Application Process

At Misericordia, transfer students are provided with the diligent service and expert support that you can depend on. Your goals and expectations are very important to us as you place your future in our care. You can trust that we will do our part to give you the opportunities that you need to be successful.

Misericordia University welcomes students who wish to transfer from other accredited four-year colleges or universities, or two-year junior or community colleges.

Prospective full-time and part-time transfer students are encouraged to arrange an interview with the admissions office to review academic status and proposed curriculum.

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Application Deadlines

  • Non-Health Science Majors - Rolling admissions; No deadline
  • Full-Time Day B.S. Nursing - Spring 2018: November 1, 2017
  • Full-Time Day B.S./M.S. Occupational Therapy -Spring 2018: November 1, 2017
  • B.S. Medical Imaging - Spring 2018: November 1, 2017

Applications must be submitted and all supplemental documents received by the Admissions Office on/or before the deadline dates for an application to be reviewed for acceptance.

Once all supplemental documents are received, the application is complete and ready for review. After a student is accepted, transcripts will be evaluated for transferability. An Advising Worksheet will be mailed to each student which indicates the amount of credits that transferred and how many credits are needed to complete the degree.

Application Process

Prospective transfer students will be considered for admission if they have maintained a cumulative GPA (grade point average) of 2.0 or better (based on a 4.0 system). Higher GPA may be required to specific majors. GPA requirements for advancement into the professional level of individual programs vary (see individual curriculum guides for each program). Candidates who meet the GPA requirements for general admission and who seek advanced standing for previous college work, regardless of delivery mode or teaching/learning format, must provide the director of admissions with the following:

1. Application for Admission - a free online application is available by going to www.misericordia.edu/apply

2. Official copy of secondary school transcript or GED test results

3. Official transcripts from each college/university previously attended

4. SAT/ACT scores if applying for any Health Science and/or Education program

Official documents can be mailed to:

Misericordia University
Attn: Undergraduate Admissions
301 Lake Street
Dallas, PA 18612

Or emailed to:
admiss@misericordia.edu

Transfer of Credit Process

Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at Misericordia University. The university will accept no more than 61 credits from any single or combination of associate degree programs.

Although part-time students may begin their studies on a non-matriculating basis, they are expected to apply for formal admission to the university at the earliest possible date. Non-matriculated students are limited to earning 15 credits at the university unless special arrangements have been approved.

Only courses with a grade of C- (1.7) or better will be accepted for transfer. Grades earned at other institutions are not included in the student's GPA at Misericordia University.

Credit may transfer from other institutions if one of the following criteria is met:

The institution is regionally accredited (not applicant or candidate status) by a commission on higher education. Misericordia University recognizes the following regional accreditations:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges

The American Council on Education has reviewed and recommended the course for college credit.

The institution is legally authorized to grant standard college degrees and is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Misericordia University may award transfer credit based upon an individual review of factors such as course equivalencies, expected student learning outcomes, quality of most recent academic work, cumulative grade point average, number of credits completed, intended field of study, coursework relevant to a prospective student’s major, and applicability or transferability of completed work to Misericordia University’s curricula, standards, and course offerings. This determination will be made in consultation between the Department Chair in the discipline which sponsors the credit at Misericordia University and the Registrar.

Nursing Applicants

Students looking to transfer into our full-time day or part-time evening Bachelors of Science in Nursing must hold a minimum collegiate grade point average of 3.0 after having completed at least 15 college credits. Transfer applications to the BSN program are only accepted for the freshman, sophomore and junior levels. This is based on space availability, and are only reviewed for acceptance with the successful completion of appropriate prerequisites; students who receive a "C-" or below in the following prerequisites will be denied admission into the program.

1. MU BIO 211 – Anatomy & Physiology I

Luzerne - BIO 135

Lackawanna College - BIO 211

2. MU BIO 212 – Anatomy & Physiology II

Luzerne - BIO 136

Lackawanna College - BIO 212

3. MU BIO 228 - Microbiology

Luzerne - BIO 251

Lackawanna College - BIO 220

4. MU HP 241 - Fundamentals of Nutrition

Luzerne - HPE 263

Lackawanna College - N/A

5. MU PSY 275 - Child & Development Psychology (Developmental Psychology)

Luzerne - PSY 217

Lackawanna College - PSY 205

6. MU MTH 115 - Basic Statistics

Luzerne - MAT 107

Lackawanna College - MAT 135

Students who are applying for admission as a transfer student into the nursing major and who have not taken the SAT examination or have not achieved a combined SAT score of 960 (math and critical reading) or if SAT was taken March 2016 or later, combined score required is a 1040 or 22 ACT composite score will be required to schedule and successfully complete the NLN Nursing Entrance Examination (PAX-RN). A proficiency score of 122 or higher (78th percentile) on the NLN Nursing Entrance Examination is required in order to be considered for admission into the major. Students that have taken bacteriology and/or Anatomy & Physiology (I&II) will help the student prepare for the exam. Please note that the PAX-RN exam can only be taken once.

Misericordia University will be hosting the National League for Nursing's pre-admission exam PAX-RN for potential nursing students seeking admittance into nursing schools nationwide. The computer-based exam is set for Saturday, October 28, 2017. Register

The NLN PAX RN comprises three main areas: Verbal skills, which consists of both word knowledge and reading comprehension; Mathematics, which includes basic calculations, word problems, and incorporates algebra, geometry, conversions, graphs, and applied mathematics; and Science, which examines general biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science. The NLN PAX-PN includes the above content as well as a section on health and first aid.

Each section consists of all multiple-choice questions and includes experimental items for the purpose of future test development. Answers to these questions are not counted in the scoring.

Misericordia University requires students to achieve a proficiency score of 122 or higher to be considered for admissions in the nursing program.

In addition to the exam fee charged by NLN, please be advised that there will be an Administration Fee of $10 due the day of the exam. Please make check out to Misericordia University.

Second Degree Applicants

Applicants who are seeking a BSN as their second degree must have all of the six (6) required classes listed above successfully completed and an overall grade point average of 3.0 or greater in order to be considered for acceptance. Second degree applicants should apply for spring semesters due to the structure of the curriculum. These individuals do not need to submit SAT or PAX-RN scores. When completing an application, select "Transfer Student".

Part-Time Bachelor Degree in Nursing

Misericordia University’s Nursing Department offers several undergraduate nursing degree programs that are tailored to fit the busy lifestyle of both the professional registered nurse (RN) and individuals seeking to enter the nursing profession from another field. Part-Time Nursing Programs

For more information on this part-time program contact: Ms. Maureen Sheridan at 570-674-6451; msherida@misericordia.edu

Occupational Therapy Applicants

Full-Time Weekday Five-Year Entry level BS/MS Occupational Therapy Program

A limited number of applications for transfers into the weekday five-year entry-level BS/MS occupational therapy program may result in acceptance at the freshman and/or sophomore level, based on space availability, and favorably undergoing a competitive review process.

In order to apply for transfer, applicants will typically hold a minimum collegiate grade point average of 3.0, having completed at least 15 college credits. Potential transfer students with less than 30 college credits must also present: (a) minimum SAT score of 1000 in math and critical reading combined with a minimum SAT critical reading score of 480, or (b) an ACT composite of 23 which includes a minimum of 23 in the English subtest and a minimum of 23 in the reading subtest.

In addition to standard application requirements, transfer applicants for the weekday program need to also submit the following:

1. Two letters of reference

2. A 500-word typed statement of personal and professional goals

3. By the beginning of the first semester of enrollment, documentation of a full day (6-8 hours) of documented service in a health care setting with a licensed occupational therapist is required. Students may apply and be reviewed for admission without this documentation.

Applicants are encouraged to have completed some of the following classes:

1. MU PHY 117 - Physics Intro I

Luzerne - PHY 123

Lackawanna College- PHY 120/121

2. MU MTH 115 - Basic Statistics

Luzerne - MAT 107

Lackawanna College - MAT 135

3. MU PSY 290 – Psychopathology

Luzerne - PSY 213

Lackawanna College - PSY 212

4. MU BIO 211 – Anatomy & Physiology I

Luzerne - BIO 135

Lackawanna College - BIO 211

5. MU BIO 212 – Anatomy & Physiology II

Luzerne - BIO 136

Lackawanna College - BIO 212

Weekend College Occupational Therapy Program

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.

For more information on this part-time program contact: Ms. Maureen Sheridan at 570-674-6451; msherida@misericordia.edu

Medical Imaging Applicants

Misericordia University accepts applications from transfer students for fall semester to begin in the Medical Imaging program at the clinical level. A completed application must be received by November 1, 2017 to be considered for Spring 2018. For an applicant to be considered for acceptance, the student must have achieved a "C-" or higher in Anatomy and Physiology I & II. Ideally, the applicant should apply for their fall semester of sophomore year. However, transfer students may apply for a spring entry and take liberal arts course with intentions of starting major classes in the fall.

Transfer students will be considered for acceptance, providing they meet the minimal overall GPA requirements of 2.75, completed a minimum of 24 credits that apply towards the major, the entrance requirements are met, and space is available. However, they must follow the sequence of courses for the major as listed in the catalog beginning with the fall semester sophomore year. Depending upon the number of credits accepted for transfer, students may complete all graduation requirements for the medical imaging program by December of the senior year; however, if intending to complete the program in December, no more than 11 credits can be taken during the Fall semester, due to accreditation requirements.

Medical Imaging to Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Comparison Chart

Medical Imaging

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Similarities

Both professions require individuals to be properly educated, detail oriented, and have a desire to work in a direct patient care field. Each of the two fields produce diagnostic images that are interpreted by a qualified physician to assist the patient in acquiring an accurate diagnosis.

Job Titles

Radiographer
Radiologic Technologist

Sonographer
Ultrasound Technologist

Roles

Diagnostic radiographic images, Computed Tomography, Mammography, Cardiac Catheterization, Special Procedures and Bone Densitometry images are produced utilizing ionizing radiation. The images may evaluate bony anatomy and/or internal organs.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging utilizes a magnetic field and radiofrequency pulses to produce diagnostic images.

Radiation Therapy employs radiation to treat malignancies of many parts of the body.

Radiographers and individuals credentialed in specialty areas are responsible for acquiring quality images or administering treatment with great attention to radiation protection practices for the patient and the public.

Sonography images from the unborn to the geriatric; head to toe using high frequency soundwaves to produce images of internal anatomical structures.

Sonographers are responsible for performing the examination, optimizing image quality, assessing the image, and generating a worksheet to describe the examination findings to assist the interpreting physician in making the final diagnosis and report.

Specialty Areas

Computed Tomography (CT)
Nuclear Medicine
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Mammography
Cardiac Catheterization
Mammography
Special Procedures
Bone Densitometry
Radiation Therapy

Abdominal
Breast
Gynecology
Obstetrics
Thyroid
Urology
Vascular

Employment Opportunities

Medical Imaging professionals have many employment opportunities that include:

  • Medical Imaging (Radiology) departments in a hospital
  • Out-patient Imaging Centers
  • Mobile Imaging
  • Pediatric Hospital
  • Pain Management Clinics
  • Urology office
  • Women’s Imaging Centers
  • Cancer Treatment Centers

Sonography specialties and areas in which sonographers can be employed include, but not limited to:

  • General Sonography departments in a hospital or out-patient imaging center (abdominal, thyroid, pelvis, OB, vascular)
  • Mobile Imaging
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatric Hospital
  • Perinatology centers
  • Urology office
  • Vascular surgeon offices
  • Women’s Imaging Centers

Professional Societies/National Credentialing Organization

ASRT – www.asrt.org

ARRT – www.arrt.org

SDMS - www.sdms.org
AIUM - www.aium.org
ARDMS - www.ardms.org
ARRT(S) - www.arrt.org

Program Accreditation Information

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS)

Education Applicants

Students interested in transferring from another institution to the University to participate in its Teacher Education Program must also apply for admission. An official copy of the student's college/university transcripts demonstrating an earned GPA of 3.0 or better is required. Transfer students' transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis in order to determine if courses are acceptable alternatives to the requirements. Prospective external transfer students must meet with and be approved by the TED's Transfer Coordinator before enrolling in courses sponsored by the department.

Readmission to the University

Students in good academic and disciplinary standing who have withdrawn from Misericordia University and wish to re-enroll within one calendar year of their withdrawal must notify the admissions office - specifically, Christine Marks (570) 674-6462 or cmarks@misericordia.edu.

Readmission to the university does not automatically imply readmission to the student’s former program. If a student wishes to return to the university in a different department than the one in which the student was enrolled at the time of withdrawal, the student must make formal application to that department through the admissions office. Students who have been academically dismissed from a specific academic program, but not from the university should consult academic department policies and procedures for specific eligibility requirements for readmission. The readmission process for students who have been academically dismissed from the university must include an interview with, and favorable recommendation from, the chair of the department to which the student is applying. In the case of disciplinary dismissal or a withdrawal for personal reasons, the matter will be referred to the Vice President of Student Affairs. In all cases, readmission to the university does not imply readmission to one’s former academic program. When applying, please select "Readmit Undergraduate" on the application for admission.

Students with Credentials from Foreign Institutions

Applicants with prior coursework from institutions outside of the United States will be required to provide a credential evaluation prepared by either the international credentialing service of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO), available at ies.aacrao.org; or, a credentialing service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A list of members can be found at www.naces.org

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