The College of Professional Studies offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the Departments of Business, Education and Nursing Science. Students interested in professional careers in business, teaching, nursing or surgical technology can pursue one of 14 different undergraduate degrees, two different Master of Education (MEd) degrees or a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.
Degree programs in the College of Professional Studies are recognized nationally and internationally for their excellence through national and international accrediting agencies. Undergraduate and graduate business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), an international accrediting agency. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredits both the associate and baccalaureate degree nursing programs. The associate degree surgical technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredits all educator preparation programs leading to certification at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition, nursing and education maintain state approvals required for licensure and certification. Each department has successfully maintained their respective accreditations since their initial accreditations. This reflects positively on their commitment to excellence in teaching and learning.
Degree programs in the College of Professional Studies combine classroom and practical experiences to prepare students to work in professional careers and continue their education. Nursing and surgical technology majors have clinical experiences in a wide variety of hospitals and health care agencies throughout the mid-Missouri area. All education majors complete clinical/field experiences. These experiences begin with an observations course and end with a semester long student teaching placement. Students enrolled in business degree programs have opportunities for internships in their senior year through partnerships with large corporations and small businesses. Students also have opportunities for applied learning experiences in a wide variety of student organizations that often include organized student competitions.
By choosing a major in one of the degree programs offered in the College of Professional Studies, students are choosing excellence. Each department has a commitment to excellence through their curricular offerings, faculty credentials, program accreditations, research and student learning experiences that go beyond the classroom. By combining classroom instruction with applied learning experiences, students are able to maximize their potential and prepare themselves to be leaders in their chosen professions.