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Cox College is filling the mental health care need

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(SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--01/31/2018) In response to the growing need for mental health care providers, Cox College is launching a mental health nurse practitioner program.

"I thought many times of ending it," explains Kenneth Fleming.

The pain Kenneth experienced was the kind of pain not everyone knows. Kenneth was faced with a traumatic experience and wanted to die."I lost a son who was in a car accident that’s when my PTSD set in."

Nearly 20% of people like Kenneth are estimated to be living with mental illness and as more people seek treatment, they’re encountering one big hurdle: they’re aren't enough psychiatrist to treat them immediately.

"Missouri only has 133 licensed psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners. That is not enough. There’s 60% of our counties that have zero licensed psychiatrist," explains Elicia Sutton, The Master's of Nursing Chair, Cox College. 

That's why Cox College is helping to increase the number of mental health providers in Springfield through creation and implementation of a new mental heal nurse practitioner program.

"Adding this program we will be producing more providers to care for the patients in the community’s needs."

 Sutton says students in the new program will be prepared to effectively care for patients with complex psychiatric and physical health needs.

"If you have common cold and you don’t feel well you want to get into your doctor to be seen. Well mental health is no different from that."

The course development for the program is well underway, and enrollment of its first students is expected in the Fall of 2018.

"We currently have a full degree that can be completed in two years for a nurse with a BSN Degree. We also have a post master’s certificate that can be completed in 21 credit hours for the existing advanced practice nurse."

Click here for more information and to apply for the program. 

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