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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.

Springfield nursing schools by NCLEX score

Ozarks Technical Community College
1001 East Chestnut Expressway | Springfield, Missouri 65802
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 99.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Bolivar Technical College
2001 West Broadway Street | Bolivar, Missouri 65613
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue | Springfield, Missouri 65897
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
  • DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Population Health Leadership
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Educator
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Population Health
  • Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Cox College
1423 North Jefferson Avenue | Springfield, Missouri 65802
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southwest Baptist University
4431 South Fremont Avenue | Springfield, Missouri 65804
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Ozarks Technical Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 99.5% 2011 to 2018
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.5% 2011 to 2018
Bolivar Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.4% 2011 to 2018
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.5% 2011 to 2018
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Missouri State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.5% 2011 to 2018
DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nurse Educator
MSN: Population Health Leadership
Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Educator
Post-Master's Certificate: Population Health
Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Cox College Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.6% 2011 to 2018
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.3% 2011 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nurse Educator
MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southwest Baptist University Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.0% 2011 to 2018
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion