Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The Misericordia University Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree provides an education that shares and embraces the University values of service, mercy, justice and hospitality. Graduates are prepared to enter the workforce as professionals who assume an active and vital role as a member of the multidisciplinary health care team in the planning, provision, and evaluation of ethical, safe and humanistic care in a rapidly expanding health care technological system.


  • Baccalaureate and Master of Science in Nursing programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through 2023.

  • The oldest nursing program in Luzerne County and the largest discipline within the College of Health Sciences.

  • The preferred online RN to BSN educational provider for Geisinger Wyoming Valley for Luzerne County.

  • Recipient of the 2012 Innovation in Professional Nursing Education Award for Small Schools from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for outstanding work to re-envision traditional models for nursing education and leading programmatic change.

  • Graduates of the bachelor of science in nursing degree program have achieved the following pass rates for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses(NCLEX-RN): 98.31% in 2012, 98.08% in 2013, 78.18% in 2014, and 92.86% in 2015.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Misericordia University Nursing Newsletter

Admissions requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Successful freshman applicants to Misericordia University's Nursing program will have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 and a combined SAT score of 960 (math and critical reading) or 21 ACT composite score, and rank in the upper 50% of their graduating class.

Students who are applying for admission into the nursing major (both first time and transfer student admission) and who have either not taken the SAT examination or not achieved the admission SAT requirements above, will be required to schedule and 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.

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 level, based on space availability, and only with the successful completion of appropriate prerequisites.
Misericordia University reviews individual applications carefully, and the above stated standards should be seen only as general guidelines. The Director of Admissions and individual department chairs reserve the right to exercise discretion in any admissions decision.

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Nursing Scholarships and Awards

Nursing Scholarships

Sharon Drasnin Scholarship
Awarded annually to the nursing student with the highest grade point average at the completion of the junior Year.

Edith Elliot Scholarship
Awarded annually to female full-time undergraduate nursing students. There are 25- 30 Edith Elliot Scholarships awarded annually.

Victoria Cadawalder Scholarship
Awarded annually to one academically able nontraditional full-time undergraduate nursing student.

Jean Tyrell Weinburg Scholarship
This award is offered annually to an undergraduate incoming freshman nursing student.

Jennie Benedetti Scholarship
Awarded annually to a Native of Greater Wilkes-Barre Area. The student must be in an undergraduate nursing or medical major.

Undergraduate Nursing Awards

The following awards are available for students who are graduating from the undergraduate, registered nurse (RN) and graduate nursing programs:

  1. The Sister Mary Kateri Dowart Award is an award that is conferred annually to a graduating undergraduate nursing student. Criteria include:
    1. QPA above 3.0
    2. Demonstrated service to the Nursing Department, the College and the Community
    3. Membership in the National Student Nurses Association
    4. Endorsement by faculty
  2. The M. Bernadette Hogan Award is an award that is conferred annually to a graduating RN to BSN student who exemplifies outstanding service and leadership to the profession of nursing and the community.
  3. The Dr. Marcie Jones Award is an award that is conferred annually to a graduate nursing student in good academic standing who demonstrates living the mission of the college: mercy, justice, hospitality and service.
  4. The Clinical Excellence Award is an award that is given to an undergraduate nursing student whose GPA is greater than 3.0 and who is judged by faculty to administer superior nursing skills in clinical practice.
  5. The John Glawe Award for Caring and Compassion in Nursing is an award that is conferred annually to a BSN student who exemplifies caring and compassion with clients on the clinical unit.
  6. Graduating seniors in nursing are also eligible for College conferred awards.

International Study Opportunities

Nursing majors have an option to study away in the spring of their sophomore year.

Students will need to take pre-requisites of Anatomy and Physiology I, Microbiology, and Nutrition prior to the study away experience. This provides students freedom to select from a variety of study away options.

Dr. Cynthia Mailloux at Tanzanian study abroad trip

Dr. Cindy Mailloux participated in a service trip through Global Health and Community Engagement in East Africa. Read more about her experience at

Nursing Student Clubs and Organizations

Nursing students at Misericordia University are active in a variety of student organizations and activities that foster professional development and a commitment to service.

Student Nurses' Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP)

All nursing students are active participants in SNAP, through membership in the University chapter.

SNAP is a student run organization that represents over 1,800 students from more than 50 nursing schools within Pennsylvania. SNAP is an affiliate of the National Student Nurses' Association(NSNA).

The purposes of this organization are: to contribute to nursing education, in order to provide for the highest quality care; to provide programs representative of fundamental and current professional interests and concerns; and to aid in the development of the whole person and his/her professional role and responsibility for the health care of all people (NSNA Bylaws, 1992). All matriculated students in the nursing major are eligible for membership in the Misericordia University Chapter of SNAP .

Sigma Theta Tau

Misericordia University Sigma Theta Tau 2014

Misericordia University's Nursing Department is represented by the Theta Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the international honor society for nursing. Membership in the society is awarded to bachelor's, master's and doctoral nursing students who achieve high scholastic averages, and to graduates of nursing programs who have made outstanding contributions to nursing.

To be nominated for membership in the Theta Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, undergraduate nursing candidates must have completed at least on half of the nursing curriculum, have at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, and be in the upper 35% of his/her graduating class. The student must also demonstrate leadership in nursing at Misericordia University and in the community.

Graduate nursing candidates must have completed one fourth of the nursing curriculum and achieved a 3.5 grade point average.

Sigma Theta Tau International, and the Theta Phi Chapter, encourage and actively support professional development and promote nursing scholarship, leadership, creativity and commitment to nursing. Theta Phi conducts many activities and events aimed at members.

Nurse Residency Program

Misericordia University supports Geisinger Wyoming Valley on Nurse Residency Program

DALLAS, Pa. – Geisinger Northeast and the Department of Nursing at Misericordia University are collaborating on a nurse residency program to be delivered on the Dallas campus. This program provides new registered nurses hired at Geisinger Northeast with additional education, mentoring and support as they transition from graduate nurses to professional registered nurses.

The Institute on Medicine recommends nurse residency programs as an important component in developing nurses in the workplace. Geisinger selected Misericordia University as its partner in Luzerne County for the one-year residency program that provides 12 monthly sessions to newly hired Geisinger Northeast employees. This program was established to provide future nurses for excellence and a better educated workforce in the clinical setting. The program will transition new graduates into competent providers of care.

The mentoring and education includes additional training in the simulation laboratory as well as classroom instruction that aids in professional development, workplace leadership, team building, and more. The program coordinators for the residency program are Nina Flannigan PhD, GNP-BC, PMH-CS and Kim Caruso MSN, RN.

Nurse Residency Program

Nurse Residency Program

Geisinger Northeast and the Department of Nursing at Misericordia University are collaborating on a nurse residency program on campus for newly hired nurses at Geisinger Northeast.Participating in a recent session on campus, seated from left, are Bridget Fox, RN; Maryann Cortese-Rubino, MS, RN, associate VP of nursing services, Geisinger Northeast; Dr. Nina Flanagan, nurse residency program coordinator, Geisinger Northeast, and Jennifer Everding, RN; standing, Audrey Cunfer, MSN, RN, nursing laboratories manager, Misericordia University; Kimberly Caruso, RN, nurse residency coordinator, Geisinger Northeast; Kaylin Ahearn, RN; Matthew Butler, RN; Brandi Burke, RN; Sarah Zulkoski, RN, and Dr. Cynthia Mailloux, professor and chair, Misericordia University.

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