Misericordia University has long realized that significant differences exist between the needs of transfer students and traditional freshmen. Transfer students have unique concerns regarding transfer of credits, entrance requirements, and opportunities for financial assistance.
More than 100 full-time transfer students, as well as a significant number of part-time transfer students, enroll annually at Misericordia. The University is successful in attracting transfer students because we make that transition as easy as possible. As a transfer student, you can expect a trained counselor who works exclusively with transfer students to answer your questions, informally evaluate your transcript and assist you in every phase of the enrollment process. Programs such as Transfer Information Evening and Transfer Orientation are specifically geared toward providing the type of information students need to make an informed decision.
2015-2016 Academic Year
Fall 2015 Semester: August 31, 2015 - December 19, 2015
Spring 2016 Semester: January 18, 2016 - May, 12, 2016
Spring 2016 Transfer/Adult Student Orientation: January 17, 2016
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. 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.
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
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:
Attn: Undergraduate Admissions
301 Lake Street
Dallas, PA 18612
Or by emailed to:
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.
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, Occupational Therapy, and Medical Imaging: Spring semester Deadline is November 6, 2015
Once all supplemental documents are received, the application is complete and ready for review. After a student is accepted, a Personalized Education Plan will be conducted that will inform the student which credits are transferable into their major.
Students looking to transfer into our full-time day and part-time evenings/weekends 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.
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
Luzerne - PSY 217
Lackawanna College - PSY 205
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 22 ACT composite score will be required to schedule and successfully complete the NLN Nursing Entrance Examination (PAX-RN). A proficiency score of 118 or higher (80th 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 of Nursing's pre-admission exam (PAX-RN) for potential nursing students seeking admittance into nursing schools nationwide. The computer-based exam will be on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. in the Alden Computer Lab located in the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library.
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 118 or higher to be considered for admissions in the nursing program.
To register for this exam: Go to the "registration store" located on the National League for Nursing website. Select "Pre-Admissions Exam (PAX)" and follow the directions.
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 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".
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
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 April 27. 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.
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.
Misericordia University offers over 30 programs for transfer students:
Applied Behavioral Sciences
Clinical Lab. Science
Government, Law and National Security
Health Care Informatics
Health Care Management
In certain circumstances, students may apply as undeclared.
To demonstrate its commitment to academic excellence, the University awards financial assistance to incoming transfers who have attained outstanding academic records. The annual scholarships are renewable until graduation, provided minimum grade point averages and satisfactory academic progress are maintained. The minimum averages required for retention of the award are outlined in the scholarship notification letter. Annual award amounts range from $4,000 to $11,000.
Students with records of leadership, volunteerism and participation in extracurricular activities may qualify for annual awards ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. McAuley applications can be found at https://forms.misericordia.edu/mcauley/. Applications for this award must be received no later than one month from the date of your acceptance letter.
Academically gifted multicultural students and students from under represented populations in higher education are eligible for a $1,000 annual award.
Non Pennsylvania Resident Grant
Out of state students who reside on campus are eligible for the non-Pennsylvania resident grant. This annual $1,000 award is renewable provided on campus residency and satisfactory academic progress are maintained.
Transfer students who have earned an Associate's Degree from Luzerne County Community College, Lackawanna College or Keystone College are eligible for a $1,000 annual award.
Phi Theta Kappa
Transfer students who provide proof of membership to Phi Theta Kappa are eligible for a $1,000 annual award.
Misericordia University FAFSA Code: 003247
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. Specifially, Shane Pagnotti (570) 674-6255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Schedule a visit to meet with an Admissions Representative about transferring into Misericordia University.
During your visit, you will be able to discuss your academic major, transfer process, campus tour, and transferable credits. You may register online or by phone at 570-674-6264.