Application Process

At Misericordia, transfer students are provided with the diligent service and expert support that you can depend on. Your goals and expectations are very important to us as you place your future in our care. You can trust that we will do our part to give you the opportunities that you need to be successful.

Misericordia University welcomes students who wish to transfer from other accredited four-year colleges or universities, or two-year junior or community colleges.

Prospective full-time and part-time transfer students are encouraged to arrange an interview with the admissions office to review academic status and proposed curriculum.

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Application Deadlines

  • Non-Health Science Majors - Rolling admissions; No deadline
  • Full-Time Day B.S. Nursing - Fall 2019: April 2, 2019 (Fall start only)
  • Full-Time Day B.S./O.T.D Occupational Therapy - Spring 2019: November 1, 2018/ Fall 2019: April 2, 2019
  • Full-Time Day B.S. Medical Imaging - Fall 2019: May 8, 2019(Fall start only)
  • Full-Time Day B.S. Diagnostic Medical Sonography- Spring 2019: November 1, 2019/ Fall 2019: May 8, 2019

Applications must be submitted and all supplemental documents received by the Admissions Office on/or before the deadline dates for an application to be reviewed for acceptance.

Once all supplemental documents are received, the application is complete and ready for review. After a student is accepted, transcripts will be evaluated for transferability. An Advising Worksheet will be mailed to each student which indicates the amount of credits that transferred and how many credits are needed to complete the degree.

Application Process

Prospective transfer students will be considered for admission if they have maintained a cumulative GPA (grade point average) of 2.0 or better (based on a 4.0 system). Higher GPA may be required to specific majors. GPA requirements for advancement into the professional level of individual programs vary (see individual curriculum guides for each program). Candidates who meet the GPA requirements for general admission and who seek advanced standing for previous college work, regardless of delivery mode or teaching/learning format, must provide the director of admissions with the following:

1. Application for Admission - a free online application is available by going to

2. Official copy of secondary school transcript or GED test results

3. Official transcripts from each college/university previously attended

4. SAT/ACT scores if applying for any Health Science and/or Education program

Official documents can be mailed to:

Misericordia University
Attn: Undergraduate Admissions
301 Lake Street
Dallas, PA 18612

Or emailed to:

Transfer of Credit Process

Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at Misericordia University. The university will accept no more than 61 credits from any single or combination of associate degree programs.

Although part-time students may begin their studies on a non-matriculating basis, they are expected to apply for formal admission to the university at the earliest possible date. Non-matriculated students are limited to earning 15 credits at the university unless special arrangements have been approved.

Only courses with a grade of C- (1.7) or better will be accepted for transfer. Grades earned at other institutions are not included in the student's GPA at Misericordia University.

Credit may transfer from other institutions if one of the following criteria is met:

The institution is regionally accredited (not applicant or candidate status) by a commission on higher education. Misericordia University recognizes the following regional accreditations:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges

The American Council on Education has reviewed and recommended the course for college credit.

The institution is legally authorized to grant standard college degrees and is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Misericordia University may award transfer credit based upon an individual review of factors such as course equivalencies, expected student learning outcomes, quality of most recent academic work, cumulative grade point average, number of credits completed, intended field of study, coursework relevant to a prospective student’s major, and applicability or transferability of completed work to Misericordia University’s curricula, standards, and course offerings. This determination will be made in consultation between the Department Chair in the discipline which sponsors the credit at Misericordia University and the Registrar.

Nursing Applicants

Students looking to transfer into our full-time day or part-time evening Bachelors of Science in Nursing must hold a minimum collegiate grade point average of 3.0 after having completed at least 15 college credits. Transfer applications to the BSN program are only accepted for the freshman, sophomore and junior levels. We accept applications from transfer students for fall semesters only. This is based on space availability, and are only reviewed for acceptance with the successful completion of appropriate prerequisites; students who receive a "C-" or below in the following prerequisites will be denied admission into the program.

1. MU BIO 211 – Anatomy & Physiology I

Luzerne - BIO 135

Lackawanna College - BIO 211

2. MU BIO 212 – Anatomy & Physiology II

Luzerne - BIO 136

Lackawanna College - BIO 212

3. MU BIO 228 - Microbiology

Luzerne - BIO 251

Lackawanna College - BIO 220

4. MU HP 241 - Fundamentals of Nutrition

Luzerne - HPE 263

Lackawanna College - N/A

5. MU PSY 275 - Child & Development Psychology (Developmental Psychology)

Luzerne - PSY 217

Lackawanna College - PSY 205

6. MU MTH 115 - Basic Statistics

Luzerne - MAT 107

Lackawanna College - MAT 135

Students who are applying for admission as a transfer student into the nursing major and who have not taken the SAT examination or have not achieved a combined SAT score of 960 (math and critical reading) or if SAT was taken March 2016 or later, combined score required is a 1040 or 22 ACT composite score will be required to schedule and successfully complete the NLN Nursing Entrance Examination (PAX-RN). A proficiency score of 122 or higher (78th percentile) on the NLN Nursing Entrance Examination is required in order to be considered for admission into the major. Students that have taken bacteriology and/or Anatomy & Physiology (I&II) will help the student prepare for the exam. Please note that the PAX-RN exam can only be taken once.

Second Degree Applicants

Applicants who are seeking a BSN as their second degree must have all of the six (6) required classes listed above successfully completed and an overall grade point average of 3.0 or greater in order to be considered for acceptance. Second degree applicants should apply for fall semesters due to the structure of the curriculum. These individuals do not need to submit SAT or PAX-RN scores. When completing an application, select "Transfer Student".

Part-Time Bachelor Degree in Nursing

Misericordia University’s Nursing Department offers several undergraduate nursing degree programs that are tailored to fit the busy lifestyle of both the professional registered nurse (RN) and individuals seeking to enter the nursing profession from another field. Part-Time Nursing Programs

For more information on this part-time program contact: Ms. Leane Pace at 570-674-1226 or

Occupational Therapy Applicants

Full-Time Weekday Six-Year Entry level BS/OTD Occupational Therapy Program

The Occupational Therapy Department at Misericordia University is excited to announce that ACOTE has granted candidacy status for the entry level OTD program.

Starting Fall 2019 all students who enter the Occupational Therapy program will be entering the OTD program.

A limited number of applications for transfers into the weekday six-year entry-level BS/OTD occupational therapy program may result in acceptance at the freshman and/or sophomore level, based on space availability, and favorably undergoing a competitive review process.

In order to apply for transfer, applicants will typically hold a minimum collegiate grade point average of 3.0, having completed at least 15 college credits. Potential transfer students with less than 30 college credits must also present: (a) minimum SAT score (prior to March 2016) of 1000 in math and critical reading combined with a minimum SAT critical reading score of 480 or a 1080 in math and critical reading combined with a minimum critical reading score of a 540, or (b) an ACT composite of 23 which includes a minimum of 23 in the English subtest and a minimum of 23 in the reading subtest.

In addition to standard application requirements, transfer applicants for the weekday program need to also submit the following:

1. Two letters of reference

2. A 500-word typed statement of personal and professional goals

3. By the beginning of the first semester of enrollment, documentation of a full day (6-8 hours) of documented service in a health care setting with a licensed occupational therapist is required. Students may apply and be reviewed for admission without this documentation.

Applicants are encouraged to have completed some of the following classes:

1. MU PHY 117 - Physics Intro I

Luzerne - PHY 123

Lackawanna College- PHY 120/121

2. MU MTH 115 - Basic Statistics

Luzerne - MAT 107

Lackawanna College - MAT 135

3. MU PSY 290 – Psychopathology

Luzerne - PSY 213

Lackawanna College - PSY 212

4. MU BIO 211 – Anatomy & Physiology I

Luzerne - BIO 135

Lackawanna College - BIO 211

5. MU BIO 212 – Anatomy & Physiology II

Luzerne - BIO 136

Lackawanna College - BIO 212

Weekend College Occupational Therapy Program

Entry-level MS Degree:The Weekend College Occupational Therapy program is specifically designed for students with a Baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than Occupational Therapy or Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs). Graduates are prepared to become entry-level occupational therapy practitioners and eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification on Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination. Upon credentialing, occupational therapists are employed in clinics, hospitals, home health agencies, rehabilitation centers, schools, nursing homes, pediatric facilities, private practice, industrial centers and government agencies.

For more information on this part-time program contact: Ms. Maureen Sheridan at 570-674-6451;

Medical Imaging Applicants

Misericordia University accepts applications from transfer students for fall semester to begin in the Medical Imaging program at the clinical level. A completed application must be received by May 8, 2019 to be considered for Fall 2019. For an applicant to be considered for acceptance, the student must have completed or is in progress of completing and has achieved a "C-" or higher in Anatomy and Physiology I & II.

Transfer students will be considered for acceptance, providing they meet the minimal overall GPA requirements of 2.75, completed a minimum of 24 credits that apply towards the major, the entrance requirements are met, and space is available. However, they must follow the sequence of courses for the major as listed in the catalog beginning with the fall semester sophomore year. Depending upon the number of credits accepted for transfer, students may complete all graduation requirements for the medical imaging program by December of the senior year; however, if intending to complete the program in December, no more than 11 credits can be taken during the Fall semester, due to accreditation requirements.

Medical Imaging to Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Comparison Chart

Medical Imaging

Diagnostic Medical Sonography


Both professions require individuals to be properly educated, detail oriented, and have a desire to work in a direct patient care field. Each of the two fields produce diagnostic images that are interpreted by a qualified physician to assist the patient in acquiring an accurate diagnosis.

Job Titles

Radiologic Technologist

Ultrasound Technologist


Diagnostic radiographic images, Computed Tomography, Mammography, Cardiac Catheterization, Special Procedures and Bone Densitometry images are produced utilizing ionizing radiation. The images may evaluate bony anatomy and/or internal organs.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging utilizes a magnetic field and radiofrequency pulses to produce diagnostic images.

Radiation Therapy employs radiation to treat malignancies of many parts of the body.

Radiographers and individuals credentialed in specialty areas are responsible for acquiring quality images or administering treatment with great attention to radiation protection practices for the patient and the public.

Sonography images from the unborn to the geriatric; head to toe using high frequency soundwaves to produce images of internal anatomical structures.

Sonographers are responsible for performing the examination, optimizing image quality, assessing the image, and generating a worksheet to describe the examination findings to assist the interpreting physician in making the final diagnosis and report.

Specialty Areas

Computed Tomography (CT)
Nuclear Medicine
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Mammography
Cardiac Catheterization
Special Procedures
Bone Densitometry
Radiation Therapy


Employment Opportunities

Medical Imaging professionals have many employment opportunities that include:

  • Medical Imaging (Radiology) departments in a hospital
  • Out-patient Imaging Centers
  • Mobile Imaging
  • Pediatric Hospital
  • Pain Management Clinics
  • Urology office
  • Women’s Imaging Centers
  • Cancer Treatment Centers

Sonography specialties and areas in which sonographers can be employed include, but not limited to:

  • General Sonography departments in a hospital or out-patient imaging center (abdominal, thyroid, pelvis, OB, vascular)
  • Mobile Imaging
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatric Hospital
  • Perinatology centers
  • Urology office
  • Vascular surgeon offices
  • Women’s Imaging Centers

Professional Societies/National Credentialing Organization




Program Accreditation Information

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Applicants

Students looking to transfer into our full-time entry level BS Diagnostic Medical Sonography program must hold a minimum overall collegiate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75, all prerequisite courses that have been completed at time of transfer with a grade of ‘C’ or higher, and no more than one course indicating grade replacement. Prerequisite courses are:

-BIO 121 and BIO 122 Anatomy and Physiology I and II


BIO 211 and BIO 212 Structure and Function I and II

-PHY 117 Introduction to Physics I


PHY 135 Introduction to Physical Science

PHL 100 Introduction to Philosophy


Ethics course

University Writing Seminar or equivalent

Math core group A or Math 115 Basic Statistics.

Transfer students are accepted for Freshman and Sophomore years only since beginning the junior year through graduation, the curriculum is a specified sequence of diagnostic medical sonography courses.

The diagnostic medical sonography courses are held in an every other weekend format with clinical attendance required during the week during the last four semesters including the summer between junior and senior year.

Applications will be reviewed at the end of each semester with decisions being based on academics, geographical location of applicant, and clinical availability.


Students interested in applying for the part-time 18 month certificate program must have a minimum GPA of 2.75, completed or in process of completing the prerequisite courses listed above with a ‘C’ or higher with no more than one grade replacement.

The diagnostic medical sonography courses are held in an every other weekend format with clinical attendance required during the week during the last four semesters including the summer between junior and senior year.

For more information on this part-time program contact: Ms. Maureen Sheridan at 570-674-6451; or Ms. Sheryl Goss at 570-674-6790 or

Education Applicants

Students interested in transferring from another institution to the University to participate in its Teacher Education Program must also apply for admission. An official copy of the student's college/university transcripts demonstrating an earned GPA of 3.0 or better is required. Transfer students' transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis in order to determine if courses are acceptable alternatives to the requirements. Prospective external transfer students must meet with and be approved by the TED's Transfer Coordinator before enrolling in courses sponsored by the department.

Readmission to the University

Students in good academic and disciplinary standing who have withdrawn from Misericordia University and wish to re-enroll within one calendar year of their withdrawal must notify the admissions office - specifically, Christine Marks (570) 674-6462 or

Readmission to the university does not automatically imply readmission to the student’s former program. If a student wishes to return to the university in a different department than the one in which the student was enrolled at the time of withdrawal, the student must make formal application to that department through the admissions office. Students who have been academically dismissed from a specific academic program, but not from the university should consult academic department policies and procedures for specific eligibility requirements for readmission. The readmission process for students who have been academically dismissed from the university must include an interview with, and favorable recommendation from, the chair of the department to which the student is applying. In the case of disciplinary dismissal or a withdrawal for personal reasons, the matter will be referred to the Vice President of Student Affairs. In all cases, readmission to the university does not imply readmission to one’s former academic program. When applying, please select "Readmit Undergraduate" on the application for admission.

Students with Credentials from Foreign Institutions

Applicants with prior coursework from institutions outside of the United States will be required to provide a credential evaluation prepared by either the international credentialing service of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO), available at; or, a credentialing service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A list of members can be found at

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