Transfer Students

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.

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Fall 2015 Semester: August 31, 2015 - December 19, 2015

Spring 2016 Semester: January 17, 2016 - May, 12, 2016


NOTE: Fall 2015 Transfer Orientation is Sunday, August 30, 2015 from 10:00am - 1:00pm. Classes begin on Monday, August 31, 2015.

Transfer of Credit Policy

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 transfer students are encouraged to arrange an interview with the admissions office to review academic status and proposed curriculum.

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 is required for specific majors; Nursing, Medical Imaging, Occupational Therapy and Education. 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 Health Science and/or Education programs.

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.

Application Deadlines

Non-Health Science Majors: Rolling admissions; No deadline.

Nursing: Spring semester – October 19, 2015

Occupational Therapy: Spring semester – October 26, 2015

Medical Imaging: Spring semester – October 26, 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.

Nursing Applicants

Successful transfer applicants will hold a minimum collegiate grade point average of 3.0, having completed at least 15 college credits. Transfer applications to the Nursing program are only accepted for the freshman, sophomore and junior levels, based on space availability, and only reviewed for acceptance with the successful completion of appropriate prerequisite; 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 22 ACT composite score will be required to schedule and 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, October 17, 2015 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.

Please be advised that there will be an Administration Fee of $10.

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.

Occupational Therapy Applicants

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

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 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.


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.

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.

Academic Programs for Transfers

Scholarships

Financial aid is also an important part of the transfer process. More than 93% of Misericordia students receive financial aid. In addition to federal and state aid, the University considers all full-time transfer students for academic scholarship awards, with nearly 30% of full-time transfer students receiving academic scholarships annually. Students with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average are automatically given scholarship consideration.

Presidential Scholarship

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.

McAuley Award

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.

Achievement Award

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.

Institutional Award

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

Readmission into 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. Specifially, Shane Pagnotti (570) 674-6255 or spagnott@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.

Visit Campus

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.

Getting in Touch

If you are interested in transferring or returning to school, check out Misericordia University. Our trained Admissions, Adult Education and Financial Aid staff are available to assist you. Contact Shane Pagnotti at (570) 674-6255, or spagnott@misericordia.edu
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