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.
|Campus LocaleMidsize City|
|Number of Students904|
|Student to Faculty Ratio7:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus Housing-|
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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|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).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$410/credit|
|In State Students||$410/credit|
|Out of State Students||$410/credit|
|In District Students||$600/credit|
|In State Students||$600/credit|
|Out of State Students||$600/credit|
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|
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.
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|
|Other Federal Grant||17%||$400|
|State Grant & Scholarships||33%||$1,915|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||33%||$750|
|Federal Student Loans||100%||$3,410|
$16,711Average Net Price
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|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Missouri state board of nursing.