Associate of Science in Nursing

Your calling to help others is only a two-year sprint away.


Median wage in Missouri*


Clinical Hours


First-time pass rate for 2020 vs 82.8% nationally†


Projected Job Growth*

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

About Our ASN Program:

Your career in health care is closer than you may think. Becoming a nurse doesn’t require endless years of education. You can earn your Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree in just two years. An ASN will prepare you to:

  • Draw from an extensive knowledge of nursing to provide direct care for patients in structured health care settings
  • Become a highly regarded role model
  • Offer patient care with the highest legal, ethical and professional standards
  • Connect with clients, their family members, and your health care team
  • Apply the latest health care research findings in nursing practice
  • As a graduate, you will be ready to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). Once you pass, you will be eligible to be a registered nurse.

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.
For Admissions requirements, please refer to the college catalog or the admission web pages.

Your ASN Experience:

Year One

This is your fast track to becoming an RN. In your first year, you will build a strong foundation of clinical application and pharmacology while learning technical skills from hands-on training. You will work in a clinical setting, learning from nurses in their day-to-day roles.

Year Two

The second year will apply the knowledge gained in your first year, expanding to more complex patients and preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination.

Real Life

You will get the practice you need at our on-campus simulation center. This state-of-the-art facility offers “real-life” situations where you can practice in a controlled environment.

New cohorts start every fall and spring. Your heroic journey in health care starts at Cox College.

Three Program Options:

Our nursing students come from a wide range of backgrounds.
That's why we offer three program options to fit your needs:

Springfield Campus

Are you here in town? Go through our ASN program at our main Springfield campus.

Monett Campus

Are you southwest of town? You can get your ASN at our satellite location in Monett, MO.

Night & Weekend Classes

Already working full-time? Further your career on the side with night and weekend classes.

"As a non-traditional student, the decision to go back to school was scary to say the least. However, I found the staff to be extremely welcoming and willing to go above and beyond to see their students succeed. Additionally, I was pleased to learn that there are several great ways to be involved outside of attending classes, which was important to me personally. I am forever grateful for my experiences at Cox College!"

Shelly Bassham, RN

ASN Admissions Requirements

The ASN admissions requirements and program benefits can be found here! 


Cox College is looking forward to welcoming the Missouri State Board of Nursing to campus for a regular site visit for continuing approval of its ASN program. You are invited to click here to share your comments.


No matter your focus, we offer a path to your success.

  • Associate, Bachelors, and Masters degrees in Nursing
  • Masters in Nutrition Diagnostics
  • Masters in Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelors in Diagnostic Imaging
  • Associate degrees in both Radiography and Medical Assisting
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About Cox College

For more than 100 years, we've helped shape compassionate, dedicated nurses who help others. Our private college of nearly 900 students is based in Springfield, Missouri. As our student, you can expect meaningful faculty interaction in smal classes, diverse practical experiencs, and leadership opportunities.

We're accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing and more.

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