Kansas City has many well-established healthcare employers, including Saint Luke’s Hospital, University of Kansas Medical Center, and Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

To help Kansas City’s aspiring nurses, we’ve provided below a comprehensive list of nursing schools and programs in the metropolitan area.

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Kansas City nursing schools by NCLEX score

Cass Career Center
1600 East Elm Street | Harrisonville, Missouri 64701
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lex La-Ray Technical Center
2323 High School Drive | Lexington, Missouri 64067
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Graceland University
1401 West Truman Road | Independence, Missouri 64050
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
  • 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
Research College of Nursing
2525 East Meyer Boulevard | Kansas City, Missouri 64132
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Metropolitan Community College
3200 Broadway | Kansas City, Missouri 64111
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
University of Missouri - Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Road | Kansas City, Missouri 64110
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • 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
Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences
624 Westport Road | Kansas City, Missouri 64111
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
William Jewell College
500 College Street | Liberty, Missouri 64068
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Avila University
11901 Wornall Road | Kansas City, Missouri 64145
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Concorde Career College - Kansas City
3239 Broadway Boulevard | Kansas City, Missouri 64111
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 81.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Park University
8700 NW River Park Drive | Parkville, Missouri 64152
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 60.0% NCLEX pass rate (2018 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Cass Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.4% 2011 to 2018
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lex La-Ray Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.0% 2011 to 2018
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Graceland University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.0% 2011 to 2018
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
Research College of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.3% 2011 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Metropolitan Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.6% 2011 to 2018
Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.0% 2011 to 2018
University of Missouri - Kansas City Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.2% 2011 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
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
Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.5% 2011 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
William Jewell College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.9% 2011 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Avila University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.7% 2011 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Concorde Career College - Kansas City Certificate in Practical Nursing 81.4% 2011 to 2018
Park University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 60.0% 2018 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion