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Vocational, career, and community colleges offer streamlined programs of study for individuals who seek rapid entry to the workplace. Many schools also provide flexible evening, weekend, and online courses for students with significant work and family commitments. Missouri has nearly sixty community college and vocational school campuses with nursing programs.

These two-year schools focus their nursing education on three types of programs. The briefest is the certificate program for aspiring certified nursing assistants (CNAs), which requires only a few months of study and a passing grade on the state certification exam. Aspiring licensed practical nurses (LPNs) must complete a longer 12- to 18-month certificate program and pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam. Candidates for the registered nurse (RN) role have the longest period of study, a two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN). They must also pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam upon graduating. These three vocational programs are primarily offered by Missouri’s network of over fifty community college campuses. This is supplemented by several private career colleges, including Concorde Career College in Kansas City and St. Louis College of Health Careers.

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Graduates of Missouri’s two-year colleges will enjoy a robust nursing job market. Over 120,000 nurses are employed statewide across these three roles. Missouri’s CNAs earn a median annual salary of $22,000, while its LPNs typically receive $37,000 in annual pay. The state’s RNs are paid almost $57,000 per year on average. In large metropolitan areas like Kansas City and Saint Louis, nurses will earn $3,000-6,000 more annually depending upon the role.

To help Missouri’s aspiring nurses find a rapid path to employment, we’ve listed below each of the state’s vocational, career, and community colleges for nursing. You’ll find them grouped by major city.

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Kansas City

Cass Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Concorde Career College - Kansas City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lex La-Ray Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northland Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Cass Career Center Harrisonville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Concorde Career College - Kansas City Kansas City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lex La-Ray Technical Center Lexington
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City Kansas City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northland Career Center Platte City
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Springfield

Bolivar Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ozarks Technical Community College - Springfield
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Bolivar Technical College Bolivar
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ozarks Technical Community College - Springfield Springfield
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

St. Louis

Applied Technology Services - MET Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Applied Technology Services - South County
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
East Central College - Union
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Jefferson College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lutheran School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Saint Charles Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Saint Louis Community College - Florissant Valley
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Saint Louis Community College - Forest Park
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Saint Louis Community College - Meramec
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
St. Louis College of Health Careers - Fenton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
St. Louis College of Health Careers - Saint Louis
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Washington School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Applied Technology Services - MET Center Wellston
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Applied Technology Services - South County Sunset Hills
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
East Central College - Union Union
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Jefferson College Hillsboro
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lutheran School of Nursing Saint Louis
  • Diploma in Nursing
Saint Charles Community College Dardenne Prairie
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Saint Louis Community College - Florissant Valley Saint Louis
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Saint Louis Community College - Forest Park Saint Louis
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Saint Louis Community College - Meramec Kirkwood
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
St. Louis College of Health Careers - Fenton Fenton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
St. Louis College of Health Careers - Saint Louis Saint Louis
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Washington School of Practical Nursing Washington
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Other Missouri cities

Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Carthage Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Clinton Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Columbia Area Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Crowder College - Cassville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Crowder College - Neosho
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Crowder College - Nevada
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
East Central College - Rolla
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Eldon Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Franklin Technology Center - MSSU
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hillyard Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Kirksville Area Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lebanon Technology and Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mineral Area College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Missouri State University - West Plains
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Moberly Area Community College - Mexico
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Moberly Area Community College - Moberly
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Nevada Regional Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
North Central Missouri College - Bethany
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
North Central Missouri College - Maryville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
North Central Missouri College - Trenton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwest Technical School
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Ozarks Technical Community College - Table Rock
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Pike-Lincoln Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Rolla Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Saline County Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Sikeston Career and Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Central Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
State Fair Community College - Boonville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
State Fair Community College - Sedalia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
State Technical College of Missouri - Jefferson City
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Texas County Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Three Rivers Community College - Hayti
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Three Rivers Community College - Kennett
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Three Rivers Community College - Poplar Bluff
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Three Rivers Community College - Sikeston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Warrensburg Area Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Waynesville Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center Cape Girardeau
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Carthage Technical Center Carthage
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Clinton Technical School Clinton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Columbia Area Career Center Columbia
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Crowder College - Cassville Cassville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Crowder College - Neosho Neosho
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Crowder College - Nevada Nevada
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
East Central College - Rolla Rolla
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Eldon Career Center Eldon
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Franklin Technology Center - MSSU Joplin
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hillyard Technical Center Saint Joseph
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Kirksville Area Technical Center Kirksville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lebanon Technology and Career Center Lebanon
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mineral Area College Park Hills
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Missouri State University - West Plains West Plains
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Moberly Area Community College - Mexico Mexico
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Moberly Area Community College - Moberly Moberly
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Nevada Regional Technical Center Nevada
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
North Central Missouri College - Bethany Bethany
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
North Central Missouri College - Maryville Maryville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
North Central Missouri College - Trenton Trenton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwest Technical School Maryville
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Ozarks Technical Community College - Table Rock Hollister
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Pike-Lincoln Technical Center Eolia
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center Poplar Bluff
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Rolla Technical Center Rolla
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Saline County Career Center Marshall
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Sikeston Career and Technology Center Sikeston
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Central Career Center West Plains
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
State Fair Community College - Boonville Boonville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
State Fair Community College - Sedalia Sedalia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
State Technical College of Missouri - Jefferson City Jefferson City
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Texas County Technical College Houston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Three Rivers Community College - Hayti Hayti
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Three Rivers Community College - Kennett Kennett
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Three Rivers Community College - Poplar Bluff Poplar Bluff
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Three Rivers Community College - Sikeston Sikeston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Warrensburg Area Career Center Warrensburg
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Waynesville Career Center Waynesville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing