At Cox College we are about Health Care Education. Our programs are designed and lead by qualified faculty that are and have been working in the field.

Interprofessional Undergraduate Studies

Administrative Clinic Professions (ACP)

The Administrative Clinic Professions programs are designed to provide students a quality educational environment that promotes professionalism, effective communication, critical thinking and specific skill sets within the chosen areas of study.

The Administrative Clinic Professions encourages students to become active learners through a variety of learning experiences.  The programs provide classroom instruction and practicum experiences that adequately prepare students for their specific professional disciplines. 

Undergraduate Nursing

Nursing Philosophy (Undergraduate)

The faculty of Cox College has chosen the following concepts to be included in the philosophy:  human beings, society, health, nursing, learning and nursing education.

Human beings are unique holistic individuals with intrinsic value, having the right to be treated with respect and dignity from conception to end of life. Humans influence and are influenced by two interrelated forces, the internal and external environments. The internal environment consists of biological, psychosocial, and spiritual factors, whereas the external environment consists of socio-cultural, political, economical, physical and technological factors.  Humans have rational power and personal values that affect self, others and environment, and have a right to be treated with respect and dignity. Human beings are social beings who constitute groups, with groups forming societies.
Society, characterized by cultural norms, beliefs and mores, defines the rights and responsibilities of its citizens and communities.  Social organization allows procurement of benefits and resources for individuals and groups that might not be otherwise realized.  Social organization addresses distribution of limited resources such as health care seeking to provide the highest benefit for greatest number as an ongoing imperative.

Health is a dynamic state in which the individual is constantly adapting to changes in the internal and external environment. A state of health is viewed as a point existing on a continuum from wellness to death. The meaning of health varies with the perception of each human being. The purpose of the health care delivery system is to assist individuals in achieving their optimal wellness and a state of being, by utilizing a multidisciplinary approach that is sensitive to both environmental resources and constraints.

Nursing is a synergy of art and science. The science of nursing is based on principles and theories of nursing, behavioral, and natural sciences, which embody knowledge, skills and professional values, which are applied in a caring manner. The art of nursing, grounded in the humanities, is exemplified by the characteristics of caring that include commitment, authenticity, advocacy, responsiveness, presence, empowerment and competence. Nurses accept and respect cultural differences and develop skills to provide ethical, compassionate care.
The goals of nursing practice are to promote wellness, prevent illness, restore health and facilitate healing. Nursing process provides the framework for decision making and problem solving. Recipients of nursing care may be individuals, families, groups or communities. Nurses practice within legal, ethical and professional standards in the health care delivery system. A variety of nursing roles and practice settings offer nurses the opportunity to collaborate within a complex system while making a unique contribution. As a vital humanitarian service within society, nurses function in the interrelated roles of provider, manager, leader and research scholar .

Learning is a lifelong process influenced by conditions in the environment. Evidenced by changes in behavior, learning involves development in the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains. Students are expected to be self-directed, goal-oriented and actively involved in the learning process.  Faculty facilitate the learning process by creating a flexible environment and planning goal-oriented experiences. Respect for individuality, freedom of expression, shared decision making and mutual trust promote reciprocal relationships and create an optimal learning environment. Faculty accept responsibility for acting as role models and stimulating intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, self-awareness and promoting lifelong learning.

Nursing education prepares individuals to perform at various levels of decision making, which range from those based on accepted nursing knowledge, skills and values to those that require a complex organization of these components. Nursing knowledge which is further supported by evidence is foundational to professional nursing and is emphasized at all levels of nursing education.  Each level of nursing education is valued for their contributions and collaborative work to achieve unity of effort.  Faculty value educational mobility and individual choice in educational pathways.

Associate degree education in nursing prepares practitioners for making decisions in the care of individuals and members of a family, group or community with common well-defined nursing diagnoses.  Associate degree nurses are prepared to function in structured health care settings and to provide nursing care under established policies, procedures and protocols. Graduates of associate degree education recognize the value of accessing professional literature and applying interpreted research.

Baccalaureate degree education in nursing prepares practitioners capable of decision making in the care of individuals, families, groups and communities with complex interactions of nursing diagnoses. Baccalaureate nurses are prepared to function in structured and unstructured settings that may or may not have established policies, procedures and protocols. In addition, graduates are prepared to assume leadership roles in the provision of health care. Graduates of baccalaureate education critically integrate research findings to provide and/or improve nursing care.

Radiologic Sciences and Imaging (RSI)

The Radiologic Sciences and Imaging Department is designed to provide students a quality educational environment that promotes professionalism, effective communication skills, critical thinking skills, and imaging skill set within the areas of Diagnostic Imaging.

The Radiologic Sciences and Imaging Department encourages students to become active learners through a vigorous environment that promotes a variety of learning experiences for professional growth and lifelong learning.

Students completing the diagnostic imaging programs will have the knowledge and skill set to successfully enter the workforce credentialed in their chosen professional discipline, while meeting the needs of the healthcare community. 

Interprofessional Research and Graduate Studies