Academic programs offered by the Franklin Institute of Wellness are vocational programs of study, with the goal of preparing students for a profitable career in the field upon graduation. FIW programs of study are not intended for personal enrichment. As such, career planning is built directly into the curriculum, with additional emphasis on professional practice in programs over 300 contact hours. Because self employment is a common objective of FIW programs of study, this emphasis supports a student in establishing a personal business or practice that blends their interests with their professional goals.
Graduate placement rates are evaluated annually by FIW’s oversight agencies, which include the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. FIW is required to maintain acceptable graduate placement rates as evidence of the college’s success as a postsecondary institution. During the most recent annual evaluation, FIW’s placement rates were 100%. This excellent placement record is achieved through a comprehensive set of professional preparation tools.
Many students enter an academic program not entirely sure where they want their professional career to take them upon graduation. To help students achieve clarity in their professional goals, guidance counseling is built into the curriculum and students have the opportunity to experience a wide range of applications of these newly acquired skills.
All students complete case studies, product formulation, and engage in the compilation and dissemination of information in the field to help identify where passions and interests may be taking each unique student. If additional assistance is required, faculty and staff are available by appointment to brainstorm and network career solutions.
Programs that can be completed in 2 academic quarters or less with full time enrollment (programs which provide fewer than 300 contact hours) have clear professional outcome objectives and emphasize professional practice in every class.
Assessments include preparation for practice and professor feedback involves career guidance so that graduates are able to achieve professional success shortly after completion.
Programs of 300 contact hours or more (1 academic year or longer) prepare students for a wider range of professional careers and are developed to both prepare students to achieve success within the full spectrum of career options while also providing students additional support in their chosen career path. During the first quarters of a 300+ hour program, students will master the general sciences of the field, with an emphasis on practical application. By the middle of the program, students begin transitioning from concept mastery to analysis and critical thought applications. This provides students an opportunity to explore the many career options available in a given field and confirm that their professional path is a good fit for their personal and professional goals.
By the final quarters of a 300+ hour program, students will have a clear picture of their professional goals and classes offer customization options to ensure that students are highly prepared to enter the field successfully. The program requirements include completion of the class FIW309 Small Business, Practice, & Ethics, which offers multiple professional paths of emphasis, as well as 301 level field-specific classes.
As a result of this exploration stage, followed by concentration stage of study, FIW maintains high graduate placement rates with many students established in a career prior to graduation. FIW follows up with recent graduates a month after graduation to offer support and encouragement in their professional field of interest. Alumni also have opportunities to stay involved with FIW, including attending the Research Insider held each month and other Alumni-specific events.