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 College of Health Sciences and Education supports student transformation embracing the University’s mission and the values of justice, mercy, service and hospitality. Through the use of traditional face-to face and distance/digital education, our programs maintain high academic and professional standards grounded in sciences, liberal arts and evidence based practices.

College News

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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CHSE participated in the Northeast Central Pennsylvania IPEC Collaborative Care Summit. This event is designed to promote interprofessional interactions between many health profession students in our region.The Collaborative Summit is held at multiple universities in three regions (Wilkes-Barre, Scranton and Williamsport). This year’s case will discuss interprofessional care and concerns with a patient with various comorbidities including obesity.

Dr. Dan Hoegen Presented on the issue of moral distress and moral courage as a CHSE interprofessional student activity. Dr. Hoegen is a clinical ethicist associated with Geisinger Health System. He addresses many ethical issues that health professionals face during clinical practice. This specific lecture addressed the issue of moral distress and moral courage.

CHSE will start completion programs in Respiratory Therapy and Surgical Technician Fall 2017.

The Master of Science in nursing (MSN) degree program will transition into an online format beginning with the fall 2017 semester.

Medical Imaging:

  • Paula Pate-Schloder will be stepping in as the new MI Department Chair while Lorie Zelna steps down from her current chair position. 8-14-17 will be Lorie's last day as the MI Chairperson.
  • The Medical Imaging Department at Misericordia University recently held its annual Medical Imaging Senior Recognition Luncheon to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating senior class and to induct students into the Misericordia University Alpha Chapter of Lambda Nu, the national honor society for the radiologic and imaging sciences.
  • Medical Imaging Annual Junior Senior Field Trip: Juniors and seniors are transported via bus to the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, PA on 4-21-17 to view medical oddities housed in the museum. They will also attend the lecture "Bone Detectives"
  • Medical Imaging Club: participated in 5 volunteer service activities (see e-achievement).
  • Annual PSRT state conference of Radiologic Technologists along with SRT (Students of Radiologic Technology) had 2 teams of 2 students/team compete in Technibowl competition against students from other institutes. MU MI teams (both) won 1st and 2nd place at this year’s conference.

Occupational Therapy:

  • Misericordia University’s Psi Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon earned the Most Valuable Player Award and placed fourth in the national St. Catherine Challenge that raises money for the American Occupational Therapy Foundation’s research grants.
  • The Department of Occupational Therapy at Misericordia University recently hosted Amy Lamb, O.T.D., O.T./L.,F.A.O.T.A., president of the American Occupational Therapy Association, on campus for a series of meetings and a special presentation to students and faculty in the program.
  • Grace Fisher sponsored "Breakfast with a Scholar" Table for 11 OT Faculty at 2017 American Occupational Therapy Annual Conference & Centennial.
  • Sixty Kings Pharmacy students visited on 3/9 to learn about OT and how it relates to Pharmacy. A short lecture and hands on stations working about reflex testing, dressing, grip strength, one handed dressing, sensation and alternative seating were offered. 15 OT students assisted Dr. Jennifer Dessoye.

Physical Therapy:

  • DPT 3 students in DPT 863 Neuromuscular PT II provided gross motor and visual motor screenings to approximately 30 elementary school children at the Jewish Community Center in Wilkes Barre, PA.
  • Drs. Brogan & Karnish participated in the Interprofessional Geriatric Assessment activity, with 4 DPT students. They instructed the medical students in fall risk assessment using an algorithm provided by the CDC, and demonstrated balance assessment tests.

Social Work:

  • Alpha Delta Mu National Social Work Honor Society induction ceremony to advance excellence in social work practice.
  • Senior Pinning: All seniors were recognized by receiving their senior pins
  • Standing on the Shoulders Day: Social Work Continuing Education Event for Field Supervisors and students. Honoring social work mentors and supervisors.
  • The Wellfleet Collective and Misericordia University's Social Work Program has organized the 2nd Annual "Integrating Yoga into Mental Health Conference" to be held this summer from June 30 thru July 2nd on our campus.

Speech/Language Pathology

  • The Misericordia University chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) receive\d the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA) Chapter Honors Award for the third consecutive year.
  • Abriel R. McCann of Swoyersville, a speech-language pathology graduate student at Misericordia University, was awarded the 2017 Von Drach Memorial Scholarship by the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA) at the 58th annual Convention in Harrisburg.
  • Student’s present research at the Pennsylvania state capitol: two students presented their research at a conference at the state capitol.
  • The NSSHLA chapter created a Relay for Life team for this year’s event. They attended the event and then raised $2009.50 for the American Cancer Society, being the second team to raise the most money for the event.
  • Student wins NESHAP 2017 Scholarship Award: Danielle Spagnuolo was named the recipient of the 2017 NESHAP student scholarship award.

Teacher Education

  • Teacher Education Department inducts students into Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society :
  • Hanover Project: MU students provided art/music activities to 6th graders at Hanover Area High School.
  • CHSE faculty participated (please see e-achievement attachment for faculty specific information):
  • o3 interprofessional activity
  • o20 professional development activities
  • o16 presentations
  • o1 book review
  • o2 grant submissions (Foundation & State)

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” beginning September 22, 2017 at The Hope Center, 205 Main Street, Luzerne, PA. The program is run by faculty and students of the Occupational Department. 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 5 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 Debbie Carey, Fieldwork Specialist, at 570-674-6481 for more details.

Sessions dates are as follows:

Sept 22 - “10th Annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day”
Oct. 6

Oct 20

Nov. 17

Dec. 1

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

Contact Us

Judy Weintraub
CHSE Administrative Supervisor
(570) 674-6371

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

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