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RN Programs in Missouri

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, 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 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 NurseGroups.com

Bolivar Technical College

Branson Technical College

Southeast Missouri Hospital

Southeast Missouri State University

Columbia College

  • 1001 Rogers Street
    Columbia, MO 65216
    Programs: ADN, RN

Sinclair School of Nursing

Central Methodist University

St Louis Community College

  • 3400 Pershall Rd.
    Ferguson, MO 63135
    Programs: ADN, RN

Ft Leonard Wood – Lincoln

Hannibal-Lagrange College

Jefferson College

Texas County Technical Institute

Graceland University

Lincoln University

Avila University

Concorde Career College

Metropolitan Community College

National American University

Research Medical Center

Truman State University

William Jewell College

Northwest Missouri College

Moberly Area Community College

Crowder College

Columbia College / Lake Ozark

Mineral Area College

Park University

  • 8700 NW River Park Dr.
    Parkville, MO 64152
    Programs: ADN, RN

Three Rivers Community College

East Central College

  • 1964 Prairie Dell Rd.
    Rolla, MO 63084
    Programs: ADN, RN

State Fair Community College

Three Rivers Community College

Missouri State University

St. John’s Regional Health Center

Missouri Western State University

Chamberlain College of Nursing

  • 11830 Westline Industrial Drive Suite 106
    St. Louis, MO 63146
    Programs: ADN, BSN, LPN, RN

Lutheran School of Nursing

  • 3547 S.jefferson Avenue
    St. Louis, MO 63118
    Programs: ADN, RN

Maryville University-St. Louis

St Louis Community College

St Louis Community College

University of Missouri-St. Louis

St Charles Community College

North Central Missouri College

University of Central Missouri

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