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Accredited Nursing Schools in Missouri

In Missouri and in other US states, our experts help nursing students and nursing schools connect. Below is our list of nursing schools in Missouri accredited by at least one of the two major US nursing commissions: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC or NLN). Browse our list of accredited online nursing schools and Missouri campus locations, then request free information from any or all Missouri nursing schools that have provided online information request forms. To view another US state, please visit our all nursing schools guide home page.

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Nursing Schools Explore your nursing or healthcare career opportunities with a top ranked university through The College Network. The College Network is a partnership of well known universities in the United States. For strategic reasons, these universities have joined together to share technology and best practices. The College Network offers accredited LVN / LPN to RN, Diploma RN to BSN, RN to BSN, LVN / LPN to BSN, RN to MSN and Health Care Administration Master Degree programs online and in home study formats. Nursing school degrees are accredited by either the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC or NLN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the same accreditations as nursing schools in Missouri with traditional on campus based nursing school programs. Dynamic programs allow you to complete general education and elective courses using comprehensive learning materials to pass proficiency exams (CLEP, Prometric, DANTES). Local clinicals are made available at nursing schools in Missouri with no clinical testing, and costs are kept low with the added benefit of guaranteed financing.

Missouri Nursing Schools No classes to attend, complete virtually 100% of your coursework from the comfort of your home. Currently licensed LPN's and RN's in Missouri are pre-approved for financing. Fast-track options are available for most Missouri nursing programs, however, you can complete your coursework at your own pace. Academic advisors are available 8am to 11pm Monday through Friday, and The College Network guarantees your academic success. Currently The College Network education partners are the National League for Nursing, Angelo State University, Bellevue University, Boston University, Cornell University, Deaconess College, Indiana State University, Regis University, Salve Regina University, University of Southern California, and Vicennes University. The first step to advancing your nursing career is to request free information from The College Network.

Missouri Nursing Degrees: Request Free Info

  • Licensed Practical Nurse to Associate of Science in Nursing LPN to ASN
    Note: commonly referred to as LPN to Registered Nurse LPN to RN
  • Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing LPN to BSN
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing LVN to BSN
    Note: LVN to BSN please select "LPN to BSN" when requesting info
  • Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN
  • Diploma/Foreign Trained RN to BSN (must be licensed RN)
  • Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing RN to MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing MSN, BSN to MSN

Missouri Healthcare Degrees: Request Free Info

  • Bachelor of Business Administration with Minor in Healthcare
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (Informatics)
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration with Healthcare Minor
  • Master of Business Administration MBA Healthcare Management
  • Master of Science in Healthcare Administration

Accredited Nursing Schools in Missouri

RNs: Registered nurses in Missouri must complete an approved nursing education program. This can be accomplished by earning a nursing diploma, an associate degree in nursing or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited college, university or specialized hospital program approved by the Missouri Board of Nursing. It should be noted that many major health care providers now prefer to hire nurses with a bachelor’s degree in the field. After completing a nursing program, prospective nurses must pass the national NCLEX-RN examination. To qualify for a nursing license in Missouri, individuals must also submit to a criminal background check. RNs must renew their license every odd-numbered year, but are not required to complete continuing education. There are approximately 62,130 RNs working in Missouri.

LPNs: About 18,880 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) work in the state of Missouri. To become an LPN in Missouri, one must successfully complete a state-approved nursing education program. LPN programs are available at community colleges, junior colleges and technical/vocational schools and typically take a year to complete. The programs include both classroom study and patient care and typically result in an LPN certificate or diploma. Once the student has completed the program, he or she must pass the national NCLEX-PN examination to be able to legally practice nursing in the state. Prospective LPNs must also submit to a criminal background check, just like RNs do. LPNs must renew their license every even-numbered year, but are not required to complete continuing education.

The Best Cities in Missouri for Nursing Jobs

  • St. Louis. With a population of more than 319,000 people, St. Louis is the second most populous city in Missouri, but the greater St. Louis metro area is home to nearly 3 million people. It is an academic, corporate and entertainment center in the state, home to two leading research universities and a successful Major League Baseball team. Its many hospitals and clinics make for excellent employment opportunities for nurses.
    • RNs: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does not list employment or salary information for RNs in St. Louis.
    • LPNs: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does not list employment or salary information for LPNs in St. Louis.
  • Springfield. The bustling city of Springfield is the third-largest city in Missouri and home to more than 159,000 people. It is considered the regional medical center in its area, and as a result is home to six hospitals with more than 2,200 beds with every medical specialty represented. The health care industry is a major driver of the economy here and puts more than 30,000 people to work in Springfield and the surrounding metro area.
    • RNs: The Springfield area employs approximately 5,050 RNs with the average salary coming to $ 52,940 annually.
    • LPNs: The Springfield area employs approximately 1,600 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $32,320 annually.
  • Columbia. Columbia is the fifth-largest city in Missouri with more than 108,000 people. The presence of the University of Missouri gives the city a college town vibe. Education, medicine, and insurance are key industries here. The health care industry provides numerous job opportunities for nurses, as the city is home to six hospitals. In fact in 2007, nearly 1 in 6 people in Columbia were employed in the health care industry, according to the Columbia Tribune.
    • RNs: The Columbia area employs approximately 3,050 RNs, with the average salary coming to $57,590 annually.
    • LPNs: The Columbia area employs approximately 820 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $34,430 annually.

Major Hospitals in Missouri.

  • University of Missouri Health Care. Seven hospitals and numerous clinics are operated by the University of Missouri Health Care System, including a Level I trauma center. University Hospital and Clinics is a 307-bed, acute care hospital situated in Columbia. Also included in the university health care system are a burn and wound center, a kidney transplant program, and Chest Pain Center.
  • Barnes Jewish Hospital. Barnes Jewish Hospital is an academic medical center situated in St. Louis that has distinguished itself as a AACN Magnet hospital due to the excellence of its nurses. In 2010, Barnes Jewish was ranked 10th in the nation in the number of organ transplants it performed, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. The hospital has 1,228 licensed beds and employed 9,438 people in 2009.
  • Saint Louis University Hospital. St. Louis University Hospital is a 356-bed teaching hospital and Level I trauma center that has been serving the greater St. Louis area for more than 80 years. Among the hospital’s many specialties are: geriatrics, neurology/neurosurgery, orthopedics, rheumatology, urology, heart care, pulmonology and digestive diseases, according to the hospital’s website. Organ transplants are also a big focus here.
  • St. John’s Hospital. St. John’s Hospital is nonprofit, tertiary hospital situated in Springfield that serves as a regional health care provider throughout Southwest Missouri. The hospital was founded in 1891 by Three Sisters of Mercy from St. Louis and is licensed for 1,016 beds, including its long-term care facility. Today it is part of the St. John’s Health System.
  • Boone Hospital Center. Boone Hospital Center is situated in Columbia and is a 394-bed, full service hospital. It serves as a regional referral center for Central Missouri. Specialties include: cardiology, neurology, oncology, surgery and obstetrics. Its surgery center uses cutting-edge technology, such as progressive endoscopic and laser surgery procedures. Boone Hospital Center employs more than 2,000 staff members, according to its website.


Chamberlain College of Nursing – Campus and Online
Nursing School Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Nursing Degree Programs: ASN/ADN, BSN, RN to BSN
School Founded In: 1889
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.chamberlain.edu

Deaconess College of Nursing (now Chamberlain College of Nursing)
Nursing School Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Nursing Degree Programs: ASN/ADN, BSN, RN to BSN
School Founded In: 1889
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.deaconess.edu

Avila University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1916
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.avila.edu

Barnes-Jewish College of Nursing and Allied Health
Nursing School Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Nursing Degree Programs: RN to BSN, Accelerated BSN, Upper Division BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1902
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.barnesjewishcollege.edu

Central Missouri State University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Warrensburg, Missouri
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1871
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.cmsu.edu

Graceland University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Independence, Missouri
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1895
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.graceland.edu

Lester L. Cox College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Nursing School Location: Springfield, Missouri
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: N/A
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.coxcollege.edu

Lincoln University Department of Nursing Science
Nursing School Location: Jefferson City, Missouri
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: N/A
Nursing Accredited By: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.lincolnu.edu

Maryville University of Saint Louis School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Staint Louis, Missouri
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1872
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.maryville.edu

Missouri Southern State University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Joplin, Missouri
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1937
Nursing Accredited By: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.mssu.edu

Missouri Western State College School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Staint Joseph, Missouri
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1915
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.missouriwestern.edu

Research College of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1980
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.researchcollege.edu

Saint Louis University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN, PHD
School Founded In: 1818
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.slu.edu

Saint Luke’s School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1903
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.saint-lukes.org

Southeast Missouri State University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1873
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www2.semo.edu

Southwest Baptist University St. John’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Nursing School Location: Springfield, Missouri
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1878
Nursing Accredited By: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.sbuniv.edu

Southwest Missouri State University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Springfield, Missouri
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1905
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.smsu.edu

Truman State University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Kirksville, Missouri
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1867
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.truman.edu

University of Missouri Columbia Sinclair School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Columbia, Missouri
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN, PHD
School Founded In: 1839
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.hsc.missouri.edu

University of Missouri Kansas City School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN, PHD
School Founded In: 1929
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.umkc.edu

University of Missouri St. Louis College of Nursing
Nursing School Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN, PHD
School Founded In: 1963
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.umsl.edu

Webster University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1915
Nursing Accredited By: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.webster.edu

William Jewell College School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Liberty, Missouri
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1849
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.jewell.edu