There is a large demand for nurses in the state of Missouri. In fact, the demand is so high that some hospitals in Missouri are offering incentive programs that include five-figure signing bonuses and paid-college tuition for both employees and their children. Other hospitals are offering free housing and up to $20,000 in relocation costs.

Nurses in Missouri can enjoy flexible and rewarding careers in a wide variety of public and private settings such as hospitals, schools, nursing homes, doctors’ offices, outpatient clinics, and patient homes.

Best Nursing Schools in Missouri

We have compiled two rankings of the best nursing schools in Missouri. While the first ranking is for undergraduate students, the second one is intended for graduate students. Data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System or IPEDS was used to determine these rankings. For more information about our ranking methodology, visit the bottom of this page.

Through our rankings, prospective nurses can learn about the tuition and fees, number of online programs offered, acceptance rate, and other factors of each nursing school in Missouri. Our rankings for undergraduate and graduate nursing schools in Missouri include:

01
Maryville University of Saint Louis
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$25,558
Undergraduate graduation rate
75%
Undergraduate retention rate
86%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
99%
02
Hannibal-LaGrange University
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$20,610
Undergraduate graduation rate
51%
Undergraduate retention rate
54%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
99%
03
North Central Missouri College
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Undergraduate tuition
$3,270
Undergraduate graduation rate
37%
Undergraduate retention rate
62%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
99%
04
University of Missouri-St Louis
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Undergraduate tuition
$10,065
Undergraduate graduation rate
53%
Undergraduate retention rate
79%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
93%
05
Truman State University
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Undergraduate tuition
$7,152
Undergraduate graduation rate
72%
Undergraduate retention rate
87%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
100%
06
Saint Louis University
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Undergraduate tuition
$40,100
Undergraduate graduation rate
74%
Undergraduate retention rate
91%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
97%
07
Evangel University
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$20,874
Undergraduate graduation rate
55%
Undergraduate retention rate
76%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
100%
08
Lincoln University
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$6,150
Undergraduate graduation rate
22%
Undergraduate retention rate
47%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
96%
09
Ozarks Technical Community College
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Undergraduate tuition
$3,564
Undergraduate graduation rate
27%
Undergraduate retention rate
58%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
93%
10
Missouri State University-Springfield
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Undergraduate tuition
$6,150
Undergraduate graduation rate
55%
Undergraduate retention rate
79%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
91%
01
Missouri State University-Springfield
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
4
Graduate Tuition
$4,644
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
2
02
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
3
Graduate Tuition
$6,462
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
0
03
Southwest Baptist University
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Graduate Tuition
$3,900
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
2
04
Maryville University of Saint Louis
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
5
Graduate Tuition
$13,768
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
3
05
University of Missouri-Columbia
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Graduate Tuition
$8,462
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
0
06
University of Central Missouri
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Graduate Tuition
$6,683
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
1
07
Southeast Missouri State University
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Graduate Tuition
$6,307
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
0
08
Missouri Southern State University
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Graduate Tuition
$4,500
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
0
09
University of Missouri-St Louis
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
3
Graduate Tuition
$10,668
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
0
10
Missouri Western State University
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Graduate Tuition
$6,548
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
0

Nursing Accreditation in Missouri

Accreditation ensures that nursing programs across the country are being held to common quality standards. Attending an accredited nursing program is important for prospective Missouri nurses because it can make them eligible for financial aid and the transferring of credits.

It can also inform potential employers that they received their education at an institution that is recognized as valuable by the state and country. The major nursing school accreditation agencies in Missouri are:

  •  Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  •  Missouri State Board of Nursing

Missouri Nursing Licensure

Students who hope to become licensed practical nurses or LPNs in Missouri must graduate from an LPN program that is usually one to two years and pass the NCLEX-PN. Those who wish to become registered nurses or RNs are required to complete an Associate Degree in Nursing or ADN or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or BSN. Upon completion of one of these programs, they must pass the NCLEX-RN.

Registered nurses who would like to advance their careers and become nurse practitioners or NPs must complete a graduate degree in nursing and pass the national NP certification exam. Missouri does not require continuing education for LPNs, RNs, and NPs at this time. For up-to-date information on continuing education for Missouri nurses, visit this resource.

Missouri Nursing Organizations

Missouri nursing students and working nurses may benefit from a few nursing organizations that are unique to the state. Below is a brief overview of three of these organizations:

  • Missouri Nurses Association (MONA):

    Since its inception in 1906, MONA has acted and spoken for the nursing profession and Missouri professional nurses. This organization is dedicated to promoting and enhancing safe and accountable professional nursing through advocacy, education, and collaboration.

  • Missouri Coalition of Nurses in Advanced Practice (MCNAP):

    MCNAP’s mission is to support and promote advanced nursing practice in Missouri. It facilitates the discussion of professional issues related to advanced nursing practice and provides access to continuing education.

Hospitals in Missouri

Hospitals can be a great place for entry-level nurses in Missouri to gain valuable experience in the nursing field. Fortunately, Missouri is home to several hospitals that often welcome new nurses to join their team. Three of the largest hospitals in Missouri include:

  1. Barnes-Jewish Hospital (Saint Louis): In addition to being the largest hospital in St. Louis, Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center is the largest private employer in the area. It was the first adult hospital in the state to earn the “Magnet Hospital” certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
  2. Mercy Hospital Saint Louis (Saint Louis): Mercy Hospital St. Louis features all private patient rooms and is equipped the only Level I Trauma Center in the St. Louis area hospitals. It also includes the Mercy Children’s Hospital, which is the only dedicated pediatric hospital in St. Louis county.
  3. Saint Anthony’s Medical Center (Saint Louis): St. Anthony’s Medical Center offers advanced medical treatment in a variety of specialties including acute rehabilitation, cardiology, maternity services, oncology, orthopedics, neurology, surgery, and emergency medicine.
Sources & Methodology
  1. American Hospital Directory, Accessed August 2018, https://www.ahd.com/
  2. Demand for New Nurses Driving Big Bonuses and Benefits, Fox 2 News- St. Louis, Accessed August 2018, https://fox2now.com/2018/03/09/demand-for-new-nurses-driving-high-salaries-and-benefits/
  3. Board of Nursing, Missouri Division of Professional Registration, Accessed August 2018, https://pr.mo.gov/nursing-faq-education.asp
  4. Missouri Nurses Association, Accessed August 2018, http://www.missourinurses.org/
  5. Missouri Coalition of Nurses in Advanced Practice, Accessed August 2018, https://mcnap.enpnetwork.com/
  6. Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Accessed August 2018, https://www.barnesjewish.org/
  7. Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Mercy, Accessed August 2018, https://www.mercy.net/practice/mercy-hospital-st-louis/
  8. St. Anthony’s, Accessed August 2018, http://www.stanthonysmedcenter.com

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