Frequently Asked Questions

Are there employment opportunities in nursing?
Now and well into the distant future there will be opportunities in nursing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment for registered nurses is expected to grow by 10-19% through 2020.

What type of area can I work in as a nurse?
If you want a profession that provides you with a variety of career options, you should consider nursing. There are so many opportunities available. Visit for an idea of what to expect if you choose nursing as a career.

How established are Misericordia University's programs?
Misericordia hosts the oldest nursing programs in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We boast many firsts in Nursing for our region, including: first Baccalaureate program, the first nursing program to be accredited by the National League for Nursing, the first Master of Science Program in Nursing, and the first nurse practitioner program.

What is the mission of Misericordia University's Nursing Department?
We are committed to providing our students with the clinical tools necessary to succeed in the changing world of health care. We focus not only on acute hospital-based practice but wellness and community-based practice as well.

Are Misericordia nursing graduates sought after by employers? Where do they practice?
Our graduates work in regions as far north as Maine—as far south as Florida—and as far west as California. We are so proud of our graduates; many are area nurse administrators and educators in such area agencies as Visiting Nurses, Luzerne County Community College, Wyoming Valley Health Care System and Geisinger Wyoming Valley.

What size classes can I expect?
Small--there are generally no more than 25-30 students in each nursing theory class, usually less. The faculty to student ratio is 1:7/8 in all clinical areas to maximize clinical learning.

What opportunities are available to me as a student in the Nursing Department?
Students are eligible to apply for state certification as a nurse's aide after the completion of the junior year in our nursing program. Misericordia University undergraduates can begin taking graduate courses part-time in the advanced practice or family nurse practitioner options immediately after graduation. Misericordia University alumni are eligible to receive a tuition discount for graduate courses.

What are the qualifications of our faculty?
Our nursing faculty work to provide our students with the best education possible. Most of our faculty teach on both the undergraduate and graduate level. Many of our faculty maintain an active practice in areas such as Mental Health Nursing, Women's Health, and Gerontology. Our faculty have written textbooks, served on area community Board of Directors, presented annually at national conferences, and have worked in Guyana and South America to provide health care to the underserved.

What do I need for acceptance into Misericordia University's Part-Time Evening Nursing Program?
Previous college courses including nursing pre-requisite courses, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. All students are admitted into a cohort which begins in May of each year in an evening format and can be completed in two years and one semester.

What if I have non-nursing bachelor's degree?
You would not have to take any of Misericordia University's core courses, as long as the nursing pre-requisite courses have been completed and accepted. You can attain your Bachelor of Science in Nursing in as little as two years in the full-time traditional format, or two years and one semester in the part-time evening format.

Do I have to take liberal arts courses if I do not have a bachelor's degree?
Yes. You must complete the core curriculum as well as the nursing prerequisites and the nursing courses. But all can be taken in a part-time format in the evening so you can continue to work while pursuing your nursing degree.

What type of clinical experiences can I expect?
Acute clinical experiences are conducted at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center and the Wyoming Valley Health Care System facilities. Community-based experiences occur in home health agencies, elementary schools, shopping malls, physician offices, parishes and other sites. You begin your nursing courses in the spring semester of your sophomore year. The junior year is focused on medical-surgical nursing and specialty areas of psych/mental health and pediatrics. The senior year is focused on individuals and families experiencing episodic health problems. Students spend their clinical time in hospitals and community settings for adults with acute and chronic health care problems. Second semester senior year is focused on synthesizing previously acquired information and learning how to manage complex health situations. Students care for individuals, families, and communities with multiple health needs.

Whom do I contact?
For questions regarding admission into the part-time evening program, contact Maureen Sheridan in the Center for Adult and Continuing Education at 570-674-6451 or For transfer admission into our full-time traditional program, contact Shane Pagnotti, Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions, at 570-674-6255 or For general questions related to the nursing major, contact Marilyn Kornoski at 570-674-6474 or

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