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Missouri Nurse Practitioner Certification

In Missouri, as in many other states, NPs fall into the category of APRNs. APRNs include the following four types of nurses: nurse anesthetists, nurse–midwives, NPs, and CNS. Missouri NPs are regulated by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

Missouri NPs may practice independently and may specialize in areas including family or women’s health, medical–surgical, pediatric, gerontological, school, adult, neonatal, and more. They might practice in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, physician offices, community health centers, and schools. They are recognized as having been educated beyond the scope of basic nursing are certified by a nationally recognized professional agency as having a nursing specialty. Alternatively, they must meet criteria for an APRN set by the Missouri State Board of Nursing, which establishes standards for the education, training, and experience required for those without specialty certification to become APRNs.

In order to become certified as a Missouri nurse practitioner, you must be licensed as a registered professional nurse in the State of Missouri. You must also graduate with a MSN degree from a nursing program approved by a national certifying agency that is recognized by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. Among the approved schools in the state of Missouri are University of Missouri and Missouri State University.


Many students choose to their master’s degree from an online, distance-learning school such as: University of Cincinnati, Philadelphia University, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Liberty University, South University, or Graceland University. Attending an online school offers nurses the flexibility to continue working and fulfill other obligations while pursuing a degree. Accredited online programs are comparable to those at campus-based colleges and universities. Faculty of online nursing programs will arrange clinical sites in the student’s local area in order to fulfill the clinical component of the advanced nursing program.

Once you have earned your master’s degree, you must then successfully take an exam offered by a recognized national certifying body in your area of specialty. You must receive certification from this body before you can be approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. Some recognized certifying bodies include the AANP, ANCC, and AMCB.

After you have received your national certification, you can be granted a Document of Recognition by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. This document is not a separate license. Instead, it indicates the NP title that is to be used by the individual and specifies the legal scope of advanced nursing.

Missouri NPs can earn high salaries, depending on their specialty, location, experience, and other factors. The average NP in Missouri earns $85,000 per year.

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Last Updated: 05/19/2014