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Academic Programs Pre-Professional

Check out the Pre-Professional options and Curriculum Guides below!

 

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Architecture

The Architecture curriculum is designed to prepare students for the general education requirements for most architecture colleges. A degree in architectural studies generally involves coursework such as computer aided design and drafting, math, architectural history and geology. Architects design buildings and other structures and are either self-employed or work for architecture firms, real estate developers, or governmental agencies. If you are interested in a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering, you should refer to the Pre-Engineering curriculum requirements. The courses recommended are for transfer to most four-year institutions. Since not all schools are identical, you should contact the college or university that you plan to attend for specific course requirement information. 

Curriculum Guide
Associate in Science
Architectural Engineering
Architecture 

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Chiropractic

The Chiropractic curriculum is designed to prepare students for the general education requirements for most chiropractic colleges. Most State boards require at least 2 years of undergraduate education, and an increasing number require a bachelor’s degree. All boards require completion of a 4-year chiropractic college course at an accredited program leading to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Chiropractors can work in a group practice but most have a private practice. Some may choose to teach or conduct research. Chiropractors often specialize in sport injuries, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics and nutrition.

Curriculum Guide
Associate in Science
Chiropractic

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Dental Hygiene

University of Missouri-KC School of Dentistry

Dental hygienists are oral health professionals who, under the supervision of a dentist, provide preventive, educational, clinical and therapeutic services to help the public develop and maintain good oral health. A dental hygienist may work in private dental offices, dental clinics, public health agencies, hospitals, nursing homes, school districts or dental hygiene schools. Most dental hygiene programs are associate degree programs of which the first year of courses can be completed at Barton. The University of Missouri-Kansas City Dental hygiene program, however, is a bachelor’s degree program of which the first two years can be completed at Barton. The courses recommended are for admission to UM-KC’s dental hygiene program. Since course requirements for admission to dental hygiene programs are not identical, you should contact the college or university that you plan to attend for specific course requirement information.

Curriculum Guide
Associate in Science
Pre-Dental Hygiene - University of Missouri-KC School of Dentistry

One Year Non-Degree Granting Programs
Pre-Dental Hygiene - Johnson County Community College

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Dentistry

The term “pre-dentistry” refers to a recommended set of classes and extra-curricular activities designed to prepare students for dental school. Students interested in pre-dentistry will still choose a major and complete the requirements for that degree. So, what major should pre-dental students choose?  Typically, students interested in a 'pre-health' program choose a major from the sciences, such as chemistry, physics, or biology, however, dental schools do not give preference to any particular major. 

Curriculum Guide
Associate in Science
Dentistry 

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Engineering

Engineers apply their skills with math, science, computers, and lab equipment to design and improve machines, structures, electrical equipment, and more.  The Engineering curriculum prepares you for future study at a university in areas of engineering such as aeronautical, aerospace, agricultural, bioengineering, computer, chemical, civil, electrical, food, industrial, mechanical, nuclear, or petroleum. 

Curriculum Guide
Associate in Science 
Engineering 

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Engineering Tech

Engineering technicians help solve technical problems by experimenting, building prototypes, testing products, and other hands-on activities.  Barton’s program prepares you to transfer to a university to complete an engineering technology program there. 

Curriculum Guide
Associate in Science 
Engineering Tech

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Health Information Management

Do you like numbers? Mining for data? Health Information Management (HIM) is the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. Most health information management specialists focus on patient security or privacy, coding or records administration. If you are interested in a bachelor’s degree, earning an AS degree in Health Information Management (HIM) is designed to prepare students for transfer to most four-year institutions. Since not all schools are identical, you should contact the college or university that you plan to attend for specific course requirement information.

Curriculum Guide
Associate in Science
Health Information Management

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Law

An associates degree with an emphasis in law will help you complete your general education requirements as you pursue a bachelor's degree.

Curriculum Guide
Associate in Arts
Law

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Medicine

Choosing a career is one of the more difficult choices any student can make. The important thing is to have a firm idea of what it takes to enter the profession you desire. For many students with the dream of becoming a physician, most only see that title at its base value. So what truly goes into achieving a career in medicine and why is it the right choice for you?

Do you want to make a difference in people’s lives? Does having a positive impact and the ability to help others drive you? If you answered “Yes,” then you are probably on the right track; but there are also other factors to consider before committing to such a field.
Medicine is a career driven by service. As such, you are tasked with putting others first. Yet it also allows you to be a life-long learner. It is an occupation where your field of expertise continually expands. As a result, your knowledge base must follow suit. It is a profession that requires quick thinking and decision-making. People will look to you for answers, and it is up to you to provide them. Although this may sound daunting, it puts you in a position where your actions matter. Foremost though, a career in medicine is one of respect. The work you do is important to both the individual and community.

Curriculum Guide
Associate in Science
Medicine

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Mortuary Science

The Program of Mortuary Science at Barton states as its central aims the recognition of the importance of funeral service personnel as:

members of a human services profession;
members of the community in which they serve;
participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession;
professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, provincial/territorial, and local
regulatory guidelines in the geographic area where they practice;
professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety, and welfare in caring for
human remains.

The Mortuary Sciences purposes are:

To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession.
To educate students in every phase of funeral service, and to help enable them to develop the proficiency and skills necessary of the profession, as defined in the preamble above.
To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large.
To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct.
To provide a curriculum at the postsecondary level of instruction.
To encourage research in the field of funeral service.

Semester Template
Mortuary Science

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Occupational Therapy

Are you interested in the medical field?  Occupational therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages who need specialized assistance to lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives due to physical, developmental, social, or emotional problems. Occupational therapists use the "occupations" of self-care, work, and play/leisure activities to increase independence, enhance development, and/or prevent disability.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of occupational therapists will grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Occupational therapy will continue to be an important part of treatment for people with various illnesses and disabilities, such as Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, autism, or the loss of a limb. 

Curriculum Guide
Associate in Science
Occupational Therapy - The University of Kansas

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Optometry

Optometrists are the first point of contact for most patients suffering from vision problems, and provide a vital and increasingly important element within the primary eye care service in the United States. Developments in vision care mean that the role of an optometrist is constantly expanding, bringing with it opportunities to specialize and develop your career to suit your particular interests. Optometrists have stimulating and challenging careers with good earning potential and good work life balance. 

Curriculum Guide
Associate in Science
Optometry

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Pharmacy

Pharmacists are essential to keeping people alive and healthy by providing the last line of defense that approves prescribed medications, confirms medications are safe considering the patient’s disease state(s) and current drug regimen, make recommendations on which medications are best, and a variety of other functions. If you enjoy science and math and are drawn to helping others, pharmacy is the perfect choice for you. Additionally, pharmacist are in increasing demand as the population ages expecting greater quality of life. Students selecting pharmacy careers can look forward to job opportunities, job security, good income, and excellent work life balance. 

Curriculum Guide
Associate in Science
Pharmacy

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Physical Therapy

Being a physical therapist is very rewarding. You will work with patients one-on-one, see them progress through treatment, and know that you are really making a difference in their lives.  Whether the patient's problem is a result of injury or disease, the physical therapist is a rehabilitation specialist who fosters the patient's return to maximal function. Physical therapists also will work with individuals to prevent loss of mobility by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

Curriculum Guide
Associate in Science
Physical Therapy

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Physical Therapy Assistant

Physical therapist assistants provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. They help patients and clients who have movement difficulties due to injury or disease, by assisting the physical therapist with therapies designed to improve mobility, relieve pain, prevent or limit permanent physical disability and promote overall fitness and wellness.

Physical therapist assistants work with individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest. Their responsibilities include:

Implementing selected components of patient/client interventions (treatment)
Obtaining data related to the interventions provided
Making modifications to treatments as directed by the physical therapist to help the patient progress or to ensure patient/client safety and comfort

Curriculum Guides
Associate in Science
Physical Therapy Assistant 

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Physician Assistant

You may consider a career as physician assistant if becoming a doctor isn’t in the cards for you.
Doctors and physician assistants (PAs) are both responsible for patient care, but physician assistants are classed as medical support professionals. This means their work must be supervised by a doctor, although in the case of PAs, this doesn't mean doctors are hovering at all times. Physician assistants may examine patients, diagnose illnesses and even create treatment plans, although these may require a doctor's approval. PAs also cannot perform surgeries, although they may assist doctors in the operating room. The level of monitoring a physician assistant receives varies from state to state and from organization to organization.

You, consider a career as physician assistant if becoming a doctor isn’t in the cards for instead.

Curriculum Guide
Associate in Science
Physician Assistant
Physician Assistant - Wichita State University

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Public Administration

An associates degree with an emphasis in public administration will help you complete your general education requirements as you pursue a bachelor's degree.

Curriculum Guide
Associate in Science
Public Administration

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Radiology Tech

If a place in the expanding health care field sounds attractive and using technology fits your way of thinking, it could be time to become a radiologic technologist. Become a Radiologic technologist in just two years with career options open to additional specializations:  MRI technologist, computed tomography (CT), radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, mammography, and many more as imagining technology advances rapidly. 

Curriculum Guide
Associate in Science
Radiology Technology

One Year Non-degree Granting Program
Radiology Technology - Fort Hays State University
Radiology Technology - Newman University  
Radiology Technology - Washburn University

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Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory therapists help people who suffer from chronic respiratory diseases like asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. People who have had heart attacks or who have sleep disorders and infants who are born prematurely might also need respiratory therapy to help them breathe more easily. They also provide emergency care to patients suffering from heart attacks, drowning or shock. Career opportunities will remain good in the foreseeable future, projected to grow 19% between 2012 and 2022. This growth is largely due to the growing percentage of older people, who have higher incidences of respiratory conditions and illnesses like emphysema, chronic bronchitis and pneumonia. These respiratory disorders can permanently damage the lungs or restrict lung function. Respiratory therapists’ knowledge of the scientific principles underlying cardiopulmonary physiology and pathophysiology, as well as biomedical engineering and technology, enables them to effectively assess, educate and treat patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. Critical thinking, patient/environment assessment skills and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines enable respiratory therapists to develop and implement effective care plans, protocols and disease management programs. Respiratory therapists practice under medical direction.

Curriculum Guides
Associate in Science
Respiratory Care - University of Kansas

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Social Work

An associates degree with an emphasis in social work will help you complete your general education requirements as you pursue a bachelor's degree.

Curriculum Guides
Associate in Arts
Social Work

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​Veterinary Medicine

Whether they're pets, livestock or working animals, animals matter to individuals and society. Every community needs veterinary professionals to provide animal health care, but veterinarians also do many other kinds of jobs. They make sure the nation's food supply is safe. They work to control the spread of diseases. They conduct research that helps both animals and humans. Veterinarians are at the forefront of protecting the public's health and welfare. Outside of companion animal practice, the largest employer of veterinarians in the United States is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, but veterinarians are found throughout government in roles where they contribute to public health, the environment, and even homeland security, as well as working in research and public policy. Many veterinarians are engaged in work at the intersection of both human and animal health. For example, veterinarians play an important role in food safety, where epidemiological research is crucial to forecasting the threat of food-borne diseases and outbreaks. They work to keep cattle and other food animals healthy by developing and testing various farm control methods that help to detect, limit, and prevent the spread of food that might be contaminated by salmonella, E coli or other pathogens. And they’re often on the front lines of surveillance where their extensive medical training can help them to detect and treat the outbreak of diseases that have the potential to make the jump from animals to humans.

Curriculum Guides
Associate in Science
Veterinary Medicine
Animal Science and Industry/Pre-Vet - Kansas State University

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