Missouri State University-West Plains

West Plains, MO 65775
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Missouri State University-West Plains is located in West Plains, Missouri. This public two-year university is a separately accredited campus of Missouri State University. It was established back in 1963 and has an open enrollment policy that allows any student to seek educational opportunities. The school serves nearly 2,000 students. There are several associate degree programs for students to pursue in various fields. There are also many activities that students will be able to take part in on the campus. Students can take part in the student government or they can spend time in the recreation center or the gym.

The nursing program at Missouri State University-West Plains is very good, too. The program is designed to teach nursing students the critical thinking skills that they need to find success on the job. The program has many community partnerships that provides nursing students with opportunities and learning experiences outside of the classroom. Those who are already working as LPN will be able to apply for the LPN to RN track. The ADN program is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleRemote Town
Number of Students1,918
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate61%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Certificate 0 0
Associate's degree 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 87.6%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1994 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
06/01/1988 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$124/credit
In State Students$124/credit
Out of State Students$258/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $5,580 $5,580 $11,610
ADN 70 $8,680 $8,680 $18,060
BSN 125 $15,500 $15,500 $32,250
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 93% of Missouri State University-West Plains's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 66% $4,384
Other Federal Grant 25% $246
State Grant & Scholarships 75% $1,824
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 44% $1,406
Federal Student Loans 22% $4,819
Private Loans -- $11,673


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$7,021
$30,001 to $48,000$4,760
$48,001 to $75,000$5,198
$75,001 to $110,000$12,502
Over $110,000--

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Missouri state board of nursing.
Missouri State University-West Plains
128 Garfield Avenue
West Plains, MO 65775

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