Academic Programs

    • Associate of Science

      • Associate of Science - Physical Therapist Assistant

        FranU’s Associate of Science - Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) degree program is designed to prepare individuals to effectively assist in treatment and assessment of physical therapy patients under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Graduates of the program can pursue PTA licensure through the FSBPT national physical therapy examination.

        The mission of the physical therapist assistant program is to educate and form Franciscan servant leaders who are highly skilled and compassionate physical therapist assistants. Graduates of the PTA program will be prepared to think critically and deliver holistic patient-centered care.

        FranU PTA courses include those in anatomy, physiology, psychology, kinesiology, neurophysiology and more. Students will learn both inside the classroom and hands-on in lab environments.

      • Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology

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

        The mission of the radiologic technology program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is to educate and form entry-level radiologic technologists in a faith-based academic community. Students are educated to become competent and compassionate technologists who serve their patients, profession and the community.

    • Bachelor of Science

      • Respiratory Therapy

        The Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy provides students with the opportunity to develop as professionals who are qualified to perform as Registered Respiratory Therapists. Respiratory Therapists focus on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, management and rehabilitation of patients with breathing and/or other cardiopulmonary issues. 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.

      • Medical Laboratory Science

        The Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program prepares graduates to analyze clinical specimens through the use of specialized skills and sophisticated instrumentation.

        Information from the analysis of specimens provides data critical for patient diagnosis, treatment, prognosis or disease prevention. Medical laboratory scientists work in hospitals, forensics, public health, industrial/research laboratories, physician offices and blood banks.

        The purpose of the Medical Laboratory Science program is to provide the community with cognizant and adept scientists capable of competing and excelling in today’s progressive job market. Graduates of this program will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to become successful in the MLS profession and will be eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).

    • Master's

      • 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. With a Dietetic Internship option and a Thesis option, the Nutritional Sciences MS degree program allows students to customize curriculum to fit their career goals and interests.

        Students pursuing their master’s in nutrition at FranU will also experience the Nutrition Skills Lab and Simulation Environment Teaching Hospital (SETH), a state-of-the-art simulated learning environment where students can complete computer-based task training or virtual reality simulation.

        With diverse simulation suites and a number of debriefing rooms, students will find FranU’s facilities play a crucial role in our efforts to provide students with collaborative, hands-on learning experiences.

      • Physician Assistant Studies

        The purpose of the Physician Assistant (PA) 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

      • 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 150 years of industry experience combined, state-of-the-art learning environments, and both clinical education and service-learning opportunities for students.

    • Certificate

      • Clinical Microbiology for Medical Laboratory Science Certificate

        The Certificate in Clinical Microbiology for Medical Laboratory Science is only open to students who hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a combination of 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of biology and/or chemistry or will earn such a Bachelor’s degree prior to or concurrently upon the completion of the certificate requirements. Students in the certificate program will complete all microbiology related coursework/practicum within the Medical Laboratory Science program. Graduates with this certificate will be eligible to take the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) examination for Technologist in Microbiology, M(ASCP) and will be eligible for a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS)-Specialist license in the area of Microbiology through the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME) . Graduates will only be eligible to work in microbiology departments within the clinical laboratory and will not be eligible to work as a generalist within the clinical laboratory.

    • Minors

      • Nutrition Minor

        To receive a minor in Nutrition, students must earn a C or better in 18 hours of course work as outlined in the curriculum.

    • Training Programs

      • Phlebotomy

        The Phlebotomy Training course 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.