Master of Science in Nursing
Cox College is proud to introduce a Master of Science in Nursing program. We offer three tracks; Clinical Nurse Leader, Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator.
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.
- Submit Cox College Graduate application
- Complete FAFSA for Student Loan Eligibility
- Submit RN license (unencumbered)
- Submit copy of Health Care Provider BLS certification
- Submit personal essay
- Submit two letters of recommendation
- Complete Health Science Reasoning Test (login information to be given once application is complete)
- Submit video interview
- Request transcripts and documents to be sent to
* for complete details please see the program check list
Fall only admission – March 1st
CNL and NE tracks
Spring – November 1st
Summer - April 1st
Fall – July 1st
Clinical NurseLeader (CNL) - those seeking advancement to administrative and/or clinical leadership roles within health care organizations.
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
Clinical Nurse Leader
The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) track is for those baccalaureate registered nurses seeking advancement to administrative and/or clinical leadership roles within health care organizations. Proposed course work includes leadership and organizational theory related to all aspects of resource (fiscal and human) management and utilization. Evidence-based practice concepts are included to inform design, implementation and evaluation of client outcomes.
- Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum and Research
- Human Resource Management
- Financial statistics of Health care Management
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.
- Population specific clinical courses
- FNP practicum and evidence-based research
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.
- Educational theory and practice
- Instructional strategies and technologies
- Nurse Educator practicum and research
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.
MSN Preceptor Handbooks and Forms
Letter of Reference form
For more information contact
The admissions office: firstname.lastname@example.org 417-269-3401