Program Overview

The RN to BSN track provides a baccalaureate degree in nursing for registered nurses with a regionally accredited diploma or an associate degree in nursing. The RN to BSN option requires completion or validation of 128 credit hours. Of these, 70 credit hours are awarded for the prior diploma or associate degree in nursing and 58 credit hours are required for completion or validation within the RN to BSN option. If you are a CoxHealth RN you are eligible for a 20% discount on tuition.

The RN to MSN track allows registered nurses with a diploma or associate of science degree the option to work toward their Masters degree while working on their Bachelors degree. Twelve credit hours of MSN electives may be used as dual enrolled credits that work towards the BSN and MSN program.  For additional program information, please review the RN to BSN checklist.


Online Learning

The RN to BSN program is entirely online. The program consists of 8 week blocks; two blocks in the spring, two blocks in the fall, and one block in the summer.


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


Application and Admission

Students may start the program at the beginning of any of the 8 week blocks. To apply students must complete the Cox College application along with the RN to BSN program application.

Deadline dates
Spring – November 1st
Summer – April 1st.
Fall – July 1st


Program Contacts

Amy Townsend – Department Chair
(417) 269-8619

Lisa McClure – Program Advisor
(417) 269-8481

Admissions Department
(417) 269-3083