Becoming an LPN in Missouri

The State of Missouri fosters high standards of nursing, working toward the improvement and availability of services for all people. The Bureau of Labor Statistic anticipates a 7% increase in licensed practical nurse (LPN) jobs per year in Missouri by 2024. Individuals can meet this growing demand by meeting the state’s requirements and applying for a Missouri LPN license. Missouri is 1 of 24 states participating in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) which allows nurses from other NLC states to practice in the state without additional licensure.

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    2017 Best LPN Programs in Missouri

    With roughly 45 Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) programs available throughout the state of Missouri, including large cities like Kansas City, St, Louis, and Springfield, it's easy to find a state-approved school near you. We've tabulated state-testing scores for the various vocational schools, private nursing schools, and community colleges across the Missouri and prepared a list of the top 20 to help you pick the best LPN school for you.

    For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page (http://www.practicalnursing.org/lvn-lpn-ranking-methodology)

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    Ozarks Technical Community College - Springfield

    1001 East Chestnut Expressway Suite IC205, Springfield, MO 65802 - (417) 447-8932 - Visit Homepage

    Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) is located in Springfield, Missouri, with additional locations in Richwood Valley, Table Rock, Lebanon, and Waynesville. OTC promotes student learning through accessible, high-quality, affordable workforce training, and technical and general education responsive to the community's educational needs.

    Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on Ozarks Technical Community College - Springfield
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    State Fair Community College - Sedalia

    3201 W 16th St, Sedalia, MO 65301 - (660) 530-5800 - Visit Homepage

    State Fair Community College (SFCC) is a public non-profit college located in Sedalia, Missouri. SFCC offers classes in many convenient formats including traditional classroom courses, evenings classes, summer schedules, fast-track courses, 10-day interim classes, hybrid classes, and more than 260 online courses, included several complete online degree and certification programs.

    Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on State Fair Community College - Sedalia
    3

    North Central Missouri College - Bethany

    3400 Bulldog Ave, bethany, MO 64424 - (660) 359-2214 - Visit Homepage

    North Central Missouri College in Bethany offers a high ranked Practical Nursing program. NCMC Practical Nursing programs an 11 month program running from running August – July in the Trenton and Maryville campuses while the Bethany site runs from January – December. Students attend class, lab, and clinical.NCMC’s PN program is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing

    Overall Score: 100.00
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    Cass Career Center

    1600 E. Elm Street, Harrisonville, MO 64701 - (816) 380-3253 - Visit Homepage

    Cass Career Center, located in Harrisonville, Missouri, offers flexible career and technical programs designed to prepare students for employment. Cass Career Center instructors are professionals and experts from their fields, sharing real-world information and hands-on instruction that can be applied in future work situations.

    Overall Score: 98.50 - Request Info on Cass Career Center
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    North Central Missouri College -Trenton

    1301 main street, Trenton, MO 64683 - (660) 359-3948 - Visit Homepage

    North Central Missouri College (NCMC) is located in Trenton, Missouri. NCMC assists its students in attaining their goals through open-admission, reasonable costs, and professional curriculum and services, helping students achieve associate's degrees, career certifications, and workforce development by providing quality college-level academic, general education, and career instruction.

    Overall Score: 98.32 - Request Info on North Central Missouri College -Trenton
    6

    Mineral Area College - Park Hills

    5270 Flat River Rd, Park Hills, MO 63601 - (573) 431-4593 - Visit Homepage

    Mineral Area College is located in Park Hills, Missouri, with additional locations is Ironton, Farmington, Fredericktown, Perryville, Potosi, and Winona. Mineral Area College offers a wide variety of degree and certification programs, as well as continuing education courses and non-credit courses for personal satisfaction or workplace advancement.

    Overall Score: 98.28 - Request Info on Mineral Area College - Park Hills
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    Carthage Technical Center

    609 S River St, Carthage, MO 64836 - (417) 359-7026 - Visit Homepage

    Carthage Technical Center believes that practical nursing programs have a responsibility to provide students with excellent nursing educators who will assist the student learner to strive for excellence in his/her academic and clinical achievements while fostering an understanding of the ethical responsibility to sincerely care for the individual.

    Overall Score: 98.18
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    Kirksville Area Technical Center

    1103 S Cottage Grove, Kirksville, MO 63501 - (660) 665-2865 - Visit Homepage

    Kirksville Area Technical Center (KATC) is located in Kirksville, Missouri, offering adult education, literacy programs, and career training to the community. KATC helps students achieve their potential to become productive citizens, enabling them to demonstrate personal and job-specific competencies and by exposing them to technologies and innovative learning programs.

    Overall Score: 98.11 - Request Info on Kirksville Area Technical Center
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    Four Rivers Career Center

    1978 Image Drive, Washington, MO 63090 - (636) 231-2100 - Visit Homepage

    Four Rivers Career Center: Washington School of Practical Nursing, located in Washington, Missouri, offers vocational career training and workforce development, as well as GED coursework, life-long learning for older adults, English as a second language, and more. Courses are taught by industry-qualified faculty to ensure student success in the workforce.

    Overall Score: 97.36
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    Bolivar Technical College

    1135 N. OAKLAND, Bolivar, MO 65613 - (417) 777-5062 - Visit Homepage

    The Practical Nursing program at Bolivar Technical College is designed to develop attitudes, skills and theoretical basis for competent entry-level practice as a Practical Nurse. Graduates of Bolivar's LPN program and confident and ready for the NCLEX-PN licensure examination.

    Overall Score: 97.24
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    Moberly Area Community College - Moberly

    101 College Ave., Moberly, MO 65270 - (660) 263-4100 - Visit Homepage

    The 12-month certificate program in Practical Nursing at Moberly Area Community College provides a combination of subject matter and clinical experiences to prepare the student to work in a variety of structured health care environments. A graduate from the MACC PN program will function as a client caregiver under the direction of the Professional Registered Nurse and/or a Licensed Physician.

    Overall Score: 97.21 - Request Info on Moberly Area Community College - Moberly
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    Ozarks Technical Community College - Table Rock

    10698 MO-165, Hollister, MO 65672 - (417) 336-6239 - Visit Homepage

    The Practical Nursing program at Ozarks Technical Community College - Table Rock prepares students for the role of a practical nurse. The program does this by teaching students accountability and communication skills. The program also emphasizes the appreciation of cultural diversity and health care concepts related to patient care.

    Overall Score: 97.01
    13

    Texas County Technical College

    6915 South Highway 63, Houston, MO 65483 - (417) 967-5466 - Visit Homepage

    Texas County Technical College (TCTC), located in Houston, Missouri, is dedicated to student education and personal development. TCTC is committed to providing superior technical training through both classroom instruction and hands-on training by a dedicated faculty, providing education needs for career growth and personal satisfaction.

    Overall Score: 96.19
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    Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center

    1080 S. Silver Springs Road, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703 - (573) 334-0826 - Visit Homepage

    Cape Girardeau & Technology Center (CTC), located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, provides high-quality educational programs, resources, and practical experience to meet industry needs. CTC provides an environment for students to make connections through education and training, as well as achieve their highest potential.

    Overall Score: 96.15
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    State Fair Community College - Eldon

    113 South Pine, Eldon, MO 65026 - (573) 392-8060 - Visit Homepage

    At State Fair Community College, active learning takes place in multimedia classrooms equipped with SMART board technology, e-instruction, and a dedicated allied health computer lab. Their Human Patient Simulators allow students to develop and improve critical decision-making skills in a real-life setting.

    Overall Score: 96.14
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    Three Rivers Community College - Kennett

    901C South Bypass, Kennett, MO 63857 - (573) 888-6381 - Visit Homepage

    The purpose of Three Rivers Community College's nursing program is to prepare students to achieve a one-year certificate, to apply for licensure by examination as a Licensed Practical Nurse, and to use the nursing process in providing safe and effective nursing care for clients in structured primary and secondary care settings.

    Overall Score: 95.83 - Request Info on Three Rivers Community College - Kennett
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    Sikeston R-6

    1002 Virginia St, Sikeston, MO 63801 - (573) 472-2581 - Visit Homepage

    Sikeston Career & Technology Center (SCTC) is located in Sikeston, Missouri. STCT seeks to provide high-quality education, training, resources, and services its students, preparing them for postsecondary education and the workplace, as well as providing basic academic skills and valuable technical skills to ensure success in the workplace.

    Overall Score: 95.74 - Request Info on Sikeston R-6
    18

    Jefferson College

    1000 Viking Dr,, Hillsboro, MO 63050 - (636) 789-3000 - Visit Homepage

    Jefferson College is student-centered comprehensive community college located in Hillsboro, Missouri, with additional campuses located in Arnold and Cedar Hill. Jefferson College is committed to providing accessible, quality experiences that strives to meet the needs of both the student and the community, promoting intellectual, social, and personal growth.

    Overall Score: 95.57 - Request Info on Jefferson College
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    Northland Career Center

    1801 Branch St, Platte City, MO 64079 - (816) 858-5505 - Visit Homepage

    Northland Career Center was established in 1980 and is home to a high ranked Practical Nursing program. Students leave the program with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in healthcare. NCC offers thirteen secondary and post-secondary daytime programs. Additionally, many adult and community education classes are also provided in the evening.

    Overall Score: 94.28 - Request Info on Northland Career Center
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    South Central Career Center

    407 W. Thornburgh, West Plains, MO 65775 - (417) 256-6152 - Visit Homepage

    South Central Career Center (SCCC), located in West Plains, Missouri, strives to develop a high-quality workforce. SCCC provides training that utilizes industry standards and technology, increasing employability skills and creating life-long learners, allowing students to earn professional certifications, transfer to a university, or advance in the workforce.

    Overall Score: 94.19 - Request Info on South Central Career Center

    Continued List of All Programs in Missouri

    RankedProgramScoreDetails
    #21 State Fair Community College - Boonville
    701 Third St., Boonville, MO 65233
    (660) 882-3090 Visit Homepage
    94.13Request Information
    #22 Clinton Technical School
    602 S 5th St, Clinton, MO 64735
    (660) 885-6101 Visit Homepage
    93.83Request Information
    #23 Hannibal La-Grange University
    4650 McMasters Ave., Hannibal, MO 63401
    (573) 221-1258 Visit Homepage
    93.64Request Information
    #24 Nevada Regional Technical Center
    900 W Ashland St, Nevada, MO 64772
    (417) 448-2090 Visit Homepage
    93.05Request Information
    #25 Lex La-Ray Technical Center
    2323 High School Dr, Lexington, MO 64067
    (660) 259-2264 Visit Homepage
    92.21Request Information
    #26 North Central Missouri College - Maryville Outreach
    1301 Main Street, Trenton, MO 64683
    (660) 359-3948 Visit Homepage
    92.03Request Information
    #27 Hillyard Technical Center
    3434 Faraon, Saint Joseph, MO 64506
    (816) 671-4170 Visit Homepage
    91.87Request Information
    #28 Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center
    1110 N Westwood Blvd, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
    (573) 785-7751 Visit Homepage
    91.67Request Information
    #29 Ozarks Technical Community College - Lebanon
    22360 Highway MM, Lebanon, MO 65536
    (417) 447-8932 Visit Homepage
    91.21Request Information
    #30 Applied Tech - South County
    12721 West Watson Road, Sunset Hills, MO 63127
    (314) 989-7500 Visit Homepage
    90.76Request Information
    #31 State Technical College of Missouri
    One Technology Drive, Linn, MO 65051
    (573) 897-5000 Visit Homepage
    90.74Request Information
    #32 Warrensburg Area Career Center
    205 S Ridgeview Dr, Warrensburg, MO 64093
    (660) 747-7919 Visit Homepage
    90.70Request Information
    #33 Franklin Technology Center
    3950 Newman Rd, Joplin, MO 64801
    (417) 659-4400 Visit Homepage
    90.61Request Information
    #34 Applied Tech - MET Center
    6347 Plymouth Ave, St. Louis, MO 63133
    (314) 746-0788 Visit Homepage
    89.28Request Information
    #35 Waynesville Career Center
    400 GW Lane, Waynesville, MO 65583
    (573) 774-6106 Visit Homepage
    87.54Request Information
    #36 Saline County Career Center
    900 W Vest St, Marshall, MO 65340
    (660) 886-6958 Visit Homepage
    86.88Request Information
    #37 St. Louis College of Health Careers
    1297 North Highway Drive, Fenton, MO 63026
    (888) 594-0854 Visit Homepage
    86.53Request Information
    #38 Moberly Area Community College - Mexico
    2900 Doreli Lane, Mexico, MO 65265
    (573) 582-0817 Visit Homepage
    86.28Request Information
    #39 Rolla Technical Institute
    1304 E 10th St, Rolla, MO 65401
    (573) 458-0150 Visit Homepage
    85.16Request Information
    #40 Concorde Career College - Kansas City
    3239 Broadway St, Columbia, MO 64111
    (816) 531-5223 Visit Homepage
    82.98Request Information
    #41 Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley
    3200 Broadway, kansas, MO 64111
    (816) 604-1000 Visit Homepage
    82.88Request Information
    #42 Columbia Public Schools
    1818 W. Worley Street, Columbia, MO 65203
    (573) 214-3400 Visit Homepage
    81.85Request Information
    #43 St. Charles Community College
    4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr, Cottleville, MO 63376
    (636) 922-8000 Visit Homepage
    81.01Request Information
    #44 Pike-Lincoln Technical Center
    342 Vo Tech Rd, Eolia, MO 63344
    (573) 485-2900 Visit Homepage
    76.59Request Information

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  • Missouri LPN Licensing Requirements

    Missouri requires individuals wishing to become LPNs in the state to complete an approved nursing program and pass the NCLEX-PN. The graduate must also submit the following before sitting for the required exam for licensure:

    • Completed and notarized application for licensure.
    • 2x2 inch headshot (passport-style) photo.
    • $41 fee—money order, cashier’s check, or check.
    • Official state-approved nursing program transcript.
    • Criminal background check.

    Missouri Licensure Information and Forms (http://pr.mo.gov/nursing-licensure.asp)

    The physical demands of being an LPN may require strength and endurance—while this may not be a requirement to apply for LPN jobs across the state, it should be considered as part of the daily activities of an LPN.

    As a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (https://www.ncsbn.org/nlc.htm), Missouri does not require other NLC nurses to hold a Missouri license to practice in the state. However, LPNs for states outside of the compact area must apply for a license by endorsement to practice in the state of Missouri. The application must be signed in black ink, notarized, and $51 must be sent along with the following:

    • Copy of LPN license from issuing state.
    • Official transcript from any/all state-approved nursing programs that include current name, date of completion, degree awarded, and school’s stamp or seal.
    • Verified license from original state of licensure.
    • Criminal background check.

    Applicants from foreign countries must submit approval from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) after they have evaluated the official transcripts and completed a full course-by-course review.

    Missouri LPN licenses expire May 31st every even year. Missouri LPN Fees (http://pr.mo.gov/boards/nursing/lpnfees.pdf)

    Learn more about Missouri LPN Jobs, Salary, and Employment Outlook.

    Additional MO Nursing Resources

    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
    http://pr.mo.gov/nursing.asp

    1. Missouri Nurses Association (http://www.missourinurses.org/)