RN to BSN in Missouri

With over 60,000 registered nurses in the state, nursing is a growing and lucrative field of employment in Missouri. Recently, Missouri’s Action Coalition announced it aims to increase the number of nurses on hospital boards and explore ways to increase leadership roles for nurses. Registered nurses make on average $60,000 a year in major cities such as Kansas City, St. Louis, and Columbia, while nurse anesthetists can earn upwards of $150,000.

Nurses in Missouri would be well advised to further their education and take on additional leadership roles. Below, we’ve compiled a list of all the RN-BSN programs in the state to help in this pursuit.

  1. Southern New Hampshire University

    Manchester, NH & Online : RN to BSN Online

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    • Ranked #1 most innovative school by US News in 2017!
    • Transfer up to 90 credits toward the BSN, with a minimum of 30 credits completed at SNHU
    • Complete your undergraduate degree at your own pace, over six 9-week terms per year
  2. Saint Mary's University - Minnesota

    Minneapolis, MN & Online : Accelerated RN to BSN Online

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    • Accelerated learning. Earn your BSN in as little as one year.
    • Increase your earning potential. RNs with BSNs earn 43% more than those without a bachelor's degree according to the Nurses Journal.
    • Free iPad. All students receive an iPad to access classes from anywhere.
  3. Sacred Heart University

    Fairfield, CT & Online : Online RN-BSN

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    • Learn from a top nursing school. Sacred Heart University is recognized by U.S. News as a top university.
    • Build upon existing education. You can transfer up to 90 credits from previous college courses.
    • Get support on your schedule. Sacred Heart's classes are designed for working RNs and provide one-on-one support to online students.
  4. Capella University

    Minneapolis, MN & Online : RN to MSN - Nursing Leadership

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    • Ultimate flexibility. Capella's signature FLEXPATH curriculum lets you learn at your pace, maintain a full-time job and apply knowledge in the field immediately.
    • Simple, affordable tuition. You can earn your MSN in as little as 12 to 18 months and pay a flat tuition rate every 12 weeks, no matter how many classes you take.
    • Personalized support. Capella focuses on student success with FlexPath coaches, instructors and tutors every step of the way.

RN-to-BSN Programs in Missouri

Here we have compiled a comprehensive listing of Missouri’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly and easily narrow down your RN to BSN search.

Avila University

$ 414 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: January 1
  • Summer: April 1
  • Fall: August 1
  • Must have an associate degree in nursing or nursing diploma with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 to be eligible for admissions.
  • Applicants must be eligible for Missouri or Kansas licensure.
  • Online, flexible 8-week courses are offered.
Online 11901 Wornall Rd
Kansas City, MO 64145-1698

Central Methodist University

$ 185 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: January 1
  • Summer: April 1
  • Fall: August 1
  • CMU-St. Louis partners with local hospitals to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN).
  • CMU has over 15 years of history educating BSN nurses.
  • RN-BSN graduates can continue their educations at prestigious graduate schools or find rewarding careers with companies such as: Mercy, SSM Health Care, BJC Health Care, St. Anthony’s Medical Center, St. Luke’s Hospital, Des Peres Hospital, Delmar Gardens and Mehlville School District.
Campus 411 Central Methodist Square
Fayette, MO 65248-1198

Cox College

$ 348 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Feb 1

  • Requires completion or validation of 128 credit hours.
  • 70 credit hours are awarded for the prior diploma or associate degree in nursing.
  • CoxHealth RNs may receive a 20% tuition discount.
  • Courses are organized into 8-week blocks, with two spring blocks and two fall blocks.
Hybrid 1423 N Jefferson
Springfield, MO 65802

Goldfarb School of Nursing

$ 660 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: June 1
  • Spring Semester: Dec 1
  • Summer Sessions: May 1
  • Classes require two in-person sessions each term.
  • Courses include health assessment, research, statistics, community health and technology in health care.
  • Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.
Hybrid 4483 Duncan Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63110

Graceland University - Missouri

$ 250 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • Students can receive 28 semester hours of credit for previous undergraduate nursing courses.
  • General education credit is accepted from transfers, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or online courses.
  • Two years of experience as an RN is highly recommended.
Online 1401 W. Truman Road
Independence, MO 64050

Hannibal-LaGrange University

$ 500 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • A minimum 2.5 GPA is expected from applicants.
  • Hannibal-Lagrange is a private institution that provides instruction from a Christian worldview.
Online
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Lincoln University

$ 200 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: June 1
  • Spring Semester: Dec 1
  • Summer Sessions: May 1
  • This program was founded in 1992 and received initial National League of Nursing Accreditation (NLNAC) in 2004.
  • Students may choose between campus-based and online general education courses.
  • Didactic BSN courses are entirely online; online practicum courses are supervised by approved preceptors under BSN faculty oversight.
Hybrid 820 Chestnut Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Lindenwood University

$ 395 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Spring November 1
  • Fall: June 1
  • Each student receives a dedicated faculty advisor for individualized advice and mentoring.
  • Faculty advisors continually update students' plans of study to meet work/life/school balance needs.
  • Since 1921, Lindenwood has been fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
Hybrid 209 S Kingshighway
Saint Charles, MO 63301-1695

Maryville University of Saint Louis

$ 350 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • The program is accredited by both the Missouri State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • Transfer students may apply.
  • Fast track, day and evening courses are also offered.
Hybrid 650 Maryville University Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63141-7299

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University

$ 350 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

RNtoBSN courses begin at 8 week intervals, so the school has a rolling application intended to start students as quickly as possible.

  • The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredits this program.
  • Designed for working professionals as well as current ASN students.
  • Self-paced curriculum with fully online courses.
Online 4431 South Fremont Avenue
Springfield, MO 65804

Missouri Southern State University

$ 173 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

January 31

  • Applicants from non-ACEN accredited nursing programs must complete Nurse 301-Transitions in Nursing and attain a first semester 3.0 GPA to receive regular admission status.
  • Graduates of Southern's Associate Degree Nursing Program can transfer directly into the program.
  • The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Campus 3950 E. Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801

Missouri Western State University

$ 185 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: July 31
  • Only 50 spaces are available in the program each semester, making admissions highly competitive.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 is required for applicants.
  • MWSU's master's and bachelor's programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Campus 4525 Downs Dr
St. Joseph, MO 64507

Saint Louis University

$ 620 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

NOTE: When transferred to the School of Nursing, tuition decreases to $485/credit hour plus a $20/credit hour fee.

  • There is no waiting list and enrollment is allowed during any of the five start dates each year.
  • Up to 64 credit hours can be transferred from an accredited community college, school or university. A minimum of 30 credit hours must be taken at SLU.
  • Work experience is not required for admission.
Online One North Grand Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63103-2097

Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences

$ 243 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Please visit Saint Luke's website.

  • An active Kansas or Missouri nursing license is required.
  • Watch a student testimonial here.
Online 624 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO 64111

Southeast Missouri State University

$ 352 per credit hour nursing
$ 252 per credit hour nonnursing

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

Please reach out to southeastonline@semo.edu for additional information.

  • Accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • The curriculum requires six nursing courses in addition to unmet general education and support course requirements.
  • Applications mandate a 2.8 GPA minimum.
Online One University Plaza, MS4675
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

University of Central Missouri

$ 265 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • The 30 credit hours of upper-level nursing courses can be completed in one year.
  • There's no out of state tuition.
Online University Health Center 106
Warrensburg, MO 64093

University of Missouri - Columbia

$ 275 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

March 1

  • A ten-week long practicum is required, comprising 90 hours of work with one or more community agencies.
  • All courses are online; however, students must visit campus one to two days each semester.
  • The program is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Online 105 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

University of Missouri - St. Louis

$ 222 per credit hour

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

  • The RN to BSN program usually takes two years, completed in six consecutive terms (four academic semesters and two summer terms).
  • Students receive an education beyond science study to prepare them for advancement in the nursing profession.
  • Classes may be attended on campus one evening per week.
Hybrid One University Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63121

University of Missouri-Kansas City

$ 230 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: July 31
  • 56 credit hours in general education coursework is required.
  • The program focuses on integrating the perspectives of rural, urban and suburban nurses to provide a well-rounded background.
  • Education concentrates on preparing students to take on leadership positions.
Online 5100 Rockhill Rd
Kansas City, MO 64110

Webster University

$ 300 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • BSN students must meet four of the nine general educational goals of Webster University to graduate.
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours must be taken at Webster University.
  • Mastery of IT in the medical field is one of the top goals of the program.
Campus 470 E Lockwood Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63119-3194

William Jewell College

$ 200 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • The Department of Nursing has been serving nursing students since 1970.
  • Students must have a t least one year of professional experience.
  • Direct care, indirect care and/or simulation practice experiences are required in-person to complete the program.
Online 500 College Hill
Liberty, MO 64068-1896

Please contact the RN to BSN program in Missouri that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Missouri that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!

State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths

The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, Missouri has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined below the ways in which Missouri is actively progressing on this front.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data
Education

What is being done to increase the number of Missouri RN’s with a BSN?

No specific plans announced.

Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?

No

Leadership

What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?

The AC aims to increase the number of nurses on hospital boards and is exploring surveys and other data collection methods to identify past and future leaders.

Practice & Care

Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?

Yes. The AC’s Advanced Practice Team monitors and participates in legislative initiatives to expand nursing practice scope.

Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?

Yes. The AC’s Advanced Practice Team monitors and participates in legislative initiatives to expand nursing practice scope.

Interprofessional Care

Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?

Each member of the AC will reach out to at least 5 other medical organizations to develop collaborative opportunities.

Diversity

How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?

The AC holds a diversity roundtable and recently secured a partnership with the Greater Kansas City Black Nurses Association.

Data

What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?

The AC is working to replace the Missouri Healthcare Workforce Registry and Exchange survey with a more effective database.

Contact Info

Tina Lear

Executive Director
Missouri Action Coalition

Nelda Godfrey

Secretary
Missouri Nurses Association

Jill Kliethermes

Chief Executive Officer
Missouri Nurses Association

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Missouri Action Coalition page and their Action Coalition Status Report (opens as PDF).

Missouri Licensing

Missouri is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). If you move to another state participating in the NLC (pictured in green), you can practice without getting a new license. For licensing information, visit the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services.

licensure map

Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: "The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information


Other State RNtoBSN Information