WashU launches School of Continuing & Professional Studies

University College at Washington University in St. Louis is now the School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS). 

The new name reflects the university’s commitment to serve adult learners of all ages and backgrounds through ​​focused degrees and custom programs that align with the St. Louis job market.

“At Washington University, we believe that education is a lifelong endeavor,” Chancellor Andrew D. Martin said. “CAPS will give students the knowledge, support and flexibility they need to advance in their careers, acquire new skills and grow personally and professionally.” 

De’Ona Hardy (left) and Erica Jenkins have been admitted to the Goldfarb School of Nursing after completing the CAPS pre-nursing program. (Photo: Whitney Curtis/Washington University)

School leaders are working closely with local employers to build programs that prepare St. Louisans for high-demand, high-paying jobs, specifically in the rapidly growing fields of data, health care and management. One successful example is the pre-nursing program, which was developed in partnership with Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College. Another new initiative is the certificate in health-care transitions, which serves adults with no health-care experience. Through focused coursework, students learn the skills they need to start a career in health care. The program is a collaboration with the nonprofit BioSTL.

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