Missouri provides ample opportunities for students who seek degrees and certifications in nursing. The University of Missouri-Kansas City not only provides a large hospital employment opportunity, they also offer multiple degree and concentration choices with course scheduling that is variable. This university also has campuses in St. Louis and Columbia. Research College of Nursing in Kansas City provides a Jesuit nursing program that offers an MSN in three specialties. Southwest Baptist University in Springfield grants associate and BSN degrees. Outside these colleges, students also can earn degrees in community colleges throughout Missouri.

Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $14,000 and $77,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. The University of Missouri Hospital system is mid-Missouri’s largest medical facility, employing more than 3,000 staff members. Their 388-bed hospital attracts patients from all 114 Missouri counties, and their facilities have undergone continuous expansion. University Hospital features the only Level I Trauma Center in the area, and they also provide a regional poison control treatment center and the most comprehensive pediatric health-care facility dedicated exclusively to meeting the health-care needs of children. Other employment opportunities include Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau, which is one of the region’s largest employers with about 2,000 employees, Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, which was rated ninth in the nation by U.S. News and World Report (and also offers nursing degrees) and the 388-bed Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, a member of BJC Healthcare and a provider of progressive healthcare programs, services, and technology to people in 25 mid-Missouri counties. Missouri provides over one hundred more opportunities for employment in cities such as Kansas City, Trenton, Poplar Bluff, Springfield and more.

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