The College of Professional Studies at Kentucky State University offers undergraduate programs that prepare students to combine their broad liberal backgrounds with specialized training that applies both in their everyday lives and in their technical and social-service careers. The College offers coursework leading to baccalaureate degrees in the fields of Criminal Justice, Education, Nursing, Public Administration, and Social Work. The College also offers Masters Degrees in Public Administration and Special Education.
The School of Nursing offers the Associate in Applied Science (ADN ) and the RN-BSN programs in Nursing. In addition, LPNs are admitted to the LPN-RN Bridge component to complete the ADN. Upon successful completion of the ADN program and successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), graduates qualify to practice as licensed registered nurses in Kentucky. The ADN program is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) (312 Whittington Parkway, Suite 300, Louisville, KY 40222; 502/329-7000). The ADN and the RN-BSN programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) (3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326; 404/975-5000.
The School of Public Administration, Social Work and Criminal Justice offers three undergraduate degrees and a Master of Public Administration. Criminal Justice and Social Work programs are geared toward addressing human needs. Each is designed to prepare students to help remedy social problems involving individuals, families and groups in the public and private sectors. Programs within the area of Applied Human Sciences focus on the welfare of the family.
The School of Education is the (Unit), which is responsible for all teacher preparation programs P-12. The conceptual framework “Teachers as Liberators through Education” establishes the shared vision for the program’s efforts in preparing educators to work effectively in P-12 schools. The conceptual framework, along with the university’s mission, vision, and goals, also provides direction for the program, courses, instruction, candidates' performance, scholarship, service and program accountability. Candidates in the teacher education program acquire the knowledge, skills, dispositions and technology skills to enter 21st Century classrooms. Graduates of Kentucky State University’s Teacher Education Program are experts in their content areas, demonstrate civic engagement and ethical responsibility in the profession, effective facilitation of content and pedagogical knowledge in diverse classrooms, and are teacher leaders in their schools and the profession. The School of Education is accredited by the National Council of Teachers of Education.
The University’s Liberal Studies Requirements strengthen all baccalaureate programs within the College and are compatible with the requirements of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teachers Education (NCATE), the Kentucky Education Professional Standards (EPSB), and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Public Administration (NASPA), and the Council on Social Work Education.
Support is available to develop articulation agreements with the community colleges to provide a seamless education transition to KSU in an effort to provide duplication of coursework and ensure that students are adequately prepared to enter KSU programs. Interested students should contact the Dean of the College of Professional Studies at 502-597-6105.