MSN

Master of Science in Nursing

Cox College is proud to offer a Master of Science in Nursing program with two tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator. 

Here is the Cox College Nursing Philosophy for the graduate programs.

 Purpose

To grow and educate nursing professionals to keep up with the demands of health care. “Cox College is committed to excellence by meeting the educational needs of students and the health care community.” This mission is the reason we have developed a graduate level program. The increasing need for nurses equates to a high demand for educators.

Also offered is an RN to MSN option allows registered nurses with a diploma or associate of science degree the option to achieve their Masters degree while working on their bachelors degree. Nine credit hours of MSN electives may be used as dual enrolled credits that work towards the BSN and MSN program.  Further program information

Steps to apply - Please make note, the steps to apply have changed effective July 1, 2011.
  1. Submit Cox College Graduate application
  2. Complete FAFSA for Student Loan Eligibility
  3. Submit RN license (unencumbered)
  4. Submit copy of Health Care Provider BLS certification
  5. Submit personal essay
  6. Submit two letters of recommendation
  7. Complete Health Science Reasoning Test (login information to be given once application is complete)
  8. Submit copy of resume
  9. Request transcripts and documents to be sent to:
    Cox College
    1423 N. Jefferson
    Springfield, MO 65802 
* for complete details please see the program check list
 

Deadline dates
FNP track
Fall only admission – March 1st

NE tracks
Spring – November 1st
Summer - April 1st
Fall – July 1st

Interstate Authorization

Consumer Disclosure Certified Statement by Institution Official
  • Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution, course or degree program.  Such certification merely indicates that certain minimum standards have been met under the rules and regulations of institutional certification as defined in Arkansas Code 6-61-301.
 
Transfer of Course/Degree Certified Statement by Institution Official
  • The student  should  be aware that these degree programs may not transfer  The transfer of course/degree credit is determined by the receiving institution.

 

Programs offered

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) -  those seeking to become Advanced Practice Nurses (APRN) who provide primary health care to clients across the lifespan in almost every patient care setting.

Nurse Educator (NE) - those who wish to teach nursing in higher education settings or provide education to staff in other health care settings.

Core Course Requirements
  • Leadership in Health Care and Nursing Education Systems
  • Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Ethical and Legal Practice in Health Care
  • Nursing Research
  • Evidence-based Practice: Applied Research
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Advanced Nursing Assessment
 
The program consists of:
  • Two 8-week blocks during the spring semester
  • One 8-week block during the summer session
  • Two 8-week blocks during the fall semester
    *Classes will be enhanced online or hybrid online, allowing you to continue working as you broaden your education.
 
Program total: 36-42 credit hours depending on track
  • 21 hours core coursework
  • 6 hours specialized coursework
  • 6 hours clinical practicum and research project

 

Family Nurse Practitioner

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track is for baccalaureate registered nursesseeking to become Advanced Practice Nurses (APRN) who provide primary health care to clients across the lifespan in almost every patient care setting.

Course requirements:

  • Population specific clinical courses
  • FNP practicum and evidence-based research

 

Nurse Educator

The Nurse Educator program is for those baccalaureate registered nurses who wish to teach nursing in higher education settings or provide education to staff in other health care settings. Proposed coursework includes research, evidence-based practice, nursing and education theory, and information technology, with an emphasis on the application of concepts to the nurse educator role.

Course requirements:

  • Educational theory and practice
  • Instructional strategies and technologies
  • Nurse Educator practicum and research

 

Financial Aid
Graduate and professional students are not eligible for federal grant aid, but may be eligible for federal Stafford loans. The subsidized loan limit is $8,500 per academic year and the unsubsidized loan limit is $12,000 per academic year. To apply for federal funds, the student must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

If you are a CoxHealth employee you may qualify for up to $1,200 per year in tuition reimbursement. To verify if you qualify contact Human Resources at 417-269-3000. CoxHealth RN’s are eligable for a 20% tuition discount.

To receive MSN Preceptor Handbooks and Forms, please contact Julianna Jacomb at 417/269-8376 or Julianna.Jacomb@coxcollege.edu.

For more information contact:

Cox College Admissions
417/269-3401
admissions@coxcollege.edu