Becoming an RN in Missouri
One becomes a registered nurse in Missouri by completing a degree program and passing the licensing examination. Most degree programs are at the ADN (associate’s) or BSN (baccalaureate) level. There is also one hospital-based program, Lutheran School of Nursing, at St. Alexius. This program dates back more than a hundred years to a time when hospitals, not colleges, had the primary responsibility of educating nurses. There are also direct entry master’s programs.
- Grand Canyon University - Accredited Degrees in Nursing
- Capella University - Earn your RN-to-BSN online from Capella University
- Purdue University Global - Graduate and Undergraduate Degrees and Postgraduate Certificates in Nursing
- Liberty University - Bachelor of Science in Nursing for the Registered Nurse
- Walden University - Online Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Nursing Programs and Certificates
There is an array of choices, but programs all share certain commonalities. They qualify a nurse to practice according to the RN scope of practice defined by the Missouri Board of Nursing. All four programs include coursework that prepares a candidate to work with patients across the lifespan. A prospective nurse can expect to get an introduction to mental health as well as medical-surgical nursing. The BSN degree, however, will prepare a person for more positions. It’s a requirement for military nursing and is preferred by many magnet hospitals. It also can open up more leadership roles and give a better foundation for specialized education down the road.
After graduation, the school should send an official transcript to the Missouri Board of Nursing. This will qualify the candidate to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. Candidates can work under Graduate Nurse status for up to 90 days or until receipt of NCLEX scores. (The NCLEX may be retaken, but a person can’t work as a nurse during the interim period.)
Registered nurses licensed in Missouri are also eligible to accept employment in other Nurse Compact states.
RN Education Pathways
Missouri rewards health care professionals who have closely related job descriptions. LPN to RN programs are becoming commonplace around the nation. The Missouri Board of Nursing classifies some as ‘one plus one’ programs and others as ladder programs. If you enroll in a one plus one program, you can expect to do one year of full time study beyond that of what was required for your LPN license. Ladder programs award variable advanced placement.
In Missouri, paramedics also have the option of enrolling in RN bridge courses. After completing prerequisites and a transition course, students may be granted advanced placement in the RN track.
Even if you’re not in a health field, your prior education can shorten your path to licensure. Second degree BSN students have fewer courses to complete, as they get credit for general studies, and, in many cases, for some nursing prerequisites. Many second career nursing students choose to enroll in accelerated BSN programs. These programs compact the nursing curriculum into an intense year-round study. Sometimes four semesters of work get accomplished in as little as three semesters (spring, summer, and fall).
Registered Nursing Career Outlook in Missouri
The AACN reports that even during the recent recession, highly educated nurses have done better than graduates in most fields. A report, released in November of 2010, gave employment information for registered nurses who entered the field at the BSN and MSN levels over a two year period. 77% of Missouri’s new graduates had job offers at the time of graduation; fully 92% did after another four to six months.
17% growth in demand for RNs was anticipated for the years 2008 to 2018.
The Application to Nursing School Process
Enrolling students isn’t enough to alleviate the nursing crisis; there can many obstacles that prevent students from completing the program. Traditionally, nursing programs have seen a fair amount of attrition. Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences notes that students are admitted on the basis of their potential to complete the program and become licensed.
Some programs are more rigorous and intensive than others. An interview can play a big role in the process at the higher levels. This is a time for both the applicant and the school to feel comfortable that it is a good match. Jewell College notes that the school interviews accelerated BSN candidates months in advance of the program entrance date. Students are not just deciding whether nursing is right for them; they’re deciding what level of pacing they can handle. Jewell is among the schools that offer multiple second BSN programs.
Missouri State Board of Nursing Approved ADN Programs
National American University
National American University is located in Kansas City, MO. An Associate’s in Nursing is offered at this campus location. The program is approved by the Missouri Board of Nursing.
Bolivar Technical College- ADN
Chamberlain College of Nursing – ADN
Columbia College Nursing Education Center- ADN
Columbia College, Lake Ozark ADN
Concorde Career College- ADN
Crowder College- ADN
Crowder College/ Nevada
East Central College – ADN
East Central College at Rolla Technical University – ADN
Fort Leonard Wood Satellite
Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College – ADN
Hannibal La-Grange College- ADN
Jefferson College Bi-Level Program ADN
Lester L. Cox School of Nursing and Health Sciences – ADN
Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley ADN
Mineral Area College – ADN
Missouri State University- West Plains (ADN)
Moberly Area Community College – ADN
National American University ADN
North Central Missouri College
Ozarks Technical Community College – LPN to RN Program
Sanford Brown College/ St Charles ADN
Southeast Missouri Hospital – College of Nursing and Health Sciences ADN
Southeast Missouri Hospital – College of Nursing and Health Sciences ADN
St Charles Community College- ADN Program
St John’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University ADN Program
St. Louis Community College- Flo Valley
St. Louis Community College- Forest Park
St. Louis Community College- Meramee
State Fair Community College- ADN Career Ladder Program
Texas County Technical Institute RN Bridge Program
Three Rivers Community College – ADN
Three Rivers Community College – ADN Bridge Program
Missouri State Board of Nursing Approved BSN Programs
Central Methodist University
The BSN program at the Central Methodist University is approved by the Missouri Board of Nursing. Graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam.
Central Methodist University – St. Louis, 111 West Port Plaza Drive, Suites 633 and 634, St. Louis, MO 63146
|Avila University- BSN Program|
11901 Wornoll Road
Kansas City, MO 64145
Central Methodist University- BSN Program, Dept of Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing- BSN
College of Nursing at the University of Missouri St. Louis- BSN
College of the Ozarks- BSN Program
Goldfarb School of Nursing- at Barnes Jewish College
Graceland University School of Nursing- BSN Program
Lester L. Cox College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Maryville University os St. Louis- BSN Program
Missouri Southern State University- BSN
Missouri State University/ Springfield BSN
Missouri Western State University- BSN
|Research College of Nursing- BSN|
2525 East Meyer Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64132
Sinclair School of Nursing at University of Missouri- Columbia- BSN
Southeast Missouri State University- BSN
St. Louis University- BSN
St. Lukes- BSN Program
Truman State University- BSN
UMKC- Kansas City
University of Central Missouri
William Jewel College