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Missouri RN Programs

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.

Additional Resources

On-Campus & Online RN Schools

The Best RN Schools in Missouri

By offering the most complete directory of nursing schools, 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 discussion forums 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.

Missouri RN Resources on

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

Missouri Nurses Association

Other MO Schools with RN Programs

Research Medical Center
2525 E Meyer Blvd
Kansas City, Missouri 64132
Sanford Brown College
100 Richmond Center Boulevard
St. Peters, Missouri 63376
Sinclair School of Nursing
S235 School Of Nursing
Columbia, Missouri 65211
Southeast Missouri Hospital
2001 William Street
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703
Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing - Kennett
1230 1st Street
Kennett, Missouri 63857
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza, Ms 7895
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
St Charles Community College
4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr
St. Peters, Missouri 63376
St Louis Community College
5600 Oakland Ave.
St. Louis, Missouri 63110
St Louis Community College
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63122
St Louis Community College
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, Missouri 63135
St Louis University
221 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
St. John's Regional Health Center
1600 University Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65613
St. Luke's Hospital of Kansas City
8320 Ward Pkwy
Kansas City, Missouri 64114
State Fair Community College
3201 W. 16th St.
Sedalia, Missouri 65301
Texas County Technical Institute
6915 South Highway 63
Houston, Missouri 65483
Three Rivers Community College
2080 Three Rivers Blvd
Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901
Three Rivers Community College
103 E. Kathleen
Sikeston, Missouri 63801
Truman State University
100 E. Normal St.
Kirksville, Missouri 63501
University of Central Missouri
116 W. South St.
Warrensburg, Missouri 64093
University of Missouri-Kansas City
2464 Charlotte St.
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
University of Missouri-St. Louis
One University Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri 63121
William Jewell College
500 College Hill
Liberty, Missouri 64068