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


Cynthia Glawe Mailloux, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E has been selected as an American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Wharton Fellow supported by the Jonas Scholars Center of Nursing.The AACN Wharton Executive Leadership Program was established exclusively for top academic leaders in schools of nursing. The curriculum is designed for deans or chairs of nursing programs to develop advanced skills in leadership, negotiation, strategic planning and confidence to serve on boards.

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Faculty Development Committee agreed to fund Dr. Benda Pavill for her project involving translation video technology to enhance nursing students’ cultural competence.


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.


The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Faculty Development Committee agreed to fund Dr. Sue Barker for her Summer Institute proposal on Developing and Enhancing Online and Hybrid Courses.

The following Doctor of Physical Therapy students obtained specialty certification – Nicollette Hensel, Katie Wisser, Cailin McCullion, Lauren Paulshock, Rebecca Wehr, Katie Drayton, and Alivia Richter recently attained certification in LSVT BIG through LSVT Global in Cherry Hill, NJ from June 27-28, 2015.LSVT Training and Certification Workshops are two-day programs designed to train rehabilitation therapists in an evidence-based treatment approach for individuals with Parkinson disease and other neurological disorders.

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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