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David Catanese speaks to students and the public at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. Image by KTTS News
Cabool, Mo., Nov. 29, 2012 — Drury University and Cox College signed an articulation agreement at Drury’s campus in Cabool that formalizes the dual degree program the two higher education institutions have been operating in Cabool since August 2012. The two schools also announced that they would offer a second cohort of the dual degree offering beginning in August 2013.
26 students are currently enrolled in the program in which students earn a Bachelor of Science 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 two degrees can both be completed in just four years. Courses are offered in three modalities: seated at Drury’s Cabool site, blended (seated and online), and exclusively online.
“Drury alumnus Lester E. Cox once said, ‘Find a need and fill it.’ That’s exactly what these two institutions are here to do today,” said Aaron Jones, interim dean of Drury’s College of Continuing Professional Studies. “We’ve heard the need for healthcare education and healthcare professionals in Texas County. We’ve heard that need for many years and we’re able to begin to fill that need with our partnership with Cox College.”
“As more and more people have access to health care the role for medical assistants is going to grow exponentially. We’re hoping to fill that void in the Cabool region,” said Dr. Anne Brett, president of Cox College. “The Missouri Foundation for Health says that in order to meet the needs for nursing that every college in the state is going to have to double its enrollment by 2020. This program will allow students to stay home, learn in their community and then staff the positions in the Cabool region. The opportunities for these graduates are going to be unlimited.”
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