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Missouri LPN Programs

Directory of state-approved LPN training classes

LPN Career Outlook in Missouri (MO)

Being a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is not a typical occupation. This position requires individuals who have a strong desire to help others and dedicate their work to assisting those in need. Practical nurses receive wages and benefits just like other occupations, but their work itself is much different. Successful nurses are compassionate, dedicated, caring, and willing to put other people’s needs ahead of their own. This skill set combined with strong knowledge of medical terminology and the use of various pieces of medical equipment make up the ideal practical nursing candidate.

After completing the required steps to become a certified LPN in Missouri, individuals must embark upon their career path. This starts by seeking LPN employment opportunities which can be found in hospitals, health clinics, long-term care facilities, private medical offices, nursing homes, Alzheimer’s and dementia treatment centers, public health facilities and assisted living centers. Due to nursing shortages and patient-to-caretaker requirements, the demand for hiring LPNs is fairly strong. Finding your first LPN job can take anywhere between 1-3 months. After you accept a position it is wise to remain in the position for at least one year. Ideal job candidates have the ability to hold positions for extended periods of time and hold several years of work experience in their field.

On the first day of your new job as an LPN you might be called upon to perform a variety of tasks. LPN job duties are vast and there are too many individual responsibilities to name, but a few basic tasks include monitoring patients, recording patient’s input/output, documenting reactions to medications, recording changes in status/condition, assisting patient with bathing, feeding, toileting and maintaining the patient environment. Practical nurses spend the most time with the patients under their watch and will check on them multiple times during each work shift. The reports maintained by LPNs will be used by doctors and/or registered nurses to create treatment plans and monitor their results.

For LPNs who prefer more clerical work and less hands-on patient interaction there are opportunities to work in small private doctors or dentists offices. Depending on the type of practice the physician has, these positions might be more suitable for those seeking more stable patients. These types of jobs might also include a large amount of desk work such as scheduling appointments, maintaining extensive patient records, answering phones, communicating via email/fax with insurance companies and general office maintenance.

List of LPN Programs in Missouri (MO)

Applied Technology Services/South County

South Technical High School
12721 West Watson Road
Sunset Hills, MO 63127

Applied Technology Services/MET Center

6347 Plymouth Avenue
Wellston, MO 63133

Bolivar Technical College

2001 West Broadway
Bolivar, MO 65613

Boonslick Technical Education Center

1694 Ashley Road
Boonville, MO 65233

Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center

1080 South Silver Springs Rd.
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703

Cass Career Center

1600 East Elm
Harrisonville, MO 64701

Carthage Technical Center

609 River Street
Carthage MO 64836

Clinton Technical School

602 S. Fifth Street
Clinton MO 64735

Colorado Technical University

520 East Nineteenth Ave.
N. Kansas City, MO 64116

Concorde Career College

3239 Broadway
Kansas City, MO 64111

Eldon Career Center

112 S. Pine
Eldon, MO 65026

Franklin Technology Center

Franklin Technical School/MSSU
3950 East Newman
Joplin, MO 64804

Hannibal Public Schools

4550 McMasters Avenue
Hannibal, MO 63401-2285

Hillyard Technical Center

3434 Faraon Street
St. Joseph, MO 64506

Jefferson College Bi-level Program

1000 Viking Drive
Hillsboro, MO 63050

Kennett Career & Technology Center

1400 West Washington
Kennett, MO 63857

Kirksville Area Technical Center

1103 South Cottage Grove
Kirksville, MO 63501

Lebanon Technology and Career Center

1310 E. Route 66
Lebanon, MO 65536

Lex La-Ray Technical Center

2323 High School Drive
Lexington, MO 64067

Mineral Area College

P.O. Box 1000
Park Hills, MO 63601

Moberly Area Community College

101 College Avenue
Moberly, MO 65270

Moberly Area Community College-Mexico

2900 Doreli Lane
Mexico, MO 65265

Nevada Regional Technical Center

Kenneth C. Bowman Jr. Bldg.
2015 N. West St.
Nevada, MO 64772

Nichols Career Center

605 Union Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101

North Central Missouri College

1301 Main Street
Trenton, MO 64683

North Central Missouri Colleges Maryville Outreach Level I-PN

1515 South Munn
Maryville, MO 64468

North Central Missouri College/Bethany

Practical Nursing Program
c/o North Central Career Center
PO Box 445
Bethany, MO 64424

Northland Career Center AVTS

1801 Branch Street
Platte City, MO 64079

OTC- Reeds Springs

22595A Main Street
Reeds Spring, MO 65737

Ozarks Technical Community College

1001 East Chestnut Expressway
Springfield, MO 65802

Pemiscot County Vocational School of Practical Nursing

1317 West State Hwy 84
Hayti, MO 63851-1866

Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center

3203 Oak Grove Road
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

Rolla Technical Center

500 Forum Drive
Rolla, MO 65401

Saline County Career Center

900 West Vest
Marshall, MO 65340

Sanford Brown College

100 Richmond Center
St. Peters, MO 63376

Sikeston R-6

1002 Virginia
Sikeston, MO 63801

South Central Career Center

613 West First St.
West Plains, MO 65775

St. Charles Community College

4601 Mid River Mall Drive
Cottleville, MO 63376

St. Louis College of Health Careers

1297 N. Highway Dr.
Fenton, MO 63026

State Fair Community College

3201 West 16th Street
Sedalia, MO 65301

Texas County Technical College

6915 So. Hwy 63
Houston, MO 65483

Warrensburg Area Career Center

205 South Ridgeview Drive
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Washington School of Practical Nursing

1978 Image Drive
Washington, MO 63090

Waynesville Career Center

400 GW Lane
Waynesville, MO 65583

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Missouri LPN Schools

Our directory lists all Missouri schools that currently offer approved practical nursing programs. The Missouri state board of nursing is the regulatory organization in charge of approving LPN education programs. To gain approval, educational institutions must demonstrate to the board of nursing that their program sufficiently prepares students with the knowledge and skills expected of a licensed practical nurse. The on-going approval of a program depends largely upon their graduation rates and the NCLEX pass rates of their graduates. If a program starts to produce poor results in either of these two categories they can quickly lose their state approval or be placed on probationary approval status until their results improve.

Required LPN Classes in Missouri

The specific course work required in practical nursing programs can differ from institution to institution. However, there are some subjects that are almost always included in most programs. Typical LPN classes include Anatomy & Physiology, Basic Nursing Skills, Nutrition, Math for Nurses, Psychology and Pharmacology. Topics covered within these subjects prepare students with the knowledge base required to perform the work of a licensed practical nurse.

How to Become an LPN in Missouri

Start the process by researching available education programs to find one that suits your schedule and preferences. The next step is to enroll and complete an LPN training program that is approved by the Missouri Board of Nursing. Most LPN programs take roughly one year to finish. Upon successful completion of all course requirements you are eligible to challenge the NCLEX-PN exam. After passing the test you can register with the state of Missouri as a licensed practical nurse and begin searching for employment.

Taking the NCLEX-PN Exam in Missouri

When it comes time to challenge the practical nursing license exam it is advisable to prepare for the exam with a self-study program or classroom prep course. Knowing what to expect on the actual test and completing practice questions can increase your chances of passing. When you feel ready to take the test, apply for your practical nursing license with the Missouri state board of nursing and register with Pearson VUE. There is a $200 fee required in order to register for the exam. The next step is to wait until you receive confirmation of your Authorization to Test (ATT). Once you receive your ATT you can schedule your NCLEX exam with Pearson VUE at a nearby testing center.

LPN Quick Reference Links

Missouri Board of Nursing
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Pearson VUE – Official NCLEX Testing Provider
LPN/LVN Career Outlook – US Dept of Labor
Licensed Practical Nurse Wiki
National Association for Practical Nurse Education & Service (NAPNES)
National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses