Associate of Science in Nursing

At Cox College, students have the option to begin their educational journey to nursing by obtaining an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree. At this level students who gain entry to the ASN program and maintain a full-time study, have the ability to graduate in two years. Graduates will be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). After passing this examination, they will be eligible to begin a career as a registered nurse.

Upon completion of the program of study, the graduate will be able to:

  • Utilize knowledge from nursing, behavioral and natural sciences to apply the nursing process in providing direct care for individuals and members of a family or group with well-defined nursing diagnoses in structured health care settings;
  • Assume a professional role, practice nursing within legal, ethical and professional standards;
  • Employ effective communication skills in interaction with clients, their family members and the health care team;
  • Manage direct care for individuals and members of a family or group
  • Utilize interpreted research findings in nursing practice; and
  • Demonstrate commitment to continued education.


Note: According to Missouri Statutes Chapter 335, RSMo and Missouri Code of State Regulations 4CSR 200-1.010 to 4CSR 200-6.010, completion of a nursing degree program does not guarantee eligibility to take the licensure examination.

For specific Nursing policies refer to the Nursing Student Handbook. (pdf)
For Admissions requirements please refer to the college catalog or the admission web pages.

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Program Application Deadlines:
Fall: September 1st
Spring: March 1st


ASN degree option requirements 

To apply to the ASN program applicants must first be admitted to Cox College and then apply to the ASN program. To apply to the ASN program applicants must have completed 1 core science course, 3 additional general education courses and prove math proficiency. These courses must have a minimum of a 2.75 G.P.A.

General education: 32 credit hours

  • BIOL205 Human Anatomy*
  • BIOL206 Human Physiology*
  • BIOL208 Microbiology*
  • BIOL302 Principles of Human Nutrition*
  • CHEM103 Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • INFM160 Computer Resources
  • ENGL150 English
  • PHIL201 Introduction to Philosophy
  • SOCI101 Introduction to Sociology
  • PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology
    *denotes core science courses


Nursing: 38 credit hours

  • NURS 100 Introduction to Nursing Skills
  • NURS 105 Clinical Applications I
  • NURS 106 Clinical Applications II
  • NURS 206 Clinical Applications III
  • NURS 207 Concepts of Professional Practice
  • NURS 208 Clinical Application IV
  • NURS 210 Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice
  • NURS 307 Perspectives on Aging and the Older Adult


ASN graduation requirements

Every candidate for a degree is responsible for meeting all of the requirements for graduation. The responsibility for understanding and meeting graduation requirements rests entirely with the student.


The ASN degree requires:

  • satisfactory completion (C or better) of all specified courses in the curriculum plan
  • completion of second year nursing courses with a minimum of 19 hours of credit granted by Cox College
  • minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale on completion of required courses for the ASN program; and
  • completion of all nursing courses within five years of admission in the ASN program.


Deadline for applying for graduation is published on the academic calendar. If a student does not complete the final course requirements, a new degree application must be submitted.


LPN Advance Placement 

Candidates who are Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and are requesting advanced placement must also complete the following items:

  • Complete math proficiency.
  • Transcript verification and successful completion of LPN program.
  • Twelve transferable credit hours (which includes one science course) must be completed prior to application submission. An Admission Application form, available from the Admissions Department., must be completed and submitted to the Admissions Coordinator no later than March 1st for August entry and September 1st for January entry.
  • Take the Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam (ACE: Nursing Care during Childbearing and Nursing Care of the Child) and the PN Pharmacology Exam.
  • All other General Education courses may be transferred Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA on their science courses. Applicants will not need to take nutrition, credit by validation (CV) is awarded on admission to the program.
  • Based upon the courses used to apply to the ASN program, the minimum cumulative GPA must be 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Complete all required general education courses commensurate with their advanced placement with a “C” or better (Human Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, and Psychology).
  • Complete HESI A2 exam.


NOTE: Individual test results are reviewed according to the decision score for each test by the DON Dean or designee. Candidates scoring above 70% on each exam will be allowed to progress to NURS 206: Clinical Applications III while those scoring less than 70% will be advised to begin at NURS 106: Clinical Applications II and/or NURS 210: Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice

Admission into the LPN Advanced Placement program is offered to the highest-ranking candidates in the applicant pool. Ranking is based on a composite number determined by selection criteria. Selection criteria are based on 1) cumulative GPA, 2) hours of course work completed. Once a candidate has been notified of an offer for admission into the LPN Advanced Placement program, a non-refundable background and drug screen fee must be submitted. After receipt of this fee, the student may register for classes according to the academic calendar. There will be an Advanced Placement orientation offered during intersession classes.

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