Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley Nursing Program Review

In 1915, the Polytechnic destined to become Metropolitan Community College opened its doors. Four years down the line, Kansas City Polytechnic expanded its program and became a two-year junior college. Several mergers happened in 1964 to create what was known as Metropolitan Community Colleges District. By 2005, five other colleges merged with the college to form what is known today as Metropolitan Community College. Penn Valley, the largest campus of MCC serves as a center of excellence in Health-related careers.

Nursing at Metropolitan Community College

There are three nursing programs in Metropolitan Community College- Penn Valley campus. The programs, starting with a certificate program in practical nursing to an associate in applied science degree are fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The department of nursing has also been approved to offer the said degrees by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. Details of the three programs are given below:

Professional Nursing

The professional nursing program at Metropolitan Community College- Penn Valley (MCC-Penn Valley) leads to the award of an Associate in Applied Science, nursing degree. It aims at preparing student nurse generalists who, attend the end of it will be eligible to write the NLEX-RN to become registered nurses. It is a 72 credit hours program available in day and evening study plans in what are full time and part time options respectively.

The evening/part time program schedules courses to be covered in two evenings per week and clinical sessions to be covered during weekends. While the full time option takes two years of 4 semesters to complete, the part time plans takes two years of 6 semesters including two summers.

LPN to ADN Bridge

This is for licensed practical nurses who wish to make a transition into professional nursing. Students take a Professional Nursing Transition course/bridge comprising of four semester hours. Upon passing this transition course, students receive advanced standing towards their Associate degree.  Just like the associate nursing program, this one is also available in both part time and full time study plans of day and evening schedules. A minimum of 48 credits must be completed after exclusion of advanced standing credits, and the number varies depending on the credits received.

Practical Nursing

This is a one year program for those seeking a quick entry into the nursing field. The program prepares students to write the NCLEX-PN for state licensure as practical nurses. Students who complete this program are encouraged to apply for the LPN to ADN bridge program at the college so as to get into professional nursing.


Transfer Information

Metropolitan Community College has made it easy for students to transfer their associate degree in nursing to four-year colleges and university towards completion of a BSN. In addition to the transfer agreements with over 20 universities, the college has developed Dual Degree Programs, enabling students to connect directly with four-year university right at the MCC.  The Dual Admission nursing program is in collaboration with the following universities:

  • Missouri Western State University
  • Park University
  • University Central Missouri
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • University of Missouri- Kansas City

Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley
3200 Broadway, Kansas City,
MO 64111