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Graduate nursing students achieve perfect pass rate on licensure exam
Posted 02/28/2018 10:58AM

Misericordia University graduate nursing students enrolled in two advanced practice degree programs recently achieved a perfect pass rate on the national licensing examination and surpassed the national average test score.

Pamela Dwyer, D.N.P., M.S.N., C.R.N.P., N.P.-C.

Fifteen students completed the Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Family Nurse Practitioner degree program and passed the licensing examination. Members of the class included Rebecca Bicking, Hazleton; Nicole Falbo, Carbondale; Lee Ann Kayal, Clarks Green; Alexa Kerecman, Throop; Lindsay Kokindo, Dickson City; Amanda McNeil, Sayre; Jamielee Mead, Harveys Lake; Kristopher Mead, Harveys Lake; Angela Murphy, Dalton; Jamie Novitski, Shavertown; Candace Plociniak, Moscow; Ryan Seltzer, Kingston; Patricia Slusser, Yatesville; Chelsea Wilson, Kingston, and Jacqueline Zabresky.

Six students completed the Master of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice program and successfully passed the licensing examination. Class members include Kaci Birosik, Hanover Twp.; Victoria Romano, Dallas; Jennifer DiVirgillio, Zion Grove; Amy Austin, Sweet Valley; Alyssa Mocion, Laflin, and Gabriella Cesare, Moosic.

The Misericordia University graduates' average score of 581 surpassed the national average of 560 on the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Examination.

"The successful completion of the licensing examination is a direct reflection of our graduate nursing students' hard work and determination to enhance their own abilities and in their efforts to improve patient care,'' said Pamela Dwyer, D.N.P., M.S.N., C.R.N.P., N.P.-C., assistant professor, chair of the graduate nursing program, and director of the Master of Science in Nursing Program at Misericordia University. "Misericordia's nursing program has been preparing clinically proficient nurses who provide compassionate care to their patients since its inception.''

Misericordia University features the oldest nursing program in the area and graduates more students in the health sciences than any other college or university in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The University offers three undergraduate nursing programs: traditional, full-time nursing students; part-time evening program for adult students; and the RN to BSN Expressway Program. The undergraduate nursing programs are designed to meet the special educational and scheduling needs of adult and traditional students. They all lead to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

The MSN nursing program meets the special needs of current BSN registered nurses who desire an advanced practice specialization as a family nurse practitioner. Misericordia also offers a post-master's certificate as a family nurse practitioner for nurses who already have an advanced clinical master's degree and who wish to change or expand their practice focus to primary care. Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced education in health assessment, diagnosis and management of acute and chronic health conditions with expertise in health promotion and disease prevention. Graduate programming leads to the MSN and provides course work in a convenient part-time, one-day-a-week format.

The University also offers an online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program in two formats to accommodate the needs of busy health care professionals and in response to a growing national need.

For more information about the nursing program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or visit


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