This expanded program is designed to allow highly qualified students the opportunity for acceptance into Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University's 28-month PA program (professional phase) after successfully mastering the initial 3-3.5 years of biology-human medicine curriculum (pre-professional phase). This program shortens the total amount of time to receive an MMS: Physician Assistant degree by 6 months to 1 year. Ultimately, these students will graduate with both a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology-Human Medicine Track (conferred the 2nd semester of the PA program) and a Master of Medical Science degree in Physician Assistant studies.
Students in this track will not have guaranteed entrance into FranU’s PA program but will be identified as Accelerated 3+2 applicants. Students must fulfill all the requirements necessary for admission to the program.
Our biology faculty members are highly-skilled professionals with extensive content expertise and a passion to teach students how to apply scientific knowledge to their future careers.
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.
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.
|ACSM 1110 - Introduction to College Education||1|
|BIOL 1315 - Biology for Majors I||3|
|BIOL 1315L - Biology for Majors I Laboratory||1|
|CHEM 1315 - General Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 1315L - General Chemistry I Laboratory||1|
|WRIT 1310 - College Writing I||3|
|MATH 1315 - College Algebra||3|
|Semester Credit Hours||15|
|BIOL 1110 - Introduction to Medical Terminology||1|
|BIOL 1316 - Biology for Majors II||3|
|BIOL 1316L - Biology for Majors II Laboratory||1|
|CHEM 1316 - General Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM 1316L - General Chemistry II Laboratory||1|
|WRIT 1311 - College Writing II||3|
|PSYC 1310 - Introductory Psychology||3|
|Semester Credit Hours||15|
|BIOL 2310 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I||3|
|BIOL 2310L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory||1|
|CHEM 2310 - General Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 2310L - General Organic Chemistry I Laboratory||1|
|MATH 2520 - Calculus for the Sciences||5|
|Semester Credit Hours||13|
|BIOL 2311 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II||3|
|BIOL 2311L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory||1|
|CHEM 2311 - General Organic Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM 2311L - General Organic Chemistry II Laboratory||1|
|THEO 1310 - Introduction to Theology||3|
|MATH 2315 - General Statistics||3|
|Semester Credit Hours||14|
|BIOL 2325 - Fundamentals of Microbiology||3|
|BIOL 2325L - Fundamentals of Microbiology Laboratory||1|
|Biology Elective 3000 - 4000 Level||3|
|PHYS 1415 - General Physics I||4|
|Semester Credit Hours||17|
|BIOL 2135 - Medical/Surgical Observation||1|
|Semester Credit Hours||1|
Total hours for Bachelor of Science in Biology - Pre-Professional Human Medicine Degree = 122 credit hours (106 pre-professional phase and 16 professional phase)
* MATH 1315 is waived with an ACT Math subscore of 27 or SAT equivalent
**Students apply to the PA program in semester 7.
If admitted into the PA program, students begin the program in semester 9 (spring semester). For information on the PA curriculum, visit franu.edu/ Physician Assistant Studies.
Behavioral/Social Sciences electives may be taken from subjects ANTH, ECON, HIST, POLI, PSYC, RELS, SOCI
Ethics/Philosophy elective courses are PHIL 2315, PHIL 2320, THEO 3345, THEO 3350, THEO 3360
Humanities/Fine Arts electives may be taken from subjects ENGL, MUSI, ART, HIST, HUMN, PHIL, RELS, THEO.