Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University continues to unveil changes as it rebrands itself.
The university previously was known as Our Lady of the Lake College.
It is broadening its educational offerings with the new doctorate in physical therapy, master's in nutritional sciences, bachelor's in theology and bachelor's in business administration degrees, a news release said. The expansion of programs was the main factor in the university’s name change.
“FranU continues to respond to the needs of the community through our new programs and innovative learning opportunities,” said Tina Holland, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University president. “Our programs not only deliver the necessary content and skills, but are also tightly wrapped in our Franciscan values and traditions.”
The university also has renovated the second floor of its School of Health Professions building, 7443 Picardy Ave., as part of a $1.4 million capital project. The renovations feature a physical therapy gymnasium with new equipment and classrooms with educational technology for multimodal methods of instruction, the release said. The classrooms include two Anatomage tables for virtual gross-anatomy simulation, advanced audio/visual equipment and desks that convert to treatment tables.
The physical therapy suite is the latest addition to the university's Simulated Environment Teaching Hospital, which includes multiple simulation labs that allow students to practice clinical skills and interprofessional collaboration in a variety of settings.