About

Briar Cliff University is a community committed to higher education within a liberal arts and Catholic perspective. In the Franciscan tradition of service, caring and openness to all, Briar Cliff emphasizes quality education for its students, combining a broad intellectual background with career development. The University challenges its members to grow in self-awareness and in their relationships to others and to God.

Briar Cliff University is a community committed to higher education within a liberal arts and Catholic perspective. In the Franciscan tradition of service, caring and openness to all, Briar Cliff emphasizes quality education for its students, combining a broad intellectual background with career development. The University challenges its members to grow in self-awareness and in their relationships to others and to God.

Our Values

  • Our Catholic Franciscan identity, enhanced by the presence and sponsorship of the Dubuque Franciscan Sisters and the support of the Diocese of Sioux City
  • Our challenging academic environment, which includes a liberal arts education, career preparation, academic integrity and academic freedom
  • Our focus on the student, which promotes academic success and extra/co-curricular experiences
  • Our culture of service to our constituents, to the Siouxland community and beyond
  • Our appreciation of diversity and our respect for each person
  • Our commitment to shared governance and collaborative decision making
  • Our innovative response to change, which envisions a promising and confident future

Your story starts here

At Briar Cliff, you matter. Even before you're enrolled, we want you to feel like part of our Cliff community by getting to know our campus and the amazing faculty, staff, and students that call it home.

Situated upon a scenic hilltop overlooking downtown Sioux City and natural prairie land, our picturesque campus gives our students the perfect balance of city life and peaceful nature.

Build your own visit.

Build your own visit, tailored to your interests. Remember, you're the one running the show — so pick a date! Once we hear from you, we'll contact you to iron out the details.

Programs taught in:
  • English (US)

This school also offers:

BSc

Briar Cliff University

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is the most desired credential in healthcare today. And at Briar Cliff, we've been preparing some of the region's most committed nu ... [+]

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A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is the most desired credential in healthcare today. And at Briar Cliff, we've been preparing some of the region's most committed nurses for generations.

Hands-on experience.

Get experience where it counts most — in the field! In our program, you’ll get 800 hours of clinical practice in hospitals, community health agencies, long-term care facilities and other community-based settings.

State-of-the-art labs.

Our renovated simulation, chemistry and biology laboratories are unparalleled by any undergraduate institution our size. You’ll also get to work in one of the region’s only working educational cadaver labs!

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USA Sioux City
September 2020
English (US)
4 years
Campus
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MSc

Briar Cliff University

The Master of Science in Exercise Physiology is your stepping stone to career advancement. Whether you are looking to stand out in the applicant pool by adding a master’s ... [+]

Why exercise Physiology?

There is a growing demand for master’s prepared professionals in human performance. Plus, with the wide variety of career opportunities in the industry, it’s important to be a leader in your area of expertise.

The Master of Science in Exercise Physiology is your stepping stone to career advancement. Whether you are looking to stand out in the applicant pool by adding a master’s degree to your resume or if this is a bridge to help you get into a doctoral program, this degree will provide the academic rigor and leadership skills to help you succeed.

Career Outlook

Employment of exercise physiologists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2012 to 2022 according to the Board of Labor Statistics Annual Report May 2013, based on the forecasting of similarly related professions. The employment of performance coaches is projected to grow around 15 percent during the next decade, faster than similar occupations in the kinesiology field.... [-]

USA Sioux City
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English (US)
Full-time
2 years
Campus
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Master

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The field of applied health and exercise sciences changes every day. Health organizations — from fitness centers to athletic departments to hospital wellness programs — a ... [+]

Kinesiology is evolving. So can you.

The field of applied health and exercise sciences changes every day. Health organizations — from fitness centers to athletic departments to hospital wellness programs — are searching for professionals who can keep up. Do you have what it takes? We think so. And we can help you get the graduate-level credentials in exercise physiology to prove it!

A clinical focus.

If you plan to move on to a clinical career, this degree option places an emphasis on clinical experience that will prepare you for graduate work at the doctoral level.

Gain hands-on experience.

Our program infuses teaching, coaching and research-based concepts that combine experiential and theoretical learning. You’ll gain a graduate-level understanding of the bio-scientific study of human movement and its role toward improving functionality for all individuals.... [-]

USA Sioux City
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English (US)
Full-time
2 years
Campus
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PhD

Briar Cliff University

Within a Catholic Franciscan University, with a tradition of service, caring and openness to all, broad intellectual background with career development, and encouragement ... [+]

Our Mission

Within a Catholic Franciscan University, with a tradition of service, caring and openness to all, broad intellectual background with career development, and encouragement of growth in self-awareness and in one’s relationship to others and to God, the mission of Briar Cliff University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is to pursue academic excellence in preparing the next generation of physical therapists to practice autonomously and respond to patient and societal needs of the region, including the underserved, by restoring, maintaining, and promoting optimal movement, activity participation, and wellness of clients. By challenging students to provide skilled, reflective, ethical, legal, compassionate, culturally competent, interprofessional, evidence-based, and patient-centered care, graduates will be prepared to be effective leaders and health care providers within their communities and the ever-changing healthcare environment.... [-]

USA Sioux City
September 2020
English (US)
Full-time
3 years
Campus
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Briar Cliff University