Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Want to make a difference? Now’s your chance.
Start your journey to one of the world’s most
rewarding careers.

Clinical Hours
Median wage in Missouri*
First-time pass rate for Fall 2020 vs 84.6% nationally†
Projected Job Growth

*Wage and job growth based on Statistics from Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Your BSN Experience:

Our program will prepare you with the complex decision-making skills you will need for today’s health care landscape. As a graduate of our hands-on courses, you will thrive in structured health care settings, provide life-saving care, and succeed in leadership roles.

Graduates will be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). After passing this examination, graduates are eligible to begin a career as a registered professional nurse.

Year One

You will hit the ground running In your first year—participating in skills labs, simulations, and clinical experiences. As you build a foundation of nursing, pharmacology, and health assessment, you will swiftly grow in knowledge and skill.

Year Two

Your clinical education will broaden in your second year. Rotating through departments within the healthcare network, you will begin working with more complex illnesses and expand your studies to community and family health. Finally, you will demonstrate your hard- earned expertise in a course that will cap the program and herald your start as an RN.

Start Your Journey

Whether you are just starting college, or have a bachelor’s degree/LPN license, Cox College offers convenient options to start your heroic journey in health care!

Five Convenient Tracks:

Our nursing candidates come from a wide range of educational contexts.

That's why we offer five enrollment tracks to fit your experience:


Still in high school?

Launch your future in health care with pre-approved
admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Starting from scratch?

Chart your course in medicine with a four-year
baccalaureate degree that includes eligibility for registered
nurse (RN) licensure.

Bachelor’s degree in another field?

Expand your options with a baccalaureate degree in nursing
and go for your RN licensure.

Like to learn fast?

Earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in as quickly
as three years.

Already an RN?

Advance your medical career with a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

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"Cox College gave me an exceptional education, that provided me with a safe place to grow and practice my skills as a nurse. Cox College prepared me with everything I needed to achieve my dreams."

Beth Richards, BSN ‘20

Admission Requirements

First Time Students

First-time students must meet these requirements to apply:

Official high school transcript or official G.E.D. certificate

High school cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher

Minimum composite ACT score of 18 or
higher or an SAT combined score of 860 or higher*

BSN program checklist can be found here.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must meet these requirements to apply:

Maintain a college cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher*

Will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis once admitted

Graduation Requirements

  • BIOL 205 Human Anatomy*
  • BIOL 206 Human Physiology*
  • BIOL 208 Microbiology*
  • BIOL 382 Pathophysiology*
  • CHEM 103 Fundamentals of Chemistry*
  • ENGL 150 English Composition*
  • ENGL 207 Expository Writing*
  • GOVT 101 Government and Politics in the United States
  • HUMN 150 Humanities Elective
  • MATH 150 Intermediate Algebra*
  • MATH 227 Introduction to Statistics
  • PHIL 201 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology*
  • PSYC 230 Life Span Development*
  • SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 304 Global Awareness and Cultural Diversity
  • NRSI 205 Critical Thinking*

*Course MUST be completed prior to program entry.

  • NRSI 202 Foundations of Professional Nursing
  • NRSI 205 Critical Thinking*
  • NRSI 206 Health Assessment
  • NRSI 212 Mental Health/Illness Nursing Concepts
  • NRSI 215 Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice
  • NRSI 280 Adult Medical Surgical Nursing I
  • NRSI 300 Nursing Informatics
  • NRSI 303 Professional Nursing Concepts
  • NRSI 304 Childbearing Families
  • NRSI 305 Childrearing Families
  • NRSI 309 Fundamentals of Gerontology
  • NRSI 325 Adult Medical Surgical Nursing II
  • NRSI 335 Adult Medical Surgical Nursing III
  • NRSI 345 Adult Medical Surgical Nursing IV
  • NRSI 400 Theories and Research in Nursing
  • NRSI 402 Management and Leadership in Nursing
  • NRSI 404 Community and Public Health Nursing
  • NRSI 410 Nursing Capstone
  • Nursing Elective

*Course MUST be completed prior to program entry.

Leisa Lower, MSN

Assistant Professor
(417) 269-3450

Tammy Decker, M.Ed, BSN, RN, RT(R)(M)

Assistant Professor
(417) 269-8309

Cindy Masek, MSN

Associate Professor
(402) 499-3014

Tammy May, MSN

Assistant Professor
(417) 269-3241

Mallory Covington, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor
(417) 269-3483

Whitney Hoskins, DNP

Assistant Professor

Kathy Pittman, MSN

Assistant Professor
(417) 269-3363

Shauna Romine, MSN

Assistant Professor
(417) 269-8315

Stacy Bohn, EdD, MSN

BSN Chair

Melissa Freeman, MSN, RN, IBCLC

Assistant Professor
(417) 269-4651

Carol Conley, EdD, MBA, BSN

Associate Professor
(417) 269-3068

Angela Ford, MPA, BSN

Assistant Professor
(417) 269-8032

Rachel Hodge, MSN

Assistant Professor
(417) 269-3823

Michelle Jacobs, DBA, BSN, RN

(417) 269-3405

Professional Licensure Disclosure


Cox College offers several programs leading to professional licensure within the State of Missouri. States vary in what professions they require to be licensed and how licensure functions. Some states require an individual to graduate from an approved program.  Others require an individual to “meet [the] certification requirements of a national organization”.  A specific amount of training can also be required as well as passage of an exam based on a state requisite exam score. Often, licensed professionals must complete continuing education on an annual basis.

State Authorization

Cox College is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) which allows us to provide distance learning programs (both online and in the form of supervised field experiences) and coursework to residents of states other than Missouri.  NC-SARA membership, however, does not grant reciprocity or exempt us from state professional licensing requirements.  As a result, licensing requirements in Missouri may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain a license in any other state.


Per 34 CFR 668.43(c)(3)(ii), institutions must provide the Department of Education with the institutional determination of where the student is located upon request.  To achieve this an institution must establish policies or procedures to consistently determine where students are located.  Institutions must determine where a student is located both at the time of enrollment in an institution and after receiving information provided by the student indicating that the student's location has changed.

Cox College collects location information from students as part of the registration process wherein students are asked to provide their physical location.  This information is collected every semester.


Relocating during the course of a program to another state may impact if the student can remain in the program, meet the state licensure requirements and/or continue to receive financial aid funding. Prior to considering relocation, please contact your program Chair to discuss authorization and licensure eligibility requirements.

Responsibility of Students

Students should review the specific academic requirements for the program in which they are enrolling, including those related to practicum/internship as well as pre-qualifications for licensure such as the need for a criminal background check.

We highly recommend that students contact the applicable licensure board(s) in their state of residence or in the state where they intend to obtain a license before beginning an academic program that results in licensure and prior to beginning any internship/practicum.

Many licensure boards require more than successful degree completion to obtain a license. Please be advised that state laws, regulations, and policies may change at any time. Changes in requirements can impact the program's ability to meet educational requirements for licensure. It is the responsibility of the student completing the licensure program to check with the licensing board(s) in their state of residence or in the state in which they intend to obtain a license for the most recent information and requirements.  Cox College shall not be held liable if the student is unable to qualify for licensure or certification in any jurisdiction or cannot obtain a practicum/internship location.

Licensure Disclosures

The curriculum for programs customarily leading to licensure at Cox College have been designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in Missouri  as well as preparing students to apply for licensure exams in the State of Missouri.

The licensure boards in each state are responsible for establishing the requirements for licensure/certification for their state. Students who intend to return or move to any state other than Missouri need to review the professional licensure disclosures pertaining to their program and consult with the state professional licensing board.  The state professional licensing boards make the ultimate decision as to whether or not an individual will be eligible to sit for licensure based on the rules and regulations in place at the time the individual submits their application

General Disclosures

Licensing requirements vary by state/territory and relocating could impact whether you will meet eligibility requirements for licensure.  Cox College’s Associate of Science in Nursing prepares student for licensure in Missouri

For any questions about relocation eligibility, contact the agency where you desire licensure before relocating to ensure that you will be eligible for licensure or reciprocity.

Carefully review the educational prerequisites for your intended state/territory of licensure and whether our program meets those requirements for licensure. Use the agency contact information provided below to clarify or confirm any requirements.

If questions remain after reviewing the information provided below, contact your program chair. While the College can provide initial guidance, it is ultimately your responsibility to continually check with the state/territory where you intend to seek licensure to confirm all licensing/certification requirements.

Disclosures By State

Note: According to Missouri Statutes Section 335.066, RSMO of the Missouri Nursing Practice Act 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.

For Admissions requirements, please refer to the college catalog or the admission web pages. More information can be found here.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Cox College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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