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.

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, a Post Professional Pediatric Certificate in OT, and Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) Administration as a joint certificate program with Health Informatics.

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 Autism Speaks organization was started last year with the hope of spreading autism awareness. Event organizers say they wanted to provide a fun and unique environment for children with autism.On November 14th Autism Speaks sponsored "Gobble Till You Wobble"

The Thanksgiving-themed program featured a variety of sensory activities, crafts and games.

The event was free to the public, but several people donated cash. Those funds will support autism research and advocacy.

The CHS first official IPE event was held on November 11th. Nancy Kirsch, PT, DPT, PhD presented on T.E.A.M. Strategy and overall it was a success. CHS provided CE’s/CEUs. The responses from students who participated in the afternoon session were overwhelming positive. The evening drew members from the community with a positive response.

Lori Charney (OT) and Leamor Kahanov appeared on WBRE-TV 28 Monday November 25th on PA Live to discuss the Autism Center.

Medical Imaging

Medical Imaging December 2015 graduates achieved 100% pass rate on the A.R.R.T. national credentialing examination!

The Medical Imaging Club will be presenting Geisinger Wyoming Valley Janet Weiss Children's Hospital with a $500.00 donation on January 21st @ 1:00 in the lobby of the hospital. This donation is being made from a candy bar fundraiser.


Misericordia University and Geisinger Health System have partnered to offer discounted tuition to Geisinger employees interested in growing their careers by enrolling in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs beginning with the spring semester.

The agreement allows Geisinger nurses who wish to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree to enroll in the RN to BSN program. BSN registered nurses also can work toward an advanced practice degree.

Occupational Therapy

Kathy Hughes-Butcher, MS, OTR/L accepted the position of OT Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and will begin employment on January 11.

Jolene Miraglia began employment on November 30 as the new OT Administrative Assistant.

Dr. Orley Templeton and Dr. Jennifer Dessoye are currently recruiting children from the community for involvement in 12 week occupational therapy programming to be held on campus this spring.


Eleven physical therapy students have participated in an on-campus interprofessional falls prevention clinic throughout the semester.

Fifty-one physical therapy students have participated in a fall prevention exercise program at Masonic Village throughout the semester..

The 2nd year physical therapy students participated in several interdisciplinary opportunities:

  • Ethics in Healthcare, with students from each discipline in CHS
  • Acute care simulation, with Nursing & Medical Imaging students
  • ADL activity, with OT students

Faculty members Maureen Pascal and Heather Fritz participated in Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week activities.

The annual PT Student Research Symposium was held November 21-22 and attended by 48 Clinicians.CEUs were provided to attending clinicians, most of whom are clinical supervisors for Misericordia DPT students.


Glen Tellis was invited to join the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Academic Affairs Board. His term began January 1, 2016.

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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