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

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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

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, or contact Dr. Mark Wood, director of pre-health sciences, at


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

Drury launches new degree in Game Development

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 23, 2016 — Aspiring computer programmers and game developers in the Midwest will have a new option for a college degree starting next fall as Drury launches a program in Computer Science – Game Development.

The degree is among the few such offerings in the Midwest, despite the fact that the game industry has annual revenues of about $90 billion worldwide – greater than that of the film industry.

Game development is a rapidly diversifying field. The traditional industry continues to grow as mobile apps and games become a staple of everyday life and as networks like ESPN have begun broadcasting high-level competitive play as a spectator sport. Beyond traditional computer games, game-like interfaces and systems are transforming everything from workforce development to healthcare.

“Drury’s liberal arts setting is perfect for a game development degree,” says Dr. Carol Browning, professor of mathematics and computer science. “Games require more than just coding knowledge – they also encompass narrative techniques, art, music, 3D modeling and artificial intelligence. Drury’s interdisciplinary approach to learning will serve these students extremely well.”

The degree is a computer science degree at its core, and graduates will be well prepared to enter any number of traditional computer science fields, where qualified employees are constantly in high demand. The program requires a core of computer science courses covering essential elements of the field, plus 15 additional hours of computer science course work in game development and 12 hours of supporting course work from media arts courses. The program begins in the fall of 2016.

“We’re extremely pleased to be able to offer this degree, particularly since most game development programs are located on the east or west coast,” says Dr. Beth Harville, dean of the College of Mathematics & Natural Sciences. “From mobile games to apps that challenge us to eat healthier or exercise more to new hardware such as Fitbit and virtual reality headsets – games are everywhere and we want our graduates to be among those contributing to this robust field.”

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