Message from the President
On behalf of the faculty and staff, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Cox College website. I hope that the information provided here will pique your interest in the college and answer some of your questions. Enjoy your tour of our website and visit or call to talk with one of the admission counselors to discuss your educational goals.
Cox College has a rich, 105-year history of providing quality health care education in Springfield and southwest Missouri. We began as Burge School of Nursing in 1907, and have since educated more than 2,700 diploma graduates. Those individuals have served as the backbone of the nursing community in our region and beyond. Recognizing that health care in general and the nursing profession in particular are constantly changing, Burge School of Nursing become Cox College in 1995. Today, Cox College provides educational tracks leading to either an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In 1999 the Health Sciences department was established and now includes Medical Transcription and Medical Coding/Billing certificates as well as a Dietetic Internship program. In 2008 the Associate of Science in Medical Assisting was added to the college.
Our mission and core values are the backbone of everything we do. Our mission is: "Cox College is committed to excellence by meeting the educational needs of students and the health care community." We are here to provide excellent instructional programs, provide the resources to help students succeed and graduate health care professionals to meet the needs of the health care community. We believe in putting the Student First, meaning the college will provide the resources and support for learning BUT you are accountable for your own learning! You as the student need to take the responsibility to be prepared and ready to participate in the highest quality education, and you need to communicate directly with faculty and staff to maintain open lines of communication. Together, nothing is impossible.
Although Burge School of Nursing is well known in the region, Cox College seems to be one of the area's best kept secrets. Come visit us and you will find highly qualified, caring faculty dedicated to facilitating student success and staff members from admissions to financial aid to registration to the bookstore that are here to meet your needs. Our business is providing quality education to prepare students to be competent health care providers for today and the future. That means you are the heart of everything we do.
A career as a health care professional provides unlimited opportunities. Working together, the faculty and staff strive to prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills to be the next generation of health care providers. Contact us and see how Cox College can assist you in the realization of your vision to become a top quality heath care provider.
–Dr. Anne Liners Brett, PhD, RN, President