College of Professional Studies

Dr. Kathleen O'Connor, Dean
(816) 271-5827

Programs in the College of Professional Studies provide professional education leading to Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Social Work, and the Bachelor of Science in Technology degrees. Additional programs and degrees include Associate of Science degrees, Associate of Applied Science degrees, certificate programs, and a commission as an officer in the United States Army. Associate of Science degrees are offered with majors in Criminal Justice and majors in Legal Assistant. Associate of Applied Science degrees with majors in Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology, and Physical Therapist Assistant and one-year Certificate programs in Legal Assistant and Health Information Technology are also offered through the College of Professional Studies. Programs emphasize professional preparation and academic excellence and provide opportunities for professional, academic, and personal development.

The mission of the College of Professional Studies is to maximize the development of students for roles in the professions and in society through the completion of academic degrees. Degree and certificate programs provide the knowledge, skills and leadership development that are essential for success in the professions or for graduate study. Academic programs incorporate applied learning that transcends the institutional setting through multiple experiences in the classroom and professional practice environments. Opportunities for development are provided through partnerships with practicing professionals, contributions to society through service to diverse populations, wise use of technology and consideration of ethical standards in problem-solving. Faculty members are experts in their disciplines and apply their expertise through leadership, scholarship, consulting and service in their professions. Graduates of the College of Professional Studies fill essential leadership positions in business and industry, government, education, health care, national defense, legal and service settings.

Preprofessional Programs

Preprofessional programs in specialized fields are offered for students who plan to transfer for the completion of their studies. Students choosing these programs should select a transfer institution early and should work closely with their academic advisor. Contact the academic department listed below for more information. Preprofessional programs in the College of Professional Studies and the  advising department(s) include:

  • Architecture (Engineering Technology)
  • Engineering (Engineering Technology)
  • Law (Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Social Work)
  • Physical Therapy (School of Nursing and Health Professions)

Additional preprofessional programs can be found in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section.