College of Health Sciences and Education

The College of Health Sciences and Education (CHSE) is dedicated to the education of future and post-professional health care practitioners and educators through both traditional and graduate programs, certificates, and flexible alternative education options.

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. In fact, our PA program obtained a 100% pass rate. 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.

Traditional and Graduate Programs

Certificate Programs

Alternative education formats are available for the following programs:

Mission Statement

The undergraduate and graduate programs within the College of Health Sciences and Education 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 education, service, and evidence-based practice in a diverse global society.

College News


The Bachelor of Science degree program in Sonography, Patient Navigation Major and Certificate and Autism Certificate Programs begin in the fall of 2016.

These programs were noted in the Market Cap and Gown -weekly education newsletter online.

Misericordia University introduces Bachelor of Science degree in DMS
Misericordia University is introducing the only entry-level Bachelor of Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography in northeastern Pennsylvania in order to prepare graduates to become leaders in the field of ultrasound and to complement the...
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Misericordia University's new specialization in Patient
Navigation prepares professionals to improve patient outcomes
Misericordia University is introducing a Bachelor of Health Science with a Specialization in Patient Navigation degree and a certificate program in patient navigation beginning with the fall semester to help improve patient outcomes in the nation's...
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Student volunteers and Interdisciplinary Committee (IPEC) Faculty Advisor Dr. Laurie Brogan collected iPods through donation drives, which are then filled with approximately an hour’s worth of music based on recommendations from Mercy Center Activities Director Annmarie Morgan. Students were inspired to create a therapeutic music and memory program after a screening of the documentary “Alive Inside.”Brogan said music and memory programs help increase cognition and alertness in patients by taking them back to a time in their life they may have forgotten.

Medical Imaging

Elaine Halesey has been re-appointed to serve on the A.S.R.T. Committee on R.T. Advocacy- Region 8 Subcommittee for the 2016-2017 year.

Kelly Lynch from Medical Imaging was inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda.

Allison McIntyre, a student in Medical Imaging, was awarded the Mercy Charism Award.


Misericordia University and Commonwealth Health Wilkes-Barre General Hospital (WBGH) have partnered to offer educational discounts to WBGH nurses for any of Misericordia's nursing degree programs, including the RN-to-BSN, RN-to-MSN, and RN-to-DNP.

Shivaun O’Donnell from Nursing was inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda.

The following awards were presented at the May 19th pinning ceremony.

Sister Mary Kateri Dowart Award- Racheal Aigler
The Clinical Excellence Award- Lane Kovocsky
The John Gawe Award for Caring and Compassion in Nursing-Michael Skasko
Kaplan Highest scores-Rachel Aigler Jenna Wheary
Daisy Award-Adrienne Trotto

Dr Cynthia Mailloux had 4 nursing students working at a hospital in Tanzania on a service learning trip for 2 weeks. They had this interdisciplinary experience with Wilkes and TCMC medical students.


On May 22 through 29, 2016, Dr. Joe Cipriani and Dr. Lalit Shah lead a group of 8 OT students on a service trip to Jamaica in conjunction with Mustard Seed Communities. The trip satisfied requirements for an undergraduate service course taught by Dr. Cipriani. The Misericordia group provided staff training, along with evaluation, intervention, and consultation in feeding, positioning, wheelchair management, and sensory stimulation to 30 disabled children at a facility named Sophie's Place in Gordontown, Jamaica, and to 40 disabled children at a center called My Father's House in Kingston, Jamaica.

Dr. Dawn Evans presented the following awards to members of the Weekday MS Program Class of 2016 at the May 2016 Service Award event:OT Curricular Award- Amanda Casem; OT Fieldwork Award- Jenna Burgio; Dr. Stephen Heater Leadership Award- Kristi Cianfichi.

MSOTA and 4 OT students, received the following awards at the 33rd Annual Leadership Awards Dinner on Thursday May 5th, 2016:

Outstanding Service Organization-MSOTA (Misericordia Student Occupational Therapy Association) RA of the Year-Allison Alexander, OTS Father John Petrasko Scholarship Award- Mariah Thomas, OTS Leadership Award- Georgia Cleary, OTS Service Award- Lauren Apgar, OTS and Allison Hausman, OTS Staff Council Leadership Award- Allison Hausman, OTS


Wil Remigio will be presented on Home Remedies at the Dia Del Nino (Children’s Day & Health Fair 2016) on Sunday May 29th in Kirby Park.

On Tuesday May 3rd at the Annual Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Awards Luncheon, DPT 1 student Maureen Ciccosanti was recognized as a student-athlete that best represented success in the classroom and on the playing field in her sport in the MAC (soccer).


Kyle Pelkey, SLP Student and Stuttering Support group; Kathleen Scaler Scott, PH.D; and Cari Tellis, Ph.D. appeared on the May 8th Sunday Newsmakers on WYOU to discuss the challenges a person who stutters deals with every day and the support available through the Stuttering Support group.

PATA will kick off the Under The Stars concert series this summer on Saturday, August 6th with a live performance (time TBD), free to the public. Performers participating in this year's summer PATA camp will have the opportunity to perform on the Misericordia outdoor stage.


The Sonography Certificate Class of 2016 completed the program on March 13, 2016. All seventeen students have successfully passed the Sonography Physics and Instrumentation exam and the Abdominal Specialty exam prior to completion. This earns them the credential of Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) after March 13th.This is the first class that all graduates have successfully completed both exams prior to completion. The program continues in its tradition of 100% or near 100% in all three exams students are prepared for.

The students in the class of 2016 participate in the Interprofessional Education activity titled TeamStepps facilitated by Dr. John Szarek and Ms. Betsy Meade from The Commonwealth Medical College.

Interprofessional Education

The College of Health Sciences and Education 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

Misericordia University will be holding a free “Fall Prevention Program” on Thursday mornings from 9-11 am. The program is run by faculty and students of the Occupational and Physical Therapy Departments. Eligible participants will learn to identify ways to prevent falls in the home and within the community and to complete an exercise program to build strength and balance. Attendees will also have an opportunity to have vision, balance, and blood pressure screenings throughout the 9 sessions of the program. If you or a loved one is 65 years or older, is living independently within the community and would like to learn more about this program, please call Dr. Lori Charney, OTR/L at 570-674-3330 by September 7 for more details.

Sessions dates are as follows:

Sept 22 “National Fall Prevention Celebration”
Sept 29
Oct 6
Oct 20
Oct 27
Nov 3
Nov 10
Nov 17
Dec 1
Dec 8 (bad weather reschedule date only if needed)

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

Autism 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 the newsletters

CHS July 2016 newsletter

CHS 2015 newsletter

Contact Us

Judy Weintraub
CHSE Administrative Supervisor
(570) 674-6371

Rebecca Ferris
CHSE Dean Administrative Assistant
(570) 674-6441

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