Missouri State University - West Plains


Why study nursing?

  • Our program teaches you to develop critical thinking skills and technical skills needed to succeed in nursing.
  • Our program offers a variety of community partnerships and opportunities for our students to experience as many levels of nursing possible in this area.
  • Our graduates routinely secure employment before graduation.

The Associate of Science in Nursing program, established in 1983, graduated its first class in 1985.

  • Missouri State Board of Nursing approved;
  • National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) accredited and
  • Higher Learning Commission fully accredited.

Program enrollment has grown from 40 to 80 students. Two tracks lead to initial Registered Nurse (RN) licensure.

  • Regular track takes two academic years and two summers.
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)-to-RN track takes one academic year and one summer for qualified LPNs.

Both tracks have one admission cycle per year. Application must be made to both the University and the nursing program. Access the nursing program application or contact the nursing department before the annual February 1st application deadline. Accepted LPN to RN track students start nursing classes in June. Accepted regular track students usually take chemistry and english in the summer and start nursing classes in August. Students not accepted to the nursing program must reapply for acceptance.

Nurses in the United States

  • RNs employed in Nursing (2008): 3,063,162
  • RNs with an associate degree as initial preparation: 36%
  • Average RN age for 2008: 46.0
  • Gender: 93% female, 7% male
  • Average Salary, Full Time Employment: $66,973.00

Employment Settings

  • Hospital: 62.2%
  • Nursing Home/Extended Care Facilities: 5.3%
  • Nursing Education: 3.8%
  • Public/Community Health: 7.8%
  • Ambulatory Care: 10.5%
  • Home health: 6.4%
  • Other: 3.9%

Source: National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing

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Department Head:

Amy Ackerson, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing &
Allied Health
Instructor of Nursing
Looney Hall L104
128 Garfield Avenue
West Plains, MO 65775

Degree Information Sheets

The degree information sheets provide detailed information of course requirement and career informations. Some contain sample recommended course sequences.