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MCC Campus(es): MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute
Director of Nursing Programs: Gina Taylor, DNP, MSN RN
Program Coordinator: Lee Ann Townsend
Office Hours: 816.604.4175; Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

General Questions

How long does it take to earn a degree?

If you are already and LPN, you can earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing in just three semesters, following completion of admission requirements including five prerequisites courses.

What is the difference between an ADN and a BSN?

The ADN or Associate of Applied Science is a two-year degree. The BSN or Bachelor of Science is a four-year degree. We offer the ADN degree. Graduates of both types of nursing programs are eligible to apply to take the licensing exam to become a Registered Nurse in all fifty states. In addition, our degree can transfer, if you wish to pursue a bachelor's degree.

What is the LPN-ADN Bridge Program?

The LPN Bridge program is for LPNs who wish to continue their education and complete an ADN. Basically, it allows an LPN to get an ADN and RN exam eligibility with three more semesters of study. There are specific admission requirements and a unique application for the LPN Bridge program.

What is the time commitment for this program?

The nursing curriculum is rigorous and time intensive.  You will be expected to attend 4-6 hours of class and approximately 16 hours of clinical a week.  There is a significant amount of extra time required in preparation for class and clinical.  It will be important for you to consider the time commitment in advance of entering the program, and to discuss with your family and any employers.

What kinds of training will I receive?

You’ll learn in the classroom and through hands-on work in our skills lab.  You’ll also complete clinical rotations at local hospitals and community healthcare facilities, such as Children’s Mercy Hospital, Research Medical Center, Truman Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospital of Blue Springs Nurse in all fifty states.

What about opportunities to earn a four-year degree?

We have articulation agreements with several local four-year colleges and universities making it easy to complete a four-year degree.  These agreements allow all of your Associated of Applied Science degree courses from MCC to count toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Schools that MCC has articulation agreements include the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Columbia, Missouri Western State University, Avila University and Webster University.

Application Questions

Can I submit an application while I am working on my prerequisites?

No. All admission requirements must be met prior to submitting an application.  Any applications submitted prior to the applicant completing the admission requirements will not be considered.

Should I submit my nursing program application early to improve my chances of admission?

Applications will only be accepted during the application periods.

What if I am not admitted to the semester I apply for: do I have to reapply for the next semester?

Yes. To be considered for the next available semester you would need to reapply.

Testing Questions

What is the ACCUPLACER®?

The ACCUPLACER is the entrance examination required by Metropolitan Community College to test for readiness for college level courses.

I have a degree from another college: Do I have to take the ACCUPLACER?

Yes.  The nursing division requires all applicants to take the ACCUPLACER.

What if I don’t get the required ACCUPLACER scores?

The purpose of the ACCUPLACER is to ensure readiness for success in college courses. Therefore, if the student’s ACCUPLACER scores place him/her into developmental courses, the student will need to complete those prior to the start of any given application period.

What is the entry test for the nursing program?

The entry test for the nursing program is the TEAS V exam created by the ATI Testing Company.  It is composed of reading, math, English and science.  The passing score for the TEAS V for the nursing program is a total adjusted score of 60%. How many times can I take the ATI entrance exam? Twice.

How do I sign up to take the TEAS V examination?

Send an e-mail to to schedule an appointment to take the TEAS V test a MCC-Penn Valley Testing Center.

I took the TEAS examination at another school:  can I use those scores?

Yes. You must attach a copy of the TEAS to your application and submit it to the nursing division.  The passing score for MCC is a total adjusted score of 60% on your first or second attempt.

Other Questions

Which transcripts do I need to submit?

Official transcripts from all non-MCC colleges and universities you have attended must be sent to:
Metropolitan Community College 
Student Data Center
3200 Broadway
Kansas City, MO  64111.

What if I have had a legal action against me in the past? Will that affect my ability to become an RN?

Admission to and graduation from the nursing program does not ensure eligibility for state licensure, nor does it guarantee passing the licensure examination.

Any candidate for licensure who has ever been charged or convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony will be required to submit documentation of the court proceedings for that charge or conviction to the State Board of Nursing in which licensure is sought.

Upon completion of the program, the graduate is expected to file an application with the Missouri State Board of Nursing to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for the registered professional nurse.

After successful completion of the examination, a license will be granted for the graduate to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Missouri. If the student has had a criminal conviction in the past, please contact the Nursing Division Chairperson. A conviction may delay or prevent the issuance of a license.

For further information, refer to the Statues of Missouri found in the MCC-Penn Valley Associate Degree Nursing Program Student Handbook or on the web site of the Missouri State Board of Nursing.State licensure boards have the responsibility of determining that each applicant who will practice as a professional healthcare provider / nurse have good moral character.

The Boards have the legal right to deny licensure to individuals found to have violated any local, state or federal law. A record of a felony conviction is a factor which must be considered by licensure boards while applying to sit for the licensure examinations.

For detailed information on this, within the State of Missouri, refer to the Missouri Revised Statutes, Chapter 335 Nurses, Section 335.066 of the Missouri Nurse Practice Act. The Missouri State Board of Nursing also has a link to the statutes.

The Missouri State Board of Nursing will make the decision whether or not to allow an individual to take the licensure examination.

Questions may be directed to:
Missouri State Board of Nursing
3650 Missouri Boulevard
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Is your program accredited?

We meet the highest standards in the professional nursing field. Our program is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, the major U.S. nursing school accrediting authority.

To learn more, contact the League at
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: 404.975.5000
Fax: 404.975.5020
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