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College of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

De Anna Cox, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Title: Clinical Associate Professor
College of Nursing
Phone: 803-777-4390
Fax: 803-777-3771

College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street, Room 512
Columbia, SC 29208-4001 
United States



Dr. Cox is a family nurse practitioner certified by the ANCC.  She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1985 with a BSN and 1989 with a Masters. She has been teaching in the graduate program since 1994 and has maintained clinical practice during the entire time of teaching.  She has also taught periodically in the undergraduate program. She has maintained a term appointment to the Graduate School and has received the Palmetto Gold Award, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, an USC Service Award and has been recognized as an American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Scholar. 


Dr. Cox has taught primarily graduate level courses in the nurse practitioner program.  Her primary teaching focus is advanced physical assessment and primary care management.  She designed the graduate and undergraduate physical assessment courses for online delivery. She also serves as a clinical preceptor for graduate advanced practice nursing students and mentors both undergraduate and Pharm D students in the clinical arena. 


Dr. Cox's research experience is in health behaviors, women’s health, homelessness and job satisfaction among nurse practitioners.  She has published in professional journals and has been a recipient of grant monies to conduct research.  


Dr. Cox has presented at numerous conferences including the Annual Advanced Practice Nurses’ Conference on Physical Assessment, Pedagogical Approaches to Teaching Clinical Content Online at the Mary Ann Parsons’ Lectureship and at Drexel University Technologic Innovations in Nursing Education Conference.  She has also presented at the Carolina Women’s Health Research Forum on Teaching Clinical Breast Exams,  AHEC- Upstate Regional on Adult Physical Assessment, Teaching Clinical Breast Exams at the Mary Ann Parsons’ Lectureship, NONPF 24TH Annual Meeting on Case Study Methodology: Preparing Students for the 21st Century, The Homeless: Health Behaviors and Motivators for Care at the Sigma Theta Tau 7th Annual Research Day at MUSC, Nursing Model for Practice, Education and Research at the Sixth Annual Scientific Sessions Innovations in Nursing Practice by the Trident Nurses Association. 

Professional Service

Dr. Cox has served on numerous College of Nursing councils and committees.  She is active in professional and community organizations.  She is a member of ANA, SCNA and Sigma Theta Tau.  She has served on the State Board of Nursing Advisory Committee, Nurse Practitioner Advanced Practice Groups, ANA Congressional District Coordinator, SC Cancer Alliance, Boy Scouts of American, USC Educational Trust Committee, Families Helping Families, Faculty Advisor for USC Sigma Alpha Omega sorority, Girl Scouts of American and Early Intervention Technical Assistance Collaborative Council.  She has served as a volunteer provider of services for Senior Companion, Foster Grandparent Program, Read Out and Read, Epworth Children’s Home, American Cancer Society, Lee County Health Fair, Shelters and Free Clinics both in Columbia and Charleston areas. 

Professional Practice

Dr. Cox has practiced in numerous primary health care settings in both urban and rural areas.  She has practiced in private practices, medical clinics, free clinics, shelters, health fairs and long-term care facility as an advanced practice registered nurse.  She practices at the College of Nursing's Carolina Family Practice and a private practice. She sees a variety of patients presenting for acute and chronic health problems. She especially likes women’s health care issues and educating patients on health prevention/promotion. She also is an educational provider for clinical breast exams and provider in the Best Chance Network for breast and cervical cancer screening.    

Research Studies 

Dr. Cox has submitted grants on several topics inclusive job satisfaction among nurse practitioners, homelessness and cancer screening.  Funded research includes an American Nurses Foundation (ANF) grant for job satisfaction among nurse practitioners and an American Cancer Society grant for cancer screening.  She has conducted research on health behaviors both in  clinic settings and a homeless shelter. 


Dr. Cox has published in professional journals including the Journal of Nursing Measurement on the Development of the Misener Nurse Practitioner Satisfaction Scale and the Women’s Health Care Journal on Teaching Physical Assessment Techniques: Clinical Breast Exams.  Additionally, she has published several articles on homelessness in local publications. 

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