About the Nursing Program

Drury University's College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences partners with Cox College to offer a dual degree program that can be completed in four years, resulting in a Bachelor of Arts in health science from Drury's traditional day school and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Cox College.

Program Highlights

Graduates of this dual degree program enjoy a number of benefits to this unique program, including:

  • An excellent professional education in nursing coupled with a liberal arts foundation
  • Access to engage with the many student experiences available at Drury (e.g., community outreach/volunteering, honor societies, social networks)
  • Professional healthcare training allowing them to become high quality, engaged nursing professionals who have the skills and vision necessary to advance their careers and benefit their communities

Drury Students engaging in Professional healthcare training

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:

Contact information:

Dr. Ioana Popescu
Drury University
TSC 107
(417) 873-6838
  Amy Townsend
Cox College
Room 319
(417) 269-8619

Required Courses for the Bachelor of Arts – Health Science Major and/or for Admission to the BSN at Cox

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.

Download Advising Sheet & Recommended Course Progression

Important Note: Students participating in this dual degree program are required to attend Drury's traditional day school for two semesters prior to attending Cox College.

Required Courses

Drury Coursework

BIOL 110: Fundamentals of Cell Biology
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: CCPS-BIOL 102.
An introductory course focusing on major biological concepts relating to molecular and cellular biology and genetics. Lecture and laboratory. Intended for students majoring in science?related disciplines.

BIOL 205: Human Anatomy
4 credit hours

An introduction to the gross and microscopic anatomy of the human body. Mammalian examples of major systems are studied in the laboratory. Lecture and laboratory.

BIOL 206: Human Physiology
4 credit hours

This course examines the organization and function of the human body as a whole and the interrelations of its various systems, organs, tissues, and cells. Lecture and laboratory.

BIOL 208: Microbiology
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: DAY-BIOL 110 or BIOL 172. CCPS-CHEM 103 and CHEM 107.
A study of bacterial diversity, physiology, biochemistry and genetics as they relate to the environment and to human welfare. Fungi and viruses also are discussed. Laboratory methods for the identification of bacteria are introduced. Lecture and laboratory.

BIOL 382: Pathophysiology
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: DAY-BIOL 110 or BIOL 172 and BIOL 206 or BIOL 378.
CCPS-BIOL 205 and BIOL 206 or BIOL 207 and CHEM 107.

Human physiological responses to disease, stress and the environment are studied. Pathophysiological processes are analyzed in view of current research.

CHEM 115: General Chemistry
3 credit hours

A lecture course that covers general chemistry concepts and introduces topics to be covered in more detail in the foundational courses. Topics include percent composition, stoichiometry, balancing equations, limiting reagent, thermodynamics, periodic table trends and nomenclature.

CHEM 115-L: General Chemistry Laboratory
1 credit hours

A laboratory course that introduces the student to laboratory equipment and techniques they will use later in the curriculum. Topics and techniques include stoichiometry, making solutions, building apparatuses and exposure to equipment. There will be an emphasis placed on how to keep a proper lab notebook. This course is designed to augment CHEM 115.

MATH 109: College Algebra
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MATH 100 or one year of high school algebra and one year of high school geometry. 
A study of functions and graphs, solutions of equations and inequalities and the properties of polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions.

MATH 227: Introduction to Statistics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  One year of high school algebra. 
A course to acquaint the student with the basic ideas and language of statistics including such topics such as descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, basic experimental design, elementary probability, binomial and normal distributions, estimation and test of hypotheses, and analysis of variance.

Cox BSN Coursework

NRSI 202: Foundation Skills of Nursing (3 hrs.)
NRSI 205: Critical Thinking (2 hrs.)
NRSI 206*: Health Assessment (3 hrs.)
NRSI 212*: Mental Health/Illness Nursing Concepts (3 hrs.) 
NRSI 215*: Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice (3 hrs.)
NRSI 280*: Adult Medical Surgical Nursing I & Practicum (4 hrs.)
NRSI 300*: Informatics (2 hrs.)
NRSI 303*: Professional Nursing Concepts (3 hrs.)
NRSI 304*: Care of Childbearing Families (3 hrs.)
NRSI 305*: Care of Childrearing Families (3 hrs.)
NRSI 309*: Fundamentals of Gerontology (2 hrs.)
NRSI 325*: Adult Medical Surgical Nursing II & Adult Medical Surgical Nursing II Practicum (4/3 hrs.)
NRSI 335*: Adult Medical Surgical Nursing III & Adult Medical Surgical Nursing III Practicum  (4/3 hrs.)
NRSI 345*: Adult Medical Surgical Nursing IV Simulation 9 (4 hrs.) 
NRSI 390*: Nursing Elective (3 hrs.)
NRSI 400*: Theories and Research in Nursing (3 hrs.)
NRSI 402*: Management and Leadership in Nursing (3 hrs.)
NRSI 404*: Community and Public Health Nursing (3 hrs.)
NRSI 410*: Nursing Capstone (7 hrs.) 

*Courses also required for the Bachelor of Science - nursing major that will be taken at Cox College and transferred back to Drury in order to complete the BA - health science at Drury.