Master of Science in Nursing

Cox College is proud to offer a Master of Science in Nursing program with two tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator.  The Nursing Philosophy at Cox College encompasses all nursing programs including those at the graduate level.



To provide excellence in educational programs that prepares nurses at the master’s level.


Steps to Apply –

  1. Submit Cox College Graduate application
  2. Complete FAFSA for Student Loan Eligibility
  3. Submit RN license (unencumbered)
  4. Submit essay
  5. Submit two letters of recommendation
  6. Submit copy of resume
  7. Request transcripts and documents to be sent to:
    Cox College
    1423 N. Jefferson
    Springfield, MO 65802

Deadline dates
FNP track
Fall: March 15th
Spring: September 15th

NE tracks
Spring – November 1st
Summer – April 1st
Fall – July 1st

Interstate Authorization

Consumer Disclosure Certified Statement by Institution Official

  • Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution, course or degree program.  Such certification merely indicates that certain minimum standards have been met under the rules and regulations of institutional certification as defined in Arkansas Code 6-61-301.

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.

MSN Tracks Available

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) –  Registered nurses seeking to become Advanced Practice Nurses (APRN) who provide primary health care to clients across the lifespan.

Nurse Educator (NE) – Registered nurses who wish to teach nursing in higher education  and pre-licensure programs or provide education to staff in health care settings.

Core Course Requirements

  • Leadership in Health Care and Nursing Education Systems
  • Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Ethical and Legal Practice in Health Care
  • Evidence-based Practice: course work, project design and implementation
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Advanced Physical Assessment (includes 60 clock hours of practicum)

The program consists of:

  • Combination of 8-week and 16-week course formats
  • Coursework is predominately online
  • Practicum (clinical) hours are community based experiences
  • FNP track has a total of 660 clock hours of practicum experiences
  • NE track has a total of 420 clock hours of practicum experiences

Program total: 36-42 credit hours depending on track

  • 21 credit hours core coursework
  • Specialized coursework
  • Clinical practicum (60 hours equals 1 credit hour of practicum experience)

Family Nurse Practitioner

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track is for baccalaureate registered nurses seeking to become Advanced Practice Nurses (APRN) who provide primary health care to clients across the lifespan.

Course requirement:

  • Population specific courses including practicum experiences


Nurse Educator

The Nurse Educator program is for those baccalaureate registered nurses who wish to teach nursing in higher education and pre-licensure programs or provide education to staff in health care settings. Proposed coursework includes evidence-based practice, nursing and education theory, and information technology, with an emphasis on the application of concepts to the nurse educator role.

Course requirements:

  • Educational theory and practice
  • Instructional strategies and technologies
  • Nurse Educator practicum


Financial Aid

Graduate and professional students are not eligible for federal grant aid, but may be eligible for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Graduate Students Loans. Loan amounts for Graduate Loans are $20,500.00 unsubsidized per academic year. Aggregate Limits for Graduate Students are $138,500.00. Graduate students may also apply for a Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loan: (A Plus loan for graduate and professional students only.) Federal Direct  Graduate Plus Loans are available to eligible graduate/professional students. Students may borrow up to the estimated cost of attendance of an academic year minus any financial aid or Unsubsidized loans that the student is awarded. To apply for federal funds, the student must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at Additional information can be found at

If you are a CoxHealth employee you may qualify for up to $1,200 per year in tuition reimbursement. For verification of qualification, contact Human Resources at 417-269-3000.

To receive MSN Preceptor Handbooks and Forms, please contact Julianna Ball at 417/269-8376 or

For more information contact:

Cox College Admissions