Apply for the ASN program at Cox College.

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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 do the following:

  • 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.

Please note that 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.


Program Application Deadlines

  • Fall: September 1st
  • Spring: March 1st


ASN Degree Option Requirements

Completed course requirements to apply:

  1. Completion of Intermediate Algebra (or higher) or prove math proficiency. Proficiency met with a 22 or higher on Math portion of ACT, or 70% or higher on math portion of TEAS.
  2. Completion of the following courses: Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, and Chemistry.

GPA requirements:

  1. A minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA is required to apply.
  2. A minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA for science courses completed.


General Education Courses

31 credit hours

New curriculum changes will be implemented beginning in the Fall 2018 semester.

  • BIOL205 Human Anatomy*
  • BIOL206 Human Physiology*
  • BIOL208 Microbiology*
  • BIOL382 Pathophysiology
  • CHEM103 Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • ENGL150 English
  • SOCI101 Introduction to Sociology
  • PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology
  • MATH150 Intermediate Algebra
    *denotes core science courses



39 credit hours

  • NURS 105 Clinical Applications I
  • NURS 106 Clinical Applications II
  • NURS 205 Critical Thinking
  • NURS 206 Clinical Applications III
  • NURS 208 Clinical Application IV
  • NURS 215 Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice
  • NURS 303 Professional Nursing Concepts
  • NURS 309 Fundamentals in Gerontology


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:

  • 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 Advanced 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.
  • To start the program, you will need to have completed the following courses; Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Intermediate Algebra, Introduction to Psychology, English Composition.
  • The option to take the Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam (ACE): Nursing Care during Childbearing, Nursing Care of the Child and the Pharmacology Exam is available.
  • All other General Education courses may be transferred Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA on their science courses.
  • Based upon the courses used to apply to the ASN program, the minimum cumulative GPA must be 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

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 NLPN 206: Clinical Applications III while those scoring less than 70% will be advised to begin at NLPN 106: Clinical Applications II and/or NLPN 215: 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 coursework 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.

For more information, please contact Admissions at
(417) 269-3401