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.
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.
To see all the top ranked LPN programs in Missouri click here.
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, 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:
Learn more about Missouri LPN Jobs & Employment Outlook.
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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For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Missouri LPN to RN/BSN programs page.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
701 Third St., Boonville, MO 65233
602 S 5th St, Clinton, MO 64735
4650 McMasters Ave., Hannibal, MO 63401
900 W Ashland St, Nevada, MO 64772
2323 High School Dr, Lexington, MO 64067
1301 Main Street, Trenton, MO 64683
3434 Faraon, Saint Joseph, MO 64506
1110 N Westwood Blvd, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
22360 Highway MM, Lebanon, MO 65536
12721 West Watson Road, Sunset Hills, MO 63127
One Technology Drive, Linn, MO 65051
205 S Ridgeview Dr, Warrensburg, MO 64093
3950 Newman Rd, Joplin, MO 64801
6347 Plymouth Ave, St. Louis, MO 63133
400 GW Lane, Waynesville, MO 65583
900 W Vest St, Marshall, MO 65340
1297 North Highway Drive, Fenton, MO 63026
2900 Doreli Lane, Mexico, MO 65265
1304 E 10th St, Rolla, MO 65401
3239 Broadway St, Columbia, MO 64111
3200 Broadway, kansas, MO 64111
1818 W. Worley Street, Columbia, MO 65203
4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr, Cottleville, MO 63376
342 Vo Tech Rd, Eolia, MO 63344
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
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