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Registered nurses (RNs) are the backbone of the country’s healthcare industry, with an estimated 2.7 million RNs employed nationwide. Almost 65,000 registered nurses work in the state of Missouri alone. These professionals independently administer care to patients, and they also supervise less experienced nurses, such as nursing assistants and licensed practical nurses, in their day-to-day responsibilities.

Missouri has sixty state-approved programs for pursuing RN licensure. These programs fall into three pathways: hospital diploma, associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), and bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Diploma programs apply a three-year apprenticeship model within a hospital or medical center. They were historically very popular but have dwindled in number over the past several decades. The ADN pathway enables students to acquire RN licensure and an entry-level position in just two years. Missouri has 35 accredited ADN programs; most are offered by the state’s vast network of community colleges. The BSN pathway offers the deepest exposure to nursing science and practice, often with a well-rounded complement of liberal arts courses. BSN graduates are trained for nursing leadership and management roles. Candidates from all three pathways must successfully pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination before practicing in Missouri.

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Registered nurses enjoy a very robust job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 65,000 RNs are currently employed in Missouri. They earn a median salary of $56,690 per year, although BSN degree-holders frequently receive top-quartile pay of $69,160 or more annually. Nursing salaries are often a few thousand dollars higher in major metropolitan areas like Kansas City and Saint Louis.

To provide the state’s nursing students a clear roadmap, we’ve profiled Missouri’s prelicensure RN programs below. The list includes all diploma, ADN, and BSN options in each major city.

Featured Schools

Kansas City

Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Graceland University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Research College of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Park University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
National American University - Zona Rosa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Avila University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
William Jewell College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Concorde Career College - Kansas City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.7% 2008 to 2012
Graceland University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.4% 2011 to 2017
Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.0% 2008 to 2012
Research College of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.6% 2008 to 2012
Park University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.4% 2008 to 2012
National American University - Zona Rosa
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.5% 2008 to 2012
Avila University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.0% 2008 to 2012
William Jewell College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.8% 2011 to 2017
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.4% 2011 to 2017
Concorde Career College - Kansas City
Associate's Degree in Nursing 77.9% 2009 to 2012

Springfield

Ozarks Technical Community College - Springfield
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Missouri State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Cox College
  • 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)
Southwest Baptist University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Bolivar Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2011)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Ozarks Technical Community College - Springfield
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.7% 2009 to 2012
Missouri State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.2% 2011 to 2017
Cox College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.5% 2011 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.6% 2011 to 2017
Southwest Baptist University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.5% 2011 to 2017
Bolivar Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.5% 2009 to 2011

St. Louis

Saint Louis Community College - Florissant Valley
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 99.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
East Central College - Union
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 98.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Saint Charles Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Lutheran School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing: 95.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Saint Louis Community College - Meramec
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Maryville University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Saint Louis Community College - Forest Park
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Saint Louis University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
  • Direct Entry MSN
Barnes-Jewish College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Chamberlain College of Nursing - St. Louis
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
University of Missouri - St. Louis
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Jefferson College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Saint Louis Community College - Florissant Valley
Associate's Degree in Nursing 99.2% 2008 to 2012
East Central College - Union
Associate's Degree in Nursing 98.1% 2008 to 2012
Saint Charles Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.8% 2008 to 2012
Lutheran School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing 95.3% 2008 to 2012
Saint Louis Community College - Meramec
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.2% 2008 to 2012
Maryville University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.9% 2011 to 2017
Saint Louis Community College - Forest Park
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.7% 2008 to 2012
Saint Louis University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.4% 2011 to 2017
Direct Entry MSN
Barnes-Jewish College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.6% 2011 to 2017
Chamberlain College of Nursing - St. Louis
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.0% 2011 to 2017
University of Missouri - St. Louis
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.4% 2011 to 2017
Jefferson College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.0% 2008 to 2012

Other Missouri cities

Moberly Area Community College - Moberly
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Missouri Southern State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Southeast Missouri State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Lincoln University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Truman State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
North Central Missouri College - Maryville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
North Central Missouri College - Trenton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of Missouri - Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Crowder College - Neosho
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Hannibal-LaGrange University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Central Methodist University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
College of the Ozarks
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Lincoln University - Fort Leonard Wood
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
East Central College - Rolla
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Crowder College - Nevada
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
State Fair Community College - Sedalia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Three Rivers Community College - Poplar Bluff
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Columbia College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Mineral Area College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of Central Missouri
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Missouri Western State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Missouri State University - West Plains
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Three Rivers Community College - Sikeston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Columbia College - Lake Ozark
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Crowder College - Cassville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Texas County Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 74.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Missouri Valley College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Moberly Area Community College - Moberly
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.9% 2008 to 2012
Missouri Southern State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.7% 2008 to 2012
Southeast Missouri State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.6% 2008 to 2012
Lincoln University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.0% 2008 to 2012
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Truman State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.9% 2011 to 2017
North Central Missouri College - Maryville
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.4% 2008 to 2012
North Central Missouri College - Trenton
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.3% 2008 to 2012
University of Missouri - Columbia
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.2% 2011 to 2017
Crowder College - Neosho
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.8% 2008 to 2012
Hannibal-LaGrange University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.1% 2011 to 2017
Central Methodist University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.4% 2008 to 2012
College of the Ozarks
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.3% 2011 to 2017
Lincoln University - Fort Leonard Wood
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.3% 2008 to 2012
East Central College - Rolla
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.0% 2008 to 2012
Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.2% 2008 to 2012
Crowder College - Nevada
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.9% 2008 to 2012
State Fair Community College - Sedalia
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.7% 2008 to 2012
Three Rivers Community College - Poplar Bluff
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.6% 2008 to 2012
Columbia College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.3% 2008 to 2012
Mineral Area College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.9% 2008 to 2012
University of Central Missouri
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.7% 2011 to 2017
Missouri Western State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.4% 2008 to 2012
Missouri State University - West Plains
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.3% 2008 to 2012
Three Rivers Community College - Sikeston
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.0% 2008 to 2012
Columbia College - Lake Ozark
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.6% 2008 to 2012
Crowder College - Cassville
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.3% 2012 to 2012
Texas County Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 74.7% 2009 to 2012
Missouri Valley College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing