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.
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)11001 East Chestnut Expressway Suite IC205, Springfield, MO 65802 - (417) 447-8932 -
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.23201 W 16th St, Sedalia, MO 65301 - (660) 530-5800 -
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.33400 Bulldog Ave, bethany, MO 64424 - (660) 359-2214 -
Learn more by visiting the North Central Missouri College - Bethany nursing website.41600 E. Elm Street, Harrisonville, MO 64701 - (816) 380-3253 -
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.51301 main street, Trenton, MO 64683 - (660) 359-3948 -
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.65270 Flat River Rd, Park Hills, MO 63601 - (573) 431-4593 -
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.7609 S River St, Carthage, MO 64836 - (417) 359-7026 -
Get all the program details by visiting the Carthage Technical Center website.81103 S Cottage Grove, Kirksville, MO 63501 - (660) 665-2865 -
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.91978 Image Drive, Washington, MO 63090 - (636) 231-2100 -
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.101135 N. OAKLAND, Bolivar, MO 65613 - (417) 777-5062 -
Get all the program details by visiting the Bolivar Technical College website.11101 College Ave., Moberly, MO 65270 - (660) 263-4100 -
Learn more by visiting the Moberly Area Community College - Moberly nursing website.1210698 MO-165, Hollister, MO 65672 - (417) 336-6239 -
Get all the program details by visiting the Ozarks Technical Community College - Table Rock website.136915 South Highway 63, Houston, MO 65483 - (417) 967-5466 -
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.141080 S. Silver Springs Road, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703 - (573) 334-0826 -
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.15113 South Pine, Eldon, MO 65026 - (573) 392-8060 -
Visit the State Fair Community College - Eldon nursing website to learn more.16901C South Bypass, Kennett, MO 63857 - (573) 888-6381 -
Follow the link to learn more about the Three Rivers Community College - Kennett nursing program.171002 Virginia St, Sikeston, MO 63801 - (573) 472-2581 -
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.181000 Viking Dr,, Hillsboro, MO 63050 - (636) 789-3000 -
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.191801 Branch St, Platte City, MO 64079 - (816) 858-5505 -
Follow the link to learn more about the Northland Career Center nursing program.20407 W. Thornburgh, West Plains, MO 65775 - (417) 256-6152 -
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.
Continued List of All Programs in Missouri
Ranked Program Score Details #21701 Third St., Boonville, MO 65233 94.13 Request Information #22602 S 5th St, Clinton, MO 64735 93.83 Request Information #234650 McMasters Ave., Hannibal, MO 63401 93.64 Request Information #24900 W Ashland St, Nevada, MO 64772 93.05 Request Information #252323 High School Dr, Lexington, MO 64067 92.21 Request Information #261301 Main Street, Trenton, MO 64683 92.03 Request Information #273434 Faraon, Saint Joseph, MO 64506 91.87 Request Information #281110 N Westwood Blvd, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901 91.67 Request Information #2922360 Highway MM, Lebanon, MO 65536 91.21 Request Information #3012721 West Watson Road, Sunset Hills, MO 63127 90.76 Request Information #31One Technology Drive, Linn, MO 65051 90.74 Request Information #32205 S Ridgeview Dr, Warrensburg, MO 64093 90.70 Request Information #333950 Newman Rd, Joplin, MO 64801 90.61 Request Information #346347 Plymouth Ave, St. Louis, MO 63133 89.28 Request Information #35400 GW Lane, Waynesville, MO 65583 87.54 Request Information #36900 W Vest St, Marshall, MO 65340 86.88 Request Information #371297 North Highway Drive, Fenton, MO 63026 86.53 Request Information #382900 Doreli Lane, Mexico, MO 65265 86.28 Request Information #391304 E 10th St, Rolla, MO 65401 85.16 Request Information #403239 Broadway St, Columbia, MO 64111 82.98 Request Information #413200 Broadway, kansas, MO 64111 82.88 Request Information #421818 W. Worley Street, Columbia, MO 65203 81.85 Request Information #434601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr, Cottleville, MO 63376 81.01 Request Information #44342 Vo Tech Rd, Eolia, MO 63344 76.59 Request 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)
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
1. Missouri Nurses Association (http://www.missourinurses.org/)
LPN Salary: Missouri vs National Salary Comparison
Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2015
Missouri LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook
In 2015, the median income for LPN's in Missouri was $37,800. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of Missouri (http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=292061&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=29&search=Go) published by Careerinfonet.org, state and national trends predict a 7% increase in LPN jobs in Missouri by 2024. This prediction translates to approximately 590 job openings per year, consisting of both regular turn-over and new job growth.
Occupational Employment Statistics for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm)
Missouri Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area
The table below lists career information organized by the BLS for licensed practical nurses in Missouri. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.
Area Total Employment Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Salary St. Louis 6,080 $20.33 $42,280 Kansas City 4,660 $19.56 $40,680 Springfield 1,320 $17.43 $36,260 Columbia 540 $18.07 $37,580 Joplin 450 $16.56 $34,440 Jefferson City 420 $16.93 $35,210 St. Joseph 350 $18.11 $37,680 Cape Girardeau 300 $17.29 $35,970