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 and Post Professional Pediatric Certificate in 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


The Falls Prevention Clinic, an interprofessional endeavor in CHS, has had a successful 8 week seniors wellness clinic that was at patient capacity. Students from OT, SLP and PT participated in interprofessional teams to learn clinical integration of patient-centered team based care.

Nancy Kirsch, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA presents a CEU conference sponsored by the College of Health Sciences Interprofessional Education Task Force on November 11th via Networking from 5-6pm or on campus 6-8pm.The presentation will discuss the use of ethical decision making strategy using professional codes of ethics.The targeted focus is on practitioners in Medical Imaging, Sonography, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech Pathology.Practitioners/students in other health disciplines are welcome to attend.

Medical Imaging

The Medical Imaging Club sold pink ribbons for their event to raise breast cancer awareness on October 30th! All proceeds were donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation. Participants met at the entrance to Banks to connect the ribbons on October 30th at 1pm and walked across campus to raise breast cancer awareness.

The Department of Medical Imaging at Misericordia University recently purchased and installed a state-of-the-art Samsung digital radiography system with support from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The investment by Misericordia University and the generosity of the Hearst Foundation enables students majoring in medical imaging to learn about their profession by using the most current technologies procedures since the equipment is representative of what is used in the clinical setting today.

Elaine Halesey presented “X-ray Imaging/How X-rays are Formed” to Bio-engineering and Pre-Med students from Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA. September 25, 2015. Students were introduced to concepts of radiation as it relates to their respective majors. This was followed by a hands-on to demonstrate the concepts during the presentation.


Dr. Brenda Pavill and Dr. Cynthia Mailloux, both accreditation site visitors for the national CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) board, will participate on accreditation teams in November.

Dr. Brenda Pavill in collaboration with a representative from the LANS (Language Access Network System - MARTTI unit) introduced nurse practitioner students, faculty from CHS, and some university staff members to how such language translation systems can be used in academia to improve patient-provider outcomes when there are language barrier issues.

The NCLEX pass rate was 92.86% for 2014. The PA average was 86.15% and the national average was 83.27%.

Dr. Pamela Welsh along with the support of Dr. Brenda Pavill (director of MSN program) arranged a simulcast of the first public hearing, on October 22, 2015 at 10am in Harrisburg, to allow nurse practitioners full practice authority.

Congratulations to our 27 nursing students inducted into the International Honor Society of Nursing.


Jenn Dessoye is conducting research using outcomes measures for the special needs students ages 18-21 who work at the Lands at Hillside Farms as part of their transition schooling program “Dream Green” through the LIU. Six students in the OT program will conduct standardized tests and observations throughout the year to gauge what students learn from the program,

Adjunct instructors Dr. Jessica Piatak, OTR/L and her speech therapy colleague Kristina Carraccia were featured in an article in US News and World Report Health.The article What Sensory Therapists Can Teach Us About Feeding Picky Kids may be accessed using this link.These faculty teach the “Feeding Issues” class in the OT Post Professional Pediatric Certificate Program


Thirteen Misericordia University SLP students performed hearing screenings on 210 three and four year olds at Head Start centers in Mehoopany, Tunkhannock, Dallas, Plymouth and Edwardsville. The screenings were part of the Dr. Jim Zeigler's Hearing Seminar class.

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

Falls Prevention Clinic

A two-hour Falls Prevention Program will be held each Thursday on the following dates in 2015:

September 24

October 1, 8, 22, 29

November 5, 12, 19

December 3

(Dec 10 will be a potential make up date if needed).

Location: Passan Hall, 100 Lake Street, Dallas PA.

The program will include an exercise program, and an educational phase.

Click here to view the flyer for the Falls Prevention Clinic

To register call Dr. Charney 570-674-3330 by August 31st

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


Nursing Pre-College Career Exploration Camp

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

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College News and Newsletters

Click below to view July 2015 newsletter

CHS July 2015 newsletter

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