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Northark, Cox College sign Articulation Agreement

Northark, Cox College sign agreementAdministrators shown signing the agreement are front L-R:  From Northark, Dr. Michael Wiggins, Northark Executive Vice President of Learning and President Dr. Jackie Elliott.  From Cox College, Dr. Lance Ratcliff, President, Dr. Amy DeMelo, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness.  Back row L-R:  From Northark, Cindy Mayo, Dean of Nursing, Allied Health & Technical Programs, Kim Tinsley, Registered Nursing Program Director and Sondra Richards, Radiology Technology Program Director.  From Cox College, Michelle Masengill, Chair of Radiologic Sciences and Imaging, and Amy Townsend, Chair of RN to BSN Program.

Articulation agreement strengthens partnership between North Arkansas College, Cox College

A newly inked Articulation Agreement signed on July 11 between North Arkansas College in Harrison, AR and Cox College in Springfield, MO will create seamless transitions for qualified Northark students and graduates seeking a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging (BSDI) or Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN).

This is another positive step that benefits students, according to Dr. Jackie Elliott, president of Northark. “We’re on a mission to increase partnerships with institutions to create convenient pathways for our students to move to the next level of education.  Cox College in Springfield is close by, and their programs mesh beautifully with our high successful Allied Health programs.”

Cox College President, Dr. Lance Ratcliff agrees with Dr. Elliott about a shared mission.  “Cox College is committed to excellence by meeting the needs of students and the heath care community.  Like Northark, Cox College offers close interaction with faculty, small classes and diverse practical experiences.  Our objective is to provide an avenue for increased learning, development and collaboration between the institutions.”  

Under the articulation agreement, Northark RN to BSN students must have an associate degree in nursing (AASN, ASN, AND) from a regionally accredited college or university; submit a Cox College application and the program specific RN-BSN application; and, a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; and possess a current Registered Nurse (RN) license; or be admitted on a provisional basis taking general education courses to raise the GPA to a minimum of 2.5; or be admitted on a provisional basis taking general education courses pending RN licensure.

Students seeking a BSDI must have a certificate or an associate degree in radiography with proof of current certification; complete and submit a Cox College application and program specific BSDI application; and, a minimum 3.0 GPA in an imaging program or related degree.  All imaging courses begin in the fall with an application deadline of April 30.  The application process for credentialing pathways requires a personal essay, two personal references, all college transcripts, and a copy of the student’s imaging licensure card.