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.


Best LPN Programs in Missouri

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 44 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 20 programs. For more information on our LPN program 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.

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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.

LPN Salary in Missouri 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.

AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
St. Louis6,080$20.33$42,280
Kansas City4,660$19.56$40,680
Jefferson City420$16.93$35,210
St. Joseph350$18.11$37,680
Cape Girardeau300$17.29$35,970

For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Missouri LPN to RN/BSN programs page.

Top Ranked Missouri LPN Programs


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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