Use the following Practical Nursing admission information to get started with the application process!

Application Checklist

READ FIRST – This checklist will assist you in keeping track of the necessary items that you must complete for the application process.

Application Form

Refer to the application form for directions.

Reference Form

Print three references and distribute to individuals who can comment on your academic potential, work performance or potential to function in a healthcare field.  One reference must be from your anatomy or physiology instructor or you may get one from both.  ALL REFERENCES MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE.

Work Verification Form

If you are applying to the Springfield Advanced Hybrid Track PN program, complete this form and email to or return to the Health Sciences office in Lincoln Hall. This program requires that you are a CNA, MA, or EMT with at least 6 months working experience in the past 2 years.

Immunization Requirements

Students will be requested at the time of acceptance to submit documentation for required immunizations, TB testing and current Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers CPR. The COVID vaccine is required by both Cox and Mercy Hospitals. Those hospitals are the primary clinical sites for all three Practical Nursing Programs.

Criminal Background Check

Missouri Division of Professional Registration – Board of Nursing

Missouri Revised Statute 335.046.1 – License, application for–qualifications for, fee–hearing on denial of license.

Missouri Revised Statute 335.066.1 – Denial, revocation, or suspension of license, grounds for, civil immunity for providing information–complaint procedures.

OTC cannot guarantee that students classified under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will receive approval to take the licensure exam after program completion. Please contact the state or national agency that administers the professional licensure exam to inquire about licensure exam requirements.