College of Health Sciences

The College of Health Science (CHS) is dedicated to the education of future and post-professional health care practitioners through both traditional and flexible academic programs and certificates.

We offer a rich education through clinical and fieldwork experiences, service-learning, interprofessional engagement and research endeavors. CHS traditional and graduate programs include, Medical Imaging, Nursing (BSN, MSN, DNP), Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology; alternative education formats in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nursing (RN to BSN) and Occupational Therapy.

We also offer certificate programs in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Family Nurse Practitioner and Post-professional Pediatrics for OT.

Mission Statement

The undergraduate and graduate programs within the College of Health Sciences support the mission of the University, embracing the values and attitudes of justice, mercy, service and hospitality. Our programs strive to provide a quality education grounded in the sciences and liberal arts while maintaining high academic and professional standards. Students are prepared to become: collaborative members of a multidisciplinary team; active participants in scholarship; and ethical practitioners. Graduates are life-long learners who engage in evidence-based practice in a diverse global society.

College News

Medical Imaging

A hands on "Bone Academy," hosted by students of the Department of Medical Imaging taught youngsters from area daycare centers about bones, body movement and x-rays.

100 % of the December 2014 Medical Imaging graduating class passed the Certification exam with 4 of the 11 students scoring above the 90% percentile. These 4 students passed with the following percentiles in the nation for those taking the test at this time: 100th, 99th, 98th and 96th; no one scored above our student nationally at 100%.


SNAP has collected donations for Domestic Violence Resources through the sales of clothing and Yankee Candles.SNAP is also collecting donations for Adopt-A-Family for Thanksgiving

SNAP members Jillian Balberchak, Lauren Ford, Samantha Knowlton, Sherry Chen, Christopher Evans participated is the State wide NCLEX Challenge bowl on November 19th


The PT department had 12 student research groups present their graduate research (in the form of a systematic review) to fellow graduating students, some students of the DPT 1 class, faculty and former clinical instructors. Approximately 40 clinical instructors attended on Saturday and 30 attended on Sunday. The PT department also provided 6 contact hours per day toward the therapist's licensure renewal.

a donation of a "U-Step" rolling walker for patients with Parkinson's for our lab.

It is being donated by the U-Step company through "Medical Products, LTD".


The OT department is offering a spring 2015 class which involves a component of international service learning is. As part of the course, titled OT 485: Special Topics - Occupational Therapy and International Service Learning, Jamaica, students will not only learn about Jamaican culture and health care, but be immersed for 1 week working with children at 2 orphanages for severely disabled children near Kingston, Jamaica, sponsored by an organization called The Mustard Seed. The Mustard Seed has partnered with a worldwide organization known as Therapy Missions, and Dr. Cipriani has been invited to accompany the Leadership Team from Therapy Missions in March as they develop a year- long plan for services at the Mustard Seed. Dr. Cipriani, along with Dr. Jennifer Dessoye, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, and the eight students from the class, will travel to Jamaica in May and implement this plan at 2 of the 6 Mustard Seed orphanages on the island of Jamaica.


CHS received an Appleseed grant in the amount of $50,000.00 for an anatamage table and summer educational camp.

Interprofessional Education

Annual Interprofessional Collaborative Summit

Grand Round Educational Workshop
The College of Health Sciences at Misericordia University recently held its inaugural Grand Rounds Educational Workshop in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library so students majoring in medical imaging, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician's assistant, social work and speech-language pathology could better develop their interprofessional skills. Fifty students were divided into groups under the direction of 10 faculty facilitators discuss a common patient case. Grand Rounds Workshops offer an interdisciplinary approach to familiarizing students with the various roles other health care professionals play in ensuring positive outcomes for patients and how to collaborate most effectively. Misericordia University will also hold Grand Rounds Workshops on March 11 and April 8 for students in the health science, medical science and related fields.

Training Opportunity

Click here to download information on the upcoming interprofessional education workshop / training opportunity.


Summer Camps

Middle School Summer Camp

Health Sciences Interdisciplinary Middle School Career Camp August 10-14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on campus at Misericordia University. For students entering 6th, 7th, or 8th Grade this Fall. Visit this link to download a brochure.

Learn about Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Sonography, Medical Imaging, Physicians Assistant, Nursing, Speech and Language Pathology, and other health science related career fields in a fun, dynamic, and interactive summer camp taught by University Professors and Graduate Assistants. Students will use the Anatomage Virtual Dissection Table to learn basic Anatomy and Physiology, as well as basic Neurology. Students will understand the many health science fields and how they are similar and different. Their eyes will be opened to different career paths as they begin to think about their future.

Cost is $225 for the 5 day camp and is limited to 30 students and is on a first come first serve basis. Registration Opens Feb 13th.

Visit this link for a registration form or Contact Dr. Jennifer Dessoye MS OTR/L at or 570-674-6494.

Summer Performing Arrts Training Academy

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