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Franklin University of Ohio Approved to Offer Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

For Immediate Release: December 19, 2012

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Indianapolis, IN - Franklin University of Ohio, a leading educator of working adults, is pleased to announce it has received approval from the Board for Proprietary Education of Indiana to offer four new undergraduate and four new graduate programs at the University’s Indianapolis location.

Approval provides an expanded choice of academic opportunities for students in Indiana.  Programs include the following Undergraduate majors:  B.S. Healthcare Information Management, B.S. Information Systems Auditing, B.S. Social Media Design, and B.S. Public Administration; and the following graduate programs:  M.S. in Business Psychology, M.S. in Human Resource Management, Master of Public Administration, and Master of Healthcare Administration.

The newly enhanced online Healthcare Information Major, providing students with the skills necessary to lead in this cutting-edge field where healthcare meets information technology. Through this major, students will develop the skills necessary to integrate the management of health information throughout their organization, as well as evaluate the development and implementation of information systems solutions. This online, degree-completion program provides a seamless pathway from previously earned healthcare-related credits, to a bachelor’s degree, and enables students the eligibility needed for the highly valued Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) Certification.  Degree requirements and eligibility for this program include students who are credentialed (certified, licensed, registered or degreed) healthcare practitioners, managers or administrators.. Students who do not have an associate’s degree in healthcare may be eligible candidates for the Healthcare Information Management major upon completion of 24 semester hours from transfer credit in an approved related discipline.

Information Systems Auditing (ISA):  As information becomes more sensitive and cyber-crime continues as an ever-present threat, there’s a rapidly growing demand for information systems auditing professionals. As an

accounting or information systems professional, the ISA major’s comprehensive coursework can help students acquire stronger reasoning and analytical skills necessary to lead in this growing industry. Graduates of the ISA major will have a refined understanding of managing the development of audit plans, analyzing and resolving accounting systems problems, communicating accounting and information systems audit findings, and evaluating information systems security controls.

Public Administration:  Public Administration as a multidisciplinary major uniquely prepares graduates for administrative and management positions in government and nonprofit organizations.  Practical administrative theory, real-world management skills, and in-depth expertise in an area of professional interest are taught through specialization courses selected from any degree area offered at Franklin. By enrolling in Franklin’s Public Administration major, students will be able to establish themselves in a growing field that emphasizes professionalism and serving the community, while developing administrative skills needed in the government and nonprofit sectors.

Social Media Design (SMD): Through this transfer-friendly major, graduates will be prepared to create focused social media strategies, as well as manage the social presence of people, products, and organizations using social media tools. Franklin’s SMD hands-on curriculum develops communication, marketing, and design skills needed to meet a growing demand while fully supporting, designing, and developing social media projects.

The Master of Science in Business Psychology Applied Psychology, with its emphasis on a pragmatic understanding of individual thought and action, offers an excellent complement to the practical field of business. The M.S. in Business Psychology is specifically designed to fuse a functional understanding of business with applied psychology (Available online and face-to-face.)

The Master of Healthcare Administration (MSA) is a 15-month program that helps students acquire the knowledge needed to prepare for highly valued and well-compensated roles in a variety of healthcare-related settings – whether or not they have a background in healthcare. The program emphasizes leadership, operational effectiveness, health policy, and addressing community and global healthcare issues (Available online).

The M.S. in Human Resource Management (MSHRM) is designed to provide a life-enhancing educational experience for professionals working in the HR field. Franklin’s MSHRM can be completed in as little as 16 months and is intended to provide the student who wants to excel with a broad understanding of the human resource industry, with a focus on preparing graduates to become “strategic partners” to CEOs – or CEOs themselves(Available online).

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program prepares students to lead and manage public and not-for-profit organizations. The MPA has become the foremost graduate degree in the area of government and not-for-profit management with employers recognizing the Franklin MPA program as an effective way to develop employees’ professional skills and increase the capacity of their organizations (Available online.)

About Franklin University
Franklin University in Indianapolis, IN is regulated by: The Board for Proprietary Education, Indiana Commission for Higher Education,  , 101 West Ohio Street, Suite 670,  , Indianapolis, IN 46204, , telephone: 317.464.4400 Extension 138.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, 312.263.0456.

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, the University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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