Nursing Programs in Missouri

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Missouri is known as the “Show Me State” and is the 24th state of the union. Today, Missouri is showing nurses the money. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual mean nurse’s wage in Missouri is about $58,000. Missouri LPNs make about $38,000, Registered Nurses (RNs) make $58,000 and Nurse Practitioners (NP, DNP) typically make about $90,000 annually.

Missouri ranks 5th as one of the highest concentrations of jobs and locations to work for nurses. It employs just over 67,000 Registered Nurses as of May 2014. The unemployment rate in Missouri during 2014 was 6.1% and that rate has decreased to 5.6% as of March 2015.

As far as nursing education is concerned, Missouri has 62 colleges and universities that offer active nursing programs; 62 offering undergraduate nursing degrees and 17 offering graduate nursing degrees. Missouri has 4 of the top 10 nursing schools in the nation – The University of Missouri, Columbia (ranked #1), Southeast Missouri State University (ranked #4), Truman State University (ranked #6), and Missouri Southern State University (ranked #7). Each of these schools ranks in the top 5%-10% of the nation for NCLEX-RN pass rates and offer nursing students a quality nursing education for an in-state tuition price of under $10,000.

Missouri is within just one day’s drive to reach 50% of the U.S. population. It is home to two major metro areas: St. Louis and Kansas City. St. Louis, MO is the only state location other than our nation’s capital to offer free major visitor attractions. Kansas City has more miles of freeway than any metro area with a population of more than 1 million residents; it’s the state’s largest city and is known as the city of fountains and love of BBQ.

nursing programs in missouri

If you are thinking of moving to Missouri with a family, a recent report by the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce, shows that the state is focused on helping children reach their full potential as it has higher than average educational standards. The recent Missouri Chamber report predicts that by 2018 there will be 1.4 million jobs available to fill in the state of Missouri and more than 60 percent of those job openings will require additional post-secondary education.

Missouri’s cost of living is cheaper than the US average; the cost of living is 91.10 as compared to the national, 100. This Cost of Living Calculator will assist you in determining what you need to make for your current job title and salary as comparable for your current standard of living in a new location and the median salary of that position. The cost of housing in St. Louis is lower by a significant amount as compared to the national average.

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There are 68 colleges and universities in Missouri that offer nursing degree programs of varying degree levels. Explore nursing schools below.


Avila University

Avila University logo
Location: Kansas City, MO
Student Enrollment: 1,758
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing

Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing logo
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Student Enrollment: 619
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center

Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center logo
Location: Cape Girardeau, MO
Student Enrollment: 250
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Carthage R9 School District-Carthage Technical Center

Carthage R9 School District-Carthage Technical Center logo
Location: Carthage, MO
Student Enrollment: 21
Type of School: < 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Cass Career Center

Cass Career Center logo
Location: Harrisonville, MO
Student Enrollment: 21
Type of School: < 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts and Sciences logo
Location: Fayette, MO
Student Enrollment: 1,094
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Clinton Technical School

Clinton Technical School logo
Location: Clinton, MO
Student Enrollment: 16
Type of School: < 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks logo
Location: Point Lookout, MO
Student Enrollment: 1,517
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Columbia Area Career Center

Columbia Area Career Center logo
Location: Columbia, MO
Student Enrollment: 59
Type of School: < 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Columbia College

Columbia College logo
Location: Columbia, MO
Student Enrollment: 16,413
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor's

Concorde Career College-Kansas City

Concorde Career College-Kansas City logo
Location: Kansas City, MO
Student Enrollment: 505
Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Cox College

Cox College logo
Location: Springfield, MO
Student Enrollment: 856
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's

Crowder College

Crowder College logo
Location: Neosho, MO
Student Enrollment: 5,434
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Culver-Stockton College

Culver-Stockton College logo
Location: Canton, MO
Student Enrollment: 1,095
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Drury University

Drury University logo
Location: Springfield, MO
Student Enrollment: 3,569
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

East Central College

East Central College logo
Location: Union, MO
Student Enrollment: 2,966
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate

Evangel University

Evangel University logo
Location: Springfield, MO
Student Enrollment: 1,821
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Four Rivers Career Center

Four Rivers Career Center logo
Location: Washington, MO
Student Enrollment: 35
Type of School: < 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Franklin Technology-MSSU

Franklin Technology-MSSU logo
Location: Joplin, MO
Student Enrollment: 165
Type of School: < 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Hannibal-LaGrange University

Hannibal-LaGrange University logo
Location: Hannibal, MO
Student Enrollment: 1,098
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate, Bachelor's

Hillyard Technical Center

Hillyard Technical Center logo
Location: Saint Joseph, MO
Student Enrollment: 119
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Jefferson College

Jefferson College logo
Location: Hillsboro, MO
Student Enrollment: 4,692
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Kirksville Area Technical Center

Kirksville Area Technical Center logo
Location: Kirksville, MO
Student Enrollment: 31
Type of School: < 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Lex La-Ray Technical Center

Lex La-Ray Technical Center logo
Location: Lexington, MO
Student Enrollment: 31
Type of School: < 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Lincoln University

Lincoln University logo
Location: Jefferson City, MO
Student Enrollment: 2,738
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor's

Lindenwood University

Lindenwood University logo
Location: Saint Charles, MO
Student Enrollment: 10,750
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Maryville University of Saint Louis

Maryville University of Saint Louis logo
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Student Enrollment: 6,828
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

Mineral Area College

Mineral Area College logo
Location: Park Hills, MO
Student Enrollment: 4,173
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Missouri Southern State University

Missouri Southern State University logo
Location: Joplin, MO
Student Enrollment: 6,231
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's

Missouri State University-Springfield

Missouri State University-Springfield logo
Location: Springfield, MO
Student Enrollment: 23,538
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

Missouri State University-West Plains

Missouri State University-West Plains logo
Location: West Plains, MO
Student Enrollment: 1,944
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate

Missouri Valley College

Missouri Valley College logo
Location: Marshall, MO
Student Enrollment: 1,809
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Missouri Western State University

Missouri Western State University logo
Location: Saint Joseph, MO
Student Enrollment: 5,363
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's

Moberly Area Community College

Moberly Area Community College logo
Location: Moberly, MO
Student Enrollment: 5,060
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Nevada Regional Technical Center

Nevada Regional Technical Center logo
Location: Nevada, MO
Student Enrollment: 24
Type of School: < 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

North Central Missouri College

North Central Missouri College logo
Location: Trenton, MO
Student Enrollment: 1,720
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Northland Career Center

Northland Career Center logo
Location: Platte City, MO
Student Enrollment: 31
Type of School: < 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest Missouri State University logo
Location: Maryville, MO
Student Enrollment: 6,530
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Ozarks Technical Community College

Ozarks Technical Community College logo
Location: Springfield, MO
Student Enrollment: 13,260
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Park University

Park University logo
Location: Parkville, MO
Student Enrollment: 11,227
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor's

Pike-Lincoln Technical Center

Pike-Lincoln Technical Center logo
Location: Eolia, MO
Student Enrollment: 21
Type of School: < 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center

Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center logo
Location: Poplar Bluff, MO
Student Enrollment: 64
Type of School: < 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Research College of Nursing

Research College of Nursing logo
Location: Kansas City, MO
Student Enrollment: 397
Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's

Rockhurst University

Rockhurst University logo
Location: Kansas City, MO
Student Enrollment: 2,854
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

Rolla Technical Institute/Center

Rolla Technical Institute/Center logo
Location: Rolla, MO
Student Enrollment: 118
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University logo
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Student Enrollment: 16,591
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences

Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences logo
Location: Kansas City, MO
Student Enrollment: 502
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's

Saline County Career Center

Saline County Career Center logo
Location: Marshall, MO
Student Enrollment: 23
Type of School: < 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Sikeston Career and Technology Center

Sikeston Career and Technology Center logo
Location: Sikeston, MO
Student Enrollment: 48
Type of School: < 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

South Central Career Center

South Central Career Center logo
Location: West Plains, MO
Student Enrollment: 80
Type of School: < 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences logo
Location: Cape Girardeau, MO
Student Enrollment: 209
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor's

Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State University logo
Location: Cape Girardeau, MO
Student Enrollment: 11,978
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's

Southwest Baptist University

Southwest Baptist University logo
Location: Bolivar, MO
Student Enrollment: 3,691
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's

St Charles Community College

St Charles Community College logo
Location: Cottleville, MO
Student Enrollment: 6,755
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

St Louis College of Health Careers-St Louis

St Louis College of Health Careers-St Louis logo
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Student Enrollment: 255
Type of School: 2-year, Private for-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

State Fair Community College

State Fair Community College logo
Location: Sedalia, MO
Student Enrollment: 5,144
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

State Technical College of Missouri

State Technical College of Missouri logo
Location: Linn, MO
Student Enrollment: 1,227
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Texas County Technical College

Texas County Technical College logo
Location: Houston, MO
Student Enrollment: 150
Type of School: 2-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Three Rivers College

Three Rivers College logo
Location: Poplar Bluff, MO
Student Enrollment: 3,499
Type of School: 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate, Associate

Truman State University

Truman State University logo
Location: Kirksville, MO
Student Enrollment: 6,379
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

University of Central Missouri

University of Central Missouri logo
Location: Warrensburg, MO
Student Enrollment: 13,988
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's

University of Missouri-Columbia

University of Missouri-Columbia logo
Location: Columbia, MO
Student Enrollment: 33,239
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

University of Missouri-Kansas City

University of Missouri-Kansas City logo
Location: Kansas City, MO
Student Enrollment: 16,936
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

University of Missouri-St Louis

University of Missouri-St Louis logo
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Student Enrollment: 16,989
Type of School: 4-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

Warrensburg Area Career Center

Warrensburg Area Career Center logo
Location: Warrensburg, MO
Student Enrollment: 33
Type of School: < 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Waynesville Career Center

Waynesville Career Center logo
Location: Waynesville, MO
Student Enrollment: 51
Type of School: < 2-year, Public
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Certificate

Webster University

Webster University logo
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Student Enrollment: 13,906
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: Yes
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's

William Jewell College

William Jewell College logo
Location: Liberty, MO
Student Enrollment: 997
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
College Accredited: Yes
Online Nursing Programs: No
Nursing Degree Levels: Bachelor's

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