Undergraduate Nursing Program


All graduates of the undergraduate nursing program will be able to:

  1. Incorporate science, theoretical and empirical knowledge from the liberal arts, basic sciences, and nursing to promote health, risk reduction, disease prevention, and, illness and disease management for the welfare of others.
  2. Utilize an evidence based approach in the delivery of health care to individuals, families, groups, and communities within the global society.
  3. Use critical thinking skills and the nursing process to design, provide, manage, and coordinate nursing care.
  4. Participate with patients and interdisciplinary team members to improve quality patient care.
  5. Incorporate knowledge of leadership management principles in professional role development.
  6. Provide safe, humanistic nursing care to patients in a variety of settings by demonstrating respect for patient rights, professionalism, and ethical decision-making.
  7. Demonstrate information literacy and utilization of healthcare technologies used to support the delivery of health care.


Policies specific to the nursing major are published in the undergraduate nursing student policy handbook. Each student is required to review the handbook online each academic year and submit the completed acceptance form to the nursing department secretary no later than the third week of the fall semester.

Selection, Advancement, and Graduation Criteria

Admission into Nursing

Students admitted to nursing in the traditional nursing undergraduate program (first year) must meet the general admission requirements of Misericordia University in addition to program-specific requirements specified below. Full-time transfer students must meet admission requirements as specified in the transfer student section of this catalog. Non-traditional applicants, such as second degree students and registered nurse students, must meet specific requirements as outlined below and in the appropriate nursing student policy handbooks. All non-nursing transfer credits will be evaluated by the registrar and the nursing department chair (or designee) to determine equivalencies.

Admission into traditional undergraduate nursing requires:

  1. SAT scores of 960 with a minimum score of 450 in the math and verbal exams. Students who are applying for admission into the nursing major (both first time and transfer student admission) and who have either not taken the SAT examination or not achieved the admission SAT requirements published in the Misericordia University catalog, will be required to schedule and complete the NLN Nursing Entrance Examination. A proficiency score of 80% or higher on the NLN Nursing Entrance Examination is required in order to be considered for admission into the major.
  2. High school average of 80 or higher
  3. B or above in science and mathematics courses
  4. Completion of one year of chemistry, biology, and mathematics (including one semester of algebra).

Admission into the second degree nursing program (for traditional and part-time evening programs) requires:

  1. Completed bachelor’s degree
  2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  3. Completion of BIO 211, 212, 227, PSY 275, HP 241 for full-time option only; in special circumstances, one or more of these courses can be completed as junior co-requisites with permission of the department chairperson.

Admission for students to the Expressway RN-to-BSN program include:

  1. Graduation from an NLNAC-accredited associate’s degree or diploma nursing program; students are required to submit transcripts of all prior college-level course work and a copy of the RN license
  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 for all prior college-level course work
  3. Official written verification of a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical practice in the past three years (waived for graduates of basic nursing programs in the three years prior to application)

Note: Curriculum requirements may vary based on transcript evaluation.

To be compliant with our clinical agencies, during clinical semesters all students will be required to complete a FBI clearance, PA criminal background check, child abuse clearance, and 10 panel drug screening. If any report indicates a relevant criminal background check, the student will be prohibited from entrance into the nursing program. If a student incurs a relevant background check while enrolled, the student will be immediately dismissed from the nursing program.

State Board Requirements

The nursing department, in accordance with the State Board of Nurse Examiners, advises all nursing students that felonious acts prohibit licensure in Pennsylvania as of January 1, 1997. The following is taken from the law.

The Board shall not issue a license or certificate to an applicant who has been:

  1. Convicted* of a felonious act prohibited by the act of April 14, 1972 (P.L. 233, No. 64), known as “The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act”, or
  2. Convicted* of a felony relating to a controlled substance in a court of law of the United States and any other state, territory or country unless:
    1. At least ten years have elapsed from the date of the conviction;
    2. The applicant satisfactorily demonstrates to the Board significant progress in personal rehabilitation since the conviction such that licensure should not create a substantial risk of harm to the health and safety of patients or the public or a substantial risk of further criminal violations, and
    3. The applicant otherwise satisfies the qualifications contained in this act.

A person convicted of any felonious act may be prohibited from licensure by the Board of Nursing at any time.

* Convicted includes a judgment, an admission of guilt, or a plea of no lo contendere.

Special Expenses

In addition to tuition and fees, expenses for the major includes CPR certification and recertification, malpractice liability insurance, uniforms, NCLEX examination fee, developmental testing fees, annual health examination and immunization fees, clinical lab, membership in the National Student Nurses Association, and field trip expenses.

Transfer Students (tradtional and Part-time Evening Nursing Program)

All non-nursing transfer college credits will be evaluated by the registrar and the nursing department to determine equivalencies. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to transfer into the nursing program. Students who receive a C- or below in two or more cognates will not be considered for admission into the nursing program.

Progression and Retention in the Nursing Program

Academic Criteria for all Undergraduate Nursing Students

Progression and retention in the nursing major is based upon the student's ability to meet the following academic criteria:

  1. Students must attain an overall GPA of 2.75 throughout the nursing program.
  2. Students in the PTAEP and transfer students once accepted based on the combination of transfer credits and MU credits; need to be aware, that only the MU credits will be used for calculation of GPA for retention in the program.
  3. PTAENP and transfer students MU GPA will be calculated for the first time after 12 credits of MU course work.
  4. For students in the PTAEP, GPA will be calculated subsequently then in increments of completion of a minimum of 12 credits of coursework. Failure to obtain a GPA of 2.75 will result in probationary status.
  5. Successful completion of all cognates for the nursing major (BIO 211, BIO 212, BIO 227, HP 241, MTH 115, and PSY 275) with a grade of "C" or better is required for progression in the program.
  6. A student may repeat only one nursing cognate (Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology, Nutrition, Developmental Psychology, and Statistics) when a grade of C- or less is achieved. The passing acceptable grade for these courses is a C or better. The student will be given the option to repeat the course and will be allowed to retain their seat in the program on a space available basis. If a matriculated student earns a C- or less in the same cognate or any other cognate, that student will be dismissed from the nursing major with no options to reapply. If a transfer student earns a grade of C- or less in the same or any other Misericordia equivalent cognate at another institution, admission into the nursing major will be denied.
  7. Achievement of a grade of at least a (“C”) is required in all nursing courses (NSG courses).Students may repeat only one Nursing course (NSG), a maximum of 6 credits. The repeated NSG course must be completed in the following academic year. Students who need to grade replace NSG 302, 304, 402 and 403 may progress in the program, however must grade replace the course in the next summer.
  8. Any student who has fallen back related to grade replacement and /or is returning to the nursing major in good standing will be required to validate knowledge related to clinical experience prior to being allowed to re-enter any clinical course. (Refer to readmission policy and procedure).
  9. Senior, second-degree nursing students with a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 may earn up to 6 graduate credits while completing the undergraduate nursing program. Students may register to take one or both of the following graduate courses after discussion with the graduate program director and on a space available basis:
    1. NSG 519 –Concepts and Theories in Nursing Science (2 credits)
    2. NSG 511 – Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology for Primary Care (3credits)
    3. NSG 518 – APN Role (1 credit)
  10. Any student who is experiencing extenuating circumstances that may affect their progression in the program after the drop date should make an appointment with their advisor to determine whether an “I” should be taken. A student may withdraw later for medical reasons, supported by a written excuse from a physician, or for other serious circumstances, approved by the vice president of academic affairs in consultation with the course advisor.