Best LPN Programs 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 Statistics (BLS) anticipates a 9% increase in licensed practical nurse (LPN) jobs by 2029. Individuals can meet this growing demand by meeting the state’s requirements and applying for a Missouri LPN license. LPNs in Missouri earn approximately $20.47 per hour, which equates to an average annual salary of $42,580. This is roughly $4,470 per year less than the national average.
Are you looking to become a licensed practical nurse in Missouri? The school you choose is important when it comes to getting your license. Approved programs in Missouri are offered at community colleges, technical centers, and private career schools - we list 35 schools across the state. After careful review of NCLEX-PN exam first-time pass rates over the past several years, we have ranked the top 10 programs. For more information on our LPN program rankings, see our Methodology page.
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Details on Missouri LPN Schools & Classes
There are plenty of LPN programs located across the great state of Missouri. Most programs take just 1-2 years to complete, depending on whether a student decides to attend full-time or part-time. Schools may offer both fall and spring start dates, and online programs may allow students to enter the program more frequently. The LPN curriculum typically includes a mix of core courses, specialized nursing courses, and electives. While each school’s program will be slightly different, students can expect to take one or all of the following course titles:
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Introductory Chemistry for Health Sciences
- Fundamentals of Practical Nursing
- Mental Health Nursing
- Nursing of the Adult
- Venous Access and Intravenous Infusion
A properly accredited school is worth its weight in gold. These accredited schools are held to high academic standards and are regularly re-evaluated. When researching programs, look for accreditation from agencies such as the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The Missouri State Board of Nursing can also endorse quality LPN programs.
Before being accepted into an LPN program in the state, prospective students must meet all entrance requirements. These may include:
- High school diploma or GED
- Must have completed all general education/prerequisite courses
- Submit three professional references
- Nursing entrance exam may be required
- Interview with nursing faculty/staff
Tuition and Costs
Many students are apprehensive about paying for their LPN education. These programs require that students cover the costs of tuition, books, and supplies, and any other mandatory fees. For those who qualify, financial aid packages are typically readily available through the student’s school of choice. The total cost of LPN program at Ozarks Technical Community College is just over $11,000. This does not include costs for background checks or uniforms/scrubs.
For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Missouri LPN to RN/BSN programs page.
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 LPN licenses expire May 31st every even year.
NCLEX Exam Information
Upon graduating from an approved LPN program, students are required to take and pass the NCLEX-PN examination in order to gain official licensure. For more information about this important exam, students can check out our comprehensive NCLEX-PN overview here. Students are also encouraged to take an NCLEX-PN practice test in order to study for the examination.
LPN Reciprocity and NLC
As a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact, Missouri does not require other nurses from other NLC states 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 the required fee 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.
State Fair Community College - Sedalia
State Fair Community College (SFCC) is a public non-profit college located in Sedalia, Missouri. SFCC offers a practical nursing program that can be completed in one year, with the option for students to complete an additional year to earn an associate's degree in registered nursing. The curriculum utilizes state-of-the-art technology and hands-on experiences.
Ozarks Technical Community College - Springfield
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 programs such as its practical nursing program, which can be completed in under one calendar year once prerequisites are fulfilled.
Three Rivers Community College
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.
Ozarks Technical Community College - Table Rock
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.
North Central Missouri College
North Central Missouri College in Bethany offers a high ranked Practical Nursing program. NCMC's Practical Nursing offering is 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, labs, and clinicals.
Waynesville Career Center
The Waynesville Career Center offers an adults-only practical nursing program that has been in operation since 1973. Students learn through clinical experiences at locations such as the Fort Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, which is located nearby. The program is designed to be completed in just 11 months (August to June).
Jefferson College is student-centered comprehensive community college located in Hillsboro, Missouri, with additional campuses located in Arnold and Cedar Hill. Jefferson College offers career-minded students a bi-level nursing program in which students can complete the coursework to become practical nurses (Level I) or go on to become RNs (Level II).
Franklin Technology Center Adult Education
Joplin's Franklin Technology Center (FTC) runs a practical nursing program with 1232 clock hours. This Monday-Thursday program provides quality instruction in concepts such as Anatomy & Physiology, Pharmacology & IV Therapy, Maternal-Newborn Nursing, and much more.
Bolivar Technical College
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 are confident and ready for the NCLEX-PN licensure examination.
State Technical College of Missouri
State Technical College of Missouri, located in Linn, offers a hands-on practical nursing program designed to familiarize students with the responsibilities of providing compassionate care to patients. This two-year program mixes core nursing courses with labs and clinicals to give students a broad educational foundation. Graduates go on to find employment in hospitals, clinics, and more.
Continued List of All Programs in Missouri
Ozarks Technical Community College - Lebanon
22360 Highway MM, Lebanon, MO 65536
Clinton Technical School
602 S 5th St, Clinton, MO 64735
St. Charles Community College
4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr, Cottleville, MO 63376
Cass Career Center
1600 E. Elm Street, Harrisonville, MO 64701
Lex La-Ray Technical Center
2323 High School Dr, Lexington, MO 64067
Mineral Area College
5270 Flat River Rd, Park Hills, MO 63601
601 Laclede, Neosho, MO 64850
Texas County Technical College
6915 South Highway 63, Houston, MO 65483
Moberly Area Community College - Moberly
101 College Ave., Moberly, MO 65270
Warrensburg Area Career Center
205 S Ridgeview Dr, Warrensburg, MO 64093
Carthage Technical Center
609 S River St, Carthage, MO 64836
South Central Career Center
407 W. Thornburgh, West Plains, MO 65775
Four Rivers Career Center
1978 Image Drive, Washington, MO 63090
Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center
1080 S. Silver Springs Road, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley
3200 Broadway, kansas, MO 64111
Rolla Technical Institute
1304 E 10th St, Rolla, MO 65401
Kirksville Area Technical Center
1103 S Cottage Grove, Kirksville, MO 63501
St. Louis College of Health Careers
1297 North Highway Drive, Fenton, MO 63026
Pike-Lincoln Technical Center
342 Vo Tech Rd, Eolia, MO 63344
2800 Palmyra Road, Hannibal, MO 63401
Concorde Career College - Kansas City
3239 Broadway St, Columbia, MO 64111
Applied Tech - MET Center
6347 Plymouth Ave, St. Louis, MO 63133
Saline County Career Center
900 W Vest St, Marshall, MO 65340
Programs Not Included In Rankings
Applied Tech - South Tech
12721 West Watson Road, Sunset Hills, MO 63127
State Fair Community College - Eldon
113 South Pine, Eldon, MO 65026
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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
- Missouri Nurses Association 3340 American Ave., Suite F Jefferson City, MO 65109 Phone: (573) 636-4623
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.
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