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Before selecting a nursing school and program, students must carefully evaluate the cost of attendance. Nursing education entails a number of significant expenses, including enrollment and tuition fees, textbooks and equipment, room and board, and other living expenses. A clear budget for these costs is critical, particularly since they can vary dramatically by institution and by specific training program.

One important driver of nursing education cost is the type of program. Certificate programs for aspiring certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) require far less time than diploma and degree programs for aspiring registered nurses (RNs). In general, the longer the nursing program, the higher the tuition cost. A second important driver of nursing education cost is the type of institution. Due to their smaller class sizes and lack of government subsidies, private nursing schools will generally cost more than public nursing schools.

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While nursing education can be expensive, this cost is an investment that promises higher earnings potential in the future. Indeed, the longer the nursing program, the larger the pay increase. Missouri’s CNAs and LPNs, who must complete only a brief certificate program, earn $20,000 to $40,000 per year. Registered nurses, who must hold a hospital diploma or college degree, receive $57,000 in average pay. An RN with a bachelor’s degree frequently earns over $70,000 per year in Missouri. Local nursing employers include private healthcare providers, often staffed by agencies like Genesis Healthcare and Favorite Healthcare Staffing, and government facilities such as the Department of Veterans Affairs.

To provide additional insight on the cost of nursing education, we’ve tallied the total expenses at a number of Missouri’s top nursing schools. You’ll find them grouped below by city and ordered from most expensive to least expensive.

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Kansas City

Concorde Career College - Kansas City
Associate's Degree in Nursing (15-month program): tuition and fees $38,206, books and supplies $4,274
Certificate in Practical Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $25,985, books and supplies $2,738, room and board $15,225
Northland Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $10,900, books and supplies $2,750, room and board $9,097
Cass Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (11-month program): tuition and fees $10,836, books and supplies $1,437, room and board $10,109
Lex La-Ray Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $10,476, books and supplies $1,540, room and board $15,168
School Program Length Tuition & fees
Concorde Career College - Kansas City Associate's Degree in Nursing 15 months $38,206
Certificate in Practical Nursing 13 months $25,985
Northland Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 12 months $10,900
Cass Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 11 months $10,836
Lex La-Ray Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 12 months $10,476

St. Louis

Applied Technology Services - South County
Certificate in Practical Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $15,700, books and supplies $1,300, room and board $11,947
School Program Length Tuition & fees
Applied Technology Services - South County Certificate in Practical Nursing 13 months $15,700

Other Missouri cities

Waynesville Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $13,812, books and supplies $1,063, room and board $8,268
Franklin Technology Center - MSSU
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $11,609, books and supplies $950, room and board $20,000
Columbia Area Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $11,515, books and supplies $2,108, room and board $10,152
Eldon Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $11,500, books and supplies $2,300, room and board $5,100
State Technical College of Missouri - Jefferson City
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $11,500, books and supplies $963, room and board $11,028
Lebanon Technology and Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $10,886, books and supplies $1,242, room and board $9,744
Pike-Lincoln Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $10,700, books and supplies $1,439, room and board $18,372
Rolla Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $10,650, books and supplies $2,286, room and board $10,569
Hillyard Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (11-month program): tuition and fees $10,409, books and supplies $1,125, room and board $9,720
South Central Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $9,950, books and supplies $2,775, room and board $9,396
State Fair Community College - Boonville
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $9,640, books and supplies $2,525, room and board $14,160
Clinton Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing (11-month program): tuition and fees $9,200, books and supplies $1,050, room and board $10,339
Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (11-month program): tuition and fees $8,945, books and supplies $1,050, room and board $10,058
Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $8,172, books and supplies $820
Sikeston Career and Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $7,810, books and supplies $1,890, room and board $7,200
Kirksville Area Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $7,500, books and supplies $2,000, room and board $10,798
Saline County Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $7,450, books and supplies $2,185, room and board $10,798
Nevada Regional Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (11-month program): tuition and fees $7,000, books and supplies $3,342, room and board $10,017
School Program Length Tuition & fees
Waynesville Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 12 months $13,812
Franklin Technology Center - MSSU Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 months $11,609
Columbia Area Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 12 months $11,515
State Technical College of Missouri - Jefferson City Certificate in Practical Nursing 12 months $11,500
Eldon Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 12 months $11,500
Lebanon Technology and Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 12 months $10,886
Pike-Lincoln Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 12 months $10,700
Rolla Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 12 months $10,650
Hillyard Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 11 months $10,409
South Central Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 12 months $9,950
State Fair Community College - Boonville Certificate in Practical Nursing 12 months $9,640
Clinton Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 11 months $9,200
Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 11 months $8,945
Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 12 months $8,172
Sikeston Career and Technology Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 12 months $7,810
Kirksville Area Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 12 months $7,500
Saline County Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 12 months $7,450
Nevada Regional Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 11 months $7,000