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The Springfield, Missouri, metropolitan area is home to 10,000 licensed nursing professionals. Local nurses typically serve in one of three roles: certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), or registered nurse (RN). Earn role carries a unique set of training and examination requirements.

Certified nursing assistant
CNAs are the most junior nurses. They help patients with critical daily tasks like eating, dressing, and using the restroom. CNA training courses are very brief, requiring just a few months of study. Candidates must also pass a state-administered examination to practice. Springfield’s nursing assistants earn a median annual salary of $21,370.

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Licensed practical nurse
LPNs fill a more senior support role than CNAs, with advanced training in dressing wounds, operating medical equipment, and monitoring vital signs. LPN certificate programs require 12 to 18 months of study. All graduates must pass the NCLEX-PN exam to attain licensure. Practical nurses in Springfield, Missouri, earn a median salary of almost $35,000.

Registered nurse
RNs are independent healthcare practitioners. They manage a patient’s overall plan of care, and they often supervise LPNs and CNAs to execute this plan. Aspiring RNs typically pursue either an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Graduates of either program must pass the NCLEX-RN exam to attain licensure. Springfield’s registered nurses earn approximately $50,000 per year. However, those with BSN degrees typically experience a sizeable pay increase to $60,000 or more annually.

Springfield has several top-notch nursing schools, including Southwest Baptist University, Missouri State University, and Ozarks Technical Community College. To provide more detail on these institutions, we’ve profiled below each of the accredited nursing schools and programs in the Springfield metropolitan area.

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Springfield nursing schools by NCLEX score

Ozarks Technical Community College - Springfield
1001 East Chestnut Expressway | Springfield, Missouri 65802
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 99.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Bolivar Technical College
2001 West Broadway Street | Bolivar, Missouri 65613
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2011)
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue | Springfield, Missouri 65897
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
  • 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
Cox College
1423 North Jefferson Avenue | Springfield, Missouri 65802
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southwest Baptist University
4431 South Fremont Avenue | Springfield, Missouri 65804
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Ozarks Technical Community College - Springfield Certificate in Practical Nursing 99.6% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.7% 2009 to 2012
Bolivar Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.8% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.5% 2009 to 2011
Missouri State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.2% 2011 to 2017
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
Cox College Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.5% 2011 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.6% 2011 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southwest Baptist University Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.5% 2011 to 2017
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion