Nursing Student Handbook – Fall 2023
Nursing Program Accreditation and Approval
Crowder Course Catalog
Practical Nursing Program


The purpose of the Crowder College Nursing program is to prepare graduates who can demonstrate entry-level competencies as registered nurses, to provide a foundation for continued learning, and to provide a multiple entry program where licensed practical nurses can enter with advanced standing or students may enter with no previous nursing education.

The program is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and is accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Graduation from the nursing program does not guarantee eligibility to write the licensure exam. Eligibility is determined on an individual basis by Missouri State Board of Nursing based on the Missouri Nursing Practice Act section 335.066 (1-14).

The nursing faculty strongly believes that the learner must be an active participant in the educational process.

A wide variety of instructional methods are utilized in the process-oriented nursing curriculum. Registered nurses function as an integral part of the healthcare team in many different roles. They are responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating patient care as well as for the supervision of other healthcare workers.

Licensed practical nurses are given credit for first-year nursing classes and may enter the program at Level II. LPN’s entering with advanced standing must have a valid license to practice, be  IV certified, and must have completed at least Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Chemistry for Health before beginning the second level nursing sequence.

Becoming a Registered Nurse

What is a registered Nurse (“RN”) ?
A Registered Nurse is a professional nurse who is compensated for performing acts requiring substantial specialized education, judgment and skill. These acts are based on knowledge and application of principles derived from biological, physical, social, and nursing sciences.

RN’s typically work in a variety of healthcare related fields, including surgery, intensive care, pediatrics, obstetrics, home health, public health, school nursing and so on. Nursing activities include teaching health promotion and illness prevention, providing care and counseling to the ill, administering medications and treatments, and the coordination of health care providers and procedures.

Acronym Explanation:
RN = Registered Nurse * more
LPN = Licensed Practical Nurse * more

How do you become a registered nurse?
Successfully complete an associate degree or bachelor program and pass the NCLEX State Board Exam*. Criminal backgrounds are looked at a case by case basis in the state of Missouri. And to be eligible for employment, negative drugs screen are usually required at most health institutions.

Application Requirements
The nursing program is a limited admission program, each year accepting up to 110 students total, (Level 1 and Level 2 combined).

Benefits Of Attending Crowder College
Close Location
On-Campus Student Housing
Low Tuition Costs
Small Classes
Flexible Schedules

Crowder College is an Equal Opportunity educational/employment institution and is non-discriminatory relative to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, and qualified disability. Crowder College is committed to providing educational opportunities to all qualified students regardless of their economic or social status. Director of Human Resources, (Newton Hall, 417-455-5675) coordinates compliance efforts with federal and state EO rules and regulations. 

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