Transfer Students

Misericordia makes transitioning into a new college as stress-free as possible to make it easier for you to call “home”. Get the fresh start that you have been looking for at an institution which truly understands your needs.

We know that each transfer student is coming from a unique background and experience; as such, we provide a support system to ensure that the transition is seamless. We work closely with each student to understand all individual needs and personal goals. Moreover, we work hard to bridge the gap for each student so that transfer students can pick-up where they left-off without missing a beat.

One-Stop Shop

A specialized counselor who works exclusively with transfer students will assist with everything from the application and admissions process to the financial aid and course registration process, answering any questions and keeping students informed along the way. This individual will also offer expert guidance on the various program options and acceptance criteria, and provide an informal evaluation of transcripts. Quite simply, it is our objective to give each student a positive experience and the opportunity for success.

Shane PagnottiContact Shane Pagnotti, Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions, at 570-674-6255 or to learn more about transferring into Misericordia University.

Schedule a personal visit to meet with the Transfer Counselor by clicking here.

Transfer students are also encouraged to get involved and to experience Misericordia in a similar way as traditional students - to feel the same sense of belonging and pride.

Student Opportunities

Whether you are transferring as a resident student or a commuter student, Misericordia affords many opportunities to get involved and enjoy your campus experience. From the numerous student clubs and organizations, to our abundant sports and recreational activities, if you are looking for a college with the right balance of academics and entertainment, Misericordia University is the right campus for you.

We have countless areas throughout our campus where students like to hangout and relax, along with basketball courts, soccer fields, and other facilities where students partake in recreational games. If you are more of an observer, come watch one of our Division III or intramural athletic teams compete on campus.

Not a big fan of sports? Not a problem. Come visit our art gallery, attend a musical performance, participate in a stand-up comedy act, go rock climbing, and much more. You can even catch a shuttle off-campus to go to a favorite restaurant or shop. If you are an individual who enjoys helping others and making a difference, Misericordia also provides service opportunities both locally and internationally. Depending on how far you want to venture off campus, Misericordia offers a Study Abroad program to enhance your educational experience while gaining an appreciation for different cultures. There is always something happening in and around our campus. You will notice how friendly and welcoming everyone really is here, while at the same time, create lifelong memories and forge new friendships.

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2016-2017 Academic Year

  • Fall 2016 Semester: August 29, 2016 - December 17, 2016
  • Transfer Student Orientation: August 28, 2016

  • Spring 2017 Semester: January 16, 2017 - May 11, 2017
  • Transfer Student Orientation: January 15, 2017

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 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:

Misericordia University

Attn: Undergraduate Admissions

301 Lake Street

Dallas, PA 18612

Or 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.

Application Deadlines

Non-Health Science Majors:

Rolling admissions; No deadline

Full-Time Day B.S. Nursing:

Spring 2017: November 1, 2017

Full-Time Day B.S./M.S. Occupational Therapy:

Spring 2017: November 1, 2017

B.S. Medical Imaging:

Spring 2017: 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.

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 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 of 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 8, 2016. 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;

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;

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, 2016 to be considered for Spring 2017. 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 Dignostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Comparison Chart

Medical Imaging

Diagnostic Medical Sonography


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

Radiologic Technologist

Ultrasound Technologist


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
Special Procedures
Bone Densitometry
Radiation Therapy


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




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.

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; 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

Academic Programs for Transfers


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 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. Specifically, Shane Pagnotti (570) 674-6255 or

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.

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. You may register online or by phone at 570-674-6264.

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 Mr. Shane Pagnotti at (570) 674-6255;

For Part-Time programs including Part-time Nursing and Weekend Occupational Therapy contact: Ms. Maureen Sheridan at 570-674-6451;

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