Drury & Cox College to launch dual degree nursing program in Fall 2016

Program Information: Drury.edu/pre-health/nursing-program

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 26, 2016 — College students seeking a career in nursing will have a new degree option in the fall, thanks to a partnership between Drury University and Cox College of Nursing & Health Science.

The two schools have seamlessly blended academic offerings to create a unique dual degree program that allows traditional undergraduates to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Drury’s highly respected science faculty, and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Cox College – all in the span of a four-year college career.

Drury will host a Nursing Day event for prospective students from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday April 29 at Trustee Science Center on the Drury campus. The day will include speakers, tours of facilities on both campuses, and lunch. Registration is required and can be done online at Drury.edu/admission/nursing-day/.

Students receiving this dual degree will have the benefit of excellent professional education coupled with a liberal arts foundation. The BA in Biology provides a strong foundation in the natural sciences and improved analytical and critical thinking skills. Completion of a liberal arts degree will provide nursing students with strong writing and speaking skills as well as an enhanced understanding and appreciation of diverse individuals and cultures. The BSN degree provides a broad foundation in technical nursing skills. This blend of natural sciences and liberal arts makes the program an excellent option for students who may want to pursue advanced practice degrees or move into administrative and leadership roles in the future.

Other benefits of the program include:

  • Students have access to a traditional college experience, including campus activities, athletics, Greek life and more
  • Advising and mentorship from both Drury and Cox College faculty
  • Access to Drury financial aid and scholarships throughout college career
  • Opportunities for hands-on work with under-served populations in the area through the Drury Health Service Corps
  • Seamless integration – all scheduling and business transactions are handled by Drury

“We’re very pleased to be able to partner with Cox College to combine the strengths of our two institutions for this program,” says Beth Harville, Dean of Drury’s College of Natural & Mathematical Sciences. “It’s a natural fit, and it fills a need by going beyond technical skills and ensuring that graduates understand the human and cultural side of healthcare.”

Officials at healthcare organizations in the Ozarks and across the country have pointed out the incredible need for more highly qualified nurses as the field continues to grow. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says more than 1 million new nurses will be needed nationwide by 2022.

“As the need for medical professionals continues to rise, this dual-degree collaboration presents both a great opportunity and a valuable resource,” says Steve Edwards, CoxHealth’s president and CEO, who is also an alumnus and trustee at Drury University. “We want to make sure the people of this community are cared for. This venture does that by ensuring that there are high-quality medical professionals locally, and by providing a new way for our friends and neighbors to develop professionally.”

The program begins in fall 2016. For more information go to Drury.edu/pre-health/nursing-program, or contact Dr. Mark Wood, director of pre-health sciences, at mwood@drury.edu.

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Media contact: Dr. Beth Harville, Dean of the College of Natural & Mathematical Sciences: (417) 873-4085 or bharville@drury.edu.