Professional Nursing

America needs registered nurses.
It is one of the top 10 professions in the country.

RN's have a wide range of duties including:

  • Record patient medical histories and symptoms
  • Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results
  • Consult with physicians
  • Start IV lines
  • Operate medical equipment
  • Administer treatments and medications
  • Help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage illness or injury
  • Explain post-treatment home care needs
  • Recommend diet, nutrition and exercise programs
  • Show how to self-administer medication and physical therapy
  • Educate the public on warning signs and symptoms of disease
  • Provide general health screening or immunization clinics, blood drives and public seminars
  • Provide advice and emotional support to patients and family members

RN's provide direction to licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and nursing aids.

Our two-year program gives you hands-on experience and excellent instruction in our state-of-the-art Health Science Institute. Our program gives you an associate degree and prepares you to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.


Growth will be driven by technological advances in patient care, which permit a higher number of health problems to be treated, and by an increasing emphasis on preventive care. In addition, the number of older people, who are much more likely than younger people to need nursing care, is projected to grow rapidly.


Faster than average projected growth employment from 2022-2032 for Registered Nurses with an annual median salary of $77,000 in Missouri.

Visit Occupational Information Network (O*NET) to view salary information, employment outlook and personal characteristics needed for this career.

What Registered Nurses Do: Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Work Environment: Registered nurses assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration is required.

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Full approval

The Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley associate degree program has full approval by Missouri State Board of Nursing (MSBON)

3605 Missouri Boulevard, P.O. Box 656
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0656
573.751.0681 Telephone
573.751.0075 Fax
800.735.2966 TTY
800.735.2466 Voice


The associate degree nursing program at MCC-Penn Valley located in Kansas City, MO is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate degree nursing program is continuing accreditation.

To send comments about the program, email or call 816.604.4175.

Student achievement data

Student achievement data 2018 2019 2020
MCC NCLEX pass rate 87.6% 85.9% 87.0%
Missouri NCLEX pass rate 88.3% 91.2% 89.9%
National NCLEX pass rate 88.3% 88.18% 86.5%
MCC ADN program retention rate 86% 93% 91%
MCC ADN nursing graduates 99 91 95
Graduate employment rate (within six months) 95% 95% 98%

Program costs

MCC provides many ways to help pay for your education including financial aid, scholarships, loans and more. A tuition payment plan is also available; we will to send you an updated cost.

Credit hours needed 72 - 76
In District cost per credit hour $121 $8,712 - 9,196
Out of District / Metro Rate cost per credit hour $237 $17,064 - 18,012
Out of State / International cost per credit hour $320 $23,040 - 24,320
Other Fees
Books $1,800
Supplies (scrubs, practice bag, stethoscope, etc.) $700
National Student Nurse Association (NSNA) membership, $35 dollars first and third semester $70
EHR GO Perfect EHR per the program $195
$400 per course for program cost $3,600
Immunizations (varies) n/a
Clinical Student (background check) $130
Family Safety Care Registry:(Student must obtain) $15
NCLEX fee (Pearson VUE testing) $200
Background Check (Missouri State Board of Nursing requirement to be performed three months prior to graduation) $50
Total program costs
In District $12,367 - 15,211
Out of District / Metro Rate $23,079 - 24,027
Out of State / International $29,055 - 30,335

Note: All costs are subject to change without notice

Frequently asked questions

General questions

Application questions

Required testing information required for the program

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