School of Prof. Studies-Overview

School of Professional Studies

Welcome to the School of Professional Studies

The school consists of the Department of Agriculture, Division of Business, Division of Education, Department of Health and Sports Science Education, Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing and Department of Psychology. 

The Department of Agriculture offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Agriculture and Agriculture Education.  Students majoring in Agriculture have the opportunity to choose a minor from areas that include, but are not limited to, Business, Entrepreneurship, and Biology.  In addition, students studying Agriculture Education will be fully prepared to obtain certification and licensure to teach agriculture in Oklahoma high schools.

The Division of Business offers a Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in Accounting and Business Administration.  Students majoring in Business Administration may minor in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, General Business, Management, or Marketing.  Accounting majors complete a major & minor in Accounting.  The Division of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

The Division of Education is committed to helping teacher education candidates, students, and educators meet the high standards expected of higher education institutions and public/private schools today. Education programs offered include Agriculture, Early Childhood, Elementary, English, Health and Sports Science, Math, Music, Natural Science, Social Science, and Special Education. The division also offers several programs and options at the master's degree level, including Adult Education Management and Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Reading Specialist, and School Counseling. Within the Master of Education degree program, requirements for the following certificates may be completed: Educational Leadership for School Principal, Reading Specialist Certificate, and School Counselor Certificate.

The Health and Sports Science Education program currently offers three different degree major/minor programs of study for a Bachelor's of Science Degree: Health and Physical Education Teaching degree (grades K-12), Non-teaching Health and Sports Science degree (major or minor), and a Health and Fitness Management degree (major & minor).   

The Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) as well as an online RN-to-BSN track. Starting in the fall of 2017, Northwestern began its first doctoral degree in nursing with a Wisdom Family Foundation Doctoral Program for Rural Nursing Practice (DNP) for Family Nurse Practitioners. Our BSN Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education Nursing (ACEN) and is Approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing (OBN). The BSN-to-DNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and has received full approval from OBN as well.

The Department of Psychology offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with minors in Sports Psychology, Substance Abuse, and General Psychology. The program has in place a comprehensive Student Success Plan that is designed to provide students with the necessary tools to take ownership of their learning and achieve success in the program and in life. The department also offers a Master of General Psychology and a Master of Counseling Psychology with tracks in Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. 


Agriculture Chair
Dr. Dean Scarbrough
Professor of Agriculture
Jesse Dunn 106
(580) 327-8487

Garret LahrDivision of Business Chair
Dr. Garret Lahr

Assistant Professor of Business
Jesse Dunn 222
(580) 327-8510

Division of Education Chair
Dr. Jen Oswald
Associate Professor of Education
Education Center 205C
Northwestern - Alva
Phone: (580) 327-8451

Shane HansenHealth and Sports Science Education Chair
Mr. Shane Hansen
Instructor of Health and Sports Science
Health and Sports Science 134
(580) 327-8628

Leslie CollinsCharles Morton Share Trust
Division of Nursing Chair

Dr. Leslie Collins
Associate Professor of Nursing
Carter Hall
(580) 327-8489

Taylor RandolphPsychology Chair
Dr. Taylor Randolph
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Education Center 214

(580) 327-8447





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