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For our 2019 rankings, the research team at Nursing Schools Almanac collected data on over 3,000 nursing schools and campuses throughout the United States. We evaluated each school on three dimensions:

  • The institution’s academic prestige and perceived value
  • The breadth and depth of nursing programs offered
  • Student success, particularly on the NCLEX licensure examination

We then combined these assessments into an overall score and ranked the schools accordingly. For a detailed description of our assessment methodology and dimension weights, please see here.

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#1: Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College | Saint Louis, MO
Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College was the first school in the nation accredited by the National League for Nursing. The college has also been recognized as a Laerdal Center of Educational Excellence. Barnes-Jewish College conducts BSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD degree programs across two campus sites, one at Washington University Medical Center and one at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. Approximately 400 BSN graduates sit for the National Council Licensure Examination annually, and they have passed this test at a 90% first-try rate over the past decade. More than 40% of graduates land positions at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.


#2: Saint Louis University | Saint Louis, MO
The School of Nursing at Saint Louis University created the first accelerated BSN and comprehensive online MSN programs in the nation, the first accelerated MSN and nursing PhD programs in Missouri, and the first DNP program in St. Louis. SLU’s BSN graduates have maintained a strong NCLEX-RN exam pass rate of 90% over the past decade, well above both state and national averages. In addition to impressive licensure exam pass rates, Saint Louis University’s programs are nationally recognized for their innovative and comprehensive curriculum.


#3: University of Missouri | Columbia, MO
The University of Missouri’s Sinclair School of Nursing (SSON) is a member of one of the most comprehensive healthcare networks in Missouri, including the School of Health Professions, the School of Medicine, and University of Missouri Health Care. SSON educates nurses at all levels through its traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, online RN-to-BSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD degree programs. At the undergraduate level, SSON produces 150-200 prelicensure BSN graduates annually. These students have passed the NCLEX-RN exam at an exceptional rate of 92-96% for at least eleven years in a row.


#4: Maryville University | Saint Louis, MO
The Catherine McAuley School of Nursing at Maryville University has a considerable collection of program offerings for aspiring nurses. Maryville offers traditional and degree completion BSN programs, as well as a fast-track BSN for students who have completed 65 hours of liberal arts and science coursework. Across the prelicensure BSN pathways, the school graduates approximately 125 students annually. They have consistently scored stellar marks on the NCLEX licensure exam, averaging a 93% first-time pass rate since 2011. Maryville’s MSN and DNP programs have five specialty NP tracks: family nursing, adult-gerontology primary care, adult-gerontology acute care, pediatric nursing, and psychiatric mental health.


#5: Research College of Nursing | Kansas City, MO
Research College of Nursing began as the German Hospital Training School for Nurses in 1905. Over its history of 100-plus years, the college has graduated more than 4,000 professional nurses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The undergraduate program features accelerated and traditional BSN tracks. Across the two pathways, approximately 100 BSN students complete the program each year. These students have posted a strong 88% NCLEX pass rate over the past eight years, including a stellar 97% pass rate in 2018. The graduate nursing curriculum features an MSN degree with three tracks: adult-gerontological nurse practitioner, executive practice / healthcare leadership, and family nurse practitioner. Research College of Nursing also offers an RN-to-MSN entry point for ADN- and diploma-prepared nurses.


#6: Missouri State University | Springfield, MO
The Department of Nursing at Missouri State University has two campus locations: Springfield and West Plains. The Springfield location offers two undergraduate programs (traditional BSN, RN-to-BSN) and two graduate programs (MSN with nurse educator focus, DNP). The DNP program accommodates both post-BSN and post-MSN entry points. The West Plains campus offers certified nursing assistant, traditional ASN, and LPN-to-RN programs. Springfield’s BSN graduates have passed the NCLEX exam at a very strong 94% rate over the past eight years. The ASN students from West Plains have averaged an 85% NCLEX pass rate over the same time period.


#7: University of Missouri - St. Louis | Saint Louis, MO
The University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) College of Nursing enrolls more than 1,100 students across its undergraduate and graduate programs. The college offers a breadth of nursing pathways including prelicensure BSN (traditional, accelerated, or part-time), RN-to-BSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD degrees. Post-graduate certificates are also available in areas of advanced nursing practice such as women’s health, psychiatric-mental health, and adult-geriatric health. UMSL graduates approximately 200 prelicensure BSN students annually, and the school has averaged an 88% first-time NCLEX pass rate over the past decade.


#8: University of Missouri - Kansas City | Kansas City, MO
The UMKC School of Nursing offers a diversity of nursing programs. Degree options include three BSN pathways (traditional, accelerated, RN-to-BSN) and graduate programs at the MSN, DNP, and PhD levels. Prelicensure BSN students consistently perform well on the NCLEX exam, scoring an 88% average pass rate over the past decade and a 94% pass rate in 2018. The postlicensure RN-to-BSN, MSN, and DNP degrees can all be completed online. In addition, UMKC offers a graduate certificate program for nurses who already hold an MSN or DNP degree. Eight tracks are available, including a nurse educator certificate and seven distinct nurse practitioner specialties.


#9: Graceland University | Independence, MO
Graceland University prepares a tight-knit graduating class of 40-50 prelicensure BSN students annually. Over the past eight years, these graduates have achieved a 90% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX licensure exam, well above both state and national averages. Graceland’s School of Nursing also offers both campus-based and online RN-to-BSN programs, an MSN program with two specialty tracks (family nurse practitioner and nurse educator), an RN-to-MSN entry option, and an online DNP program. The MSN offering is frequently named one of U.S. News & World Report’s top twenty online MSN programs nationwide, with particularly high marks for faculty credentials and student engagement.


#10: Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences | Kansas City, MO
Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences has educated nurses since 1903. The school is affiliated with Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, an internationally renowned healthcare facility. Students have several degree options including a prelicensure BSN, an RN-to-BSN bridge pathway, and an MSN degree with three specializations (adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, and nurse education). The college is noted for its small class sizes, networking opportunities with one of Kansas City’s largest employers, local volunteer opportunities, and a 100% job placement rate. The prelicensure BSN program graduates 160-180 new nurses annually. Over the past eight years, these students have averaged an 86% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination.


#11: Truman State University | Kirksville, MO
Truman State’s School of Health Sciences & Education prepares students for entry-level positions in the registered nursing field. Two BSN degree pathways are available: traditional and accelerated. Both pathways feature clinical experiences in acute care and community health settings, and both provide access to the ten-bed Nursing Simulation Center. The NSC has several Laerdal mid-fidelity manikins including adult, child, infant, and newborn versions. Truman State graduates approximately 40-50 BSN students each year, with an exceptional NCLEX exam pass rate of 94% over the past eight years.


#12: Cox College | Springfield, MO
Cox College enrolls approximately 600 students across its ASN, traditional BSN, RN-to-BSN, and MSN programs. Bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and certificates in other areas of healthcare are also available. The college’s nursing program is distinguished by its small class sizes, focus on student leadership, and clinical partnership with CoxHealth. These advantages have enabled Cox graduates to perform strongly on their licensure exams. The college’s ASN graduates have achieved a 93% NCLEX pass rate since 2011, while its BSN graduates have scored an 86% NCLEX pass rate over the same time period.


#13: Chamberlain University | St. Louis, MO
Chamberlain University is one of the largest nursing schools in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Approximately 150 students graduate annually from the campus’s accelerated three-year BSN program. These candidates have passed the NCLEX-RN licensure exam at an 89% first-try rate over the past eight years. Part of Adtalem Global Education, Chamberlain also offers a wide breadth of online nursing programs. Options include RN-to-BSN and RN-to-BSN-to-MSN degree completion programs; an MSN curriculum with specialty tracks for nursing education, nurse executive leadership, family nursing practice, nursing informatics, and healthcare policy; and a post-master’s DNP program.


#14: Lindenwood University | St. Charles, MO
Lindenwood University serves 9,400 students from 47 states and more than 70 foreign countries. The university maintains an articulation agreement with the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College. Pre-nursing students can complete two years of prerequisites at Lindenwood and then transfer to Goldfarb to complete the BSN degree. For post-licensure students, the university offers an RN-to-BSN degree completion program as well as an MSN degree with nurse educator and nurse executive leadership emphases.


#15: Webster University | Saint Louis, MO
Webster University’s College of Arts and Sciences houses a nursing department that offers RN-to-BSN, MSN, and doctor of nurse anesthesia practice (DNAP) programs. The RN-to-BSN curriculum focuses on holistic health promotion for the individual, the family, diverse groups, and the broader community. The program is offered online or on-site in part-time eight-week sessions. The MSN program allows students to choose a nurse educator, nurse leader, or healthcare leadership specialization. Designed for working professionals, the MSN is also delivered through part-time courses in eight-week terms. The DNAP program offers clinical experiences at ten private-practice and university-based facilities. Students obtain real-world exposure at most of these institutions by the time they graduate.


#16: William Jewell College | Liberty, MO
William Jewell College has produced more than 1,000 nursing graduates who work in staff and leadership positions at just about every hospital in the Kansas City area. The undergraduate nursing program boasts an overseas experience in Central America, participation in the Pryor Leadership Program, and an employment rate of 85% immediately after graduation. William Jewell College graduates 90-100 BSN students annually, and these graduates have averaged an 86% NCLEX pass rate over the past eight years.


#17: Lutheran School of Nursing | St. Louis, MO
The Lutheran School of Nursing has educated nurses for more than a century. The school is a department of St. Alexius Hospital and resides on the hospital’s Jefferson Avenue campus. Lutheran offers a hospital-based diploma program with two pathways: a traditional 26-month course of study and an LPN-to-RN bridge track. Students receive instruction in Lutheran’s educational building which includes a health sciences library, laboratories, classrooms, and conference areas. Clinical experiences are also integrated throughout the curriculum. The program graduates 75-100 new nurses annually. Over the past eight years, these students have achieved a solid 85% pass rate on the NCLEX licensure exam.


#18: Central Methodist University | Fayette, MO
Central Methodist University (CMU) offers several pathways to a baccalaureate or master’s degree in nursing. The school’s traditional BSN program is taught in the Thogmorton Center for Allied Health on the university’s residential campus in Fayette. Each graduating cohort is small, typically around forty students. These graduates have scored an 88% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX exam over the past eight years, including a perfect 100% pass rate last year. Students with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree can pursue an accelerated BSN at the CMU center in Columbia. ADN- and diploma-prepared nurses can enroll in an RN-to-BSN program offered at three CMU centers (Arnold, St. Charles, St. Louis) and online. Finally, graduate nursing students can pursue an online MSN with tracks for aspiring clinical nurse leaders and nurse educators.


#19: Southwest Baptist University | Springfield, MO
Southwest Baptist University offers ADN, traditional BSN, RN-to-BSN, and MSN programs. The ADN provides foundational nursing knowledge and skills for the registered nurse generalist, and it prepares students to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. ADN graduates have passed this licensure exam at a solid 86% rate over the past eight years. The 34-credit-hour RN-to-BSN program is designed with the working professional in mind. It offers a flexible course sequence option including a fully online eight-week block schedule, with one block of experiential service learning activities that students may complete locally. The MSN program offers focal areas in nursing education and administration, with a combination of online courses, hybrid classes, and clinical experiences. Students may complete the MSN program in three years part-time, two years full-time, or 18 months accelerated.


#20: University of Central Missouri | Warrensburg, MO
The University of Central Missouri offers a unique nursing program that includes both urban and rural clinical experiences. This diverse exposure has helped UCM’s nursing graduates achieve a 100% employment rate. The school’s 70-80 annual BSN graduates have also enjoyed a solid 88% first-time NCLEX pass rate over the past decade. In addition to a traditional BSN, the undergraduate nursing department offers an online RN-to-BSN program that can be completed in just one calendar year. UCM’s graduate nursing department offers an MSN with two emphasis areas: nurse educator and family nurse practitioner.


#21: College of the Ozarks | Point Lookout, MO
College of the Ozarks (C of O) is home to the Armstrong McDonald School of Nursing, which offers a traditional four-year professional BSN. This competitive program takes a Christ-centered, Biblically-based, character-driven approach to nursing education. The college combines a curriculum grounded in Florence Nightingale’s Environment Theory with leading-edge learning technology and patient care simulation. Nursing courses are sequenced over a six-semester plan, with clinical experiences offered everywhere from the Ozark Mountains to metropolitan areas. Over the past eight years, C of O graduates have averaged a 91% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.


#22: Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing & Health Sciences | Cape Girardeau, MO
Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing & Health Sciences offers an ADN program with four distinct tracks. Students with no prior nursing education can pursue the two-year fulltime pathway, while existing LPNs can enroll in an accelerated LPN-to-RN bridge program. Part-time students can select from an evening and weekends program or a paramedic-to-RN track that meets on Mondays and Thursdays. Across these four pathways, the college typically graduates about sixty students annually. These students have averaged an 84% NCLEX pass rate over the past eight years, including a phenomenal 98% pass rate in 2018. An RN-to-BSN program is also available for ADN- or diploma-prepared registered nurses who wish to complete their baccalaureate education.


#23: Southeast Missouri State University | Cape Girardeau, MO
Founded in 1873 as a teacher’s college, Southeast Missouri State University now serves 11,000 students through 150 academic programs across five distinct colleges. The College of Health and Human Services is the academic home for the university’s Department of Nursing. The department offers a traditional prelicensure BSN program, an RN-to-BSN bridge option, and an MSN degree with family nurse practitioner and nurse educator tracks. The traditional BSN program graduates a cohort of 50-70 students annually. These graduates have averaged a 92% NCLEX pass rate over the past eight years, including a stellar 96% pass rate in 2018. The RN-to-BSN pathway is offered 100% online and requires just six nursing courses, with field experiences conducted in the student’s region. The MSN curriculum prepares students for advanced nursing practice and, should they so choose, continued doctoral study.


#24: Hannibal-LaGrange University | Hannibal, MO
The Department of Nursing at Hannibal-LaGrange University has clinical affiliations with Hannibal Regional Hospital and Blessing Hospital. HLGU offers an entry-level curriculum for aspiring LPNs, an associate of science in nursing (ASN) for aspiring RNs, and an online RN-to-BSN degree completion program. Graduates of both prelicensure programs have consistently performed well on their licensure exams. ASN graduates passed the NCLEX-RN exam at a strong 92% rate over the past eight years, and LPN candidates passed the NCLEX-PN exam at a stellar 94% rate during the same time period.


#25: Missouri Southern State University | Joplin, MO
Missouri Southern State University was founded in 1937 as Joplin Junior College. Today the university serves 6,000 students across more than 140 academic programs, including nursing. The Nursing Department sits within the university’s School of Health Sciences. Nursing students can enroll in either a prelicensure BSN degree or an RN-to-BSN bridge program. Prelicensure students have scored an impressive 94% first-time NCLEX pass rate over the past eight years. The class of 2018 also posted a 100% employment rate. MSSU’s BSN program can serve as a stepping stone for graduates to pursue more advanced nursing roles including clinical specialist, nurse administrator, nurse anesthetist, nurse educator, or nurse practitioner.


#26: Missouri Baptist University | Saint Louis, MO
Missouri Baptist University is the only evangelical Christian university in Saint Louis. Located in the Walker Medical Building next to MBU’s campus, the School of Nursing offers a BSN program that teaches students about health, illness, and the patient-centered provision of nursing care in a faith-based environment. The university offers both a campus-based prelicensure pathway and a 100% online RN-to-BSN bridge option. Students learn and work in an 8,000-square-foot innovative learning space that includes a simulation lab, technology-equipped training classrooms, and community meeting areas.


#27: Avila University | Kansas City, MO
Avila University began in 1916 as St. Teresa’s College, the first private college for women in Kansas City. Today the school serves a coed population of 1,700 students across more than sixty undergraduate majors and six graduate programs. The university’s School of Nursing offers a traditional prelicensure BSN degree program. The curriculum covers the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, as well as nursing theory and skills. Emphasis is placed on safe nursing practice, effective communication, evidence-based clinical reasoning, and socially responsible healthcare. Avila University graduates 40-50 prelicensure BSN candidates annually. Over the past three years, these students have averaged a remarkable 98% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.


#28: State Technical College of Missouri | Linn, MO
State Technical College of Missouri’s Health Sciences Division offers both a practical nursing technology certificate and an associate of applied science (AAS) degree in nursing. The programs are offered in a career ladder progression. Entry-level students can pursue the LPN certificate through a three-semester, 11-month curriculum. Coursework is combined with clinical experiences at hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities throughout the Jefferson City metropolitan area. The LPN program graduates a small class of 10-18 students annually. For three consecutive years, State Tech students have scored a perfect 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-PN licensure exam. Successful LPN graduates can either enter the workforce immediately or matriculate directly into the associate’s degree program. The AAS curriculum builds on the fundamental and clinical skills of the practical nursing program to prepare candidates for registered nursing licensure in just three additional semesters of study.


#29: Cass Career Center | Harrisonville, MO
For more than four decades, Cass Career Center has offered career and technical programs that prepare students for both post-secondary education and highly skilled careers. The school’s Health Sciences Department conducts programs for aspiring certified nursing assistants and licensed practical nurses. CNA students work hands-on in a long-term healthcare facility. They also participate in job shadowing across a range of hospital settings including nursing, emergency room care, radiology, physical therapy, laboratory work, and medication order entry. LPN students attend classroom lectures, group discussions, laboratory training, and clinical experiences. Cass Career Center graduates a close-knit cohort of approximately twenty LPN candidates each year. From 2012 to 2017, six consecutive graduating classes scored a perfect 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-PN licensure examination.


#30: Park University | Parkville, MO
Park University is a private, nonprofit, liberal arts institution that serves more than 10,000 students through its flagship residential campus, 41 campus centers, and an online division. Park U’s campus centers are located across twenty-two states; most are on or near United States military bases. The Ellen Finley Earhart Department of Nursing offers both a prelicensure BSN program and an RN-to-BSN degree completion option. The prelicensure program offers small class sizes and a state-of-the-art skills lab at the school’s flagship Parkville campus, only a short drive outside of downtown Kansas City. Students conduct their clinical experiences at hospitals and medical facilities throughout the metropolitan region. The RN-to-BSN program is conducted entirely online with both fulltime and part-time options. Students have a maximum of five years to complete the curriculum.


#31: Bolivar Technical College | Bolivar, MO
Bolivar Technical College is the sister campus of Texas County Technical College. The school specializes in adult education, combining classroom instruction with hands-on experience to prepare graduates for immediate employment. Bolivar Technical College offers several nursing pathways including a ten-week CNA course, a one-year LPN certificate, and two entry options for an associate’s degree in nursing (20-month generic program, 12-month LPN-to-RN bridge). Across all programs, graduates have an excellent track record on their respective certification or licensing exams. For example, ADN graduates have posted an 85% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam since 2011. Each of the past six LPN classes notched a perfect 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-PN exam.


#32: Hillyard Technical Center | St. Joseph, MO
Hillyard Technical Center began its daytime vocational courses in 1941 with an auto mechanics class taught in the city’s former central police station. Today the school operates multiple facilities including a two-story, 10,000-square-foot Advanced Science Research Center that opened in February 2017. Hillyard’s practical nursing program is an 11-month course of study that integrates concepts across the biological, physical, social, and behavioral sciences. Students receive supervised clinical instruction in various healthcare settings around the St. Joseph area. The program graduates a small cohort of approximately 20-30 students annually. Over the past decade, these graduates have averaged a solid 90% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-PN licensure examination.


#33: Texas County Technical College | Houston, MO
Texas County Technical College devotes all of its institutional resources to just two programs: a practical nursing certificate and an LPN-to-RN associate of science degree. Both programs take one year to complete, and admission is highly selective. The LPN certificate has just 33 seats each year, while the bridge option offers only 27 seats. Students in both programs enjoy a low 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio during lab work. Since 2011, LPN graduates have enjoyed a phenomenal 96% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-PN licensure exam. ADN graduates scored an 80% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam during that timeframe, with a perfect 100% pass rate in 2018.


#34: Clinton Technical School | Clinton, MO
Clinton Technical School offers programs in six vocational fields: automotive technology, building trades, computer networking and cybersecurity, health occupations, machine tool technology, and welding. One of the school’s most successful health occupations programs is its certificate in practical nursing. The LPN program features small class sizes, with a maximum of 28 students in each cohort. Classroom lectures are coupled with clinical experiences across a wide variety of healthcare settings. Practical nursing graduates have enjoyed success on the NCLEX-PN licensure examination, with a 91% first-time pass rate since the program’s inception.


#35: Columbia College | Columbia, MO
Columbia College was originally founded in 1851 as Christian Female College. Today the school serves a coed population of 20,000 students at its thirty-plus campuses, located across thirteen states and Cuba. The college offers an associate’s degree in nursing at both its flagship Columbia campus and its satellite Lake Ozark campus. Both locations have achieved an impressive 96% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX licensure exam since 2012. Columbia College also provides two pathways to a BSN degree: a traditional prelicensure program and an online RN-to-BSN completion option. The prelicensure BSN program recently gained initial approval status from the Missouri State Board of Nursing. Columbia College nursing students learn medical-surgical care, community care, and various nursing specialties. Throughout their studies, they have access to responsive patient simulators and the same medical equipment used in hospitals across the nation.


#36: Waynesville Career Center | Waynesville, MO
The Waynesville Career Center is home to the Waynesville School of Practical Nursing, which has educated LPNs for nearly fifty years. The school’s diploma program admits a new cohort of 36 candidates each August. The class completes its rigorous 11-month curriculum the following June. Students learn to apply nursing concepts and critical thinking while considering the developmental, physical, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual aspects of their patients. Waynesville’s LPN graduates have a strong track record of success on the NCLEX licensure examination. For example, the past three graduating classes each scored a first-time NCLEX pass rate between 92% and 93%.


#37: Lex La-Ray Technical Center | Lexington, MO
Lex La-Ray Technical Center is one of 57 vocational technical schools in the state of Missouri. The facility opened in 1975 and serves approximately 300 students annually. Nursing students have two post-secondary options: certified nursing assistant and practical nursing. CNA students receive 75 hours of instruction in the classroom and skills lab. They must also complete 100 hours of clinical training in a long-term care facility. Graduates are prepared to take the state’s two-part nurse assistant examination, which includes both a written test and a practicum test. Lex La-Ray’s LPN program admits 29 students annually. The curriculum emphasizes quality care in a broad range of healthcare settings under the direct supervision of a registered nurse or licensed physician. Graduates are prepared to take the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam. Over the past decade, LPN students have averaged an impressive 95% NCLEX pass rate, including a perfect 100% pass rate (25 out of 25) in each of the past two years.


#38: Warrensburg Area Career Center | Warrensburg, MO
The Warrensburg Area Career Center offers career and technical education for adults seeking gainful employment or a bridge to more advanced studies. The center offers a practical nursing certificate program that requires 1,328 hours of study over 44 weeks. Students gain hands-on experience at local clinical sites like Western Missouri Medical Center and Golden Valley Memorial Hospital. These clinical experiences cover the full breadth of healthcare settings including adult nursing, maternity, child nursing, elderly care, and nursing leadership. Graduates are prepared to seek positions in hospitals, doctors’ offices, nursing homes, home healthcare agencies, and schools. The Warrensburg Area Career Center graduates a small class of 10-20 LPN students each spring. Over the past decade, these LPN candidates have averaged a 91% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-PN licensure exam.


#39: St. Charles Community College | Dardenne Prairie, MO
St. Charles Community College awards associate’s degrees and certificates in the arts, the sciences, business, and a range of vocational fields. Aspiring nurses can choose from a non-credit CNA certificate, a practical nursing certificate of achievement, and two pathways to an associate’s degree in nursing (traditional or LPN-to-RN bridge). The college also offers a six-credit post-baccalaureate registered nurse first assistant (RNFA) certificate which is approved by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN). Graduates of St. Charles Community College are consistently well-prepared for their licensure and certification exams. For example, the LPN class of 2018 scored a perfect 100% NCLEX-PN pass rate. The ADN program has enjoyed NCLEX-RN pass rates of 93% and 97% for the past two graduating classes.


#40: Saline County Career Center | Marshall, MO
The practical nursing program at Saline County Career Center consists of two discrete curriculum blocks. Students begin with foundational preclinical coursework for the first 17 weeks of study. Afterwards, they progress into the 29-week clinical block, which combines continued coursework with clinical experiences at local healthcare facilities. Students participate in a range of academic activities including lectures, participatory discussions, group exercises, nursing skills demonstrations, supervised laboratory practice, and a field trip. The LPN program graduates a tight-knit class of approximately twenty students annually. Over the past decade, these students have averaged an 89% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX licensure examination. The class of 2017 scored a perfect 100% NCLEX pass rate.