LPN Programs in Missouri

LPN Programs in Missouri

Interested in pursuing a career in nursing, but unsure about devoting years of your life and thousands of dollars to get started? Consider becoming a licensed practical nurse, or LPN, to launch your career faster. If you live in Missouri and aspire to be a nurse, training to become an LPN is among the fastest, easiest ways to get started. In just 12 to 18 months or so, you can fulfill the necessary requirements to obtain an LPN license in MO.

As you will learn, the first and most crucial step in becoming an LPN in Missouri is completing a State Board of Nursing-approved training program. These programs are designed to help students pass the NCLEX-PN licensing exam, and they must be approved by the state for graduates to be eligible to take the test. Therefore, refer to the recommendations below to zero in on a training program in MO that's right for you.


Get a feel for the steps that you must follow to become a licensed LPN in Missouri. That way, you will know exactly how to proceed, and you should be able to get your license that much more quickly.

The Missouri State Board of Nursing has a series of requirements that must be fulfilled to obtain an LPN license. Some of these requirements include:

  • Completing an LPN program that is approved by the MO State Board of Nursing. Note that such programs typically run anywhere from 12 to 18 months in duration
  • Submitting an application for LPN licensure by exam to the Missouri State Board of Nursing along with a 2" x 2" headshot; official transcripts from your training program; the application fee; and authorization to perform a criminal background check
  • Registering for, taking and passing the NCLEX-PN licensing exam. It is administered at testing sites across Missouri on dates throughout the year

Missouri is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact, or NLC. If you possess a multistate LPN license from another participating state, you can practice in Missouri. If you hold an LPN license from a non-NLC state, contact the State Board of Nursing for instructions on transfer by endorsement.

Missouri State Board of Nursing

When you apply for your MO LPN license, you'll submit your application to the State Board of Nursing. This agency handles all manner of LPN licensing needs, so keep its contact information handy:

Missouri State Board of Nursing
3605 Missouri Blvd, Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone: (573) 751-0681
Fax: (573) 751-0075


It stands to reason that before putting any major time, effort or money into your LPN training, you'll want to check and see how well you can expect to be compensated and how easy or difficult it will be to find gainful employment.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, LPNs in MO earn an average pay of $44,490 per year, which is equal to $21.39 per hour. Nationally, LPNs earn an average pay of $48,820 per year, or $23.47 per hour. Note that LPN salaries vary across the state, however, and you may be able to land a job earning at or above the national average.

As far as employment outlook, it is solid. Per the BLS, the LPN field should grow by a rate of around 7 percent between 2014 and 2024. This equates to around 590 new jobs around the state every year during that period. Therefore, LPNs have ample opportunities in MO now and will have even more in the years ahead.

LPN Salaries in Missouri By Area

If you check into LPN salaries in your part of the state and are disappointed, bear in mind that you may be able to earn more by moving elsewhere. As this list shows, LPN salaries and job opportunities vary widely from one metro region to another.

AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
St. Louis5,460$23.13$48,120
Kansas City4,480$23.04$47,930
St. Joseph340$20.50$42,640
Jefferson City340$20.24$42,090
Cape Girardeau400$18.02$37,480

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)


The importance of selecting the right LPN training program can't be stressed enough. For one thing, the program that you choose must be officially approved by the MO State Board of Nursing. Otherwise, you may graduate and still be ineligible to sit for the NCLEX. Speaking of the exam, check each school's NCLEX-PN pass rates before enrolling. Stick with programs with pass rates of around 95 percent or higher for best results.

Get the ball rolling on your search for LPN programs in MO with these recommendations:

  1. Applied Tech - MET Center

    6347 Plymouth Ave, St. Louis, MO 63133
  2. Applied Tech - South Tech

    12721 W Watson Rd, St. Louis, MO 63127
  3. Bolivar Technical College

    1135 N Oakland Ave, Bolivar, MO 65613
  4. Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center

    1080 S Silver Springs Rd, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
  5. Carthage Technical Center

    609 S River St, Carthage, MO 64836
  6. Cass Career Center

    1600 E Elm St, Harrisonville, MO 64701
  7. Clinton Technical School

    602 S 5th St, Clinton, MO 64735
  8. Concorde Career College - Kansas City

    3239 E Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201
  9. Crowder College

    601 Laclede Ave, Neosho, MO 64850
  10. Four Rivers Career Center

    1978 Image Dr, Washington, MO 63090
  11. Franklin Technology Center Adult Education

    3950 Newman Rd, Joplin, MO 64801
  12. Hannibal-LaGrange University

    2800 Palmyra Rd, Hannibal, MO 63401
  13. Jefferson College

    1000 Viking Dr, Hillsboro, MO 63050
  14. Kirksville Area Technical Center

    1103 S Cottage Grove Ave, Kirksville, MO 63501
  15. Lex La-Ray Technical Center

    2323 High School Dr, Lexington, MO 64067
  16. Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley

    3200 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111
  17. Mineral Area College

    5270 Flat River Rd, Park Hills, MO 63601
  18. Moberly Area Community College

    101 College Ave, Moberly, MO 65270
  19. Moberly Area Community College

    2900 Doreli Ln, Mexico, MO 65265
  20. Moberly Area Community College

    1818 W Worley St, Columbia, MO 65203
  21. North Central Missouri College

    1301 Main St, Trenton, MO 64683
  22. North Central Missouri College

    3400 Bulldog Ave, Bethany, MO 64424
  23. North Central Missouri College Outreach

    1515 S Munn Ave, Maryville, MO 64468
  24. Ozarks Technical Community College

    1001 E Chestnut Expy, Springfield, MO 65802
  25. Ozarks Technical Community College

    22360 Hwy Mm, Lebanon, MO 65536
  26. Ozarks Technical Community College - Table Rock

    10698 MO-165, Hollister, MO 65672
  27. Pike-Lincoln Technical Center

    342 Vo Tech Rd, Eolia, MO 63344
  28. Rolla Technical Institute

    1304 E 10th St, Rolla, MO 65401
  29. Saline County Career Center

    900 W Vest St, Marshall, MO 65340
  30. Sikeston Career and Technology Center

    1002 Virginia St, Sikeston, MO 63801
  31. South Central Career Center

    407 W Thornburgh St, West Plains, MO 65775
  32. St. Charles Community College

    4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr, Cottleville, MO 63376
  33. St. Louis College of Health Careers

    1297 N Hwy Dr, Fenton, MO 63026
  34. State Fair Community College

    3201 W 16th St, Sedalia, MO 65301
  35. State Fair Community College

    113 S Pine St, Eldon, MO 65026
  36. State Technical College of Missouri

    1 Technology Dr, Linn, MO 65051
  37. Texas County Technical College

    6915 US Hwy 63, Houston, MO 65483
  38. Warrensburg Area Career Center

    205 S Ridgeview Dr, Warrensburg, MO 64093
  39. Waynesville Career Center

    400 Gw Ln, Waynesville, MO 65583

As you can see, becoming an LPN in the state of Missouri isn't that confusing or difficult. The biggest hurdle is finding and completing a training program, as all that's left after that is to take the exam and apply for the license. With so many LPN programs in MO, there's no need to wait. Start exploring them today!

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