Dr. Jungers
Welcome from the Dean

I want to welcome each prospective and current student, alumnus, and community partner to the Franciscan University School of Professional Programs!

As a School, we are committed to renewing the world through educational training grounded in a Catholic worldview that upholds the dignity of every human person and illuminates what it means to create a just society amid the challenges of the modern world. This worldview inspires and informs our faculty and students’ understanding of how to be ethical professionals and leaders in the business, healthcare, mental healthcare, social welfare, education, and criminal justice fields.

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Faculty of our school are trained practitioners and leaders who bring a wealth of real-world experience to the classroom. Faculty know the joys and challenges of their chosen professions; they understand what it takes to move successfully from student to career professional and from career professional to leader; and they are invested in mentoring students and alums along their way. Supporting students’ personal and professional development is our passion.

Faculty of the School also are dedicated scholars who engage in research related to their field. Their research deepens the classroom experience for students and provides them with opportunities to be involved in exciting scholarly projects and professional conferences in areas such as special education, forgiveness and forgiving, child welfare and rural human services, reparation and responsibility among perpetrators of wartime atrocity, and maternal/fetal attachment.

As a school, we have set a course for ourselves that includes the following goals centered on the ethical formation, professional training, and leadership development of our students. We aim to:

  • Provide every student in the School with real-world educational training opportunities in the form of practicums, internships, and field experiences
  • Integrate a Catholic worldview across program curricula
  • Have 100% of eligible programs accredited by nationally-recognized accreditors
  • Develop and maintain active alumni networks by offering online and on-ground continuing education programs that contribute to ongoing professional development

Being part of the School of Professional Programs will prepare you for success in your field and help you to become an ethical, compassionate, and skilled professional who is ready to renew the world wherever you may be called to serve!

Christin Jungers, Ph.D., LPCC-S

Dean, School of Professional Programs


Ethically Formed. Prepared to Serve. Trained to Lead.

Renew the World through the School of Professional Programs
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The School of Professional Programs prepares highly skilled, career-ready professionals committed to the sacredness of human life and the transformation of the world into a just environment. Grounded in Catholic virtues and professional ethics, our programs form students as moral professionals competent to engage in socially responsible practice. Faculty are respected scholars and practitioners who prepare students to serve through instruction in evidence-based practices and contemporary theory applied in real-world environments. The outcome is principled, trained leaders who can renew the world by serving the common good and empowering others to realize their human potential.

Ethically Formed
  • Each program is guided by a mission statement that showcases the program’s purpose to train students in their discipline with an emphasis on Catholic values
  • 100% of programs incorporate courses on professional ethics and include content from Catholic social thought.
  • Students are supervised in internships and field placements by professionally-qualified faculty who are committed to the values of human dignity, justice, and human rights from a Catholic point of view.
  • Each state has different professional licensure and certification requirements. Students who are considering an academic program that allows them to pursue professional licensure in their state are encouraged to check their state’s information requirements HERE for guidance.
Prepared to Serve
  • 75% of the faculty in our school are actively working in their field or are in leadership and service roles within their profession.
  • Faculty have on average 23 years of experience working in their field.
  • 100% of eligible programs in the School are accredited from specialized accreditors, including the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
  • Job placement rates within 6 months of graduation in the SoPP is: 96% (BSN); 89% (Counseling); 82% (Business); 71% (Education)
  • Exceptional first-time pass rates on professional licensure and certification exams: 88.5% for nursing students (5yr. average on NCLEX); 100% pass rate for clinical mental health counseling students (2 yr. average on NCE); and 93.7% pass rate (3 yr. average on OAE) for education students.
Trained to Lead
  • The Master of Catholic Leadership Program is specifically designed to help students understand contemporary leadership theory in light of Catholic Social teaching and develop leadership skills grounded in Catholic values
  • Students participate in and present at professional conferences that offer networking and leadership opportunities
  • Ongoing mentorship and support through the Franciscan University SoPP Alumni and Mentorship Network
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Special Education Professors Receive $75,000 Research Grant

Two professors in Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Education Department received a $75,000 grant from the Ohio Deans Compact on Exceptional Children to create an online module to help educators across the state teach evidence-based behavior management practices.

School Faculty
Prof. Antinone

Dr. Richard Antinone

Assistant Professor
Department Chair

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Dr. Ash

Dr. George Ash

Associate Professor
Department Chair

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Dr. Emily Belsito

Assistant Visiting Professor

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Dr. Edward Bogats

Dr. Edward Bogats

Adjunct Professor

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Dr. Born

Dr. Clinton Born


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Dr. Tiffany Boury

Associate Professor

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Prof. Sunni Burnett

MSN Program Director

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Dr. Ricardo Chaparro-Pacheco

Dr. Ricardo Chaparro-Pacheco

Professor, Director of Social Work

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Dr. Furda

Dr. Mark Furda


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Dr. Gilligan

Dr. Carrie Gilligan

Assistant Professor

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Professional Licensure Disclosure Information



Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS) offers programs leading to professional licensure within the State of Ohio. Each state has its own set of requirements and specific process for licensure. Some states may require graduation from an accredited program, additional coursework/fieldwork, background checks, additional exams/fees, and other state-specific requirements.


Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the United States. For more information, please see HLC’s Statement of Accreditation Status for FUS. Additionally, some programs are accredited through additional specific accrediting agencies. Additional accreditations and memberships are listed on the Accreditations and Memberships webpage.


State Authorization refers to federal, state, and professional licensing board regulations that impact online education offered across state lines. Compliance with these regulations ensures that a degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS) will be recognized. However, the requirements for licensure vary from state to state. FUS is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) which allows us to provide distance learning programs (both online and in the form of supervised field experiences) and coursework to residents of states other than Ohio. NC-SARA membership, however, does not grant reciprocity or exempt us from state professional licensing requirements. As a result, licensing requirements in Ohio may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain a license in any other state.

State authorization refers to state, federal, and professional licensing board regulations that effect where institutions of higher education can operate. Each state regulates the offerings of post-secondary education institutions. These requirements vary from state to state and affect online programs, on-ground education, and programs that lead to licensure or certification in a professional field. Requiring state authorization of distance education and licensure programs guarantees that students are protected as consumers. In addition, disclosure requirements ensure that a prospective student knows whether a program meets educational requirements for licensure in each state before enrolling.

As a student, it is your responsibility to notify program advisors if you are planning to move to another state. Program advisors will work with you to determine if the program you are enrolled in meets state educational requirements for licensure. Students should also research the appropriate licensing agency in the state where they intend to work to verify the most up-to-date licensure requirements.


Prior to enrolling in any program, Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS) asks prospective students residing/working outside of the United States to verify that their current residency status makes them eligible to enroll in program and courses. Prospective students should also confirm with the appropriate certifying agency whether successful completion of any degree program at FUS will meet the credentialing requirements of the country in which they intend to seek employment, as to certain types of employment or for advanced/specialized educational programs.


Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS) offers multiple programs designed to lead to licensure or certification in the state of Ohio. This means that, when a student graduates from a licensure program at Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS), he or she has the minimum educational qualifications to apply for Ohio licensure. For other U.S. states and territories, this may or may not be the case, as educational requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. FUS has not made a definitive determination whether these programs will meet all of the educational requirements of all other US states or territories as the educational requirements often change frequently.

Licensure boards in each state are responsible for establishing the requirements for licensure/certification for their state.  These state professional licensing boards make the ultimate decision as to whether an individual will be eligible for licensure based on the rules and regulations in place at the time the individual submits their application for licensure.

It is highly recommended that students who are not Ohio residents or who plan to seek licensure or certification outside the state of Ohio contact the appropriate licensing agency or board before enrolling in an academic program designed to lead to licensure or certification and discuss their plans with an advisor. Program advisors can assist prospective students with these determinations.

Students who intend to return or move to any state other than Ohio need to review the professional licensure disclosures pertaining to their program and consult with the state professional licensing board.  For more information on Professional Licensure, visit the NC-SARA Profession Licensure Resource website for a detailed discussion of what students should consider in licensure programs as well as access to the NC-SARA Professional Licensure Directory.

Use the links provided below for information about specific programs leading to certification or licensure:

Clinical Mental Health Counseling



Social Work