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    Care for the body while respecting the whole person

    Men and women aren’t just bodies. They are bodies and souls, matter and spirit. And they are made in the image of God. That’s why medical care that sees and treats only the body is never enough. In some way, it always falls short. 

    Today, the medical world is plagued by this problem: Medical professionals reducing the human person to a body, a thing, and not providing the holistic care that patients and their families need. Even more problematic are dangerous medical practices that violate the fundamental dignity of the human person and work against health and healing, that work against life. 

    What the medical world needs now more than anything are medical professionals who excel in the healing arts, who know all that their science teaches, but who also understand the innate dignity each man and woman possesses. It needs highly skilled professionals committed to treating the whole person and who adhere to the highest ethical standards. 

    Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Nursing Program exists for no other reason than to meet those needs. Through the following program outcomes, you will be taught to: 

    • Analyze, plan, implement, and evaluate holistic health-oriented care for clients across the lifespan and from various cultures.
    • Use ethical principles in a spirit of Christian maturity to guide nursing practice.
    • Apply nursing research and inquiry to nursing practice.
    • Integrate responsibility, accountability, leadership, and service in the role of the professional nurse.
    • Integrate a broad knowledge base to make sound decisions relative to nursing.
    • Utilize a variety of interpersonal and communication techniques in health-related situations. 

    As a nursing major at Franciscan University, you will receive one of the best technical educations in nursing available. In both the classroom setting and clinical experiences, you will study under experienced and skilled faculty, learning the art and science of nursing. You will learn how to assess patients’ health, provide care, and communicate with patients, families, and other medical personnel. 

    Everything you learn in the classroom and clinical setting, however, will be informed by more than just science. It will also be informed by the Catholic faith that is central to a Franciscan University education. Your professors will help you see and acknowledge your patients’ dignity, to care for their bodies and their souls in your work. You will also receive the ethical formation you need to navigate through the increasingly complex environment in which healthcare professionals live and work.

    At Franciscan, the program of study for nursing majors is rigorous. Freshman students interested in studying nursing enroll as pre-nursing students. During the spring of their freshman year, they apply for admission to the Nursing Program. Admission decisions are based upon overall grade point average, science grade point average, successful completion of pre-nursing course work, and personal commitment to the nursing field. Admissions decisions for transfer students are based on the same criteria. 

    Beginning in the second semester of your sophomore year, your studies will take you out of the classroom and into the leading hospitals of Ohio, West Virginia, or Pennsylvania that partner with Franciscan University in providing our nursing students with clinical experience. By the time you leave Franciscan, you will have clinical experience in medical, surgical, pediatric, psychiatric, obstetric, and community health nursing. 

    You will also have completed course work in chemistry, anatomy and physiology, sociology, psychology, theology, philosophy, nutrition, human development, and other subjects that will equip you to provide holistic care to your patients. You will be able to care for their bodies with the best science has to offer, and provide that care in a way that acknowledges their dignity and the dignity of their family members. You will be equipped to serve as a leader in the community of healthcare professionals, modeling for others the true meaning of the healing arts.

    Graduates of Franciscan’s Nursing Program have gone on to further study at the graduate level. They have also gone on to successful careers in every field of nursing across the country and around the world, serving in top hospitals, clinics, schools, the military, and in the mission field. Apply Today!


    Sample Program | Course Descriptions

    First Semester Second Semester
    Anatomy & Physiology I Anatomy & Physiology II
    General Chemistry/Med. App Intro. Physiological Chem.
    Chem w/Bio & Med App Lab Intro. Physiol. Chem Lab
    Psych of Human Dev. I Psych of Human Dev. II
    Introductory Sociology ENG 103 or 104 Freshman English
    Foundations of Catholicism Foundation of Ethics
    Austrian Bound Student - BIO 217 during summer between Fresh/Soph year (4).
    First Semester Second Semester
    Nursing Concepts Nursing Process & Practice
    Medical Microbiology Health Assessments
    Literature Core Pathophysiology
    HST 105 or 106 or 207 Nutrition
    Philosophy of Human Person  
    (Austrian Student-Fine Arts)  
    First Semester Second Semester
    Fam-Centered Med Surg Nur Fam-Centered Maternity Nur
    Psychiatric/Mental Hlth Nurs Family Centered Care of Child
    Survey of Computers Principles of Economics
    First Semester Second Semester
    Family-Centered Community Health Nursing Leadership & Mgt in Nursing
    Family-Center Nursing Care of Complex Health Problems Research in Nursing
    Elective Research Seminar
      Psychological Statistics
      Sexual & Med. Morality

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