Mission Statement

The ECC Nursing Program empowers graduates to pass “the NCLEX-RN and function as registered nurses in diverse health care settings” (NLN Educational Competencies). The graduates of the ADN program enrich our communities by contributing to the service work force, providing safe, competent, professional care in a diverse and ever-changing health care arena.

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.

Nursing Curriculum Outcome Measures

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

The Associate Degree Nursing program at East Central College meets the state education requirements for a registered nursing license in the state of Missouri. East Central College graduates sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing NCLEX-RN.  Individual state boards of nursing may have individual education level requirements.  East Central College has not determined if the Associate Degree Nursing program at East Central College meets the state education requirements in any other state, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia.

Additional Information & Helpful Links

Licensure Requirements by State & State Practice Acts
Missouri State Board of Nursing

Julie Beck
Program Assistant for Allied Health
Health Science Building – Suite 105
1964 Prairie Dell Road
Union, MO 63084
(636) 584-6616

Lavonda Lawson
Administrative Assistant, ECC Rolla
2303 North Bishop
Rolla, MO 63401

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 750 or better 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:

RN Job Shadowing Resources for Pre-Licensure (Generic RN) applicants:  See application for details regarding job shadowing requirements.  Please allow ample time to make arrangements with clinical facilities.

Mercy Washington
2019 Shadowing Package

Missouri Baptist Sullivan
Heather Sluis, MSN, RN
Clinical Educator/Clinical Supervisor of Training & Development
573-468-4186 x 1827

Phelps Health
Mid-Missouri Area Health Education Centers

Scholarships:  Applications are available online only at:

Additional Information & Links:

Employment and Salary Information

The registered nurse profession is experiencing faster-than-average job growth, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. By 2026, the number of positions is expected to increase by 15 percent.
In May 2017, the median annual wage for registered nurses was $70,000. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $48,690, and the highest 10 percent earned $104,100.