Board of Nursing

Education

Q. DOES MISSOURI REQUIRE CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR NURSES?

A. Missouri statutes do not require continuing education as a condition of either original or renewal licensure. You may wish to keep your own records on continuing education or ask your employer to keep records for you.

Q. ARE ALL MISSOURI PROGRAMS OF NURSING APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF NURSING?

A. The Board approves all Missouri programs leading to first time licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Registered Nurse (RN).

Q. ARE THERE ANY PROGRAMS FOR LPNs TO BECOME RNs?

A. There are programs that include a "bridge" between practical nursing education and professional nursing education. Call 573-751-0080 or click on nursingedu@pr.mo.gov to receive a listing.

Q. HOW DOES AN LPN BECOME I.V. CERTIFIED?

A. LPNs become I.V. certified by successfully completing a Board approved course on intravenous therapy and completing an eight-hour practicum. Call 573-751-0080 or click on nursingedu@pr.mo.gov for a listing of approved courses.

Q. WHAT IS THE NURSING STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM?

A. The Nursing Student Loan program was developed in August 1990 through the passage of HB 1429. It's purpose is to provide a means to education in nursing to those individuals who cannot readily pay for it and at the same time provides to citizens of Missouri living in designated shortage areas an access to health care.

One of the stipulations of the loan program requires employment on a full-time basis in Missouri in a position requiring licensure as a licensed practical nurse or registered professional nurse in any public or nonprofit agency, institution, or organization located in an area of need as determined by the Department of Health. Funding is provided through a surcharge that is collected by the Board of Nursing at the time of licensure or licensure renewal. Those funds are then transferred to the Department of Health who administers the program.

Due to its success the sunset language of this program was removed in 1995.