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At Misericordia University you learn from faculty who are leaders in their fields, who challenge you intellectually and creatively, and who do everything in their power to bring out your best. Plus, classes are small, ensuring the personalized attention you deserve. Classes usually feature fewer than 30 students and oftentimes fewer than 10 in advanced areas of study. Undergraduates regularly participate in research and other meaningful projects and opportunities that are not always available at larger institutions.

Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry programs open many doors for graduates
Misericordia University’s Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry programs offer students the opportunity to pursue virtually any career in the health sciences. Our biology curriculum gives you a strong foundation in genetics, molecular biology, ecology, marine biology, and neurobiology, while small class sizes guarantee personal attention during research and classroom instruction. Students in the Chemistry and Biochemistry programs are exposed to modern organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry, along with instrumental analysis and modern instrumentation. A blend of scientific research, mathematics, and physics completes the program. Graduates of these programs go on to graduate school and become physicians, veterinarians, dentists, and optometrists.

A leader in nursing for more than 65 years
Misericordia University has been educating nurses since 1949 in the longest established program in northeastern Pennsylvania. In 2012 the program received the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Innovations in Professional Nursing Award for its interprofessional education initiatives. In 2013 the program was granted 10 years of accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Misericordia offers students who are interested in nursing several different options, including the BSN, MSN, post-master’s certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Misericordia features two simulators and a modern nursing lab.

Medical Imaging program fosters success
Misericordia University Medical Imaging students benefit from the relationships the program has with clinical sites, which enable our students to apply their classroom knowledge in a professional setting. The University prepares its Medical Imaging majors with thorough education in the technical aspects of these jobs and a solid background in the liberal arts. Our on-campus digital radiography system laboratory, along with experienced faculty who practice in the field, prepare the students to be educationally prepared and clinically competent as entry-level radiologic technologists. The major also features internship options in specialty modalities during the senior level, and two fifth-year options for students, including a master’s degree in Organizational Management and a certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Doctor of Physical Therapy program
Our fully accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy program provides students with the tools and opportunities necessary to become competent and caring physical therapy practitioners in as little as six and a half years. Misericordia’s DPT program guarantees its first-year students will progress to the graduate level as long as they maintain academic standards. During their first three and a half years, students take courses for their doctorate while completing the requirements for a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration with Health Care Management Specialization, Business Administration with Sport Management Specialization, Communications, Computer Science, English, Health Care Management, History, Mathematics, Medical & Health Humanities, Philosophy, and Psychology. Students begin the professional curriculum and clinical training in their fourth and fifth years of study. In their sixth year, students can expand their studies to specialize in Pediatrics, Sports Physical Therapy, or Geriatrics. Students participate in four 10-week clinical educational experiences at many medical facilities and independent physical therapy centers in 20 states.

Occupational Therapy majors receive broad-based education
Our fully accredited five-year master’s degree program in Occupational Therapy combines a strong foundation of liberal arts and sciences, professional courses, clinical experience, and international service learning opportunities. Students begin their practical training in the third year of school. Besides clinical opportunities, graduate students can participate in a service learning trip abroad where they apply their skills and gain real-world experience in a culturally diverse setting. Occupational Therapy faculty members have expertise in a variety of practice and educational areas, bringing their years of practical experience to the classroom. Students will gain valuable knowledge in the areas of pediatrics, geriatrics, assistive technology, mental health, and orthopedics. Successful completion of course work and field assignments prepares students for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Examination. Misericordia also offers a post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy.

Bachelor of Health Science with a specialization in Patient Navigation degree and certificate program
The Patient Navigation program is a Bachelor of Health Science degree program. In addition, the University offers an 18-credit certificate program. Patient Navigators are professionals in patient advocacy, health education, wellness, and community health who collaborate with patients and clinicians to improve health outcomes. They steer patients successfully through the complex health care delivery system and any subsequent treatment plans. Patient navigators also possess the skills necessary to safely and effectively follow patients across the care continuum. Misericordia also offers a Bachelor in Health Science with specializations in Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology.

Facilities, clinic enhance Speech-Language Pathology program
Students enrolled in the five-year master’s degree program in Speech-Language Pathology have the benefit of state-of-the-art academic and research facilities. The program features its own Speech-Language and Hearing Center, which provides graduate students practical clinical experience and services to clients of all ages. It is one of the few programs that allow students to earn a master’s degree in five years of full-time study. The program trains students in every area of speech-language pathology to diagnose and treat patients with strokes, swallowing disorders, autism, articulation problems, developmental language disorders, fluency and voice disorders, and many other communication disorders.

The region’s only entry-level BS degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
The traditional Bachelor of Science degree program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography was developed to offer traditional students the collegiate campus experience, additional career mobility in the professional field, and the advantages of a liberal arts education. It is the only traditional Bachelor of Science program available in northeastern Pennsylvania. Also known as ultrasound, the program is based on extensive expertise of faculty members and the successful certificate and online BS degree programs that are designed mainly for adult learners. The programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

College of Health Sciences offers high-tech facilities and technology
John J. Passan Hall, the home of the College of Health Sciences, is a 37,000-sq. ft. facility outfitted with the latest laboratories and technology for students in those programs. The state-of-the-art facility includes the Speech-Language and Hearing Center clinic, where students gain practical experience while residents of the community receive low-cost medical services, and the Assistive Technology Research Institute, which provides information, education, and research in the application and development of assistive technology and universal design principals that help people with limited function to participate in their lives to the greatest extent possible.

To learn more about Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania, visit our website at admissions.misericordia.edu.


AT A GLANCE

Founded: 1924 by the Religious Sisters of Mercy

Affiliation: Roman Catholic Church

Campus: 123-acre residential main campus in a suburban setting in Dallas, Pennsylvania, with additional facilities located on a nearby lower campus

Total enrollment: 2,879; full-time enrollment: 1,898; part-time and graduate enrollment: 981

Financial aid: Approximately 99% of students receiving some form of financial aid

Retention rate: 87% overall retention rate

Faculty: 123 full time; 87% with PhD or other terminal degree

Student-faculty ratio: 12.6:1

Average class size: 17 students; more than 17% of classes have nine or fewer students, while 49% of classes have 19 or fewer

Four-year on-time graduation rate: 64%

First-year student profile: 60% in the top 25% of their graduating class

Academic emphases: Liberal arts, professional, and pre-professional studies

Campus life: 41 clubs, service organizations, and special-interest organizations

Intercollegiate sports: Misericordia University competes in the NCAA Division III Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Corporation Freedom Conference. Women’s sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, and track & field (indoor and outdoor).

Special programs: Guaranteed Career Placement Program; Choice Program for students undecided about their major; Alternative Learner’s Project for college students who learn differently; Assistive Technology Research Institute; cultural events

Majors:
College of Arts and Sciences: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Government, Law, and National Security, History, Mathematics, Medical and Health Humanities, Philosophy, Psychology

College of Health Sciences and Education: Applied Behavioral Science, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Education, Health Science: Patient Navigation Specialization, Healthcare Informatics, Medical Imaging, Medical Science, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Social Work, Speech-Language Pathology

College of Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Mass Communications and Design, Health Care Management, Information Technology, Master of Business Administration, Organizational Management, Professional Studies, Sport Management

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