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Cox College sets record with 23% enrollment increase

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With 812 students in attendance, Cox College is the third Springfield school to set an enrollment record this semester.

The enrollment marks a 23 percent increase from the same semester last year and an 84 percent increase from the fall semester of 2008, according to a news release.

“The numbers are up across both the nursing and health programs, with the most significant growth in the Master of Science in Nursing program,” said David Schoolfield, Cox College dean of enrollment management, in the release. “The demographics of our students are also changing as more students are seeking a second degree due to the economy.”

The college's Master of Science in Nursing program received a five-year accreditation from the Commission on College Nursing Education in May, following the first graduation of students in the program, which began August 2009, according to Springfield Business Journal archives.

Cox College, which was founded in 1907, offers certificates in medical transcriptions and medical billing and coding, as well as degrees in nursing and other fields.

Ozarks Technical Community College and Evangel University also have set enrollment records this semester, with 15,179 students and 2,168 students enrolled, respectively.
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