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Missouri RN Programs

When beginning a career, many look for one that will be enjoyable and offer financial stability. While this could lead to a variety of options, individuals who enjoy helping others and overcoming challenges should look into registered nursing. There are many great RN programs in Missouri which may be the first step to a rewarding new career.

There are many different RN programs in Missouri to choose from based on an individual's needs, career goals, and financial aid opportunities. These programs range from 2 years to 4 years, offering various degrees. After the initial RN degree, one can continue on to specialize or earn an advanced degree.

Becoming Licensed by Examination in Missouri

In Missouri, one can become licensed either by examination or endorsement. Missouri is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact. Due to the fact that this is a compact state, one can apply for licensure in Missouri only if he or she resides in this state or a non-compact state. One who resides in a compact state must be licensed in his or her primary state of residence.

In order to become licensed by examination, an individual must pass the NCLEX upon graduating from an approved nursing education program. One must complete the application (signed and notarized) for licensure by examination and submit it to the board, along with the following items:

  • Signed passport-type photo
  • $45 fee
  • Criminal background check
  • In case of any crimes, misdemeanors, or disciplinary action: certified court documents and notarized statements explaining any incidents

Graduates of foreign nursing schools who wish to become licensed by examination must have completed a nursing program at least equivalent to those offered in Missouri. Applicants must also have social security numbers.

Graduates of approved nursing programs can obtain a 90 day practice permit while awaiting NCLEX scores.

Becoming Licensed by Endorsement in Missouri

Those who have been licensed in another state or jurisdiction can become licensed by endorsement. One must submit a completed application, signed and notarized, along with the following items:

  • $55 fee
  • Copy of out-of-state nursing license
  • Criminal background check
  • Official final transcript from nursing school
  • License Verification from original state of licensure
  • In case of any crimes, misdemeanors, or disciplinary action: certified court documents and notarized statements explaining any incidents
  • Foreign education applicants: CGFNS credentials evaluation

Applicants for licensure by endorsement can obtain a temporary permit. The permit is valid for 6 months and cannot be extended. Missouri grants one permit per lifetime.

Renewing an RN License

RN licenses are valid for 2 years, and expire on April 30th of odd numbered years.

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The Best RN Schools in Missouri

By offering the most complete directory of nursing schools, NurseGroups.com helps Missouri residents find the best local RN programs, as well as the best online RN schools whose accreditation is accepted by the Missouri Board of Nursing.

Why Online RN Classes?

Being a registered nurse is a great career. But many working adults who want to become an registered nurse have an extremely busy schedule - balancing a full-time job, family commitments and other personal responsibilities. The traditional classroom setting offered by most local nursing schools doesn't offer the same flexibility as taking their RN classes online.

Online nursing programs allow each student to fit their education into his or her already busy schedule. Online students can participate in "classroom" discussions and take exams when it's convenient for them. RN nursing students can access their virtual classroom 24 hours per day / seven days per week.

Also, taking RN courses online saves students even more time, as online students don't need to commute to school. Online schools enable busy people to get an RN degree, without interfering with their current professional and personal life.


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Missouri State Board of Nursing
3605 Missouri Blvd.
P.O. Box 656
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0656
Phone: (573) 751-0681
Fax: (573) 751-0075

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Other Schools with RN Programs in Missouri

Bolivar Technical College
2001 W. Broadway Ste 6
Bolivar, MO 65613
Branson Technical College
4440 N Gretna Rd.
Branson, MO 65616
Southeast Missouri Hospital
2001 William Street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza, MS 7895
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Columbia College
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
Sinclair School of Nursing
S235 School of Nursing
Columbia, MO 65211
Central Methodist University
411 Central Methodist Square
Fayette, MO 65248
St Louis Community College - Florissant Valley
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135
Ft Leonard Wood - Lincoln
268 Constitution Street, Suite 5
Ft Leonard Wood, MO 65473
Hannibal-Lagrange College
2800 Palmyra Road
Hannibal, MO 63401
Jefferson College
1000 Viking Drive
Hillsboro, MO 63050
Texas County Technical Institute
6915 South Highway 63
Houston, MO 65483
Graceland University
1401 W. Truman Road
Independence, MO 64050
Lincoln University
820 Chestnut Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Missouri Southern State University
3950 Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801
Avila University
11901 Wornall Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64145
Concorde Career College
3239 Broadway
Kansas City, MO 64111
Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley
3200 Broadway
Kansas City, MO 64111
National American University
7490 Northwest 87th Street
Kansas City, MO 64153
Research College of Nursing
2525 E Meyer Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64132
St Lukes College
8320 Ward Pkwy
Kansas City, MO 64114
Umkc School of Nursing
2464 Charlotte St.
Kansas City, MO 64108
Truman State University
100 E. Normal St.
Kirksville, MO 63501
William Jewell College
500 College Hill
Liberty, MO 64068
Northwest Missouri College
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468
Moberly Area Community College
101 College Ave.
Moberly, MO 65270
Crowder College
601 Laclede
Neosho, MO 64850
Columbia College / Lake Ozark
900 College Blvd.
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Mineral Area College
5270 Flat River Road
Park Hills, MO 63601
Park University
8700 N.W. River Park Dr.
Parkville, MO 64152
Three Rivers Community College
2080 Three Rivers Blvd
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
East Central College
1964 Prairie Dell Rd.
Rolla, MO 63084
State Fair Community College
3201 W. 16th St.
Sedalia, MO 65301
Three Rivers Community College
103 E. Kathleen
Sikeston, MO 63801
Cox College
1423 N. Jefferson Ave.
Springfield, MO 65802
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897
St John's College of Nursing & Health Sciences
1600 University Avenue
Springfield, MO 65613
Missouri Western State University
4525 Downs Dr.
St Joseph, MO 64507
Chamberlain College of Nursing
11830 Westline Industrial Drive Suite 106
St Louis, MO 63146
College of Nursing - Univ of Missouri - St Louis
One University Blvd.
St Louis, MO 63121
Lutheran School of Nursing
3547 S.Jefferson Avenue
St Louis, MO 63118
Maryville University of St. Louis
650 Maryville University Drive
St Louis, MO 63141
St Louis Community College - Forest Park
5600 Oakland Ave.
St Louis, MO 63110
St Louis Community College - Meramec
11333 Big Bend Road
St Louis, MO 63122
St Louis University
221 N. Grand Blvd.
St Louis, MO 63103
Sanford Brown College
100 Richmond Center Boulevard
St Peters, MO 63376
St Charles Community College
4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr
St Peters, MO 63376
North Central Missouri College
1301 Main Street
Trenton, MO 64683
East Central College
1964 Prairie Dell Rd.
Union, MO 63084
University of Central Missouri
116 W. South St.
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Missouri State University
128 Garfield Ave.
West Plains, MO 65775

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