SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 18, 2012 — Beginning in August of 2012, students can begin to pursue a dual degree from Drury and Cox College at Drury’s course delivery site in Cabool. In just four years, students can complete a Bachelor in Health Science with an emphasis in leadership from Drury, and either a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or an Associate of Science in Medical Assisting (ASMA) from Cox College.
“The State of Missouri predicts that every nursing program in the state will need to double its enrollment to meet the demands for registered nurses by 2020, and medical assisting has been identified as one of the top 10 fastest growing occupations in the United States,” said Dr. Anne Brett, president of Cox College. “This dual degree program will not only educate students for careers in medicine, but it will do so in a rural community where there are often shortages of health care professionals.”
The program can accept up to 36 students for its inaugural cohort (the group ofstudents who will go through the program together). Applications are due by July 20. Those accepted will attend a “boot camp” in August for orientation and technology training. The first cohort is scheduled to graduate in May 2016.
Willow Springs native April Stublefield will manage the first cohort of students. “As a native of south central Missouri, I know there is a lot of support for education in the region and it’s a strong community. This dual degree program will allow people to earn an education close to home, and then work in a career that will help out their neighbors,” Stublefield said.
There will be an informational meeting for anyone interested in the dual degree program at Drury’s Cabool campus on Thursday, June 21 at 6 p.m. Drury’s Cabool campus is located at 801 Walnut Ave. Call (417) 962-5314 for directions. Toapply for the dual degree program or to obtain more information, contact Stublefield at email@example.com or call (417) 414-8521.
Media Contact: April Stublefield, Cohort Manager, Cell: (417) 414-8521,