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 graduate the largest number of health science professionals in Northeastern Pennsylvania constituting the majority of practitioners/clinicians. We offer a rich education through clinical and fieldwork experiences, service-learning, interprofessional engagement and research endeavors. Our students can experience international service and research as a component of their education. For example, students have travelled to Australia Guyana, Rwanda, Jamaica, and Portugal.

With over 100 publications and presentations, our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized and have the excellence to assist in guiding students through their education. Likewise our faculty and student run clinics assist students in learning their discipline while providing services to the community. Our centers and clinics include the Autism Center, Interprofessional Clinic and Speech-Language Hearing Center.

Traditional and Graduate Programs

Alternative education formats are available for the following programs:

Certificate Programs

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


The Interprofessional Education Task force presented a faculty development session “Effective Interprofessional Facilitation/DEAL Model for critical reflection on March 30, 2016

AllOne Foundation has approved a grant request of $50,000 to support the costs associated with the Autism Lifelong Learning director salary

Medical Imaging

The following students were recognized during the annual Pennsylvania Society of Radiologic Technologists (PSRT) conference held March 18-19, 2016:

Kaitlin Fink and Allison McIntyre: First Place in the Student Techni-BOWL competition
Jennifer Natishak: Selected to serve as a Student Intern during the annual conference
Allison McIntyre: Winner of the Image Analysis competition, identifying Pyloric Stenosis

Congratulations to Gina Capitano, Assistant Professor in the Medical Imaging Department, for being elected to serve as the Vice President of the Pennsylvania Society of Radiologic Technologists (PSRT)! She is continuing in a second term of the position, and will serve another a one year term (3/16-3/17.)


Kathy Sheikh received her PhD in nursing form Widener University and was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure.

Nursing had their inaugural white coat ceremony in February where 58 students received their coats and will be entering the sophomore year.

Occupational Therapy

OT Pi Theta Epsilon accomplishments

Top 5 in Country in the American Occupational Therapy Foundation's St. Catherine's Challenge!

Annual Car Show!

Thank you very much and congratulations to Pi Theta Epsilon advisor Dr. Cipriani and all of our Pi Theta Epsilon officers and members!

Here is the link to the American Occupational Therapy Foundation's St. Catherine's Challenge- so that all are aware of what this about:

Misericordia University's Psi Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon co-hosted three occupational therapists from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in an intercollegiate presentation event with honor society chapters from the University of the Sciences, Temple University and Salus University. The event, hosted at The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, consisted of a presentation about the rehabilitation process of Zion Harvey, the world's first pediatric bilateral hand transplant patient as well as a short reception afterwards were students from all four of the host universities could network. Michelle Hsia, Todd Levy and Kelly Ferry, three of the four occupational therapists who worked on the case, donated their time to share their knowledge about this new therapy process. 84 students and faculty in both the occupational and physical therapy departments at Misericordia University attended the lecture that had over 160 attendees. A $300 donation was made to the rehabilitation department at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on behalf of all four chapters. The host universities hope to make this speaker series an annual event.


An article appeared in the Masonic Temple winter newsletter, The Village Voice highlighting the Fall’s Prevention Program offered in Spring of 2015. A total of 36 participants, ranging from adults who exercise regularly to those with limitations, took advantage of the weekly program to work one-on-one with first-year graduate physical therapy students and Dr. Laurie Brogan.

Maureen Rinehimer was invited to provide several guest lectures on pediatric topics at University of Scranton (March 2), Seton Hall University (March 7), Penn State – Hazleton (March 15) and Kean University (March 28).

Physical Therapy faculty and third year DPT students participated in an interprofessional education activity with Pharmacy students at Wilkes University.

Seven third year DPT students completed LSVT BIG certification. LSVT BIG is a specialty rehabilitation approach for people with Parkinson’s disease and other neurologic disorders.


Cari Tellis was named to the Kirby Center Board of Directors.

Glen Tellis was named to "The Stony Brook University Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Board."

Ann Roman was named to the Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology was unanimously confirmed by the State Senate of Pennsylvania.

Misericordia University students Terrence Murgallis and Kyle Pelkey were interviewed on WBRE-TV's PA Live on Monday, March 14 to promote the "Don't Tell Me To Slow Down" 5K run/walk held on Sunday, April 2 on campus. The 3rd annual race is organized by the National Stuttering Association: Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter at Misericordia University and is designed to raise awareness about stuttering and the nationally recognized student-run stuttering support group held twice a month on campus.

The National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Chapter at Misericordia University held the "Put a Smile on Your Face'' benefit concert on Sunday April 10 at 3 p.m. in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall in support of Operation Smile, an international medical charity co-founded by alumna Kathleen Soracco Magee, B.S.N., M.Ed., M.S.W., that treats children with facial deformities such as cleft lips and palates.


The Sonography Certificate Class of 2016 completed the program on March 13, 2016. All seventeen students have successfully passed the Sonography Physics and Instrumentation exam and the Abdominal Specialty exam prior to completion. This earns them the credential of Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) after March 13th.This is the first class that all graduates have successfully completed both exams prior to completion. The program continues in its tradition of 100% or near 100% in all three exams students are prepared for.

The students in the class of 2016 participate in the Interprofessional Education activity titled TeamStepps facilitated by Dr. John Szarek and Ms. Betsy Meade from The Commonwealth Medical College.

Interprofessional Education

The College of Health Sciences is dedicated to preparing students to become collaborative members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team. The common goal of patient- centered care to improve quality, safety, and access is supported by emphasis on the competency domains of:

  • Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice
  • Roles/Responsibilities
  • Interprofessional Communication
  • Teams and Teamwork

The Misericordia Interprofessional Education Connection community page is designed as a resource for those interested in interprofessional education, collaboration and practice. For more information about Interprofessional Education visit the MIPEC community page.

Misericordia Interprofessional Education Connection Community Page

Service Activities

Visit the Nursing Tanzania Service Trip Blog (Dr. Cindy Mailloux):

Visit the PT Rawanda Service Trip Blog (Dr. Maureen Pascal):

Clinics, Centers and Camps

Interprofessional Healthcare Clinic

Speech Language Hearing Center

The Speech-Language-Hearing Center at Misericordia University is a comprehensive facility serving the residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Located on the second floor in John J. Passan Hall, the center provides complete diagnostic and speech, language, and hearing services for children, adolescents, adults and elderly with communication disorders.

Speech-Language Hearing Center


Occupational Therapy Career Exploration Camp for High School Students

Speech-Language Pathology Summer Exploration Camp

Health Sciences Middle School Career Camp

Performing Arts Training Academy

Social Media

College News and Newsletters

Click below to view July 2015 newsletter

CHS July 2015 newsletter

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