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  • BA, Biology, University of Mississippi
  • BS, Nursing, University of Southern Mississippi
  • MSN, Adult Health, University of South Alabama
  • PhD, Education Leadership, University of Southern Mississippi

Academic Programs

  • Accelerated BS Nursing

Dean/Professor, School of Nursing

Recipient: Coughlin-Saunders Foundation Chair in Nursing


Marilyn Cooksey began her nursing career in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Singing river Hospital in Pascagoula, MS. She was also staff and charge nurse in the Emergency Department. Dr. Cooksey spent two years as an industrial nurse at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, MS.

Dr. Cooksey was a nurse educator at William Carey University for 24 years beginning as an instructor and worked her way through the ranks to Professor of Nursing. She taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels, but found teaching undergraduate nursing students more satisfying. Dr. Cooksey enjoys watching students evolve into caring, competent nurses. In August of 2015, Dr. Cooksey was given the opportunity to serve God and the nursing profession as the Dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health at LC.  She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the Louisiana Nurses Association, The National League for Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.

During time away from LC, she most enjoys spending time with her husband, Alex, and two children, Niki and Will, as well as well as her son-in-law, David. Her hobbies include reading, and spending time with friends. Dr. Cooksey crochets for the prayer shawl ministry at church.

Courses Taught at Louisiana College

  • NU 325- Junior Skills Workshop, Part A
  • NU 499- NCLEX Review

Other Courses Taught


  • Pathophysiology
  • Adult Health I
  • Complex Health Problems
  • Nursing Leadership
  • Nursing Research


  • Teaching Pathophysiology
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Role of the Nurse Educator


  • Role of the Nurse Administrator
  • Role of the Nurse Educator
  • Distance Education
  • Managed Health and Insurance
  • Dissertation