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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

Avila University
11901 Wornall Rd.
Kansas City, Missouri 64145
Bolivar Technical College
2001 W. Broadway Ste 6
Bolivar, Missouri 65613
Branson Technical College
4440 N Gretna Rd.
Branson, Missouri 65616
Central Methodist University
411 Central Methodist Square
Fayette, Missouri 65248
Chamberlain College of Nursing
11830 Westline Industrial Drive Suite 106
St. Louis, Missouri 63146
Columbia College
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, Missouri 65216
Columbia College / Lake Ozark
900 College Blvd.
Osage Beach, Missouri 65065
Concorde Career College
3239 Broadway
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
Cox College
1423 N. Jefferson Ave.
Springfield, Missouri 65802
Crowder College
601 Laclede
Neosho, Missouri 64850
East Central College
1964 Prairie Dell Rd.
Rolla, Missouri 63084
Ft Leonard Wood - Lincoln
268 Constitution Street, Suite 5
Ft Leonard Wood, Missouri 65473
Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College
4483 Duncan Ave.
St. Louis, Missouri 63110
Graceland University
1401 W. Truman Road
Independence, Missouri 64050
Hannibal-Lagrange College
2800 Palmyra Road
Hannibal, Missouri 63401
Jefferson College
1000 Viking Drive
Hillsboro, Missouri 63050
Lincoln University
820 Chestnut Street
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
Lutheran School of Nursing
3547 S.jefferson Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63118
Maryville University-St. Louis
650 Maryville University Drive
St. Louis, Missouri 63141
Metropolitan Community College
3200 Broadway
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
Mineral Area College
5270 Flat River Road
Park Hills, Missouri 63601
Missouri Southern State University
3950 Newman Road
Joplin, Missouri 64801
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Missouri State University
128 Garfield Ave.
West Plains, Missouri 65775
Missouri Western State University
4525 Downs Dr.
St. Joseph, Missouri 64507
Moberly Area Community College
101 College Ave.
Moberly, Missouri 65270
National American University
7490 Northwest 87th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64153
North Central Missouri College
1301 Main Street
Trenton, Missouri 64683
Northwest Missouri College
800 University Drive
Maryville, Missouri 64468
Park University
8700 NW River Park Dr.
Parkville, Missouri 64152