May 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Francis Worldwide: Interdisciplinary Health Care Studies, B.S.

Go to Francis Worldwide, School of Continuing Studies  for more information.

Department Contact:

Francis Worldwide Dean: Dr. Tricia McFadden
Francis Worldwide Director: Mrs. Sherri Link, Academic & Student Affairs

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Care Studies is an online undergraduate degree program for students interested in pursuing a degree in a health-related field. This program also qualifies as a degree completer for students seeking an accelerated pathway in obtaining an undergraduate degree in health and science. Through this program, students will have the opportunity to maximize their prior college-level course work or associate’s degree in science or health care or a related field and transfer any military credits in the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. This program incorporates a solid health and science core with a general education curriculum reflecting the goals of Franciscan Higher Education. Completion of this program will prepare students to pursue a graduate professional healthcare degree, enter the workforce, or advance in their career.

Students who plan to apply to graduate school are recommended to carefully review the graduate school admission GPA and prerequisite course requirements to ensure that they meet the requirements for application.

Degree concentrations in Pre-Occupational Therapy and Pre-Physician Assistant are unavailable through the Francis Worldwide online program

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will appreciate the values of an interdisciplinary approach to health care. 
  • Students will think critically as they address health related issues. 
  • Students will communicate effectively in verbal and written formats.
  • Students will employ moral and ethical decision making as a health professional. 

Student Learning Assessment will be based on the gathering of outcome data including student final grades for courses within the core curriculum. Benchmarks that support the educational value of the program will be at the grade of “B” or higher which is the standard for progression into professional programs in health care. Additionally, exit interviews and student surveys with a focus on career progression, quantified by acceptance into graduate/post-secondary programs, and/or the achievement of gainful employment within the health-related field.

Estimated Completion Time:

Typically 3 to 5 years of part-time study

Certification and/or Licensure:

This program is not designed to lead to certification or licensure.

Capstone Requirement:

Students are required to complete CORE 407 as part of their program.

Total Credits Required:

128 credits