Missouri Nursing License
Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official source is the State Board of Nursing. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Missouri State Board of Nursing before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/20/2015
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)Y
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)Y
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)Y
Nurse Practitioner (NP)Y
Registered Nurse (RN)N
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)N
Missouri Nursing Salary Average
*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in Missouri can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about Missouri nursing salary.
Learn about more financial aid options for nurses on our nursing scholarships and grants page.
There are many paths to become a nurse in Missouri. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.
In addition to nursing salaries in Missouri, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Missouri nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Missouri, please let us know!
Compact State Status
Missouri is a Nursing Licensure Compact State.
Prescriptive Authority in Missouri
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule III-V controlled substances in collaboration with a physician, with Schedule III controlled substances being limited to a 5 day supply with no refill. The collaborating physician’s name must be listed on all prescriptions. 1000 hours of clinical practice and 300 hours of preceptorial experience in the prescription of controlled substances, medicines, and therapeutic devices are required, as well as 3 credit hours of graduate advanced pharmacology and 45 additional pharmacology CEUs within the last 5 years.
Missouri Nursing Licensure Renewal
Licenses for the registered nurse (R.N.) and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) expire on April 30 of each odd-numbered year. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) renew by May 31 of even-numbered years. Nurses should check the expiration dates on their license. Fee for renewal is $60 every two years. LPN fee is $52. Continuing education is not required for Missouri nurses to renew a license.
Advanced Practice Nursing- Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Midwife, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Missouri
ExaminationVaries for Different Certifications
Fees$150 Application Fee, $44.80 Criminal Background Check, Certification Exam
Certification RequiredNational Certification as a Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife, or Clinical Nurse Specialist
RenewalIt is the APRN’s responsibility to send a copy of certification cards/letters to the board each time a national certification is renewed or a new certification is obtained. There are no additional fees to pay outside of the R.N. license renewal. APRNs who are not nationally certified must submit notarized documentation to the board of 800 hours of clinical practice and 60 hours of continuing education within the APRN specialty every two years.
Additional InformationActive Registered Nurse License from a Compact State Is Required for Application
Fees$45 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee
RenewalRenewal is $60 and is required by April 30 of each odd numbered year.
EndorsementIndividuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State Who Can Provide Proof of Employment as a Registered Nurse within the Past 5 Years May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $55 Application Fee. Registered Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in Missouri, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to Missouri.
Fees$41 Application, $44.80 Criminal Background Check, $200 Examination Fee
RenewalRenewal is May 31 of each even numbered year and costs $52.
EndorsementIndividuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State Who Can Provide Proof of Employment as a Licensed Practical Nurse within the Past 5 Years May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $51 Application Fee and $44.80 Criminal Background Check. Licensed Practical Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in Missouri, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to Missouri.