Nursing

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.

Upon completion of either program, graduates are eligible to apply to write the NCLEX-RN exam for licensure as a registered nurse. Both nursing education sites are fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. The nursing program has state-of-the-art clinical labs which utilize technology and high-fidelity human patient simulators. The program utilizes some distance learning technology to promote access and flexibility.

The classroom and clinical components of the curriculum are interrelated to provide a strong background of the student in attaining the objectives of the program and in becoming a safe and competent practitioner.

Those persons considering a career in nursing should have an interest in health sciences and in working closely with people. In addition, they should be able to meet the academic demands of a program that requires commitment of time, energy, and motivation. In order to achieve success in the nursing program, a student is expected to spend an additional average of 20-30 hours per week outside of class studying, practicing, and preparing.

A selective admission process is utilized. Students are accepted based on academic points. All applicants take an HESI A2 admission test. Details regarding the test, score requirements, and registration for the test can be found on this website. LPN to RN applicants are required to successfully complete the HESI LPN to RN mobility exam prior to admission. Admission criteria and the selection process is outlined in the Admissions tab.

Admission is contingent upon a successful drug screen and criminal background check. Applicants with a prior criminal history should review the Missouri State Board of Nursing Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Prior Criminal History found in the Admissions tab.

Scholarships Applications are available in the ECC Student Services office or at www.eastcentral.edu/common/current/collegefinances/scholarships.php

The ECC Nursing Program has the full approval of the Missouri State Board of Nursing (MSBN).

Contact us: nursing@eastcentral.edu

Brenda Garrison
Program Assistant for Allied Health
Health Science Building – Suite 105
1964 Prairie Dell Road
Union, MO 63084
(636) 584-6616
brenda.garrison@eastcentral.edu

Lavonda Lawson
Administrative Assistant, ECC Rolla
2303 North Bishop
Rolla, MO 63401
573-202-6950
lavonda.lawson@eastcentral.edu

To enter this course of study, students must meet these institution and program-specific criteria:

  • High school diploma or the equivalent
    (documentation must be sent to the registration office)
  • Application for admission to ECC
  • A placement test as specified by the college
    (some coursework requires minimum placement results)
  • An undisciplined Missouri LPN license
  • Cumulative college GPA of 2.75 or greater
  • HESI A2 Admission Test taken in the last two
    years with a composite score greater than 75%.
  • Score of 700 or better score on the HESI LPN to
    RN Mobility Exam in the last two years
  • Completion of prerequisites with a “C” or better
  • Satisfactory criminal background check and
    drug screening once accepted to the program

Nursing Program Admissions Tests- HESI A2 / LPN to RN Mobility

Application Information:

The application period for the Class of 2017 is closed. The next application period is March 31, 2017 to December 1, 2017 for the Associate Degree Nursing Class of 2018 which begins August, 2018. The 2018 PreLicensure application will be online in March, 2017.

Additional Information & Links:

ECC offers a LPN to RN Bridge program leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing, designed to provide students who hold a Missouri LPN license the educational mobility to complete the RN classes in a format that specifically meets their needs. The evening and every-other-weekend format allows LPNs to still work, perhaps part-time, while taking courses.

The nursing program is two semesters in length with a one semester, bridge-specific prerequisite nursing course. All of the program prerequisites and general education requirements must be completed prior to the nursing courses.Prerequisites can be completed either part-time or full-time.

The LPN to The LPN to RN Bridge program, offered at the ECC-Rolla location, utilizes some distance-learning technology to enhance access and flexibility. Upon completion, graduates are eligible to apply to write the NCLEX-RN Exam for licensure as registered nurses.

Employment and Salary Information

The registered nurse profession is experiencing faster-than-average job growth, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. By 2020, the number of positions is expected to increase by 26 percent.
In May 2014, the median annual earnings of these professionals were $66,640. The middle 50 percent earned between $54,620 and $81,080. The lowest 10 percent earned $45,880, and the highest 10
percent earned $98,880.