LPN Programs in Missouri

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As advances in medicine and technology lead to longer-than-ever average life spans, many states are expected to experience a shortage of licensed practical nurses. Missouri is no exception; job growth estimations show that the call for LPNs is slated to increase 16.4 percent by 2022, translating to a projection of more than 2,500 new positions state-wide. LPN programs have sprung up throughout the state, with options now available in both urban and rural areas. Learn about what it takes to become an LPN, what average salaries in Missouri look like, and begin your program search below.

Top LPN Programs in Missouri

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The top LPN programs listed in this state's ranking were determined by comparison of three primary, equally-weighted criteria including

  • Student-to-faculty ratio
  • In-state tuition
  • Graduation rate

Additional details for each school were included:

  • Count of programs available
  • Public and not-for-profit schools
  • Normalized on a 100 percent curve

The methodology used for tie-break is as follows...

  • Ties are broken based on lowest average net price for full-time, first-time undergraduates paying in-state tuition (average cost of tuition and expenses after grants and scholarships).
  • If necessary, the lowest in-state tuition rate is used as a second tie-break
Rank School Name Score Tuition Student/Teacher ratio Graduation Rate
1 Jefferson College 96.67 $$$$$ 19:1 24%
2 Four Rivers Career Center 96.33 $$$$$ 9:1 79%
3 State Fair Community College 96 $$$$$ 17:1 22%
4 North Central Missouri College 96 $$$$$ 19:1 33%
5 Texas County Technical College 95.33 $$$$$ 12:1 72%
6 Ozarks Technical Community College 93.67 $$$$$ 23:1 22%
7 Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City 93.67 $$$$$ 19:1 16%
8 Moberly Area Community College 93.33 $$$$$ 21:1 23%
9 Mineral Area College 93.33 $$$$$ 23:1 27%
10 St Charles Community College 92.67 $$$$$ 24:1 20%
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Searching LPN Programs in Missouri

Whether considering a community college or career center, technical academy or vocational school, Missouri offers programs aimed at meeting the various needs of its students. The search tool below was designed to help prospective students narrow down their options and find the perfect program. Search schools by tuition, size and number of programs, and compare them side-by-side.

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Getting an LPN License in Missouri

Missouri takes pride in providing top notch heath services to its residents, and the state constantly works to ensure all healthcare providers are competent and knowledgeable professionals who excel at patient care. One of the main ways this is accomplished is by requiring all LPN candidates to go through a rigorous process of licensure. The following sections outline what it takes to become an LPN in Missouri.

Basic Eligibility

Before enrolling in an LPN program, prospective students should first ensure they are able to meet these basic requirements for eligibility:

  • Are at least 17 years of age
  • Hold a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Are competent English language skills

Education & Training Requirements

After completing a state-approved practical nursing program, graduates must start the process of receiving their license. Missouri allows students to work as graduate nurses after all degree requirements have been completed. This is allowed until a) the student has received their NCLEX results or b) 90 days have passed, whichever comes first.

To move from graduate nurse to fully licensed practical nurse, candidates must complete the license application, have it notarized, and submit it to the Board of Nursing along with a $41 processing fee. They must also request for their school to send an official final transcript to the Board. After registering with a local Pearson Vue testing center for the NCLEX, students will receive an Authorization to Test form allowing them to sit the exam. Students are typically notified within two weeks after the test whether or not they passed.

Additional Requirements

After meeting basic and educational requirements, candidates have a few more steps before receiving full licensure. These include:

  • Providing a2x2 inch passport-style photograph, signed
  • Submitting to criminal background checks from the FBI and Missouri Highway Patrol

Renewing Your License

LPN licenses issued in Missouri expire on May 31st of each even-numbered year, with renewal reminders being sent out approximately 45-60 days prior. In order to renew their license, LPNs must fill out an online or paper application and pay a $50 renewal fee. The state does not mandate that continuing education credits be shown at the time of renewal.

LPN Salary in Missouri

The annual mean wage for LPNs in Missouri sits just below the statewide average for all occupations, although practical nurses who are in the top percentiles of the industry can earn much more. Being in a metropolitan versus rural area can also have significant impact on salaries, as evidenced in the tables below.

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Employment Trends for LPNs in Missouri

Although St. Louis or Jefferson City are the first places usually coming to mind when someone thinks of Missouri, LPNs are needed throughout the state. The following tables provide data about the rate of growth for LPN roles in various areas of Missouri and compares them to the national average of job expansion.

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