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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.

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Kansas City

Graceland University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Research College of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Metropolitan Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
William Jewell College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Avila University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Park University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 60.0% NCLEX pass rate (2018 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Graceland University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.0% 2011 to 2018
Research College of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.3% 2011 to 2018
Metropolitan Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.6% 2011 to 2018
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.2% 2011 to 2018
Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.5% 2011 to 2018
William Jewell College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.9% 2011 to 2018
Avila University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.7% 2011 to 2018
Park University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 60.0% 2018 to 2018

Springfield

Missouri State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Cox College
  • 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)
Ozarks Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Southwest Baptist University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bolivar Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Missouri State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.5% 2011 to 2018
Cox College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.6% 2011 to 2018
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.3% 2011 to 2018
Ozarks Technical Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.5% 2011 to 2018
Southwest Baptist University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.0% 2011 to 2018
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bolivar Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.5% 2011 to 2018

St. Louis

St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Maryville University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
East Central College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Saint Louis University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
  • Direct Entry MSN
Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Chamberlain University - St. Louis
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
St. Louis Community College - Meramec
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
St. Charles Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
University of Missouri - St. Louis
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
St. Louis Community College - Forest Park
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Lutheran School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing: 85.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Jefferson College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Missouri Baptist University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.3% 2011 to 2018
Maryville University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.8% 2011 to 2018
East Central College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.6% 2011 to 2018
Saint Louis University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.7% 2011 to 2018
Direct Entry MSN
Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.2% 2011 to 2018
Chamberlain University - St. Louis
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.6% 2011 to 2018
St. Louis Community College - Meramec
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.4% 2011 to 2018
St. Charles Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.3% 2011 to 2018
University of Missouri - St. Louis
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.2% 2011 to 2018
St. Louis Community College - Forest Park
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.8% 2011 to 2018
Lutheran School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing 85.5% 2011 to 2018
Jefferson College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.2% 2011 to 2018
Missouri Baptist University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Other Missouri cities

State Fair Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Lincoln University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.9% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2018)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
North Central Missouri College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Columbia College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Missouri Southern State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Truman State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
University of Missouri
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Crowder College - McDonald County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.3% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2018)
College of the Ozarks
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Hannibal-LaGrange University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Southeast Missouri State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Moberly Area Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
North Central Missouri College - Maryville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Columbia College - Lake Ozark
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Central Methodist University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
East Central College - Rolla
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Mineral Area College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Missouri Western State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Crowder College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Crowder College - Cassville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2018)
University of Central Missouri
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Three Rivers College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Crowder College - Nevada
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Missouri State University - West Plains
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Texas County Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2018)
Missouri Valley College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 72.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
State Technical College of Missouri
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
State Fair Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.2% 2011 to 2018
Lincoln University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.9% 2016 to 2018
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.9% 2011 to 2018
North Central Missouri College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.0% 2011 to 2018
Columbia College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.9% 2011 to 2018
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Missouri Southern State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.7% 2011 to 2018
Truman State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.6% 2011 to 2018
University of Missouri
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.6% 2011 to 2018
Crowder College - McDonald County
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.3% 2016 to 2018
College of the Ozarks
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.5% 2011 to 2018
Hannibal-LaGrange University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.5% 2011 to 2018
Southeast Missouri State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.5% 2011 to 2018
Moberly Area Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.2% 2011 to 2018
North Central Missouri College - Maryville
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.1% 2011 to 2018
Columbia College - Lake Ozark
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.8% 2011 to 2018
Central Methodist University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.5% 2011 to 2018
East Central College - Rolla
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.2% 2011 to 2018
Mineral Area College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.5% 2011 to 2018
Missouri Western State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.1% 2011 to 2018
Crowder College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.8% 2011 to 2018
Crowder College - Cassville
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.7% 2012 to 2018
University of Central Missouri
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.7% 2011 to 2018
Three Rivers College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.1% 2011 to 2018
Crowder College - Nevada
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.2% 2011 to 2018
Missouri State University - West Plains
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.5% 2011 to 2018
Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.2% 2011 to 2018
Texas County Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.0% 2011 to 2018
Missouri Valley College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 72.4% 2013 to 2018
State Technical College of Missouri
Associate's Degree in Nursing