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    RN to BSN

    The Expressway Registered Nurse Option is designed as a part-time program in an accelerated format for people who are currently licensed RNs. The RN to BSN program is now available online for any RN who meets eligibility requirements. Courses are also offered once a week at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke. 

    Inquire here for more information or visit the Nursing Department web site.

    Nursing Degree Option for Career Changes

    Are you looking to change careers and enter the field of nursing? The second degree option is especially designed for individuals with a completed bachelor's degree in another field. Individuals entering the second degree option likely will not need to meet the core curriculum requirements of the University and can focus on courses and prerequisites essential to nursing Classes are available in daytime formats or our innovative part-time, accelerated evening program for non-nurses explained below.

    Part Time Evening Nursing Option for Career Changers

    The Nursing Department offers a BSN program option for adult learners hoping to enter the field of nursing. This was designed specifically for busy or working adults. Classes are offered in the evenings on our main campus in an accelerated format. Most classes are Monday and Thursday evenings from 5-11pm. (Some clinical and lab sections may need to meet on other days and times.) Classes run all year, including summers to help you complete your degree. All but two core classes and electives need to be completed prior to starting the nursing program. Inquire today for more information or visit the Nursing Department web page.

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Occupational Therapy (OT)
- Entry-level MS Degree 

    The Weekend College Occupational Therapy program is specifically designed for students with a Baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than Occupational Therapy or Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs). Graduates are prepared to become entry-level occupational therapy practitioners and eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification on Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination. Upon credentialing, occupational therapists are employed in clinics, hospitals, home health agencies, rehabilitation centers, schools, nursing homes, pediatric facilities, private practice, industrial centers and government agencies. 

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For more information about any of these programs, contact the Misericordia University Adult Education office toll free at 1-866-262-6363, or Maureen Sheridan at (570) 674-6451 or by email at




    At Misericordia University, psychology offers the adult student a broad, well rounded major. Because psychology leads to so many possible career choices, flexibility is a special feature of the major. Students earn a solid background in psychology but still have choices on major courses and electives they want to take to satisfy their special areas of interest.

    The psychology major was developed in consultation with the American Psychological Association. It offers students a mix of courses which emphasize psychology as both an art and a science. It prepares students equally well for entering the job market at the bachelor's degree level or going on to graduate school.

    As a psychology major at Misericordia University, you will examine a wide range of topics that include learning, perception, motivation, cognition, animal behavior, child development and abnormal, social and community psychology. Your studies will also include the development of important skills in research methodology, data analysis, critical thinking and communication, In addition, you will take a highly successful career seminar specifically designed to facilitate a personal and professional "career vision" of where you would like to go after graduation and how to travel that path.

    Career and Advanced Studies Opportunities

    Psychology majors have many career opportunities open to them upon graduation ranging from immediate employment to advanced academic study at some of the leading universities in the nation. For example, recent graduates are employed as intensive case managers, program specialists, and psychiatric assistants in mental health and mental retardation services; human resources specialists and personnel administrators; vocational rehabilitation counselors; addiction counselors, child welfare and gerontological caseworkers; patient and victim rights advocates; probation, parole and correctional officers; health educators and research assistants, etc. In turn, the psychology program serves as in excellent academic foundation for doing graduate studies in the various areas of psychology as well as related fields in business, law health and human services.

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For more information about any of these programs, contact the Misericordia University Adult Education office at (570) 674-6791 or by email at or Maureen Sheridan at (570) 674-6451 or by email at


Social Work 

    The choice of a major in Social Work is an ideal one for the returning adult student. All the courses that are needed to complete the degree are available in an evening and weekend format (and also in the daytime if that fits your schedule). The curriculum is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the only authorized accrediting agency for Social Work education in the country. We are particularly proud that the Social Work program is now entering its third decade of accreditation by CSWE. And, the Social Work program and faculty value the diversity, life experiences, commitment and motivation that the adult student brings to the program and the profession.

    Our nationally accredited Social Work program boast an excellent reputation for preparing baccalaureate Social Work (BSW) graduates with the knowledge, skill and value base that has been augmented by professional Social Work supervision in human service agencies. The Social Work major's focus on the "person in environment" paradigm uniquely prepares BSW graduates to work effectively with individuals, families, small groups, communities and organizations. In short, the BSW curriculum provides you with a professional Social Work foundation that is transferable to different settings, population groups and problem areas.

    Special Features

    The national accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education provides additional advantages to social work majors:

    - Preference by employers
    - Potential for higher job levels and salaries
    - Eligibility for admission to the Academy of Certified Baccalaureate Social Workers
    - Eligibility for advanced standing in over 75 graduate schools of social work.

    Misericordia encourages all of its Social Work graduates to fulfill the criteria for admission into the Academy of Certified Baccalaureate Social Workers (ACBSW). Earning a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from a CSWE accredited College is the first step in the process.

    Field Practicum

    Social Work is an applied discipline. In addition to academic course work-, field experiences under MSW supervision in community agencies are key parts of the learning processes. These field practicums engage the social work student in supervised social work practice and provide opportunities to apply classroom learning in the field. As an adult student, you can be assured that your advisor and field placement coordinator will work closely with you to make this a rewarding experience.

    Career and Advanced Study Opportunities

    The employment outlook for baccalaureate social work graduates remains very positive. Over the past several years, 100% of Misericordia's social work graduates received employment in the field or went on to graduate school. Our BSW graduates are employed in a variety of settings including: area agencies on aging: hospitals and nursing homes; substance abuse programs; mental health services; mental retardation/developmental disabilities services; children and youth agencies; probation, parole and criminal justice agencies; legal services; public health agencies; and school social work services. In addition, our students have earned. advanced standing into selective MSW programs such as Columbia University, University of Michigan, Fordham University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, Temple University and the University of South Carolina. If our graduates want to remain in the area, Marywood Graduate School of Social Work also gives advanced standing to Misericordia in its full and part-time MSW programs.


    Social Work faculty are committed to working with nontraditional students and have the proper blend of academic preparation and practice experiences to bring to both classroom and fieldwork supervision. In addition to Our full-time faculty, the program utilizes a highly select group of adjunct faculty from the social work practice community to teach special interest elective courses.

    Additional Opportunities

    Alpha Delta Mu - National Social Work Honor Society. Misericordia Social Work program is a charter member of Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Delta Mu, the national social work honor society. Students invited to join Alpha Delta Mu. must maintain a G.P.A. of at least a 3.25, demonstrate comportment to the values and ethics of the social work profession, and receive recommendation from at least two faculty members of the social work program. Each Spring, the program sponsors a dinner and induction ceremony for students who will then become lifetime members of Alpha Delta Mu.

    Specialized Certificate Programs

    The College has been a leader in preparing adult students with specialized certificates that will enhance your career opportunities in demand areas in the human services. The certificates may be taken alone or in support of other degrees.

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For more information about any of these programs, contact the Misericordia University Adult Education office at (570) 674-6791 or by email at or Maureen Sheridan at (570) 674-6451 or by email at