Pre-Health Sciences Program

About the Nursing Program

Drury partners with Cox College to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing that can be completed in four years. Students receiving the 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. These skill enhancements are complemented by involvement with the Drury Health Service Corps which will provide pre-nursing students with volunteer opportunities with medically underserved individuals in Southwest Missouri. The Drury University curriculum and experiences, coupled with outstanding clinical education at Cox College, will develop students into high quality nursing professionals who will have the skills to gain employment and advance in their careers.

Students enrolled in this dual degree program will maintain all the privileges of a Drury student for the four years they are in the program. These benefits include:

  • high quality professional and liberal arts education.
  • access to Drury financial aid and scholarships.
  • advising and mentoring from both Drury and Cox College faculty.
  • participation in Drury Health Service Corps.
  • participation in Drury activities, and utilization of Drury facilities and services throughout their tenure at Drury and Cox College.
  • opportunities for membership in Drury's Health Science honor society and other honor societies (e.g. Tri-Beta, Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Epsilon Delta) that could provide additional opportunities for post-graduate scholarships.

Contact information:

Dr. Ioana Popescu
Drury Universtiy
TSC 107
  Amy Townsend
Cox College
Room 319

Recommended Course Progression

Dr. Ioana Popescu, Drury University Nursing Advisor, can assist you with the various aspects of your professional development. Amy Townsend, Cox College Chair of Undergraduate Nursing, is our contact with Cox College and is available to answer any specific questions you may have regarding nursing requirements.

Important Note: In order to participate in the dual degree BA Biology/BS Nursing program students must attend Drury day school for two semesters.

Year 1 Fall

CORE-101: The Drury Seminar
BIOL 172: Exploring Molecular Biology
CHEM 238: Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 238-L: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
MATH 211: Precalculus
Humanities Elective

Year 1 Spring

CORE 103: Drury Explorations
BIOL 181: Mechanisms of Genetic Inheritance
BIOL 208: Microbiology
BIOL 302: Human Nutrition
MATH 227: Introduction to Statistics
PLSC 101: Government and Politics in the United States

Year 1 Summer

SPAN 101: Elementary Spanish I
SPAN 102: Elementary Spanish II
NRSI 200

Year 2 Fall

BIOL 182: Evolution
BIOL 201: Biodiversity
PHYS 201: Principles of Physics
PHIL 305: Ethical Issues in Health Care
SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology

Year 2 Spring

NRSI 202
NRSI 206
NRSI 204
BIOL 378: Advanced Human Physiology I

Year 2 Summer

BIOL 382: Pathophysiology
Fine Arts Elective

Year 3 Fall

NRSI 302
NRSI 212
NRSI 306
SOCI 316: Minority Groups

Year 3 Spring

NRSI 304
NRSI 305
NRSI 400
NRSI 300
ENGL 207: Expository Writing: Art of the Essay

Year 3 Summer

PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 203
Humanities Elective

Year 4 Fall

NRSI 310
NRSI 404
Global Foundations

Year 4 Spring

NRSI 410
NRSI 402
NRSI 406
Fine Arts Elective