What is a cohort? A cohort is a group of students that start at the same time and graduate at the same time. Students are able to become part of a community of learners who can experience the process together.
What is the benefit of a cohort? Students participating in cohorts develop strong bonds and provide support that relates to higher retention and program completion. Cohort students are more likely to succeed academically through collegial support. The cohort will have an established tuition rate across the entire course of study. If the cost goes up for future cohorts, the cohort tuition for your cohort does not change.
Do I take the same classes as those in my cohort? Yes; however, if a student has already completed some of the courses that are part of the cohort curriculum, the student may petition the institutions to allow the substitution of a different course.
Do all students start at the same time? Yes.
Will I be guaranteed to be accepted if I am already a Drury Student? No. Students must apply and meet the criteria for admission specific to this cohort program.
What happens if I have to drop out? You will lose your status within this cohort but you may have the option to re-start.
May I be dismissed from the cohort? Students have to comply with standards of academic honesty and accomplishment. Failure to show academic progress, violations of institutional policies including academic honesty policies, and failure to meet financial obligations are all grounds for dismissal from the cohort, in such instances of involuntary dismissal tuition will be forfeited.
Who gives me my degree? You will actually get two degrees, hence the name dual degree program. Drury University will award the Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Cox College will award either the Bachelor of Science in Nursing or the Associate of Science in Medical Assisting degree.
What degree will I obtain upon successful completion of the program? Note response above. You will get a Bachelor's degree in Health Science and either a Bachelor degree in Nursing or an Associate degree in Medical Assisting, based on selections you make.
Will I have to go out of my area to complete my clinical education? No, plans are in place for you to study and learn in nearby locations.
Are classes seated or online? Students will take seated, online, and hybrid classes.
Are classes offered in the day or during the evening? Students will take both day and evening classes.
How will I know what courses I need to take and what policies I will need to follow? The Cohort Manager will also serve as your academic advisor working with you to make course selections and register. The student handbook for Drury University and Cox College are available on their respective websites. Also the Cohort Manager will have copies available on campus. Curriculum for the 2012 Dual Degree Cohort has been fully developed by year and semester. With the assistance of the Cohort Manager, students will be enrolled each semester throughout the life of the cohort.
How far into the future after I start will I begin taking classes that are specific to either the nursing degree or the medical assisting degree? Usually at the end of the second year of study.
What is the price? For the first cohort, the tuition is $10,950 per year and the annual cost will remain constant through out the four years. Working with your financial aid department, each student will be able to apply for a variety of assistance programs.
Does this price include books? No, but required books, uniforms and other supplies will be available for sale on the Cabool campus as much as possible.
Does this price include fees? Yes.
How long should I expect to be in school? The curriculum for the cohort model will take 4 years including summer sessions.
Where do I apply for financial aid? Drury University. Financial aid arrangements should be finalized prior to the start of the cohort. Tuition payment is due the by the end of the first two weeks of class. A variety of financial assistance may be available including grants, loans and scholarships.
If I have questions, who should I ask? April Stublefield, the Cohort Manager can be reached by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone, 417/414-8521 and in-person to assist you with your questions.