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Metropolitan Community College Practical Nursing Program

Practical Nursing Program FAQs

MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute, Office hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
MCC-Maple-Woods | St. Joseph

Program Coordinators:
MCC-Penn Valley: Meskerem Desta
MCC-Maple Woods | St. Joseph: Crystal Oldham

  1. How long does it take to get a certificate?

    You can take classes during the day and earn a practical nursing certificate in just 12 months. Our program includes 54-59 credit hours of classes, lab work and hands-on training.
  2. What about opportunities for a two or four-year degree?

    Many LPNs decide to further their education and earn nursing degrees. We offer a 'bridge program' that allows LPNs to easily earn an Associate Degree in Nursing. Your prior education and experience, the prerequisite courses, plus one year of advanced classes will give you the knowledge and skills to take the Registered Nursing (RN) licensing exam. If you want to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, Penn Valley has transfer agreements with several area colleges and universities.
  3. What kind of learning environment will I find at MCC?

    You'll experience a hands-on and interactive learning environment that is both supportive and challenging. We believe in a high-tech, yet holistic approach to health care.
  4. What does it cost?

    Find more information on the tuition cost page.

  5. 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 health care facilities, such as Children's Mercy Hospital, Truman Medical Center – Hospital Hill, Truman Medical Center – Lakewood, Delmar Garden, Kindred Health Care Center and John Knox Village.
  6. Is your program accredited?

    We meet the highest standards in the practical nursing field. Our program is conditionally approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

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

    No, all admission requirements must be completed prior to making application to the program.

  8. What is the ACCUPLACER®?

    The ACCUPLACER is the entrance examination required by Metropolitan Community College to test for readiness for college-level courses. Even if you have a degree from another college, you must take it. If you've taken the COMPASS in the past and the scores are older than three years old, you must the ACCUPLACER exam.

  9. 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 you are placed into developmental courses, you will need to complete those prior to applying to the nursing division.

  10. What is the TEAS?

    The TEAS is the entrance exam for our nursing program. TEAS stand for Test of Essential Academic Skills. It tests for essential skills in reading, science, math and English. It tests for skills essential for success in nursing school.

  11. How many times can I take the TEAS?


  12. How do I sign up to take the TEAS?

    Click on the red "Register for TEAS" button found on the right side of the Practical Nursing webpage to schedule an appointment to take the TEAS V test at MCC-Penn Valley Testing Center.

  13. How can I prepare for the TEAS V examination?

    Please go the ATI website and shop the online store to find testing materials. ATI has a workbook and a sample online test.

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

    Yes. You must upload a copy of the TEAS electronically  onto radius after filling out your online application.  The passing score for MCC is a total adjusted score of 60% on your first or second attempt.

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

    No, applications will only be accepted during the application periods for each semester

  16. 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 semester you would need to reapply.

  17. Which transcripts do I need to submit?

    Official transcripts from all colleges that you have attended should be sent to:

    Student Data Center
    3200 Broadway
    Kansas City, MO 64111

  18. Do I need to send you an official copy of my transcripts from the other MCC campuses?

    No, all classes taken in the MCC system are recorded on one transcript that we can access online.

  19. What do I need to know about State Licensure?

    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, Section 335.066. The Missouri State Board of Nursing also has a link to the statutes. The Missouri State Board of Nursing State Licensure Information

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

    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-PN) 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 Nursing Program Student Handbook.

    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 

Last Modified: 3/3/20