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 Pediatric Certificate in OT.

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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

College of Health Sciences

The PNC Foundation awarded a $10,000 Grant for the Collaborative Physical Rehabilitation Center Project to be housed at 199 Lake Street.

Bloomberg Business picked up a story from The Times Leader, April 2, 2015 entitled Virtual Dissection Table now available to Misericordia University students.

Medical Imaging

Medical Imaging received a 5-year re-accreditation.

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) has appointed Elaine Halesey to serve for one year, 7-1-15 through 6-30-16, on the “Committee on R.T. Advocacy Region 8-Sub-committee”. Members of the ASRT Regional Advocacy Subcommittees are appointed by the ASRT Committee on R.T. Advocacy as representatives of the nine geographical regions recognized by the ASRT Government Relations and Public Policy Department.

Medical Imaging studentsfrom the Medical Imaging Club, provided service at the St. Vincent DePaul soup kitchen, 4/12/15.

Allison Mcintyre, a medical imaging student has been selected to participate in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists 2015 Student Leadership Development Program.The ASRT represents more than 152,000 members who perform medical imaging procedures or plan and deliver radiation therapy treatments. The Society also provides radiologic technology students with the tools, services and support they need to prepare for careers in medical imaging and radiation therapy.


Dr Cynthia Mailloux met with Dr Linda Winkler, coordinator of the Tanzania Short Term Study Abroad Program at Wilkes University, to look at the potential of collaborating on a service abroad trip to Tanzania this summer with students.Accompanying her was Maria Nasollah, Assistant Nursing Director at Nyakahanga Hospital and a home health care nurse coordinator for the AIDS program in Tanzania visited the university and sat in on some classes.Three breast pumps were donated to the clinic to allow women to express their milk while on antiviral medications.

Brenda Hage, Ph.D., DNP, CRNP has been selected as a Fellow for the prestigious, Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program’s2015-2016 year. The program aims to provide Fellows with the leadership and management skills required to effectively address the needs of underserved populations and to become change agents within their practice settings and the ever-changing health care environment.

Geisinger is supporting the Misericordia University RN to BSN program as a preferred partner. Geisinger will market the program to their practitioners for Misericordia. Geisinger anticipates approximately 30 individuals from their organization will enroll beginning Fall 2015. Special thanks toCindy Mailloux and Annette for all their work in creating the relationship and the excellence in programming which was stated as a reason Misericordia was chosen as a preferred partner.

Cindy Mailloux and other nurse educators went to Capitol Hill to advocate for Title VIII funding, NINR grants and scope of practice issues for APN's at a meeting with Senator Toomey on March 23, 2015.


Deborah Keys, senior OT student, was recently selected to receive the 2015 Service-Learning Leadership Award

Caroline Forlenza, a first year OT student, has started an Interprofessional Autism Speak student club with students from SLP and PA majors.Dr. Lori Charney will serve as faculty advisor.

The NBCOT exam pass rate in 2014 for our combined weekday and weekend OT program entry level grads was 98%.

Dr. Jennifer Dessoye and sophomore Occupational Therapy students assisted the Hazleton Area School District with a special skit day for 80 special education students at Eagle Rock Resort for what they call the Winter Olympics.These students returned early from spring break to help with the event on Friday, March 6th.

Physical Therapy

Misericordia University Doctor of Physical Therapy students participated in a weekly intergenerational program at the Hi-Meadows Apartments.Students and residents met in small groups to practice communication, health interviews and assessment techniques. The semester concluded with an appreciation visit by Misericordia University students and faculty in which donuts and coffee were provided to the participants


SLP students were awarded the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association Membership Award and Chapter Award Pennsylvania Speech and Hearing Association annual conference.

Dr. Kathleen Scaler Scott organized the Distinguished Speaker Series: Autism: Solutions for Successful Collaboration.Presenters include OT faculty member Dr. Lori Charney, Psychology professor Dr. Alicia Nordstrom and Community organization Liv with Autism Foundation and is co-sponsored by the Hazleton Area School District Early Intervention Department.Presenters will provide practical information to facilitate collaboration among professionals working with individuals with autism.The workshop will be held March 13, 2015.

Two student research groups presented as part of Undergraduate Research at the Capitol Building in Harrisburg. Student presentations:

  • Abriel McCann; D’manda Price and Lindsey Philbin presented “Using fNIRS to compare hemoglobin changes in stuttering and fluent speakers,”
  • Abriel McCann; D’manda Price; Kaitlyn Stochla presented “Speech-Language Pathology students’ knowledge about fluency disorders throughout education”.

Cari Telis, 9-year old Sophia Tellis and graduate student Katherine Manasco appeared on PA Live, April 14, 2015 to promote the Performing Arts Training Academy (PATA) and Misericordia University's inaugural Performing Arts Gala: Spring into Song - Saturday April, 25, 2015 7:00pm Lemmond Theater, Misericordia.

Terrence Murgallis, Kyle Pelkey, and Abriel Mccann were guests on PA Live, to promote the STUTTERING SUPPORT GROUP, 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, April 26, 2015.The event supports the Stuttering Support Group in the SLP Department.

Eighteen students from the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) chapter at Misericordia University helped promote early literacy skills when they conducted a special reading project at the Head Start New Street Center in Plymouth. The Misericordia students read one-on-one with the children, ages 3 to 5, and provided them with a hand puppet and a book to take home.

The 2015 master's graduates received 100% first time passing scores on the national PRAXIS-SLP exam.

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

Service Activities

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

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

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