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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree has four enrollment tracks to accommodate individuals from varying educational experiences:

  • The Early Decision Option (EDO) is a formal understanding between the high school student and Cox College in which the student may be granted admission to Cox College and the BSN program.
  • The Entry-Level track (BSN-E) provides a four-year baccalaureate degree leading to eligibility for RN licensure.
  • The Accelerated track (BSN-A) provides a baccalaureate degree in nursing leading to eligibility for RN licensure for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in another field.
  • RN to BSN Completion (RN-BSN) provides a baccalaureate degree in nursing for registered nurses.

For Admissions requirements and specific nursing policies, please refer to the college catalog.

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.

Upon completion of the BSN program of study, the graduate will be able to accomplish the following items:

  • Utilize information management skills as a means of competent decision making and critical thinking to enhance nursing practice, client education, and personal life long learning.
  • Communicate effectively using verbal, written, and interpersonal skills among colleagues, individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  • Implement evidence-based therapeutic interventions for individuals, families, groups, and communities in structured and unstructured health care settings.
  • Integrate principles of lifespan development in the nursing care of diverse groups.
  • Utilize methods of discovery to inform practice and improve nursing care.
  • Integrate nursing roles to assure competent practice in a changing and diverse health care environment.

 

Graduation Requirements

After enrollment in the nursing program, it is recommended that students take at least one nursing course each semester. Degree requirements must be met within five years of entry into the nursing program. Every candidate for a degree is responsible for meeting all the requirements for graduation. The responsibility for understanding and meeting graduation requirements rests entirely with the student. The degree requires:

  • Satisfactory completion (C or better) of all specified courses in the curriculum plan
  • Completion of 400-level nursing courses with a minimum of 30 credit hours granted by Cox College for each BSN option
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale on completion of required courses for all the nursing program
  • Completion of all nursing courses within 5 years of admission to the nursing program

 

Transfer of Course/Degree Certified Statement by Institution Official

The student should be aware that these degree programs may not transfer. The transfer of course/degree credit is determined by the receiving institution.

 

Early Decision Option (EDO)

The early decision option is a formal understanding between the high school senior student and Cox College in which the student may be granted admission to Cox College and the BSN program. Students seeking the early decision option may submit their applications during their senior year of high school. Applications and transcripts showing completion of high school courses to that date must be submitted before June 1st of their senior year.

Once a candidate has been notified of an offer for admission into the BSN program, a non-refundable deposit must be submitted. The student may register for classes according to the academic calendar. Actual enrollment is contingent on receipt of an official high school transcript by June 1st of the year of enrollment, verifying that all admission and program criteria have been met. Students will be required to attend orientation.

Candidates who are high school students desiring to be admitted by the early decision option must successfully complete the following:

  • Application deadline of June 1st for Fall start
  • ACT of 25 or better;
  • High school diploma
  • Must have a “B” or greater on all College-bound high school requirements
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA on current coursework
  • Submit BSN EDO application

Note: EDO students will follow the BSN-E option course of study.

 

Bachelor of Science Degree Program — Entry Track

The entry-level option is a traditional baccalaureate program in nursing. The degree requires 120 credit hours of study. 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 start a career as a professional registered nurse. Applicants must be admitted to Cox College prior to application to the BSN program. Qualified applicants must have 37 or more credit hours completed from the list below at time of application.

 

Program Application Deadlines

Fall: March 1st

Spring: September 1st

 

Entry Level Option Requirements and Suggested Full-Time Courses of Study

Expand the informational boxes below to see the entry-level option requirements and suggested full-time courses of study for Cox College’s standard Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

To receive more information, please contact Admissions at
(417) 269-3401
admissions@coxcollege.edu

52 Credit Hours

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

  • *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

*Denotes courses that MUST be completed prior to program entry.

68 credit hours

  • NRSI 205 Critical Thinking*
  • NRSI 202 Foundations of Professional Nursing
  • NRSI 206 Health Assessment
  • NRSI 212 Mental Health/Illness Nursing Concepts
  • NRSI 215 Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice
  • NRSI 300 Nursing Informatics
  • NRSI 303 Professional Nursing Concepts
  • NRSI 304 Childbearing Families
  • NRSI 305 Childrearing Families
  • NRSI 309 Fundamentals of Gerontology
  • NRSI 310 Adult Medical Surgical Nursing I
  • NRSI 325 Adult Medical Surgical Nursing II
  • NRSI 335 Adult Medical Surgical Nursing III
  • NRSI 345 Adult Medical Surgical Nursing IV
  • NRSI 390 Nursing Elective
  • 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

*Denotes courses that MUST be completed prior to program entry.

LPN Advanced Placement – BSN

  • Candidates who are Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and are requesting advanced placement must meet the BSN requirements for admissions along with completing the following items:
  • Transcript verification and successful completion of LPN program.
  • Students have the option of taking the Nursing Acceleration Challenge ACE Exam for Childbearing, Childrearing, Pharmacology, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.
  • LPN applicants will be given CV credit for NRSI 202 Foundations of Professional Nursing on admission to the program.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

NOTE: Candidates scoring above 70% on each exam will be allowed to progress to appropriate nursing course. Less than 70% will be advised to begin at the appropriate nursing course.

Admission into the LPN Advanced Placement program is offered to the highest-ranking candidates in the applicant pool. This must include all of the following science courses (Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Pathophysiology or Microbiology).

Once a candidate has been notified of an offer for admission into the LPN Advanced Placement program, a nonrefundable background and drug screen fee must be submitted. After receipt of this fee, the student may register for classes according to the academic calendar.

 

BSN Program Accelerated

The BSN program accelerated option offers a baccalaureate level nursing program to individuals with a previously earned baccalaureate degree in another field from a regionally accredited college or university. The degree requires completion of 120 semester credit hours. Of these, 26 credit hours are awarded for the prior baccalaureate degree; the remainder consists of 26 credit hours of general education courses and 68 credit hours of nursing courses. The accelerated option requires full-time enrollment, and due to the academic rigor of the option, employment is highly discouraged. Students progress through the option as a cohort group beginning in the spring semester. The BSN degree is completed in a 16-month period, inclusive of three semesters and one summer session. Failure to progress with the cohort group will result in dismissal from the program.

Graduates of this option are 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.

The program consists of eight-week blocks; two blocks in the spring, one summer block and two blocks in the fall semester. Select courses will be offered as blended online classes.

Application Deadline: September 1st

 

BSN Accelerated Option Requirements and Suggested Full-Time Course of Study

58 credit hours prior to program entry

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

  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Introduction to Psychology (or equivalent)
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Introduction to Sociology (or equivalent)
  • Microbiology
  • Statistics
  • Life Span Development
  • Pathophysiology

*All the above courses must be completed prior to starting the program.

Nursing: 63 credit hours

  • NRSI 205 Critical Thinking*
  • NRSI 202 Foundations of Professional Nursing
  • NRSI 206 Health Assessment
  • NRSI 212 Mental Health/Illness Nursing Concepts
  • NRSI 215 Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice
  • NRSI 300 Nursing Informatics
  • NRSI 303 Professional Nursing Concepts
  • NRSI 304 Childbearing Families
  • NRSI 305 Childrearing Families
  • NRSI 309 Fundamentals of Gerontology
  • NRSI 310 Adult Medical Surgical Nursing I
  • NRSI 325 Adult Medical Surgical Nursing II
  • NRSI 335 Adult Medical Surgical Nursing III
  • NRSI 345 Adult Medical Surgical Nursing IV
  • NRSI 390 Nursing Elective
  • 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

Total Credit Awarded for Prior Degree: 26
Total Required General Education Courses: 31
Total Required Nursing Courses: 63
Total Credit Hours: 120