1. Graduate Programs


Master of Health Administration

FranU’s 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.

Healthcare, one of the largest industries in this country, continues to grow. The need for healthcare professionals with advanced knowledge of healthcare operations and quality performance systems is increasing. The online MHA degree at FranU was developed to meet the needs of job demands and the educational and professional goals of the individuals who fill these roles. The program focuses on the education of the best practices needed to provide “world-class” healthcare services that are affordable and accessible.

    Master of Science in 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.

    Master of Science in Nutritional Science
    LSU Pre-Select

    Physician Assistant Master’s Degree (MMS)

    The Master of Medical Science (MMS) Physician Assistant program shapes students into compassionate, professional and ethically minded clinicians who serve patients across the lifespan and in diverse settings.

    The purpose of the physician assistant 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.

    Guided by the tradition of compassionate healthcare exemplified by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, the mission of the physician assistant program is to develop graduates who will provide evidence-based, patient-centered medical care and who are committed to serving all God’s people.

    Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner

    The Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) program is designed for baccalaureate registered (BSN) nurses to gain advanced nursing education and practice with a focus on family practice nursing. Students in the family nurse practitioner master’s program obtain advanced training in primary health care for patients across their lifespans, preparing students for careers as board-certified family nurse practitioners.The FranU MSN-FNP program offers a unique structure for educational access to advanced study in nursing. The design promotes sharing resources and responsibilities through a collegial and collaborative relationship among nursing faculty and students representing diverse educational backgrounds and experiences in nursing and higher education. The mission of the FNP program is to strengthen the knowledge of highly-skilled nurses in preparation for advanced practice as Franciscan servant leaders in various settings, with a focus on rural and medically-underserved settings. The program achieves its mission by creating a respectful educational environment that embraces cultural diversity, emphasizes collaboration and interprofessional healthcare teams and promotes evidence-based primary healthcare across the lifespan.Upon program completion, graduates will meet certification requirements to sit for the FNP certifying examination.

    FNP - Traditional Entry
    Post Master’s Certificate - FNP
    FNP - Expedited Entry

    Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis

    The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program is designed to prepare students for employment at the master’s level in ABA or to pursue doctoral studies in the field. The program will include extensive training in skill acquisition and behavior reduction procedures and expose students to a broad range of applied and experimental areas through coursework, service learning, research, internships and other applied experiences.

    The mission of the master’s in ABA program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is to educate and form Franciscan servant leaders to make a positive impact on those with diverse behavioral needs in our communities.

    Through courses in conditioning and learning, research methods, ethics, biostatistics and epidemiology, behaviorism and supervision and management, ABA master’s students will develop the skills they need to confidently perform ABA to suit client needs and serve their community. The ABA master’s degree also offers an optional internship component, which allows students to put their education into action through hands-on learning experiences.


    Doctor of Nursing Practice-Nurse Anesthesia

    The purpose of the Doctor of Nursing Practice-Nurse Anesthesia degree program is to prepare baccalaureate registered nurses for the highest level of advanced nursing practice with a specialization in nurse anesthesia to provide safe and equitable patient-centered care.

    The DNP-NA program develops leaders and scholars who transform systems of care by improving the quality of care and patient outcomes in various healthcare settings. This mission is achieved through the creation of an environment that supports professional socialization, embraces diverse cultures and learning styles, recognizes achievement and promotes excellence while exemplifying the mission and traditions of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady.

    In addition to receiving grant funding for clinical residency, FranU’s DNP nurse anesthesia students have access to state-of-the-art equipment and annually attend Maverick Medical Education workshops hosted by the program. Our comprehensive curriculum and hands-on learning opportunities equip students with the skills needed to practice as a CRNA.

      Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program

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

      The mission of the DPT program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is to educate and form entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy practitioners in a faith-based academic community. Students are educated to become highly skilled ethical servant leaders who are valued contributors to the health professions and to the community.