Cox College

Springfield, MO 65802
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Cox College is a private college in Springfield, Missouri with undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs in the fields of nursing and other health sciences, such as medical assisting and occupational therapy. The history of the college began in 1907 with the founding of Burge Deaconess Training School for Nurses. The college expanded rapidly in the second half of the twentieth century, with more than 2,500 nurses earning diplomas from the school by 1996 when the name was changed to Lester L. Cox College of Nursing & Health Sciences. The BSN program was first offered in 1997. In recent years, the college started offering associate, bachelor, and master’s degrees in various medical fields, expanding the offerings of the college and resulting in the shortening of the name to Cox College.

Seven nursing programs are currently available at Cox College, including four paths to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. There is a traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, LPN to BSN, and RN to BSN program. The college also offers an ADN program, LPN to ADN program, and an MSN program. The graduate and baccalaureate programs are accredited by the CCNE, while the associate degree programs are accredited by the ACEN. Students receive clinical placements at CoxHealth hospitals and nearby clinics.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleMidsize City
Number of Students904
Student to Faculty Ratio7:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate-

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 14 55
Bachelor's degree 22 135
Master's degree 0 4
Post-master's certificate 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 84%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/2000 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
02/01/2002 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
10/03/2003 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/16/2011 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $50
Graduates $50

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$410/credit
In State Students$410/credit
Out of State Students$410/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$600/credit
In State Students$600/credit
Out of State Students$600/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $18,450 $18,450 $18,450
ADN 70 $28,700 $28,700 $28,700
BSN 125 $51,250 $51,250 $51,250
FNP 50 $30,000 $30,000 $30,000
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of Cox College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 83% $3,691
Other Federal Grant 17% $400
State Grant & Scholarships 33% $1,915
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 33% $750
Federal Student Loans 100% $3,410
Private Loans 17% $11,370


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$17,384
$30,001 to $48,000$14,927
$48,001 to $75,000$14,027
$75,001 to $110,000$19,162
Over $110,000--

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Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Non-resident alien

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Missouri state board of nursing.
Cox College
1423 N Jefferson
Springfield, MO 65802

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