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

Falls Prevention

On Thursday September 24th, ~ 40 PT students will connect with 40 older adults at the Masonic Village between 9:00 and noon to perform Fall Prevention/Fall Risk screens. This screen will also occur on a smaller scale with 12 clients and 10 PT/OT students in Passan Hall. This program will then continue with 8 weekly classes to educate our clients on exercise and instructions to become safer/ stronger/ and at reduced risk for falls.

For information about National Falls Prevention day use this link:

National Falls Prevention Day


The American Association of Colleges of Nursing and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation has selected the Nursing program to participate in hosting a White Coat Ceremony for new nursing students in Fall 2015. The White Coat Ceremony typically features the recitation of an oath, receipt of a commemorative pin, an address by an eminent role model, and a reception for students and invited guests. The specially designed pin will serve as a visual reminder of the students’ oath and commitment to provide compassionate and high quality care.

Cynthia Mailloux elected to executive committee of Pennsylvania Higher Education in Nursing as treasurer.

Graduated first class of DNP students (7 students) presented their Evidence-based scholarly projects to faculty with a reception at the Irem Temple Country Club.

Graduated 22 PTENP students in August.

MU nursing has been asked to partner with Geisinger Wyoming Valley in offering a Nurse Residency program. The program will be delivered one day a month over 12 months. Graduates nurses and GWV nurse educators will come to campus to deliver content. MU faculty will be assisting with some content areas and simulation experiences.

NP faculty Kathy Sheikh and Pam Welsh have been working pro-Bono at Migrant Camp this summer.


The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Faculty Development Committee agreed to fund Dr. Lalit Shah and Dr. Lori Charney for their Summer Institute proposal on Developing and Enhancing Online and Hybrid Courses.

The 2015 MU OT Summer Camp, directed by Dr. Joseph Cipriani, was held on June 28-30, 2015, with 30 high school students participating.30 campers participated in site visits to 4 different OT programs in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Clarks Summit, and Wyoming, PA.A number of OT faculty assisted with the camp as well, and their jobs included driving the campers to the various OT program sites.Other informative activities for the campers included a panel discussion with 5 practicing occupational therapists.Additionally, the campers made new friends and participated in fun and therapeutic activities, including a yoga class taught by Dr. Lalit Shah.

An OT faculty search is in process to fill the vacant OT Fieldwork Coordinator position. The Search Committee is chaired by Dr. Jen Dessoye.Advertising has begun and interviews will be conducted in the fall, with a goal of hiring the Coordinator by January 2016.


Heather Fritz traveled to Jamaica to work at a Stroke Camp from September 5-13 with 2 alumni and 7 DPT students.

Three student groups and one faculty member were notified that their posters were accepted for presentation at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting 2016 in Anaheim, CA.

Two student groups were notified that their posters were accepted for presentation at the APTA Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference, which will be in November 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA.


Dr. Cari Tellis organized and directed the Performing Arts Training Academy summer experience at Misericordia. Thirty six children ages 7-17 participated. Most were local but this year one performer came from NYC and another from Reading. The group performed an original script with live band for more than 300 people.

Dr. Cari Tellis volunteered to do a one-hour lecture on speech-language pathology for Health Science middle school camp and to speak to campers in the Speech-Language Pathology summer experience.


Six Sonography students and 20 Physician Assistant students worked together on clinical assessment 2nd ultrasound evaluation in pregnancy. Volunteers were used with Dr. Cheryl Fuller teaching how to detect and count fetal heart rates as well as measurement for growth. While Sonography students performed limited obstetrical ultrasounds to show fetal anatomy.

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.

Service Activities

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

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

Clinics and Centers

Interprofessional 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.

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College News and Newsletters

Click below to view July 2015 newsletter

CHS July 2015 newsletter

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