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

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Missouri
Nursing Licenses in Missouri Master's Required?
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

Licensed Nursing Assistant: $22,820
Licensed Practice Nurse: $37,800
Registered Nurse: $58,040
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse: >$80,000* 

*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.

 

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Advanced Practice Nursing - Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Midwife, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Missouri

Education
Master’s Degree in Nursing Specialty Area

Examination
Varies for Different Certifications

Fees
$150 Application Fee, $44.80 Criminal Background Check, Certification Exam

Experience
None

Certification Required
National Certification as a Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife, or Clinical Nurse Specialist

Renewal
It 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 Information
Active Registered Nurse License from a Compact State Is Required for Application

 

Registered Nurse (RN) in Missouri

Education
Completion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program

Examination
NCLEX-RN

Fees
$45 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee

Experience
None

Renewal
Renewal is $60 and is required by April 30 of each odd numbered year.

Additional Information
None

Endorsement
Individuals 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.

 

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Missouri

Education
Completion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program

Examination
NCLEX-PN

Fees
$41 Application, $44.80 Criminal Background Check, $200 Examination Fee

Renewal
Renewal is May 31 of each even numbered year and costs $52.

Additional Information
None

Endorsement
Individuals 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.

 

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Nursing@Georgetown

Nursing@Georgetown is an academically rigorous, evidence-based program that culminates in a Master of Science degree in Nursing, delivered online by Georgetown University’s nationally ranked School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Nursing@Simmons

Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

Nursing@USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program for aspiring family nurse practitioners through Nursing@USC.

MPH@Simmons

MPH@Simmons, the online Master of Public Health from Simmons College, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global level.

MPH@GW

An innovative online Master of Public Health program offered by the top-ranked Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

MHA@GW

Offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, this online Executive Master of Health Administration program is designed for healthcare professionals who aspire to become leaders in their field.

HealthInformatics@GW

This online Master of Science in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University enables graduates to improve the efficiency of health care organizations through the use of data and technology.

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