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School of Health Sciences

Saint Francis of Assisi had a legendary gift for caring. Saint Francis University, in turn, has helped thousands of students find their vocations in healthcare. In our School of Health Sciences you will find innovative educational opportunities and experiences to prepare you to provide competent, compassionate, and ethical care to regional and global communities including the medically underserved in rural areas.

  • School Highlights:

    • The DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness allows you to incorporate research and hands-on practice into your curricula.
    • The Human Performance Laboratory supports the research function of the DiSepio Institute.
    • Human cadaver anatomy used in the Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Sciences curricula.
    • High-tech patient simulators are in place for the Nursing program with plans to institute simulation in an interdisciplinary fashion.
    • Freshman-entry into all Health Science programs: you are guaranteed progression provided you meet the advancement criteria.
    • Entire professional programs can be completed here, no need to transfer to another university.
    • Graduate admissions opportunities exist for the Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Sciences programs based upon availability.
    • All courses are taught by faculty who are experts in their fields. Many faculty members maintain clinical practices as well.
    • Many opportunities exist for leadership development, service learning, and international clinical experiences.
    • Interdisciplinary collaboration is emphasized in all phases of the Health Sciences curricula.
    • Our physical therapy residency programs are designed for physical therapists seeking advance their careers in the orthopedic and sports physical therapy specialty areas with a focus on evidence-based practice.

    Summer 2016 Newsletter

  • School Events

    • Abby in Helmet(1)

      Abby (Cooper) Coccagna BSN Nursing 2012

      Find out how the nursing program at SFU gave Abby the foundation to serve as a Flight Nurse in the U.S. Army.

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    • Fleurina

      Daring to Dream Out Loud

      From the island of Haiti to the pines of Saint Francis University we caught up with Wadler Fleurina, MPAS, PA-C, MB (ASCP), to see what he’s been up to since graduating SFU.

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    • Best Seat in the House

      Aimed toward middle school readers, the story centers on two brothers separated by age and distance who, in the wake of a family tragedy, attempt to reconnect through the game of baseball. 

      Read about Craig's first novel

    • Karly Link Profile - Spotlight

      A day in the trauma unit

      "I can be seeing a new trauma and doing all sorts of procedures like chest tubes, central lines or suturing. Next I can be taking care of our inpatients or seeing how our discharged patients are doing in clinic. There’s never a dull moment," said Karly Link, PA-C '14.

      Read more about Karly

    • Family Weekend 2016_Spotlight

      A Family-Fun Weekend

      Join us for a full weekend of fun activities planned for you and your family from Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2!

      Learn more and view the schedule of events

    • Back to school

      The move-in dust has settled, and our students are getting down to business with the first week of classes already under their belts! 

      Check out statistics, video links, photo galleries and more

    • Extra, Extra!

      The Spring/Summer 2016 issue of the Saint Francis University Magazine has hit the shelves (and is in the mail)! 

      Catch up on all the latest stories in this issue

    • Elisha Fleig Profile Spotlight

      College to the Cleveland Clinic

      Elisha Fleig, Class of 2013, shares how her double major in Physician Assistant Science and Spanish prepared her to land her dream job as a PA-C at the Cleveland Clinic Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.

      Read Elisha's story

    • Extra, extra! Read all about it

      Kimberly Elter, a recent graduate and current intern at the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, was featured in the July issue of Blair Business Mirror.

      Read more about Kimberly's internship

    • Danielle Painting

      The Healing Arts

      PT major Danielle MacMurtrie blended her love of anatomy and art during her time at Saint Francis University.

      Danielle MacMurtrie Profile

    • PA Jen Cyktor  Profile Spotlight

      A mother's inspiration

      Six years ago, Jen Cyktor’s mother passed away from Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Today, Jen works as a physician assistant in the Cancer Center at UPMC Shadyside in Pittsburgh.

      Read Jen's story

    • A view from the Hill

      Tori Martin, a fourth-year Master of Occupational Therapy student, is interning on Capitol Hill. The first Occupational Therapy student to intern on Capitol Hill through the Ann Eppard Scholarship, Tori is finding a voice among the people who make decisions about healthcare in the U.S.

      How did Tori get on the Hill?

    • Wisdom for 2016 Grads

      From mission trips to cardiothoracic surgery, Heather McDanials has words of wisdom to offer the Class of 2016 as the speaker for the Graduate Commencement Ceremony.

      Read Heather's story

    • ATH_ButlerIronman_Spotlight

      Tragedy to Triumph

      Her mother was riding her bike when she was struck from behind by a drunk driver, killing her instantly. Alumna and doctoral student Paige Butler is turning the tragedy into a triumph, hoping no one has to go through the kind of pain and loss she has been through. 

      Read more about Paige's triumph

    • Knowledge is Contagious

      The first two graduates of the Public Health program, William Myers and Austin Potts, were excited to begin spreading their knowledge of public health in their dream careers. William plans to work in disaster management, while Austin plans to work in environmental health. 

      Read more about their journeys in Public Health

    • Marriage of Art & Health Sciences

      Danielle MacMurtrie, a newly minted Doctor of Physical Therapy, finished off her final years at Saint Francis University creating an anatomy painting series for the School of Health Sciences.

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      SFU Spotlight

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