Nursing

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.

Drury and Cox College to sign articulation agreement on Thursday, Nov. 29

WHAT: Drury University and Cox College will sign an articulation agreement formalizing an existing dual degree program and announce a new cohort in 2013 for the program.

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m.

WHERE: Drury’s Cabool campus is located at 801 Walnut Ave. in Cabool.

WHO: Dr. Anne Brett, president of Cox College. Dr. Charles Taylor, vice president of academic affairs at Drury. Aaron Jones, interim dean of Drury’s College of Continuing Professional Studies.

WHY: Drury and Cox College launched the first dual degree cohort in August 2012 with 26 students. Those students are pursing two degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Drury and either a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or an Associate of Science in Medical Assisting from Cox College. Given the success of the first cohort, which began in August with students on track to graduate in May of 2016, Drury and Cox College will launch another cohort in August of 2013.

Media Contact: Mark Miller, M.A., Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, Office: (417) 873-7390, Mobile: (417) 839-2886, Email: markmiller@drury.edu

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Two meetings scheduled for Drury/Cox College nursing and medical assisting program

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 25, 2012 — There will be two informational meetings for people interested in enrolling in the Drury and Cox College nursing and medical assisting dual degree program at Drury’s Cabool campus. The meetings will take place on Monday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 10. Both meetings will begin at 6p.m. and should last approximately an hour.

Drury’s Cabool campus is located at 801 Walnut Ave. Call (417) 962-5314 for directions. To apply for the dual degree program or to obtain more information, contact Cohort Manager April Stublefield at cohortmanager@drury.edu or call (417) 414-8521. For those that cannot attend either of the July meetings, Stublefield will host office hours in Cabool.

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.

Courses will be offered in three modalities: seated at Drury’s Cabool site, blended (seated and online), and exclusively online.

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.

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Nursing and medical assisting education is coming to Cabool

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.”

Courses will be offered in three modalities: seated at Drury’s Cabool site, blended (seated and online), and exclusively online.

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 cohortmanager@drury.edu or call (417) 414-8521.

Media Contact: April Stublefield, Cohort Manager, Cell: (417) 414-8521,
E-mail: cohortmanager@drury.edu

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