Academic Programs

  • Associate of Science

    • Art and Sciences

      In the summer of 1997, the Associate of Science Degree in Arts and Sciences was established.  The Associate of Science Degree provides foundational courses in arts and sciences, demonstrating the University’s commitment to life-long learning through programs designed to further enhance academic, personal and professional growth, and the continuation of higher education and scholarly pursuits.

    • Physical Therapist Assistant

      The Physical Therapist Assistant Program (PTA) is designed to prepare individuals to effectively assist in treatment and assessment of physical therapy patients under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

    • Radiologic Technology

      The Radiologic Technology program provides students the opportunity to learn the art and science of medical imaging. Education is provided through didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences.

  • Bachelor of Science

    • Health Sciences

      The purpose of the Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences is to allow students who have earned an associate of science degree from an accredited clinical program to obtain a baccalaureate degree in a track that complements their degree. Sixty credit hours of coursework from the associate degree fulfills the freshman and sophomore course requirements. Students must declare either a psychology, biology or health service administration track at the time of enrollment in the degree program.

    • Medical Laboratory Science

      The purpose of the Bachelor’s degree program in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) is to provide the community with cognizant and adept scientists capable of performing a wide array of laboratory testing as well as interpret and analyze the results of such testing in the diagnosis of human disease.

    • Nursing

      Students in the Pre-licensure BSN program engage in clinical and laboratory experiences that enable them to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to begin careers as registered nurses (BSN program). Clinical sites include acute care hospitals, clinics, community care centers, and schools. Our skills laboratories employ high fidelity human simulation manikins and static manikins in a realistic setting designed to mirror the actual clinical arena. The RN-BSN program challenges RNs to expand their role as professional nurses and prepares RNs for graduate education.

    • Respiratory Therapy

      The purpose of the Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy is to provide students with the opportunity to develop as professionals who are qualified to perform as Registered Respiratory Therapists. Graduates of this program will be eligible to take the Registry Examinations for Advanced Level Respiratory Therapists administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Graduates will also be eligible to apply for a license to practice Respiratory Therapy in the state of Louisiana. Registered Respiratory Therapists may find employment opportunities in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, physicians’ offices, home health agencies, and medical equipment supply companies.

    • Biology

      The mission of the Biology Program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is to create quality educational experiences in all areas of biology and chemistry, especially those integral to the health of the population. The core principles of scientific inquiry and ethics serve to integrate coursework throughout the curriculum.

  • Bachelor of Arts

    • Theology

      Grounded in our Franciscan values, the Bachelor of Arts in Theology aims to educate and form servant leaders for a wide range of church ministry positions, as well as advanced studies at the graduate level.

    • Psychology

      The psychology program is designed to cultivate Franciscan servant leaders with an integrated knowledge of the science of psychology for community engagement. Through vocational discernment, learner-centered teaching, and active-learning experiences, graduates will be prepared for 21st century careers and entry into advanced degree programs.

  • Bachelor of Business Administration

  • Master's

    • Family Nurse Practitioner

      The Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) program is designed to prepare the baccalaureate registered (BSN) nurse as an advanced practice nurse with a focus on family practice. Students obtain advanced training in primary health care to patients across the lifespan, with a special focus on practicum experiences in rural and/or medically underserved settings.

    • Health Administration

      The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program is designed in a flexible online format to prepare students for careers as innovative and successful leaders in a variety of healthcare settings.

    • Nutritional Sciences

      The Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences (MSNS) program is designed to educate and form servant leaders in the field of health and wellness. The Dietetic Internship (DI) option is for students seeking to become registered dietitians nutritionists (RDN). The Thesis option is for students who are already RDNs seeking a master’s degree, or students who are not seeking RDN status but wish to pursue a master’s degree in nutritional sciences.

    • Physician Assistant Studies

      The purpose of the Program is to create and maintain an educational environment that promotes critical thinking as well as clinical knowledge and skills necessary to exercise sound medical decision-making and to provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services to patients across the lifespan, in diverse settings. The program also strives to develop compassionate, professional and ethically-minded clinicians.

      While PA practice is primarily centered on patient care, PAs will also be prepared to take on educational, research and administrative roles as well. As such, PA students must have an understanding of biostatistics, research methodology and other research principals.

  • Doctoral

    • Nurse Anesthesia

      The Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nurse Anesthesia (DNP-NA) program is designed to prepare the baccalaureate registered nurse for the highest level of advanced nursing practice with a specialization in nurse anesthesia to provide safe and equitable patient centered care.

    • Physical Therapy

      The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)* program is a professional doctorate designed to prepare physical therapists for practice in an evolving healthcare environment.

      The DPT program at FranU is unique among its competitors in that it features a streamlined curriculum, expert faculty with over 50 years of industry experience combined, state-of-the-art learning environments, and both clinical education and service-learning opportunities for students.

  • Certificate

    • Phlebotomy

      The Phlebotomy certificate program prepares students for employment in agencies where there is a need to obtain blood specimens for laboratory examinations. At the completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the National Phlebotomy Certification Exam.

    • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Certificate

      FranU’s ABA certificate consists of a 15-credit hour curriculum with an optional 16-credit internship designed to educate and form students for potential vocations in applied behavior analysis through both didactic coursework and supervised internships.

  • Minors

    • Anthropology Minor

      To receive a minor in anthropology, students must earn a C or better in 15 hours of course work as outlined in the curriculum.

    • Biology Minor

      The courses required for a minor in biology provides a selection of cellular, genetic, microbiology and advanced anatomy and physiology courses.

      To receive a minor in biology, students must earn a C or better in 17-18 credit hours (depending on whether BIOL1315 or 1415 is taken) as outlined in the curriculum.

    • Chemistry Minor

      The battery of courses required for a minor in chemistry provides a selection of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and biochemistry. The 18 credit hour minor in chemistry complements all baccalaureate programs, especially those leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.

    • English Minor

      The courses required for a minor in English provide a selection of advanced writing courses and a comprehensive survey of literature and critical theory. The 18 credit hour minor in English complements all other degree programs in that the course work (a) enhances critical thinking skills, (b) increases general knowledge, (c) fosters cultural awareness and respect for differences, and (d) expands literacy (reading and writing) and oral communication skills. Thus, students receiving the minor should prove successful and competitive both in their academic and professional careers.

    • Ethics Minor

      The minor in ethics gives students the opportunity to enrich their ethical formation through the cultivation of methods and the exploration of contemporary issues, many of which are directly relevant for healthcare practitioners. This plan of study is interdisciplinary due to its combination of philosophy and theology courses.

    • Health Service Administration Minor

      The undergraduate minor in health service administration provides a strong foundation of knowledge related to health care administration that will enable the graduate to integrate administration issues with provision of nursing care.

    • Philosophy Minor

      The courses required for a minor in Philosophy provides students the opportunity to enrich their thinking through the cultivation of critical methods and the exploration of momentous questions.

    • Professional Communication Minor

      To receive a minor in professional communication, students must earn a C or better in 15 hours of course work as outlined in the curriculum.

    • Psychology Minor

      The courses required for a minor in Psychology introduces students to the field of psychology. This minor would be an advantage to anyone majoring in a health field or any other disciplines related to working with people.

    • Theology Minor

      To receive a minor in theology, students must earn a C or better in 15 hours of course work as outlined in the curriculum. 

    • Writing Minor

      Students completing a minor in writing learn to write for a wide variety of purposes and audiences, advancing their creative, practical, and critical thinking abilities. For baccalaureate students, the 15 hour minor adds value to any degree by emphasizing a skill that is desirable in every employment setting.

    • General Business Administration Minor

      To receive a minor in General Business Administration, students must earn a C or better in 15 hours of course work as outlined in the curriculum.

    • Nutrition Minor

      To receive a minor in Nutrition, students must earn a C or better in 15 hours of course work as outlined in the curriculum.