More than 50 nursing programs were ranked in the state of Missouri, and East Central College landed near the top of the list in 2019.

According to RegisteredNursing.org, East Central College is ranked the fourth best nursing program in the state. The methodology used for the rankings was based on the NCLEX-RN exam, which is used by all state boards of nursing across the country to help assess a student’s competency and is required for licensure.

The program has more even more to be proud of this week. "We recently graduated 17 new registered nurses through the LPN-RN Bridge Program in Rolla," said Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Nancy Mitchell. "We are happy to announce that pass rates for the licensure exam were 100 percent. It is a huge accomplishment."

East Central College offers two programs leading to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing. This program prepares students to become registered nurses. The main campus in Union, as well as the Rolla site, offers a complete pre-licensure program (generic) for those interested in becoming a registered nurse. A LPN to RN Bridge program is also available at the Rolla location for LPNs interested in becoming registered nurses.