Details on Drury University's new dual degree program with Cox College were presented during the July Monett Chamber of Commerce membership mingle.
Aaron Jones, dean of Drury University's College of Continuing Professional Studies, reviewed how programs have developed since the "continuing education degree" became its own division at Drury after 2000.
In 2012, graduate programs separated from the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. The remaining program was renamed the College of Continuing and Professional Studies.
The shift, Jones observed, allowed a better focus for a changing population. Students have become younger, more diverse and come from more places than on-campus dormitories.
Cox College and Drury launched its partnership in two nursing programs in Cabool. The program will come to the Monett campus in Aug. 2014.
Identified as one of the top 10 fastest growing occupations in the nation, nursing will need to double its enrollment by 2020 to meet demand. Jones said the dual degree program will bring education to rural areas, where there is often shortages of healthcare professionals.
Cox College was formerly the Burge School of Nursing and then became the Lester L. Cox College.
Jones observed Monett becomes a good fit for the dual degree program because of the large number of local health clinics in the area for potential jobs and the present limited educational opportunities for pursuing a healthcare career. Students can take classes at Drury's Monett campus, online or a combination of the two. All program requirements can be completed without leaving Monett. As an added advantage, classes are available with a fixed tuition rate.
Students starting at the same time can graduate together. Those beginning in Aug. 2014 will be able to finish degrees by May 2018. Graduates will earn a bachelor of science in health science, with an emphasis in leadership from Drury, and either a bachelor of science in nursing from Cox or an associate of science in a related healthcare field.
Leadership studies will offer an associate of science degree in organizational studies and a bachelor of science degree in organizational development and communication. The emphasis will equip graduates to lead companies, not-for-profit organizations, agencies and households.
The 2013-14 catalog will offer a degree in public administration. These courses are designed with input from mayors and local leaders, to produce trained community leaders.
Courses on emergency management, also available in the coming school year, offer an opportunity to work with one of the top five emergency facilities in the nation. Two courses will be available the first year.
A leadership certificate will offer a way to update and refresh skills through intensive, online, hands-on and self-reflective study. Jones said the accompanying course work will teach essential and advanced leadership skills. Courses are available for groups at a discount as well as individuals. The next class starts in August.
More information on all these programs is available at www.drury.edu/ccps.
Chamber membership mingles are scheduled monthly as a networking tool for Chamber members and their employees. Locations vary each month. For more information, call the Chamber office at 235-7919.nor