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Table of Contents 

Academic Calendar 2012-2013 5 

About Misericordia University 6 

Policy Statements 6 

Mission Statement 6 

Diversity Statement 7 

Accreditations 7 

Contacts for More Information 8 

Student Support Services 9 

Bookstore 9 

Computer Facilities 9 

Counseling and Psychological Services Center (CAPS) 10 

Library 10 

Student Success Center 1 1 

Tutorial Assistance 1 1 

Writing Center 12 

Campus Life 12 

Athletics 12 

Campus Ministry 12 

Campus Safety 13 

Clubs and Organizations 14 

Governing Boards 14 

Residential Facilities 14 

Student Media 15 

Health and Wellness Center 1 5 

Career and Placement Services 16 

Insalaco Center for Career Development 16 

Special Institutes 17 

Assistive Technology Research Institute 17 

Diversity Institute/Office of Inclusive Excellence 17 

Ethics Institute 17 

Institute on Sacred Scripture 18 

The Cecilia Meighan, RSM Institute of Law and Religious Life 18 

Undergraduate Programs 18 

Admission Requirements 18 

Transfer Program 19 

Other Undergraduate Admission Information 21 

Financial Information 22 

Tuition and Fees 22 

Expenses per Semester 2012-2013 22 

Special Fees, Deposits, and Expenses 2012-2013 24 

Release of Transcripts or Diplomas 28 

Undergraduate Auditing 28 

Financial Assistance Program 28 

Application Procedures 28 

Tuition Payment Options 34 

Refund Policies 35 

Endowed Scholarships 38 

Annual Scholarships 41 

Academics 41 



A Misericordia University Education 41 

Academic Policies and Procedures 42 

Graduate Academics at Misericordia University 54 

Philosophy 54 

Graduate Education Goals 54 

Policies and Procedures 55 

Graduate Accreditation 61 

Graduate Programs 62 

Contacts for Graduate Programs 62 

Financial Information 62 

Financial Assistance Programs 64 

Admission Requirements 64 

Tuition Payment Options 65 

Special Programs 66 

Office for Students With Disabilities 66 

First-Year Experience 66 

Honors Program 66 

Act 101 Program 67 

Early Alert 67 

TARGET 67 

Consortium Programs 68 

Study Abroad Programs 68 

Air Force ROTC 68 

Army ROTC Military Science 68 

Center for Adult and Continuing Education 70 

Academic Program Definitions 73 

Academic Program Listings 74 

Undergraduate and Graduate Curricula Academic Colleges 74 

College of Arts and Sciences 74 

College of Health Sciences 75 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 76 

Core Curriculum Requirements 77 

College of Arts and Sciences Majors 80 

Biochemistry Major 81 

Biology Major 83 

Chemistry Major 87 

Clinical Laboratory Science Major 90 

Communications Major 92 

English Major 94 

Government, Law and National Security Major 98 

History Major 101 

Interdisciplinary Studies Major 104 

Mathematics Major 105 

Medical Science Major 107 

Philosophy Major 1 1 1 

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies 1 14 

College of Arts and Sciences Minors 121 

Biology Minor 121 

Chemistry Minor 121 

Communications Minor 121 



English Minor 122 

Ethics Minor 122 

Fine Arts Minor 123 

History Minor 124 

Mathematics Minor 124 

Philosophy Minor 125 

Political Science Minor 125 

Religious Studies Minor 125 

Social Studies Minor 126 

Theater Minor 126 

Writing Minor 127 

College of Arts and Sciences Certificates/Certifications 127 

Secondary Education Certifications 1 27 

College of Arts and Sciences Specializations 128 

Pre-dentistry, Pre-medicine, Pre-optometry, Pre-veterinary Medicine 128 

English, Pre-law 128 

History, Pre-law 128 

Philosophy, Pre-law 128 

College of Health Sciences Majors 1 28 

College of Health Sciences Mission Statement 128 

College of Health Sciences Student Outcomes 129 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Major 129 

Health Science Major 132 

Medical Imaging Major 132 

Nursing Major 154 

Graduate Nursing 163 

Occupational Therapy Major 168 

Occupational Therapy Post-Professional Programs 1 79 

Physical Therapy Major 184 

Pre-Doctor of Physical Therapy Program 184 

Speech-language Pathology Major 189 

College of Health Sciences Certificates/Certifications 199 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate 199 

Nuclear Medicine Technology Certificate 203 

Post-master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate 208 

Post-professional Pediatric Certificate 208 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences Majors 209 

Accounting Major 209 

Applied Behavioral Sciences Major 210 

Business Administration Major 21 1 

Computer Science Major 215 

Graduate Education 217 

Teacher Education Programs 222 

Health Care Management Major 244 

Health Informatics 250 

Information Technology Major Management Information Systems (MIS) Specialization 251 

Information Technology Major Information Technology Security Specialization 252 

Management Major 253 

Marketing Major 

Master of Business Administration -- >f> 



Organizational Management 260 

Professional Studies Major 262 

Psychology Major 263 

Social Work Major 266 

Sport Management Major 269 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences Minors 270 

Accounting Minor 270 

Addictions Counseling Minor 270 

Child Welfare Services Minor 271 

Computer Science Minor 272 

Forensic Accounting Minor 272 

Gerontology Minor 273 

Health Care Informatics Minor 274 

Management Minor 274 

Management Information Systems Minor 275 

Marketing Minor 275 

Psychology Minor ." 276 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences Certificates/Certifications 276 

Addictions Counseling Certificate 276 

Child Welfare Services Certificate 276 

Gerontology Certificate 276 

Geriatric Care Manager Professional Certificate 277 

Health Care Informatics Certificate 277 

PACS Administrator Certificate 278 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences Specializations 280 

Addictions Counseling 280 

Child Welfare Services 280 

Gerontology 280 

Health Care Informatics Health Care Management Major 280 

Health Care Management Health Care Management Major 280 

Health Care Marketing Health Care Management Major 280 

IT Security Information Technology Major 280 

Management Information Systems Information Technology Major 280 

Course Descriptions 281 

Directory 418 

Misericordia University' Board of Trustees 418 

Administration 419 

Faculty Senate 422 

Faculty 422 

Adjunct Faculty 427 

Alumni Association Board of Directors 2012-2013 432 

Index 435 



Academic Calendar 2012-2013 



Fall 2012 

August 23 
August 23-26 
August 26 
August 27 
September 3 
September 4 
September 5 
September 14 
October 11-12 
October 15 
October 17 
October 22-26 
November 9- 1 2 
November 12 
November 18 
November 20 
November 21-25 
November 26 
December 10 
December 10 
December 11-15 
December 16 
December 17 

Spring 2013 

January 13 
January 14 
January 22 
January 27 
February 27 
March 4-8 
March 11 
March 11-15 
March 23 
March 25-April 8 
March 28-April 1 
April 2 
April 30 
May 1 
May 2 
May 3-10 
May 13 
May 17 

May 18 



Convocation 

First-year orientation/check-in 

All university check-in 

First day of classes for all traditional program students 

Labor Day; No day or evening classes 

Classes resume 8:00 am 

Add/Drop period ends 4:30 pm 

Last day to remove summer 2012 incompletes 

Fall recess 

Classes resume 8:00 am 

Mid-term grades due Noon 

Advisement week 

Spring 2013 Registration 

Last day to withdraw from a course or university 

Writing proficiency exam 12-1 :30 rooms TBA 

Follow Thursday class schedule 

Thanksgiving recess 

Classes resume 8:00 am 

Last day of classes; follow Friday class schedule 

Monday evening class exams held 

Final examinations 

Winter Baccalaureate and Commencement 

Final grades due at Noon 



Transfer Student Check-in/Orientation 

First day of classes for traditional program students 

Add/Drop period ends 4:30 pm 

Last day to remove Fall 2012 incompletes 

Midterm Grades due at Noon 

Spring break 

Classes resume 

Advisement week 

Last day to withdraw from a course or university 

Registration fall 2013 

Easter Recess 

Classes resume 

Follow Thursday class schedule 

Last day of classes; Follow Friday class schedule 

Study day 

Final examinations 

Final grades due 8:30 am 

Commencement Rehearsal/Alumni Induction/ 

Awards Ceremony 

Baccalaureate and Commencement 



Academic Calendar 2012-2013 5 



About Misericordia University 

Policy Statements 

This catalog contains current information regarding Misericordia University's undergraduate and 
graduate programs, calendar, admissions policies, degree requirements, fees, and regulations. 
Misericordia University reserves the right in its sole judgment to promulgate and change rules and 
regulations and to make changes of any kind in its programs, calendar, academic policies, admissions 
policies, procedures and standards, degree requirements, and fees whenever it is deemed necessary or 
desirable, including changes in course content, the scheduling of classes, and cancellation of scheduled 
classes and other academic activities. 

Students are ultimately responsible for knowing and observing all regulations contained herein that may 
affect their status at Misericordia University. 

Misericordia University accords students of any race, color, religion, sex, nationality, or ethnic origin 
all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to students of the university. 
Misericordia University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, disability, religion, 
gender, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation, or ethnic origin in the administration of its 
educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic, or other university- 
administered programs. 

Misericordia University complies with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as 
amended. A copy of the Act is available for inspection in the Vice President of Academic Affairs 
Office. 

The university does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices. 
This notice is provided as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of 
the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. 



Mission Statement 

Misericordia University is a Catholic, liberal arts-based, co-educational university. It was founded in 
1924 and it is sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy. The university offers both undergraduate 
and graduate programs. In 1978, the board of trustees approved a mission statement that describes the 
nature and purpose of the university (formerly College Misericordia), and in 1994 it was revised as 
follows: 

Misericordia University, a co-educational Catholic university sponsored by the Institute of the 
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, is committed to providing quality education to its students and 
to shaping its educational programs and policies to express the founding Sisters' values and 
attitudes of mercy, service, justice, and hospitality. The university welcomes individuals of all 
faiths. 

The academic development of each student at the undergraduate level is ensured by the 
university's commitment to provide a learning experience which cultivates higher-order thinking 
skills through the integration of liberal arts and professional studies. To emphasize academic 
excellence and to develop critical thinking, all undergraduate curricula provide a common liberal 
arts base, the objectives of which are further developed in the students' major areas of study. The 
students' educational programs prepare them for productive careers and continued personal and 
professional growth. 

Graduate programs at Misericordia University emphasize intellectual discourse and focused 
academic growth. The cornerstone of each program is instruction and practice in methods of 
critical thinking which promote research and enhanced professional expertise. 



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As part of its comprehensive educational program, the university is committed to providing a 

wide range of spiritual, physical, recreational, social, and cultural activities m which all member! 
of the university community can participate. 

Misericordia University fosters a cooperative environment in which students, faculty, and stall 
demonstrate personal concern for each individual as a valued member of the university 
community. 

Diversity Statement 

Misericordia University recognizes the importance of living the mission in our words and our deeds, 
demonstrating mercy, service, justice, and hospitality, and supporting the ideals of a democratic 
society. Therefore, we are dedicated to promoting a diverse community in an atmosphere of mutual 
respect and appreciation of difference. 

We believe, as members of a democratic society, that individuals have not only the right to live their 
lives according to their own values and beliefs, but also the obligation to respect the right of others to 
do the same. 

We believe all people should be treated with civility, deserving to be heard without demeaning 
judgments of others. 

We believe, as an educational community, that we have the responsibility to learn about each other in 
order to benefit from our diverse population. 

We believe our demonstration of individual integrity and mutual respect sets a standard for the 
community and exemplifies a broader commitment to human understanding and service. 

Accreditations 

Misericordia University was chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on January 31,1 927. and 
is empowered to grant the following degrees: 

Doctor of Occupational Therapy 

Doctor of Physical Therapy 

Master of Business Administration 

Master of Science 

Master of Science in Nursing 

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy 

Master of Science in Physical Therapy 

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies 

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology 

Bachelor of Arts 

Bachelor of Science 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing 

Bachelor of Social Work 

Associate of Applied Sciences 
Misericordia University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher 
Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000. 



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The university is also officially recognized by the following accrediting agencies: 

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, 
MD 20814-3425, (301) 652-661 1 

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, American Physical Therapy 
Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, (800) 999-2782 

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park St., 
Clearwater, FL 33756, (727) 210-2350 

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 350, 
Washington, DC 20036-1120, (202) 887-6791 

Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA), 
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulvard, #310, 
Rockville, MD 20850,(301)897-5700 

Council on Social Work Education, 1725 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 683-8080 

International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, (IACBE), PO Box 3960, Olathe, KS 
66063,(913)631-3009 

Pennsylvania Department of Education, 333 Market St., Harrisburg, PA 17126, (717) 783-6788 

The Joint Review Committe on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology, 2000 
W. Danforth Rd., Ste. 130, #203, Edmond, OK 73003, (405) 285-0546 

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Drive, 
Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, (312) 704-5300 

Misericordia University has legal permission from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nurse Examiners to 
operate a school of nursing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Various other state education 
departments also recognize the university's academic programs. 

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation - Provisional to the Misericordia University Master of 

Science in Physician Assistant Studies, sponsored by Misericordia University. Accreditation - 
Provisional is an accreditation status. The status indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the 
proposed program appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully 
implemented as planned. Accreditation - Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation 
status and is limited to no more than three years for any program. 

Misericordia University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in admission to or employment in its 
education programs or activities. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing 
regulations may be referred to our Title IX coordinator, Pamela Parsnik. The coordinator can be 
reached at 301 Lake Street, Dallas, PA 18612, (570) 674-6310, or at pparsnik@misericordia.edu. 

Contacts for More Information 

For more information on particular aspects of Misericordia University, contact the people listed below 
at (570) 674-6400 (toll-free at 866-262-6363) between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. Other university 
personnel are listed in the university directory section of this catalog. Address all mail for faculty and 
administration to: Misericordia University, 301 Lake Street, Dallas, PA 18612-1090. 

Academic Affairs Dr. Mari P. King, Vice President of Academic Affairs 

Undergraduate Admissions Jane Dessoye, Executive Director of Enrollment Management 

Admissions Glenn Bozinski, Director of Admissions 

Center for Adult and Barbara Leggat, Director, Center for Adult and Continuing Education 
Continuing Education 



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Athletics David Martin, Athletic Director 

Business Matters Eric Nelson, Vice President q) Finance and Administration 

Graduate Services Barbara Leggat, Director, Center for Adult and ( otltinuing l.diu ("ion 

University Advancement Susan M. Helwig, Vice President of University Advam etneni 

Planning and Assessment Dr. Barbara Samuel Loftus, Vice President oj Planning, Assessment and 

Research 

Registrar's Office Joseph Redington, University Registrar 

Student Success Center Amy Lahart, Director of Student Sue ess C enter 

Campus Ministry Dr. Christine Somers, Director of Campus Ministry 

Student Life Jean Messaros, RSM, Vice President oj Student Affairs 

Kathleen Foley, Dean of Students 

Assistive Technology Research Denis Anson, Director of Research and Development 
Institute 

Diversity Institute Dr Scott Richardson, Director of Multicultural Initiatives 
Ethics Institute 

Institute on Sacred Scripture Dr. Noel Keller, RSM, Executive Director 

The Cecilia Meighan, RSM Institute of Bernadette Kenny, RSHM, Director 
Law and Religious Life 

Student Support Services 

Bookstore 

The campus bookstore is an academically oriented resource, where the need for, and interest in. reading 
and study engendered in the classroom can be supported and reinforced. It is also an on-campus source 
of many goods and services required by a university community. The main purpose of the campus 
bookstore is to provide for the sale of books and supply requirements connected with the academic 
programs of the university. 

Computer Facilities 

All facets of the hardware and software environment are upgraded and expanded to enable our students 
to keep pace with technology. Students have ample access to personal computers throughout the 
campus. Over 140 personal computers are available for use including: 30 laptops in the library, four 
laptops for commuters, and six computer labs containing 1 12 computers. Wireless access is provided 
throughout most of the campus and in the lounges of the residence halls. Wireless connectivity and 
coverage is constantly reviewed and expanded to areas needed to support the academic needs and 
quality of campus life for our students. In addition, there is a wireless computer teaching lab for up to 
21 students in the library and a 15 student iMAC communications department lab. Each computer has 
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint) available. All residence rooms are provided with 
the ability to connect to the campus network and thus the internet. Students are provided with a portal 
account by which they have access to an e-mail account, calendar, current semester courses, clubs and 
committees, their own personal headlines, and are able to receive personal and campus announcements. 
Also, students are able to access their current semester grades, academic record, curriculum guide, 
profile information, billing data, class schedule, and register for courses online. A student technology 
help desk is available to students, where all commuter/residential student computer problems, 
residential internet connections, cable television, and phone issues are addressed. The helpdesk also 
provides one free antivirus program per each residential student to use on one computer for access to 
the campus network. 

Software and programming languages include SPSS, R, Java, Visual Basic. C++. C#. various Visual 
Studio 2010 Express products, and SQL Server 2008 R2 Express. 



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Counseling and Psychological Services Center (CAPS) 

The services offered by the CAPS Center are available to all full-time undergraduate and graduate 
students. Part-time matriculated students are welcome to schedule a onetime free consultation session to 
learn of local resources that provide personal counseling. Services include individual counseling, group 
counseling, consultation services, referral services, and crisis intervention. Counselors also offer 
programs on a variety of personal development topics and issues throughout the academic year. All 
services are free of charge and all counseling contacts are confidential. Records of counseling contacts 
are kept separate from a student's medical or academic records. 

The focus of University counseling services is on personal and life development. Common issues 
addressed through our services typically include problems such as stress management, test anxiety, 
general anxiety, depression, eating issues, substance abuse, relationship problems, and family problems. 
Students who present issues that need a more intensive, long-term treatment approach are offered off- 
campus referral sources where their needs can be more adequately addressed. 

The counseling staff includes a Licensed Psychologist, a Masters-level Licensed Professional 
Counselor, a Registered Dietitian Consultant, Graduate Interns, Student Peer Advocates, and Student 
Peer Educators. We also have access to the services of an Addictions Counselor. The CAPS Center is 
located on the ground floor of McGowan Hall. Our hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments may 
be made by calling 570-674-6408 or by coming down to the Center. A counselor is available 24 hours a 
day for emergencies. Students may access the counselor on call after hours by contacting the Office of 
Safety and Security at 570-674-6300 or by making the request through a resident assistant (RA). 
Students do not have to identify the reason for requesting the counselor on call. 

Faculty, staff, and students who wish to refer a student for counseling services, or to consult about a 
student, may contact the Director, Dr. Cindy March, at 570-674-6366, or in the case of immediate need, 
may walk the student to the Center to access a counselor in a more timely manner. 

Library 

The Mary Kintz Bevevino Library is located at the heart of the campus between Mercy Hall and 
McHale Residence Hall. The library is named in honor of alumna Mary Kintz Bevevino, a 1987 
graduate of Misericordia University. Dedicated in 1999, the Bevevino Library is a state-of-the-art 
research facility with wireless internet access, computers, and a variety of study environments. 

The library's mission is to provide quality services with diverse resources for intellectual growth and 
development. Library staff are always available and ready to assist students with all their research 
needs consistent with the Misericordia objectives of providing quality academics, professional 
preparation and service leadership. 

The library home page (www.misericordia.edu/mu_library), provides access to the library's online 
catalog, research databases and library services. The library offers casual seating, study carrels and 
tables throughout the building, and group study rooms on the second and third floors. The main 
circulating collection is on the first and third floors. The circulation desk, multimedia room, and the 
Alden Trust Computer Classroom are located on the first floor. The second floor of the library houses 
the reference desk, the reference and periodicals collections, and the Center for Nursing History. The 
Sister Mary Carmel McGarigle Archives and the Catherine Evans McGowan Room are on the third 
floor. The Catherine Evans McGowan Room is used for seminars, multimedia presentations, 
community meetings, and other group activities. 

The library offers information in a variety of formats including books, periodicals, electronic databases, 
microfilm, and audio and video recordings. The library houses over 80,000 print volumes, 5,000 
videos/DVDs and an expanding collection of electronic resources. Trained reference staff are available 
to provide research assistance. Individuals may request assistance by appointment, and faculty are 



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encouraged to bring classes to the library for research instruction laptop computer! can be borrowed 
from the circulation desk and used throughout the library. Printers arc available tor printing 

The library's schedule accommodates the academic schedule of the university. A valid Misericordia 

University identification or library card is required to borrow library materials 1 be hbrar\ extends 
borrowing privileges to Back Mountain residents and other members of the local community with 
participation in the Friends of the Library membership. 

Archives 

The Sister Mary Carmel McGarigle Archives is located on the third floor of the Mary Knit/ Bevevino 
Library and is open to the public. The archives was created in 1990 and named in 1997 for the founding 
archivist, Sister Mary Carmel McGarigle. The objective of the archives is to collect, preserve, and 
provide access to records pertaining to the history of Misericordia University (formerly College 
Misericordia), the university's founders the Sisters of Mercy, and the local community. The archives 
serves as a central resource for information collected about the diverse functions and historical records 
of Misericordia University offices, departments, campus organizations, and student activities. The 
archives contains over 1,000 linear feet of records and publications, and 50,000 photographic images. 
Archival collections are searchable through the Bevevino Library online catalog. 

The archives has grown as a result of generous donations from students, alumni, and the university 
community. The archives actively collects paper and electronic records, photographs, scrapbooks. 
publications, interviews, recordings, and other university memorabilia that support the library's mission 
to better serve the needs of the university community. Contact the archivist at 
archives@misericordia.edu or visit the Archives Home Page at www.misericordia.edu/archives for 
more information. There are archival displays throughout the library and in other campus buildings. 

Student Success Center 

The Student Success Center (SSC) offers services to students who wish to improve the quality of their 
learning. The center offers comprehensive support services through the following programs: peer and 
professional tutoring, study skill support, ESL support, writing support, and workshops. Individual 
assessment and intervention services regarding study skills and learning strategies are also offered, as 
well as developmental intervention programs for students on academic probation or for those who are 
not satisfied with their level of performance. The SSC is located in the lower level of Alumnae Hall. 
All services are free of charge. 

Tutorial Assistance 

Misericordia University offers a variety of tutorial options to assist students in achieving academic 
goals. Individual and group tutoring is provided in most core curriculum courses and some professional 
courses. Professional staff is available to assist those students who wish to improve their study skills. 
Tutorial services are provided by the Student Success Center, which is located in the lower level of 
Alumnae Hall. All tutorial services are free of charge. 

Writing Center 

The writing center offers support service for students' writing-related needs through one-on-one tutorial 
consultations and periodically scheduled workshops tailored to specific aspects of the writing process 
In tutorial consultations, all relevant aspects of the writing process are addressed, from brainstorming 
activities to assistance with organization, development, grammar, and even citation formats. The 
writing center is staffed by the coordinator of writing and highly-qualified tutors drawn from the 
student population. Consultations can be scheduled by appointment or students may simply drop b> the 
writing center during normal business hours. The writing center is located in the Student Success 
Center which is located in the lower level of Alumnae Hall. 



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Campus Life 



Misericordia University students take their total educational experience seriously. They recognize that 
their academic experience is richer when they participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities 
which contribute to their total development. 

Athletics 

Intercollegiate athletics for women at Misericordia University include basketball, cheerleading, cross 
country running, field hockey, tennis, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, track and field, golf and 
volleyball. Men compete at the intercollegiate level in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country 
running, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, and track and field. 

Members of the student body, faculty, staff, and administration enjoy a comprehensive intramural 
athletic program which includes such activities as co-ed flag football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, 
tennis, golf, and softball. 

For more information on Misericordia Athletics, visit athletics.misericordia.edu. 

Campus Ministry 

Campus Ministry is centered on people caring about each other. We emphasize a spirituality that 
incorporates service, justice, mutuality and freedom. Students of all faiths serve as the coordinators of 
all ministries and are empowered to take leadership roles that respond to the whole University. 

Campus Ministry works to promote the Catholic Mercy identity of the University and is grounded in the 
charisms of the Sisters of Mercy: Service, Justice, Mercy and Hospitality. 

People of all faiths are always welcome to all experiences of worship and prayer, service opportunities 
and programs of personal and spiritual development. The Campus Ministry Center offers a place for 
conversation, discussion and relaxation. Spiritual and religious advice and counseling are available 
from the directors. Any students looking for how to contact other local congregations and synagogues 
will find assistance in Campus Ministry. 

There are various opportunities for students to become involved in Campus Ministry: 

Liturgical Ministries 

• Eucharistic Bread Baking 

• Eucharistic Ministers 

• Lectors 

• Liturgical Choir 

• Liturgical Coordinator 

• Sacristans 



Spirituality and Faith Formation 

• Bible Study 

• Praise and Worship 

• RCIA Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults 

• Retreats 

• Spirituality on Tap 



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Service to Others 



Adopt-a-Grandparent at Mercy Center and Meadows Nursing Facility 

Blue Chip Farm 

College Kids (boys and girls) 

EIHAB Services 

Habitat for Humanity 

International Service Experiences 

Kids on Campus/Women with Children Program 

Krafts for Kids 

Social Justice 

Soup Kitchen 

Spring Break Service Trips 



Mass Times and Reconciliation 

All Catholic liturgies are celebrated in the University Chapel unless otherwise noted. 

Times and days of masses are listed below: 

• Weekend masses are celebrated at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. 

• The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated anytime upon request, with additional 
opportunities during Advent and Lent. 

Campus Ministry is located in the Banks Student Life Center. 

Office Phone Numbers: 

Dr. Christine Somers, Director: 570-674-6314 

Kristen Samuels, Community Outreach Coordinator: 570-674-8041 

Georgia Young, Secretary: 570-674-6495 

Campus Safety 

The on-campus safety department operates 24-hours, seven days a week. All personnel are trained in 
basic emergency procedures such as first aid, CPR, and cardiac defibrillation. Safety officers are 
accessible to students and provide advice and literature to support a safe and comfortable campus for all 
students. 

Clubs and Organizations 

Over 35 chartered student clubs and organizations provide opportunities for personal, intellectual, and 
social development in a wide variety of student interests. These activities include such options as 
educational workshops, musical attractions, publications, and performing art shows, among others. 

Services offered through the student activities department include leadership development programs. 
SOAR (Student Outdoor Adventure and Recreation) new student orientation programs, activities 
information, resources for programming and fundraising, a weekly bulletin, and the semester activities 
calendar. 



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Governing Boards 

Student Government Association 

An active undergraduate Student Government Association (SGA) is the liaison between students and 
faculty, and between students and administration. The SGA enables students to become involved in a 
decision making process which affects their governance. The SGA consists of eight executive board 
members. 

The Commuter Council 

The Commuter Council is attentive to the needs and concerns of non-resident undergraduate students. 
The council addresses both the academic and social aspects of college life for commuters. 

Residential Facilities 

Misericordia University manages nine residential facilities: McHale Hall, Alumnae Hall, Gildea Hall, 
McGowan Hall, MacDowell Hall, Townhouse Complex, two houses on Lake Street, and the Machell 
Avenue Residence. 

• McHale Hall - is a traditional standard double room residence that houses first year students. It 
is co-ed by floor / wing and is equipped with air conditioning and elevator access. Fireside 
Lounge is located on the main floor and serves as a recreational area with a full kitchen facility. 

• Alumnae Hall - is a traditional co-ed standard double room residence that houses first year and 
upper class students. This residence is connected to McGowan Hall where students share 
recreational lounges, study areas and a full kitchen facility. 

• Gildea Hall - are apartment-like suites for upper class students, co-ed by unit, and holding 
three- six- or seven- occupants. All suites contain a full bath and common room area. The 
facility is air conditioned with elevator access and offers recreational / study lounges and 
kitchenettes. 

• McGowan Hall - is a modern double room facility for upper class students with a private full 
bathroom shared with the bedroom next door. The second and fourth floor lounges are 
equipped with a full size kitchen and study areas. The third floor lounge contains all the same 
amenities minus the kitchen. 

• Townhouse Complex - consists of eighteen units for upper class students. Each is equipped 
with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a common living room and full kitchen. This residence is 
co-ed by unit, and houses six students. 

• Lake Street Houses - are off campus houses for upper class students that offer the full 
amenities of a typical household with a kitchen and laundry facility. 

• Machell Avenue Residence - consists of six single rooms, three double rooms, three triple 
rooms and one quad room for a total of twenty six upper class students. The facility is air 
conditioned and has a full size kitchen, living room, on-site laundry, parking and five 
bathrooms. Just off of the main campus, this residence is a perfect residence for Health Science 
majors because of its close proximity to the College of Health Science building. 

• MacDowell Hall - The newest complex added to Misericordia's campus will contain 1 17 
students in five and three person apartments. Each apartment will have a full kitchen (stove, 
microwave, refrigerator and diswasher), living room and bathroom. Lounges will be available 
on the second and third floors and laundry will be on-site. Also included in the building will be 
three classrooms on the first floor. 

Here at Misericordia, the residential facilities serve two purposes in accommodating a student's 
university experience; to live and to learn. Living and sharing with others is a vital part of one's 
educational experience at Misericordia, providing the opportunities to build relationships and 



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connections that will last a lifetime. Within the residential facilities, students arc challenged to make 
decisions that not only affect their lives, but those around them as well 

The Office of Residence Life assists the residential students in their academic success and growth .. 
professional and a person. Residence Life staff members work in unison with the students to create and 
maintain an environment conducive to academic success and individual growth. 

Student Media 

Students write, shoot, edit, perform on-air, and do studio work for CougarCast, an award-winning 
biweekly television magazine show aired on MCN87, the campus television station. Staff members of 
The Highlander, the university's award-winning newspaper, publish a full color broadsheet prim version 
biweekly and an online version each week at highlandernews.net. Students also contribute production 
and on-air talent to Cougar Radio, which streams worldwide on cougarradio.net. Students in the Public 
Relations Student Society of America can make contact with industry leaders and create and implement 
public relations plans for non-profit clients. Students can also show off their artistic talents in the 
university literary magazine Instress, which is published each spring. It contains thought-provoking 
stories, poetry, essays, art, photography, music, and other creative works of both students and faculty. 

Health and Wellness Center 

The student Health & Wellness Center, located on the lower level of the Anderson Sports/Health 
Center, is under the direction of a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). The staff also 
includes a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, a Registered Nurse (RN), and an Administrative 
Assistant. As reflected in its name, the Center is dedicated to the health and wellness needs of our 
students here at Misericordia University. Our goal is to provide the best possible evidence-based health 
care in a manner which is competent, compassionate, confidential and timely, all within an atmosphere 
of mutual respect and responsibility without regard to race, gender, ethnic heritage, or sexual 
orientation. The Health & Wellness Center adheres to the principles and standards of ethical conduct 
endorsed by the American College Health Association: To do no harm, provide services in a caring 
manner, respect autonomy, protect privacy, maintain competence, promote justice, and respect 
diversity. Furthermore, the Center strives to be exemplars of the Sisters of Mercy charisms of mercy, 
service, justice and hospitality in every encounter we have with our patients. 

The Health & Wellness Center is a state-of-the-art facility which provides our students with advanced 
assessment and treatment for common illnesses. Referrals for more serious health issues, health 
counseling and education, maintenance of health records, or needing the FNP or the RN to make a visit 
to a residence hall are all provided at no additional cost to our students. Faculty members, si off and 
visitors are advised to seek care from their primary care providers (PCP). In the event that a student 
should miss class due to illness, it is his/her responsibility to contact their professor and advise them of 
the situation. The Health & Wellness Center can issue a note stating that the student was indeed seen in 
the Center, but by no means does this qualify as an excuse. Furthermore, if a professor should desire, 
they may call the Center to confirm that a student was evaluated by the medical professional, but no 
information about the condition or treatment will be given. Students requiring hospitalization, or those 
afflicted with an acute or long term illness that requires several days in bed and restriction from class. 
will be advised by the Center's Director to return to their homes until classes can be resumed. For the 
safety of all students, it is required that students diagnosed with a communicable disease (measles, 
chicken pox, etc.) be sent home. Permission to return to campus must be provided in writing from the 
student's primary care provider. 

Within the Health & Wellness Center there is a newly renovated Self Care & Resource room. This 
room is designed as a teaching model in order to encourage and empower our students to be proactn e 
with their health care needs. This room contains a plethora of up-to-date educational materials in 
addition to basic over-the-counter (OTC) medications and supplies - all at no cost to our students. In 
addition, through a partnership with Cook's Pharmacy of Shavertown. PA. the Health & Wellness 
Center keeps on hand a supply of commonly used prescriptions in order to provide convenient, point- 



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of-care service for our students. There is a $10.00 charge for these items. If, however, a student has a 
prescription plan and receives their medications at a reduced cost, the FNP would be more than happy 
to phone in the necessary prescription to one of our local pharmacies. 

The Health & Wellness Center requires a medical history, a physical examination, and immunization 
record to be completed and submitted by all incoming students - including transfer and commuter 
students, prior to the start of the student's first semester of attendance. In addition, according to 
Pennsylvania law, all resident students need to have received meningitis, hepatitis B, PPD, and two 
MMR vaccines prior to beginning their university career. Students enrolled in the College of Health 
Sciences may have additional yearly requirements as mandated by their respective departments. All 
full-time students are required to provide proof of membership in their parent's health insurance plan. If 
necessary, information about a Student Health Insurance plan is available in the Vice President Student 
Affairs Office by calling 570-674-6238. 

In keeping with our Catholic values, the Health & Wellness Center does not distribute condoms or any 
other type of birth control. Moreover, the optional Student Health Insurance policy does not cover birth 
control prescriptions or abortion procedures. 

Upon graduation, student health records are moved into storage and kept for a period of three years. We 
strongly recommend that students keep their own copies of their health records but should a former 
student need a copy of their health record they would need to make their request known in writing. 
Their request needs to include their name, social security number, and the specific information they are 
requesting along with the mailing address they wish the information be sent. 

Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; however, we do close 
from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. for lunch. If medical services are needed after hours, the student should 
contact their Resident Assistant (RA) who will, if necessary, notify the Director of the Center of the 



Please contact the Health & Wellness Center at 570-674-6276 should you have any questions. 

Career and Placement Services 



Insalaco Center for Career Development 

Preparing for a successful future demands more than just obtaining a quality education. Truly 
successful students begin to develop career planning competency as first-year students and build upon 
this throughout their academic and professional lives. The Insalaco Center for Career Development 
provides the resources and assistance necessary to turn academic achievement into career opportunity. 

Recognizing that the world of work requires life-long learning, the Insalaco Center promotes the 
development of short-range goals as part of long-range career plans. This approach helps ensure that 
students build flexibility into their career plans. The Center serves all university students and alumni 
with its state-of-the-art career resource library and team of professional staff. The mission of the Center 
is to prepare students for employment, graduate school or professional school and to manage their 
careers throughout their working lives. 

The Insalaco Center coordinates the Guaranteed Placement Program, which is designed to connect 
students' academic and co-curricular learning in order to position them for success in today's, and 
tomorrow's, job markets. Opportunities to expand personal horizons and enhance one's ability to 
function as a global citizen through study abroad are also facilitated by the Insalaco Center. 



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The Center provides the following services: 

• Individual career consultations 

• The Choice Program for undeclared students 

• Career assessment 

• Non-curriculum required experiential education (shadowing, internship, cxtcrnship. part-time, 
and summer jobs) 

• Mentoring opportunities 

• Graduate and professional school advising 

• Employment skill development and training 

• Recruitment services 

• Study abroad advising 

• Work-study placements on campus 

• A career resource library housing hundreds of print and technical career development 



Special Institutes 

Assistive Technology Research Institute 

The Assistive Technology Research Institute (ATRI) generates and disseminates knowledge that 
supports the use of assistive and universal technologies to allow individuals with disabilities and/or 
reduced function to participate to the greatest extent possible in their personal lives and their 
communities. 

Diversity Institute/Office of Inclusive Excellence 

The Diversity Institute (housed in the Office of Inclusive Excellence) is an educational resource center 
which works collaboratively with community members to promote multi-cultural understanding and to 
eliminate prejudice and discrimination. Its mission is educational, and its programs have been shared 
with a host of area organizations. 

Ethics Institute 

The Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University is directed by 15 
community leaders and educators who organize forums, workshops, and symposia dealing with a broad 
range of ethical topics. The institute also provides information and fosters open discussion of complex 
ethical topics. 

Institute on Sacred Scripture 

The Institute on Sacred Scripture relates to those of all educational backgrounds with the simplicity and 
elegance of the scriptures themselves. This six-day program marked its 40th anniversary in 2008. Each 
summer, internationally known scholars make presentations and lead discussion on biblical topics. 

The Cecilia Meighan, RSM Institute of Law and Religious Life 

The Cecilia Meighan, RSM Institute of Law and Religious Life, for those in leadership in Catholic 
religious orders, offers professional development and practical information in canon and civil law as 
well as new perspectives on the responsibilities of leadership. 



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Undergraduate Programs 

Admission Requirements 

General Admission, Full-time First-year Students 

Misericordia University encourages applications from those who seek a strong liberal arts base for their 
chosen baccalaureate education, and who present evidence of the ability and desire to pursue an 
academic program of study. 

Candidates for general admission are reviewed on a rolling admission basis by the committee on 
admissions. The decision to admit a student is based on the student's intended field of study and on an 
evaluation of the student's qualifications. An applicant for admission who wishes to enter the first-year 
student class should provide the admissions office with the following: 

1. Hard copy or electronic (www.misericordia.edu/apply) application for admission with non- 
refundable $25 fee. The application fee is waived for applicants who have visited campus. 

2. Official copy of the secondary school transcript forwarded to the director of admissions by the 
guidance department of the secondary school. The transcript should indicate that the candidate 
has completed, or is in the process of completing, at least 16 Carnegie Units. The transcript 
should include current semester courses and all pertinent information regarding the student's 
educational background. Students who have secured a high school equivalency diploma will 
also be considered for admission, and must submit a copy of their GED (General Education 
Development) test. 

3. Test results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Entrance Examination Board 
or the American College Testing (ACT) Program are generally required for admission. Waiving 
of test requirements is made only by written permission from the director of admissions. 

4. A written recommendation from the high school principal, guidance counselor, or teacher is 
encouraged. For applicants to the occupational therapy (OT) program, two letters of 
recommendation and documentation of ten hours of service in an OT setting are also required. 
For occupational therapy and speech-language pathology applicants, a 500-word essay on their 
professional interest is also required. 

Although personal interviews are not normally required, applicants are strongly encouraged to arrange 
for a personal interview and tour. 

Incoming full-time students who wish to enroll at Misericordia University for either the fall or spring 
semester must submit a non-refundable reservation deposit of $300. Normally, reservation deposits 
should be made within six weeks of notification of acceptance. When needed, requests for extensions to 
the deposit deadline may be submitted to the Office of Admissions. 

Transfer Program 

Transfer Students 

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. 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. 

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 



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specific majors. GPA requirements for advancement into the professional level oi 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 must provide the 
director of admissions with the following: 

1 . Application for Admission with a non-refundable fee. 

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

3. Official transcripts from each college/university previously attended. 

4. Registered nurses seeking acceptance to the R.N. to B.S.N, program in Nursing must also send 
transcripts from their diploma-granting institution, as well as a copy of the KN license 

Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at Misericordia University. The universit) 
will accept no more than 60 credits from any single or combination of associate degree programs. Only 
courses with a grade of C (2.0) 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. 

Misericordia University maintains general articulation agreements with Luzerne County Communis 
College, Lackawanna College, Northampton Community College and Lehigh Carbon Community 
College, as well as the following program-specific articulation agreements: 

With Luzerne County Community College 

• Associate in Science in General Studies to Bachelor of Science in Health Science/Master of 
Science in Occupational Therapy (weekday program only) 

• Associate in Science in General Studies to Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging 

• Associate in Science in Business Administration to Bachelor of Science in Sport Management 

• Associate in Science in Education to Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special 
Education 

• Associate in Science in Cyber Security Management to Bachelor of Science in Information 
Technology 

• Associate in Science in Nursing to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing 
With Lackawanna College 

• Associate in Arts in Communication Arts to Bachelor of Arts in Communications 



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• Associate in Science in Sport Management to Bachelor of Science in Sport Management 
With Keystone College 

• Associate in Applied Science in Allied Health (Radiologic Technology) to Bachelor of Science 
in Medical Imaging 

• Associate in Applied Science in Allied Health (Nursing) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing 
With Lehigh Carbon Community College 

• Associate in Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant to Bachelor of Science in 
Health Science/Master of Science in Occupational Therapy 

• Associate in Science in Sport Management to Bachelor of Science in Sport Management 

• Associate in Science in Computer Science to Bachelor of Science in Information Technology 

• Associate in Applied Science in Computer Specialist to Bachelor of Science in Information 
Technology 

With Pennsylvania College of Technology 

• Associate in Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant to Bachelor of Science in 
Health Science/Master of Science in Occupational Therapy 

With the Pennsylvania State University-Hazleton Campus 

• Associate in Science in Physical Therapist Assistant (after completion of a bachelor's degree at 
Pennsylvania State University) to Doctor of Physical Therapy 

With Northampton Community College 

• Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography to Bachelor of Science in 
Diagnostic Medical Sonography 

• Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology to Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging 
(Expressway Accelerated format) 

With Johnson College 

• Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology to Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging 
(Expressway Accelerated format) 

With Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center School of Practical Nursing 

• Licensed Practical Nursing to Bachelor of Science in Nursing 
With Valley Forge Military Academy and College 

• Associate degree, with pre-nursing requirements (as stipulated) to Bachelor of Science in 
Nursing 

With Mount Aloys i us College 

• Associate in Science in General Studies to Bachelor of Science in Health Science/Master of 
Science in Occupational Therapy (weekday program only) 

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 
ies.aacrao.org; or, a credentialing service that is a member of the National Association of Credential 
Evaluation Services (NACES — a list of members may be found wwAv.naces.org). 



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Part-time Students 

Students who wish to be accepted to Misericordia University on a part-time basis m either the 

accelerated degree program (evening/weekend); the Expressway Program U rlawley, Hazleton, 

Nanticoke, Scranton, Shamokin, or Tannersville; or the semester format should contact the admissions 
office for a personal interview. Curriculum requirements, relevant university policies, the process for 
transfer credit evaluation, and financial aid referral will be explained in detail at that time. 

Although part-time students may begin their studies on a non-matriculating basis. ihe> 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 Students 
applying for part-time admission to the university must: 

1. Complete a part-time student application form. Submit a non-refundable S25 tee with the form. 

2. Send one official transcript from each college/university previously attended to the admissions 
office. 

3. Send one copy of secondary school (high school) transcript (or GED) to the admissions office if 
this is the first time attending college. 

4. Registered nurses must send transcripts from their diploma-granting institution, as well as a 
copy of the RN license to the admissions office. 

Upon receipt of the application for admission, the secondary school record/transcript or post-secondary 
transcripts (if applicable), and the appropriate recommendations, the admissions office and department 
faculty review the applicant's portfolio. Applicants are notified by mail of the admission decision 
usually within three weeks. Certain programs have specific requirements for acceptance. Applicants are 
referred to the description of programs, which appears later in the catalog. 

Courses, which apply to the student's field of study and have a course grade of C or higher, will be 
evaluated by the Misericordia University registrar on a course by course comparison and are subject to 
approval by the department chair in consultation with the registrar. 

Other Undergraduate Admission Information 

International Students 

Misericordia University welcomes students from all nations. Students for whom English is not their 
first language must demonstrate language proficiency. Misericordia University's admissions office can 
help students register for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which measures 
listening and reading comprehension as well as written expression. Because Misericordia University 
does not offer English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, it is essential that the student 
demonstrate a mastery of the language sufficient to perform college-level work. 

Home Schooled Students 

Misericordia University welcomes applications from home-schooled students. To apply, home-schooled 
students must submit a completed application for admission with a S25 application fee (application fee 
is waived for visitors to campus), a copy of the SAT or ACT score and, when applicable, a copy of the 
high school transcript (which can be obtained through the home school association). If the applicant is 
not affiliated with a specific organization, the university will accept a transcript from the home- 
schooling parent which shows course work completed and grades achieved. A General Education 
Development (GED) test is not required. 

Early Admission 

Students who have completed their junior year in high school with an outstanding record of 

achievement may apply for early admission to Misericordia University. 



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Advanced Placement 

Students who have participated in the College Entrance Examination Board college-level testing 
program may be granted academic credit at Misericordia University. The decision to award college 
credit in these cases is made by the registrar and the department sponsoring the course for which credit 
is requested. 

Readmission 

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, the 
vice president of academic affairs and the chair of the academic department to which they hope to 
return. 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. 

Financial Information 

Tuition and Fees 

The charges on the following page are for one semester, unless otherwise noted, during the 2012-2013 
academic year. 

Generally, all tuition and fees, with the exception of financial aid award amounts, are to be paid in full 
at the beginning of each semester/term unless special arrangements are made with the student financial 
services office. Interest is charged on unpaid balances. 

Expenses per Semester 2012-2013 

Tuition $12,940 Full-time students (12-17 credits) 

Tuition $14,000 Full-time graduate students 

Tuition $12,000 Full-time students enrolled in the Physician Assistant 

program 

Tuition $14,350 Full-time students enrolled in the Doctor of Physical 

Therapy program 

Tuition $495 Part-time students per credit 

Full-time students who wish to take more than 17 credits 
will be charged for additional credits at $495/credit. 

Clinical laboratory science majors will be charged $250 
per semester in lieu of tuition during the semesters spent 
in hospital practica. Those students are also assessed the 
general fee. 



Expressway Tuition 

General Fee 
(full-time students) 



$350 
$670 



Regular Campus 
Housing 



Single Room 
Townhouse Room 



$3,265 

$3,310 
$3,345 

$3,785 
$3,985 
$500 

$3,785 



Board Plans 



265 meals 


$2,330 


220 meals 


$2,225 


190 meals 


$2,115 


150 meals 


$1,990 



Expressway students per credit (iec description <>f 
Expressway Program) 

The general fee and its related services help to promote 
and enhance the educational, recreational, social, and 
cultural life of the student body. The fee helps to 
supplement the cost of class dues, student publications, 
student services, and student government, as well as the 
costs associated with operating facilities available lor 
student use such as the Anderson Sports-Health Center, 
the Bevevino Library, and the Banks Student Center. 

Alumnae Hall, McHale Hall 



McGowan Hall 

Gildea Hall, Machell Avenue House, 120 Lake Street 
House 

179 Lake Street House 

MacDowell Hall 

Additional charge based on seniority at the lime of 
housing lottery 

Provisions for single/private rooms are under the 
discretion of the director of residence life 

Should vacancies occur in a student room, the remaining 
student is required to accept another roommate or be 
reassigned to another room. Students in suites or 
townhouses must maintain the stated minimum 
occupancy or be removed from the area. If availability 
permits, the director of residence life may provide an 
option to maintain the room, suite, or townhouse below 
the minimum stated occupancy. When this situation 
occurs, all remaining occupants of the room, suite, or 
townhouse will be subject to an additional room charge 
of $300 beyond the rates stated above. 

The rates noted below include $100 in Cougar Points. 
Cougar Points are also available with each meal plan in 
additional $50 increments up to $250 which would 
increase the plan rate accordingly. 

First-year residents may not choose the 125 or 75 meal 
plans. The 75 meal plan is only available to students 
living in Lake Street. Machell Avenue. MacDowell Hall, 
and Townhouse residences. 



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125 meals 
75 meals 



$1,870 
$1,295 



Special Fees, Deposits, and Expenses 2012-2013 



Alternative Learners 
Project 



Graduation Fee 



$2,250 



$1,750 



$175 



Liability Insurance 



Orientation Fee 



Parking Fines 



$50 

$200 

$70 

$10 



Parking Permit 
Returned Check Fee 

Room Reservation 



$45 
$15 

$100 



Student ID $20 

Student Teaching Fee $200 
Summer Housing $75 



First year freshmen, first semester 



Second semester freshmen and all upperclassmen (per 
semester) 

A graduation fee is charged to students who have 
completed degree requirements. 

The fee helps to supplement costs of commencement 
including preparation of the facility, graduation 
announcements, cap and gown, diploma, pre- 
commencement luncheon and the post-commencement 
reception. 

For students enrolled in majors that require clinical or 
field experience 

First year 

Transfer student 

Per infraction for vehicles registered with the 
Misericordia University's Campus Safety Department. 
Unregistered vehicles will be charged $25 per infraction. 
Fines for illegally parking in handicapped areas are $50 
per infraction. Failure to move a vehicle as instructed 
during times of snow removal will result in a fine of 
$100. 

Annual fee 

A fee will be assessed for each check not accepted and 
returned by the bank. Two returned checks will cause 
check-writing privileges to be permanently revoked. 

Room reservation deposit is for upperclassmen only; 
room deposit is payable by April 15 and is applied to 
room charges. 

Replacement of lost, stolen or unusable ID 

For Education major in teaching placements 

Per week for students who take five or fewer credits who 
are fulltime students during the academic year, are 
registered for a minimum of 12 credits for the Fall 2012 
semester, and who lived in housing in the Spring 2012 
semester. Summer housing is available at no cost to 
students who are registered for six or more credits in a 
non-weekend program, have signed a campus housing 
agreement for the 2012-2013 academic year. Students 
who participate in a clinical placement that is six credits 



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Transcript Fee $10 

Transcript Fee (Mercy $10 
School of Nursing, 
Wilkes-Barre; Mercy 
School of Nursing- 
Scranton; St. Mary's 
School of Nursing) 

Weekend College $200 



or more, or 40 hours per week, are eligible tor free 

summer housing during that clinical rotation as long as 
they have already registered tor a minimum ot 12 credits 
in the fall and have signed a Campus Housing Agreement 
for the next academic year. OR the) have completed their 
4th year and have lived in University bousing in the 
spring semester. There is NO MEAL PLAN available 
during the summer. Students may purchase meals m the 
Cougars Den or pay at the cafeteria when they are 
opened. (The Cougars Den summer hours are 8:00 am 
2:00 pm and 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm.) 

Per transcript 
Per transcript 



Room rental per semester 



Computer Lab Printing $0.03/page Students are allowed to print up to 300 pages per 



Fee (per semester) 



semester in University computer labs without incurring 
additional charges. For each page above 300. an 
additional per page charge will be assessed on a semester 
basis. 



Additional Class Specific Fees 
Applied Music $130 

Laboratory Fee $25 



Students enrolled in all sections of Fine Arts 1 17 and 1 li 

Students enrolled in any biology, chemistry or physics 
class that also includes a lab 

The total fee is limited to $50 per semester. 



Medical Imaging Fee (Annual) 
Second Year $150 



Third Year $115 

Fourth Year (Dec grads) $75 
$100 



Fourth Year (May 
grads) 

Expressway (clinical 
course) 



$85 



The medical imaging fee covers the cost of annual 
radiation badges as well as ID marker, name tags. 
program handbook, clinical log book, HIPAA 
training/certification in the second year and professional 
liability insurance in the second, third and fourth 
years. The Expressway clinical course fee covers the cost 
of professional liability insurance and clinical materials. 



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Nursing Fee (Annual) 
First-year 



$35 



First Year (evening) 

Second Year 

Second Year (evening) 

Third Year 

Fourth Year 

Expressway (clinical 
course) 

Graduate Nursing (first 
year) 

Graduate Nursing 
(second year) 

Graduate Nursing (third 
year) 

Post Professional 
Nursing 



$475 
$245 
$395 
$435 
$325 
$85 

$235 

$155 

$155 

$50 



The nursing fee covers the cost of annual testing in the first, 
third and fourth years as well as HIPAA training/certification 
in the first or second year. Third and fourth year fees cover 
professional liability insurance and lab fees. Third year fees 
also include charges for clinical badges and clinical kits. All 
levels are charged for membership in the Student Nurse 
Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP). The Expressway clinical 
course fee covers the cost of professional liability insurance 
and clinical materials. 



Cost of annual professional liability insurance. 



Occupational Therapy (OT) Fee (Annual) 



First Year 



$75 



The OT fee covers the cost of annual American Occupational 
Therapy Association (AOTA) membership as well as lab fees, 
clinical name badge and professional liability insurance and 
HIPAA training/certification in the second, third and fourth 
years, in addition to an online examination for certification 
preparation in the graduate year. 



First Year (weekend) 


$335 


Second Year 


$335 


Second Year (weekend) 


$680 


Third Year 


$805 


Third Year (weekend) 


$530 


Fourth Year 


$410 


Fifth Year 


$375 



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Physical Therapy (PT) Fee 

First Year (spring) $685 



First Year (fall) $400 

Second Year (spring) $615 

Second Year (summer) $50 

Second Year (fall) $180 

Third Year (spring) $485 

Third Year (summer) $50 

Third Year (fall) $50 

Physician Assistant Fee (per semester) 

Fourth Year $775 



Fourth Year (one-time 
equipment charge) 

Fifth Year 

Sonography Fee (Annual) 
First Year 



Second Year 



$860 



1,500 



$265 



$75 



The PT fee covers the cost ot annual American Physical 
Therapy Association (AFTA) membership as well as lab 
fees and professional liability insurance, lab kit. manual 
and clinical name badges. 



The physician assistant fee covers the cost of the 
electronic logging system used to document patient 
encounters and clinical competencies, required 
examinations, membership in the American Academy of 
Physician Assistants (AAPA) and attendance at the APAA 
national meeting in the Fifth year. During the fourth year, 
students must also purchase diagnostic equipment to be 
utilized during laboratory courses and clinical rotations. 



The Sonography fee covers the costs of name tag, 
handbook, clinical forms. HIPAA training/certification and 
professional liability insurance. 



Speech-language Pathology (SLP) Fee (Annual) 



First Year 



100 



The SLP fee covers the cost of annual American Speech- 
Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Pennsylvania 
Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA) 
memberships as well as clinical name badges and 
professional liability insurance. 



Second Year 


$170 


Third Year 


$150 


Fourth Year 


$150 


Fifth Year 


$150 



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Release of Transcripts or Diplomas 

A diploma or transcript (official or unofficial) will not be released until the student's account is paid in 
full. The cost for each transcript is $10 and must be requested in writing to the registrar's office. The 
cost for transcripts for the institutions for which Misericordia is the custodian of record (Mercy School 
of Nursing - Wilkes-Barre, Mercy School of Nursing - Scranton, St. Mary's School of Nursing) is $10. 

Undergraduate Auditing 

Students may audit courses at one-half cost based on full- or part-time credit charges. No credit is 
awarded for audited courses. Auditors are admitted to courses as space is available. Matriculating 
students who wish to audit a course must seek permission from the registrar. 

Financial Assistance Program 

For over 88 years, Misericordia University has helped students and parents afford a superior college 
education. Through its participation in federal and state financial aid programs, use of institutional 
resources and contributions by alumni and friends, the Student Financial Services Office tries to meet, 
as fully as possible, each student's financial need. 

The university is eligible to participate in a full range of financial aid programs through the U.S. 
Department of Education. Eligible students may qualify for aid through the Federal Pell Grant Program, 
and the Federal Family Education Loan Program, as well as federal campus-based programs including 
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Perkins Loans, and the Federal Work-study Program. 

The university participates in the Nursing Loan program under the auspices of the Department of 
Health and Human Services. 

Misericordia University is also designated as an eligible institution by the Pennsylvania Higher 
Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), allowing qualified students access to the Pennsylvania State 
Grant Program. 

In general, the university offers three types of financial assistance: 

1 . Scholarships/Grants: Gift aid given directly to full-time students based on financial need or 
some area of achievement, such as an outstanding academic record, evidence of leadership, etc. 
Students do not need to repay this type of award. 

2. Loans: Monies borrowed by students to meet educational expenses. Students and/or their 
families repay these loans after withdrawal or graduation. Interest is charged on loans. Interest 
charges vary with different loan programs. 

3. Work-study: Employment which allows full-time students to earn a portion of the money 
needed to meet educational expenses. 

Application Procedures 

All students who wish to be considered for financial assistance must file a Free Application for Federal 
Student Aid (FAFSA) by May 1 of each award year. (Although the official deadline date is May 1, 
incoming freshmen are encouraged to submit the application as soon as possible after January 1 in order 
to expedite processing of financial aid notifications). 

The university uses the information collected on the FAFSA form to determine eligibility for university 
administered need-based programs, including University Mission Awards, Supplemental Educational 
Opportunity Grants, Nursing and Perkins Loans, and Work-study. Out-of-state students should check 
with their high school guidance office or state agency to determine eligibility for grant assistance from 
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Misericordia University no longer requires students to submit an institution ipedfic application lor 
financial aid to be considered for a University Mission Award (a liniversit) grant based upon financial 
need). Likewise, eligibility for academic scholarships arc automatically evaluated b) a scholarship 
committee with no special applications required. However, incoming freshmen must subnin a McAule) 
Application in order to be considered for a McAuley Award (described later in this section). Outside ot 
the FAFSA form, the McAuley Application is the only formal aid application required by the university 
for a student applying for grant assistance. 

Veterans: Misericordia University welcomes the opportunity to provide education to veterans of the 
armed services. The university is approved by the Veterans Administration lor the education and 
training of veterans. 

Veterans enrolling at the institution for the first time should contact their local veterans administration 
office to apply for educational benefits. This application should be filed six weeks prior to the 
beginning of the semester. Students must contact the Student Financial Services Office to initiate the 
process. 

Definition of an Academic Year 

Financial aid is awarded for one academic year. Misericordia University defines its academic year as 
the period of at least 30 weeks of instructional time that begins on the first day of classes in the fall 
semester and ends on the last day of examinations in the spring semester. During this period, a full-time 
undergraduate student would be expected to complete a minimum of 24 credits. 

Renewal of Aid 

Academic scholarships are renewed annually provided the student maintains a minimum cumulative 
grade point average of 3.0. McAuley Awards are renewed annually provided the student demonstrates 
satisfactory academic progress. 

Need based financial aid is re-evaluated and renewed each year providing the student: 

• Submits a FAFSA form by May 1 

• Demonstrates financial need 

• Demonstrates satisfactory academic progress 

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy 

To receive or continue to receive federal, state, or university financial aid, all students must meet the 
following progress requirements: 

1 . Minimum grade point average required at the end of the academic year: 
First-year undergraduates 1 .75 

All other undergraduates 2.00 

Academic scholarship requirements are more stringent. Recipients of these awards must refer to the 
scholarship notification letter for grade point requirements. 

2. Pace of Completion: 

This measurement ensures that a student is completing their program(s) within the maximum time 
frame allowed. PACE is calculated by dividing total credits earned by total credits attempted and 
includes accepted transfer and advanced standing credits in both the numerator and denominator. PACE 
is measured annually at the conclusion of the spring semester. 

• First and Second Academic Year pace of completion must be a minimum of 65 r 'c 

• Subsequent Academic Years pace of completion must be a minimum of 70*7. 

3. Maximum Time Frame: 

A student may not exceed a maximum number of attempted credits in any program! s). even if aid was 
not received during all periods of enrollment.The maximum number of credits is 1 50% of a student's 



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program(s) required credits. Once a student reaches the maximum amount of credits attempted as 
specified by the program(s), the student will be ineligible to receive further Title IV aid. 

Any deficiencies in academic progress must be made up at the student's expense by successfully 
completing courses at Misericordia University or another accredited institution. Permission to take 
credits at another institution requires the permission of the registrar. Once the deficiency has been 
remedied, students must request that aid be reinstated for subsequent periods of enrollment. In the case 
of enrollment at another institution, the financial aid office will take into consideration the number of 
credits completed and the grades obtained. This financial aid policy differs from the institutional policy 
that accepts credits in transfer only, not grades obtained. 

For purposes of financial aid, satisfactory progress is defined using the following classifications: 

First year Those who have earned between 0-29.9 credits 

Sophomores Those who have earned between 30-59.9 credits 

Juniors Those who have earned between 60-89.9 credits 

Seniors Those who have earned between 90-1 19.9 credits 

Fifth year Those who have earned 1 20 credits or above 

Second degree Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree and are pursuing a second 

baccalaureate degree 

Full-time Students carrying a minimum of twelve credits in a regular semester format 

Part-time Students carrying less than twelve credits in a regular semester format. 

Students enrolled in accelerated or weekend classes may carry twelve 
credits, but are still considered part-time. 

Three-quarter-time Students carrying 9-1 1 .9 credits 

Half-time Students carrying 6-8.9 credits 

Less than half-time Students carrying .5-5.9 credits 

Non-matriculated Students who have not been formally accepted to a degree or certificate 

program 

Matriculated Students who have been formally accepted into a degree or certificate 

program 

Certificate Students following a sequence of courses leading to an educational 

certificate 

Right to Appeal 

If a student feels that satisfactory progress was impossible to attain because of extenuating 
circumstances, i.e. death in the family, extended illness, etc., the student may complete a "Review of 
Financial Aid Eligibility Form". This form can be obtained from the Student Financial Services Office. 

Additional Requirements and Rights 

A student applying for aid must supply all required information as described above. The student's 
enrollment status is then verified, and the student financial services office will determine the student's 
financial aid in accordance with school policy. The student will then receive an award letter. 



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Aid from outside sources must be reported to the student financial services office. Such outside lid DM) 
result in a change in eligibility status. 

Aid will vary according to enrollment status (full or part-time) and housing status (resident, ofl 
campus, or commuter). Students must inform the student financial services office ol in) stains change* 
after their aid is packaged. Students may request an appointment with the student financial services 
office to review the information that determines their aid for the year, and the amount of their financial 
aid package. 

Students have the right to request that their aid be re-evaluated if conditions arise which change their 
ability to meet the expenses of their education. 

Sources of financial aid are described below. More information may be obtained from the student 
financial services office at (570) 674-6222. 

Pell Grant 

This federal program provides grants that currently range from $563-$5,550 depending on financial 
need and educational costs. Students who have not yet completed their first undergraduate degree ma) 
apply. Application is made by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. 

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant 

This federal program is available to undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need. 
Application is made by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. 

Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) Grant 

The PHEAA Grant is a Pennsylvania State Grant. All Pennsylvania residents are expected to apply for 
the PHEAA Grant. Application is made by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. 
Eligibility and grant amounts are determined by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency 
(PHEAA). The deadline for application is May 1 prior to the start of the academic year for which aid is 
requested. 

Other State Grants 

Many states provide grants to their residents that may be used at colleges or universities in other states 
These states include Ohio, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, West Virginia. Delaware. 
Washington D.C., and Vermont. Prospective students should contact their high school guidance office 
or their state higher education office to learn more about their state programs and obtain applications. 

Presidential Scholarships 

To demonstrate its commitment to academic excellence, the university awards financial assistance to 
incoming full-time first-year and transfer students who have attained outstanding academic records. All 
applicants are screened for scholarship eligibility upon formal admission to the university. Awards 
range from $2,500-$ 18,000 annually. Scholarships are renewable until graduation, provided minimum 
grade point averages are maintained. The minimum averages required for retention of the award are 
outlined in the scholarship notification letter. 

McAuley Awards 

The nature and type of activities in which a student participates in high school, including involvement 
in extra-curricular activities, are indicative of a student's potential success at Misericordia University 
Full-time students who have served as volunteers in the community, demonstrated leadership, and have 
been active in extracurricular activities in high school may be eligible for a McAuley Award. These 
awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 and are renewable provided the student maintains satisfactory 
academic progress. 



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Legacy Grant 

Children and grandchildren of Misericordia University's alumni are eligible for an annual $1,000 
legacy grant; stepchildren of Misericordia University's alumni are eligible provided they reside with the 
parent who is the alumnus and they are full-time students. The admissions office will screen applicants. 
Awards are renewable provided the student maintains satisfactory academic progress. 

Mission Awards 

Through its own fund raising effort, Misericordia University provides substantial financial assistance to 
needy students through Mission Awards. These awards help over 65 percent of Misericordia students 
meet their university costs. These awards are available to undergraduate full-time students with 
demonstrated financial need. Awards range from $900-$6,500 yearly depending on need, available 
funds and other aid received by the student. Students who receive the Mission Awards must maintain 
satisfactory academic progress and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form each year. 

Non-Pennsylvania Resident Grants 

Out-of-state students who reside on campus are eligible for non-Pennsylvania resident grants. These 
$1,000 awards are renewable provided on-campus residency is maintained and satisfactory academic 
progress is maintained. 

Sibling Grants 

Full-time upperclassmen whose sibling is also enrolled full-time at Misericordia University are eligible 
for a $1,000 sibling grant. The award is renewable provided the student maintains sufficient academic 
progress, and both siblings are enrolled full-time. 

Federal Direct Loan (Subsidized) 

This loan program allows financially eligible full- and half-time students to borrow money to help meet 
educational expenses. The borrowing limits are as follows: 

Year 1 0-29.9 credits earned $3,500 

Year 2 30-59.9 credits earned $4,500 

Year 3 60-89.9 credits earned $5,500 

Year 4 90-119.9 credits earned $5,500 

Year 5 1 20+ credits earned $5,500 

The interest rate, which is set annually by the federal government, varies but will not exceed 8.25%. 
Repayment begins six months after the student graduates, withdraws, or enrolls in fewer than six 
credits. Repayment may extend for up to 10 years. The exact amount of loan eligibility is determined 
by the following formula: educational costs minus financial aid, minus expected family contribution as 
calculated from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. 

Federal Direct Loan (Unsubsidized) 

This loan program provides assistance to dependent students in addition to the Subsidized Stafford up 
to the loan limits described below. 

Years 1 through 5 $2,000 

This loan program also provides assistance to independent undergraduates and graduate students up to 
the following limits: 

Undergraduate years 1 and 2 $6,000 

Undergraduate years 3 through 5 $7,000 

Graduate $20,500 



Like the Direct subsidized loan, repayment of principal ma) be deferred until alter the student 
graduates, withdraws, or enrolls for fewer than six credits. However, interest must be paid on the loan 
while the student is enrolled, or capitalized upon repayment 

Aggregate Maximum Loan Limits 

Dependent undergraduate students may borrow up to $31,000 in Stafford Loan kinds. Independent 
undergraduate students may borrow up to $57,500. Graduate students ma) borrow up to $138, 500. 

Federal PLUS Loan 

This program allows credit-worthy parents of full- or half-time dependent undergraduates to borrow up 
to the total of university costs minus other financial aid. The interest on the PLUS loan varies but will 
not exceed 9%. Although limited deferment provisions may be applicable to some borrowers, 
repayment normally begins within 60 days of disbursement with up to 10 years to repay. 

Perkins Loan 

This program provides low-interest loan assistance to students who demonstrate financial need. 
Students who properly complete the aid application process as previously described will be 
automatically evaluated for eligibility for Perkins Loan assistance. If eligible, the student will receive 
notification from the Student Financial Services Office. The current interest rate on a Perkins Loan is 
5% with repayment deferred until nine months after the student graduates, withdraws, or drops below 
six credits. Additional provisions for deferment of repayment are available from the Student Financial 
Services Office. 

Nursing Loan 

This program makes low interest funds available to nursing majors who demonstrate financial need. 
The application and awarding process, as well as the interest rate and repayment terms are the same as 
for the Perkins Loan. 

Federal Work-study 

Funded by the federal government, this program provides part-time jobs for eligible students during the 
academic year and the summer. Jobs are available on campus and in the local community. Students 
must demonstrate financial need to be eligible. Whenever possible, students will be assigned jobs 
related to their educational interests. 

College Work-study 

The university maintains this work-study program through its own funding. It assists students who are 
not eligible to participate in the federal program, but who need to earn part of their university expenses 
through employment. 

Part-time Jobs 

Some part-time employment is available in the community for students. Students who are interested in 
part-time employment opportunities should inquire at the Insalaco Center for Career Development. 

Refunds of Overpayments 

Refunds of credit balances on student accounts caused by overpayment (either from financial aid or 
personal transaction) will be processed in the Student Financial Services Office within 10 days from the 
date on which the credit balance occurs. The 10 days gives the university time to verify the amount of 
refund, to check on any other charges, and to confer with the Director of Student Financial Sen ices. 

Student refund requests must be approved by the Director of Student Financial Services. Students are 
advised to begin the academic year with sufficient funds to pay for books and living expenses until 
refund checks are issued. 



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Tuition Payment Options 

Payment Policy for Part-time Students 

At the time of registration, a part-time student must make arrangements for paying tuition and fees. The 
student may either pay for the course in full, have financial aid to cover the amount due, or participate 
in either the deferred payment plan or the tuition reimbursement payment plan. The details of the two 
payment plans are discussed below. 

Tuition Reimbursement Payment Plan for Part-time Students 

Students who receive tuition benefits from their employer may be eligible to participate in Misericordia 
University's Tuition Reimbursement Payment Plan. Generally, this payment plan permits tuition and 
fees to be paid up to 30 days after the issuance of grades instead of at the time of registration for the 
course. The requirements of the plan are as follows: 

• Only part-time students are eligible. 

• A tuition reimbursement letter from the employer must be on file prior to registration and must 
be updated annually. The letter must state the terms of the benefit. 

• Students must keep the original invoice and final grades for employer verification. Duplicate 
invoices and grade sheets will not be issued. 

• It is the responsibility of the student, not the employer, to ensure that payment is made within 
the 30 day period. Students who fail to make payment within the 30 day grace period may be 
removed from the tuition reimbursement payment plan. 

• The 30 day grace period does not apply to graduating students. Tuition and fees must be paid 
prior to graduation. 

• Students who are receiving only partial tuition benefits must make arrangements to pay the 
costs that are not covered by the employer at the time of registration. 



Deferred Payment Plan for Part-time Students 

Misericordia University provides an option for students or parents to pay tuition, fees and other charges 
on a deferred payment plan. The plan permits educational costs to be spread over a period of time. The 
requirements of the plan are as follows: 

• Only part-time students are eligible. 

• A down payment of 20 percent of the total term/semester charges is required before the start of 
classes. 

• Deferments are limited to one term/semester; the unpaid balance must be paid before final 
examinations for that term/semester. Failure to pay charges in full before final exams may 
result in loss of credit for the term/semester. 

• At the close of each month, the unpaid balance will be charged a one percent finance charge. 

• Students who fail to meet their deferred payment obligations will be dropped from the plan. 

• Participants in the plan must sign and receive a copy of the deferred payment plan. 



Tuition Payment Plan for Full-time Students 

Full-time students may arrange to pay all or part of their college costs in monthly installments. A $50 
annual fee is charged to cover the processing of payments. Students must be enrolled in the installment 
plan prior to the start of the academic year. Students may enroll at Tuitionpay.salliemae.com. 



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Credit Card Payments 

Misericordia University accepts VISA, MasterCard, and Discover credit cauls fa payment <>I tuition 

and fees. 

Finance Charge 

It is a university policy that any outstanding balances will be charged a one percent finance charge at 
the close of the second month of the semester and each month thereafter Finance charges are waived 
for the following students: 

• Students enrolled in the Sallie Mae TuitionPay Program (see Tuition Payment Plan for Full- 
Time Students). 

• Students who receive rehabilitation benefits or veterans' education benefits 

• Part-time students who participate in the tuition reimbursement payment plan. 

Refund Policies 

Full-time Traditional Day 

When a full-time traditional student enrolled in day classes for the full 15-week semester withdraws 
from the university, she or he must complete an official withdrawal clearance with the Retention 
Specialist located in the Student Success Center. 

Full-time Non-traditional Day 

When a full-time non-traditional student enrolled in day classes for the full 15- week semester 
withdraws from the university, she or he must file an official notice of withdrawal with the Center for 
Adult and Continuing Education. 

Part-time Day and Once-per-week 

If a part-time student enrolled in traditional day (15-week semester) or once-per-week evening classes 
(15-week semester) withdraws from the university, he or she must file an official notice of withdrawal 
with the Center for Adult and Continuing Education. 

The percentage of charges for full-time traditional day students, full-time non-traditional day students, 
part-time day, and once-per week evening students is determined by the date that the Vice President of 
Student Affairs or the Director of the Center for Adult and Continuing Education receives an official 
notice of withdrawal. 

Tuition, fees, room, and board charges will be cancelled at the following percentage rates: 

Time of Withdrawal Amount 

First Week 100% 

Second Week 90 % 

Third Week 80 % 

Fourth Week 70 % 

Fifth Week 60 % 

Sixth Week 60 % 

Seventh Week 50 % 

Eighth Week 40 % 

Ninth Week 40 % 
No refunds of charges are allowed after the ninth week. There are no refunds on room deposits 

The Student Financial Services Office is required by federal statute to recalculate federal financial aid 
eligibility for students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed, or take a leave of absence prior to 
completing 60% of a payment period or term. The Federal Title IV financial aid programs must be 
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If a student leaves the institution prior to completing 60% of a payment period or term, the Student 
Financial Services Office recalculates eligibility for Title IV funds. Recalculation is based on the 
percentage of earned aid using the following federal return of Title IV funds formula: percentage of 
payment period or term completed = the number of days completed up to the withdrawal date divided 
by the total days in the payment period or term. (Any break of five days or more is not counted as part 
of the days in the term.) This percentage is also the percentage of earned aid. 

Funds are returned to the appropriate federal program based on the percentage of unearned aid using the 
following formula: aid to be returned = 100% of the aid that could be disbursed minus the percentage of 
earned aid multiplied by the total amount of aid that could have been disbursed during the payment 
period or term. 

If a student earned less aid than was disbursed, the institution would be required to return a portion of 
the funds and the student would be required to return a portion of the funds. When Title IV funds are 
returned, the student borrower may owe a debit balance to the university. 

If a student earned more aid than was disbursed to him/her, the university would owe the student a post- 
withdrawal disbursement which must be paid within 120 days of the student's withdrawal. 

The university must return the amount of Title IV funds for which it is responsible no later than 30 days 
after the date of the determination of the date of the student's withdrawal. 

Refunds are allocated in the following order: 

Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans 

Subsidized Federal Direct Loans 

Federal Perkins Loans 

Federal Direct Parent (PLUS) Loans 

Federal Pell Grants for which a return of funds is required 

Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants for which a return of funds is required 

Other assistance under this Title for which a return of funds is required (e.g.. LEAP) 

There will be no adjustment to federal or institutional aid after the completion of at least 60 percent of 
the semester. The calculation of Title IV refunds will be computed by the Student Financial Services 
Office. 

Students who receive a refund of financial aid prior to withdrawing may owe a repayment of federal 
financial aid received. Students who fail to return federal funds as required will be ineligible for aid 
until repayment is made. 

Change of Academic Status 

If a student drops from full to part-time during the first two weeks of classes, adjustment to tuition 
charges will be made as follows: 

1. The full-time tuition charges originally assessed will be reduced 
according to the official drop/add date defined by the Vice President 
of Academic Affairs Office, and by applying a percentage adjustment 
based on the following: 

First Week 100% tuition 

Second Week 75% tuition 

No adjustment will be made to tuition charges or financial aid after the second week. 

2. Part-time tuition charges will then be computed by multiplying the actual 
number of credits being taken after the drop, by the appropriate credit 
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Part-time Accelerated Evening 

When a part-time accelerated student drops a course with penalty 01 withdrawi from the uimersiu. 
official notice must be filed with the Center for Adult and Continuing Education 

Tuition and other charges will be cancelled at the following percentage rates 

Prior to the second week I(X)'; 

Prior to the third week 7( )' \ 

Prior to the fourth week hi Y I 

During the fourth week 40' i 
No refund will be given after the fourth week. 

Weekend College 

When a weekend college student drops a course with penalty or withdraws from the university, official 
notice must be filed with the Center for Adult and Continuing Education. Tuition and other charges uill 
be cancelled at the following percentage rates: 

Prior to the second weekend 100% 

Prior to the third weekend 70% 

Prior to the fourth weekend 50% 

On the fourth weekend 40% 
No refund will be given after the fourth weekend. 

Expressway Program 

When an Expressway student drops a course with penalty or withdraws from the university, official 
notice must be filed with the Center for Adult and Continuing Education. Tuition and other charges will 
be cancelled at the following percentage rates: 

Five week classes 

Prior to the second class 100% 

Prior to the third class 60% 

No refund will be given after the third class. 

Seven and one -half week classes 

Prior to the second week 100% 

Prior to the third week 70% 

Prior to the fourth week 60% 

During the fourth week 40% 
No refund will be given after the fourth week. 

Summer Session I through IV 

Students enrolled in summer session I through IV and who drop courses or withdraw from the 
university must file official notice with the Center for Adult and Continuing Education. Tuition and 
other charges will be cancelled at the following percentage rates: 

Prior to third class 100% 

Prior to fifth class 60% 

Prior to seventh class 40% 
No refund after the seventh class. 

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Administrative Regulation and Payment of Tuition and Fees 

Misericordia University students are expected to pay their bills in a timely manner. The student 
financial services office personnel assist students in meeting their financial obligations and will discuss 
reasonable payment schedules in extraordinary cases. In order to assure the collection of money due the 
university, students with unpaid balances for tuition, fees, bookstore charges, library fines, parking 
fines, or any other Misericordia University approved fee or fine will be denied the following privileges 
or services: 

1. Class registration. 

2. Participation in commencement ceremonies and the awarding of diplomas. Also, seniors may 
be denied final exams. 

3. Transcript issue. 

4. Residence hall reservation privileges. 

Endowed Scholarships 

Individuals and businesses close to Misericordia University sponsor scholarships which are available to 
qualified students each year. 

Eligibility criteria and award information are available in the student financial aid services office. 

Academic Endowment 

Louis and Barbara T. Alesi Scholarship 

Misericordia University Alumni Board Scholarship 

Geraldine Ruth Daley Anderson Scholarship 

Robert S. Anderson M.D., Pre-Medical Scholarship 

Robert S. Anderson M.D., Science Scholarship 

Art Gallery Endowment 

Dr. Thomas E. Baker Scholarship 

Sarah Sterner Barr '48 Scholarship 

Francis H. Wilcheck Beisel Scholarship 

Monsignor John Bendik Scholarship 

Benedetti Family Scholarship 

Bevevino Family Scholarship 

Brassington Family Scholarship 

Carol Flanagan Zoeller Brown Scholarship 

Marita Delaney Burke '35 Scholarship 

Victoria Cadwalader Nursing Scholarship 

Bridget Carney Scholarship 

Dorothy Williams Castellano Scholarship 

Robert J. Clark, Jr. Scholarship 

The Anthony and Elizabeth Colonna and Family Scholarship and Sunshine Market Incorporated 
Scholarship 

James J. Connery Scholarship 

Dr. Joseph and Mrs. Marion Cooper Endowed Scholarship 

Coughlin Family Scholarship 



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Rose Marie Miano Coughlin '60 Scholarship 

The Crahall Foundation Scholarship 

Cronin Family Scholarship 

Theresa Decker Scholarship 

Joseph Robert and Ann Marie Conforti Doggett Scholarship 

Mary Jane Donnelly Family Scholarship for Teacher Preparation 

John L. Dorris, M.D. FACS Scholarship 

Sharon Drasnin Scholarship 

Dorothy Kender Ehinger '51 Scholarship 

Edith Elliot Scholarship 

Fine Arts Scholarship 

Charles D. Flack, Sr. Scholarship 

Jeanne M. Flederbach '60 Scholarship 

Catherine and Daniel J. Flood Endowment for Humanities Scholarship 

Helen Barbara Fogel Scholarship 

Fortinsky Scholarship 

Sidney and Pauline Friedman Scholarship 

Mary Elizabeth "Mollie" Gallagher Scholarship 

Sr. Wilfred Gallagher, RSM Memorial Scholarship 

Darlene Bender Garland '91 Memorial OT Scholarship 

Darlene Bender Garland '91 Memorial Scholarship 

Maria Grilli Gatta '68 Memorial Scholarship 

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Staff Scholarship Honoring Dr. David W. Kistler, M.D. 

Misericordia University General Endowment 

Anna and Frank Gerold Scholarship 

Frederick and Sarah Joyce Gerrity Endowed Scholarship 

Elizabeth B. Glosser '61 Scholarship 

Catherine "Kitty" Rooney Gould '50 Memorial Award 

Henry and Sylvia Greenwald Scholarship 

William Randolph Hearst Scholarship 

Jean Maloney Hemple '51 Scholarship 

Joan Gout Host Memorial Scholarship 

Heather Huntzinger Memorial Scholarship 

InterMetro Scholarship 

Walter and Catherine Janasie Scholarship 

Dolores Kosko Kaczinski Memorial Scholarship 

Mrs. John F. Kenny Scholarship 

Marie Wittman Kilgallon '41 Scholarship 

Genevieve Mullin Kimbro Scholarship 

The Mary McDermott Klatt '54 Memorial Scholarship 

The Joan Krause '58 Student Emergency Fund 

Leslie Fay Scholarship 



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Stanley T. Lysiak Scholarship 

Dr. Louis Maganzin Scholarship 

Joan W. Martin Women with Children Scholarship 

Maslow Family Foundation Scholarship for Women with Children 

Mary Jule McCarthy '52 Scholarship for the Women with Children Program 

John A. McCole Scholarship 

Bishop J. Carroll McCormick Scholarship 

Claire Rinkin McDonnell '49 Scholarship 

McGowan Family Scholarship 

Sister Celestine McHale, RSM Scholarship 

Elizabeth G. and John C. McNamara '41 Scholarship 

Marian F. Jones Mitchell '44 Scholarship 

Marguerite K. Moran and Margaret C. Morrissey Scholarship 

Sister Theresa Mary Moyles, RSM Scholarship 

Jean Olash Murphy '50 Scholarship 

Robert Khalil Nasser Memorial Scholarship 

Charlotte Newcombe Scholarship 

Dean and Mary Elizabeth Noll '47 Scholarship 

Helen McAndrew O'Connor Scholarship 

Sr. Miriam Theresa O'Donnell, RSM and Family Scholarship 

The Margaret C. Paye '49 Scholarship 

David Payne, Sr. Memorial Scholarship 

Pearsall Family Scholarship 

Patricia Ann Lynott Perez Scholarship 

The Perrella Family Scholarship 

Reverend John C. Petrasko Scholarship 

Freda Thalenfeld Popky '28 Scholarship 

John and Sharon Randolph Scholarship 

Bertie Fowler Rasmussen Scholarship 

Mary Elizabeth Gallagher Reiff '50 and Nancy Joan Gallagher '52 Scholarship 

Maureen Reimiller Scholarship 

Nelson F. Rodda and Rose M. Rodda Scholarship 

Rosenn Family Scholarship 

Frank Scott Rosenn Scholarship 

Rosenn Scholarship Honoring Father William B. Hill and Sister M. William Joseph Lydon 

Paul J. Siegel Family Scholarship 

Rosemary A. Sigmond Scholarship 

Theresa Husic Silliman '54 Alumni Scholarship 

Sisters of Mercy of Dallas Scholarship 

Karen Smulowitz Scholarship 

Grace Jones Spain Scholarship 



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Margaret Husic Spengler '36 Scholarship 

James M. Stack Family Scholarship 

Student Government Scholarship 

Dr. Joseph Tomasovic Scholarship 

Elizabeth Richards Umphred Scholarship 

Wells Fargo Scholarship Fund 

Anne Louise Wittman '56 Scholarship 

John W. and Josephine Piazza Wolinsky Scholarship 

Annual Scholarships 

Georgia Slocum Cornell Scholarship 
DuPont Academic Chemistry Scholarship 
DuPont Academic Biochemistry Scholarship 
Mary Louise Faber Annual Scholarship 
Charles D. Lemmond Scholarship 
Shoup Family Scholarship 
TJ Maxx Scholarship 
Jean Tyrell Weinberg '52 Nursing Scholarship 

Academics 

A Misericordia University Education 

The Trinity of Learning 

An education at Misericordia University combines quality academics, professional preparation, and 
service leadership — our Trinity of Learning. The Trinity of Learning prepares students for a lifetime of 
learning and achievement. 

Student Satisfaction 

According to a recent national survey, 90% of Misericordia seniors rated their educational experience 
as good to excellent, while 82% said they would choose Misericordia again if they could start their 
college career over again. Eighty-seven percent of Misericordia seniors reported acquiring job or work- 
related knowledge and skills at Misercordia, compared to 74% nationally. Survey results also stated that 
95% of seniors formed quality relationships with fellow students and 96% said faculty members were 
very available and helpful. 

Undergraduate Educational Goals 

In fulfillment of its mission, Misericordia University provides a learning community which prepares its 
baccalaureate graduates to: 

1 . Reflect the values of mercy, justice, and hospitality in their actions. 

2. Contribute to their communities through service and leadership. 

3. Consider ethical issues and values and make reasoned judgments about them. 

4. Think independently and creatively, analyze information critically, and solve problems. 

5. Respect and understand cultural differences. 

6. Understand global perspectives. 

7. Communicate and interact effectively. 

8. Understand and appreciate the arts, humanities, science, and technology. 



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9. Succeed in their academic disciplines. 

10. Pursue life-long learning. 

Academic Policies and Procedures 

Academic Advising 

Students are assigned an academic advisor, ordinarily within the department in which a student is 
majoring. Advisors will also be assigned to students who are undecided about a major. The academic 
advisor is the student's liaison with other university offices. Advisors should be consulted often for 
guidance and advice. In addition to offering academic guidance, advisors can provide information on 
where to obtain and how to complete necessary forms pertaining to academics. Advisors must approve 
student schedules and all other academic paperwork. Students meet with advisors individually for pre- 
registration consultations each semester. 

Academic Honors 

The dean's list, which is issued at the close of each semester, recognizes students who have completed 
a minimum of 12 graded undergraduate credit hours and have earned a grade point average of 3.55 (on 
a 4.0 system) for the semester. Part-time students are eligible for the dean's list after they have 
completed 12 credits at Misericordia University, and earn six or more undergraduate credits in a given 
semester. The dean's list is an award earned at the end of each semester. 

Undergraduate students are awarded baccalaureate degrees with distinction for exceptional academic 
achievement. Honors are awarded as follows: 

Distinction Grade Point Average at Graduation 

Summa Cum Laude 3.90 and above 

Magna Cum Laude 3.70-3.89 

Cum Laude 3.50 - 3.69 

A student must have completed at least 60 credits at Misericordia University to qualify for these 
honors. The class valedictorian is determined by the full-time matriculated student with the highest 
cumulative undergraduate average who has completed all course work at Misericordia University with 
the exception of credit allowed through off-campus requests or any advanced placement credits. A 
separate valedictorian for the Winter and Spring Commencements shall be determined from the 
graduating students. In the event that multiple graduating students possess identical grade point 
averages, all will be recognized as valedictorians, and the student speaker for the commencement 
ceremony shall be determined as follows: 

• The valedictorian with the highest percentage of credits taken at Misericordia University out of 
the total number of credits required for the undergraduate degree according to the major (as 
stated in the catalog) will serve as the student speaker. 

• Should a tie remain, a selection committee comprised of the Vice President of Academic 
Affairs, the College Deans, and a faculty representative from each College will determine the 
student speaker from the remaining valedictorians, who each will submit a draft of her/his 
speech to the selection committee. The selection committee will decide on the basis of the 
drafts which valedictorian will serve as the student speaker. 

For Winter Commencement, if the scheduling of the ceremony does not allow the determination of 
valedictorian to take place prior to the ceremony, the student speaker shall be the graduating student 
with the highest grade point average at the start of the fall semester immediately prior to the Winter 
Commencement. 

Students who complete the Misericordia University Honors Program while achieving a GPA of 3.25 or 
higher will be awarded an honors designation (see program requirements for a description). 



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Academic Integrity 

Any form of cheating or dishonesty, including plagiarism, is a Fundamental violation ol the DatUIC and 

purpose of Misericordia University. Such behavior will not be tolerated and will result m at least 
lowered grades, possibly failure in a class, program dismissal, and. in the most serious cases, dismissal 
from the university. 

Plagiarism is using someone else's ideas or words and claiming them as one's own. Students who use 
another person's words must copy them accurately, enclose them in quotations marks, and identify the 
source clearly. If another person's ideas are used in a student paper, the source must still be identified 
and the author of the ideas given credit. Students are responsible to make sure they are using sources 
properly and documenting them properly. 

The responsibility for maintaining personal integrity and honor in academic activities rests with the 
student. Each faculty member will provide information on academic integrity to students in the course- 
outline at the beginning of the semester, including any necessary explanation of violations, possible- 
infractions of academic integrity and the scope of sanctions, e.g., warning, lowering of the grade on the 
assignment or course, course failure, or dismissal from the program or university. 

Should a violation of academic integrity occur, the faculty member must inform the student of the 
violation before imposing any sanction. Should the violation be considered serious enough to merit any 
grade of "D" or lower on any major assignment, or a more serious penalty, such as course failure or 
dismissal from the program, the faculty member must notify the vice president of academic affairs 
(VPAA) and supply any supporting evidence. In the case of multiple violations, the VPAA will discuss 
this issue with the student and may impose additional sanctions up to and including dismissal from the 
university. In a case where dismissal from the university is contemplated, the VPAA will consult with 
the faculty member, student's advisor, department chair/program director, and college dean 

In cases where the student contests the accusations of academic dishonesty, the student may file a 
grievance under either the undergraduate or graduate grievance procedure, whichever one is applicable. 

Academic Restart Policy 

Undergraduate students who have been academically dismissed or have been withdrawn for at least two 
academic years from Misericordia University may apply for readmission to the university one time 
under the academic restart policy. Readmission to Misericordia University under this policy will be 
granted at the sole discretion of the vice president of academic affairs. In order to qualify, a student 
must not have attended Misericordia University for 24 months following the dismissal or withdrawal 
date, or must have completed at least 12 credits approved in advance by the Misericordia University 
director of student success center earning a "C" or better in each course. He/she will be academically 
advised by the registrar for at least the first semester of his/her return. 

Students admitted under the academic restart policy will have their cumulative index reset to 0.00 at the 
time of their readmission. Courses taken and grades earned before the restart will remain on the 
student's transcript (permanent record), but they will be treated as the equivalent of transfer credits 
Any required courses which were taken at Misericordia University earning a grade below a "C-" will 
not be awarded credit and will need to be retaken. Students admitted under this policy are not 
automatically readmitted to any given program. 

Academic Standing 

All students must maintain an acceptable cumulative grade point average to remain in good academic 
standing. Failure to do so will result in either academic probation or dismissal. Some majors have 
academic performance criteria which are program specific. 



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Cancellation of Classes 

Students may call (570) 674-631 1 or log onto e-MU for information regarding the closing of the 
university. If the university is to be closed, open for part of a day, or placed on compressed schedule 
because of weather or other unforeseen events, the decision will be made as soon as possible and posted 
on the portal and relayed promptly to local television stations. Individual class cancellations are posted 
on e-MU by the vice president of academic affairs office as they are reported. To locate the list of 
cancellations, click on the Academics/ Academic Affairs tab. 

Change of Academic Major 

Students who wish to change from one major program to another will consult with their assigned 
academic advisor. The student must secure approval for the change from the department chair of the 
major program into which the student wishes to transfer. Forms which must be completed in order to 
change one's major may be obtained in either the registrar's office, on e-MU, or in the Center for Adult 
and Continuing Education. The change of major does not take place until the appropriate form is 
properly executed and filed with the registrar. 

Change of Name/Address 

Students are responsible for notifying the registrar's office in writing of any change in name and/or 
address. This change will be appropriately processed throughout the university. 

Change in Resident Status 

Each residential student must sign the campus housing agreement. This agreement is binding for the 
entire fall and spring semesters and states that the student will remain in residence for the duration of 
this agreement. Any release from this agreement is permitted only under the conditions of academic 
withdrawal, dismissal, verified medical reasons, or other extreme extenuating circumstances, and only 
with the written approval of the Director/Assistant Director of Residence Life. Any request for release 
must be submitted in writing to the Director/ Assistant Director of Residence Life and will be evaluated 
on a case-by-case basis at the university's sole discretion. A student from the greater Dallas area 
wishing to leave campus housing and move home(with his or her immediate family must petition, in 
writing, for a release from their campus housing agreement for the spring semester on or before 
December 1 of the year prior, to the Office of Residence Life. Percentage of refund of room-and-board 
fees will be determined by the actual date of departure established by officially checking out and 
returning all keys to the Residence Life Office. 

Change of Status 

Students who wish to change from full-time to part-time status are required to consult with their 
academic advisor and submit the appropriate form with all requisite signatures to the Center for Adult 
and Continuing Education office for approval. Students considering such a change should also consult 
with the office of student financial services for information about the implications of the decision on 
financial aid eligibility. Students will then be referred to the Center for Adult and Continuing Education 
for registration information. 

Students who want to change from part-time to full-time status must address a letter to the director of 
admissions stating their intention. 

Class Attendance 

It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of the attendance policy of each faculty member in 
whose classes they are enrolled. It is the responsibility of the student to consult with the appropriate 
faculty member prior to a necessary absence to determine and confirm arrangements for make-up work. 



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If a student is unable to attend class, she/he is to contact the facolt) member directlv in accordance vuth 
the class syllabus, if applicable. Should a situation arise where I student will be missing elasses for an 
extended period of time, the student is to contact the student affairs office secretary (570-674-6238) 
who will then notify the vice president of academic affairs office. The office of academic affairs will 
notify the student's course instructors of the absence. !t is the student's responsibilit) to contact his/her 
instructors for information on fulfilling course requirements 

Course Repeat/Grade Replacement Policy 

Students can only receive credit for a course once. Students are eligible for a maximum of live grade 
replacements. However, the same course can be repeated only one time for the purpose of grade 
replacement. The student must indicate his/her intention of replacing the old grade with the new one b\ 
filing the appropriate form with the registrar at registration. All grade replacement courses must be 
taken at Misericordia University. The repeated course will appear on the transcript twice The original 
grade will be replaced with an "R." Only the new grade, even if it is lower than the original, v. ill be 
used in calculating the student's grade point average (GPA). A directed study may not be used as a 
grade replacement without the permission of the chair of the department offering the course and the 
approval of the college dean. 

If a student has grade replaced a course and receives a second unacceptable grade, and is required to 
pass the course to achieve the degree, he/she may request the opportunity to take the course a third 
time. This must be approved by the department chair of the program offering the course. The second 
unacceptable grade will remain on the student's transcript and be calculated into the student's GPA. 

Once a student has graduated, the student's record prior to graduation is not subject to change through 
this policy. 

Contract Learning 

Two types of contract learning are available at Misericordia University: (1) directed study and (2) 
independent study. Student must be formally admitted to the university to register for contract learning. 
A student can earn no more than 15 credits via the contract learning option. A maximum of six contract 
learning credits may be carried in a semester. Contract learning (either independent study or directed 
study) will be delivered to the student at no additional cost above the regular tuition fees. 

Credit Load Full-time 

A Misericordia University Baccalaureate Degree requires a minimum of 120 credits. A maximum 
semester load is 17 credits. Students who wish to take 18 credits in one semester must have a minimum 
GPA of 2.75, or the approval of their academic advisor. Students who wish to take 19 or more credits 
must also receive written permission from their college dean prior to registration. Students will pay an 
additional per credit charge for every credit taken over 17 (see tuition and fees). No student may take 
more than 21 credits in one semester. 



Credit Load Part-time 

Ordinarily, students who are classified as part-time may take no more than 12 credits in any 
combination of traditional, accelerated, or weekend formats in any one semester period while being 
charged the per credit tuition rate. 

Directed Study 

When a student must take a specific university course in a given semester but it is not part of the 
offerings in that semester, the student may petition for a directed study. Students may apply for directed 
study only in exceptional situations. Students may not use a directed study for grade replacement. 
Students who wish to apply for a directed study must have at least a 2.5 GPA. 



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A student interested in this option must first discuss this possibility with his/her advisor, and then 
approach the appropriate department chairperson and college dean sponsoring the course under 
consideration. If the contract is approved at that level, the student will approach the appropriate faculty 
member to determine his/her availability. Faculty retain the right to decline a request for a directed 
study. Final approval of this arrangement is made by the college dean. A written contract is required 
between the instructor and the student. The minimum number of times that a student and instructor are 
to meet will be included in this contract. Copies of the contract are to be forwarded to the college dean, 
the student's advisor, the instructor, and the registrar. The student must register prior to the beginning 
of a semester for a contract learning directed study. Ideally the contract should be completed during the 
previous semester. Students will be expected to assume the majority of responsibility for actually 
writing the contract. Forms are available in the offices of the registrar, Center for Adult and Continuing 
Education, and online through the e-MU portal. 

Distance Learning 

All Misericordia University distance education courses employ a secure portal login process that 
requires for entry into a course that a student use his or her unique Misericordia email address as his or 
her identification and a personal secure password selected by and known only to that student. In 
addition, faculty can use an online real time identity verification service to proactively confirm that the 
login information used matches the person who has entered a course site. This ensures verification of 
student identity and is of no additional cost to the student. 

Drop/Add 

Students should consult the academic or adult education calendars for the dates of the drop/add period, 
during which time schedule changes may be made with the registrar, or through the online registration 
system in Oasis. For all non-Oasis transactions, drop/add forms are available in the registrar's office 
and online through the e-MU portal. The drop/add form must be signed by the student's advisor before 
it may be processed. Any course adjustment is not official unless the form is received and processed by 
the registrar during the drop/add period. 

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (Buckley Amendment) 

Misericordia University recognizes the privacy rights of individuals who are or who have been 
students, as guaranteed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. No 
information from records, files, or data directly related to a student shall be disclosed to individuals or 
agencies outside the University without the express written consent of the student. FERPA does 
authorize disclosure without consent to school officials with legitimate educational interests who need 
to review an education record in order to fulfill their professional responsibilities. The following people 
or agencies are also allowed access to records without consent: persons or companies with whom the 
University has contracted (such as attorneys, auditors, or collection agents); students serving on official 
committees, such as disciplinary or grievance committees, or assisting other school officials in 
performing their tasks; persons or organizations to whom students have applied for financial aid; 
persons in compliance with a lawful subpoena or court order; and persons in an emergency in order to 
protect the health or safety of students or other persons. 

The University considers the following to be public information which may be made available, at its 
discretion, without prior consent of the student: 

student name, hometown and state, electronic mail address, dates of attendance, degrees, awards 
and honors received in the curricular and co-curricular life of the university, participation in 
officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, the 
most recent previous educational institution attended by the student, and individually identifiable 
photographs of the student solicited by or maintained directly by Misericordia University as part 
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A student wishing to prevent the public disclosure of any or all ot the ibovc mlormation ina> request so 
by notifying the Registrar's Office, where she or he may obtain the form prohibiting disclosure. 

Except where prescribed by law, information regarding a Student's educational records may not be 
disclosed to a parent, guardian or spouse without the student's written authorization on file in the 
Registrar's Office. 

FERPA affords students the right to inspect and review their educational records within 45 days ol the 
day the University receives such requests. Students should submit to the Regr.trar official written 
requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Registrar w ill make arrangements for 
access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected 

Students have the right to request the amendment of any educational records that they believe are 
inaccurate or misleading. They should write to the University official responsible for the record, clear!) 
identify the part of the record that they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. It 
the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify 
the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to appeal the decision. Additional 
information regarding the appeal will be provided to the student when notified. 

For more information regarding FERPA, please contact the Office of the Registrar in Mercy Hall. 
Room 115. Students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education 
concerning alleged failures by Misericordia University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The 
name and address of the office that administers FERPA is: 

Family Policy Compliance Office 
U.S. Department of Education 
400 Maryland Avenue, SW 
Washington, DC 20202-4605 

As of January 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education's FERPA regulations expand the 
circumstances under which your education records and personally identifiable information contained in 
such records — including your Social Security Number, grades, or other private information — may be 
accessed without your consent. First, the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the 
U.S. Secretary of Education, or state and local education authorities ("Federal and State Authorities' > 
may allow access to your records and private information without your consent to any third party 
designated by a Federal or State Authority to evaluate a federal- or state-supported education program. 
The evaluation may relate to any program that is "principally engaged in the provision of education.'' 
such as early childhood education and job training, as well as any program that is administered by an 
education agency or institution. Second, Federal and State Authorities may allow access to your 
education records and private information without your consent to researchers performing certain types 
of studies, in certain cases even when we object to or do not request such research. Federal and State 
Authorities must obtain certain use-restriction and data security promises from the entities that the) 
authorize to receive your private information, but the Authorities need not maintain direct control over 
such entities. In addition, in connection with Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems. State Authorities 
may collect, compile, permanently retain, and share without your consent private information from your 
education records, and they may track your participation in education and other programs by linking 
such private information to other personal information about you that they obtain from other Federal or 
State data sources, including workforce development, unemployment insurance, child welfare, juvenile 
justice, military service, and migrant student records systems. 

Grading System 

The grade point average (GPA) is computed by dividing honor points earned by credits attempted. Any 
courses failed will be charged as credits attempted through the final calculation of a student's grade 
point average. A minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average both overall and in the core 
curriculum is required to graduate with a baccalaureate degree. 



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Grades 




A 




A- 




B+ 




B 




B- 




C+ 




C 




C- 




D 




F 




I 


Incomplete 


AU 


Audit 


W 


Withdrawn 


IP 


In progress 


s 


Satisfactory: pass 


u 


Unsatisfactory: fail 



Some majors require a higher cumulative grade point average for graduation and program retention. 
Students should consult individual academic program descriptions for major requirements. 

Honor Points Per Credit Hour 

4.0 

3.7 

3.3 

3.0 

2.7 

2.3 

2.0 

1.7 

1.0 

0.0 
Not calculated 
Not calculated 
Not calculated 
Not calculated 
Not calculated 
Not calculated 

Please note the following implications of this grading system: 

1 . A grade of "W" is given to students who withdraw prior to the end of the withdraw period. As 
noted in the university calendar, no academic penalty is incurred. Withdrawal forms may be 
obtained from the registrar's office or online through the e-MU portal. The date on which the 
form is received by the registrar's office is considered as the date of withdrawal. The tuition 
refund and grade assignment are based on this date (see refund policy). 

2. If a student does not officially withdraw from a course and ceases to attend it, a grade of "F' is 
incurred, except in extenuating circumstances. 

3. An "Incomplete" grade (which is recorded as an "I" on the academic record) will be issued only 
for those courses in which a student has not completed the necessary requirements because of 
extenuating circumstances, such as a medical or family emergency. The student's inability to 
complete required work in a timely fashion is not an acceptable reason for granting an 
Incomplete. An Incomplete will not count toward completed credits or be factored into the 
student's semester or cumulative grade point average. It is the responsibility of the 
undergraduate student to contract with the instructor in writing to apply for an Incomplete 
grade. It is the exclusive purview of the instructor to determine if the Incomplete is to be 
granted. All contracted requirements for the Incomplete must be completed and submitted to 
the instructor within six weeks after the end of the semester, or an earlier date determined by 
the faculty member and agreed upon by the student, or the Incomplete will default to a failing 
grade. 

4. An "In Progress" grade (which is recorded as an "IP" on the academic record) may only be 
issued for very specialized courses that lead to the production of a significant final project and 
often require students to devote additional time beyond the one-semester norm in order to 
successfully complete the required project (such as a senior thesis, or an Honors Capstone 
Project). In Progress grades may not be submitted for undergraduate courses that are expected 
to be completed within a single semester. An In Progress grade will not count toward 
completed credits or be factored into the student's semester or cumulative grade point average. 
All requirements for the In Progress course must be completed and submitted to the instructor 
by the completion of the Final Exam period of the semester that immediately follows the 



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semester in which the In Progress grade was granted, or an earlier date determined h> the 
faculty member and agreed upon by the student, or the hi Progress grade will delault to a 
failing grade. 

5. Pass/Fail grading is limited to those courses designated in the um\ersit\ catalog to be OH .1 S l 
basis. The letter grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory) will be assigned to these courses 
S and U grades are listed on the transcript but are not calculated in the grade point 1VO 
Credits for these courses are not included in the 12 graded credit hours required tor the clean's 
list. 

Graduation Requirements 

The minimum number of credits required of a baccalaureate degree from Misericordia University is 120 
credits. To obtain a baccalaureate degree a student must complete the minimum hours of credit required 
by the declared major program even if that number exceeds 1 20 credits. A transfer student must 
complete a minimum of 30 credits at Misericordia University for any given degree. That number ma\ 
exceed 30 credits contingent on the number of total credits a student needs to meet degree 
requirements. Students should consult individual program descriptions. 

A minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average, both overall and in the core curriculum, is 
required to graduate with a baccalaureate degree. Students should consult individual program 
descriptions for program specific grade point average requirements. 

A degree application form, available from the registrar's office, must be completed by the specified 
deadline by the student and advisor. This form is to be submitted to the registrar's office during the term 
prior to their intended term of graduation. All bills must be paid in advance for a student to be eligible 
to graduate and participate in commencement ceremonies. Failure to do so in a timely manner may 
delay the conferral of the degree until the next graduation date. 

Only students completing all academic requirements in May will be permitted to process in the Spring 
ceremony held in May of that same year. Only students completing all academic requirements in 
August or December will be permitted to process in the Winter commencement ceremony held in 
December of the same year. 

Independent Study- 
Independent study is the special investigation of a selected topic. It may be undertaken by a junior or 
senior student whose academic requirements cannot be met by regular catalog offerings. Only elective 
credits may be used for independent study. Depending on the depth and scope of an independent stud>. 
anywhere from one to six credits may be earned (determination of assigned credits is made by the 
appropriate department chair and faculty member). 

Students who wish to apply for an independent study must have at least a 3.0 GPA. The student must 
have demonstrated the ability to pursue independent work. To apply for independent study, students 
must (a) define the topic or issue to be pursued; (b) discuss their plan with their advisor; (c) contact the 
chairperson of the appropriate department/program to request approval of their proposal; (d) if the 
independent study is approved, the student will approach a faculty member in the department that 
sponsors the independent study to serve as a mentor. Faculty are free to choose whether or not to 
mentor a student for independent study. 

Part of the intent of an independent study is to foster self-directed learning. Therefore, after a student 
has specified the content area to be studied and has diagnosed his/her learning needs, the faculty 
member and student will jointly negotiate course objectives; learning resources and methodology; and 
procedures for evaluation. The minimum number of meeting times will also be specified. A written 
contract, which includes these areas, is to be drafted and signed by the faculty member and student. 
Copies are to be forwarded to the vice president of academic affairs, the student's advisor, the mentor, 
and the registrar. 



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Independent work is not governed by the academic calendar. A project may be started and ended at any 
point during the semester. Students should register for an independent study when their work is 
initiated; if the project extends beyond the end of a given semester, an in progress (IP) can be issued. 

Independent study application forms may be obtained from the offices of the registrar, the Center for 
Adult and Continuing Education, and online through the e-MU portal. 

Intellectual Property 

Misericordia University supports the development, production, and dissemination of intellectual 
property by members of its community. For those members of the community interested in creating 
intellectual property as part of their work or learning experience, please be advised that the University's 
Intellectual Property Agreement can be found at: http://www.misericordia.edu/IntellectualProperty 

Off-campus Courses 

Off-campus courses are defined as those not sponsored by Misericordia University or by our 
consortium partners, King's College and Wilkes University (see Consortium Programs). Students may 
complete a maximum of 9 credits in approved off-campus courses, of which no more than six credits 
may be in core courses. Credits earned through study abroad are also considered off-campus courses 
except those earned through our consortium partners or at institutions with which Misericordia has 
cooperative agreements.. 

A student who has completed 60 credits of academic work, whether on campus or in transfer, must take 
all additional transfer credits at an accredited four-year institution (or an equivalent institution, if taking 
credits through a study abroad program). 

All off-campus courses must be evaluated and approved as to their equivalency to Misericordia 
University courses. This determination will be made in consultation between the department chair in 
the discipline which sponsors the course at Misericordia University and the registrar. Only grades of C 
or better will be accepted for transfer. Transfer credits must come from an accredited degree-granting 
institution or equivalent as determined by the registrar in consultation with the department chair. 

Off-campus course requests for currently enrolled students must be submitted electronically to the 
registrar via e-MU email, and must be accompanied by the syllabus of the course the student intends to 
complete. If a course is not approved in advance of taking the course, it will not be accepted in transfer. 

Probation/Dismissal 

The university academic status committee meets each semester promptly after grades are run to 
deliberate the standing of students relative to the probation/dismissal policy. University academic 
probation is the automatic and minimum penalty for failing to maintain an acceptable cumulative grade 
point average. Students failing to maintain an acceptable grade point average are also subject to 
dismissal from the university. 

Acceptable Cumulative Grade Point Average: 



12 to 23 credits 


1.75 


24 to 37 credits 


1.90 


38 credits and above 


2.0 


Transfer students 


2.0 



Students will also be placed on university academic probation for failure to maintain an acceptable 
cumulative grade point average in courses taken to fulfill the core curriculum requirements. Students 
who have attempted 30 credits or above will be placed on academic probation if their cumulative grade 
point average for core requirements is below 2.0. 



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Students on university academic probation are required to carry a restricted academic load A student 
on university academic probation is prohibited from representing the university in an> official capacity. 
This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, holding an elected or appointed office or seat in student 
government, or on the executive board of student government, serving as a resident advisor, or 
participating in intercollegiate athletics. Furthermore, students may have their participation in DOO 
prohibited extracurricular activities curtailed if in the judgment of the academic status committee such 
activities interfere with their academic performance. 

University academic probation will begin with the first class meeting of the semester (fall. Spring or 
Summer) following the decision to place a student on academic probation. Students who are placed on 
probation will normally have one semester to raise their cumulative grade point average to 2.0. Fai lure- 
to make satisfactory academic progress will result in academic dismissal from the university. Students 
who have been removed from academic probation must maintain the above acceptable grade point 
average status throughout the remainder of their academic program. A student who is academically 
dismissed from the university will not be permitted to attend classes on a non-matriculating basis 

Registration 

All registration will be done online by current class status. Students must make an appointment with 
their advisor to approve course selection prior to registration. Students should check their status on the 
portal and resolve any conflict with the registrar's office prior to registration. 

Second Degree 

Students who wish to obtain a second baccalaureate degree may do so if they meet the following 

conditions: 

1. The student must be officially admitted into the major program in which the second degree is 
desired. 

2. The student must meet all of the curriculum requirements of the second degree. 

3. The student must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in addition to the credits taken in the 
first degree program. 

4. For the purposes of a second degree, the core curriculum is waived with the exception of those 
courses required for the major. 

Second Major 

Graduates of Misericordia University who wish to return for a second major may do so by completing 
only the requirements necessary for the second major. The registrar will post a statement on the official 
transcript stating "requirements completed for a second major in ...." Students cannot declare second 
majors in Interdisciplinary Studies or Professional Studies. See individual department policies 
regarding standards for second majors. 

Students with Special Needs 

The university, through the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD), coordinates the efforts to 
integrate students with disabilities into all areas of campus life. All accommodations are coordinated 
through the OSD office. Services from the OSD are provided based on receipt and acceptance of 
specific documentation requirements. 

Misericordia University does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to its programs, 
services, in access to them, in treatment of individuals with disabilities or in any aspect of their 
operations. The university also does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or 
employment practices. Should a student with a disability feel that he/she is a victim of discrimination 
based on ability, he/she can file a grievance through the OSD office. 



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This notice is provided as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of 
the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Questions, complaints or requests for additional information regarding 
the ADA and Section 504 may be forwarded to the Office for Students with Disabilities. 

This notice is available from the OSD in large print, on audio tape, and in Braille. 

(See also Special Programs) 

Undergraduate Academic Grievance 

The university provides a uniform method by which students can pursue grievable issues. Grievable 
issues are either complaints about alleged violations of the institution's academic policies or about 
unfairness in the application of policies. 

In all cases, formal grievances must be filed and resolved within one semester of the occurrence of the 
event being grieved. Summer enrollment period is considered as a semester. 

A student who has a grievance must attempt to resolve it by using the following procedures: 

• Prior to initiating a formal grievance, the student must attempt to resolve the matter on an 
informal basis by speaking to the person with whom the complaint rests. 

• If unable to reach a resolution, the student must discuss the matter with the department chair 
who supervises the person against whom the complaint is lodged to attempt to resolve the 
matter. 

• If the matter is not resolved at that level, the student proceeds to the dean of the college in 
which the grievance resides. 

To initiate the formal grievance process the student must submit in writing a letter to the dean of the 
college in which the event being grieved resides and the vice president of academic affairs informing 
them of his or her intent to seek formal redress through the grievance procedure, indicating the nature 
of the complaint. 

Within 14 university business days of receipt of the written complaint, the vice president of academic 
affairs will convene the academic grievance committee, provide the chair of the committee, and the 
person against whom the complaint rests, with the student's statement of complaint. The academic 
grievance committee is composed of one administrator and one faculty member appointed by the vice 
president of academic affairs, and the academic affairs coordinator of student government. 

At least five university business days in advance of the hearing, the chair of the committee will notify 
the grievant and the individual charged with the complaint of the date, time and place of the hearing, 
the specification and nature of the complaint, and the composition of the committee. Notification will 
occur by telephone with confirmation that all parties have been notified. 

The grievance hearing is an internal review and, as such, shall be private. The grievant may be assisted 
by a faculty representative. However, persons external to the university, including outside counsel, 
shall be excluded from the grievance hearing. 

Both the grievant and the person being grieved have the right to be present when charges and evidence 
are presented to the committee, and to provide evidence in support of their respective positions. 
Committee members may question witnesses to evaluate all the relevant facts of a given case. 
Witnesses shall be excluded except for the period of their questioning. 

The report and recommendation of the committee shall be in writing, including the committee's 
rationale for the decision; the report may include any dissenting opinions. Only those committee 
members who have heard all testimony and evidence in a given case may vote on the committee's 
recommendation. 



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The committee's report and recommendation shall be forwarded to the vice president ol academic 
affairs within 10 university business days of the hearing. The vice president ol academic affair! will 
make the final determination and formally advise the parties involved in the grievance within five 
university business days. 

Students who wish to grieve circumstances that prohibit immediate continuation in a program <>r in I 

sequence of courses (e.g. dismissal from a program or a failing grade), must begin to attempt to resolve 
the issue based on the procedures outlined above immediately, but no longer than five days upon 
receipt of the grade or of the dismissal notification. An expedited grievance process is then followed, 
and the process must be completed before the end of the add period of the subsequent semester. In the 
event a sequential course begins during the grievance process, the student may be granted permission to 
register for the course; however, if the resolution of the grievance is not in the student's lav or, the 
student will be withdrawn from the course by the student's department chair or in the chair's absence, 
by the College Dean. 

Note: University business days are the business days of Monday through Friday during which the 
university's administrative offices are open. 

Withdrawal from the University 

Students who wish to withdraw from the University must see the retention specialist, located in the 
Student Success Center, Alumnae Hall, to begin the withdrawal process. Generally, the students who 
are in good academic standing both in their program and institutionally at the time of withdrawal, are 
granted a period of up to one calendar year from the time of withdrawal to return to the institution or to 
the program on a space available basis. In extraordinary circumstances, students may request an 
extension of this time period. Requests for an extension must be submitted in writing to the director of 
the Student Success Center who will consult with the appropriate program chairs. 

This policy does not bind the institution to offer the student's curriculum or major program, which may 
have been discontinued or substantially altered during the period in which the student was not enrolled. 

The following must be completed before an official withdrawal can be granted: 

• Return books to the library. 

• Return residence hall keys to a member of the residence life staff. 

• Return parking permit, student ID, and mailbox key to the retention specialist. 

• Clear student balance in Student Financial Services. 

• Complete withdrawal form and exit interview. 

The date of withdrawal will be determined by the completion of the above. That date will determine if 
any refund of tuition is warranted. Cancellation of charges will depend on the date that the withdrawal 
is official (see refund policy). 

Withdrawal from a Course 

A student may withdraw from a course in a traditional semester format from the end of the add/drop 
period through the tenth week of the semester (see academic calendar for specific date) only with the 
signatures ofboth the instructor and the student's academic advisor(s). A grade of "W" will be issued 
for the course at that time. A student may withdraw from a course for medical reasons, supported by a 
written excuse from a physician, or for other serious circumstances, approved by the vice president of 
academic affairs in consultation with the course instructor. Provided a grade has not yet been submitted 
for the course. Students taking courses on alternative calendars should refer to the published deadline 
for their program. 

The student is responsible for initiating the withdrawal process by obtaining a withdrawal form from 
the registrar's office or the e-MU portal, having it signed by the appropriate personnel, and returning it 



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to the registrar's office within the period described above. A grade of "F" will be recorded for all 
courses in which no official withdrawal has been completed by the student. 

Note: Students taking classes exclusively on weekends at an Expressway site, or online must 
communicate their intent to withdraw to their advisor, their instructor, and the registrar via Misericordia 
email. 

Graduate Academics at Misericordia University 

Philosophy 

Graduate education at Misericordia University exists within the frame work of the university's mission 
statement. It is firmly rooted in the mission and academic traditions of the university and its founding 
group, the Sisters of Mercy, stressing the values of justice, mercy, service, and hospitality. It 
emphasizes academic excellence and critical thinking, while preparing students for productive careers 
and continued professional growth. The graduate faculty foster a climate conducive to academic 
growth, intellectual discourse, critical thinking, and decision-making. The aims of the graduate 
programs at Misericordia University are to provide comprehensive education in special fields, offer 
instruction in the methods of independent investigation, and foster a spirit of research. 

Active participation, individualized planning, and selection of learning experiences facilitate the 
development of students as persons, members of society, and potential leaders in their professions. The 
graduate programs offered build upon the university's traditional academic strengths. 

Graduate Education Goals 

The university's graduate education goals are to prepare graduates who: 

1. integrate the values of mercy, justice, and hospitality in their scholarly activity and professional 
work; 

2. demonstrate leadership and service to their communities and professions; 

3. advocate responsible ethical decision-making and behavior; 

4. think independently and creatively, using evidence-based research; 

5. demonstrate cultural competence and the ability to consider global perspectives within their 
communities and professions; 

6. value and foster effective oral, written, and technological communication within their 
communities and professions; 

7. incorporate current technologies to enhance communication and professional practice; and, 

8. pursue life-long learning and continued professional growth. 

Policies and Procedures 

Graduate Program Advisement 

The director of each graduate program assigns an academic advisor for all students enrolled in that 
program. The advisor maintains a student record and advisement folder used to plan a student's program 
and track progress. However, all official student records are maintained in the registrar's office and can 
be reviewed by students upon request in accordance with federal guidelines. 

Students register for courses with the help of their assigned academic advisors. Students may register 
online after receiving approval from their advisor. Students who use the deferred payment plan will be 
billed 20 percent of the tuition prior to the start of classes. Students who utilize employer 



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reimbursement programs are required to submit a letter from then employers annually prior to 
registration. 

Graduate Grievance Procedures 

The university provides a uniform method by which students can pursue grievable issues. (incvable 
issues are either complaints about alleged violations of the institution's academic policies or about 
unfairness in the application of policies. 

In all cases, formal grievances must be filed and resolved within one semester of the occurrence of the 
event being grieved. Summer enrollment period is considered as a semester. 

A student who has a grievance must attempt to resolve it by using the following procedures: 

• Prior to initiating a formal grievance, the student must attempt to resolve the matter on an 
informal basis by speaking to the person with whom the complaint rests. 

• If unable to reach a resolution, the student must discuss the matter with the program director 
who supervises the person against whom the complaint is lodged to attempt to resolve the 
matter. 

• If the matter is not resolved at that level, the student proceeds to the chair of the department in 
which the grievance resides. 

• If the matter is not resolved at that level, the student proceeds to the dean of the college in 
which the grievance resides. 

To initiate the formal grievance process the student must submit in writing a letter to the dean of the 
college in which the event being grieved resides and the vice president of academic affairs informing 
them of his/her intent to seek formal redress through the grievance procedure, indicating the nature of 
the complaint. 

Within fourteen (14) university business days of receipt of the written complaint, the vice president of 
academic affairs will convene an academic grievance committee and provide the chair of the 
committee, and the person against whom the complaint rests, with the student's statement of complaint. 
The academic grievance committee is composed of: one administrator, one faculty member and one 
graduate student appointed by the vice president of academic affairs. 

At least five (5) university business days in advance of the hearing, the chair of the committee will 
notify the grievant and the individual charged with the complaint of the date, time, and place of the 
hearing; the specification and nature of the complaint; and the composition of the committee. 
Notification will occur by telephone with confirmation that all parties have been notified. 

The grievance hearing is an internal review and, as such, shall be private. The grievant may be assisted 
by a faculty representative. However, persons external to the university, including outside counsel, 
shall be excluded from the grievance hearing. 

Both the grievant and the person being grieved have the right to be present when charges and evidence 
are presented to the committee, and to provide evidence in support of their respective positions. 
Committee members may question witnesses to evaluate all relevant facts of a given case. Witnesses 
shall be excluded except for the period of their questioning. 

The report and recommendation of the committee shall be in writing, including the committee's 
rationale for the decision; the report may include any dissenting opinions. Only those committee 
members who have heard all testimony and evidence in a given case may vote on the committee's 
recommendation. 

The committee report and recommendation shall be forwarded to the vice president of academic affairs 
within ten (10) university business days of the hearing. The vice president of academic affairs will 
make the final determination and formally advise the parties involved in the grievance within five (5 I 
university business days. Penalties for violations of the Misericordia University's Academic Integrity 



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Policy range from a warning to dismissal from the university. The university reserves the right, 
depending upon the severity of the conduct, to dismiss a student for a single violation of the 
university's academic integrity policy. In cases where a student previously has been found to have 
violated the university's academic integrity policy, for which he/she received a penalty less than 
dismissal from the university, and the student is subsequently found to have violated the policy once 
again, the vice president of academic affairs may take more severe action for the subsequent violation 
than that previously imposed for the prior violation(s), up to and including dismissal from the 
university. 

Students who wish to grieve circumstances that prohibit immediate continuation in a program or in a 
sequence of courses (e.g. dismissal from a program or a failing grade), must begin to attempt to resolve 
the issue based on the procedures outlined above immediately, but no longer than five (5) days upon 
receipt of the grade or of the dismissal notification. An expedited grievance process is then followed, 
and the process must be completed before the end of the add period of the subsequent semester. In the 
event a sequential course begins during the grievance process, the student may be granted permission to 
register for the course; however, if the resolution of the grievance is not in the student's favor, the 
student will be withdrawn from the course by the student's department chair or in the chair's absence, 
but the College Dean. Note: University business days are the business days of Monday through Friday 
during which the university's administrative offices are open. 

Graduate Program Standing 

Any student receiving more than six credits below "B-" or more than three credits below "C" will be 
terminated immediately from the degree program, and may never re-enter the same program. One 
graduate course can be repeated for grade replacement. This may be done one time only. The second 
grade shall stand on the student's transcript. 

A student whose GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on probation. This may occur one time only. 

For graduate retention criteria in all graduate programs, refer to the individual program guidelines. 

Graduation Requirements for Graduate Students 

To be eligible for a graduate degree from Misericordia University, students must have a cumulative 
grade point average of 3.0 at the time of graduation; must fulfill all program requirements, including 
the professional contribution/scholarly project as required by the program; and must have paid all 
tuition and fees. Students must complete an application for the graduate degree in a timely manner. 

Application for Graduate Degree 

It is the student's responsibility to keep abreast of progress toward degree completion. An application 
for the graduate degree should be filed with the registrar. Failure to do so in a timely manner may delay 
the date of awarding the diploma. 

Auditing 

With the appropriate department chair's or program director's approval, any student may register on a 
space available basis to take a course on an audit or non-credit basis provided that standard admission 
and course prerequisites have been met. A student may audit no more than three courses or nine credits. 
The fee for auditing a course is one-half the cost of tuition. Matriculating students must have the 
permission of their advisor before auditing a course. 



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Change of Address- 
Students enrolled for course work in the graduate program arc responsible lor reporting any change ol 
address and/or other salient information to the Center for Adult and Continuing Education. Failure to do 
so may result in failure to receive timely registration, program, grading and billing information. 

Graduate Course Withdrawal and Refund Policies 

A student may withdraw from a course without academic penalty within the period stated in the 
university calendar. Withdrawal forms may be obtained from the registrar's office or online through the 
e-MU portal. A grade of "W" is given for an approved withdrawal. The date on which the form is 
received by the registrar is considered the official date of withdrawal. Refund of tuition and grade 
assignment is based on the date on which the form is received. If a student does not officially withdraw 
from a class and ceases to attend it, a grade of "F" is awarded. 

When a graduate student drops a course or withdraws from a course or the university, official notice 
must be filed with the registrar. Tuition refunds are based on the date the registrar receives official 
notice from a student indicating his/her desire to withdraw from a course. 

Graduate students who receive federal Title IV funds and who are enrolled at the university will be 
governed by Title IV refund regulations as mandated by the Higher Education Amendments of 1992. In 
the case of withdrawal, tuition and fees will be cancelled on a pro-rated basis for the first sixty percent 
of the length of the period of study. Financial aid must be proportionately reduced and restored to the 
appropriate financial aid fund. The calculation for the Title IV refunds will be computed by the office 
of student financial services. 

All refund percentages are computed from charges to the student, not from the amount paid. There are 
no refunds to students dismissed from the university. Advance registration deposits and any other fees 
are not refundable. 



Directed and Independent Study 

Part-time and full-time graduate students may apply for these contract learning opportunities as 
outlined in the undergraduate section of this catalog with the exception that both require a 3.0 GPA or 
above. 

Distance Learning 

All Misericordia University distance education courses employ a secure portal login process that 
requires for entry into a course that a student use his or her unique Misericordia email address as his or 
her identification and a personal secure password selected by and known only to that student. In 
addition, faculty can use an online real time identity verification service to proactively confirm that the 
login information used matches the person who has entered a course site. This ensures verification of 
student identity and is of no additional cost to the student. 

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (Buckley Amendment) 

Misericordia University recognizes the privacy rights of individuals who are or who have been 
students, as guaranteed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. No 
information from records, files, or data directly related to a student shall be disclosed to individuals or 
agencies outside the University without the express written consent of the student. FERPA does 
authorize disclosure without consent to school officials with legitimate educational interests who need 
to review an education record in order to fulfill their professional responsibilities. The following people 
or agencies are also allowed access to records without consent: persons or companies with whom the 
University has contracted (such as attorneys, auditors, or collection agents); students serving on official 
committees, such as disciplinary or grievance committees, or assisting other school officials in 
performing their tasks; persons or organizations to whom students have applied for financial aid; 



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persons in compliance with a lawful subpoena or court order; and persons in an emergency in order to 
protect the health or safety of students or other persons. 

The University considers the following to be public information which may be made available, at its 
discretion, without prior consent of the student: 

student name, hometown and state, electronic mail address, dates of attendance, degrees, awards 
and honors received in the curricular and co-curricular life of the university, participation in 
officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, the 
most recent previous educational institution attended by the student, and individually identifiable 
photographs of the student solicited by or maintained directly by Misericordia University as part 
of the educational record. 

A student wishing to prevent the public disclosure of any or all of the above information may request so 
by notifying the Registrar's Office, where she or he may obtain the form prohibiting disclosure. 

Except where prescribed by law, information regarding a student's educational records may not be 
disclosed to a parent, guardian or spouse without the student's written authorization on file in the 
Registrar's Office. 

FERPA affords students the right to inspect and review their educational records within 45 days of the 
day the University receives such requests. Students should submit to the Registrar official written 
requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Registrar will make arrangements for 
access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. 

Students have the right to request the amendment of any educational records that they believe are 
inaccurate or misleading. They should write to the University official responsible for the record, clearly 
identify the part of the record that they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If 
the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify 
the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to appeal the decision. Additional 
information regarding the appeal will be provided to the student when notified. 

For more information regarding FERPA, please contact the Office of the Registrar in Mercy Hall, 
Room 1 15. Students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education 
concerning alleged failures by Misericordia University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The 
name and address of the office that administers FERPA is: 

Family Policy Compliance Office 
U.S. Department of Education 
400 Maryland Avenue, SW 
Washington, DC 20202-4605 

As of January 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education's FERPA regulations expand the 
circumstances under which your education records and personally identifiable information contained in 
such records — including your Social Security Number, grades, or other private information — may be 
accessed without your consent. First, the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the 
U.S. Secretary of Education, or state and local education authorities ("Federal and State Authorities") 
may allow access to your records and private information without your consent to any third party 
designated by a Federal or State Authority to evaluate a federal- or state-supported education program. 
The evaluation may relate to any program that is "principally engaged in the provision of education," 
such as early childhood education and job training, as well as any program that is administered by an 
education agency or institution. Second, Federal and State Authorities may allow access to your 
education records and private information without your consent to researchers performing certain types 
of studies, in certain cases even when we object to or do not request such research. Federal and State 
Authorities must obtain certain use-restriction and data security promises from the entities that they 
authorize to receive your private information, but the Authorities need not maintain direct control over 
such entities. In addition, in connection with Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems, State Authorities 



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may collect, compile, permanently retain, and share without your consent private information from your 
education records, and they may track your participation in education and other programs by linking 
such private information to other personal information about you that they obtain from other Federal or 
State data sources, including workforce development, unemployment insurance, child welfare, juvenile 
justice, military service, and migrant student records systems. 

Grading System 

The grade point average is computed by dividing honor points earned by credits attempted according to 
the following scale: 



Grades 




Honor Points Per Credit 


A 




4.0 


A- 




3.7 


B+ 




3.3 


B 




3.0 


B- 




2.7 


C+ 




2.3 


C 




2.0 


C- 




1.7 


F 







AU 




Not calculated 


W 




Not calculated 


IP (see 


below) 


Not calculated 


I (see below) 


Not calculated 


S 




Not calculated 


U 




Not calculated 



Incomplete Grades for Graduate Program 

The grade of "I" will be issued only for those courses in which a student has not completed the 
necessary requirements for graduate courses (500 and 600 level courses) because of extenuating 
circumstances. 

Should conditions arise that prohibit the student from completing required course assignments by 
specified due dates, the student must negotiate with the course professor for a grade of incomplete 
("I"). The student must contact the course professor and file an incomplete contract grade form with the 
professor at least two weeks prior to the date semester grades are due to the registrar. The form is 
signed by the student and the faculty member and a copy is retained by the student. The course 
professor has the right to determine the length of time for completion of the course requirements within 
the maximum time limits allowed. The grade of "I" must be removed within a maximum of one 
calendar year or the "I" automatically becomes an "F." 

Emergencies may arise which do not allow a two-week notice. In that event, the student must contact 
the director of the Center for Adult and Continuing Education who will, in turn, inform the course 
faculty member involved. 

A grade of "IP" (In Progress) will only be issued for profession contribution, thesis courses, or clinical 
education/fieldwork courses. The "IP" must be removed within a maximum of one calendar year or the 
"IP" automatically becomes an "F." 

Note: A student who will be negotiating a grade of "I" or "IP" must obtain an incomplete contract grade 
form from the Center for Adult and Continuing Education or online through the e-MU portal. 



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Graduate Maintenance of Matriculation/Withdrawals 

Normally, students have no more than five years after the date of matriculation to complete graduate 
degree requirements. Once accepted into a program, students must maintain matriculation on a 
continuing basis as specified by the program until they have completed all requirements. Students who 
do not maintain continuous registration as specified by the program must notify their respective 
program chairs/directors/coordinators in writing of their intent to withdraw from matriculation. The 
letter must state the reasons for the request and the anticipated length of withdrawal from matriculation, 
if known. 

Generally, students who are in good academic standing both in their program and institutionally at the 
time of withdrawal, are granted a period of up to one calendar year from the time of withdrawal to 
return to the institution. In extraordinary circumstances, students may request an extension of this time 
period by petitioning the program chair/director/coordinator who will make a recommendation and 
forward the petition to the vice president of academic affairs, who will make the final decision. Each 
request will be evaluated on an individual basis. Students should contact the program 
chair/director/coordinator for specific requirements for returning to an academic program. 

This policy does not bind the institution to offer the student's curriculum or program, which may have 
been discontinued or substantially altered during the period in which the student was not enrolled. 

When withdrawing from matriculation for more than one semester, graduate students must complete the 
following in order to withdraw without penalty: 

• return books to the library; 

• return parking permit and student ED to the Center for Adult and Continuing Education; 

• complete a withdrawal form and return it to the Center for Adult and Continuing Education. 

The date of withdrawal will be determined by the completion of all of the above. That date will 
determine if any refund of tuition is warranted. Cancellation of charges will depend on the date that the 
withdrawal is official (see Refund Policy). 

Students who withdraw after the last day to withdraw without academic penalty will receive a withdraw 
(W). 



Graduate Non-Matriculation Status 

Persons who have an undergraduate degree and who are not enrolled in a graduate program may take up 
to six graduate credits without applying for admission. After successful completion of six credits, 
matriculation is required to continue enrollment in program courses. However, workshops and seminars 
sponsored by the graduate programs are open to members of the public who may enroll in the 
workshops and seminars on an audit basis. 

Transfer of Credit 

In graduate programs that allow transfer or prior learning assessment (PLA) credits, applicants may 
transfer credit within the limits established by the residency requirement of the individual program, 
provided the courses were completed with a grade of "B" or better, and the credit was earned at an 
institution that is legally authorized to grant graduate degrees and is accredited by an accrediting 
agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. The university may award transfer 
credit based upon course equivalencies, expected learning outcomes and applicability to Misericordia 
University's curricula, standards, and course offerings. Please refer to the individual program for 
residency criteria. 



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Students with Credentials from Foreign Institutions 

Applicants with undergraduate or graduate coursework from institutions outside of the United Slates 
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 ies.aacrao.org; or, a credentialing service that is a member of the National Association of 
Credential Evaluation Services (NACES -- a list of members may be found www.naees.org). The 
University may award graduate transfer credit to graduate level coursework based upon course- 
equivalencies, expected learning outcomes and applicability to Misericordia University's curricula. 
standards, and course offerings, consistent with the residency requirements of the individual program. 

Graduate Accreditation 

The master's degree in education offered by Misericordia University is fully approved by the 
Pennsylvania Department of Education. The master's degree in nursing is fully accredited by the 
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) of the American Association of Colleges of 
Nursing (AACN), 1 Dupont Circle, NW, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. The professional 
master's degree program in occupational therapy is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for 
Occupational Therapy Education, 4720 Montgomery Avenue, Bethesda, MD, 20814-3425, (301) 652- 
661 1. The entry level program in physical therapy is fully accredited by the Commission on 
Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education, American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North 
Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, (800) 999-2782. The transition doctor of physical therapy 
program (tDPT) and the occupational therapy doctoral program (OTD) are fully approved by the 
Pennsylvania Department of Education. The master's degree in business administration and the master's 
degree in organizational management have accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate 
Business Education, P.O. Box 3960, Olathe, KS 66063, (913) 631-3009. The professional master's 
degree program in speech-language pathology at Misericordia University is accredited by the Council 
on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA), American Speech- 
Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulvard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, (301) 897- 
5700. The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation - Provisional to the Misericordia University Master of 
Science in Physician Assistant Studies, sponsored by Misericordia University. Accreditation - 
Provisional is an accreditation status. The status indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the 
proposed program appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully 
implemented as planned. Accreditation - Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation 
status and is limited to no more than three years for any program. 

Graduate Programs 

Contacts for Graduate Programs 

For more information on particular aspects of Misericordia University, contact the individuals listed 
below at (570) 674-6400 (toll-free at 866-262-6363) between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. Other university 
personnel are listed in the directory section of this catalog. 

Academic Affairs Dr. Mari P. King, Vice President of Academic Affairs 

Admissions and Financial Aid Larree Brown, Asst. Director of Admissions 

Sylvia Maas, Student Financial Services Counselor (student last 

name begins with A-L) 

Kathy Pesta, Student Financial Services Counselor (student last 

name begins with M-Z) 

Program Directors Education Dr. Stephen Broskoske 

sbroskos@misericordia.edu 

Health Informatics Joseph J Grilli. DPA 



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Student Life 



Nursing 

Master of Business Administration 

Occupational Therapy 

Organizational Management 

Physical Therapy 

Physician Assistant Studies 

Speech-language Pathology 

Vice President of Student Affairs 

Website 

Graduate e-mail Address 



jgrilli @ misericordia.edu 
Dr. Brenda Hage 
bhage@misericordia.edu 
Dr. Timothy Kearney 
tkeamey@misericordia.edu 
Dr. Grace Fisher 
gfisher@misericordia.edu 
Dr. Timothy Kearney 
tkearney@misericordia.edu 
Dr. Susan P. Barker 
sharker @ misericordia.edu 
Dr. Scott Massey 
smassey @ misericordia.edu 
Dr. Glen Tellis 
gtellis @ misericordia.edu 
Jean Messaros, RSM 
srjean@misericordia.edu 
http://www.misericordia.edu 
graduate @ misericordia.edu 



Financial Information 
Tuition and Fees 2012-2013 
Tuition 



Tuition: Full-time 




$14,000 




Tuition: Full-time 




$12,000 


Students enrolled in the Physician 
Assistant program 


Tuition: Full-time 




$14,350 


Students enrolled in the Doctor of 
Physical Therapy program. 


General Fee 




$670 




Part-time Tuition 




$575 


Per credit 


Application Fee (to 


accompany all 


$25 




applications) 








Graduation Fee 




$175 


A graduation fee is charged to stuc 



Matriculation Fee (for each semester during $75 

which a master's candidate is not registered for 
course work) 



who have completed their degree 
requirements. The fee helps to 
supplement costs of commencement 
including preparation of the facility, 
graduation announcements, cap and 
gown, diploma, pre-commencement 
luncheon and the post-commencement 
reception. 



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Parking Fines 



10 



Parking Permit 
Returned Check Fee 



Student I.D. 



$45 
$15 



$20 



Thesis Continuation Fee 

Transcript Fee 

Computer Lab Printing Fee (per semester) 



$585 

$10 

$0.03/page 



Additional Course Specific Fees: 

Nursing (first year) 

Nursing (second year) 

Nursing (third year) 

Occupational Therapy Fee 

Physician Assistant Fee (first year, per semester) 

Physician Assistant (first year - one-time 

equipment charge) 

Physician Assistant (second year, per semester) 

Speech-language Pathology Fee 

Liability Insurance 

Financial Assistance Programs 



$235 
$155 
$205 
$355 
$775 
$860 

$1,500 

$150 

$50 



Per infraction for vehicles registered 

with the University's Campus Safety 

Department. Unregistered vehicles will 

charged $25 per infraction. Fines for 

illegally parking in handicapped areas 

are $50 per infraction. Failure to move 

a vehicle as instructed during times of 

snow removal will result in a fine of 

$100. 

Annual fee. 

A fee will be assessed for each check 

not accepted and returned by the bank. 

Two returned checks will cause check 

writing privileges to be permanently 

revoked. 

Replacement of lost, stolen or unusable 

ID 

Per transcript. 

Students are allowed to print up to 300 
pages per semester in University 
computer labs without incurring 
additional charges. For each page above 
300, an additional per page charge will 
be assessed on a semester basis. 



For students enrolled in majors that 
require clinical or field experiences. 



Definition of Academic Year 

Misericordia University defines its academic year as the period of at least 30 weeks of instructional 
time, which begins on the first day of classes in the fall semester and ends on the last day of 
examinations in the spring semester. 

The office of student financial services staff are available from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm to discuss 
individual problems and advise students in matters regarding financial aid and student accounts. 

Federal Nurse Traineeship Monies 

Federal nurse traineeship monies may be available for full-time graduate students in nursing (students 

registered for nine or more credits per semester). Please check with the chair, nursing department. 



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Graduate Assistantships 

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis to graduate students. 
The assistantships involve designated institutional or programmatic work responsibilities that relate to 
the student's graduate studies. Graduate assistantships provide full or partial payment of tuition and/or 
stipends. Written requests for assistantships should be submitted to the program director, who can 
provide specific information regarding available assistantships. 

Graduate Student Loans 

Through the Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan, graduate students enrolled on at least a half-time basis 
may apply for up to $20,500 per year. Repayment of principal is deferred until six months after 
program completion (or after a student ceases enrollment on at least a half-time basis). 

Alumni discount: one third off up to 1 1 credits per semester (when no other discounts apply). 

Veteran 's Benefits 

Misericordia University is approved by the Veteran's Administration for the education and training of 
veterans and welcomes the opportunity to provide graduate education to veterans of the armed services. 
Veterans enrolling at the institution for the first time should notify their local Veteran's Administration 
Office in order to apply for educational benefits. This application should be filed six weeks prior to the 
beginning of the semester. Students must contact student financial services to initiate the process. 

Admission Requirements 

Matriculation in any graduate program at Misericordia University requires at minimum a bachelor's 
degree from an accredited college or university. In addition, some graduate programs have program- 
specific admissions requirements, which are noted in the program section of the catalog. Applicants 
must file a formal request for admission along with three letters of recommendation and the results of 
either the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) or the Miller's Analogy Test (MAT) as required by 
specific programs. A complete application consists of the application form, three letters of reference, 
the application fee, official transcripts of previous academic work to be forwarded directly from the 
institution at which the credits were earned, and the results of either the GRE or MAT examination as 
appropriate. Students for whom English is a second language must demonstrate proficiency in written 
and spoken English. The application and all supporting material should be mailed to: 

Office of Admissions Phone (570) 674-645 1 

Misericordia University Fax (570) 675-2441 

301 Lake Street, Dallas, PA 18612-1090 
Credentials will be screened by the graduate admissions committee. The applicant will be notified in 
writing of matriculation status within eight weeks of receipt of a completed application. 

Tuition Payment Options 

Deferred Payment Plan 

Misericordia University provides an option for students to pay tuition, fees, and other charges on a 
deferred payment plan. The plan permits educational costs to be spread over a period of time. The 
requirements of the plan are as follows: 

1 . A down payment of 20% of the total term/semester charges is required unless other 
arrangements have been made with the office of student financial services. 



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2. Deferments are limited to one term/semester; the unpaid balance must be paid before final 
examinations that term/semester. Failure to pay charges in full before final exams ma> result in 
loss of credit for the term/semester. 

3. At the close of each month, the unpaid balance will be charged a one percent finance charge. 

4. Student who fail to meet their deferred payment obligations will be dropped from the plan. 

5. Participants in the plan must sign and receive a copy of the deferred payment plan. 

Finance Charge 

It is a university policy that any outstanding balances will be charged a one percent finance charge at 
the close of the second month into the semester and each month thereafter. This policy is waived for 
students who receive tuition benefits, rehabilitation benefits or veterans' education benefits. 

Tuition Reimbursement Payment Plan 

Students who receive tuition benefits from their employer may be eligible to participate in Misericordia 
University's Tuition Reimbursement Payment Plan. Generally, this payment plan permits tuition and 
fees to be paid up to 30 days after grades have been sent to students, rather than the time of registration 
for the course. The requirements of the plan are as follows: 

• only part-time students are eligible; 

• a tuition reimbursement letter from the employer must be on file prior to registration and must 
be updated annually. The letter must state the terms of the benefit; 

• students must keep the original invoice and final grades for employer verification. Duplicate 
invoices and grade sheets will not be issued; 

• it is the responsibility of the student, not the employer, to ensure that payment is made within 
the 30-day period. Students who fail to make payment within the 30-day grace period may be 
removed from the tuition reimbursement payment plan; 

• the 30-day grace period does not apply to graduating students. Tuition and fees must be paid 
prior to graduation; and, 

• students receiving partial tuition benefits must make arrangements to pay the costs not covered 
by the employer at the time of registration. 



Special Programs 

Office for Students With Disabilities 

504 

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities 
Act (ADA) of 1990, students with documented disabilities may seek academic accommodations for 
their disability free of charge. These academic accommodations include extended time on tests, use of a 
note sharer and tape recording of lectures. 

ALP 

The Alternative Learners Project (ALP) is a fee based program of services offered in addition to the 
services Misericordia University is required to provide students with disabilities under 504. ALP 
services include an 8-week course in Learning Strategies and an individualized Program of 
Accommodations (POA). The POA may include writing support instruction, access to a dedicated study 
room and time management skills. Each student meets individually with a program coordinator on a 
weekly basis. 

The 2012-2013 fee schedule is as follows: 



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First year freshmen $2,250 (first semester) 

Second semester freshman and all upperclassmen $1,750 (semester) 

First- Year Experience 

The First- Year Experience (FYE) program provides first-year students the opportunity to acclimate to 
the university experience during their first semester at Misericordia. Through weekly classroom 
workshops, all first-year students will explore topics such as the charisms of Sr. Catherine McAuley, 
ethical behavior and academic integrity, information literacy, Misericordia University's Guaranteed 
Placement Program (GPP), and advising and registration. Students will have the opportunity to interact 
with faculty by engaging in a guided text study. 

Honors Program 

The honors program is an interdisciplinary community of undergraduate students and faculty working 
together to create an intellectually stimulating and challenging environment for learning. Honors 
students take a common sequence of core curriculum courses, participate each semester in the Honors 
Explorations Seminar, and produce a professional quality paper or project as part of the Honors 
Capstone. The honors program also sponsors a variety of extra-curricular programs, such as travel to 
local and regional historical venues and cultural events, opportunities for presenting original research, 
and participation in conferences sponsored by the National Collegiate Honors Council and other 
colleges and universities. Program-related decisions are made and activities are planned with input from 
both honors faculty and students. Honors students also receive recognition on their transcript, at 
university awards ceremonies, and at commencement. 

The academic portion of the honors program consists of three components. The first is an alternative 
36-credit core sequence in the humanities and social sciences. All students must complete a core 
curriculum, but honors students take humanities and social sciences classes with a special emphasis on 
written responses (science and math requirements are taken as part of the regular core). Honors classes 
are not necessarily harder, but approach course material in different ways. They tend to be small and 
interactive, emphasize discussion and critical analysis, and use primary sources in addition to 
textbooks. Additionally, honors courses are interdisciplinary, linked by common principles and ideas. 
All honors core courses are listed as "Section 07" in each semester's schedule of classes. In 
combination they include: two semesters of English, fine arts, history, philosophy, and religious 
studies, plus one semester of psychology and either sociology or economics. Elective honors courses in 
math, the natural sciences, and the health sciences also may be offered. A minimum of eight honors 
section core courses is required to graduate with honors. 

The second academic component requires student participation in the non-credit Explorations Seminar 
(HNR 300), which meets three times per semester. Within this seminar, students and faculty together 
explore a theme or topic that often relates to issues being explored in the honors courses. While the 
seminar may take different forms, such as a debate, a roundtable, or a guest lecture, it always involves 
discussion among students and faculty. 

The final academic component of the program is the Capstone Project (HNR 401) in which students 
create a professional-quality project that advances their research and presentation skills. Students 
develop their projects after a process of self-directed research and writing under faculty guidance. The 
final projects are presented in a public forum to the university community and published in the honors 
journal Honorus. 

Students are admitted to the honors program by application only. Admission decisions for first-year 
students are based on high school academic record, involvement in extra-curricular activities, evidence 
of intellectual curiosity, and overall "fit" with the program. Application materials may be requested by 
any qualified, interested high school senior. In addition, current and transfer students can determine 
their eligibility for admission to the program by contacting the program director. To remain in the 



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honors program, students must maintain a 3.15 GPA in their first and sophomore years, and a 3.35 GPA 
subsequently. 

All honors courses are open to non-honors first-year students and sophomores with a 3.0 GPA or 
higher, and to juniors and seniors with a 3.25 GPA or higher, with the professor's approval and 
assuming space is available. 

For information contact Thomas Hajkowski, PhD. 

Act 101 Program 

ACT 101 is a Pennsylvania state grant funded program that provides academic and personal support to 
qualified students. Its primary goal is to assist students in developing strong academic skills, leadership 
potential, and positive study habits. Services provided by the program include academic support; peer 
tutoring; professional tutoring; personal counseling; peer support; leadership development; workshops; 
and career exploration. The ACT 101 Program is located in the Student Success Center, in the lower 
level of Alumnae Hall. 

Early Alert 

The Early Alert Program is a referral process used to enhance the retention of our students. Faculty, 
staff, or parents who are concerned about a student submit referrals to the retention specialist for 
intervention assessments. After the initial assessment, the student will be directed to the appropriate 
services (i.e., academic support, tutoring, personal counseling, Insalaco Center for Career Development, 
writing center, minority mentoring, etc.). 

TARGET 

TARGET is an academic support program sponsored by the Student Success Center. Designed for first- 
year students who are placed on academic probation after their first semester, TARGET is a required, 
semester-long intervention program. Students enrolled in TARGET will attend a variety of workshops 
and small group meetings designed to explore and address both the academic and affective behaviors 
that contributed to their placement on academic probation. In addition to workshops and small group 
meetings, students will work with a learning specialist and peer learning assistants who will help them 
develop effective study and time management skills. The peer learning assistants also serve as tutors for 
the students enrolled in the program. 

Consortium Programs 

Students at Misericordia University may register for courses at King's College and/or Wilkes 
University in Wilkes-Barre, if those courses are not part of Misericordia' s curricula. The program is 
reciprocal. Full-time students in good academic standing who meet specific course prerequisites are 
eligible. Ordinarily, cross registration is available only to juniors and seniors who have received 
permission from their major department to participate in the program. Cross-registered courses are 
considered part of a student's regular course load; no additional tuition fees are charged and courses 
carry full academic credit and grade value. 

Study Abroad Programs 

Misericordia University works with a multitude of study abroad programs across the country. Students 
may choose to study abroad for one or two semesters, normally in their junior year. Students must 
consult with their academic advisor regarding courses and number of credits to be taken at the 
institution abroad. Students who wish to use courses taken abroad to satisfy specific course 
requirements at Misericordia University, whether in the core or the major, must secure the approval in 
advance of the appropriate department chair. For more information, contact the Insalaco Center for 
Career Development. 



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All study abroad credits are treated as transfer credits. Students planning a study abroad experience 
must consult with the director of student financial services to determine appropriate financial 
responsibility. 

Air Force ROTC 

Through cooperative programs with Wilkes University, Misericordia University students can take part 
in Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps. The Air Force ROTC program is based at Wilkes 
University. Students who participate in ROTC at this institution do so without penalty to their full-time 
academic status at Misericordia University. Free elective courses are awarded by the university for 
ROTC participation. Tuition for ROTC courses is paid directly to the institutions offering the programs. 
More information about ROTC may be obtained from the registrar. 

Army ROTC Military Science 

Misericordia University offers students the opportunity to participate in Army ROTC at King's College 
in nearby Wilkes-Barre through the Northeast Pennsylvania (NEPA) Reserve Officer Training Corps 
Battalion. The NEPA Army ROTC Battalion continually ranks in the top 10% of all ROTC programs 
nationwide and was ranked tenth in the eastern United States Army ROTC region in 2010. The NEPA 
Battalion has recently celebrated sixty years of commissioning outstanding officers for America's 
military. Students who participate in this program do so without penalty to their full-time academic 
status. The university awards free elective credit for participation in any ROTC course. Any 
Misericordia University student may participate in any ROTC basic course program for two years 
without cost or obligation. 

The primary objective of the Reserve Officer Training Program is to develop leadership capabilities in 
students and to train future officers for the active Army, US Army Reserve, the Army National Guard, 
as well as leaders for the civilian community. The Army ROTC program can be tailored to fit any 
student's schedule, particularly in the freshman and sophomore years. Military science instruction is 
offered at King's College campus with two, three and four programs of study leading to a commission 
as an officer in one of the three components of the United States Army. To be commissioned as a 
second lieutenant, students must pass a physical examination and complete the two, three, or four-year 
program of military science courses. Students normally take one course per semester during their 
normal four-year course of study although there are numerous means to meet each student's academic 
needs. 

All students receiving ROTC scholarship benefits, as well as sophomores, juniors and seniors that are 
contracted with the Army, receive a monthly stipend. The stipend starts at $300 per month during their 
freshman year, increases to $350 during their sophomore year, $450 during their junior year and $500 
during their senior year. The stipend is paid directly to the student each month that they are in school. 
The military science department provides all uniforms, equipment and textbooks required for the 
classes at no cost to the student. 

In addition to academic classes, students may also participate on a voluntary basis in many additional 
training opportunities such as physical training and hands-on equipment training each week. Each 
semester there is a military social event and at least one optional weekend training session that includes 
such events as military marksmanship, cross country orienteering, military rappelling, leadership 
application courses and obstacle/confidence courses. During breaks and vacations students can 
volunteer for active army training such as military parachute operations, helicopter operations, military 
mountain climbing and training with active army units in the United States and overseas. There are also 
numerous academic internships with state and federal agencies available through Army ROTC. All 
training is cost free to the student and students are paid for some summer training courses. 

The ROTC program consists of two primary programs, the basic course normally given during the 
freshman year and sophomore year consisting of MIL 21 1/212, MIL 221/222 and MIL 251/252. The 



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advanced courses normally taken during the junior and senior years consists of MIL 231/232, MS 
241/242, and MS 251/252. MIL 100 Physical Fitness Training is encouraged lor all students 
participating in Army ROTC. 

Students who have completed basic training in any U.S. service may qualify for placement into the 
advanced course. Additionally students who have not completed the ROTC basic course may qualify 
for the advanced course by attending a paid four week long leadership training course conducted each 
summer at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Freshman and sophomore students can compete for two, two and one 
half, and three year ROTC scholarships that pay up to full tuition and fees per year and $1200 per year 
for books. Special nurse. Army National Guard and Army Reserve Scholarships are also available. 

The Army will commission successful graduates as a second lieutenant with a starting salary of over 
$33,000 per year plus medical and dental benefits, as well as 30 days paid vacation per year. 

For more information on the Army ROTC program at Misericordia University, contact the Military 
Science Department at 570-208-5900 ext. 5305 or ext. 5301. 

Military Science Course Descriptions 

MIL 100 Physical Fitness Training 1 credit 

U.S. Army Master Fitness trainers supervise a comprehensive fitness program based on the latest 
military fitness techniques and principles. The classes are conducted on Mondays, Wednesdays, 
and Fridays at the King's College Scandlon Fitness Center and are one hour. 

MIL 211/2 Concepts of Leadership I & II 1 credit 

Instruction focuses on providing a basic understanding of the Army and general military 
knowledge and skills while concentrating on leadership skills and civic responsibilities important 
to everyone. Classes are one hour each week. 

MIL 221/2 Dynamics of Leadership I & II 2 credits each 

Instruction is designed to familiarize students with basic military leadership at the junior leader 
and immediate supervisor level. Classes are two hours each week. 

MIL 23 1/2 Basic Military Leadership I & II 2/1 credits 

Instruction focuses on continued leadership development. Students are trained and evaluated on 
developing, managing and presenting training to the MS I & II cadets. The goal of the MSIII year 
is to prepare students for the National Advanced Leadership Camp. Classes are two hours each 
week. Prerequisite: Advanced placement credit. 

MIL 241/2 Advanced Military Leadership I & II 2/1 credits 

Instruction focuses on teaching students to function as a member of a staff and continue to 
develop leadership skills. This course covers public speaking, military briefing, effective writing 
as well as training management and administrative and logistical support. Classes are two hours 
each week. 

MIL 251/2 Leadership Application Laboratory no credit 

This class focuses on hands-on application and reinforcement of classroom instruction as well as 
teaching weapons, first aid, land navigation and tactical leadership. This class meets at various 
locations in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area for two hours each week and is highly encouraged for 
students in the basic course and is required for students in the advanced course. 

Center for Adult and Continuing Education 

Misericordia University offers a variety of educational options for non-traditional students: those 
students who attend part-time, those who did not go to college right after high school and those with 
some prior college experience. 



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The Center for Adult and Continuing Education is sensitive to the alternative needs of students with 
families, full-time jobs, or both. Evening classes are held every semester and during the summer. Many 
non-traditional students find weekend, accelerated evening and online classes convenient. All of the 
university's academic and student services facilities are available to students. Similarly, such students 
must comply with the university regulations. The adult learner can access a variety of academic and 
support services including individualized academic assistance; SIGI PLUS, a computerized career 
guidance system to help students determine vocational paths that best suit their work values, interests 
and abilities; periodic workshops on topics such as study skills, job search, and interview techniques; 
free tutoring on campus and a free online tutoring and writing assistance service, Smartthinking; and a 
variety of credit options outside of the classroom (see Credit Option Outside the Classroom). 

Flexible Schedules for Adults 

Part-time Day and Evening 

Flexible scheduling enables many students to work towards a degree without giving up full-time work 
or family care. 

Accelerated Evening Classes on Campus 

The accelerated evening classes are designed for part-time adult learners who must balance family and 
career responsibilities while pursuing their education. Classes meet in "terms" which consist of seven 
Monday or Thursday evenings (5:40 pm-9:40 pm). Two terms per semester are offered. Students may 
take up to two classes per term, which allows them to accelerate their course load. 

Expressway 

The Expressway Program is an accelerated, bachelor's degree completion program designed for 
students who have an associate's degree or equivalent and at least three years of work or relevant life 
experience. Classes are held at Luzerne County Community College (LCCC) in Nanticoke, Hazleton, 
Shamokin: Northampton Community College (NCC) in Tannersville; and Lackawanna College (LC) in 
Scranton and Hawley one evening per week. Classes are also held in Nanticoke every third Saturday. 
Online classes are also available. Classes are scheduled in five-week or seven-week formats. Students 
can earn up to 12 credits in a 15-week semester. This program is also available for students who want to 
earn a second bachelor's degree or a certificate. 

All Misericordia University distance education courses employ a secure portal login process that 
requires for entry into a course that a student use his or her unique Misericordia email address as his or 
her identification and a personal secure password selected by and known only to that student. In 
addition, faculty can use an online real time identity verification service to proactively confirm that the 
login information used matches the person who has entered a course site. This ensures verification of 
student identity and is of no additional cost to the student. 

Expressway faculty are professionals within a field of expertise and have been carefully selected and 
trained to facilitate adult learners in this innovative learning environment. For further information 
contact the Admissions Office at (570) 674-1226 or 674-8094. 

Weekend College Classes on Campus 

Weekend College is a special accelerated educational model for adult learners who must balance family 
and career responsibilities while pursuing their education. Students may earn credit toward a degree by 
attending classes every other weekend. The program emphasizes independent, self-motivated study. 
Weekend College classes meet on Saturdays and/or Sundays (8 am-noon and/or 1 pm-5 pm). 

For further information contact the Center for Adult and Continuing Education at (570) 674-6450 or 
674-6451. 



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Credit Options Outside the Classroom 

Misericordia University recognizes that significant, meaningful learning often occurs in settings other 
than structured, university-sponsored courses. For adult students who would like to receive credit for 
knowledge they have already acquired, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Prior Learning 
Assessment (PLA) permit them to translate their learning into college credit. No more than a total of 40 
credits may be earned through credit options outside the classroom. 

CLEP: College Level Examination Program 

CLEP allows students to demonstrate their knowledge in a wide range of subject areas. CLEP 
examinations are standardized tests that measure a person's knowledge of the material covered in 
introductory college courses. The knowledge may have been obtained through on-the-job experiences, 
professional workshops, classes at business or technical schools, volunteer activities, or vocational 
pursuits. CLEP credits are treated as transfer credits and are awarded on a credit/no credit basis. Only 
passing grades appear on transcripts. Call the Center for Adult and Continuing Education at (570) 674- 
6450 for more information. 

Contract Learning 

Contract learning provides students the convenience of continuing their academic studies despite 
temporary work or family demands that prevent them from attending regularly scheduled classes. An 
independent study arrangement, contract learning can be set up for either course offerings from our 
catalog or for topics that students would like to study in more depth. 

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Credits - Undergraduate Programs 

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credits provide students the opportunity to validate their relevant 
learning in a written document called a portfolio. The portfolio information is organized to correspond 
as closely as possible to comparable courses from Misericordia' s inventory of undergraduate offerings. 
Emphasis is placed on the satisfactory presentation of the student's achievement relative to each 
course's learning objectives. 

For challenged courses, a faculty assessor from the involved department will be selected by that 
college's dean. The assessor will review the portfolio according to the following criteria: the learning 
will be demonstrated to be college level; the learning is current, particularly in quickly-changing fields 
such as computer science and business; the learning must be able to be generalized and transferred, i.e., 
it can be applied outside of the specific context or situation in which it was acquired; the learning must 
be measurable; the learning must have a theoretical as well as a practical component; credits will be 
awarded for competence and actual learning outcomes, not merely the experience; the credits awarded 
will not duplicate other earned credits. (This includes transfer, CLEP, and/or completed course credits, 
ACT, PEP exams, etc.) 

Students who request assessment of their prior learning must: 

1 . Be matriculated at the university with a declared major; 

2. Limit requests for assessment to those course areas that will fulfill degree requirements in their 
declared major; 

3. Have had all transfer credits officially evaluated prior to attempting this credit option. 

4. Submit the designated fee for each PLA assessment being evaluated made payable to the 
department assessing the PLA portfolios(s). 

Students will not be required to have any previously earned university credits; thus there will be no 
minimum GPA requirements. Students who have been awarded prior learning assessment credits at 
another institution will not automatically be awarded such credit in transfer. Students have the 
opportunity to present their portfolios, with updated information, to the PLA committee. The option for 



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prior learning assessment will be available only during fall and spring semesters. For more information 
contact the Center for Adult and Continuing Education at (570) 674-6450. 

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Credits - Graduate Programs 

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credits provide students the opportunity to validate their relevant 
learning in a written document called a portfolio. The portfolio information is organized to correspond 
as closely as possible to comparable courses from Misericordia University inventory of graduate 
offerings. Emphasis is placed on the satisfactory presentation of the student's knowledge relative to 
each course's learning objectives. Eligibility for PLA application will be determined by the appropriate 
program director. For challenged courses, a faculty assessor from the involved department will be 
selected by the appropriate program director. 

The assessor will review the portfolio according to the following criteria: the learning will be 
demonstrated to be college level; the learning is current, particularly in quickly-changing fields; the 
learning must be able to be generalized and transferred, i.e., it can be applied outside of the specific 
context or situation in which it was acquired; the learning must be measurable; the learning must have 
actual learning outcomes, not merely the experience; the credits awarded will not duplicate other earned 
credits. 



Students who request assessment of their prior learning must: 



1 . Be matriculated at the university with a declared major; 

2. Limit requests for assessment to those course areas that will fulfill degree requirements in their 
declared graduate major; 

3. Have had all transfer credits officially evaluated prior to attempting this credit option; 

4. Submit the designated fee for each PLA assessment being evaluated made payable to the 
department assessing the PLA portfolios(s). 

Students who have been awarded prior learning assessment credits at another institution will not 
automatically be awarded such credit in transfer. Students have the opportunity to present their 
portfolios, with updated information, to the appropriate program director for consideration. 

In no case may the number of PLA credits brought into a graduate program at Misericordia University 
after matriculation exceed twelve (12), nor can the combination of PLA credits and/or transfer credits 
exceed twelve (12). 

The PLA decision of the department is final. 

Women with Children Program 

The Women with Children Program is designed for academically qualified single mothers and provides 
the opportunity to live on campus with their children while attending classes. 

Non-credit Programs 

For individuals interested in professional and personal development, the Center for Adult and 

Continuing Education offers a variety of credit-free programs, classes and workshops. 

The Fun and Fitness Program offers special programs, camps, non-credit courses and workshops for 
children, students, employees, alumni, and the community. 

For further information, contact the Center for Adult and Continuing Education at (570) 674-6289. 



7_ Special Programs 



Academic Program Definitions 



Academic programs fall into six intcr-relatcd groups: majors, minors, specializations, certificates, 
certifications, and elective areas of study. These program areas are defined below. 



Majors 



Minors 



Specializations 



Certificates 



Certifications 



Elective Areas of Study 



Areas of study in a formal discipline for which a degree is 
awarded; for example, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, a 
Bachelor of Social Work Degree in Social Work, a Bachelor of 
Science Degree in Mathematics, or a Master of Science Degree in 
Occupational Therapy. 

Focused programs of study which involve specific clusters of 
courses around a general area of study. Minors are not associated 
with particular degree programs and are therefore open to all 
undergraduate students. For example, minors are available in 
writing, philosophy, and religious studies. 
Specializations are focused programs of extended study closely 
associated with a specific degree program. Specializations are 
generally available only to students who have been accepted into 
the major for the specific degree, for example, BA, History (Pre- 
law) or BS, Biology (Pre-medicine). 

Certificates are awarded to students who complete specified 
coursework independent of a defined degree program. Certificate 
programs are offered in addictions counseling, child welfare 
services, gerontology, informatics and diagnostic medical 
sonography. A graduate level pediatric certificate is available for 
practicing occupational and physical therapists. 
NOTE: Completion of a certificate program does not equate to 
certification in any of the programs. 

Certifications are prescribed programs of study designed to meet 
requirements of official agencies which recognize the certification 
as a valid credential. For example, certifications are available in 
early childhood education which is recognized by the 
Pennsylvania Department of Education. 
There are clusters of courses which are not as a group directly 
associated with a specific degree program. Elective courses are 
intended to augment the liberal arts background of any interested 
students. For example, electives are available in philosophy or 
sociology. 



Academic Program Listings 



Specific Degree Programs 
Minor Programs 

Course Descriptions 



In the academic program listings majors, specializations, and 
certifications are listed alphabetically within each college. 
Minors, which are open to all students, may be taken in 
association with any degree program. Minors involve 15 to 22 
credits in specific areas. The minors offered are listed in 
alphabetical order within each college. 

Specific information regarding every course offered may be found 
in the course descriptions section at the end of the catalog. 



Academic Program Definitions /j 



Undergraduate and Graduate Curricula Academic Colleges 

Misericordia University's academic programs are administered by three distinct colleges. The programs 
offered by each college are listed below. 



College of Arts and Sciences 

Majors 



Minors 



Certificates/Certifications 



Specializations 



Biochemistry 

Biology 

Chemistry 

Clinical Laboratory Science 

Communications 

English 

Government, Law, and National Security 

History 

Interdisciplinary Studies 

Mathematics 

Medical Science 

Philosophy 

Physician Assistant Studies, MS 

Biology 

Chemistry 

Communications 

English 

Ethics 

Fine Arts 

History 

Mathematics 

Philosophy 

Political Science 

Religious Studies 

Social Studies 

Theater 

Writing 

Secondary Education, Biology 

Secondary Education. Chemistry 

Secondary Education, English 

Secondary Education, History 

Secondary Education. Mathematics 

Pre-dentistry 

Pre-law, English 

Pre-law, History 

Pre-law, Philosophy 

Pre-medicine 

Pre-optometry 

Pre-veterinary medicine 



/ 4 Undergraduate and Graduate Curricula Academic Colleges 



College of Health Sciences 
Majors 



Minors 
Specializations 



Certificates/Certifications 



Health Science, BS (for five-year degree programs) 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, BS 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, BS (Expressway) 

Medical Imaging, BS (Expressway) 

Nursing, BSN, (Traditional and Part-time) 

BSN Evening Nursing Program (Part-time accelerated) 

RN to BSN (Expressway) 

RN-MSN (Expresway) 

MSN (FNP and CNS) 

Medical Imaging, BS 

Occupational Therapy, Entry-level Professional, MSOT. 

(Traditional & Weekend Format) 

Occupational Therapy, Post-Professional. MS 

Occupational Therapy Post-Professional OTD 

Physical Therapy, Entry-level Professional DPT 

Physical Therapy, Post-professional, transition DPT 

Speech-language Pathology, MSSLP 

Management (Medical Imaging Majors) 

Management (Medical Imaging Majors) 

Nuclear Medicine (Medical Imaging Majors) 

Nursing Sub-Specialization - Family Nurse Practitioner 

CNS Nursing Education 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography 

Post Masters Nursing Education 

Post Masters Family Nurse Practitioner 

Nuclear Medicine 

Pediatrics (for Practicing Occupational and Physical 

Therapists) 

Teacher Certification in Speech and Language Disabilities 



College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 



Majors 



Accounting 

Applied Behavioral Science 

Business Administration 

Computer Science 

Education, Graduate 

Education: Early Childhood and Special Education 

Education: Midlevel (Grades 4-8) 

Health Care Management 

Health Infomatics. MS 

Information Technology 

Management 

Marketing 

Masters of Business Administration 

Organizational Management-Graduate 

Professional Studies 



Undergraduate and Graduate Curricula Academic Colleges /5 



Minors 



Certificates/Certifications 



Specializations 



Psychology 

Social Work 

Sport Management 

Accounting 

Addictions Counseling 

Child Welfare Services 

Computer Science 

Forensic Accounting 

Gerontology 

Health Care Informatics 

Management (for Medical Imaging Majors) 

Management 

Management Information Systems 

Marketing 

Psychology 

Addictions Counseling 

Child Welfare Services 

Early Childhood Education 

Elementary Education 

Gerontology 

Geriatric Care Manager 

Health Care Management 

Health Care Informatics 

Middle Level Education 

PACS Administrator 

Reading Specialist 

Secondary Education 

Special Education 

Accounting (Business) 

Accounting, Graduate (Master of Business Administration) 

Addictions Counseling 

Child Welfare Services 

Financial Services (Business) 

Financial Services, Graduate (Master of Business 

Administration) 

Gerontology 

Health Care Informatics (Health Care Management Major) 

Health Care Management (Business pre-DPT students only) 

Health Care Management (Health Care Management Major) 

Health Care Marketing (Health Care Management Major) 

Human Resource Management, Graduate (Organizational 

Management, Master of Business Administration 

IT Security, (Information Technology Major) 

Instructional Technology, Graduate Education 

Management, Graduate (Organizational Management, Master 

of Business Administration) 

Management Information Systems (Information Technology) 



/6 Undergraduate and Graduate Curricula Academic Colleges 



Operations and Supply Chain Management (Business) 

Reading, Graduate Education 

Select Sequence (Business) 

Special Education, Graduate Education 

Sport Management (Business pre-DPT students only) 



Core Curriculum Requirements 



All undergraduate students, regardless of major, are required to complete a minimum of 48 credit hours 
of core courses. These courses must be taken in accordance with the distribution of credit hours by area 
of study described below, and must be selected from the list of core course titles on the following list 
of approved substitutes noted below. Some courses must be taken in sequence and in both semesters of 
courses which are offered over two semesters. 

Students will be placed on academic probation for failure to maintain an acceptable cumulative grade 
point average in courses taken to fulfill the core curriculum requirements. Students who have attempted 
30 credits or above will be placed on academic probation if their cumulative grade point average for 
core requirements is below 2.0. A minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average both overall and in 
the core curriculum is required to graduate with a baccalaureate degree. 



Area of Study 

Behavioral Science 

English Literature 

Fine Arts 

History or Political Science 

Mathematics* 

Philosophy 

Religious Studies 

Natural Science 

*Mathematics Bank I 

Determined by Mathematics Department 



Credits 
6 
6 
6 
6 
6 
6 
6 
6-8 



MTH 120 
MTH 151 
MTH 160 
Mathematics Bank II 

Specified by Program 

MTH 115 
MTH 151 
MTH 152 
MTH 160 



Mathematical Reasoning 

Calculus I 

Discrete Mathematics 



Statistics 

Calculus I 

Calculus D 

Discrete Mathematics 



Core Curriculum Requirements 77 



Core Areas 


Required 


Course 


Course Title 




Credits 


Number 




Behavioral Science 


6 


PSY 123 


Introduction to Psychology 


Select any two 




SOC 101 


Comparative Sociology 


(only one BUS course 




BUS 205 


Macroeconomics 


may be used for this 




BUS 206 


Microeconomics 


requirement) 




BUS 207 


Contemporary Economics 


English 


6 


ENG 101 


Literature of Values: Ancient and Medieval 


Take ENG 1 5 1 and one 




ENG 102 


Literature of Discovery: Modern/Early Modern 


other course 




ENG 104 


Literature of Discovery: American Literature 






ENG 108 


African American Literature 






ENG 109 


Modern World Literature 






ENG 1 1 1 


Literature of American Immigrants 






ENG 151 


University Writing Seminar 






ENG 185 


Core Special Topics 


Fine Arts 


6 


FA 102 


Cultural Synthesis in Ancient World 


Take FA 102 and 




FA 104 


Art, Self, Community in the Modern World 


FA 104, or take 




FA 205 


Jazz Age Culture 


either of the above 




FA 206 


Voices of Liberation 


plus one 200-level course 




FA 207 


World Music 


History/Political Science 


6 


HIS 101 


Western Civilization I 


Take any two courses 




HIS 102 


Western Civilization II 






HIS 103 


US History I 






HIS 104 


US History II 






POL 100 


American National Government 






POL 103 


Global Politics 


Mathematics 


6 


see above 


Mathematics Bank I 






see above 


Mathematics Bank JJ 


Philosophy 


6 


PHL 100 


Introduction to Philosophy 


TakePHL 100 and one 




PHL 105 


Introduction to Logic 


other course 




PHL 1 1 1 


Makers of the Modern Mind (Honors) 






PHL 200 


Ethical Theory 






PHL 202 


Environmental Philosophy 






PHL 205 


Medieval Philosophy 






PHL 210 


Philosophy of Person 






PHL 215 


Wisdom Traditions 






PHL 220 


Philosophy and Literature 






PHL 223 


Social Ethics 






PHL 257 


Philosophy of Religion 






PHL 261 


Philosophy of Women 






PHL 270 


Social and Political Philosophy 






PHL 285 


Core-Special Topics 


Religious Studies 


6 


RLS 100 


Biblical Studies 


TakeRLS 104 and one 




RLS 104 


World Religions 


other course 




RLS 106 


Theology and Human Experience 






RLS 107 


Women and Spirituality 



Credits 

3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 

3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 



7n Core Curriculum Requirements 



Natural Sciences 
Select two lab science 
courses, or a lab and non- 
lab science course. All 
courses listed are lab 
science courses. Non-lab 
science courses will be 
added when approved. 

Courses are listed in 
sequence when the first 
course is a prerequisite 
for the second. 



6-8 



RLS 1 1 3 


Theology of the Church 


3 


RLS 114 


Introduction to Christian Thought 


3 


RLS 115 


Religion in America 


3 


RLS 116 


American Catholicism 


3 


RLS 120 


Mayan Religion and Culture 


3 


RLS 185 


Core Special Topics 


3 


RLS 215 


Death and Dying 


3 


RLS 285 


Core-Special Topics 


3 


BIO 103-104 


General Biology I and II 


6 


BIO 111-112 


Evolution, Genetics and Ecology & Cell and 
Molecular Biology 


8 


BIO 121 


Human Structure and Function I 


4 


BIO 211 


Anatomy and Physiology I 


4 


CHM 101-102 


Chemistry in Context I & II 


8 


CHM 104-105 


General Chemistry and Introduction to Organic 
Chemistry 


8 


CHM 133-134 


Chemical Principles 


8 


PHY 117-118 


Physics Introduction I & II 


8 


PHY 221-222 


General Physics 


8 



Free Elective Credits 



* Courses with an asterisk require a stronger background in mathematics and science. 

Free Electives 

Courses taken as part of a minor, specialization, or certification may be included as the nine credits of 
free electives, provided that they are outside the major. Students are encouraged to take additional free 
electives whenever their program of study permits. 

Writing Requirement 

All undergraduate students seeking a bachelor's degree are required to complete the University Writing 
Seminar (ENG 151) and two (2) courses that are designated as "Writing Intensive". Courses that meet 
the Writing Intensive requirements are indicated by a "W" after the course number as listed on the 
master schedule of classes for the term in which they are offered. 

Technical Competency Requirement 

The technical competency requirement consists of online modules designed to provide all incoming 
students with core technology competence for application throughout the academic experience and 
beyond. 

Students will automatically be registered for this non-credit course which should be completed within 
the first three (3) semesters or 45 credit hours. Successful completion is a graduation requirement for 
all undergraduate students at Misericordia University. 

The technical competency requirement will use a grading system of "S" or "U." If a student does not 
complete the modules in the first semester, s/he will receive an "IP" (which WILL NOT rollover to an 
"F') and will be automatically re-enrolled the following semester in the technical competency course. 

Students who complete (or have completed) either Basic Computer Technology (BUS 105) or 
Educational Technology (TED 121) with a "C" or higher automatically meet the technology 
competency requirement. 



Core Curriculum Requirements / 9 



The Misericordia University Guidelines for Appropriate Computing Behavior will be applicable. 

Information Literacy 

Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed 
and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information. 

Information literacy also is increasingly important in the contemporary environment of rapid 
technological change and proliferating information resources. The uncertain quality and expanding 
quantity of information pose large challenges for society. The sheer abundance of information will not 
in itself create a more informed citizenry without a complementary cluster of abilities necessary to use 
information effectively. 

Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning 
environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their 
investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning. An 
information literate individual is able to: 

• Determine the extent of information needed 

• Access the needed information effectively and efficiently 

• Evaluate information and its sources critically 

• Incorporate selected information into one's knowledge base 

• Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose 

• Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and 
access and use information ethically and legally 



SO Core Curriculum Requirements 



College of Arts and Sciences Majors 



Biochemistry Major 

College of Arts and Sciences 

Degree BS, Biochemistry 

Department Chair Charles Saladino, Jr., PhD 

Biochemistry is an exciting and challenging field of study that combines the worlds of chemistry and 
biology into a science that explores the chemistry of bio-molecules and those biological processes that 
support a living system. Modern day biochemistry has reached a level of complexity and uniqueness 
that allows it to stand apart from both of its ancestral fields. Today's biochemistry operates in the world 
of life on earth described by classical biology and also probes the complexities of this world on the 
molecular scale using the concepts and analysis techniques derived from the world of classical 
chemistry. 

The biochemistry major reflects this fusion of both fields as a hybrid of both departments' curricula, 
combining the essential knowledge of a BS chemistry with that of biology on the molecular level. We 
believe that students must first be good chemists before they can be good biochemists. Thus, the 
program is designed to meet the ACS guidelines for a chemistry major and the ASBMB guidelines for a 
biochemistry major, making the program highly interdisciplinary between chemistry and biology. The 
biochemistry program is designed to prepare students for graduate school and the pharmaceutical, 
biomedical, and bio-technology industries. 

At the end of their sophomore year and thereafter, biochemistry majors must have and maintain a GPA 
of 2.5 in courses required for the major in order to remain in good standing in the program, and a GPA 
of 3.0 to be recommended for graduate or professional schools. Students must earn three credits doing 
either a summer internship during their junior year [CHM 490] or by taking research [CHM 460] in (or 
before) the first semester of their senior year. 

Program Goals and Outcomes 

The following are program goals for the Biochemistry major: 

1 . To prepare students in the area of biochemistry for careers in industry or for study in graduate 
or professional programs. 

2. To teach students to solve problems, to think critically, and to interpret and report data with the 
use of technology 

3. To familiarize students with chemical literature in multiple formats, including print and 
electronic references and chemical databases 

4. To help students develop skills for independent and collaborative laboratory practices, 
including lab safety, analytical instrumentation, chemical synthesis, and quantitative analysis 

5. To promote students' understanding of professional, ethical, and social responsibilities in the 
practice of chemistry and biochemistry 

6. To prepare students to communicate effectively through written reports and oral presentations, 
including preparation of professional quality visual aids 



The Biochemistry major program goals are realized in the following student learning outcomes: 

1 . Demonstrate proficiency in laboratory techniques in lower-level courses and proficiency in 
reporting advanced research in upper-level courses 

2. Demonstrate proficiency in researching, completing, and reporting advanced disciplinary 
research 



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3. Demonstrate proficiency in laboratory techniques and in preparing formal laboratory reports 

4. Illustrate professional, ethical, and social responsibilities in the practice of chemistry and 
biochemistry in advanced disciplinary research 

5. Present advanced disciplinary research in paper, poster, and oral presentation to the university's 
consortium group 

Pre-medicine 

This specialization provides excellent preparation for professional studies in medicine, veterinary 
medicine, and related health sciences. It is suggested that BIO 251 and BIO 252 (Comparative Anatomy 
and Histology I, II) be incorporated into the sequence below. In addition, BIO 301 (Gross Anatomy) 
and BIO 302 (Neuroscience) are available as senior electives. 

Biochemistry BS Degree 

Sequence of Required Courses (certain modifications are permitted with approval of the department chair) 



First Year 




First Semester Total Credits 1 7 


CHM 133 


Chemical Principles I 4 


BIO 1 1 1 


Evolution, Genetics & 4 




Ecology 


MTH 151 


Analytic Geometry & 3 




Calculus I 


HIS/POL 


History Core 3 


ENG 151 


University Writing 3 




Seminar 



Second Semester Total Credits 1 7 

CHM 134 Chemical Principles 4 

4 
3 



112 


Cell and Molecular Bio 


1152 


Analytic Geometry & 




Calculus II 


POL 


History Core 




Literature Core 



Sophomore Year 



First Semester Total Credits 16 


Second Semester Total Credits 17 


CHM 243 


Organic Chemistry 


4 


CHM 244 


Organic Chemistry 4 


PHY 221 


Physics I 


4 


PHY 222 


Physics II 4 


BIO 241 


Genetics 


4 


FA 


Fine Arts Core 3 


MTH 225 


Analytic Geometry & 


4 


PHL 100 


Introduction to Philosophy 3 




Calculus III 




CPSSS 


Core 3 


Junior Year 








First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 14 


CHM 353 


Biochemistry I 


3 


CHM 354 


Biochemistry II 3 



CHM 363 
CHM 355 
CHM 350 
FA 



Biochemistry Lab 
Physical Chemistry I 
Chemical Literature 
Fine Arts Core 
CPSSS Core 



CHM 356 Physical Chemistry II 4 

CHM 411 Instrumental Analysis 3 

CHM 412 Instrumental Lab I 1 

PHL Philosophy Core 3 



Summer Total Credits 3 

CHM 490 Chemistry Internship* 3 



cS'2 College of Arts and Sciences Majors 



Senior Year 

First Semester Total Credits 14 Second Semester Total Credits 16 

Major Elective 3 Major Elective 3 

BIO 435 Cell Biology 3 BIO 441 Molecular Genetics 4 

CHM413 Instrumental Lab II 1 Free Elective 3 

CHM 475 Chemistry Seminar 1 Free Elective 3 

CHM 460 Research * 3 RLS Religious Studies Core 3 

RLS 104 World Religions 3 Total required for graduation 126 credits 

Major electives can be taken in either chemistry or biology and include: 

Elective chemistry courses include: Elective biology courses include: 

CHM 410 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry BIO 243 General Microbiology 

CHM 456 Qualitative Organic Analysis BIO 360 Immunology 

CHM 450 Special Topics BIO 480 Biology Research 

BIO 345 Developmental Biology 

* Student's are required to take a minimum of 3 credits of either CHM 490 or CHM 460 for graduation. 



Biology Major 

College of Arts and Sciences 

Degree BS, Biology 

Department Chair Anthony Serino, PhD 

Faculty 

Angela Asirvatham, Associate Professor of Biology, DVM Madras Veterinary College; MS University of 
Wyoming; PhD Kent State University 

Larry Corpus, Assistant Professor of Biology, B A, MA California State University, Sacramento; MS 
Washington State University; PhD Kansas State University 

Frank DiPino, Professor of Biology, BA State University of New York; PhD Marquette University 

Carl J. Konecke, Associate Professor Emeritus of Biology, BS King's College; MS University of Nebraska 

Stanley S. Knapich, Professor Emeritus of Biology, BS Wilkes University; MEd, DEd The Pennsylvania 
State University 

Barbara J. McCraith, Associate Professor of Biology, BS LeMoyne College; MS Winthrop College; PhD 
University of South Carolina 

Evelyn Neunteufel, Assistant Professor of Biology, BS St. Johns University, MS Rutgers University, PhD 
The City University of New York 

Anthony Serino, Associate Professor of Biology, BS MS University of Scranton; PhD The Pennsylvania 
State University 

Cosima B. Wiese, Associate Professor of Biology, BA Bucknell University; MSc. PhD The Pennsylvania 
State University 

The biology program is designed to provide a sound background in the various major areas of the 
biological sciences. Given the rate and nature of the current advances, such a background requires a 
supporting foundation in the physical sciences, mathematics and the other liberal arts in order to 
adequately prepare an individual to pursue a career in the field of biology. A variety of opportunities 
exist for post-graduate employment in the pharmaceutical, agricultural, biotechnology, food, and 
chemical industries as well as in government agencies and universities. 



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With this foundation and the selection of appropriate elective courses, a biology major is prepared for 
post-graduate studies in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, or for graduate 
study in various specialties in the biological sciences such as molecular biology, neurobiology, 
genetics, physiology, developmental biology, botany, microbiology, and ecology. A biology major is 
assigned an advisor who helps plan a program of courses consistent with the student's interest and 
career objectives. Majors in Biology must maintain at least a "B" cumulative average and a GPA of at 
least 3.0 to be recommended to graduate or professional schools. 

Program Goals and Outcomes 

The following are program goals for the Biology major: 

1 . To provide a quality education in the biological sciences. 

2. To stimulate a student's innate curiosity for lifelong learning. 

3. To develop an understanding of the scientific process and its application. 

4. To provide the tools and promote knowledge for future opportunities and endeavors, and to 
develop involved members of the community. 

The Biology major program goals are realized in the following student learning outcomes: 

Outcome Group 1: 

1 . Be able to identify and explain fundamental biological concepts and principles on the 
molecular, cellular, organismal and population levels. 

2. Describe the unifying concepts underlying the diversity of life. 
Outcome Group 2: 

1 . Apply knowledge of biological concepts to formulate questions and hypotheses for research. 

2. Demonstrate ability to find, read, understand, and critically evaluate scientific papers. 
Outcome Group 3: 

1 . Use the scientific method to develop hypotheses, design and execute experiments. 

2. Collect and analyze data. 

3. Communicate findings both orally and in written forms. 

4. Develop experimental skills and techniques used in laboratory and field research. 
Outcome Group 4: 

1 . Recognize their (the students') ability to make positive contributions to the general and/or 
scientific communities. 

2. Promote awareness of job and/or graduate opportunities. 

3. Promote awareness of internship and summer research opportunities during their tenure at MU. 

4. Evaluate and understand human impact on the environment. 

Admissions Requirements: 

Prospective undergraduate applicants must meet both Misericordia University's and the biology 
department's admission criteria. Students must have the following criteria to be considered for 
acceptance into the biology program: 

1 . Completion of at least one year (each) of high school Biology. Chemistry and pre-Calculus. 

2. Minimum combined SAT score of 900. 

3. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. 

The mission of the biology program at Misericordia University is to provide students with a broad- 
based quality education in the biological sciences that will increase their opportunities for research and 



84 College of Arts and Sciences Majors 



graduate studies. The curriculum emphasizes the central principles of biology while also allowing 
students to specialize by selecting upper level courses from three distinct tracks to prepare them for 
diverse career paths in the biological sciences. Experiential learning is built into the biology curriculum 
through investigative laboratory activities in courses and research opportunities with faculty. By doing 
hands-on work through courses and research opportunities, students will learn to develop, carry out and 
analyze experiments using the scientific method while learning specific research techniques, such as 
those used for tissue culture, molecular biology, biochemistry, histology, physiology and biology field 
work. This curricular approach, in conjunction with the supporting courses required by the curriculum, 
provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare for a diverse array of career paths. 
A variety of opportunities exist for postgraduate employment in the pharmaceutical, agricultural, 
biotechnology, food, and chemical industries, as well as in government agencies and universities. In 
addition, biology majors are prepared for post-graduate studies in medicine, veterinary medicine, 
dentistry, podiatry, optometry, or for graduate study in various specialties in the biological sciences 
such as cell and molecular biology, genetics, organismal biology, and ecology. 

The following are suggested curricula for a variety of biology specialities including a BS in Biology, 
BA Biology/Secondary Education, or a BA Biology (Pre-DPT). Minors are also available. The biology 
elective tracks are: I. Cell and Molecular Biology; II. Organismal Biology; and III. Ecology and 
Evolution. 

Students must take six biology electives, with at least one elective in each of the three tracks, and any 
three additional electives: 

Track I: Cell and Molecular Biology 

BIO 241: Genetics (4 credits) 

BIO 243: General Microbiology (4 credits) 

BIO 252: Histology (4 credits) 

BIO 345: Developmental Biology (3 credits) 

BIO 354: Biochemistry II (4 credits) 

BIO 435: Cell Biology (3 credits) 

BIO 441: Molecular Genetics (3 credits) 

BIO 450: Endocrinology (3 credits) 

Track II: Organismal Biology 

BIO 251: Comparative Anatomy (4 credits) 

BIO 252: Histology (4 credits) 

BIO 301: Gross Anatomy (5 credits) 

BIO 311: Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (4 credits) 

BIO 312: Invertebrate Zoology (4 credits) 

BIO 346: General Physiology (4 credits) 

Track III: Ecology and Evolution 

BIO 310: Environmental Biology (4 credits) 
BIO 313: Marine Biology (4 credits) 
BIO 425: Ecology (4 credits) 
BIO 431: Field Biology (3 credits) 



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Biology BS Degree 

Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 

First Semester Total Credits 14 

BIO 1 1 1 Evolution, Genetics & 4 

Ecology 

CHM 133 Chemical Principles I 4 

Core 3 

Core 3 



Sophomore Year 

First Semester 
BIO 201 



Total Credits 15 

4 



Organismal Structure & 

Function 
CHM 243 Organic Chemistry 1 4 

BIO 200 Sophomore Biology 1 

Seminar 
MTH151 Calculus I 3 

Core 3 



Second Semester Total Credits 14 

BIO 1 1 2 Cell and Molecular Biology 4 



CHM 134 


Chemical Principles II 


4 


MTH 095 


Pre-calc or Core 


3 




Core 


3 



Second Semester Total Credits 1 7 

BIO 202 Biological Interactions 4 

CHM 244 Organic Chemistry U 4 

MTH 152 Calculus U 3 

Core 3 

Core 3 



Junior Year 

First Semester Total Credits 14-15 

BIO Elective Track I 3-4 

CHM 353 Biochemistry I 3 

PHY 221 General Physics I 4 

BIO 300 Junior Biology Seminar 1 

Core 3 

Senior Year 

First Semester Total Credits 16-18 

BIO Elective Track III 3-4 

BIO Major elective 



BIO 480 



Free elective 
Research 
Core 
Core 



3-4 
3 
1 

3 
3 



Second Semester Total Credits 14-16 

BIO Elective Track II 3-4 

PHY 222 General Physics H 4 

BIO 480 Research 1-2 

Core 3 

Free elective 3 



Second Semester Total Credits 16-18 

BIO Major elective 3-4 

BIO Major Elective 3-4 

Free elective 3 

BIO 491 Senior Thesis 1 

Core 3 

Core 3 

Minimum credits required for graduation: 120 



Pre-professional Curriculum 

The Pre-professional curriculum is the same as the Biology BS degree with the following exceptions: 

• Students interested in pursuing post-graduate studies in Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, and 
Veterinary Medicine must, at minimum, maintain a GPA of 3.0 (a "B" average) or better in 
order to be recommended to these programs; 

• Additionally, students are required to take the following Biology courses as their first three 
Biology electives: 



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1. BIO 243: Microbiology 

2. BIO 346: General Physiology 

3. Anatomy (either BIO 251: Comparative Anatomy or BIO 301: Gross Anatomy 

Students are advised to find information about graduate studies from the following sources: 

American Dental Association: www.ada.org 
American Medical Association: www.ama-assn.org 
American Optometric Association: www.aoa.org 
American Veterinary Medicine Association: www.avma.org 

Preparation for application to graduate studies in the areas listed above involves a continuous review of 
material covered in all science courses. Such review is imperative for satisfactory performance on the 
entrance exams, such as the Dental Admission Test (DAT), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), 
Optometry Admission Test (OAT), Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT), or the Graduate 
Record Examination (GRE), which are required for admission into these graduate programs. These 
admission tests should be taken in the fall and/or spring of the junior year. 

Suggested Course of Study, B.A. Biology for Pre-DPT 



First Year 

First Semester Total Credits 1 7 

BIO 1 1 1 Evolution, Genetics & 4 
Ecology 

CHM 133 Chemical Principles I 4 

Free elective 3 

Core 3 

Core 3 



Second Semester Total Credits 1 7 

BIO 112 Cell and Molecular Biology 4 

CHM 134 Chemical Principles II 4 

MTH 095 Pre-calc or Core 3 

Core 3 

Core 3 



Summer 



Sophomore Year 

First Semester 
BIO 201 



2 Core courses 



Total Credits 6 
6 



Total Credits 17 
4 



Organismal Structure & 

Function 

CHM 243 Organic Chemistry 1 4 

MTH 151 Calculus I 3 

Core 3 

Core 3 



Second Semester 
BIO 200 



Total Credits 15 

1 



Sophomore Biology 

Seminar 

BIO 202 Biological Interactions 4 

CHM 244 Organic Chemistry II 4 

MTH 152 Calculus II 3 

Free elective 3 



Junior Year 



Summer Total Credits 3-6 

Core course(s) 3-6 



First Semester Total Credits 16-17 

BIO Elective Track I 3-4 

CHM 353 Biochemistry I 3 

PHY 221 General Physics I 4 

Core 3 

Core 3 



Second Semester Total Credits 16-18 

BIO Elective Track II 3-4 

BIO Major elective 3-4 

PHY 222 General Physics II 4 

Free elective 3 

Core 3 



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Senior Year 




First Semester 


Total Credits 13- 




16 


BIO Elective Track III 


3-4 


BIO Major elective 


3-4 


BIO Major elective 


3-4 


Free elective 


1 


Core 


3 



Second Semester 

Begin DPT program 

Minimum credits required for graduation 120 



Chemistry Major 

College of Arts and Sciences 

Degree BS, Chemistry 

Department Chair Charles Saladino, Jr., PhD 

Faculty 

Anna Fedor, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, BS Pennsylvania State University; PhD Syracuse University 

Xuegang Jia, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, BS, MS Harbin Institute of Technology, PhD Southern 
Illinois University 

Larry Pedersen, Professor of Chemistry, BS Clarkson College of Technology ; MS, PhD Yale University 

Charles Saladino, Jr., Associate Professor of Chemistry, BA, MA Hofstra University; PhD Iowa State 
University 

Frank Yepez Castillo, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry, BS Universidad Simon 
Bolivar; PhD The University of Oklahoma 

Chemistry has been called the "central science" because it has applications in so many fields. Graduates 
with a major in chemistry can select from a variety of jobs in the chemical industry, in government 
laboratories, or in medical or agricultural research. In addition, they are prepared for graduate studies in 
chemistry or biochemistry and, with the proper selection of elective courses, for professional studies in 
medicine, veterinary medicine, and related fields. 

At the end of their sophomore year and thereafter, chemistry majors must have and maintain a GPA of 
2.5 in courses required for the major in order to remain in good standing in the program, and a GPA of 
3.0 to be recommended for graduate or professional schools. Students must earn three credits doing 
either a summer internship during their junior year [CHM 490] or by taking research [CHM 460] in (or 
before) the first semester of their senior year. 

Program Goals and Outcomes 

The following are program goals for the Chemistry major: 

1 . To prepare students in the area of chemistry for careers in industry or for study in graduate or 
professional programs. 

2. To teach students to solve problems, to think critically, and to interpret and report data with the 
use of technology. 

3. To familiarize students with chemical literature in multiple formats, including print and 
electronic references and chemical databases. 

4. To help students develop skills for independent and collaborative laboratory practices, 
including lab safety, analytical instrumentation, chemical synthesis, and quantitative analysis. 

5. To promote students' understanding of professional, ethical, and social responsibilities in the 
practice of chemistry and biochemistry. 

6. To prepare students to communicate effectively through written reports and oral presentations, 
including preparation of professional quality visual aids. 



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The Chemistry major program goals are realized in the following student learning outcomes: 

1 . Demonstrate proficiency in laboratory techniques in lower-level courses and proficiency in 
reporting advanced research in upper-level courses. 

2. Demonstrate proficiency in researching, completing, and reporting advanced disciplinary 
research. 

3. Demonstrate proficiency in laboratory techniques and in preparing formal laboratory reports. 

4. Illustrate professional, ethical, and social responsibilities in the practice of chemistry and 
biochemistry in advanced disciplinary research. 

5. Present advanced disciplinary research in paper, poster, and oral presentation to the university's 
consortium group. 



Chemistry BS Degree 

Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 

First Semester Total Credits 16 

CHM 133 Chemical Principles 4 

MTH 1 5 1 Analytic Geometry & 

Calculus I 
HIS/POL History/Political Science 

Core 
ENG 151 University Writing Seminar 

PHL 100 Introduction to Philosophy 



Second Semester Total Credits 16 

CHM 134 Chemical Principles II 4 



3 


MTH 152 


Analytic Geometry & 
Calculus 11 


3 


3 


HIS/POL 


History/Political Science 
Core 


3 


3 


ENG 


Literature Core 


3 


3 


PHL 


Philosophy Core 


3 



Sophomore Year 

First Semester Total Credits 15 

CHM 243 Organic Chemistry I 4 

PHY 221 Physics I 4 

MTH 225 Analytic Geometry & 4 



FA 



Calculus m 
Fine Arts Core 



Second Semester Total Credits 14 

CHM 244 Organic Chemistry II 4 

PHY 222 Physics II 4 

MTH 242 Differential Equations 3 

MTH 115 Statistics 3 



Junior Year 

First Semester 
CHM 355 
CHM 350 
CHM 264 

CPS 101 



Total Credits 16 
4 
1 
5 



Physical Chemistry I 

Chemical Literature 

Inorganic Quantitative 

Analysis 

Introduction To Programming 

CPSSS Core 



Second Semester Total Credits 14 

CHM 356 Physical Chemistry II 4 

CHM 41 1 Instrumental Analysis 3 

CHM 412 Instrumental Lab I 1 

FA Fine Arts Core 3 

CPSSS Core 3 



Summer Elective Total Credits 3 

CHM 490 Chemistry Internship* 3 



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Senior Year 


First Semester 


Total Credits 15 


CHM410 


Advanced Inorganic 3 




Chemistry 


CHM413 


Instrumental Lab II 1 


CHM 475 


Chemistry Seminar 1 


CHM 353 


Biochemistry I 3 


CHM 363 


Biochemistry Laboratory 1 


CHM 460 


Research* 3 


RLS 104 


World Religions 3 



Second Semester Total Credits 15-16 

CHM Chemistry Elective 3/4 



Free Elective 


3 


Free Elective 


3 


Free Elective 


3 


Religious Studies Core 


3 



RLS 

Total required for graduation 122 credits 



Clinical Laboratory Science Major 

College of Arts and Sciences 

Degree BS, Clinical Laboratory Science 

For information contact Anthony Serino, PhD 

Clinical laboratory science (CLS) (formerly Medical Technology) major offers, through its affiliation 
with hospital schools, the opportunity to complete the requirements for a bachelor of science degree in 
four years with a clinical year rotation at an accredited hospital school. CLS majors complete three 
years in a biology-based curriculum on campus, and then apply for acceptance to an affiliated hospital 
program at the end of their fourth semester. Admission to a hospital school program is not guaranteed, 
but Misericordia University maintains a very high success rate. Following the hospital program, the 
student is eligible to sit for the certification examinations offered by the Board of Registry of Clinical 
Laboratory Scientists (or Medical Technologists) and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical 
Laboratory Science (NAACLS). 

The mission of the Clinical Laboratory Science program at Misericordia University is to provide 
students with quality educational experiences that produce a clinical laboratory professional with the 
theoretical knowledge, technical skills and liberal arts education necessary to succeed in the clinical 
laboratory. The program meets or exceeds all requirements of the National Accrediting Agency for 
Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). 

Program Goals and Outcomes 

The following are program goals for the Clinical Laboratory Science major: 

1 . To provide a quality education in the biological sciences 

2. To stimulate a student's innate curiosity for lifelong learning 

3. To develop an understanding of the scientific process and its application 

4. To provide the tools and promote knowledge for future opportunities and endeavors, and to 
develop involved members of the community 

The Clinical Laboratory Science major program goals are realized in the following student learning 
outcomes: 

Outcome Group 1: 

1 . Be able to identify and explain fundamental biological concepts and principles on the 
molecular, cellular, organismal and population levels 

2. Describe the unifying concepts underlying the diversity of life 



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Outcome Group 2: 

1 . Apply knowledge of biological concepts to formulate questions and hypotheses for research 

2. Demonstrate ability to find, read, understand, and critically evaluate scientific papers 
Outcome Group 3: 

1 . Use the scientific method to develop hypotheses, design and execute experiments 

2. Collect and analyze data 

3. Communicate findings both orally and in written forms 

4. Develop experimental skills and techniques used in laboratory and field research 
Outcome Group 4: 

1. Recognize their (the students') ability to make positive contributions to the general and/or 
scientific communities 

2. Promote awareness of job and/or graduate opportunities 

3. Promote awareness of internship and summer research opportunities during their tenure at 
Misericordia University 

4. Evaluate and understand human impact on the environment 

Clinical Laboratory Science BS Degree 

Sequence of Required Courses (Note: Core courses can be taken in any order.) 



First Year 










First Semester Total Credits 1 7 


Second Semester Total Credits 14 


BIO 1 1 1 


Evolution. Genetics & 


4 


BIO 112 


Cell & Molecular Biology 4 




Ecology 




FA 


Core 3 


ENG151 


University Writing Seminar 


3 


HIS/POL 


Core 3 


FA 


Core 


3 


CHM 134 


Chemical Principles II 4 


CHM 133 


Chemical Principles I 


4 






MTH 


Mathematics Bank I 


3 







Sophomore Year 

First Semester Total Credits 1 7 

PHL 100 Intro to Philosophy 3 



Second Semester Total Credits 1 7 

BIO 2 1 2 Anatomy & Physiology II 4 



BIO 211 


Anatomy & Physiology 


4 


CHM 244 


Organic Chemistry II 4 


CHM 243 


Organic Chemistry I 


4 


ENG 


Core 3 


PSY 123 


Intro to Psychology 


3 


PHL 100 


Introduction to Philosophy 3 


RLS 104 


World Religions 


3 


BSS 

* apply to 


Core 3 
hospital at end of sophomore year 


Junior Year 








First Semester Total Credits 1 7 


Second Semester Total Credits 16-17 


MTH 115 


Statistics 


3 


BIO 252 


Histology 4 


HIS 


Core 


3 


BIO 


Elective 3-4 


CHM 353 


Biochemistry I 


4 


RLS 


Core 3 


BIO 243 


Microbiology 


4 




Free elective 3 




Free elective 


3 




Free elective 3 



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Senior Year 

First Semester Total Credits 15 Second Semester Total Credits 15 

CLS400 Clinical Microbiology 8 CLS 402 Clinical Hematology/ 5 

CLS401 Clinical Chemistry 7 Coagulation 

CLS 403 Clinical Immunohematology 4 

CLS 404 Clinical Immunology/ 4 

Serology 
CLS 405 Clinical Seminar 2 

Total required for graduation 126 credits 

Clinical Laboratory Science Associates 

Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 
Program Director Nadine F. Gladfelter, MT (ASCP) 
Medical Director James Eastman, MD 

The Williamsport Hospital Campus. Williamsport, Pennsylvania 
Program Director Loretta Moffatt 
Medical Director William Lubbe, MD 

Robert Packer Hospital. Sayre, Pennsylvania 
Program Director Brian Spezialetti, MS, MT (ASCP) 
Medical Director Joseph King, MD 

Communications Major 

College of Arts and Sciences 
Degree BA, Communications 
Department Chair Melissa Sgroi. EdD 

Faculty 

Dan Kimbrough. Assistant Professor, BS Manchester College. MS Central Michigan University 

Melissa Becker Sgroi. Assistant Professor, BA Kings College: MS Ed, EdD Wilkes University 

The communications major prepares students for careers in areas such as graphic design, public 
relations, still photography, journalism (print, broadcast, and electronic), video and audio production, 
advertising, and writing for print and electronic media. The curriculum is specifically designed to help 
future media professionals develop the multiple skills required in a rapidly evolving and convergent 
media environment. Emphasis is on developing written and oral communication skills, acquiring 
professional-level experience across media platforms, and growing critical thinking skills. 

Majors must complete 33 credits in Communications core courses, and an additional 12 credits in 
Communications elective courses and three credits of additional English coursework. Majors must 
complete three one-credit Practicum courses in newspaper, television, and radio during their first two 
years and one three-credit off campus internship at a professional media organization. The Practicum 
courses and internship provide valuable skills and contact with professionals in the media industry. 

General Requirements 

Incoming first-year students seeking admission as communications majors must meet the general and 
specific requirements as stated in this catalog, including a 2.5 GPA in high school. Where a student 
does not fully meet those requirements, they may become a communications major whenever they 
achieve an overall university GPA of 2.0 or better. Continuation as a communications major requires 
that the student maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 or "C" average, both in the major and in the overall 
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Transfer students must complete all of the requirements listed in the sequence of required courses m 
this catalog. Approval for transfer credits in communications or approval of off-campus courses in 
communications rests with the program director. 

Program Goals and Outcomes 

The following are program goals for the Communications major, in which students will: 

1. Develop interpersonal, group, and public communication skills to work and live in complex 
social systems 

2. Understand concepts and apply theories used for informing, instructing, and persuading through 
communications media 

3. Appreciate the societal impact of mass media products and systems 

4. Understand the ethical considerations involved in mass media practices, procedures, policies, 
and issues 

5. Acquire craft and skill in designing and developing messages for a variety of media platforms 
The Communications major program goals are realized in the following student learning outcomes: 

1 . Demonstrate effective interpersonal, group, and public communication skills 

2. Write clearly and effectively in forms and styles appropriate for the professions, audiences and 
purposes being served 

3. Perform critical evaluations and offer judgments on media products and systems 

4. Demonstrate the use of communication tools and practices both ethically and legally 

5. Conduct research and critically evaluate information using methods appropriate to 
communications professions 

6. Develop expertise across media platforms to craft creative, aesthetically effective messages 
according to media industry standards 

Communications BA Degree 

Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 



First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 


16 


ENG 151 


University Writing Seminar 


3 


ENG 


Core 


3 


HIS 


Core 


3 


HIS 


Core 


3 


CPSSS 


Core 


3 


PHL 100 


Intro to Philosophy 


3 


MTH 


Mathematics Bank I 


3 


MTH 


Mathematic Bank II 


3 


COM 102 


Introduction to Mass 


3 


COM 220 


Journalism I 


3 




Communications 




COM 173 


Practicum 


1 


Sophomore Year 










First Semester Total Credits 16 


Second Semester Total Credits 16 


FA 


Core 


3 




Free Elective 


3 


SCI 


Science Core 


3 


SCI 


Science Core 


3 


PHL 


Core 


3 


CPSSS 


Core 


3 


COM 232 


Video I Production 


3 


COM 217 


Intro to Graphic Design 


3 


COM 215 


Web Design & Production 


3 


COM 222 


Fundamentals of Digital 


3 


COM 272 


Practicum 


1 




Photography 










COM 273 


Practicum 


1 



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Junior Year 



First Semester 



Total Credits 15 
3 



FA Core 

RLS 104 World Religions 

COM 307 Communications Research 

COM 251 Public Relations Principles and 

Practices 

Free elective 



Senior Year 

First Semester 

COM 470 Internship 



COM 
COM 



Major Elective 
Major Elective 
Free Elective 
Free Elective 



Total Credits 15 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 



Second Semester 


Total Credits 15 


RLS Core 


3 


COM Major Elective 


3 


COM Major Elective 


3 


Free Elective 


3 


Free Elective 


3 



Second Semester Total Credits 15 


COM 490 


Senior Seminar 3 


COM 


Major Elective 3 




Free Elective 3 




Free Elective 3 




Free Elective 3 


Total required for graduation 123 credits 



English Major 

College of Arts and Sciences 

Degree BA, English 

Department Chair Rebecca Steinberger, PhD 

Faculty 

W. Scott Blanchard, Professor of English, BA Middlebury College; PhD Columbia University 

Richard A. Boada, Assistant Professor of English, BA Bellarmine University; MA University of Louisville; 
PhD The University of Southern Mississippi 

Amanda Caleb, Assistant Professor of English, B A Davidson College, MA, PhD University of Sheffield 

Patrick L. Hamilton, Associate Professor of English, B A Portland State University; MA University of 
Arkansas; PhD University of Colorado 

Rebecca Steinberger, Professor of English, BA Wilkes College; MA University of Scranton; PhD Indiana 
University of Pennsylvania 

The English curriculum emphasizes the development of critical reading and writing skills as an 
essential preparation for professional life or graduate school. Students in English most often seek 
careers in writing, editing, web design, journalism, law, or teaching at the high school or college level. 
The English major gives students the ability to adapt to different job markets and career changes. In 
addition to its focus on improving writing and analytical skills, the program ensures a familiarity with 
different critical approaches to literature and an understanding of different literary forms, movements, 
and periods. 

Program Goals and Outcomes 

The program in English helps its major to: 

1 . Develop critical reading skills that will allow them to approach primary and secondary sources 
thoughtfully, independently, and with attention to detail. 

2. Develop writing skills that will make them competitive on the job market and prepare them for 
professional life or graduate school. 

3. Develop effective research and documentation skills, including the use and evaluation of 
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4. Understand the development of the English language, its structure and basic elements, and 
linguistic theories that help to explain it. 

5. Develop discussion and oral presentation skills that will allow them to speak effectively in front 
of others. 

6. Acquire a thorough background in English and American literature, and appreciate the 
perspectives of non- Western literature and the literature of under-represented groups in 
Western society. 

7. Become familiar with different critical theories and approaches to literature. 

8. Understand the opportunities open to English majors, and behaviors that will assist them in 
finding employment or entering graduate school. 

The English major program goals are realized in the following student learning outcomes: 

1 . Recognize the cultural movements, genres, key figures, and social/historical forces that shape 
the Western literary tradition 

2. Recognize the cultural movements, genres, key figures, and social/historical forces that shape 
the literary traditions of non-Western society and underrepresented groups in Western society 

3. Construct a clear, original and interesting focus that is enriched by relevant detail/information 

4. Create an organization/structure that is compelling and logical 

5. Write with an appropriate tone and degree of information for the reader(s) 

6. Demonstrate word choice/diction that is appropriate, concise, and interesting 

7. Compose effective and varied sentences that make clear transitions/distinctions among ideas 

8. Effectively use conventions of standard, written English 
Students may choose from two tracks: Literature or Professional Writing. 

The literature track provides students with a firm background in English and American literature, in 
addition to courses in a variety of areas of interest to the faculty. This track has the largest number of 
free electives and allows students to specialize in pre-law, obtain secondary education certification, or 
minor in any area of interest. The literature track also provides excellent preparation for those planning 
to go on to graduate school. 

The professional writing track is designed for those interested in careers in writing and related fields 
such as journalism, feature writing, magazine article writing, publishing, editing, technical writing, 
advertising, script writing for radio and television, screen writing for film, and other kinds of creative 
writing. It is also appropriate for students interested in teaching writing. 

The sequence of required courses below is for the literature track. Requirements for the professional 
writing track are as follows: 12 credits of advanced writing courses, including three credits of ENG 203 
and nine credits selected from ENG 325, ENG 339, ENG 341 (may be taken twice, for up to six 
credits), ENG 343, and ENG 345; six credits of internship at local media outlets, PR offices, etc; 18 
credits of advanced literature, including Shakespeare, at least four 300-level period courses, and at least 
one ENG 415; three credits of either ENG 420 (Senior Seminar) or ENG 450 (Senior Thesis). Students 
in the Writing Track also have to meet the advanced history requirement of two upper-level History 
courses. 

In unusual situations, the English department chair may approve changes in specific course 
requirements. Final approval for transfer credits in English or approval of off-campus courses in 
English rests with the English department chair. 

Specializations 

English majors interested in the legal profession may specialize in pre-law. Misericordia University's 
pre-law specialization was developed in accordance with the Association of American Law Schools, 
which recommends that prospective law students have a broad liberal arts background. The 
combination of English and pre-law makes an excellent preparation for the LSAT. See Pre-law 
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The secondary education program in English prepares students to teach English at the junior-high and 
high-school level. In addition to providing the necessary knowledge base in language and literature, the 
program gives students the skills to identify and assist those with learning disabilities and to use 
technology effectively in the classroom. The program is fully approved by the Pennsylvania 
Department of Education and leads to a teaching certificate valid in Pennsylvania for grades 7 through 
12 which is transferable to many other states. See Secondary Education Program in English for further 
information. 

Internships 

English majors often do internships for credit during their junior and senior years at local media outlets 
and other businesses. These outlets include two daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, several local 
radio stations and public relations offices, and local TV affiliates for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and PBS. 
Internships are available for students in English/Pre-Law at local law offices and offices at the county 
courthouse. Student editors of Instress, the campus literary magazine, may register one time only for a 
total of three internship credits. Their work will be supervised and evaluated by the faculty advisor to 
the magazine. 

General Requirements 

Incoming first-year students seeking admission to the university as English majors must meet the 
general and specific admissions requirements of the university as stated in this catalog. When the 
student does not fully meet those requirements, a personal interview is required. Continuation as an 
English major requires that the student maintain a minimum 2.0 or "C" average, both in the major and 
in the overall grade point average. 

After transfer credits are applied, transfer students must complete all of the remaining English 
requirements as listed in the sequence of required courses in this catalog. 

Recommendations 

To receive a recommendation for graduate school or law school, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 
or "B" average, both in the major and in the overall grade point average. 



English BA Degree 

Sequence of Required Courses 








First Year 










First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 15 


ENG 151 
HIS/POL 
PHL 100 
CPSSS 
MTH 


University Writing Seminar 

Core 

Introduction to Philosophy 

Core 

Mathematics Bank I 


3 
3 
3 
3 
3 


ENG 

HIS 

PHL 

CPSSS 

MTH 


Core 3 
Core 3 
Core 3 
Core 3 
Mathematics Bank II 3 



Sophomore Year 








First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 15 


FA 


Core 


3 


FA 


Core 3 


SCI 


Core 


3 


SCI 


Core 3 


RLS 104 


World Religions 


3 


RLS 


Core 3 


ENG 215 


Shakespeare 


3 


ENG 


300 Level Literature Course 3 


ENG 203 


Advanced Expository or 






Free elective 3 


ENG 341 


Imaginative Writing 


3 







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Junior Year 

First Semester 



ENG 
HIS 

ENG 318 



Advanced History 
Language Studies 
Free elective 
Free elective 



otal Credits 15 


Second Seme 


ster Total Credits 


15 


Course 3 


ENG 


300 Level Literature Course 


3 


3 


ENG 


300 Level Literature Course 


3 


3 




Free elective 


3 


3 




Free elective 


3 


3 




Free elective 


3 



Senior Year 

First Semester 

ENG 300 Level Literature Course 

ENG 420 Senior Seminar or 

ENG 450 Senior Thesis 

ENG 4 1 5 Selected Studies 

Free elective 

Free elective 



Total Credits 15 Second Semester Total Credits 15 

3 ENG 415 Selected Studies 3 

3 HIS Advanced History 3 

Free elective 3 

3 Free elective 3 

3 Free elective 3 

3 Total required for graduation 120 credits 



English, Pre-law 

College of Arts and Sciences 

Degree BA, English 

Department Chair Rebecca Steinberger, PhD 

For information contact Brian F. Carso, JD, PhD 

The Pre-law specialization was developed in accordance with the Association of American Law 
Schools, which recommends that prospective law students have a broad liberal arts background. The 
program provides sound preparation for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and the graduate study 
of law. 

The program has been carefully designed to develop ability in expression and analytical 
comprehension, to afford basic information about human institutions and values, and to cultivate the 
ability to think creatively and critically with thoroughness and independence. 

Students may choose to major in English, history, philosophy, or interdisciplinary studies. Upon 
satisfactory completion of the major program requirements and the Pre-law program requirements, the 
student will earn a bachelor of arts degree in English, history, philosophy, or interdisciplinary studies 
with a Pre-law specialization. 

Pre-law students must fulfill the general and specific requirements of the university and of the specific 
major as stated in the catalog for retention in the program and for recommendation to law school. 

Pre-law students should register at the pre-law director's office, where advice on course selection and 
information concerning the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and law schools can be obtained. 



English Pre-law BA Degree 

Suggested Course of Study, Pre -professional Curriculum 



First Year 



First Semester 



POL 100 



American National 
Government 



Total Credits 3 
3 



Second Semester 

POL 103 Global Politics 



Total Credits 3 
3 



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Sophomore Year 

First Semester 

POL 25 1 Law Seminar I 

Junior Year 



Total Credits 3 
3 



First Semester Total Credits 3 

POL 405 American Constitutional Law I 3 



Senior Year 

First Semester 

POL 450 Law Internship I 

BUS 352 Business Law 



Total Credits 6 
3 
3 



Second Semester 

POL 252 Law Seminar II 



Total Credits 3 
3 



Second Semester Total Credits 3 

POL 406 American Constitutional Law II 3 



Second Semester Total Credits 6 

POL 45 1 Law Internship II 3 

POL Free Elective 3 

The total required for graduation is 120 credits. 



Government, Law and National Security Major 

College of Arts and Sciences 

Degree BA, Government, Law and National Security 
Department Chair David C. Wright, Jr., PhD 
For information contact Brian Carso, Jr, JD. PhD 

The program in Government, Law and National Security (GLNS) at Misericordia University is designed 
to prepare students to enter the expanding national security work force within both government and the 
private sector. Students will achieve an integrated knowledge of political science, legal studies, 
behavioral science, management, history, and national security studies focused on the deterrence, 
detection, and mitigation of domestic and international threats to the public safety. The program equips 
graduates with a solid academic foundation for entry level career employment and mid-level career 
mobility opportunities in broad areas of criminal justice, public safety and security services, 
government and court administration, and legal services. In addition, the GLNS degree will prepare 
students for graduate study in law, government administration, business, and national security studies. 

Program Goals and Outcomes 

The following are program goals for the Government, Law, and National Security major: 

1 . To provide students with an interdisciplinary background in liberal arts. 

2. To broaden students' perspectives on local, national, and international issues 

3. To foster an understanding of the complexity of human motivation and action, by providing a 
critical approach to evaluating past and present events 

4. To promote the development of problem-oriented analysis which can be used to assess and 
address situations among diverse individuals, groups, communities, and organizations 

5. To foster an understanding of human values and moral considerations, and of how to 
incorporate an ethical awareness into problem-solving strategies that reflects the values of 
mercy, justice, service, and hospitality 

6. To afford students the opportunity to develop and increase their capacity for analysis, 
evaluation, and strategic implementation of concepts 

7. To educate students in basic quantitative analysis and interpretation 

8. To familiarize students with American and international political and economic systems and 
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9. To broaden students' political understanding and enhance their ability to interpret the 
significance of political events and to analyze the dynamics of political power 

10. To educate students in the principles and institutions of the American legal system 

1 1. To inculcate in students a broad understanding of national security and its history, concepts, 
institutions, and methods 

12. To enhance students' abilities to synthesize various ideas and perspectives to develop 
explanations, theories of causation, and strategies for conflict and problem resolution 

13. To cultivate the ability to think, write, and speak clearly with thoroughness and independence 

The Government, Law, and National Security major program goals are realized in the following 
student learning outcomes: 



1. 



Evaluate American and international political and economic systems, institutions, issues, and 
activities 



2. Interpret the significance of political significance of political events 

3. Analyze the dynamics of political power 

4. Critically evaluate both historical and current events, with an eye toward the human motivation 
behind them 

5. Develop problem-oriented strategies to address situations among diverse individuals, groups, 
communities, and organizations 

6. Identify the moral dimension of political, economic, and social issues 

7. Develop strategies for problem-solving that incorporate the values of mercy, justice, service, 
and hospitality 

8. Evaluate strategic concepts, using quantitative analytical methods where appropriate 

9. Describe the specific functions of various legal institutions, including law enforcement 
agencies, criminal and civil courts, and administrative agencies 

10. Interpret law and legislation 

11. Evaluate legal and ethical implications of national security methods 

12. Critically analyze the history, concepts, methods, and institutions of national security, broadly 
understood 

13. Synthesize ideas and perspectives to develop explanations, theories of causation, and strategies 
for conflict and problem resolution 

14. Communicate clearly and persuasively both verbally and in writing 

15. Pursue life-long learning, facilitated by a solid foundational understanding of local, national, 
and international governmental, legal, and national security institutions 



Government, Law and National Security BA Degree 

Sequence of Required Courses (for those in the traditional program) 

First Year 



First Semester Total Credits 15 


PSY 123 


Introduction to Psychology 3 


PHL 100 


Introduction to Philosophy 3 


SOC 101/ 


Sociology, Psychology, or 3 


BUS 207 


Econ. 


ENG151 


University Writing Seminar 3 


POL 100 


American National 3 




Government 



Second Semester 


Total Credits 15 




Free Elective 




3 


PHL 200 


Ethical Theory 




3 


HIS 102 


Western Civilization II 


3 


or 


or 






HIS 104 


US History II 






ENG 


Core 




3 


POL 103G 


Global Politics 




3 



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Sophomore Year 

First Semester 

FA 

MTH 



SCI 

PSY 285 
POL 251 



Total Credits 15 
Core 3 

Mathematics Bank I 3 

Core 3 

Communication Skills 3 

Law Seminar I 3 



Junior Year 

First Semester 



Total Credits 15 



POL 405 Constitutional Law I 3 

RLS 104 World Religions 3 

POL 308 Comparative Government 3 

GLNS elective 3 

GLNS elective 3 

Senior Year 

First Semester Total Credits 15 

POL 322 National Security II 3 



Second Semester Total Credits 15 


FA 


Core 3 


MTH 115 


Basic Statistics 3 


SCI 


Core 3 


BUS 208 


Principles of Management 3 


GEO 202 


Cultural Geography 3 



Second Semester Total Credits 15 

POL 406 Constitutional Law II 3 

RLS Core 3 

POL 321 National Security I 3 

GLNS elective 3 

Free elective 3 



Second Semester Total Credits 15 

POL 323 National Security III 3 





GLNS elective 3 






Free elective 3 






Free elective 3 






Free elective 3 




Major Elective s: 




BUS 207 


Contemporary Economics 


3 


BUS 306 


Organizational Behavior 


3 


BUS 415 


International Business 


3 


BUS 465 


Special Topics in Business 


3 


HIS 320 


Selected Studies in History 


3 


HIS 322 


World Wars, Cold War, and Beyond 


3 


HIS 330 


Immigration and American Ethnic History 


3 


HIS 350 


Post- 1945 US History 


3 


ITS 200 


Introduction to IT Security 


3 


PHL 223 


Social Ethics 


3 


PHL 270 


Social and Political Philosophy 


3 


POL 252 


Law Seminar II 


3 


POL 485 


Special Topics in Political Science 


3 


PSY 290 


Psychopathology 


3 


SOC 101 


Comparative Sociology 


3 


SOC 122 


Social Problems 


3 


SOC 221 


Cultural Minorities 

Foreign Language (up to six credits total) 

Criminal Justice (up to six credits total) 


3 



GLNS elective 
Free elective 
Free elective 
Free elective 



Total required for graduation 120 credits 



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History Major 

College of Arts and Sciences 

Degree BA, History 

Department Chair David C. Wright, Jr., PhD 

Faculty 

Allan W. Austin, Professor of History and Government, BA, MA Bowling Green State University; PhD 
University of Cincinnati 

Brian F. Carso, Jr., Associate Professor of History and Government, B A, MA University of Rochester; JD 
State University of NY at Buffalo, School of Law; PhD Boston University 

Donald O. Fries, Professor Emeritus of History and Government, BA, MA, University of Michigan; PhD 
Michigan State University 

Thomas Hajkowski, Associate Professor of History and Government, B A Seton Hall University; MA 
Villanova University, PhD Northwestern University 

Louis Maganzin, Professor Emeritus of History and Government, B A St. Bonaventure; MA, PhD 
Georgetown University 

Christopher A. Stevens, Assistant Professor of History and Government, BA University of Massachusetts- 
Amherst; MA University of Delaware; PhD Brandeis University 

Amanda L. Van Lanen, Assistant Professor of History and Government, B A Southern Adventist University; 
MA, PhD Washington State University 

David C. Wright, Jr., Professor of History and Government, BA Kenyon College; MA, PhD University of 
Wisconsin-Madison 

Following a major course of study in history provides a student with a strong liberal arts background. 
The study of history can broaden a student's perspective on local, national, and international issues. It 
fosters an understanding of the complexity of human motivation and action, providing a critical 
approach to looking at the past. The history program cultivates the ability to think, write, and speak 
clearly with thoroughness and independence. 

History majors must fulfill the core curriculum requirements in addition to completing 33 credits in 
history. Advanced history courses require six credits of core history/political science courses as 
prerequisites. 

General Requirements 

Incoming first-year students seeking admission as history majors must meet the general and specific 
admissions requirements of the university as stated in this catalog. In cases where the student does not 
fully meet them, a personal interview is required. 

Continuation as a history major requires that the student maintain a minimum of a 2.0 or "C" average in 
the major and a similar total grade point average. A student on academic probation for two consecutive 
semesters will be dismissed from the major. 

Transfer students must complete all the history requirements as listed in the sequence of courses in this 
catalog. 

Internship 

Internships for history majors are assigned on the basis of availability. Pre-law internships are required 
as a part of the pre-law specialization. Majors who desire to pursue internships must receive prior 
approval of the department chair or work out the details with the pre-law advisor. Internships may only 
be taken if the student has a "B" average in the major and is a fully accredited junior or senior. 

Recommendation 

To receive a recommendation for graduate study or law school, the student must maintain the minimum 
of a "B" in the major, pre-law specialization, and total grade point average. 



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Program Goals and Outcomes 

The following are program goals for the History major, in which students will: 

1 . Broaden perspectives on local, national, and international issues 

2. Understand the complexity of human motivations 

3. Provide a critical approach to looking at the past 

4. Cultivate writing and oral communication skills 

5. Foster cultural understanding 

The History major program goals are realized in the following student learning outcomes: 

1 . Students will identify major events in local, national, and international history 

2. Students will identify different historical perspectives 

3. Students will be able to analyze primary and secondary sources 

4. Students will use historic evidence to make an argument 

5. Majors will write a research paper that asks a significant historical question 

6. Majors will present historical arguments and analysis in an oral presentation 

7. Majors will identify key attributes of global regions 

History BA Degree 

Sequence of Required Courses (without specialization or certification) 



First Year 




First Semester Total Credits 15 


HIS 101 


Western Civilization I 3 


MTH 


Mathematics Bank I 3 


ENG 151 


University Writing Seminar 3 


PHL 100 


Introduction to Philosophy 3 


POL 100 


American Natl. Government 3 


Sophomore Year 


First Semester Total Credits 15 


FA 


Core 3 


SCI 


Core 3 


CPSSS 


Sociology, Psych., or Econ. 3 


Core 




HIS 103 


United States History I 3 




Free elective 3 


Junior Year 


First Semester Total Credits 15 


HIS 405 


Seminar on History 3 


RLS 104 


World Religions 3 


HIS 210 


History of England or Britain 3 


HIS/POL 


Free elective 3 




Free elective 3 



Second Semester Total Credits 15 

HIS 102 Western Civilization II 3 

MTH Mathematics Bank II 3 

ENG Core 3 

PHL Core 3 

POL 103G Global Politics 3 



Second Semester Total Credits 15 


FA 


Core 3 


SCI 


Core 3 


CPSSS 


Sociology, Psych., or Econ. 3 


Core 




HIS 104 


United States History II 3 




Free elective 3 



Second Semester Total Credits 15 

HIS 49 1 Research Seminar 3 

RLS Core 3 

HIS Free elective 3 

HIS Free elective 3 

Free elective 3 



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Senior Year 

First Semester 

HIS 

ENG 

HIS/POL 



Total Credits 15 
Free elective 3 

Advanced elective 3 

Free elective 3 

Free elective 3 

Free elective 3 



Second Scttu 


ster Total Credits 


15 


HIS/POL 


Free elective 


3 


ENG 


Advanced elective 


3 


SOC221 


Cultural Minorities 


3 


GEO 202 


Cultural World Geography 


3 




Free elective 


3 


Total required for graduation 120 credits 





History Major Pre-law Specialization 

Degree BA, History 

Department Chair David C. Wright, Jr., PhD 

For information contact Brian F. Carso, JD, PhD 

The pre-law specialization was developed in accordance with the Association of American Law 
Schools, which recommends that prospective law students have a broad liberal arts background. The 
program provides sound preparation for the Law School Admission Test and the graduate study of law. 

History Pre-law Specialization Degree 

Suggested Course of Study 

First Year 



First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 15 


HIS 101 


Western Civilization I 3 


HIS 102 


Western Civilization II 3 


PHL 100 


Introduction to Philosophy 3 


PHL 


Core 3 


CPSSS 


Sociology, Psychology, or 3 


CPSSS 


Sociology, Psychology, or 3 


Core 


Econ. 


Core 


Econ. 


ENG 


Core 3 


ENG 


Core 3 


POL 100 


American National 3 
Government 


POL 103 


Global Politics 3 


Sophomore Year 






First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 15 


FA 


Core 3 


FA 


Core 3 


MTH 


Mathematics Bank I 3 


MTH 


Mathematics Bank II 3 


SCI 


Core 3 


SCI 


Core 3 


HIS 103 


United States History I 3 


HIS 104 


United States History II 3 


POL 251 


Law Seminar I 3 


POL 252 


Law Seminar II 3 


Junior Year 






First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 15 


HIS 405 


Seminar on History 3 


HIS 491 


Research Seminar 3 


RLS 


Core 3 


RLS 


Core 3 


HIS 210 


History of England or Britain 3 


HIS 


Free Elective 3 


POL 405 


American Constitutional Law I 3 


POL 406 


American Constitutional Law 3 




Free elective 3 




II 

Free elective 3 



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Senior Year 

First Semester Total Credits 15 

HIS Free Elective 3 

ENG Advanced Elective 3 

SOC221 Cultural Minorities 3 

POL 450 Law Internship I 3 

BUS 352 Business Law 3 

Second Semester Total Credits 15 



HIS/POL 


Free Elective 


3 


ENG 


Advanced Elective 


3 


GEO 202 


Cultural World Geography 


3 


POL 451 


Law Internship II 


3 


POL 


Advanced Elective 


3 



The total required for graduation 120 credits 



History Major Secondary Education Certification 

Degree BA, History 

Department Chair David C. Wright, Jr., PhD 

The Secondary Education Program in Citizenship is designed to prepare students to become secondary 
school social studies teachers, including equipping them with the skills to identify and assist students 
with learning disabilities. The emphasis is on history, along with a number of courses in political 
science, geography, sociology, anthropology, and economics. This program has been continually 
refined to keep pace with developments in the field of education. Fully approved by the Pennsylvania 
Department of Education, this program leads to a teaching certificate valid in Pennsylvania (grades 7- 
12) and transferable to many other states. See history/secondary education for further information. 



Interdisciplinary Studies Major 

College of Arts and Sciences 
Student-designed Major 
Degree BA or BS, Interdisciplinary Studies 
For information contact Mark Painter, PhD 

This degree is available to students who have an interest in designing their own major program of study 
under the mentorship of an assigned faculty advisor. Courses can be selected across program lines and 
among several cooperating higher educational institutions. Independent study opportunities can be 
designed between students and interested faculty; guided internships can also be arranged. Each student 
must develop a major specialization (at least 30 credits of upper-level courses) and a minor 
specialization (at least 15 credits). These specializations may include courses from a variety of 
traditional programs and from any of the cooperating institutions. The specific designation for each 
specialization will be mutually determined by the student and the department chair. 

Program Goals and Outcomes 

The following are program goals for the Interdisciplinary Studies major, in which students will: 

1 . Develop an individualized program of study tailored to individual student needs 

2. Gain insights across academic disciplines 

3. Develop major and minor academic specializations 

Student learning outcomes for the Interdisciplinary Studies major are unique to each student's 
individual learning plan developed with the faculty advisor. 



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Interdisciplinary Studies BA or BS Degree 

Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 



First Semester 


Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 15 


Core 


3 


Core 3 


Core 


3 


Core 3 


Core 


3 


Core 3 


Core 


3 


Core 3 


Foreign Language 


I 3 


Foreign Language II 3 


Sophomore Year 






First Semester 


Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 15 


Core 


3 


Core 3 


Core 


3 


Core 3 


Core 


3 


Core 3 


MAJOR Specialization 


6 


MAJOR Specialization 6 


Junior Year 






First Semester 


Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 15 


MAJOR Specialization 


6 


MAJOR Specialization 6 


MINOR Specialization 


3 


MINOR Specialization 3 


Core 


3 


Core 3 


Elective 


3 


Elective 3 


Senior Year 






First Semester 


Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 15 


MAJOR Specialization 


3 


MAJOR Specialization 3 


MINOR Specialization 


6 


MINOR Specialization 3 


Free elective 


6 


Free elective 9 
Total required for graduation 120 credits 



Mathematics Major 

College of Arts and Sciences 
Degree BS or BA, Mathematics 
Department Chair Jay Stine, PhD 

Faculty 

Jerry Bradford, Associate Professor of Mathematics, BA Indiana Wesleyan University; MS, PhD The 
University of Iowa 

Jay Stine, Associate Professor in Mathematics. BA Shippensburg University; MS, PhD, University of Miami 

Steven J. Tedford, Associate Professor in Mathematics, BA, MS Marist College, PhD Binghamton 
University 

Patrick Touhey, Professor of Mathematics, BA Fordham University; PhD City University of New York 

Mathematics has been called the queen of the sciences. In recent years, the increased use of statistics 
and quantitative methods, combined with the computer revolution, have caused mathematics to pervade 
not only the physical sciences, but the life and social sciences as well. Mathematical techniques are 
widely used in research, in industry, manufacturing, commerce, and government. Recognizing these 
broad applications, this major in mathematics was designed to expose students to both classical and 
contemporary areas. 



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The mathematics major prepares students for careers in business, industry or government, or for future 
study in graduate or professional school. 

Students may choose to pursue either a BS or BA degree in mathematics. The required mathematics 
courses for either degree are the same. Students who choose a BA must complete PHY 221-222; those 
choosing a BS must complete PHY 221-222 and either CHM 133-134 or BIO 111-112. 

Upper-level courses are offered in alternate years (see course descriptions for details), so that a 
student's schedule may not follow this sequence exactly. The above would be typical for a traditional 
first-year student whose first semester begins in the fall of an odd numbered year (e.g., 2007). 

Program Goals and Outcomes 

The following are program goals for the Mathematics major, in which students will: 

1 . Think critically, reason analytically, and solve problems creatively. 

2. Be competent mathematically. 

3. Respect and understand the culture, philosophy, and history of Mathematics. 

4. Think and act mathematically in order to pursue a life-time of learning. 

5. Succeed in their careers; in business, industry, government, or teaching as well as in graduate or 
professional schools. 

6. Teach according to national recommendations for the teaching of Mathematics (Secondary 
Education majors). 

The Mathematics major program goals are realized in the following student learning outcomes: 

1 . Explain inferential statistics. 

2. Calculate the derivatives of a variety of functions. 

3. Evaluate arguments. 

4. Utilize course related mathematical concepts and theories. 

5. Solve applied problems via integral calculus. 

6. Solve problems in naive set theory. 

7. Compute basic Riemann integrals; utilize the fundamentals of power series expansions. 

8. Solve equations in polynomial rings. 

9. Demonstrate success in careers, business, industry, government, or teaching, as well as in 
graduate or professional school. 

10. Pass the Mathematics: Content Knowledge (PRAXIS II Secondary Education Mathematics) 
examination at an acceptable level (Secondary Education majors). 

Mathematics BS or BA Degree 

Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 

First Semester Total Credits 15 

CPS 101 Intro, to Programming 

MTH151 Calculus I 

Core 

Core 

Core 






5 


Second Semester Total Credits 15 


3 


CPS 121 


Computer Programming 3 


3 


MTH 152 


Calculus II 3 


3 




Core 3 


3 




Core 3 


3 




Core 3 



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Sophomore Year 

First Semester Total Credits 17 

MTH 225 Calculus III 4 

MTH 244 Set Theory and Logic 3 

PHY 221 General Physics I 4 

Core 3 

Core 3 



Second Semester Into! Credits 16 

MTH 363 Abstract Algebra I 3 

MTH 215 Mathematical Statistics 3 

PHY 222 General Physics II 4 

Core 3 

Core 3 



Junior Year 

First Semester Total Credits 16 

MTH 364 Abstract Algebra II 3 



MTH 241 


Linear Algebra 


MTH 


Free elective 




Core 




Free elective 



Second Semester Total Credits 16 

MTH 341 Real Analysis I 3 



3 


MTH 242 


Differential Equations 


3 


3 




Core 


3 


3 




Core 


3 


4 




Free elective 


4 



Senior Year 



First Semester 


Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 12 


MTH 342 


Real Analysis II 


3 






Free elective 3 




Free elective 


3 






Free elective 3 


MTH 480 


Independent Study 


3 






Core 3 




Free elective 


3 






Free elective 3 




Core 


3 


Total 


required for graduation 122 credits 



Medical Science Major 

College of Arts and Sciences 
Degree BS, Medical Science 
Department Chair Scott L. Massey, PhD 

Faculty 

Darci L. Brown, Assistant Professor, BS Buffalo State College, MSPAS Arcadia University 

Stanley J. Dudrick, Professor, BS Franklin and Marshall College, MD University of Pennsylvania School of 
Medicine 

Scott L. Massey, Professor, AS Kettering College of Medical Arts, BS Regents College, MS University of 
Dayton, PhD Andrews University 

Balancing strong preparation in the life sciences with an intensive year of pre-clinical education, 
Misericordia University's Bachelor of Science in Medical Science (BSMS) provides students with 
nationally-normed science prerequisites for pursuing physician assistant education. The program 
engages students in a sequence of specialized, medically-based courses that provides strong preparation 
for work in a physician assistant studies program at the graduate level. Freshman students are accepted 
to the BSMS program each fall in cohorts of 20. To receive the BSMS, students complete a curriculum 
of 125-131 semester hours. 

Faculty teaching in the program include the eminent surgeon and research scientist Stanley J. Dudrick. 
MD, veteran physician assistants, and gifted researchers and teachers from the university's Biology and 
Chemistry/Biochemistry departments. 

The mission of the Misericordia University pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Medical Science 
program is to prepare exceptional students for success in graduate degree work in Physician Assistant 
studies. Graduates will achieve their maximum potential as able, caring, compassionate, competent. 



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idealistic pre-professionals. The program's educational environment will promote an ethos of service, 
responsibility, morals and ethics, a quest for excellence, and an avid desire for self-directed lifelong 
learning in a spiritually enriched environment, while preparing students to apply evidence-based 
knowledge. 

Program graduates will exhibit honesty, communication skills, talents, dedication, self-discipline, 
initiative, resourcefulness, and judgment as pre-professional Physician Assistant Studies candidates. 
Graduates will be dedicated to their patients and communities, showing respect for the dignity, worth, 
and rights of others, while serving with integrity, accountability, and trust as developing leaders in an 
evolving profession, and as potential advocates and innovators for augmenting, complementing, and 
advancing the quality, accessibility, and transformation of the healthcare system. 

Progression from the third year of Misericordia University's Bachelor of Science in Medical Science to 
the didactic year of the proposed program is open to matriculants of the undergraduate curriculum who 
have met, or will have met, by the end of the summer semester prior to fall semester didactic year 
coursework the following pre-requisites: 

• All required science courses, electives, and core curriculum courses completed prior to entrance 
into didactic coursework. 

• A minimum average of 3.0 in required science courses. 

• A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. 

• A minimum grade of C minus in all courses at the 100 through 400 levels. 

• Maintenance of good academic standing, as defined by the university. 

• No record of university disciplinary sanction. 

• Satisfactory Level 1 Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen. 

• Successful completion of an interview with and positive recommendation from program 
principal faculty. 

• Demonstration to program principal faculty of ability to meet the following technical standards 
in timed settings and under stressful conditions: 

• Sufficient capacity for observation in academic, clinical, and other medical settings; 
functional vision, hearing, and tactile sensation sufficient to observe a patient's 
condition and perform procedures regularly required during a physical examination. 

• Sufficient skills to communicate verbally and in writing in academic and healthcare 
settings. 

• Sufficient motor function to carry out movements necessary for patient diagnosis and 
care; for free movement in patient care and between facilities and buildings in 
academic and healthcare environments; physical stamina to complete didactic and 
clinical coursework. 

• Sufficient intellectual ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize, in 
the context of medical problem-solving and patient care. 

• Sufficient emotional health and stability required for exercising good judgment and 
promptly completing all academic and patient care responsibilities. 

Program Goals and Outcomes 

The following are program goals for the Medical Science major, in which students will: 

1 . Develop a basic scientific foundation for learning to organize, integrate, interpret, and present 
clinical data. 

2. Develop critical thinking and evaluation skills. 

3. Develop a basic scientific approach to normal human health and development. 



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4. Develop effective communication and teamwork skills. 

5. Promote cross-cultural and socioeconomic sensitivity and emphasize the fundamental 
importance of ethical behavior in basic scientific and medical practice. 

6. Develop introductory knowledge of the Physician Assistant profession. 

7. Develop knowledge of basic scientific concepts to facilitate understanding of the medical 



s. 



Develop a basic scientific foundation for learning to perform a complete human physical 
examination. 



9. Upon graduation, be prepared to enter an accredited graduate-level Physician Assistant 
program. 

The Medical Science major program goals are realized in the following student learning outcomes: 

1 . Recognize the pathology of human disease by system and specialty. 

2. Present orally and in writing a medical history for assigned human patients. 

3. Perform a physical examination on an assigned adult patient. 

4. Present orally and in writing physical examination findings about assigned human patients. 

5. Demonstrate pharmacologic and therapeutic skills appropriate to introductory level Physician 
Assistant studies. 

6. Display a working knowledge of major anatomical regions and structures of the human body. 

7. With regard to human physiology and pathophysiology, explain interrelationships of function 
and dysfunction at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, and systemic levels. 

8. Recognize the role of genetic factors in health and disease. 

9. Analyze the socio-behavioral aspects of medical practice. 

10. Examine ethical concepts as they relate to practical decision-making and problem-solving in 
medical practice. 

Medical Science BS Degree 

Sequence of Required Courses 



First Year 

First Semester Total Credits 14 

BIO 1 1 1 Evolution, Genetics & 4 

Ecology 

CHM 133 Chemical Principles I 4 

Core Math Bank I 3 

ENG 151 University Writing Seminar 3 



Second Semester 



Total Credits 1 7 



BIO 112 Cell and Molecular Biology 4 

CHM 134 Chemical Principles II 4 

Core Math Bank II 3 

Core English Core 3 

Core Behavioral Science Core 3 



Sophomore Year 

First Semester 



Total Credits 17 



BIO 2 1 1 Anatomy & Physiology I 4 

CHM 243 Organic Chemistry 1 4 

HIS Core 3 

PHL 100 Introduction to Philosophy 3 

RLS 104 World Religions 3 



Second Semester Total Credits 17 

BIO 212 Anatomy & Physiology II 4 

CHM 244 Organic Chemistry II 4 

Behavioral Science Core 3 

HIS Core 3 

PHL Core 3 



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Junior Year 

First Semester Total Credits 12-16 

CHM 353 Biochemistry I 3 

BIO Required BIO elective 3-5 

BIO Required BIO elective 3-5 

FA Core 3 



Second Semester Total Credits 13-15 

BIO 243 General Microbiology 4 

BIO Required BIO elective 3-5 

FA Core 3 

RLS Core 3 



Selection of required Biology elective courses 
Choose three of the following 

BIO 241 Genetics 4 

BIO 252 Histology 4 

BIO 302 Neuroscience 4 

BIO 345 Developmental Biology 4 

BIO 435 Cell Biology 3 

BIO 441 Molecular Genetics 4 

BIO 450 Endocrinology 3 

Selection of required Biology elective courses 
Choose three of the following: 



BIO 241 


Genetics 


4 






BIO 252 


Histology 


4 






BIO 302 


Neuroscience 


4 






BIO 345 


Developmental Biology 


4 






BIO 435 


Cell Biology 


3 






BIO 441 


Molecular Genetics 


4 






BIO 450 


Endocrinology 


3 






Senior Year 








First Semester Total Credits 18 


Second Semester Total Credits 18 


PA 526 


Introduction to the Profession 


1 


PA 527 


Health Care Issues I 2 


PA 530 


Clinical Medicine I 


5 


PA 531 


Clinical Medicine II 6 


PA 538 


Patient Assessment I 


4 


PA 539 


Patient Assessment II 4 


PA 541 


Pharmacology I 


2 


PA 542 


Pharmacology II 3 


PA 544 


Gross Clinical Anatomy 


3 


PA 547 


Pathophysiology II 3 


PA 546 


Pathophysiology I 


2 


Minimum credits required for graduation: 


PA 560 


Clinical Genetics 


1 


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Philosophy Major 

College of Arts and Sciences 
Degree BA, Philosophy 
Department Chair Mark Painter, PhD 

Faculty 

Mark Painter, Professor of Philosophy, BA Evergreen State College; MA University of North Texas; PhD 
University of Missouri 

Melanie Shepherd, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, B A Hanover College, PhD The Pennsylvania State 
University 

Matthew L. Swanson, Associate Professor of Philosophy. BA, MA, PhD University of Missouri 



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This program presents philosophy as an integral life activity growing out of a deep and passionate 
concern with life and its meaning and the recognition that the traumatic changes that mark an age and 
affect all people involve philosophical issues. In its academic mode, philosophy is noted for cultivating 
those dispositions and aptitudes requisite for critical thinking and sound judgment. In this function, it 
provides the strongest preparation for rational living and intelligent participation in contemporary 
discussions about issues such as freedom, justice, personal authenticity, morality, and political 
legitimacy. 

Pre-Law Specialization 

The pre-law specialization was developed in accordance with the Association of American Law 
Schools, which recommends that prospective law students have a broad liberal arts background. The 
program represents sound preparation for the Law School Admissions Test and the study of law. 

General Requirements 

Philosophy majors must complete 24 credits in philosophy beyond the six credits that satisfy core 
requirements, and maintain a 2.00 (C grade) average overall and in the major. They are also required to 
take Introduction to Logic (PHL 105), Ethical Theory (PHL 200) and the four upper level historical 
courses: Ancient Philosophy (PHL 320), Early Modern Philosophy (PHL 330), 19th Century 
Philosophy (PHL 340) and 20th Century Philosophy (PHL 430). A proficiency in a foreign language is 
advisable. 

A large number of free electives allows students flexibility in personalizing their studies. Majors can, 
with approval of their advisors, either select from various minors and areas of concentration, pursue 
double majors, or select clusters of advanced courses from different disciplines in pursuit of more 
integrated understanding. 

Program Goals and Outcomes 
Students majoring in Philosophy will: 

1 . Develop and apply the skills necessary to critically analyze philosophical and ethical 
arguments. 

2. Develop and apply the skills necessary to effectively write about philosophical arguments. 

3. Understand the main historical figures and movements in philosophy. 

4. Develop the ability to deal responsibly with social and political issues. 

5. Develop the ability to appreciate the cultural contexts of philosophical ideas. 

6. Develop the skills necessary to speak publically about philosophical ideas in a clear, 
responsive, articulate manner with respect for divergent opinions. 

The Philosophy major program goals are realized in the following student learning outcomes: 

1. Students will critically analyze philosophical and ethical arguments in terms of content, logical 
structure and reasoning. 

2. Students will write effectively about philosophical arguments. 

3. Students will demonstrate a comprehensive and clear understanding of the main historical 
figures and movements in philosophy. 

4. Students will demonstrate an appreciation of the cultural contexts of philosophical ideas in 
written and oral presentations and discussions. 

5. Students will demonstrate the ability to deal responsibly with social and political issues in 
written and oral presentations and discussions. 

6. Students will speak publically about philosophical ideas in a clear, responsive, articulate 
manner with respect for divergent opinions. 



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Philosophy BA Degree 

Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 

First Semester Total Credits 15 

PHL 100 Introduction to Philosophy 3 



Total Credits 15 
3 
3 
3 
3 



Core 
Core 
Core 
Core 

Sophomore Year 

First Semester 

Free elective 

Free elective 

Core 

Core 
PHL 105 Introduction to Logic 3 

Junior Year 

First Semester Total Credits 15 

PHL 320 Ancient Philosophy 3 

Free elective 

Free elective 

Free elective 

Core 

Senior Year 

First Semester Total Credits 15 

PHL 340 1 9th Century Philosophy 



PHL 



Major elective 
Free elective 
Free elective 
Free elective 



Philosophy, Pre-law 



Second Semester Total Credits 15 

PHL 200 Ethical Theory 3 



Core 


3 


Core 


3 


Core 


3 


Core 


3 


Second Semester 


Total Credits 15 


Free elective 


3 


Free elective 


3 


Core 


3 


Core 


3 


PHL Major elective 


3 



Second Semester Total Credits 15 

PHL 330 Early Modern Philosophy 3 



3 




Free elective 3 


3 




Free elective 3 


3 




Free elective 3 


3 




Core 3 


'5 


Second Semester Total Credits 15 


3 


PHL 430 


20th Century Philosophy 3 


3 


PHL 


Major elective 3 


3 




Free elective 3 


3 




Free elective 3 


3 




Free elective 3 



Total required for graduation 120 credits 



Degree BA, Philosophy 

Department Chair Mark Painter, PhD 

For information contact Brian F. Carso, JD, PhD 

The pre-law specialization was developed in accordance with the Association of American Law 
Schools, which recommends that prospective law students have a broad liberal arts background. The 
program represents sound preparation for the Law School Admission Test and the graduate study of 
law. 

The program has been carefully designed to develop ability in expression and analytical 
comprehension, to afford basic information about human institutions and values, and to cultivate the 
ability to think creatively and critically with thoroughness and independence. 



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Students may choose to major in English, history, philosophy, or interdisciplinary studies. Upon 
satisfactory completion of the major program requirements and the pre-law program requirements, the 
student will earn a bachelor of arts degree in English, history, philosophy, or interdisciplinary studies 
with a pre-law specialization. 

Pre-law students must fulfill the general and specific requirements of the university and of the specific 
major as stated in the catalog for retention in the program and for recommendation to law school. 

Pre-law students should register with the pre-law director, who can provide advice on course selection 
and information concerning the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and law schools can be obtained. 



Philosophy Pre-law BA Degree 

Suggested Course of Study, Pre-professional Curriculum 



First Year 

First Semester Total Credits 3 

POL 100 American National Government 3 



Second Semester 

POL 103 Global Politics 



Total Credits 3 
3 



Sophomore Year 

First Semester 

POL 251 Law Seminar I 



Total Credits 3 
3 



Second Semester 

POL 252 Law Seminar II 



Total Credits 3 

3 



Junior Year 

First Semester Total Credits 3 

POL 405 American Constitutional Law I 3 



Second Semester Total Credits 3 

POL 406 American Constitutional Law II 3 



Senior Year 

First Semester 

POL 450 Law Internship 

BUS 352 Business Law 



Total Credits 6 Second Semester Total Credits 6 

3 POL 451 Law Internship II 3 

3 POL Free Elective 3 

Total required for graduation 120. 



Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies 

College of Arts and Sciences 

Degree MS in Physician Assistant Studies 

Department Chair Scott L. Massey, PhD 

Faculty 

Darci L. Brown, Assistant Professor, BS Buffalo State College, MSPAS Arcadia University 

Abigail Davis, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, BS, MS Marywood University 

Stanley J. Dudrick, Professor, BS Franklin and Marshall College, MD University of Pennsylvania School of 
Medicine 

Scott L. Massey, Professor, AS Kettering College of Medical Arts, BS Regents College, MS University of 
Dayton, PhD Andrews University 

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) degree at Misericordia University is an 
intensive 24-month, year-round program designed for students who hold a bachelor's degree and meet 
other entrance requirements or are enrolled in the BSMS 3+2 program. 



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Misericordia University's Bachelor of Science in Medical Science (BSMS) 3+2 program provides 
students with nationally-normed science prerequisites for pursuing physician assistant education. The 
program engages students in a sequence of specialized, medically-based courses that provides strong 
preparation for work in a physician assistant studies program at the graduate level. Freshman students 
are accepted to the BSMS program each fall in cohorts of 20. To receive the BSMS, students complete 
a curriculum of 125-131 semester hours. 

Progression from the third year of Misericordia University's Bachelor of Science in Medical Science to 
the didactic year of the proposed program is open to matriculants of the undergraduate curriculum who 
have met, or will have met, by the end of the summer semester prior to fall semester didactic year 
coursework and the pre-requisites listed. 

Professional Phase: 

The first (or didactic) year, is comprised of basic medical and clinical sciences that prepare students to 
enter the clinical, or second, year. In the clinical year, students perform nine five-week clinical 
clerkships in a variety of professional settings and geographic locations throughout Pennsylvania and 
surrounding states, to ensure that they amass a wide range of learning experiences. 

Working directly with patients under professional supervision, students learn to evaluate and treat 
medical problems in ambulatory medicine, long-term care, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, 
surgery, women 's health, and emergency medicine. In a classroom setting, students also prepare for 
entering the PA profession, including successful completion of the Physician Assistant National 
Certifying Examination (PANCE) and successful completion of an objective standardized clinical 
examination (OSCE) in order to demonstrate competency in interpersonal skills, comprehensive 
physical examination skills and professional bearing. 

Delivered in on-campus laboratories as well as off-campus supervised clinical settings, the new 
curriculum is coordinated with relevant practice to provide students an integrated learning experience. 
The curriculum is aligned with national norms articulated by the Accreditation Review Commission on 
Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), in its Accreditation Standards for Physician Assistant 
Education, 4th edition. 

Mission 

The mission of the Misericordia University Physician Assistant program is to provide opportunities for 
exceptional students to acquire the highest quality cognitive education and training experience in an 
atmosphere of academic excellence. Graduates will achieve their maximum potential as able, caring, 
compassionate, competent, idealistic professionals. The program's educational environment will 
promote an ethos of service, responsibility, morals and ethics, a quest for excellence, and an avid desire 
for self-directed lifelong learning in a spiritually enriched environment, while preparing students to 
apply evidence-based knowledge. 

Program graduates will exhibit honesty, communication skills, talents, dedication, self-discipline, 
initiative, resourcefulness, and judgment as collaborating clinical practitioners. Graduates will be 
dedicated to their patients and communities, showing respect for the dignity, worth, and rights of 
others, while serving with integrity, accountability, and trust as leaders in an evolving profession, and 
as advocates and innovators dedicated to augmenting, complementing, and advancing the quality, 
accessibility, and transformation of the healthcare system. 

Program Goals and Outcomes 

The following are program goals for graduates of the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies 
(MSPAS) curriculum: 

Goal 1: Develop the ability to perform a complete physical examination and to organize, inte-grate, 
interpret, and present clinical data in a clear, concise manner. 



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Goal 2: Support effective and sensitive communication with patients. 

Goal 3: Develop critical thinking and evaluative skills. 

Goal 4: Develop effective communication and teamwork skills with healthcare teams. 

Goal 5: Provide a comprehensive approach to normal human health and development, hoth physical and 
mental. 

Goal 6: Provide an explanation and demonstration of the skills needed to assess core diseases 
encountered in primary care. 

Goal 7: Integrate diagnostic assessment skills with knowledge of patient presentation, pharma-cology, 
and health care subspecialties to synthesize appropriate treatment plans. 

Goal 8: Promote cross-cultural and socioeconomic sensitivity, confront prejudice, and support the 
development of effective medical practice in a diverse society. 

Goal 9: Promote a commitment to provide effective, accessible, continuous, comprehensive, and 
personalized health care 10. 

Goal 10: Emphasize the fundamental importance of ethical behavior in medical practice. 

Goal 1 1: Promote teaching of patients, community, and colleagues. 

Goal 12: Participate in the generation of new knowledge in medicine, whether through research, health 
policy administration, or as distinguished practitioners. 

Goal 13: Develop cutting edge knowledge of the Physician Assistant profession and participate as 
leaders at the local, state, and national level, shaping future policy and legislation to promote Physician 
Assistant practice 

Goal 14: Apply knowledge of study designs and statistical methods to the appraisal of clinical studies 
and other information on diagnostic and therapeutic effectiveness, and integrate evidence from 
scientific studies related to their patients' health problems. 

Goal 15: Apply knowledge of basic science concepts to facilitate understanding of the medical sciences. 

Goal 16: Demonstrate competency in basic clinical procedures performed by a graduate Physician 
Assistant. 

Goal 17: Upon graduation, be prepared to enter the workforce as a gainfully employed Physician 
Assistant with excellent job search skills and the knowledge to obtain and maintain licensure in any 
state to practice as a Physician Assistant. 

Upon completing the Misericordia University Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, 
graduates are expected to be able to: 

MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE 

Evaluate etiologies, risk factors, underlying pathologic process, and epidemiology for medical 
conditions. 

Identify signs and symptoms of medical conditions. 

Select and interpret appropriate diagnostic or lab studies. 

Manage general medical and surgical conditions to include understanding the indications, 

contraindications, side effects, interactions, and adverse reactions of pharmacologic agents and 
other relevant treatment modalities. 

Identify the appropriate site of care for presenting conditions, including identifying emergent cases and 
those requiring referral or admission. 



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Identify appropriate interventions for prevention of conditions. 

Identify the appropriate methods to detect conditions in an asymptomatic individual. 

Differentiate between the normal and the abnormal in anatomic, physiological, laboratory findings, and 
other diagnostic data. 

Appropriately use history and physical findings and diagnostic studies to formulate a differential 
diagnosis. 

Provide appropriate care to patients with chronic conditions. 

INTERPERSONAL AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS 

Use effective listening, nonverbal, explanatory, questioning, and writing skills to elicit and provide 
information. 

Appropriately adapt communication style and messages to the context of the individual patient 
interaction. 

Work effectively with physicians and other health care professionals as a member or leader of a health 
care team or other professional group. 

Apply an understanding of human behavior. 

Demonstrate emotional resilience and stability, adaptability, flexibility, and tolerance of ambiguity and 
anxiety. 

Accurately and adequately document and record information regarding the care process for medical, 
legal, quality, and financial purposes. 

PATIENT CARE 

Work effectively with physicians and other health care professionals to provide patient-centered care. 

Demonstrate caring and respectful behaviors when interacting with patients and their families. 

Gather essential and accurate information about their patients. 

Make informed decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions based on patient information 
and preferences, up-to-date scientific evidence, and clinical judgment. 

Develop and carry out patient management plans. 

Counsel and educate patients and their families. 

Competently perform medical and surgical procedures considered essential in the area of practice. 

Provide health care services and education aimed at preventing health problems or maintaining health. 

PROFESSIONALISM 

Understanding of legal and regulatory requirements, as well as the appropriate role of the physician 
assistant. 

Professional relationships with physician supervisors and other health care providers. 

Respect, compassion, and integrity. 

Commitment to ethical principles pertaining to provision or withholding of clinical care, confidentiality 
of patient information, informed consent, and business practices. 

Sensitivity and responsiveness to patients' culture, age, gender, and disabilities. 

Self-reflection, critical curiosity, and initiative. 



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PRACTICE-BASED LEARNING AND IMPROVEMENT 



Locate, appraise, and integrate evidence from scientific studies related to their patients' health 
problems. 

Apply knowledge of study designs and statistical methods to the appraisal of clinical studies and other 
information on diagnostic and therapeutic effectiveness. 

Apply information technology to manage information, access online medical information, and support 
their curricular activities and life-long learning. 

SYSTEMS-BASED PRACTICE 

Use information technology to support patient care decisions and patient education. 

Interact effectively with different types of medical practice and delivery systems. 

Understand the funding sources and payment systems that provide coverage for patient care. 

Advocate for quality patient care and assist patients in dealing with system complexities. 

Apply medical information and clinical data systems to provide more effective, efficient patient care. 

Admission Requirements 

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) degree is open to applicants who have 
earned, or will earn, by the end of the summer semester prior to fall semester entry, a baccalaureate 
degree and have met, or will have met, by the end of the summer semester prior to fall semester entry, 
the following prerequisites: 

• An earned bachelor's degree with an overall cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 
scale of 4.0. 

• A minimum average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 in required pre-requisite courses. 

• A minimum of 3.0 average on a 4.0 scale in the sciences as figured by Central Application 
Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). 

• Ability to fulfill any university admission requirements. 

• Successful completion (as defined above) within ten years prior to admission of the following 
undergraduate science courses with laboratory components, to total 48 or more semester hours: 

General Biology I and II 

General Chemistry I and II 

Anatomy and Physiology I and II 

Microbiology 

Organic Chemistry I and II 

Biochemistry 

Three Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or Psychology elective courses. 

An exception MAY be granted for a course over ten years old where there has been 
utilization of the relevant knowledge within the applicant's employment - at the 
discretion of the Program Director only. 

Completion of the GRE. 

Submission of a letter of recommendation from a healthcare provider (MD. DO. PA, or 

NP). 

Successful completion of an interview with and positive recommendation from 
program principal faculty. 

Satisfactory Level 1 Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen. 



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• Demonstration to program principal faculty of ability to meet the following technical 
standards: 

• Sufficient capacity for observation in academic, clinical, and other medical 
settings; functional vision, hearing, and tactile sensation sufficient to observe a 
patient's condition and perform procedures regularly required during a physical 
examination. 

• Effective written and verbal communications skills sufficient to both academic and 
healthcare settings. 

• Sufficient motor function to carry out movements necessary for patient diagnosis 
and care; for free movement in patient care and between facilities and buildings in 
academic and healthcare environments; physical stamina to complete didactic and 
clinical coursework. 

• Sufficient intellectual ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and 
synthesize, in the context of medical problem-solving and patient care. 

• Sufficient emotional health and stability required for exercising good judgment 
and promptly completing all academic and patient care responsibilities. 

Other Academic Standards and Policies 

1. All students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better to remain in good program academic standing. 

Failure to do so may result in academic warning, academic probation, deceleration or dismissal 
from the program. 

2. Students must receive a minimum grade of C in all MSPAS courses during the didactic year. If the 

student earns a grade below C this will result in the student being suspended. Students wishing to 
be allowed to repeat an academic course must petition the program director and return the next 
year to repeat the course prior to progression. If the student earns less than a C in more than one 
course at any point in the didactic year the student will be dismissed permanently. 

3. If the student earns a grade below C in a clinical rotation this will result in the student decelerating. 

Students wishing to repeat a rotation must petition the program director and complete the 
additional rotation at the end of the scheduled program delaying their graduation. 

4. The academic standing of each student will be reviewed at the end of each academic semester. 

5. For students whose academic status is not consistent with program/course expectations, faculty 

members will submit mid-semester warning in accordance with university-designated dates and 
procedures. 

6. Violation of the Honor Code, Code of Ethics and/or Program or University Policies in any way may 

be subject to reprimand depending on the severity of the violation. 

7. Students whose academic status is not consistent with program/course expectations at the end of a 

semester may be subject to the following: 

• Academic Probation 

A student with a cumulative GPA below 3.0 shall be placed on academic probation and receive a 
letter from the Program Director stating such. This written notice of probationary status will also 
include a notice that failure to reach the required GPA by the end of the designated academic 
semester may result in his/her dismissal from the program. 

Each student on probation is required to meet with the Program Director and academic advisor 
by the end of the second week of the probationary semester to develop and agree to-in writing-an 
Academic Improvement Plan (AIP). The AIP may include mandatory study/advising sessions, or 
other stipulations aimed at encouraging and supporting student success. A copy of a student's 
AIP will be maintained in his/her advising folder, and a copy will also be forwarded to the office 
of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Program probationary status may remain in effect for up to two consecutive academic terms, de- 
fined as two semesters, or two clinical clerkships. 



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It is expected that students on probation make progress toward good academic standing at the 
conclusion of each academic term. Failure to demonstrate improvement at the end of the first 
probationary period may result in dismissal. 

At the conclusion of the second consecutive academic term, the student must have achieved good 
academic standing; failure to do so will result in dismissal. 

Upon completion of each academic term, a student on academic probation will receive in writ- 
ing, from the MSPAS Program Director, a notice of his/her current standing. 

• Academic Suspension 

A student may be placed on Academic Suspension for: 

• Receiving a grade of less than C in any class 

• A breach of professionalism 

• A violation of the Code of Ethics 

• A breach in Academic Integrity 

• A violation of the Student Code of Conduct as defined by the University 

• Being dismissed from a clinical rotation for any reason 

Students, who have been suspended from the program for any reason, including violation of pro- 
fessionalism or academic policy, must apply in writing for readmission to the Program Director 
prior to the fall semester of the next academic year. Students may be required to audit courses, 
repeat coursework, or pass written and/or practical examinations to demonstrate competence be- 
fore returning to the program. 

• Academic Dismissal 

Each student's academic status will be reviewed at the end of each academic semester. Each stu- 
dent's cumulative GPA will be determined. A student whose GPA falls below the level of good 
academic standing, as defined by the program requirements, for two academic semesters or who 
fails two clinical rotations will be automatically dismissed from the program. 

Student Grievance Policy 

For Student Grievance Policy please refer to the University Student Handbook. 

Evaluations 

The MSPAS program does not award or grant advanced placement. 

Curriculum 

Delivered in on-campus laboratories as well as off-campus supervised clinical settings, the MSPAS 
curriculum is coordinated with relevant practice to provide students an integrated learning experience. 
The first (or didactic) year is comprised of basic medical and clinical sciences. The second (or clinical) 
year includes nine five-week clinical clerkships in a variety of professional settings and geographic 
locations, to ensure that students amass a wide range of learning experiences. 

Physician Assistant Studies MS Degree, Class of 2014 

Sequence of Required Courses 

Year One 



Fall Semester Total Cre 


PA 526 


Introduction to the Profession 


PA 530 


Clinical Medicine I 


PA 538 


Patient Assessment I 


PA 541 


Pharmacology I 


PA 544 


Gross Clinical Anatomy 


PA 546 


Pathophysiology I 


PA 560 


Clinical Genetics 



Spring Semester Total Credits 1 7 

PA 527 Health Care Issues I 2 

PA 531 Clinical Medicine II 6 

PA 539 Patient Assessment II 4 

PA 542 Pharmacology II 3 

PA 547 Pathophysiology II 2 



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Summer Semester Total Credits 18 


PA 528 


Health Care Issues II 1 


PA 532 


Clinical Medicine III 3 


PA 543 


Pharmacology III 2 


PA 550 


Emergency Medicine 2 


PA 552 


Medical Procedures & 2 




Surgery 


PA 554 


Special Populations 5 


PA 560 


Research, Epidemiology and 2 




Statistics 



Year Two 

Professional Year Two clinical rotations include rotations in: 

PA 601 Ambulatory Medicine (5 5 

weeks) 

PA 602 Long Term Care (5 weeks) 5 

PA 603 Internal Medicine (5 weeks) 5 

PA 604 Pediatrics (5 weeks) 5 

PA 605 Psychiatry (5 weeks) 5 

PA 606 Surgery (5 weeks) 5 

PA 607 Women's Health (5 weeks) 5 

PA 608 Emergency Medicine (5 weeks) 5 

PA 609 General Elective Rotation (5 3 

weeks) 

PA 6 1 Clinical Research Elective (4 2 

weeks) 

Fall Semester Total Credits 16 Spring Semester Total Credits 17 

Clinical Clerkships 15 Clinical Clerkships 15 

PA 631 Professional Development 1 PA 632 PANCE Preparation 2 

Summer Semester Total Credits 16 

Clinical Clerkships 15 

PA 633 Summative Evaluation 1 



College of Arts and Sciences Minors 



Biology Minor 

College of Arts and Sciences 

For information contact Anthony Serino, PhD 

The minor in biology may be pursued by any student with an interest in the natural sciences. The 19-20 
credit curriculum offers a broad background in the origin, growth, structure, and reproduction of living 
matter in its various forms. 

Minors are focused programs of study, which involve specific clusters of courses around a general area 
of study. They are not associated with any particular degree program and are open to all interested 
students. 



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Course Sequence 

BIO 1 1 1 Evolution, Genetics and Ecology 4 

BIO 112 Cell and Molecular Biology 4 

BIO 201 Organismal Structure and Function 4 

BIO 202 Biological Interactions 4 

Biology Elective 3-4 
Total 19-20 credits 
See Biology Course Descriptions. 

Chemistry Minor 

College of Arts and Sciences 

For information contact Charles Saladino, PhD 

The Chemistry minor is most often selected by biology majors, but is appropriate for any student with 
an interest in the physical sciences. Majors in business, English or pre-law, for example, may find a 
background in chemistry useful in such specialties as patent law or scientific journalism. 

Course Sequence 

CHM 133 Chemical Principles I 4 

CHM 134 Chemical Principles U 4 

CHM 243 Organic Chemistry I 4 

CHM 244 Organic Chemistry U 4 
Chemistry Elective 3 or 4 credits 
Total 19-20 credits 
See Chemistry Course Descriptions. 



Communications Minor 

College of Arts and Sciences 

For information contact Melissa Sgroi, EdD 

In this media culture with its continuous flow of messages across platforms and delivery systems, 
media skills are marketable — and often necessary for many careers. The Communications minor 
enables students to study graphic design, public relations, journalism (print, broadcast, and electronic), 
video and audio production, and still photography to supplement study in all majors, particularly 
English, Business, Marketing, and Sports Management. 

Required Courses: 

COM 102 Introduction to Mass Communications 3 

COM 307 Communications Research 3 

The COM minor requires an additional 12 credit hours of COM electives, which must be chosen from 
the following: COM 220 Journalism I, COM 232 Video I, COM 215 Web Design, COM 222 
Introduction to Photography, COM 310 Graphic Design for Print and Web, COM 251 Public Relations, 
COM 306 Media Criticism, BUS 269 Marketing, BUS 340 Advertising 

Total 18 credits. 
See Communications Course Descriptions. 



English Minor 

College of Arts and Sciences 

For information contact Rebecca Steinberger, PhD 



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The English minor is designed for students who enjoy literature and who wish to develop further their 
critical reading, thinking, and writing skills, as a preparation for professional life or for personal 
satisfaction and development. 

Course Sequence 

ENG Core 6 

Choose either 

ENG 203 Advanced Expository Writing or 

ENG 341 Imaginative Writing 3 

ENG 2 1 5 Shakespeare 3 

Choose any two 300-level or 400-level Literature courses 6 

Total 1 8 credits 
See English Course Descriptions. 

Ethics Minor 

College of Arts and Sciences 

For information contact Mark Painter, PhD 

As part of the consortial relationship between King's College and Misericordia University, the ethics 
minor is a program offered jointly by both institutions. In addition to courses in philosophy and 
theology, the 18-credit ethics minor contains a significant service-learning component. Sixty units 
(hours) of service-learning approved by the faculty advisor is required for completion of the minor. 

Course Sequence 

RLS 106 Theology and Human Experience (at Misericordia) 
Core 260 Christian Ethics (at King's) 
PHL 200 Ethical Theory 

or 

Core 286 Introduction to Philosophical Ethics (at King's) 
PhiL/Theo 470 Ethics and Values Seminar (at King's) 
Total 12 credits 
Electives: 6 credits from among the courses listed below. 



King's College: 




Theo331 


Christian Ethics 


Theo 335 


Christian Environmental Ethics 


Core 282 


Environmental Ethics 


Core 287 


Ethics, Business, and Society 


Core 288 


Bioethics 


Misericordia University: 


PHL 210 


Philosophy of Person 


PHL 223 


Social Ethics 


PHL 270 


Social and Political Philosophy 


PHL 310 


Medical Ethics 


PHL 440 


Economics of Freedom and Justice 


PHL 202 


Environmental Ethics 



See Philosophy Course Descriptions. 



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Fine Arts Minor 

College of Arts and Sciences 

For information contact Elisa Korb, PhD 

Faculty 

Elisa Korb, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, BA Adelphi University; JD University of Pittsburgh School of 
Law; PhD University of Birmingham 

Babetta Wenner, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, BA, MS Wilkes University 

The Fine Arts minor is intended for students who have an interest in the visual and performing arts or 
who may benefit professionally by developing basic proficiency in these areas. Building on the 
foundation of the two Fine Arts classes required by the core curriculum, the minor offers courses of 
study in the areas of studio art and music. Dance and photography sequences are under development. 

Course Sequence .Studio Art 

FA 102 Synthesis of the Arts in the Ancient World 3 

FA 104 Art, Self, and Community in the Modern World 3 

FA 103 Drawing and Composition 3 

100 level studio art course 3 

300 level studio art course 3 

Gallery show (non-credit requirement) 

Total 1 5 credits 

Course Sequence: Music 

FA 102 Synthesis of the Arts in the Ancient World 3 

FA 104 Art, Self, and Community in the Modern World 3 

music theory course 3 

FA 1 17 Applied Music (three semesters, at least 1 credit per semester) 

Performing Ensemble (FA 604-607, three semesters, at least 1 

credit per semester) 

Significant Performance (non-credit requirement) 

Total 1 5 credit minimum 
Course Sequence: Dance 

FA 102 Synthesis of the Arts in the Ancient World 3 

FA 104 Art, Self, and Community in the Modern World 3 

FA 212 Dance and Human Culture 3 

Elective Dance Classes (including three advanced 200- 6 

level courses) 

Significant Performance (non-credit requirement) 

Total 15 credit minimum 
See Fine Arts Course Descriptions. 



History Minor 



College of Arts and Sciences 

For information contact David C. Wright Jr., PhD 

The study of history enables students to gain an understanding of human motivation and action, as well 
as to acquire valuable skills. The history minor may be taken in conjunction with any degree program to 
broaden one's perspective, develop critical judgement, cultivate the ability to reason, and foster 
intellectual growth. 



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Course Sequence 

HIS 1 1 C History of Western Civilization I 3 

HIS 102M History of Western Civilization II 3 

HIS 103M United States Survey to 1900 3 

HIS 104G United States Survey Since 1900 3 

Plus 6 credits of Advanced History Electives 
Total 18 credits 
See History Course Descriptions. 



Mathematics Minor 

College of Arts and Sciences 

For information contact Jay Stine, PhD 

The computer revolution and the growing reliance on statistics and quantitative research have 
broadened the application of mathematical principles. The physical sciences, as well as the behavioral 
and social sciences, have need for individuals with experience in mathematics. The minor program in 
mathematics exposes students to both classical and contemporary mathematical techniques. 

Course Sequence 

MTH115 Basic Statistics 3 

MTH 151 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 3 

MTH 152 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 3 

MTH 225 Analytic Geometry and Calculus HI 4 

MTH 244 Set Theory and Logic 3 

MTH 242 Differential Equations 3 

MTH 241 Linear Algebra 3 
Total 22 credits 
See Mathematics Course Descriptions 



Philosophy Minor 

College of Arts and Sciences 

For information contact Mark Painter, PhD 

The minor in philosophy offers students the opportunity for intellectual liberation and refinement. The 
18-credit curriculum explores philosophical problems from a variety of standpoints, fosters critical 
judgement, refines convictions, and promotes the search for truth. Students may tailor their minor 
sequence to their interests. 



3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 

Total 1 8 credits 
See Philosophy Course Descriptions. 



Course Sequence 




PHL 100 


Introduction to Philosophy 


PHL 


Free elective 


PHL 


Free elective 


PHL 


Free elective 


PHL 


Free elective 


PHL 


Free elective 



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Course Sequence 




POL 100 


American National Government 


POL 103 


Global Politics 


POL 251 


Law Seminar I 


POL 252 


Law Seminar II 


POL 405 


American Constitutional Law I 


POL 406 


American Constitutional Law II 


POL 


Independent Study or Elective 


Total 21 credits 



Political Science Minor 

College of Arts and Sciences 

For information contact David C. Wright, Jr., PhD 

The political science minor offers students interested in law, politics, or government a useful 
foundation in these areas. The minor, which may be taken in conjunction with any major, will broaden 
political understanding and enhance the ability to interpret the significance of political events and to 
analyze the dynamics of political processes. 



See Political Science Course Descriptions. 

Religious Studies Minor 

College of Arts and Sciences 

For information contact Joseph Curran, PhD 

The religious studies minor presents students with a cohesive and flexible program of study designed 
to: 

1 . Increase students' understanding and appreciation of the varieties of religious experience and 
expression 

2. Address current biblical and theological developments 

3. Correlate the students' pursuit of theological inquiry with their religious development and 
moral responsibility. 

Course Sequence 

RLS 100 Biblical Studies 3 

RLS 104 World Religions 3 

RLS 114 Introduction to Christian Thought 3 

or or 

RLS 1 1 3 Theology of the Church 

RLS 106 Theology and Human Experience 3 

or or 

RLS 107G Women and Spirituality 
RLS 1 15 Religion in America 3 

or or 

RLS 1 16 American Catholicism 

Core or free elective 3 

Total 1 8 credits 
See Religious Studies Course Descriptions. 



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Social Studies Minor 

College of Arts and Sciences 

For information contact David C. Wright Jr., PhD 

The minor in social studies is intended to enrich and broaden the student's understanding of the world 
in which we live. It can be taken in conjunction with any degree program with the intent to foster 
critical judgement, cultivate the ability to reason, and develop an ability to understand social scientific 
methods of analysis. 

Course Sequence 

History Electives 6 

Advanced Political Science Elective 3 

GEO 202 Cultural World Geography 3 

SOC221 Cultural Minorities 3 

BUS 207 Contemporary Economics 3 
Total 18 credits 
See History Course Descriptions. 

Theater Minor 

College of Arts and Sciences 

For information contact Elisa Korb, PhD 

The theatre minor is designed for students interested in drama and performance, and for those students 
who would benefit, in an increasingly media-oriented society, from the acquisition of technical and 
performance skills associated with theatre. The minor provides a double focus: 

1 . Development of writing and analytical skills with regard to dramatic literature and theatre 
history 

2. Practical experience with play production, including technical skills, performance, and 
playwriting. 

Course Sequence 

ENG 120 Theatre Production 3 

3 semesters for 1 credit each, one of which must be in a technical area 

ENG 205 Beginning Acting 3 

ENG 215 Shakespeare 3 

9 credits selected from the following: 

ENG 120 Theatre Production 1-3 

ENG 220 Theatre in Performance 3 

ENG 341 Imaginative Writing 3-6 

ENG 4 1 5 Selected Study in Drama/Theatre/Film 3 
Total 1 8 credits 
See English Course Descriptions. 

Writing Minor 

College of Arts and Sciences 

For information contact Rebecca Steinberger, PhD 

The writing minor is designed to help students become more at ease in a variety of writing situations. 
Students may develop strong writing skills related to their intended careers, or may focus on kinds of 
writing that are of personal interest to them. 



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Course Sequence 






Select 18 credits: 






ENG 103 


Composition 


3 


ENG 105 


The Research Paper 


3 


COM 207 


Scriptwriting 


3 


ENG 203 


Advanced Expository Writing 


3 


ENG 301 


Teaching Writing 


3 


ENG 325 


Feature and Magazine Writing 


3 


ENG 339 


Technical Writing 


3 


ENG 341 


Imaginative Writing 


3-6 


ENG 343 


Writing for Media 


3 


ENG 345 


Fiction Writing 


3 


ENG 420 


Senior Seminar (English majors only) or 




ENG 450 


Senior Thesis (English majors only) 


3 


ENG 470 


Internship 


3-6 


Internship may be taken for 3-6 credits and involves practical experience writing for local 


newspapers 


public relations offices, and similar organizations. 




Total 1 8 credits 




See Communications Course Descriptions, English Course Descriptions. 





College of Arts and Sciences Certificates/Certifications 



Secondary Education Certifications 

Biology 

Department Chair Anthony Serino,PhD 
See Biology Course Descriptions. 
Chemistry 

Department Chair Charles Saladino, PhD 
See Chemistry Course Descriptions. 
English 

Department Chair Rebecca Steinberger, PhD 
See English Course Descriptions. 
History/Citizenship 

Department Chair David C. Wright Jr., PhD 
See History Course Descriptions. 
Mathematics 

Department Chair Jay Stine, PhD 
See Mathematics Course Descriptions. 

College of Arts and Sciences Specializations 



Pre-dentistry, Pre-medicine, Pre-optometry, Pre- veterinary Medicine 

Department Chair Anthony Serino, PhD 
See Biology Course Descriptions. 
See Chemistry Course Descriptions. 



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English, Pre-law 

Degree BA, English 

Department Chair Rebecca Steinberger, PhD 

For information contact Brian F. Carso, JD, PhD 

See English Course Descriptions. 
History, Pre-law 

Degree BA, History 

Department Chair David C. Wright Jr., PhD 

For information contact Brian F. Carso, JD, PhD 

See History Course Descriptions. 
Philosophy, Pre-law 

Department Chair Mark Painter, PhD 

For information contact Brian F. Carso, JD, PhD 

See Philosophy Course Descriptions. 



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College of Health Sciences Majors 

College of Health Sciences Mission Statement 

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

College of Health Sciences Student Outcomes 

Upon graduation students will: 

1 . Demonstrate the knowledge, critical reasoning ability, and skill necessary to obtain all 
appropriate professional credentials within their respective fields of practice. 

2. Demonstrate ethical decision-making and competence in their respective disciplines within 
local, regional, and/or broader communities. 

3. Participate as a collaborative member of a multidisciplinary team. 

4. Provide culturally competent health care services to diverse populations. 

5. Critique and/or incorporate research related to evidence-based best practice. 

6. Incorporate leadership and management principles in field/clinical settings. 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Major 

College of Health Sciences 

Degree BS, Diagnostic Medical Sonography 

Department Chair Sheryl E. Goss, MS, RT (R) (S), RDMS, RDCS, RVT 

Faculty and Staff 

Sheryl Goss, Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. AAS, BS, MS College Misericordia 

Karen Klimas, Clinical Coordinator, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, BS College Misericordia 

Background 

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Bachelor Degree is designed as a continuation of education for the 
practicing sonographer whose personal and professional goal is to advance in their career. Given the 
complexity of the profession with credentialing in multiple specialties, this degree offers the 
opportunity for sonographers to become knowledgeable in additional specialties. 

In addition, through our liberal arts curriculum, students will develop the global perspective for the 
graduate to be effective as a professional in an ever-changing healthcare system working with an 
increasingly diverse population. 

Design of Program 

The completion baccalaureate degree is administered under the Expressway model in which 
sonographers can complete the degree in a time frame most suited for their personal schedules. Many of 
the classes are held either in the weekend, evening or on-line format. Core courses are continually 
offered at the university's expressway campuses. Advanced sonography courses are offered online. 

Dependent on the number of credits an individual desires to take per semester, the degree could be 
earned in as few as 18 months, but more typically 24 months. 



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Philosophy 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a specialized healthcare field requiring well-educated individuals 
who must engage themselves with compassion for others, strive for excellence in examination 
acquisition, and exhibit confidence as a member of the healthcare team. This program supports the 
university's mission reflecting the values and attitudes of mercy, service, justice, and hospitality. 
Completion of the Bachelor's degree provides a complimentary balance between professional education 
and liberal arts to enhance ones intellect, spirituality, creativity, and a global perspective on world 
culture supporting the Trinity of Learning. More specifically, the Diagnostic Medical Sonography 
faculty and staff believe and promote that each individual inherently possesses uniqueness and has a 
quest to stay abreast of current practices within the healthcare environment and their specialized 
practices to benefit themselves and the communities they serve. 

Program Goals: 

Goal 1 : Value and respect the contemporary advancements in the field of sonography both in the 
clinical and educational environments. 

Goal 2: Accept the responsibility for education of self, the community, the profession, clients, and 
colleagues in the health care and educational systems. 

Goal 3: Understand global trends and issues in healthcare that may have impact on sonography 
practices. 

Goal 4: Interact and communicate with the community, medical staff, and fellow colleagues, in a 
professional and humanistic manner. 

Goal 5: Enhance the sonographer's knowledge of decision making processes, communication, and 
culture through a liberal arts education. 

Admission Information 

For admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography baccalaureate degree program, the applicant must 
meet at least one of the following requirements: 

1 . Possess the credential of Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonography (RDMS) awarded by the 
American Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) in at least one specialty 
(abdominal or obstetrics/gynecology). 

2. Possess the American Registry for Radiologic Technology Sonography credential (ARRT) (S). 

3. Enroll in the university's DMS certificate program and during the last session, can request 
consideration to continue to complete the bachelor degree program. Admission would occur 
once the graduate earned the RDMS or ARRT(S) credential. 

Applicant can complete an Expressway application for admission to the university through the Part- 
time Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions office by calling 570-674-6451 or can apply online at 
https://www.misericordia.edu/apply https://www.misericordia.edu/apply 

Credit evaluation 

It is recognized sonographers possess diverse educational backgrounds to include on-the-job training, 
hospital based programs, certificate programs, or associate degree programs. Thus, the design of the 
major is to evaluate each applicant on an individual basis and create a plan of study for them based 
upon current credentials possessed and previous post-secondary credits earned. A maximum of 44 
credits may be awarded for sonographic related courses and clinical experience; dependent on specialty 
certifications held. 

Transcript review of all previous college level courses for determination of credit equivalency will be 
assessed by the Office of the Registrar. 

A minimum of 30 credits must be taken at Misericordia University to earn the baccalaureate degree. 



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Prior learning assessment 

Education received through non-credit bearing mechanisms will be evaluated through the university's 
prior learning assessment policies. The applicant will be requested to create a portfolio demonstrating 
through their personal and professional experiences how they meet the course objectives in which they 
wish to challenge. There is a fee for each course assessed and accepted as successfully meeting the 
course objectives. 

Courses required for completion 

The following is a list of all the courses required for completion of the degree. Based upon the credits 
earned through prior education evaluation, it is likely several of the courses may be fulfilled. 



Core Education 






Core 




Credits 


FA 102 or 104 


Core 


6 


PHL 100 


Introduction to Philosophy 


3 


PHL 200 or 223 


Ethical Theory or Social Ethics 


3 


MTH 120 


Math Reasoning 


3 


MTH115 


Statistics 


3 


BSEB Core 


Core 


6 


Nat Science 


Core Sequence 


6 or 8 


HIS /POL 


Core Sequence 


6 


ENG151 


University Writing Seminar 


3 


ENG 


Core 


3 


RLS 104 


World Religions 


3 


RLS 


Core 


3 




Research Methods 


3 


BIO 211 


Anatomy and Physiology I 


4 


BIO 212 


Anatomy and Physiology II 


4 


MI 106 


Medical Terminology 


1 


DMS 112 


Sonography Patient Care 


1 


Free Electives 




9 


Advanced Sonography Courses - minimum of 8 credits required 




DMS 310 


Breast Sonography 


2 


DMS 320 


Advanced Vascular Sonography 


3 


DMS 330 


Advanced Fetal and Pediatric Sonography 


3 


DMS 420 


Current Trends and Practices in Sonography 
( required course) 


3 


DMS 430 


Independent Study 


2 



Sonography Certificate Courses 

DMS 101 Introduction to Sonography 

DMS 102 Introduction to Sonography Lab 

DMS 107/707 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation 

DMS 1 1 1 Sonographic Cross Sectional Anatomy 

DMS 117/717 Abdominal Sonography / lab 

DMS 122/722 Pelvic Sonography / Lab 

DMS 127 High Resolution Sonography 

DMS 152/752 Obstetrical Sonography I / Lab 

DMS 155 Fetal and Neonatal Anomalies 



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DMS 245/745 Obstetrical Sonography II / Lab 3 

DMS 265/765 Introduction to Vascular Sonography / Lab 3 

DMS 277 Interventional Sonography 1 

DMS 287 Journal and Case Study Review 1 

DMS 282 Issues in Sonography 1 

DMS 297 Sonographic Registry Review 3 

DMS 130 Clinical Sonography I 2 

DMS 140 Clinical Sonography II 2 

DMS 255 Clinical Songraphy III 2 

DMS 290 Clinical Sonography IV 4 

DMS 300 Clinical Sonography V 2 
Retention 

Students enrolled in the BS degree must maintain active national certification status and a minimum 
overall GPA of 2.75. 

Health Science Major 

College of Health Sciences 

Degree BS, Health Science 

Occupational therapy and speech-language pathology offer five-year, entry-level masters' programs. 

Students completing these curricula will receive the bachelor of science degree in health science 

concurrently with the professional master's degree. This degree is not awarded independent of the 

professional master's. Students who do not complete the requirements for an entry-level master's may 

be eligible for the professional studies bachelor of science degree. 

Medical Imaging Major 

College of Health Sciences 

Department Chair Elaine Halesey, EdD, RT, (R)(QM) 

Faculty and Staff 

Lynn Blazaskie, Clinical Instructor. Medical Imaging. BS College Misericordia 

Gina Capitano, Assistant Professor of Medical Imaging, BS College Misericordia, MS Misericordia 
University 

Elaine D. Halesey, Professor of Medical Imaging. AAS College Misericordia; BS Bloomsburg University; 
MS College Misericordia; EdD Nova Southeastern University 

Paula Pate-Schloder, Associate Professor of Medical Imaging, AS Pima Community College-Tucson; BS 
Northern Arizona University-Flagstaff; MS College Misericordia 

Loraine D. Zelna, Associate Professor of Medical Imaging, BS Bloomsburg University; MS College 
Misericordia 

Degree BS. Medical Imaging 

Options: Management Minor; General Track; BS/MS in 

Organizational Management; Combined BS/Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography; Combined 

BS/Certificate in Nuclear Medicine Technology 

The medical imaging program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic 

Technology (www.jrcert.org) 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago. IL 60606-3182 phone: 

(312)704-5300 as well as by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The most recent accreditation 

review in 2006 awarded the program the maximum period that could be granted. The next review is 

scheduled for 2014. 

With a focus on radiography, the program provides students with didactic and laboratory instruction in 
conjunction with practical application to human subjects. This instruction provides students with 



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knowledge and practical skills necessary to assume positions in diagnostic radiology or other imaging 
modalities, or to pursue certification in specialty areas. Students arc eligible to sit for the American 
Registry of Radiologic Technologists Examination in radiography upon graduation. 

Mission 

The Medical Imaging Program at Misericordia University is rooted in the charisms set forth by 
Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy to provide/promote Mercy, Service, Justice and 
Hospitality. Therefore, the mission of the Medical Imaging program is to graduate baccalaureate level 
professionals who demonstrate not only clinical competence, but the necessary professional behavior, 
communication, and critical thinking skills to function as a member of the health care team. 

Philosophy 

The medical imaging department subscribes to the philosophy of the university and believes that the 
radiologic technologist is an integral member of the health care team. Our program is designed to 
provide the professional skills, progressive maturity, and the intellectual, social, emotional, and 
spiritual values for the student to be entrusted with the responsibilities that go along with being a 
member of the health care team. 

The curriculum is based on these philosophical and theological implications, making it necessary for 
the student to learn the necessary scientific principles as well as accept responsibilities for the patient, 
fellow human beings, the profession, and self. 

The philosophy, then, of the medical imaging program is to educate the student to become a holistic 
and professional person who is not only educated in the art and science of medical imaging, but one 
who also, through education and experience, has become a well-rounded, mature, concerned, and 
skilled professional. In addition, the program will strive: 

• To continue improvements in the educational program in radiography to serve the increasing 
needs of individuals desiring to be radiologic technologists. 

• To maintain accreditation with national organizations in the delivery of radiography education. 

• To promote continuing education with a liberal arts component for non-traditional students in 
the field of medical imaging. 

• To participate in professional and community activities for the purpose of bnnging education, 
service and research together for the improvement of health care delivery. 

• To educate the individual to become a holistic and professional person, that is, one who is not 
only educated in the art and science of medical imaging, but who, through education and 
experience, has become a well-rounded, mature, concerned and skilled professional. 

Program Goals/Student Learning Outcomes: 
Goal 1. Clinical Performance and Competence 

Students will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to function as an entry-level 
radiologic technologist. 

Goal 2. Critical Thinking 

Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills. 
Goal 3. Communication 

Students will demonstrate effective communication skills. 
Goal 4. Professionalism 

Students /graduates will demonstrate professionalism. 



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Goal 5. Overall Program Effectiveness 

The program will graduate competent, employable, entry-level radiologic technologists 
in a timely manner. 

Curricula 

The bachelor of science degree in medical imaging incorporates the university's core curriculum 
requirements that provide a liberal arts foundation. Building on the broad-based general education, the 
program provides all necessary course work as mandated by the Joint Review Committee on Education 
in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), a national accrediting agency for medical imaging programs in 
the United States. 

Students have the opportunity to pursue one of four degree options, which reflect the diversity of career 
paths in medical imaging. All four of the curricula prepare students to be radiographers, and no matter 
what option is chosen, students at the same level in the program will be enrolled in the same medical 
imaging courses. 

Option I: BS, Medical Imaging: General Program 

This curriculum provides the same solid medical imaging education as the other options, but allows for 
more flexibility to pursue other areas of interest through free electives. 

Option 2: BS, Medical Imaging, Management Minor 

This curriculum provides students with a strong background in the skills and theory necessary for 
supervisory or administrative positions. 

Option 3: BS, Medical Imaging with MS, Organizational Management (OM) 

Another option within the undergraduate degree in medical imaging is to pursue a combined five-year, 
BS/MS degree. Students considering pursuing the minor in management track within the BS major may 
wish to consider expanding that education to an earned master's degree. This option provides students 
with the knowledge and skills to function in positions of medical imaging services by using 
management skills in organizational environments. 

Within the organizational management curriculum is the choice for students to specialize in either 
human resources or management. Upon successful completion of the medical imaging requirements 
after year four, students are eligible to sit for the national certification exam in radiography. Upon 
successful completion of the fifth-year requirements, students will be awarded a master of science in 
organizational management (OM). In the event a student pursues this option but decides not to 
complete the fifth year, he or she can still earn a BS in Medical Imaging with a minor in management, 
providing all undergraduate requirements for those areas are met. 

Entrance requirements for both the medical imaging major and graduate program in OM must be met, 
and an academic advisor from each program will be assigned. Admission into the graduate program is 
not guaranteed. Separate application to the graduate program is required during the junior year. 
Additional details about this option can be obtained from the director of either program. 

Admission Criteria 

In addition to the admission criteria for the graduate Organizational Management (OM) program: 

1 . Students wishing to pursue the combined BS/MS track must notify the director of the OM 
program, in writing, of their intent to pursue this degree. This letter is to be submitted during 
the spring semester of the junior year, and a copy provided to their medical imaging advisor. 

2. During the fall semester, senior year, students must submit the completed graduate application 
(obtain from the Center for Adult and Continuing Education). A minimum overall GPA of 2.8 
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3. Because formal admission cannot be granted until a student earns an undergraduate degree, 
students must notify the director of the OM program , in writing, once he/she has graduated, 
indicating the intent to pursue this degree. Applicants are eligible for full admission to the 
graduate program providing they meet the admission criteria outlined in the OM section of this 
catalog. 

For complete information on the admission requirements for the master of science in organizational 
management see Organizational Management under the College of Professional Studies and Social 
Sciences. 

Option 4: BS Medical Imaging, Certificate-Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) 

This curriculum combines both the medical imaging education with the sonography program to prepare 
students to become highly qualified individuals in both disciplines, with the ability to perform 
diagnostic patient services in both diagnostic radiography and sonography. 

Entrance requirements for both the medical imaging major and certificate in diagnostic medical 
sonography must be met, and an academic advisor from each program will be assigned. Admission to 
the DMS program is not guaranteed. Students must submit a separate application to the chair of the 
DMS program during their junior year. Additional details about this option can be obtained from the 
department chair of either program. 

Internship Option 

The internship option is an intensive experience in a particular specialty area of medical imaging in 
order to gain cross-training and/or experience under the direct supervision of a radiologic technologist 
skilled in that area. The student has the option of applying for an internship in one of the following 
areas (availability of areas may vary depending upon commitments from clinical education centers): 
CT, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), mammography, cardiac catheterization, 
special procedures, bone densitometry, or radiation oncology. 

Policies 

In addition to the general policies of Misericordia University, the following regulations apply: 

Transfer students will be considered, providing they meet the minimal overall GPA requirements of 
2.75, 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. Grades of "C-" or 
below from external schools do not transfer. 

The University does not grant a medical leave or leave of absence (LOA); however the Medical 
Imaging major will only allow a LOA in the case of pregnancy. For more information regarding the 
issue, contact the department chair. 

The medical imaging program has formal articulation agreements with Luzerne County Community 
College's Associate in Science Degree in General Studies Program, and Keystone College's Associate 
Degree in Applied Science in Allied Health (Radiologic Technology) Program. Graduates of those 
programs who have successfully completed the stated curricula may enter Misericordia' s Medical 
Imaging Program at the professional level under the dual-admission agreement. 

Classification of Students 

Due to the sequential nature of the medical imaging curricula, students are identified in levels, 
regardless of their standing according to the program's classification, as: 

Freshman: Those students enrolled in MI 100, Introduction to Medical Imaging; 

Sophomore: Those students enrolled in MI 112, Methods of Patient Care (fall), and 

MI 140, Clinic I (spring); 



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Junior: Those students enrolled in MI 225, Clinic III (fall), and MI 245, Clinic 

IV (spring); 

Senior: Those students enrolled in MI 265, Clinic VI (fall), and MI 275, Clinic 

VII (spring). 

Clinical Placement/Experience 

To be eligible for clinical placement, a student must have completed all prerequisite courses that apply 
toward the major and meet the minimum stated overall and major GPA for program retention. Once a 
student is selected for placement in a clinical education center, the complete set of the policies and 
procedures as published in the program relating to the clinic is expected to be read thoroughly by each 
student and will be reviewed by clinical faculty prior to the start of the clinical experience. Placements 
are determined by the clinical coordinator and department chair as determined by the total number of 
placements approved by our accrediting body. Students may have to travel out of the immediate area to 
one of the sites listed below. Students will be charged two (2) credits of tuition at the part-time rate for 
summer clinical experiences, MI 160 and MI 260. 

Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from the clinical education centers. 
Misericordia University is currently affiliated with the following clinical education centers: 

Advanced Imaging Specialists, Dunmore, Pennsylvania 

Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI), Forty Fort, Pennsylvania 

Geisinger Regional Ambulatory Campus, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township, Pennsylvania 

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Building, Plains Township, Pennsylvania 

Greater Hazleton Health Alliance, Hazleton, Pennsylvania 

Hazleton Health & Wellness Center-Advanced Imaging- Hazleton, Pennsylvania 

Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton, Pennsylvania 

Redi Care Medical Center, Taylor, Pennsylvania 

Regional Hospital of Scranton, Pennsylvania 

Scranton Orthopedic Specialists, Dickson City, Pennsylvania 

Tyler Memorial Hospital, Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania 

Veteran's Administration Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 

Viewmont Medical Services, Scranton, Pennsylvania 

Vision Imaging of Kingston, Kingston, Pennsylvania 

Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 

Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Saxton Pavilion, Edwardsville, Pennsylvania 

Wilkes-Barre Imaging Center, Wilkes-Barre. Pennsylvania* 

Additional clinical education centers available to students during their senior year are: 
Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton, Pennsylvania 

Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, Pennsylvania (Limited basis based on CI availability)* 
Northeast Radiation Oncology Centers (NROC). Dunmore, Pennsylvania 
Northeastern Pennsylvania Imaging Center (NEPIC), Scranton. Pennsylvania 
Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 
Radiation Medicine Specialists, Forty Fort, Pennsylvania 
The Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care, Scranton. Pennsylvania 
*Inactive Sites 



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Health Examination 

Before students can begin the clinical experience, they must submit a health clearance form report each 
year they are enrolled in a clinical experience. A complete list of required exams and immunizations 
will be provided to all medical imaging majors in the summer prior to their first clinical rotation. 

The health clearance form must be submitted to the medical imaging clinical coordinator by the student 
and as one complete packet no later than the date specified in correspondence by the department chair. 
Normal results are good for one year from the date of test. 

Special Expenses 

In addition to tuition and fees, expenses for the medical imaging major may include CPR certification 
and re-certification, malpractice liability insurance, uniforms, American Registry Examination fee, 
health examination fees, immunization fees, and fee for criminal record checks. A fee will be charged 
to the student's bill for the sophomore year to cover the cost of: image identification markers; name 
tag; radiation badges; student handbooks; log book; and malpractice insurance. In the junior and senior 
years, a fee will be charged for malpractice insurance and radiation badges. Additional expense 
incurred, such as fee for criminal background checks or American Registry Examination, are paid 
directly by the student to the respective agency. 

Admission, Retention, and Graduation Requirements 

The following policies with respect to retention, promotion, graduation, probation, and dismissal 
supersede any policy statements and/or information set forth in previous University catalogs. 

Admission to Medical Imaging 

A candidate who wants to be considered for the medical imaging program must meet the university's 
general admissions requirements. In addition, a student applying for admission should also have 
completed at least three years of high school mathematics and one year of biology, achieving a 
minimum grade of "C" in each course. Chemistry and physics are recommended but not required. A 
minimum combined SAT score of 950 (math and verbal) is required. The statement regarding the 
program's essential functions, pregnancy policy, and American Registry of Radiologic Technologists 
(ARRT) exam eligibility policy will be sent to all accepted students. 

For external transfer students and present Misericordia students wishing to change majors, advanced 
placement at the sophomore program level may be considered: providing clinical space is available; the 
student has a minimum GPA of 2.75; has earned a minimum of 24 credits that apply toward the major; 
and all pre-admission criteria have been met, including BIO 121 and BIO 122, or equivalent with a 
minimum grade of "C-" if taken at Misericordia University. Interested students should submit their 
request letter to the department chairperson. 

Off-campus courses require a minimum grade of "C" to transfer, per university policy. 

Retention 

First-Year Program Level Students 

Cumulative GPA of 2.3 at the end of the spring semester. Students will be placed on program 
probation at the end of the fall semester if the minimum 2.3 has not been met and must meet the 
requirement upon completion of the spring semester. Minimum grade of "C-" in MI 100, and BIO 121 
and BIO 122 or BIO 211/212 taken at this level. 

Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Program Level Students 

Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3 both overall and also in the major (based on MI coded courses) at the 
end of each semester. A minimum grade of "C-" in all MI coded courses, BIO 121, BIO 122, and PHY 
118. Students will be placed on program probation for the following semester if the GPA requirement 
is not met. Students must meet the GPA requirement by the end of the next semester (fall/spring) to be 
retained in the major. Once the GPA is met and the student is off probation, the GPA cannot fall below 



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the stated minimum. A student can only be on program probation one time. Students will be dismissed 
from the program if the minimum grade of "C-" is not earned in all MI courses, PHY 118, and BIO 121 
and BIO 122 or approved equivalent. 

Additional Retention Requirements: 

a. Submission of CPR certification to the clinical coordinator prior to the start of clinic and 
re-certification prior to expiration as long as the student is enrolled in a clinical experience. 
The student is responsible for attending to expiration dates. 

b. Submission of the health clearance form to the clinical coordinator which confirms the 
student's ability to successfully fulfill all program requirements. This is required yearly. 

c. Yearly submission of results of criminal record checks to the department chair. 

d. Documentation of HIPAA education prior to Clinic I. 

e. Continuous enrollment in Medical Imaging courses from matriculation through graduation 
(with the exception of those on maternity leave). 

Note: A.-C. above must be kept current throughout the program. 

Graduation Requirements: 

GPA of 2.3, as well as in the major courses, minimum of 120 credits, depending on the track chosen, a 
score at or above 74 percent on the assessment test administered in MI 415, Senior Seminar, and 
satisfactory completion of all university requirements (both financial and academic). 

Probation 

The student will be placed on program probation for the following semester if any one of the following 
occurs: 

1 . The cumulative grade point average is below the stipulated requirement. 

2. The major G.P.A. is below the stipulated requirement. 

The student will be placed on immediate probation if a recorded violation of the code of ethics occurs 
at any time. The code of ethics can be found in the program clinical education manual and student 
handbook. 

The student will be removed from program probation when: 

1 . The stipulated cumulative grade point average is achieved, providing it is by the completion of 
the following semester. 

2. The terms of probation are met. 

Students can be placed on program probation only one time. 

Dismissal 

Dismissal of the student from the medical imaging program will result if any one of the following 
occurs: 

1 . The student commits a "serious" infraction of the code of ethics, or violates a program policy 
that states program dismissal (see individual program policies). If a student is dismissed and 
files a grievance, they must follow the university policy on the grievance process. During this 
time, the student cannot attend medical imaging classes. 

2. The student fails to meet the terms of probation. 

3. The student does not earn a grade of "C-" or above in all medical imaging courses (any course 
with a MI code), as well as BIO 121 and BIO 122 and PHY 1 18 (If taken off-campus, a 
minimum grade of "C" is required). 

4. The stipulated GPA (overall & in the major) is not met for the second consecutive semester. 
If a student is dismissed a second time, he or she will not be re-admitted. 



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Re-admission 

Once a student is dismissed from the medical imaging program, he or she may apply for re-admission 
for the following year unless the reason for dismissal was an ethical violation. (Students dismissed for 
ethical violations will not be re-admitted.) This is due to the sequential nature of the curricula. The 
student has the opportunity to submit a letter of intent to the department chair for re-admission into the 
program no later than the end of the semester following the semester in which the student was 
dismissed. The request will be considered providing the following criteria are met: an achieved overall 
GPA of 2.75; successful completion of all criteria that were the reason(s) for the initial dismissal; and 
the provision that clinical space is available. Once re-admitted, minimum GPA requirements apply and 
the student cannot be placed on probation again. 

In addition, students who wish to be considered for re-admission must first grade-replace all Ml and/or 
science courses in which a grade of "C-" or above was not earned. Previous performance in both 
clinical and didactic courses will also be considered. Notification of re-acceptance will be in writing 
from the department chair prior to June 1 for the fall semester, or January 1 , depending upon what 
semester this student is re-entering. 

Depending upon the reason for the original dismissal as well as the length of time until the student re- 
enters, students may be required to audit specific program and/or cognate courses previously completed 
as a stipulation for re-admission. These courses can only be taken as audit and cannot earn credits if 
successfully taken previously. The requirements for re-admission will be communicated to the student 
in writing for consideration of acceptance of the re-admission offer. Failure by the student to agree to 
the conditions for re-admission will result in the offer being revoked. In addition, all re-admitted 
students must successfully repeat all previously completed clinical competencies on a pass/fail basis 
only. If re-admission is granted, minimum GPA requirements, as stated above, apply. In addition, if a 
student is required to audit lab courses, a fee for monthly radiation badges will be the responsibility of 
the student. 

The medical imaging department reserves the right to make changes in these policies as the need arises. 
Medical Imaging Major, General Program 

Incoming Freshmen, Fall 2012 
Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 



First Semester Total Credits 15 

BIO 121 Human Structure & Function I 
ENG 1 5 1 University Writing Seminar 
HIS/PS Core Elective 

MTH Math Core (Bank I) 

MI 100 Introduction to Medical 

Imaging 

Sophomore Year 

First Semester Total Credits 15 



5 


Second Semester Total Credits 16 


4 


BIO 122 


Human Structure & Function II 4 


3 


ENG 


Core Elective 3 


3 


HIS/PS 


Core Elective 3 


3 


MTH 115 


Statistics (Core) 3 


2 


PSY 123 


Intro to Psychology 3 



HP 999 


CPR Certification 





MI 204/704 


PHL 100 


Intro to Philosophy 


3 


MI 126/726 


MI 106 


Medical Terminology 


1 




MI 200 


Patient Care 


2 


MI 140 


MI 203/703 


Radiographic Procedures I 


4 


MI 20 1/701 


MI 125/725 


Rad. Exposure & Processing I 


3 


MI 244 


MI 243 


Rad. Image Evaluation I 


2 





Second Semester Total Credits 12 

Rad. Procedures II 4 

Rad. Exposure & Processing 2 
II 

Clinic I (T,R) 2 

Advanced Patient Care 2 

Rad. Image Evaluation II 2 



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Summer Term A-6 wks. Total Credits 2 

MI 160 Clinic II (40 hours per week 

Monday-Friday) 

Junior Year 



First Semester 


Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 17 


PHL 200 or 


Ethical Theory or Social 


3 


HP 410 or 


Intro to Research 3 


PHL 223 


Ethics* 




PSY 232 


Research Methods 


PHY 118/718 


Physics Introduction II 


4 


MI 220/721 
MI 245 


Rad. Physics 2 
Clinic IV (M ,W,F) 3 


MI214 


Rad. Biology and Protection 


2 


MI 290 


Intro, to Cross-Sectional 2 


MI 221 


Special Procedures 


2 




Anatomy 


MI 225 


Clinic III (T,R) 


2 


MI 305 


Advanced Medical Imaging 2 


MI 253 


Imaging Pathology 


2 


MI 450/750 
******* 


Quality Management in 2 

Medical Imaging 

Free Elective 3 


*if Medical Ethics is taken in another discipline (RLS, 


for example) any 


PHL course may be taken. 



Summer Term B-6 Total Credits 2 

wks. 
MI 260 Clinic V (40 hours per week 

Monday-Friday) 

Senior Year 



First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second S 


HP 999 


CPR Recertification 





Core 


******** 


Free Elective 


3 


MI 275 


FA 


Core Elective 


3 




MI 265 


Clinic VI (M,W) (Internship 
Option) 


2 


MI415 


MI 400 


Issues in Medical Imaging 


1 


RLS 




(First 7 weeks) 




FA 


MI415 


Senior Seminar 

(Last 7 weeks - Dec. grads 

only) 





******* 


RLS 104 


World Religions 


3 




******* 


Free Elective 


3 





'iter Total Credits 14 

Behavioral Science Core 3 

Clinic VII (T.R) 2 
(Internship Option) 

Senior Seminar 
(First 7 weeks - May grads) 

Core Elective 3 

Core Elective 3 

Free Elective 3 



Additional graduation requirements: Must take 2 writing intensive courses and fulfill the technical 
competency. 

Total required for graduation 120 credits 



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Medical Imaging Major, Management Minor 

18 Credits 

Incoming Freshmen, Fall 2012 

Sequence of Required Courses 



First Year 












First Semester Total Credits 


15 


Second Semester Total Credits 16 


BIO 121 


Human Structure & Function 
i 


4 


BIO 122 


Human Structure & Function 

II 

Core Elective 


4 


ENG 151 


i 

University Writing Seminar 


3 


ENG 


3 


HIS/PS 


Core Elective 


3 


HIS/PS 


Core Elective 


3 


MTH 


Math Core (Bank I) 


3 


MTH 115 


Statistics (Core) 


3 


MI 100 


Introduction to Medical 
Imaging 


2 


PSY 123 


Intro to Psychology 


3 


Sophomore Year 










First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 15 


HP 999 


CPR Certification 





RLS 104 


World Religions 


3 


BUS 208 


Principles of Management 


3 


MI 204/704 


Radiographic Procedures II 


4 


MI 106 


Medical Terminology 


1 


MI 126/726 


Rad. Exposure & Processing 


2 


MI 200 


Patient Care 


2 




II 




MI 203/703 


Rad. Procedures I 


4 


MI 140 


Clinic I (T,R) 


2 


MI 125/725 


Rad. Exposure & 


3 


MI 201/701 


Advanced Patient Care 


2 




Processing I 




MI 244 


Rad. Image Evaluation II 


2 


MI 243 


Rad. Image Evaluation I 


2 








Summer 


Term A-6 wks. Total Credits 2 








MI 160 


Clinic II (40 hours per week 
Monday-Friday) 










Junior Year 










First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 7 


PHY 


Physics Introduction II 


4 


RLS 


Core Elective 


3 


118/718 






PHL 100 


Intro to Philosophy 


3 


PSY 232 or 


Intro to Research 


3 


MI 220/721 


Radiation Physics 


2 


HP 410 






MI 245 


Clinic IV (M,W, F) 


3 


MI 214 


Rad. Bio and Protection 


2 


MI 290 


Intro, to Cross-Sectional 


2 


MI 221 


Special Procedures 


2 




Anatomy 




MI 225 


Clinic m (T,R) 


2 


MI 305 


Advanced Medical Imaging 


2 


MI 253 


Imaging Pathology 


2 


MI 450/750 


Quality Management in 
Medical Imaging 


2 


Summer 


Term B-6 wks. Total Credits 2 








MI 260 


Clinic V (40 hours per wk Monday- 










Friday) 











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Senior Year 



First Semester Total Credits 15 

HP 999 CPR Recertification 

ACC 101 Principles of Accounting* 

BUS 206 Microeconomics or 

or 207 Contemporary Economics* 

(also CPSSS Core) 
BUS 360 Mgt. of Human Resources* 
FA Core Elective 

MI 265 Clinic VI (M,W) (Internship) 

MI 400 Issues in Medical Imaging 1 

(First 7 weeks) 
MI 415 Senior Seminar 

(last 7 weeks — Dec. grads only) 
** if Medical Ethics is taken in another discipline (RLS, for 
Additional graduation requirements: Must take 2 writing 
competency. 
Total required for graduation 126 credits 



3 


BUS 


3 


FA 




PHL 223 




or 200 


3 


RLS 


3 


MI 275 


2 


MI415 



Second Semester Total Credits 1 7 

BUS Choice* (see catalog) 3 

Choice* (see catalog) 3 

Core Elective 3 

Social Ethics or Ethical 3 
Theory** 

Core Elective 3 

Clinic VII (T, R) (Internship) 2 

Senior Seminar 
(First 7 wks — May grads only) 



example) any PHL course may be taken. 
intensive courses and fulfill the technical 



Medical Imaging Major/Master's Degree, Organizational Management (Human 

Resources Specialization) 

Incoming Freshmen, Fall 2012 

Human Resources Specialization 

1 14 credits Medical Imaging (undergraduate) + 36 credits (graduate) = 150 TOTAL CREDITS 

Note: The OM courses as listed are only a suggestion. Consult OM section of catalog for sequence and 
frequency of course offerings. 

Human Resources Specialization 

Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 

First Semester Total Credits 15 

BIO 1 2 1 Human Structure & Function I 



ENG 151 


University Writing Seminar 


HIS/PS 


Core Elective 


MI 100 


Intro to Medical Imaging 


MTH 


Math Core (Bank I) 


Sophomore Year 


First Semester Total Credi 


HP 999 


CPR Certification 


BUS 208 


Principles of Management 


MI 106 


Medical Terminology 


MI 200 


Patient Care 


MI 203/703 


Rad. Procedures I 


MI 125/725 


Rad. Exposure & Processing I 


MI 243 


Rad. Image Evaluation I 



5 


Second Semester Total Credits 16 


4 


BIO 122 


Human Structure & Function II 4 


3 


ENG 


Core Elective 3 


3 


HIS/PS 


Core Elective 3 


2 


MTH 115 


Statistics (Core) 3 


3 


PSY 123 


Intro to Psych (Core) 3 



Second Semester Total Credits 15 

RLS 104 World Religions 3 

MI 204/704 Rad. Procedures II 4 

MI 1 26/726 Rad. Exposure & Processing 2 

II 

MI 140 Clinic I (T, R) 2 

MI 20 1 /70 1 Advanced Patient Care 2 

MI 244 Rad. Image Evaluation II 2 



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Summer 


Term A-6 wks. Total Credit 


s2 






MI 160 


Clinic II (40 hours per week 
Monday-Friday) 








Junior Year 








First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 7 


BUS 207 


Contemporary Economics 


3 


OM515 


Research Methods 3 




(Core) 




MI 220/721 


Rad. Physics 2 


PHY 


Physics Introduction II 


4 


MI 245 


Clinic IV (M W F) 3 


118/718 






MI 290 


Intro to Cross-Sectional 2 


MI 214 


Rad. Bio & Protection 


2 




Anatomy 


MI 221 


Special Procedures 


2 


MI 305 


Advanced Medical Imaging 2 


MI 225 


Clinic HI (T R) 


2 


MI 450/750 


Quality Management in Med. 2 


MI 253 


Imaging Pathology 


2 


RLS 


Imaging 

Core Elective 3 


Summer 


Term B-6 wks. Total Credits 2 






MI 260 


Clinic V (40 hours per week 
Monday-Friday) 








Senior Year 








First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 14 


HP 999 


CPR Re-certification 




BUS 420 


Small Business Management 3 


PHL 100 


Intro to Philosophy 


3 


FA 


Core Elective 3 


MI 265 


Clinic VI (M,W)(Internship) 


2 


MI 275 


Clinic VU (T,R) 2 


MI 400 


Issues in Medical Imaging 


1 




(Internship Option) 




(first 7 wks) 




MI415 


Senior Seminar 


MI 415 


Senior Seminar 







(first 7 wks-May grads) 




(last 7 weeks - Dec. Grads only) 




OM551 


Organizational 3 


OM509 


Financial Management 


3 




Communication 


OM500 


Organizational Behavior 


3 


PHL 223 


Social Ethics or Ethical 3 


FA 


Core Elective 


3 


or 200 


Theory* 



*if Medical Ethics is taken in another discipline (RLS, for example) any PHL course may be taken. 

Additional graduation requirements: Must take 2 writing intensive courses and fulfill the technical 

competency. 

Total credits to this point: 126 

Master's Degree-Organizational Management 

(Human Resources Specialization*) 

24 additional credits required to complete the M.S. degree 

NOTE: Students may complete the M.S. degree by the end of the 5th academic year through a variety 
of scheduling formats such as weekend, online, or the traditional evening format. Students will need to 
work closely with their graduate academic advisor in order to complete this degree within a 5-year time 
frame that will include summer classes between the 4th and 5th year. Students may take longer to 
complete this degree depending on their preferred format and availability of classes. An example of a 
course sequence, in order to complete the degree within 5 academic years, which can be done on 
campus in the evenings includes: Summer-OM 545, 586; Fall-OM 527, 530, Elective; Spring- OM 538, 
552, 557. (OM 527 and 557 are choices within the requirements for the *Specialization in HR. OM 558 
may be taken in place of either OM 527 or 557). 



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Required During Undergraduate: (12 credits) 

OM 500 Organizational Behavior 

OM 509 Financial Management 

OM 5 1 5 Research Methods 

OM 55 1 Organizational Communication 

Required During Fifth Year: (18 credits) 

OM 530 Legal Aspects of Administration 

OM 552 Regulation of Human Resource Management 

OM 538 Perspectives in Management 

OM 545 Intro, to Human Resource Management 

OM 586 Strategic Planning 

Elective Choose any graduate level course 

AND 
*Human Resources Specialization: (6 credits) 
Choose Two: 

OM 527 Selection, Recruitment, and Training & Development 
OM 557 Performance, Compensation, and Reward Systems 
OM 558 Employee Relations and Services 



Medical Imaging Major/Master's Degree, Organizational Management (Management 
Specialization) 

(Management Specialization*) 

1 19 credits medical imaging (undergraduate) + 36 credits (graduate) = 155 TOTAL CREDITS 

Note: The OM courses as listed are only a suggestion. Consult OM section of catalog for sequence and 
frequency of course offerings. 

Sequence of Required Courses 



First Year 

First Semester Total Credits 15 

BIO 121 Human Structure & Function I 4 



Second Semester Total Credits 16 

BIO 122 Human Structure and Function II 4 



ENG151 


University Writing Seminar 


3 


ENG 


Core Elective 3 


HIS/PS 


Core Elective 


3 


HIS/PS 


Core Elective 3 


MI 100 


Intro to Medical Imaging 


2 


MTH 115 


Statistics (Core) 3 


MTH 


Math Core (Bank I) 


3 


PSY 123 


Intro to Psych (Core) 3 


Sophomore Year 








First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 15 


HP 999 


CPR Certification 




RLS 104 


World Religions 3 


BUS 208 


Principles of Management 


3 


MI 


Rad. Procedures II 4 


MI 106 

MI 200 
MI 

203/703 


Medical Terminology 
Patient Care 
Rad. Procedures I 


1 
2 
4 


204/704 
MI 

126/726 
MI 140 


Rad. Exposure & Processing II 2 
Clinic I (T. R) 2 


MI 

125/725 


Rad. Exposure & Processing I 


3 


MI 

201/701 


Advanced Patient Care 2 


MI 243 


Rad. Image Evaluation I 


2 


MI 244 


Rad. Image Evaluation D 2 



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Summer 



Term A -6 wks 



Total Credits 2 



MI 160 


Clinic II (40 hours per week 
Monday-Friday) 




Junior Year 




First Seme: 


ster Total Credits 


IS 


BUS 207 


Contemporary Economics 
(Core and Prereq. for OM) 


3 


PHY 


Physics Introduction II 


4 


118/718 






MI 214 


Rad. Bio & Protection 


2 


MI 221 


Special Procedures 


2 


MI 225 


Clinic III (T, R) 


2 


MI 253 


Imaging Pathology 


2 



Second Seme. 


ster Total Credits 


17 


OM515 


Research Methods 


3 


MI 220/721 


Rad. Physics 


2 


MI 245 


Clinic IV (M, W, F) 


3 


MI 290 


Intro to Cross-Sectional 
Anatomy 


2 


MI 305 


Advanced Medical Imaging 


2 


MI 450/750 


Quality Management in 
Med. Imaging 


2 


FA 


Core Elective 


3 



Summer 


Term B - 6 wks. Total Credits 2 


MI 260 


Clinic V (40 hours per week 




Monday-Friday) 


Senior Year 


First Semester Total Credits 15 


HP 999 


CPR Re-certification 


PHL 100 


Intro to Philosophy 3 


MI 265 


Clinic VI (M,W) (Internship) 2 


MI 400 


Issues in Medical Imaging 1 




(first 7 wks) 


MI415 


Senior Seminar (last 7 wks - 




Dec. grads only) 


OM509 


Financial Management 3 


OM500 


Organizational Behavior 3 


FA 


Core Elective 3 



Second Semester Total Credits 14 


BUS 420 


Small Business Management 3 


MI 275 


Clinic VH (T, R)(Internship) 2 


MI415 


Senior Seminar (first 7 wks- 




May grads) 


OM551 


Organizational 3 




Communication 


PHL 223 


Social Ethics or Ethical 3 


or 200* 


Theory* 


RLS 


Core Elective 3 



*if Medical Ethics is taken in another discipline (RLS, for example) any PHL course may be taken. 

Additional graduation requirements: Must take 2 writing intensive courses and fulfill the technical 
competency. 

Total credits to this point: 126 

Master's Degree-Organizational Management (Management Specialization*) 

24 additional credits required to complete the M.S. degree 

NOTE: Students may complete the M.S. Degree by the end of the 5th academic year through a variety 
of scheduling formats such as weekend, online, or the traditional evening format. Students will need to 
work closely with their graduate academic advisor in order to complete this degree within a 5-year time 
frame that will include summer classes between the 4th and 5th years. Students may take longer to 
complete this degree depending on their preferred format and availability of classes. An example of a 
course sequence, in order to complete the degree within 5 academic years includes: Summer- OM 535, 
545, 586; Fall- OM 520 and 530; Spring- OM 536, 538, and an Elective. (OM 520 and 536 are choices 
within the required 6 cr. Specialization courses. OM 533 may be taken in place of either 520 or 536). 



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Required During Undergraduate: (12 credits) 

OM 500 Organizational Behavior 

OM 509 Financial Management 

OM 5 1 5 Research Methods 

OM 551 Organizational Communication 

Required during Fifth Year: (18 credits) 
OM 530 Legal Aspects of Administration 
OM 535 Leadership 
OM 538 Perspectives in Management 
OM 545 Intro, to Human Resource 

Management 
OM 586 Strategic Planning 
Elective Choose any graduate level course 

AND 
* Specialization, Management: (6 credits) Choose two: 

OM 520 Intro to Management Info Systems 
OM 533 Managing Customer Satisfaction 
OM 536 Marketing Management 

Medical Imaging Major, Combined Certificate Diagnostic Medical Sonography 
Incoming Freshmen, Fall 2012 

Department Chair Sheryl Goss, MS, RT, (R), RDMS, RDCS, RVT 

In order to pursue the combined bachelor of science in medical imaging/certificate in diagnostic 
medical sonography (DMS), students must meet the stated requirements for admission to the DMS 
certificate program (see section on Diagnostic Medical Sonography). In addition, students must meet 
with the sonography department chair and submit an application prior to the fall, mid-semester of the 
junior year. Commitment to the DMS program must be given to both advisors, in writing, during the 
second week of the spring semester, junior year. In consideration of the combination of the MI major 
and DMS course loads, students must possess a minimum GPA in the medical imaging major courses of 
2.7 in order to pursue this dual track. If not admitted at this point, students may re-apply upon 
completion of their B.S. in medical imaging. 

Students may complete both the B.S. in medical imaging and the DMS Certificate in less than 5 
academic years following this sequence. Please note sessions III through VI are part time credit load. 
For example, students entering as first year in fall, 201 1, can complete both by the end of March, 2016. 
This will result in the student (already possessing the professional A.R.R.T. credential) being eligible to 
apply for the national exam administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography 
(ARDMS). Upon successful completion of the examination, the student will earn the professional 
credential of Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS). The student will then hold the 
professional credential of: Mary Smith, BS, RT (R), RDMS. 

The program offers an Introduction to Vascular Sonography as a foundation to perform non-invasive 
vascular sonographic examinations. With further study and clinical experience, the graduate can apply 
for the Registered Vascular Technology exam and upon successful completion, earn the RVT 
credential. 



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Sequence of Required Courses 



Freshman Year 

First Semester Total Credits 15 

BIO 121 Human Structure & Function I 4 



ENG 151 
HIS/PS 


University Writing Seminar 3 
Core Elective 3 


MI 100 
MTH 


Intro to Medical Imaging 2 
Math Core (Bank I) 3 


Sophomore Year 


First Semester Total Credits 15 


HP 999 


CPR Certification 


PHL 100 
MI 106 
MI 200 
MI 

901/70^ 


Intro to Philosophy 3 
Medical Terminology 1 
Patient Careq 2 
Rad. Procedures I 4 


MI 

125/725 


Rad. Exposure & Processing I 3 


MI 243 


Rad. Image Evaluation I 2 



Second Semester 



Total Credits 16 



Core Behavioral Science Core 3 

BIO 122 Human Structure & Function II 4 

ENG Core Elective 3 

HIS/PS Core Elective 3 

MTH 115 Statistics (Core) 3 



Second Semester Total Credits 15 

4 



MI 


Rad. Procedures II 


204/704 




MI 


Rad. Exposure & Process 


126/726 




MI 140 


Clinic I (T, R) 


MI 


Advanced Patient Care 


201/701 




MI 244 


Rad. Image Evaluation II 


RLS 104 


World Religions 



Summer Term A-6 wks. Total Credits 2 

MI 1 60 Clinic I (40 hours per week 

Monday-Friday) 



Junior Year 


First Semester Total Credits 18 


FA 


Core Elective 3 


PSY 123 


Intro to Psych 3 


PHY 


Physics Introduction EI 4 


118/718 




MI 214 


Rad. Biology and Protection 2 


MI 221 


Special Procedures 2 


MI 225 


Clinic HI (T, R) 2 


MI 253 


Imaging Pathology 2 



Second Semester Total Credits 


17 


HP410 


Intro to Research 


3 


PSY 232 


or 

Research Methods 




MI 220/721 


Rad. Physics 


2 


MI 245 


Clinic IV (M, W, F) 


3 


MI 290 


Intro to Cross-Sectional 
Anatomy 


2 


MI 305 


Advanced Medical Imaging 


2 


MI 450/750 


Quality Management in 
Medical Imaging 


2 


FA 


Core Elective 


3 



Summer Term B-6 wks. Total Credits 2 

MI 260 Clinic V (40 hours per week 

Monday-Friday) 



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Senior Year* 

First Semester 



HP 999 
DMS 101 
DMS 102 
DMS 107 
DMS 1 1 1 



MI 265 
MI415 

PHL 223 
or 200 

MI 400 



Total Credits 15 Second Semester Total Credits 14 

DMS 130# Clinical Sonography I 2 

Abdominal Sonography 3 

Pelvic Sonography 3 

High Resolution Sonography 3 

Senior Seminar 
(First 7 weeks - May grads) 

Core Elective (Term A) 3 



DMS 117 
DMS 122 
DMS 127 
MI415 



RLS 



CPR Recertification 
Introduction to Sonography 
Introduction to Sonography Lab 
US Physics and Instrumentation 
Sonographic Cross-Sect. 
Anatomy 

Clinic VI (M, W) (Internship) 
Senior Seminar (Last 7 weeks - 
Dec. grads only) 

Social Ethics or 3 

Ethical Theory** 

Issues in Medical Imaging 1 

(First 7 weeks) 

**// Medical Ethics is taken in another discipline (RLS, for example) any PHL course may be taken. 

Additional graduation requirements: Must take 2 writing intensive courses and fulfill the technical 
competency. 

Total credits required for graduation (BS, Medical Imaging) 129 (20 credits toward DMS certificate) 

* Senior year of B.S. -Medical Imaging overlaps with Sessions I and II of DMS Certificate. 

# DMS 130 (Clinical Sonography I) is an equivalent course for MI 275. 
Note: DMS courses will be taught on alternating weekends. 



Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate 

Sequence of Required Courses 

Session III 

Summer I Total Credits 8 

DMS 152 Obstetrical Sonography I 3 

Fetal and Neonatal Anomalies* 3 
Clinical Sonography II 2 



DMS 155 


DMS 140 


Session V 


Fall 


DMS 265 


DMS 277 


DMS 287 


DMS 290 



Total Credits 9 

Intro to Vascular Sonography 3 

Interventional Sonography 1 

Journal and Case Study Review 1 

Clinical Sonography IV 4 

Total credits in DMS program 48 

Total combined credits 157 



Session IV 
Summer II 
DMS 245 
DMS 155 

DMS 255 



Total Credits 5 
Obstetrical Sonography II 3 

Fetal and Neonatal Anomalies* 
(continued from Session III) 
Clinical Sonography HI 2 



Session VI 

Spring (ends in March) Total Credits 6 

DMS 282 Issues in Sonography 1 

DMS 297 Comprehensive Registry 3 

Review 
DMS 300 Clinical Sonography V 2 



See Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate Course Descriptions. 

* Fetal and Neonatal Anomalies runs for the entire 14 weeks, encompassing Session III and IV. Credits 
assigned in Session III. 



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Medical Imaging Major, Combined Certificate in Nuclear Medicine Technology 
In order to pursue the combined bachelor of science in medical imaging/certificate in nuclear medicine 
technology (NMT), students must meet the stated requirements for admission to the NMT certificate 
program (see section on Nuclear Medicine Technology). In addition, students must meet with the 
nuclear medicine program director and submit an application no later than then end of the fall semester, 
junior year. Decision/notification occurs in mid-February. 

In consideration of the combination of the MI major and NMT course loads, students must possess a 
minimum GPA in the medical imaging major courses of 2.75 at the time of application as well as 
beginning the NMT program. If not admitted at this point, students may re-apply upon completion of 
their B.S. in medical imaging. 

Students may complete both the B.S. in medical imaging and the NMT certificate in five academic 
years, following this sequence. Upon completion of the medical imaging requirements, students will be 
awarded the B.S. degree so they may sit for the A.R.R.T. examination in Radiography after the fourth 
year, then continue with the NMT certificate, already begun during their senior year of the MI major. 
The NMT certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of all certificate requirements, at 
which time students may sit for the certification exam in Nuclear Medicine administered by the Nuclear 
Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) and/or the registry exam in Nuclear Medicine 
administered by the A.R.R.T. Upon successful completion of the exams, students will hold the 
credential Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist (CNMT) and/or Registered Nuclear Medicine 
Technologist, R.T. (N). Please note that Sessions III-VI are part-time in this track. 

Sequence of Required Courses 



First Year 

First Semester Total Credits 15 

BIO 121 Human Structure & Function I 

ENG 151 University Writing Seminar 

HIS/PS Core Elective 

MI 100 Intro to Medical Imaging 

MTH Math Core (Bank I) 



'5 


Second Semester Total Credits 16 


4 


PHL 100 


Introduction to Philosophy 3 


3 


BIO 122 


Human Structure & Function II 4 


3 


ENG 


Core Elective 3 


2 


HIS/PS 


Core Elective 3 


3 


MTH 115 


Statistics (Core) 3 



Sophomore Year 



First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 15 


HP 999 


CPR Certification 




PSY 123 


Introduction to Psychology 3 


MI 106 


Medical Terminology 


1 


MI 


Rad. Procedures II 4 


MI 200 


Patient Care 


2 


204/704 




MI 


Rad. Procedures I 


4 


MI 


Rad. Exposure & Processing II 2 


203/703 






126/726 




MI 


Rad. Exposure & Processing I 


3 


MI 140 


Clinic I (T, R) 2 


125/725 






MI 


Advanced Patient Care 2 


MI 243 


Rad. Image Evaluation I 


2 


201/701 




PHL 200 


Ethical Theory 


3 


MI 244 


Rad. Image Evaluation D 2 


Summer 


Term A-6 wks. Total Credits 2 






MI 160 


Clinic I (40 hours per week 
Monday-Friday) 









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Junior Year 



First Semester Total Credits 16 

PHY Physics Introduction II 4 

118/718 



CHM 104 
orCHM 

133 

MI 214 
MI 221 
MI 225 
MI 253 



General Chemistry or 4 
Principles of Chemistry I 

Rad. Biology and Protection 2 

Special Procedures 2 

Clinic ffl (T, R) 2 

Imaging Pathology 2 



Second Semester Total Credits 14 


HP 410 


Intro to Research 3 


PSY 232 


or 

Research Methods 


MI 


Rad. Physics 2 


220/721 




MI 245 


Clinic IV (M, W, F) 3 


MI 290 


Intro to Cross-Sectional 2 




Anatomy 


MI 305 


Advanced Medical Imaging 2 


MI 


Quality Management in 2 


450/750 


Medical Imaging 



Summer Term B-6 wks. Total Credits 2 

MI 260 Clinic V (40 hours per week 

Monday-Friday) 
*CHM 104 only offered on T, R at present. Students may want to consider taking this during Fall 
sophomore year or during the summer. CHM 133 usually offered M.W.F. Fall only. 

Senior Year 



First Semester Total Credi 


tsl4 


HP 999 


CPR Recertification 





FA 


Core Elective 


3 


MI 400 


Issues in Medical Imaging 
(First 7 weeks) 


1 


NMT 100 


Clinic I (M,W) 


2 


NMT110 


General Diagnostic & 
Therapeutic Nuc. Medicine 
Procedures 


3 


NMT 120 


Intro to Nuclear Medicine 
Operations & Administration 


2 


RLS104 


World Religions 


3 



Second Semester Total Credits 14 


Core 


Behavioral Science Core 3 


MI415 


Senior Seminar 




(First 7 weeks - May grads) 


NMT 105 


Clinic II (T, R) 2 


NMT 230 


Radiation Physics Safety & 3 




Regulations for NMT 




Professionals 


FA 


Core Elective 3 


RLS 


Core Elective 3 



Graduation Requirements: Must take 2 writing intensive courses and fulfill techical competency 
requirement 

Total required for graduation 123 credits 

NMT courses are in either Weekend College or On-line format 



NMT Certificate 
Session III 



Summer I 
NMT 200 
NMT 210 



Total Credits 4 

1 
3 



Clinic ni(16hrs/7 wks T,R) 

Nuclear Medicine 

Instrumentation & Quality 

Control 
NMT 3 1 0* Radionuclide Chemistry, 

Radiopharmacy & 

Pharmacology 
*NMT 210 and 310 run the entire summer 



Session IV 

Summer 11 Total Credits 4 

NMT 205 Clinic IV ( 1 6hrs/7 wks T,R) 1 

(PET/CT Rotation) 
NMT 220 Medical Informatics 1 

Total Credits - Summer 1 and 11: 8 



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NMT Certificate 

Session V Session VI 

Fall Total Credits 4 Spring Total Credits 3 

NMT 225 PET/CT Imaging Procedures 1 NMT 305 Clinic VI (24hrs/wk- M,W,F) 3 

NMT 300 Clinical V( 16 hrs/wks-T,R) 2 NMT 320 Nuclear Medicine Registry 

NMT 315 Nuclear Medicine Case Review 1 Review 

Total credits: 123 (BS) + 15 (Certificate) =138 

Medical Imaging Major, Expressway Program for Registered Radiologic 
Technologists 

The Expressway program in Medical Imaging allows registered radiologic technologists who are unable 
to attend college in the traditional daytime format the opportunity to pursue a B.S. degree on a part- 
time basis, through a combination of (expressway) accelerated evening, online, and/or weekend 
courses. Forty-nine credits are awarded toward this degree for previous completion of the R.T. (R) 
certification from a hospital-based program in recognition of the R.T. as a professional credential. 
A.A.S. degree holders will have their college transcript evaluated. 

Prior radiologic technology education will place the applicant into 1 of the 3 groups: 

Group 1: Graduate of a J.R.C.E.R.T. approved hospital-based Radiologic Technology program (No 
degree or prior college credits) 

-49 professional credential credits (PCC) awarded after portfolio review (school record and proof 
of R.T. (R) required). 

Group 2: Graduate of a J.R.C.E.R.T. approved hospital -based R.T. program and no degree but some 
earned college credits. 

-49 professional credential credits awarded for R.T. after portfolio review (school record and 
proof of R.T. (R) required), plus; 

-Evaluation of previous college level courses for possible transfer credits (official transcript 
required.) 

Group 3: A.S. or A.A.S. degree in Radiologic Technology from an accredited institution 

-41 professional credential credits awarded for R.T. (R). 

-In addition, evaluation of degree as transfer credits (official transcript and proof of R.T. 
required) up to 60 credits. A minimum of 30 credits is required for graduation. 

Admission, Retention, and Graduation Requirements 

The following policies with respect to retention, promotion, graduation, probation, and dismissal 
supersede any policy statements and/or information set forth in previous University catalogs. 

Admission Process/Requirements 

Admission to the Medical Imaging program can be requested for any semester by calling The Office of 
Adult Education at (570)674-6451. The application process involves submission of the following to The 
Office of Adult Education at the address noted below: 

• Completed application with fee or free if completed on-line. For Misericordia A.A.S. degree- 
holders, fee is waived. 

• Two letters of reference (one from current supervisor) attesting to your potential success in this 
program. 

• A copy of current professional certification (ARRT) 



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• Official transcripts from all institutions attended demonstrating a minimum overall G.P.A. of 
2.75. For hospital-based R.T.'s with a numerical system, a minimum overall grade of 85 is 
required. For hospital-based R.T.'s with some transfer credits, both criteria apply. To transfer 
MI equivalent or science credits, a minimum grade of "C" is required. 

Send to: The Center for Adult & Continuing Education at the university's address. Transcripts will 
then be reviewed by the Registrar for an official evaluation. 

Retention/Probation/Dismissal/Re-Admission 

Retention 

Once formally admitted to the major, in order to be retained, the student must: 

• demonstrate a minimum overall grade point average (G.P.A.) of 2.3 throughout the program; 

• demonstrate a minimum G.P.A. of 2.3 in Mi-coded courses throughout the program; 

• earn a minimum grade of "C-" in all MI and Science-coded courses ; 

• maintain A.R.R.T. certification in good standing while enrolled in the program through 
submission of current card yearly; 

• Secure their clinical internship site(s) in order to complete MI 102E, 202E, 302E and 402E. 
(Students must make their own arrangements to meet this requirement) 

Probation 

In the event your overall G.P.A. or MI course G.P.A. falls below 2.30 at any time you are enrolled in 
the Medical Imaging major, you will be placed on program probation for the next consecutive semester 
in which you are enrolled in a course. The stipulated G.P.A. of 2.30 must be met by the end of the next 
consecutive semester in which you are enrolled in a course in order to be retained in the major. 
Probation is granted one time. 

Dismissal 

Dismissal of the student from the medical imaging program will result if any one of the following 
occurs: 

1 . The student commits a "serious" infraction of the code of ethics, or violates a program policy 
that states immediate program dismissal (see individual program policies). If a student is 
dismissed and files a grievance, they must follow the university policy on the grievance 
process. During this time, the student cannot attend medical imaging classes. 

2. The student fails to meet the terms of probation. 

3. The student does not earn a minimum grade of "C-" in all medical imaging courses (any course 
with a MI code), as well as any science coded courses (If taken off-campus, a minimum grade 
of "C" is required). 

Students dismissed for ethical violations will not be re-admitted. If a student is dismissed a second time 
for any reason, he or she will not be re-admitted. 

Re-Admission 

In the event a student is not retained, they may re-apply once the minimum G.P.A. is met and the 
reason for dismissal has been corrected. Re-admission is granted one time. 

Graduation Requirements 

GPA of 2.3, both overall, as well as in the major courses when separated out; minimum of 120 credits 
that apply toward the degree, and satisfactory completion of all university requirements (both financial 
and academic). 

The medical imaging department reserves the right to make changes in these policies as the need arises. 



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Curricula 

The bachelor of science degree in medical imaging incorporates the university's core curriculum 
requirements that provide a liberal arts foundation. Students may pursue either the management minor 
track or general track within the major. For specific information on coursework, contact the Medical 
Imaging Director of Expressway. 

Clinical Internship in an Advanced Modality: 

(Please note that students are responsible to secure their own clinical placement to complete these 

requirements) 

1 . If a student has earned an advanced certification and holds a current certificate in: CT, MR1, 
Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, Special Procedures, Cardiac Catheterization, 
Mammography, Sonography, or Bone Densitometry, from a recognized accrediting agency, MI 
102E, 202E, 302E and 402E may be waived (however the minimum number of credits must 
still be earned for graduation.). This can be done through free electives once the required 
courses are met. Evidence of possession of an advanced modality must be submitted to the 
Director of Expressway- Medical Imaging and this certification must be maintained throughout 
the time the student is enrolled in the program. 

2. If a student has not earned an advanced certification in: CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation 
Therapy, Special Procedures, Cardiac Cath, Mammography, Sonography, or Bone 
Densitometry, but is presently employed in one of these areas at the time they are accepted, and 
during the time they are enrolled pursuing a B.S. degree in Medical Imaging, MI 1 02E and 202E 
will be waived; providing they have met the minimum number of hours as described in the 
course descriptions for the clinical courses for MI 102E and 202E. Satisfaction of hours must 
be demonstrated through a letter from your employer with dates of service itemized and 
equaling 200 hours. These hours must be post-acceptance into this program. If any of the 
clinical requirements are waived, the minimum number of credits must still be earned for 
graduation. This can be done through free electives once the required courses are met. MI 302E 
and 402E can then be completed at the student's work site. Documentation of hours worked is 
required until the minimum* number of required hours is met and must be hours completed post 
acceptance into this program and beyond those counted toward waiving MI 102E and 202E. 

3. If a student does not fall into either category: 1 . or 2. above, they must complete MI 1 02E, 
202E, 302E and 402E. Students must make their own arrangements to secure an internship in 
order to meet the clinical requirement. While students must secure their own internship site; it 
must be approved by the department chairperson, as a contract must be in effect for liability 
purposes. The contract will be initiated by Misericordia's Medical Imaging Department. The 
Medical Imaging Department is not responsible for delays in contract signatures by affiliated 
sites. 

*A minimum of 100 documented hours must be completed for each clinical internship course: MI 102E, 
202E, 302E and 402E. MI 102E and 202E may be taken concurrently. MI 302E and 402E may be taken 
concurrently. 

Health Examination 

Before students can begin the clinical experience, they must submit a health clearance form report each 
year they are enrolled in a clinical experience. A complete list of required exams and immunizations 
will be provided to all medical imaging majors prior to their first clinical course. 

The health clearance form must be submitted to the Director of Medical Imaging Expressway by the 
student and as one complete packet no later than the date specified in correspondence by the Director. 
Normal results are good for one year from the date of test. Additional requirements also apply. A 
complete list of requirements will be provided to the student. 

Special Expenses 

In addition to tuition, fees, and books, expenses for the medical imaging major may include CPR 

certification and re-certification, malpractice liability insurance, uniforms, health examination fees, 



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immunization fees, and fee for criminal record checks. A fee will be charged to the student's bill when 
they are enrolled in clinical experiences to cover the cost of: name tag; radiation badges; student 
handbook; and liability insurance (if applicable). 

Students must also possess, at their expense, current health clearance, Criminal Background Check, 
Finger Print Based Federal Criminal History Records Clearance, 10 panel drug screen, and PA Child 
Abuse Clearance, CPR certification as a Health Care Provider (that includes Adult, Child, Infant with 
AED), also known as "Professional Rescuer", with submission of documentation according to 
department policies. Students are encouraged to start this process one semester before their clinical 
rotation will start; without these clearances students can not start their clinical rotations. In addition, 
documentation of HIPAA education must be provided. HIPAA education can be obtained through the 
Medical Imaging department. Please note: in some cases, affiliates have additional requirements than 
the MI department has, and all must be met in order to be in compliance with the contract in order to be 
placed at the site. 

Nursing Major 

College of Health Sciences 

Degree BSN, Nursing 

Department Chair Cynthia Mailloux, PhD, RN 

Faculty 

Audrey Cunfer, Assistant Professor of Nursing, BSN College Misericordia, MSN Misericordia University 

Evelyn Dogbey, Assistant Professor of Nursing, BSN Villanova University, MSN Temple University, PhD 
Widener University 

Kathleen Gelso, Assistant Professor of Nursing - clinical faculty, BSN Villanova University, MSN College 
Misericordia 

Tracey Golder, Assistant Professor of Nursing, BSN Pennsylvania College of Technology; MSN 
Bloomsburg University 

Brenda Hage, Professor of Nursing, BSN State University of New York at Albany; MSN College 
Misericordia, PhD Virginia Commonwealth University; DNP Chatham University 

Todd Hastings, Assistant Professor of Nursing, BA Rutger's University; MS The Pennsylvania State 
University; MS Wilkes University 

Michele Hawkins, Assistant Professor of Nursing - clinical faculty, BSN Wilkes University; MSN College 
Misericordia 

Cynthia Mailloux, Chair - Professor of Nursing, BSN Wilkes University; MSN College Misericordia; PhD 
The Pennsylvania State University 

Vanessa Mayorowski, Assistant Professor of Nursing - clinical faculty, BSN Marywood College; MSN 
College Misericordia 

Brenda Pavill, Associate Professor of Nursing, BSN Wilkes University, MSN College Misericordia, PhD 
Marywood University 

Kathleen R. Sheikh, Assitant Professor of Nursing, BSN Villanova University, MSN College Misericordia 

Donna Ayers Snelson, Associate Professor of Nursing, BSNE Wilkes University; MSN University of 
Pennsylvania; D Ed. The Pennsylvania State University 

Christina Tomkins, Assistant Professor of Nursing - clinical faculty, BSN, MSN Bloomsburg University 

Marion Villano, Assistant Professor of Nursing, BSN, MSN College Misericordia 

Annette Weiss, Assistant Professor of Nursing, BSN The Pennsylvania State University; MSN University of 
Hartford; PhD Duquesne University 

Philosophy 

The Department of Nursing at Misericordia University is an integral part of the College of Health 
Sciences. The nursing faculty supports the mission of the University and the principles of academic 



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excellence, service leadership, and professional preparation which are components of the Trinity of 
Learning. The faculty is committed to providing quality education to its students, hased on the values of 
mercy, service, justice, and hospitality. The beliefs serve as the foundation of the nursing curriculum. 
Faculty holds the following beliefs about persons, environment, health, and nursing. 

Persons. Persons are whole human beings, unique in their inherent worth and dignity. Persons function 
as autonomous agents characterized by the capacity for emotions, reasoning, and perceiving. 

Environment. Environment is the context in which persons exist. Environment is dynamic, 
multidimensional and reciprocal. 

Health. Health is experienced by persons as a dynamic state of being which results from a process of 
making choices over time. 

Nursing. Nursing is a learned profession based on its own theory and science. As a science, nursing 
focuses on research, information, and health care technology which are foundational to evidenced based 
practice. As a practice, nursing is concerned with the health and well being of persons as individuals, 
families, groups, communities, and the global society. Communication skills are an essential 
component of the nurse person relationship. Nurses support the active participation of persons in 
determining health care decisions. They are engaged in health promotion, risk reduction, disease 
prevention, and illness and disease management which involve the shared responsibility of persons, 
health care providers and society. Nurses use critical thinking and the nursing process to design, 
provide, manage and coordinate care within the health care system. Ethical and legal principles guide 
the practice of professional nursing. 

The faculty further believes that teaching/learning is a co-creative process. Learning is a life long 
process that involves critical thinking and intellectual curiosity. Learning occurs when the student is an 
active participant in the learning process. Students share in the responsibility to achieve their highest 
potential. 

Teaching is viewed as an empowering process. Members of the faculty engage with diverse learners to 
achieve outcomes of the nursing program and promote educational mobility. Faculty enhances the 
teaching/learning process by maintaining current knowledge in the discipline of nursing and integrating 
research and service into nursing education. 

Undergraduate education in nursing cultivates higher order thinking skills through the integration of 
liberal arts and professional studies. The undergraduate nursing program prepares professional nurses 
for leadership roles in health care. Students are prepared as nurse generalists to assist people with 
managing an increasingly complex system of care. At the end of the curriculum students are prepared 
for graduate study in nursing. 

Consistent with the mission of the university and its goals for graduate education, the nursing faculty 
believes that master's education in nursing builds on the skills of a baccalaureate nursing education. 
Master's nursing education has as its primary focus the advanced practice clinical role. Advanced 
practice nurses are educated to practice independently and interdependently in the role of health care 
providers. The faculty believes that the transition to the role of advance practice nurse occurs 
throughout the entire master's program and results in the preparation of a clinician who is able to 
provide a broad range of health care services that are directed toward the improvement of patient care 
outcomes. Finally, faculty believes that master's education in nursing provides the foundation for 
future doctoral study in nursing. 

The nursing faculty purport that graduate education assists students to acquire higher-order critical 
thinking and decision making skills. Advanced practice nurses are prepared to analyze, synthesize, and 
utilize research evidence to provide high quality health care, initiate change, and improve practice. As 
beginning clinicians, students must develop an understanding of health care policy, organization, and 
finance and use this knowledge to make cost-effective clinical decisions, to improve health care 
delivery, and to enhance outcomes of patient care. Master's nursing education promotes an 
understanding of the principles, personal values, and beliefs that provide a framework for the decision 



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making and consultation processes which influence the interventions and care delivered by clinicians. 
Professional role development provides students with a clear understanding of the nursing profession, 
advanced practice nursing roles, and the requirements for, and regulation of, these roles. Master's 
nursing education exposes students to a broad range of nursing and related theories and facilitates the 
integration of appropriate theory in the development of comprehensive and holistic approaches to care. 
Advanced practice nursing students understand the wide diversity of sub-cultural influences on human 
behavior including ethnic, racial, gender, age and class differences and demonstrate this understanding 
in the delivery of culturally sensitive care. Clinicians prepared in an advanced practice nursing 
program develop a strong theoretical foundation in health promotion, illness prevention, disease 
management, and maintenance of function across the health/illness continuum. These clinicians 
generate and use expert teaching and coaching strategies to promote and preserve health and healthy 
life styles. 

Advanced practice nursing education requires additional core skills and knowledge to further support 
the role of clinician. Expert clinicians conduct comprehensive health assessments and physical 
examinations, using increasingly sophisticated communication and observational skills. They apply 
knowledge of system-focused, physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease as a basis for physical 
examination, diagnostic reasoning, decision making, and management of care. Knowledge of advanced 
pharmacology, including pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacokinetics of broad categories of 
pharmacologic agents, is essential to the clinician's selection of appropriate disease management and 
treatment modalities. Finally, advanced practice nursing students must have the opportunity to master 
knowledge of health care problems and to apply knowledge and skills in extensive clinical practice. 

Undergraduate Nursing Program 
Outcomes 

All graduates of the undergraduate nursing program will be able to: 

1 . Incorporate science, theoretical and empirical knowledge from the liberal arts, basic sciences, 
and nursing to promote health, risk reduction, disease prevention, and, illness and disease 
management for the welfare of others. 

2. Utilize an evidence based approach in the delivery of health care to individuals, families, 
groups, and communities within the global society. 

3. Use critical thinking skills and the nursing process to design, provide, manage, and coordinate 
nursing care. 

4. Participate with patients and interdisciplinary team members to improve quality patient care. 

5. Incorporate knowledge of leadership management principles in professional role development. 

6. Provide safe, humanistic nursing care to patients in a variety of settings by demonstrating 
respect for patient rights, professionalism, and ethical decision-making. 

7. Demonstrate information literacy and utilization of healthcare technologies used to support the 
delivery of health care. 

Policies 

Policies specific to the nursing major are published in the undergraduate nursing student policy 
handbook. Each student is required to review the handbook online each academic year and submit the 
completed acceptance form to the nursing department secretary no later than the third week of the fall 
semester. 

Selection, Advancement, and Graduation Criteria 

Admission into Nursing 

Students admitted to nursing in the traditional nursing undergraduate program (first year) must meet the 
general admission requirements of Misericordia University in addition to program-specific 



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requirements specified below. Full-time transfer students must meet admission requirements as 
specified in the transfer student section of this catalog. Non-traditional applicants, such as second 
degree students and registered nurse students, must meet specific requirements as outlined below and in 
the appropriate nursing student policy handbooks. All non-nursing transfer credits will be evaluated by 
the registrar and the nursing department chair (or designee) to determine equivalencies. 

Admission into undergraduate nursing requires: 

a. SAT scores of 960 with a minimum score of 450 in the math and verbal exams. Students 
who are applying for admission into the nursing major (both first time and transfer student 
admission) and who have either not taken the SAT examination or not achieved the 
admission SAT requirements published in the Misericordia University catalog, will be 
required to schedule and complete the NLN Nursing Entrance Examination. A proficiency 
score of 80% or higher on the NLN Nursing Entrance Examination is required in order to 
be considered for admission into the major. 

b. High school average of 80 or higher 

c. B or above in science and mathematics courses 

d. Completion of one year of chemistry, biology, and mathematics (including one semester of 
algebra). 

Admission into the second degree nursing program requires: 

a. Completed bachelor's degree 

b. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 

c. Completion of BIO 211, 212, 227, PSY 275, HP 241 for full-time option only; in special 
circumstances, one or more of these courses can be completed as junior co-requisites with 
permission of the department chairperson. 

Admission for RN students (those holding an RN license) include: 

a. Graduation from an approved associate's degree or diploma nursing program; students are 
required to submit transcripts of all prior college-level course work and a copy of the RN 
license 

b. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 for all prior college-level course work 

c. Official written verification of a minimum of 1 ,000 hours of clinical practice in the past 
three years (waived for graduates of basic nursing programs in the three years prior to 
application). 

Note: Curriculum requirements may vary based on transcript evaluation. 

To be compliant with our clinical agencies, during clinical semesters all students will be required to 
complete a FBI clearance, PA criminal background check, child abuse clearance, and 10 panel drug 
screening. If any report indicates a relevant criminal background check, the student will be prohibited 
from entrance into the nursing program. If a student incurs a relevant background check while enrolled, 
the student will be immediately dismissed from the nursing program. 

State Board Requirements 

The nursing department, in accordance with the State Board of Nurse Examiners, advises all nursing 
students that felonious acts prohibit licensure in Pennsylvania as of January 1, 1997. The following is 
taken from the law. 

The Board shall not issue a license or certificate to an applicant who has been: 

1. Convicted* of a felonious act prohibited by the act of April 14, 1972 (P.L. 233, No. 64), known 
as "The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act", or 

2. Convicted* of a felony relating to a controlled substance in a court of law of the United States 
and any other state, territory or country unless: 



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a. At least ten years have elapsed from the date of the conviction; 

b. The applicant satisfactorily demonstrates to the Board significant progress in personal 
rehabilitation since the conviction such that licensure should not create a substantial risk of 
harm to the health and safety of patients or the public or a substantial risk of further 
criminal violations, and 

c. The applicant otherwise satisfies the qualifications contained in this act. 

A person convicted of any felonious act may be prohibited from licensure by the Board of Nursing at 
any time. 

* Convicted includes a judgment, an admission of guilt, or a plea of no lo contendere. 

Special Expenses 

In addition to tuition and fees, expenses for the major includes CPR certification and recertification, 
malpractice liability insurance, uniforms, NCLEX examination fee, developmental testing fees, annual 
health examination and immunization fees, clinical lab, membership in the National Student Nurses 
Association, and field trip expenses. 

Transfer Students 

All non-nursing transfer college credits will be evaluated by the registrar and the nursing department to 
determine equivalencies. Related field AAS degree-holders will be required to complete either by direct 
transfer and/or completion of coursework at Misericordia University, at least one course in all core 
curriculum areas prior to graduation. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to transfer into the nursing 
program. Students who receive a C- or below in two or more cognates will not be considered for 
admission into the nursing program. 

Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Program 

Normal Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 



First Semester 



Total Credits 15 



Second Semester 



Core Natural Science Core 3 

PS Y 123 Introduction to Psychology 3 

Core History/Political Science Core 3 

ENG 151 University Writing Seminar 3 

SOC 101 Comparative Sociology 3 



Total Credits 15 
3 



Core English Core 

Core Fine Arts Core 3 

Core History/Political Science Core 3 

PHL 100 Introduction to Philosophy 3 

PSY 275 Developmental Psychology 3 



Sophomore Year 

First Semester 

BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology 4 

BIO 227 Bacteriology 4 

MTH Core Math Bank I course 3 

HP 241 Fundamentals of Nutrition 3 

Core Philosophy Core 3 



Total Credits 17 Second Semester Total Credits 15 

BIO 212 Anatomy and Physiology 4 

NSG201 Foundations of Nursing 3 

NSG 300 Conceptual Basis of 2 

Professional Nursing 

MTH 115 Statistics 3 

RLS 104 World Religions 3 



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Junior Year 

First Semester Total Credits 15 

NSG301 FHP Adult 1 6 

NSG 302 FHP Psych-mental Health 4 

NSG 305 Physical Assessment 3 

FA Core 3 



Second Semester Total Credits 16 

NSG 320 Principles of Pharmacology 3 



NSG 303 


FHP Adult 1 1 


6 


NSG 304 


FHP Pediatric Nursing 


4 


RLS 


Core 


3 



Senior Year 










First Semester 


Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 


17 


NSG 410 


Intro, to Nursing Research 


3 


NSG 403 


FHP Aggregates and 


4 


NSG 401 


FHP Adult 1 1 1 


5 




Populations 




NSG 402 


FHP Child-bearing and 


4 


NSG 404 


FHP Adult IV 


4 




Family 




NSG 405 


Baccalaureate Capstone 


3 




Free Elective 


3 




Free Elective 
Free Elective 


3 
3 



Total required credits for graduation 126 credits 



Normal Sequence for Non-traditional Students 

Accelerated Registered Nurse Option: Expressway RN to BSN§ 

The Accelerated Expressway RN to BSN Program is designed for highly motivated registered nurses 
who want to earn their degree in a timely manner. Credits are earned through transfer, advanced 
placement, and matriculation. Advanced placement credits (32 credits) for course work completed in a 
state-approved, nationally accredited associate's degree or diploma nursing program are awarded 
following successful completion of designated courses in the RN curriculum. After a transcript 
evaluation has been completed, the RN student completes the necessary individually determined core 
and cognate credits along with 22 credits of course work in the professional nursing major. This course 
work includes one clinical practice course in community health, which uses a flexible adult learning 
model for scheduling. As adult learners, RN students also have the opportunity to earn credit by CLEP 
subject exams and Prior Learning Assessment. Under ordinary circumstances, graduates of associate 
degree programs are not required to complete more than 66 total credits in core, cognate, and major 
requirements at Misericordia University. RN students who hold a bachelor's degree in another field are 
exempt from core requirements. 

In addition to meeting the admission requirements for RN students, articulation status and the awarding 
of advanced placement credits is determined by the following: 

a. Graduates from NLN accredited associate's degree or diploma nursing programs within 
three years of the application date are eligible for direct articulation and will be awarded 32 
advanced-placement credits for their prior nursing course work. 

b. Graduates from NLN accredited associate's degree or diploma nursing programs within 
four to ten years of the application date must provide official written documentation of 
completion of a minimum of 1,000 hours or more clinical practice during the three years 
prior to the application date to be eligible for direct articulation and the awarding of 32 
advanced-placement credits for their prior nursing course work. 



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c. Applicants who have graduated more than ten years prior to the application date must 
provide a resume detailing clinical experience, along with official written documentation of 
completion of a minimum of 1,000 hours or more clinical practice during the three years 
prior to the application date. These candidates may be required to complete a full portfolio 
or validation testing prior to being eligible for articulation and the awarding of 32 
advanced-placement credits prior to nursing course work. 

d. Applicants who have not graduated from an NLN accredited nursing program must 
successfully complete validation testing before prior learning credits are awarded. 

For more information, prospective students should contact the Expressway Office at (570) 674-6791. 
Core Requirements {see core curriculum requirements) 

Required Cognates Courses 9 credits 

HP 241 Fundamentals of Nutrition 3 

MTH115 Basic Statistics 3 

Required Professional Nursing Courses 22 credits 

NSG 320 Principles of Pharmacology for Professional Nurses 3 

NSG 325 Informatics for Healthcare Professionals 3 

NSG 397A Nursing Concepts and Theories for Professional Nurses 3 

NSG 398A Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 3 

NSG 410 Introduction to Nursing Research 3 

NSG 460A Care of Aggregates, Communities and Populations 2 

NSG 465 A Clinical Application of Aggregates, Communities and Populations 2 

NSG 499 Issues and Trends in Professional Practice 3 



Nursing Concepts (advanced placement credits 32 credits 

awarded through articulation) 

3 
6 
4 
6 

4 
5 
4 

Elective Credits (nine credits) 

Minimum Required Credits 126 

(The above are general guidelines. Each student's transcripts are thoroughly evaluated by the registrar 
and an individual program plan is established. All RN to BSN students must have obtained a Registered 
Nurse license, which mandated that they have graduated from an accredited program. These students 
fall under the University Transfer Program guidelines, causing a variation in their individualized 
program plan.) 

Second Degree and Adult Learner Option 

The second degree option is designed for individuals who have completed a non-nursing bachelor's 
degree. The adult learner option is designed for those individuals who have completed extensive 



NSG 201 


Foundations of Nursing 


NSG 301 


FHP Adults I 


NSG 302 


FHP Psych Nursing 


NSG 303 


FHP Adults n 


NSG 304 


FHP Pediatrics 


NSG 401 


FHP Adults III 


NSG 404 


FHP Adults IV 



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college-level coursework and/or a non-nursing associate's degree. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required 
to transfer into the nursing program. 

Second Degree Day Options 

Individuals entering the second degree option do not need to meet the core curriculum requirements of 
the university. The total number of credits required for graduation (126 credits) includes transferred 
core, nursing prerequisite courses (21 credits) and credits required in the nursing major (51 credits). In 
addition, six graduate credits can be earned while completing the BSN degree. The majority of the 
prerequisite courses must be completed prior to starting the nursing courses in the full-time program 
and all the prerequisites must be completed prior to starting the part-time evening option. A minimum 
GPA of 3.0 is required to transfer into the nursing program. 

Adult Learner Option - PTAEP 

Those completing the adult learner option may have to complete all university core courses. The total 
number of credits required for graduation (126 credits) includes core, prerequisites (21 credits) and 
credits required in the nursing major (51 credits). The majority of the prerequisite courses must be 
completed prior to starting the nursing courses in the full-time program and all the prerequisites must 
be completed prior to starting the part-time evening option. Students with a related field associate 
degree will be required to complete, either by direct transfer and/or completion of coursework at 
Misericordia University, at least one course in all core curriculum areas prior to graduation. 

All courses completed through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or the National League 
for Nursing challenge examinations (NLN) must be completed, and the documentation of successful 
completion must be received by the Nursing department, prior to admission to PTAEP. Once a student 
is admitted into PTAEP, there will be no option to CLEP addtional courses. All Core and elective 
course requirements should be completed prior to admission to PTAEP. If a student is not able to 
complete these courses prior to admission to the program, s/he will be allowed to complete a maximum 
of two Core/electives (six credit maximum) while enrolled; however, these credits must be completed 
prior to or during the student's last semester in the Nursing program. Students who receive a C- or 
below in two or more cognates will not be considered for admission into the nursing program. 

Both the second degree and the adult learner options are available in the full-time day and the part-time 
accelerated evening (PTAENP) formats. 

Prerequisite Courses (21 - 24 credits) - Second degree and adult learner students take the following prior to 
starting the nursing courses: 

BIO 227 Bacteriology 4 

BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology 4 

BIO 212 Anatomy and Physiology 4 

HP 241 Fundamentals of Nutrition 3 

PSY 275 Child and Adolescent Psychology 3 

NSG201* Foundations Essential to Professional Nursing Practice 3 

MTH115I Basic Statistics 3 

* NSG 201 coreq in second degree program with permission of chair 
f MTH 115 may be taken as a co-requisite in the full-time option only. 

* May be taken either fall or spring. 



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Nursing, Full-time Second Degree Day Option 

Sequence of Required Courses 

Pre requisites: A&P I & II, Bacteriology, Developmental Psychology, Nutrition, Statistics 



Sophomore Year 



Spring 
NSG201 

NSG 300 



Total Credits 5 



Foundations Essential to 3 

Professional Nursing Practice 
Conceptual Basis of 2 

Professional Nursing 



Junior Year 

Second Semester Total Credits 13 

NSG 301 FHP Adult 1 6 



Third Semester Total Credits 13 

NSG 303 FHP Adult 1 1 6 



NSG 302 


FHP Psych-mental Health 


4 


NSG 304 


FHP Pediatric Nursing 4 


NSG 305 


Physical Assessment 


3 


NSG 320 


Principles of Pharmacology 3 


Senior Year 








Fourth Semester Total Credits 12-15 


Fifth Semester Total Credits 11-14 


NSG 401 


FHP Adult 1 1 1 


5 


NSG 403 


FHP Aggregates and 4 


NSG 402 


FHP Child bearing and 


4 




Populations 




Family 




NSG 404 


FHP Adult IV 4 


NSG 410 


Introduction to Nursing 


3 


NSG 405 


Baccalaureate Capstone 3 




Research 




GRAD 


Elective 3 


GRAD 


Elective 


3 







Part-time Accelerated Evening Nursing Program (PTAENP) 

All classes are held primarily on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Classes primarily start at 5 p.m. 
with the possibility of a need for earlier scheduling of learning labs during the first year. Clinical 
experiences may also need to be scheduled on alternate days depending on availability of clinical sites. 
Other days and times may need to be scheduled depending on clinical availability. All students are 
admitted into a cohort which commences study in May of each year. Pre requisites: Anatomy & 
Physiology I & II, Bacteriology, Developmental Psychology, Nutrition, Statistics 

Sequence of Required Courses 

Year 1 
Summer 

Monday Class - Thursday Clinical 

NSG 201 Foundations Essential to 3 

Professional Nursing Practice 



NSG 302 


FHP Psych Mental Health 


4 








Fall 1 






Spring 1 






NSG 300 


Conceptual Basis of 


2 


NSG 303 


FHP Adult 1 1 


6 




Professional Nursing Practice 




NSG 305 


Physical Assessment across 


3 


NSG 301 


FHP Adult 1 


6 




the Lifespan 





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Year 2 






Summer 2 






Session 1 






NSG 304 


FHP Pediatric Nursing 


4 


NSG 402 


FHP - Child Bearing and 






Family 


4 




( 1 2 hour clinical/week) 




Fall 2 






NSG 403 


FHP Aggregates and 
Populations 


4 


NSG 320 


Principles of Pharmacology 


3 


Year 3 






Summer 3 






NSG 404 


FHP Adult rV 


4 


NSG 405 


Baccalaureate Capstone 


3 



Spring 2 
NSG 401 

NSG 410 



FHP Adult 111 5 

Introduction to Nursing 3 

Research 



Senior Second Degree Students and Expressway RN to BSN Program 

Senior second degree students in good standing with a GPA of 3.5 or better may earn up to six graduate 
credits while completing the undergraduate program with permission of their advisor and the Director 
of Graduate Nursing Programs. Courses are offered to eligible undergraduate students on a space 
available basis. Students may register to take the following graduate courses after successful 
completion of the indicated prerequisite course work: 

a. NSG 511 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology for Primary Care 

b. NSG 518 Advanced Practice Role Development for Primary Care 

c. NSG 519 Concepts and Theories in Nursing Science 

Note: Taking graduate coursework may require students to attend classes at times other than proposed 
in the part-time schedule. 

Graduate Nursing 

College of Health Sciences 

Degree MSN, Nursing 

Director of Graduate Nursing Programs, Brenda L. Hage, PhD, CRNP 

Faculty 

Brenda Hage, Professor of Nursing, BSN State University of New York at Albany; MSN College 
Misericordia, PhD Virginia Commonwealth University; DNP Chatham University 

Cynthia Mailloux, Professor of Nursing, BSN Wilkes University; MSN College Misericordia; PhD 
Pennsylvania State University 

Brenda Pavill, Associate Professor of Nursing, BSN Wilkes University, MSN College Misericordia, PhD 
Marywood University 

Kathleen R. Sheikh, Assistant Professor of Nursing, BSN Villanova University, MSN College Misericordia 

Donna Ayers Snelson, Associate Professor of Nursing, BSNE Wilkes University; MSN University of 
Pennsylvania 

Annette Weiss, Assistant Professor of Nursing, BSN The Pennsylvania State University, MSN University of 
Hartford; PhD Duquesne University 



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Graduate Nursing Program 

Graduate Nursing Program Philosophy 

Consistent with the mission of the university and its goals for graduate education, the nursing faculty 
believes that master's education in nursing builds on the skills of a baccalaureate nursing education. 
Master's nursing education has as its primary focus the advanced practice clinical role. Advanced 
practice nurses are educated to practice independently and interdependently in the role of health care 
providers. The faculty believes that the transition to the role of advance practice nurse occurs 
throughout the entire master's program and results in the preparation of a clinician who is able to 
provide a broad range of health care services that are directed toward the improvement of patient care 
outcomes in the primary care setting. Finally, faculty believes that master's education in nursing 
provides the foundation for future doctoral study in nursing. 

The nursing faculty purport that graduate education assists students to acquire higher-order critical 
thinking and decision making skills. Advanced practice nurses are prepared to analyze, synthesize, and 
utilize research evidence to provide high quality health care services, initiate change, and improve 
practice. As beginning clinicians, students must develop an understanding of health care policy, 
organization, and finance and use this knowledge to make cost-effective clinical decisions, to improve 
health care delivery, and to enhance outcomes of patient care. Master's nursing education promotes an 
understanding of the principles, personal values, and beliefs that provide a framework for the decision 
making and consultation processes which influence the interventions and care delivered by clinicians. 
Professional role development provides students with a clear understanding of the nursing profession, 
advanced practice nursing roles, and the requirements for, and regulation of, these roles. Master's 
nursing education exposes students to a broad range of nursing and related theories and facilitates the 
integration of appropriate theory in the development of comprehensive, coordinated and holistic 
approaches to care. Advanced practice nursing students understand the wide diversity of sub-cultural 
influences on human behavior including ethnic, racial, gender, age and class differences and 
demonstrate this understanding in the delivery of culturally sensitive, accessible care. Clinicians 
prepared in an advanced practice nursing program develop a strong theoretical foundation in health 
promotion, illness prevention, disease management, and maintenance of function for individuals, 
families, and communities across the lifespan. These clinicians generate and use expert teaching and 
coaching strategies to promote and preserve health and healthy lifestyles. 

Advanced practice nursing education requires additional core skills and knowledge to further support 
the role of clinician. Expert clinicians conduct comprehensive health assessments and physical 
examinations, using increasingly sophisticated communication and observational skills. They apply 
knowledge of system-focused, physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease as a basis for physical 
examination, diagnostic reasoning, decision making, and are accountable for the services they provide. 
Knowledge of advanced pharmacology, including pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacokinetics of broad 
categories of pharmacologic agents, is essential to the clinician's selection of appropriate disease 
management and treatment modalities. Finally, advanced practice nursing students must have the 
opportunity to master knowledge of health care problems and to apply knowledge and skills in 
extensive clinical practice. 

Program Outcomes 

The graduate nursing program at Misericordia University is designed to assist graduates to: 

1 . Demonstrate competence in advanced practice nursing core competencies and skills used to 
provide health promotion, illness prevention, and disease management services to diverse 
individuals, families, groups and/or communities. 

2. Critically and accurately assess, diagnose, and manage health and illness experiences using 
evidence-based advanced practice nursing care to improve patient outcomes. 

3. Articulate and interpret the advanced practice nursing role to policy-makers, consumers, and 
other health care providers. 



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4. Work in collaborative and interdependent relationships, communicate effectively, both orally 
and in writing, and assume accountability in the context of social, political, ethical, and legal 
considerations of health care. 

5. Critically evaluate and apply theories and research findings from nursing and related fields to 
provide high quality, cost-effective, culturally-sensitive advanced practice nursing care m a 
variety of settings. 

6. Demonstrate critical thinking, leadership, and ethical decision making skills in developing a 
framework for advanced practice. 

Admission Criteria for Graduate Nursing Program 

Admission - Applicants are eligible for admission to the graduate nursing program if they have an 

undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or greater. 

Denied Admission - Applicants who have less than a 3.0 undergraduate GPA will be denied admission 
to the graduate nursing program. 

Applicants to the graduate nursing program must submit the following documentation in addition to 
that required by the university: 

a. official transcripts demonstrating graduation from an NLN- or CCNE-accredited 
baccalaureate nursing program; 

b. a statement of the applicant's professional goals for graduate education; 

c. a copy of the applicant's current professional nursing license; 

d. transcript documentation of an undergraduate physical assessment course or equivalent 

e. evidence, an undergraduate statistics course; and an undergraduate nursing research course; 

f. two letters of recommendation (one letter must be from a current employer). 

In addition to the information listed above, applicants to the post-master's certificate program must 
submit: 

a. official transcripts demonstrating completion of a master's degree in nursing; and, 

b. transcript or equivalent evidence of graduate level pathophysiology, advanced 
pharmacology, physical examination, and advanced practice nursing role development 
courses. 

Additional information 

Computer literacy is an expectation for all graduate nursing courses. E-mail accounts and Internet 
access are provided by the university. 

Matriculating MSN students may transfer up to 9 credits of graduate course work provided the courses 
were completed with a grade of "B" or better, and the credit was earned at an institution that is legally 
authorized to grant graduate degrees and is accredited by the NLN or CCNE. Decisions regarding 
transfer courses will be made by the Director of Graduate Nursing Programs following an 
individualized review of student transcripts and course syllabi. In order to be considered for transfer, 
courses may not be more than five years old. 

Additional Information 

Curriculum 

The graduate nursing curriculum consists of courses in three areas: the graduate nursing core, the 
advanced practice core, and the clinical and/or functional specialization. 

The graduate nursing core courses provide support for clinical and functional role development and 
focus on such areas as research; policy, organization and financing of health care; ethics; theoretical 
foundations of nursing practice; and human diversity and social issues. The graduate nursing core 
culminates in a capstone course in which all candidates for the master of science degree in nursing 
demonstrate the ability to integrate theory, research, and clinical and/or functional practice. The 



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advanced practice nursing core courses build on knowledge acquired from the graduate nursing core 
and provide students with foundational understanding of professional role development, advanced 
assessment, pathophysiology, and advanced pharmacology. 

Advanced practice clinical specialization courses reflect the changing trends in health care that require 
application of advanced clinical skills and development of collaborative roles. All clinical management 
courses provide for precepted clinical practice that concentrates on health restoration, health 
maintenance and health promotion. Clinical practice courses incorporate recommendations from ANA's 
Standards and Scope of Nursing Practice; Healthy People 2020; AACN's Essentials of Master's 
Education for Advanced Practice Nursing 201 1; and National Organization of Nurse Practitioner 
Faculties (NONPF) Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies 201 1. All graduate nursing students must 
have the following documents on file before beginning clinical experiences: current copy of 
professional license, CPR certification, health clearance, professional liability insurance, and FBI 
fingerprinting, Pennsylvania criminal record and child abuse check. 

The curricular options currently offered by the nursing department include: 

Family Nurse Practitioner: The Family Nurse Practitioner option prepares students to function as 
principal providers of primary health care to families and individuals across the life span. The focus of 
this 45-credit program of study is the primary care management of acute episodic and chronic health 
problems of individuals and families. Students complete the graduate nursing core, the advanced 
practice core, and clinical specialization courses along with a minimum of 630 hours of direct clinical 
practice under the supervision of qualified nurse practitioner and physician preceptors. Graduates are 
certified as family nurse practitioners and qualify to take national family nurse practitioner certification 
examinations offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Corporation and the American Academy of 
Nurse Practitioners. 

The Post-master's Certificate Options: 

1 . Family Nurse Practitioner 

The family nurse practitioner certificate option provides the opportunity for nurses who 
already have an earned master's degree in nursing in another clinical specialization to 
complete requirements to qualify for certification as a family nurse practitioner. The 
certificate program consists of a minimum of 24 credits from the advanced practice nursing 
core and the clinical specialization area. Additional credits in pathophysiology, advanced 
pharmacology, and advanced health assessment and role development may be required based 
on evaluation of previous university and professional experiences. Post-master's certificate 
program students complete a minimum of 500 hours of directed clinical practice in primary 
care under the supervision of qualified clinicians to be board eligible. 

2. Nursing Education (cohorted admission) 

The nursing education certificate option provides the opportunity for nurses who have an 
earned master's degree in nursing to extend their knowledge in the area of nursing 
education. This certificate program consists of twelve credits of nursing education courses 
culminating in a teaching practicum. 

Program Scheduling 

All graduate nursing options are available in a part-time format. Selected courses may be offered in an 

online or accelerated format. All graduate nursing courses are scheduled for Thursdays. 

Structure of the Graduate Nursing Program 

Core Graduate Nursing Courses 11 credits 

NSG518 Advanced Practice Role Development 1 

NSG 519 Concepts and Theories in Nursing Science 2 

NSG 602 Policy, Politics, and Health Care Financing 3 

NSG 607 Research for Evidence Based Primary Care 2 



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NSG610 Research Seminar for Evidence Based Practice 1 

NSG612 Evidence Based Primary Care Synthesis 2 

Core Advanced Practice Nursing 1 credits 

NSG 5 1 1 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology for Primary Care 3 

NSG 513 Adv Physical Examination and Diagnostic Reasoning for Primary Care 4 

NSG 526 Advanced Pharmacology for Primary Care 3 

Family Nurse Practitioner 24 credits 

NSG 523 Family Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Primary Care 2 

NSG 524 Clinical Management of Family Health Promotion and Disease 3 

Prevention in Primary Care (135 clinical hrs) 

NSG 600 Family Health & Disease Management I 2 

NSG 60 1 Clinical Management of Family Health I (90 clinical hrs) 2 

NSG 603 Family Health & Disease Management II 2 

NSG 604 Clinical Management of Family Health II (90 clinical hrs) 2 

NSG 605 Family Health & Disease Management III 2 

NSG 606 Clinical Management of Family Health III (90 clinical hrs) 2 

NSG 608 Family Health & Disease Management IV 2 

NSG 609 Clinical Management of Family Health IV (Women's) (90 clinical hrs) 2 

NSG 6 1 1 FNP Clinical Synthesis ( 1 35 clinical hrs) 3 

Nursing Education 

NSG 504 Curriculum Design 3 

NSG 505 Teaching-Learning Strategies 3 

NSG 570 Faculty Role Development 3 

NSG 535 Nursing Education Practicum 3 

Sample Course Sequencing 

Family Nurse Practitioner Option 

Term 1 (Fall) 

NSG 5 1 1 Adv Physiology and 3 

Pathophysiology 
NSG 5 1 3 Adv Phys Ex and Dx Reasoning 4 
NSG 5 1 8 Adv Practice Role Development 1 

Term 2 (Spring) 

NSG 5 1 9 Concepts & Theories in Nsg 2 

Science 
NSG 523 Fam. Health Prom.& Disease Prev 2 
NSG 526 Adv Pharmacology for Prim Care 3 

Term 3 (Summer) 

NSG 524 Clin Mgt Fam Health Prom 3 

Dis Prev (135 clinical hours) 

Term 4 (Fall) 

NSG 600 Fam Health & Disease Mgt I 2 

NSG 60 1 Clin Mgt of Family Health I 2 

NSG 602 Policy, Politics, & Health 2 

Care Fin 



Term 5 (Spring) 

NSG 603 Fam Health & Disease Mgt U 2 

NSG 605 Fam Health & Disease Mgt III 2 

NSG 607 Research for Evid Based Prim Care 3 

Term 6 (Summer) 

NSG 604 Clin Mgt of Family Health II 2 

(90 clinical hours) 
NSG 606 Clin Mgt of Family Health III (90 2 

clinical hours) 

Term 7 (Fall) 

NSG 608 Fam Health & Disease Mgt IV 2 

NSG 609 Pri. Care Mgmt. Women (90 2 

clinical hours) 
NSG 6 1 Research Sem Evid Based Prim 1 

Care 

Term 8 (Spring) 

NSG 611 FNP Clinical Synthesis (135 3 

clinical hours) 
NSG 612 Evidence Based Practice Synthesis 2 
Total 45 credits, and 630 clinical hours 



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Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate Option' 



Semester 1 (Fall) 

NSG 5 1 3 Adv Phys Ex and Dx Reasoning 4 

Semester 2 (Spring) 

NSG 523 Fam. Health Prom.& Disease Prev 2 

Semester 3 (Summer) 

NSG 524 Clin Mgt Fam Health Prom 3 

Dis Prev (135 clinical hours) 

Semester 4 (Fall) 

NSG 600 Fam Health & Disease Mgt I 2 



NSG 601 Clin Mgt of Family Health I (90 
clinical hours) 



Semester 5 (Spring) 

NSG 603 Fam Health & Disease Mgt U 2 

NSG 605 Fam Health & Disease Mgt III 2 

Semester 6 (Summer) 

NSG 604 Clin Mgt of Family Health U 2 

(90 clinical hours) 
NSG 606 Clin Mgt of Family Health HI 2 

(90 clinical hours) 

Semester 7 (Fall) 

NSG 608 Fam Health & Disease Mgt IV 2 

NSG 609 Clin Mgt of Family Health (90 2 

clinical hours) 

Semester 8 

NSG 611 FNP Clinical Synthesis ( 1 35 3 

clinical hours) 
Total Credits 28 credits*; 630 clinical hours** 

* Note: Credit hours will vary based on graduate nursing courses transferred 

** Note: Post-Master's students who are NPs must take a minimum of 450 graduate FNP clinical hours 
at Misericordia University. Post-master's students who are graduates of CNS programs must complete 
all 630 clinical hours in the FNP program. 

Nursing Education Certificate Post Master's Option 

Semester 1 Semester 2 

NSG 570 Faculty Role Development 3 NSG 505 Teaching Learning Strategies 3 

NSG 535 Nursing Education Practicum 3 
Total Credits 12 credits 



NSG 504 Curriculum Design 



Occupational Therapy Major 

College of Health Sciences 
Degree MS, Occupational Therapy 
Department Chair Grace S. Fisher, EdD, OTR/L 

Faculty and Staff 

Gwen Bartolacci, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy and Director of the Weekend Entry Level 
Master's Program in Occupational Therapy; AS Mount Aloysious College; BS University of North Dakota; 
MS The Pennsylvania State University; OTD Nova Southeastern University 

Joseph A. Cipriani, Professor of Occupational Therapy, BA Wilkes College; BS College Misericordia; MA 
Wichita State University; EdD Nova Southeastern University 

Jennifer Dessoye, Assistant Professor of Occupational Thereapy, BS, MS College Misericordia; OTD 
Misericordia University 

Dawn M. Evans, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, BS and MS College Misericordia 

Grace S. Fisher, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy; BA Wilkes College; Post-Baccalaureate 
Certificate University of Pennsylvania; MS College Misericordia; EdD Temple University 



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Susan Lennon, Academic Coordinator of Fieldwork Education; BS Pennsylvania State University; MS 
College Misericordia 

Amy Lynch, Coordinator of Post Professional Pediatric Certificate, BS Gettysburg College; PhD Tuft's 
University; PhD University of Delaware 

Ellen McLaughlin, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy and Director of the Occupational Therapy 
Doctoral Program; BS and MS College Misericordia; EdD Rutger's University 

Lalit J. Shah, Professor of Occupational Therapy, BS University of Bombay; MS College Misericordia; EdD 
Nova Southeastern University 

Since 1985, the occupational therapy department has been preparing occupational therapy practitioners 
to utilize theory-based, occupation-focused assessment and intervention strategies to assist the 
individual in improving functional performance. Recently, the curriculum has been updated to reflect 
its focus on occupation, evidence-based practice, and involvement in community initiatives. Successful 
completion of the program results in a professional master of science degree in occupational therapy. 
Upon successful completion of the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapists 
examination, graduates can expect to practice successfully in a variety of traditional and non-traditional 
health care delivery models with clients across the lifespan. 

Two entry options are available. The weekday program is five years in length and is traditionally 
selected by recent high school graduates. The weekend program utilizes a three-year model (following a 
pre-requisite year) with classes meeting on alternating weekends year round. Some weekend classes are 
offered in a hybrid campus/distance learning format. This program is specifically designed for 
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) and those individuals already possessing a 
baccalaureate degree in another discipline. 

The five-year weekday program combines the foundation of a liberal arts education with professional 
occupational therapy coursework to produce a holistic practitioner who has a strong background in the 
use of occupation and critical inquiry skills to advance the profession. Students achieve a baccalaureate 
degree in health science along with the master of science degree in occupational therapy. Students may 
opt to complete additional courses to achieve a B.S. in psychology rather than in health science. 
Opportunities also exist to complete a minor in another field of study, or an occupational therapy 
pediatric specialization.. These options enhance student educational preparation. 

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, 4720 
Montgomery Avenue, PO Box 31220, Bethesda, MD, 20814-3425, (301) 652-2682. Graduates of the 
program are eligible to sit for the occupational therapy examination given by the National Board for 
Certification in Occupational Therapy. Successful candidates are able to apply for occupational therapy 
licensure in the state chosen for employment. 

Mission 

The mission of the Occupational Therapy Department at Misericordia University is to provide an 
environment that reflects the values and attitudes of justice, mercy, service, and hospitality. The Trinity 
of Learning is exemplified by experiences in core courses in the liberal arts, the occupational therapy 
curriculum, and a variety of service-related experiences. We strive to provide quality education through 
high academic standards, an emphasis on understanding human occupation, and an emphasis on 
evidence-based practice; aim to offer outstanding professional preparation through specialty tracks and 
choices of undergraduate majors and minors directly related to the profession of occupational therapy; 
and work to serve others through an emphasis on volunteering and service learning experiences. We 
strive to provide educational opportunities in formats that are accessible to both entry level and post- 
professional students through our weekday, weekend, and post-professional programs. Our ultimate 
mission is to help students become competent, responsible and involved professionals within their 
communities. 



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Philosophy 

The individual is a holistic, dynamic system that consists of biological, psychological, sociocultural and 
spiritual dimensions in interaction with the environment. Occupations are the primary means for 
individuals to interact with their environment. Occupations are the organizing elements that influence 
our perceptions and actions in an individualistic and emergent fashion. 

The individual possesses an innate drive to explore and accommodate to their environment that is 
essential to human existence, not only as a means of survival, but also as enabling the process of self 
actualization (AOTA, 2003). The drive toward action when channeled into occupation is fundamental to 
development, health, adaptation and satisfaction. 

Occupational performance reflects the individual's dynamic experience of engaging in daily 
occupations within the environment (Law & Baum, 1994). It includes the ability to adapt, cope with the 
challenges of daily living, and fulfill age specific life roles through goal directed meaningful 
occupations. The interpersonal relationships within an occupational context also influence performance. 
Dysfunction in occupational performance is an individually determined state of being defined at any 
one time by personal, social, and cultural variables (Fidler, 1996). Occupational therapy is the use and 
application of occupation and interventions to create a balanced lifestyle of occupational performance 
from the consumers' perspective. These interventions are based on a critical analysis of clinically 
relevant evidence and research literature. Occupational therapy prevents occupational dysfunction, and 
maintains, promotes and restores health and occupational performance through engagement in 
occupation and the use of compensatory, technological and environmental adaptation and modification 
(Practice Framework, 2002). The therapeutic relationship between consumer and therapist enhances 
occupational performance. 

The education of the occupational therapy student is guided by several beliefs. We believe that 
individuals construct knowledge based on their unique interpretation of meaningful experiences. 
Education is not a product to be delivered, but rather is a process to be facilitated with each student. 
Faculty can encourage the construction of knowledge by setting the stage for meaningful interactions, 
reflections, and experiences (Howard, et al, 2000), however students are the architects of their own 
learning. The role of the student is to actively engage in occupations during the learning process, 
engage in self assessment and collaborate with other students in an increasingly self-directed manner. 
Involvement of the student in community based initiatives that reflect the values of mercy and service 
lead to the development of role emergent and creative professionals who are capable of taking the 
initiative to respond to the needs of their clients and communities. Engaging students in contribution's 
that add to the profession's body of knowledge provide a means for them to be developers of knowledge 
rather than merely recipients of information. Through this guided process, the student develops the 
ability to critically think, develop professional behaviors and integrate the skills necessary to become a 
life long learner. 

Curriculum Design 

A liberal arts education provides the essential academic foundation for occupational therapy education 
at Misericordia University. Within the occupational therapy curriculum, students learn to analyze 
situations critically, think logically, employ scientific methodology appropriately, express themselves 
clearly and persuasively in both oral and written media, consider the numerous dimensions of the 
person during intervention including the physical, psychological, social, cultural, historical, and 
spiritual components; appreciate the arts and use them in their work; and follow a standard of ethical 
conduct in their personal and professional lives. These abilities are critical for laying the foundation for 
the student for transition to an entry level OT practitioner. As students progress through the five-year 
educational process, they are also socialized into the profession. This involves actively participating in 
professional organizations, becoming advocates for consumers, and developing a commitment to 
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The manner in which the occupational therapy curriculum is delivered is complex. The curriculum 
design reflects both the mission and philosophy of the occupational therapy department and university 
as well as the philosophy of the profession. 

This curriculum is designed on beliefs the occupational therapy faculty holds in regard to professional 
education. We hold that these beliefs are in accordance with our philosophy and reflect the program 
mission and are well incorporated into learning modules and program objectives. These include the 
following concepts: 

A solid foundation in the liberal arts and in normal growth and development allows for a 
thorough understanding of the dimensions of human performance. 

The development of knowledge occurs in a sequential process beginning with basic concepts and 
techniques and progressing to increasingly more complex constructs and application of these 
concepts and constructs in practice. 

Individuals construct knowledge based on their unique interpretation of meaningful experiences. 
Faculty can encourage the construction of knowledge by setting the stage for meaningful 
interactions, reflections, and experiences (Howard, et al, 2000), however students are the 
architects of their own learning. 

Skills of inquiry, critical reasoning and problem solving are essential professional behaviors for 
practicing occupational therapists. 

Continuous examination and definition of one's own values and attitudes are critical steps in the 
growth and development of professional behaviors and ethical practice. 

Development of interpersonal skills and an appreciation of the value of collaboration must be 
integral to all learning experiences. 

The occupational therapy curriculum is designed in such a way as to reflect the values and intent of the 
profession. Students enter the program at two levels, each based on whether the student applies to the 
weekday five-year program or the three (plus one pre-requisite year) weekend program. Upon entry to 
the professional sequence of coursework, students follow a structured, integrated sequence of learning 
experiences that will prepare them to become entry-level occupational therapists. Based upon the 
profession's philosophy, the university and program mission, the educational outcome goals of the 
curriculum, which includes both didactic and fieldwork components (Level I and Level II), provide a 
learning experience such that: Graduates of the Misericordia University Occupational Therapy 
Program, will meet the following: 

Occupational Therapy Program Curricular Goals: 

1. Demonstrate skills necessary to participate in designing and implementing a beginning-level 

research project. 

2. Describe the process an occupational therapist would use to engage in evidence-based 

practice (EBP). 

3. Demonstrate the usage of evidence-based practice. 

4. Recognize and respect the significance that incorporating EBP has for individual OT 

practitioners when interacting with their clients. 

5. Demonstrate and analyze the role and importance of participation in occupation throughout 

the life span. 

6. Assess client needs via an occupational profile and an occupational performance analysis. 

7. Identify, analyze and apply major tenets from the discipline of occupational science. 

8. Plan and implement occupation-focused occupational therapy intervention programs that are 

culturally relevant, reflective of current occupational therapy practice and supported with 
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9. Design and critique programs that promote access to occupational therapy and provide 
services for individuals, groups and populations, especially the underserved. 

10. Demonstrate management and leadership skills that are applicable to a variety of practice 
settings. 

1 1 . Design creative and entrepreneurial ideas for occupational therapy services. 

12. Demonstrate skilled collaboration and consultation when dealing with others in the 
community. 

13. Evaluate the process for securing potential funding for pilot, start-up and on-going 
programs for occupational therapy. 

14. Discuss and evaluate ongoing professional development to ensure a level of practice 
consistent with current and accepted standards. 

15. Discuss major historical events and their influence on occupational therapy theory, models 
and practice. 

Curriculum Themes 

Three themes provide the overarching structure to the curriculum design. These themes were developed 
by the faculty following a full curricular review considering years of student feedback, program 
outcomes and consideration of the new standards and centennial vision. These themes are: 

Occupation-Focused Practice 

Features of occupation-focused practice include the ability to collaboratively determine the meaning 
and purpose of an individual's occupational profile, identify needs and priorities, and construct a plan of 
motivating therapeutic activities. This process, infused with occupations, reflects best practice and 
results in a more meaningful lifestyle. 

Our curriculum is developed to foster an understanding and appreciation of: 

the role of occupation throughout the life span 

how occupation is used as a means and an end in occupational therapy practice 

the value of occupation based assessment and intervention 

how the focus on occupational performance improves therapeutic outcomes therapeutic outcomes 

Evidence-Based Practice 

Evidence-based practice is a collaborative process between therapist and client in which the best 
available research evidence, in combination with the therapist's clinical experience, is reviewed to 
determine the most appropriate therapeutic options that support the client's occupational goals. 
Essential to this is the therapist's ability to recognize and respect the significance that EBP will have for 
the profession, as well as for the client. 

Community Initiative 

Community initiatives help to increase access to occupational therapy services for all individuals, 
groups and populations, especially those underserved. We prepare students to work in emerging 
practice areas and community settings as well as traditional settings. We desire to instill in out students 
leadership characteristics for service to the community, including an entrepreneurial spirit, skilled 
interdisciplinary collaboration and the ability to identify funding resources. 

Course Sequences 

In order to meet our curricular goals, the sequence of coursework is delivered using a progressive 
approach. This sequence covers five areas: Liberal Arts & Foundational Knowledge, Individual 
Development and Occupation, Professional & Community Initiatives, Clinical Performance, Reasoning 



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& Application, and Research & EBP: Strengthening our Knowledge Base. The five interwoven 
sequences of education are described in more detail below. 

Sequence I Liberal Arts and Foundational Knowledge (Core, Cognate, OT 312, OT 313) 

Students establish the foundation of knowledge through the completion of all liberal arts core courses, 
BIO 21 1 and 2 12: Anatomy and Physiology, OT 312 Functional Anatomy and OT 313 Applied 
Neuroscience. The science foundation provides a basis for clinical expertise regarding knowledge of 
body structures and functions. The liberal arts provide a broad foundation upon which to build the 
student's professional education. Required courses in psychology and psychopathology provide a 
further basis from which the student can begin to understand the interaction between the individual, 
their environment and occupations. OT 312 and OT 313 are placed after sequence II in the curriculum 
to reinforce the student's ability to apply this knowledge in Sequences III and IV. 

Sequence 11 Individual Development , Environment and Occupation (OT 205, 220, 221, 275, 320, 330, 335) 

Students are introduced to the concepts of human growth and development through the two-course 
sequence exploring the Human Development (OT 220 and OT 221). and concurrently explore the 
theories and analysis of occupations from the perspective of self and other (OT 205, 275). OT 335 
provides a thorough investigation of the influences that the environment may have on occupational 
performance, and OT 330 introduces the students to the many models and frames of reference that may 
be used to guide the development of a comprehensive and holistic approach to the client. OT 320 
promotes students understanding of impairments and disabilities and their potential influences on 
occupational performance. 

Sequence III Professional and Community Initiatives (OT 103, OT 410, 411, 570, 630) 

Students learn the importance of developing professional behaviors and the application of these 
behaviors to develop individual therapeutic relationships and leadership skills in the community. 
Professional behaviors are introduced in OT 103, where broad issues about the profession, such as its' 
standards, ethics and vision for the future are discussed. The Community Based Practice Series (OT 
410,41 1) provide less structured opportunities for students to create occupational opportunities in non- 
traditional settings, and to take an active role in the development of their learning. OT 570 assists the 
student in acquiring the traditional management and supervisory skills necessary in may of today's 
practice environments, as well as the leadership capacities for entrepreneurial work. OT 630, as a 
culminating course, requires the student to investigate the professional issues and trends in the 
profession that will challenge and motivate them as they enter into practice as entry level therapists. 

Sequence IV Clinical Performance, Reasoning and Application (OT 405, 407, 510, 511 512, 601, 602) 

The development of clinical skills begins in OT 405 and OT 407 where students acquire general 
competencies in conducting an occupation centered evaluation and assessment process and attaint he 
entry-level clinical skills that are required to progress through the intervention series in upcoming 
semesters. The Intervention Series, OT 510, 511 and 512, provide the students with opportunities to 
integrate prior levels of learning to construct intervention for a variety of clients with an occupation and 
evidence based approach derived from on theoretical principles. The final application of this sequence 
occurs during the student's Level II FW experiences (OT 601 and 602). 

Sequence V Research and EBP - Strengthening our Knowledge Base (OT 520, 433, 633, 690, 695) 

While basic bibliographic, search and information literacy are introduced early throughout the 
curriculum, the essence of the research series begins in OT 520 where students learn about qualitative 
and quantitative research designs, grants, and the research process. OT 690 and OT 695 require them to 
take a research proposal from start to finish, designing a study, collecting data, and analyzing and 
presenting results. OT 433 begins the evidence based practice components, where students complete 
and individual EBP review throughout the semester. These skills are later applied at the graduate level. 
in OT 633, where students work individually, but collaborate online to share resources while they are 
on Level II fieldwork. This final EBP course results in a project to be shared with the fieldwork site. 



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Admissions - Weekday five year professional entry-level master's degree program 

Students with backgrounds which include good academic performance, diverse extracurricular activity 
involvement, a history of leadership, and an appreciation for the profession of occupational therapy, 
who meet the criteria stated below, will be considered for the occupational therapy program. 

Successful freshman applicants to Misericordia University's weekday 5 year entry level BS/MS 
Occupational Therapy program will need to have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.00 
and a combined SAT score of 1000 (math and critical reading) with a critical reading score of at least 
480. A minimum ACT composite score of 23 may be presented instead of the required SAT scores. If 
the ACT composite is used, a minimum of 23 in the English subtest and a minimum of 23 in the reading 
subtest are required. 

A high school science background required in biology and mathematics; physics is also 
recommended. 

Applicants for the weekday program must 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 fall of their freshman year, documentation of a full day (6-8 hours) of 
documented service in a health care setting with a licensed occupational therapist. Applications 
may be reviewed for admission if this documentation is pending. 

4. All applicants who are Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants must submit evidence of 
current NBCOT certification. 

Admissions- Transfer into the weekday five-year professional entry-level master's degree 

A limited number of applications for transfer to the weekday five-year entry-level BS/MS occupational 
therapy program may result in acceptance at the freshman and sophomore level, based on space 
availability, successful completion of appropriate prerequisites, 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 of 1000 in math and critical reading 
combined with a minimum SAT critical reading score of 480, 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. 

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 with out this documentation. 

Admissions- Weekend Program Professional Entry-Level Master's Degree 

Students who meet the following criteria will be considered for admission: 

A baccalaureate degree in another discipline from an accredited program with a minimum of a 
3.0 cumulative grade point average. 

Admissions candidates for the weekend program are required to submit: 

1 . Two letters of reference (at least one from an occupational therapist is highly recommended). 

2. A full day (6-8 hours) of documented service in a health care setting with an occupational 
therapist by the beginning of studies. 



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3. Submission of a 500-word, typed statement of personal and professional goals. 

4. Additionally, all designated candidates must have a successful interview with an occupational 
therapy faculty member. All applications are competitively reviewed prior to this phase. 

5. Prior to submitting an application, prospective students must complete the following 
prerequisite courses: both BIO 21 1 and 212: Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and either MTH 
1 15: Basic Statistics OR PHY 1 17: Introduction to Physics I. 

6. Prospective students must have a baccalaureate degree in another discipline. Students should 
not apply if they have not completed a degree. Official transcripts must note that the degree has 
been conferred. 

English Language Proficiency 

If English is not your first language, or if English is not the primary language spoken in your home, you 
must submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The following are the minimum score 
requirements: 

Internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT): The Internet-based TOEFL has four subsections, with a grading 
scale for each section from 1 to 30 (30 being the highest score). Misericordia University will look 
closely at the score for each section rather than the total score. The minimum scores for each section are 
as follows: 



Writing: 


22 


Speaking: 


22 


Reading: 


22 


Listening: 


22 



Students should indicate on the registration form that they wish the test results to be sent directly to 
Misericordia University. The TOEFL code for Misericordia University is 2087. 

Fieldwork 

Fieldwork education is designed to provide occupational therapy students with opportunities to 
integrate academically acquired education with practice. It is during the students' experiences in 
fieldwork that they can learn, practice and refine skills of observation, evaluation, treatment planning 
and implementation, documentation and communication. In the fieldwork setting, the students begin to 
define their future role as practicing occupational therapists and can develop the necessary personal and 
professional skills essential in meeting the demands of this challenging profession. 

Level I and Level II Fieldwork is an essential part of an occupational therapy program's curriculum as 
established by the American Occupational Therapy Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy 
Education. At Misericordia University, fieldwork education begins in the junior year for a weekday 
student and ends in the fall semester of the graduate year. For weekend college students, fieldwork 
education begins in the second year of the program and ends in the spring semester of the graduate 
year. 

Level I Fieldwork is integral to the academic courses offered in the occupational therapy curriculum. 
There is a Level I Fieldwork experience for each intervention course offered. Experiences in Level I 
Fieldwork include; observation, interaction with consumers and other professionals, opportunities to 
experience the intervention process under direct supervision, and evaluation of the student's 
performance in these areas. The experiential nature of the learning is a hallmark of Level I Fieldwork 
and carries the expectation of engagement with people in occupation across the life span continuum in a 
variety of settings. Students are primarily supervised by certified and licensed occupational therapists 
with at least one year experience. Students may also have the opportunity to be supervised by certified 
and licensed occupational therapy assistants and a variety of other health care professionals. Students 
are responsible for all costs incurred that are associated with fieldwork including but not limited to 
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Level II Fieldwork begins after successful completion of all required academic coursework. It is the 
cumulative educational experience in which students have the opportunity to apply academically 
acquired knowledge in assessing, planning and implementing occupational therapy intervention 
programs for consumers in a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional service settings. Students 
must complete six months of Level II Fieldwork experience and be supervised by a licensed and 
certified occupational therapist with at least one year of practice experience. Upon successful 
completion of all coursework, Level I and Level II Fieldwork, the student will qualify to take the 
NBCOT (National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy) examination. Students are 
responsible for all costs incurred that are associated with fieldwork including but not limited to living 
arrangements, transportation, meals, and dress requirements. 

Fieldwork Education is managed by the Occupational Therapy Program's Academic Coordinator of 
Fieldwork Education. 

Related Expenses 

Additional expenses for occupational therapy students typically include lab fees and a name pin. All 
students in the final year are required to complete the university-offered certification examination 
preparation course (including content exams and practice tests) for which there is a fee. As part of 
professional development, students are expected to become members of the American Occupational 
Therapy Association and are encouraged to become members of the Pennsylvania Occupational 
Therapy Association (each Association has reduced student rates; details are available in the 
occupational therapy office). Students entering the program are required to join the American 
Occupational Therapy Association, with membership added to student fees. Attendance at professional 
conferences is encouraged as students continue their lifelong commitment to learning. Students should 
plan on regular use of a computer for course communications and assignments. There are several state- 
of-the-art computer laboratories on campus. 

Retention 

Retention requirements for the occupational therapy program can be found in the occupational therapy 
program guide. Retention criteria for overall GPA, major GPA, and individual course grade minimums 
vary at different levels of the program. Refer to the occupational therapy program guide for details. 

Re-admission 

There is no re-admission to the Occupational Therapy Entry Level Master's Program. Students who are 
dismissed from the program may not re-enter the occupational therapy curriculum. 

Graduation Requirement 

As a requirement for graduation, all weekday and weekend program occupational therapy students are 
required to successfully complete the university-offered certification examination preparation course. 
There is a fee associated with the course. 

Degree and Options 

Upon successful completion of all requirements students in the weekday program and COTAs in the 
weekend program are issued a BS in health sciences and a MS in occupational therapy. Students with 
bachelors' degrees upon admission to the programs take relevant courses to be issued an MS in 
occupational therapy. There are several options available to students primarily in the weekday program 
for their undergraduate degree. Students may opt to earn an undergraduate major in psychology (instead 
of the BS in health sciences) by taking additional courses and doing some of their fieldwork in a 
psychiatric setting. A specialization in pediatrics is also offered to students in the traditional weekday 
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Five Year Entry Level MS Weekday Program Course Requirements and Sequence 

Sequence of Required Courses — Weekday Program 



First Year 






First Semester Total Credits 


16 


MTH 


Mathematics Bank I (Core) 


3 




Core 


3 


PHY 


Physics Intro I (Core) 


4 


117/717 






PSY 123 


Intro to Psychology (Core) 


3 


OT103 


Intro to OT 


3 


TC 100 







FYE690 







Sophomore Year 




First Semester Total Credits 16 


OT 


Occupatiosn I 


3 


205/705 






OT220 


Human Development I 


3 


OT320 


Impairments & Disabilities 


3 


BIO 


Anatomy and Physiology 


4 


211/709 








Core 


3 


Junior Year 




First Semester Total Credits 16 


OT 312/712 


Functional Anatomy 


4 


OT330 


Conceptual Foundations 


3 


OT 405/715 


Occ. Performance Analysis 


3 


OT 407/707 


Clinical Skills 


3 




Elective 


3 


HP 999 


CPR Certification 






Second Semester Total Credits 15 

MTH 115 Basic Statistics I (Core) 3 

Core 3 

Core 3 

SOC 101 Comparative Sociology (Core) 3 

Core 3 



Second Semester 

OT221 

OT 275/775 

OT335 

BIO 

212/709 

PSY 290 



Total Credits 16 
Human Development II 3 

Occupations II 3 

Context and Environment 3 

Anatomy and Physiology 4 



Psychopathology 



Second Semester Total Credits 1 7 

OT 3 13/7 13 Applied Neuroscience 4 



OT 510/770 


Pediatric Occupational 
Performance Interventions I 


4 


OT520 


Research Design in OT 


3 


OT591 


Level I Fieldwork - 
Pediatrics 







Core 


3 




Core 


3 



Senior Year 






First Semester Total Credits 16 


Second Semi 


OT410 


Community Based Practice I 


3 


OT433 


OT 


Adult Occupational 


4 




511/771 


Performance Interventions II 




OT 5 12/772 


OT690 


Research Project I 


3 




OT592 


Level I Fieldwork - Adult 





OT593 




Core 


3 






Elective 


3 





r Total Credits 16 

Evidence Based Practice in 3 

OTI 

Geriatric Occupational 4 

Performance Interventions EI 

Level I Fieldwork - Older 

Adult 

Core 3 

Core 3 

Elective 3 



*Summer after Senior Year Total Credits 

OT601A 2 



College of Health Sciences Certificates/Certifications 1 77 



Graduate Year 



First Semester Total Credits 12 

OT 60 1 B Level II Field work I 5 

OT 602 Level II Fieldwork II 7 



Second Semester Total Credits 14 


OT570 


Management & 3 




Entrepreneurship 


OT630 


Issues and Trends 2 


OT695 


Research Project II 3 


OT699 


Practice Exam Prep 




Elective 3 




Elective 3 




May take an optional graduate 




elective, resulting in 17 credits. 



Total undergraduate credits: 116 

Total graduate credits: 40 

Total credits required for graduation: 156 

The minimum number of credits required of a baccalaureate degree from Misericordia University is 
120 credits. To obtain a baccalaureate degree a student must complete the minimum hours of credit 
required by the declared major program even if that number exceeds 120 credits. STUDENTS MAY 
USE EARNED GRADUATE CREDIT TOWARD THE REQUIRED 120 UNDERGRADUATE CREDITS. 
HOWEVER, ANY GRADUATE CREDIT COUNTED TOWARD THE REQUIRED UNDERGRADUATE 
120 MAY NOT BE COUNTED TOWARD THE REQUIRED MINIMUM OF 30 CREDITS NEEDED 
FOR A MASTER'S DEGREE. 



Three Year Entry-level MS Weekend Program - Overview 

The weekend program utilizes a three-year model, with classes meeting on alternating weekends year 
round. This program is specifically designed for individuals who possess a baccalaureate degree in 
another discipline. The weekend program presents professional occupational therapy coursework in an 
adult learning model to produce a holistic practitioner who has a strong background in the use of 
occupation and critical inquiry skills to advance the profession. Some courses include the use of 
Blackboard as a distance learning component, with reduced face to face meeting time. Applicants to the 
three year entry level weekend program must complete pre-requisite coursework pror to submitting an 
application. Pre-requisite courses are PSY 290: Psychopathology, MTH 1 15: Basic Statistics, PHY 1 17: 
Introductory Physics I, BIO 211: Anatomy and Physiology I, and BIO 212: Anatomy and Physiology II 

Three Year Entry Level MS Weekend Program - Course Requirements and Sequence 

Required Sequence: Three Year Entry-Level BS to MS Weekend Program 

This program is specifically designed for individuals who possess a baccalaureate degree in another 

discipline. 

First Year Weekend Program 

First Semester Total Credits 9 

OT103* Intro to OT 3 

OT 220 * Human Development 3 

OT 320 * Impairments & Disabilities 3 



Second Semester 

OT 205/705 Occupations I 



OT221 * 
OT330 



Total Credits 9 

3 

Human Development II 3 

Conceptual Foundations 3 



Summer Total Credits 7 

OT 275/775 Occupations II 3 

OT 3 1 2/7 1 2 Functional Anatomy 4 



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Second Year Weekend 



First Semester 
OT 3 13/7 13 
OT 405/7 15 

OT 407/707 
HP 999 



Total Credits 10 



Applied Neuroscience 
Occupational Performance 
Analysis 
Clinical Skills 
CPR Training 

Summer 

OT690 

OT410 

OT 

511/771 

OT592 



Second Semester 

OT 

510/770 
OT520 
OT 335 * 
OT591 



Total Credits 10 
4 



Pediatric Occupational 
Performance Intervention I 
Research Design in OT 
Context and Environment 
Level I Fieldwork - Pediatrics 



Total Credits 10 
Research Project I 3 

Community- Based Practice I 3 
Adult Occupational 4 

Performance Interventions II 
Level I Fieldwork - Adult 



Third Year Weekend 



First Semester 



Total Credits 10 



OT 433 * Evidence Based Practice in OT I 
OT Geriatric Occupational 

5 1 2/772 Performance Interventions HI 
OT 695 Research Project II 
OT 593 Level I Fieldwork - Older Adult 
Summer 

OT 570 * 
OT630 
OT 602B 
OT699 



Second Semester Total Credits 10 

OT 601 Level II Fieldwork I 7 

OT 602A Level II Fieldwork II 3 



Total Credits 9 

3 



Management & Entrepreneurship 

Issues and Trends 2 

Level II Fieldwork II 4 

Practice Exam Prep 

Please Note: Classes meet on-campus for eight weekend sessions during the fall and spring semesters 
and seven weekend sessions during the summer session. Some courses include the use of Blackboard as 
a distance learning component, with reduced face-to-face meeting time. An *asterisk indicates that 
courses will have a reduced number of on-campus sessions. 



Occupational Therapy Post-Professional Programs 

College of Health Sciences 

Degree MS, Occupational Therapy 

Department Chair Grace S. Fisher, EdD, OTR/L 

Coordinator, Post-professional Pediatrics Amy Lynch, Ph.D., MS, OTR/L 

Faculty 

Gwen Bartolacci, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, AS Mount Aloysious College; BS 
University of North Dakota; MS The Pennsylvania State University; OTD Nova Southeastern University 

Joseph A. Cipriani, Professor of Occupational Therapy, B A Wilkes University; BS College Misericordia; 
MA Wichita State University; EdD Nova Southeastern University 

Grace S. Fisher, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, BA Wilkes University; Post-Baccalaureate 
Certificate University of Pennsylvania; MS College Misericordia; EdD Temple University 

Ellen McLaughlin, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, BS, MS College Misericordia; EdD 
Rutger's University 

Amy Lynch, Coordinator of Post Professional Pediatrics, BS Gettysburg College; PhD Tuft's University; 
PhD University of Delaware 

Lalit J. Shah, Professor of Occupational Therapy, BS University of Bombay; MS College Misericordia; EdD 
Nova Southeastern University 



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Post-professional Master's Degree Program: Goals, Course Sequence, Admissions 

Coordinator: Ellen McLaughlin, EdD, OTR/L 

The post-professional master's of science in occupational therapy is a 30-credit graduate program with 
two tracks, an interdisciplinary and pediatric concentration. Students in all tracks of the program will 
complete a total of 30 graduate credits distributed among the following categories: theory and core: 9 
credits; research: 9 credits; concentration: 12 credits. 

This program is offered in a variety of formats using an adult learning model, including online distance 
education, weekend or night courses, and workshop formats. The pediatric track includes courses 
currently being offered in the post-professional pediatric certificate program. This allows students to 
transfer their graduate credits from the certificate program into the post-professional master's degree 
program. The interdisciplinary track includes courses from a variety of departments including 
education, nursing, and organizational management. 

Curricular goals of the program include: 

1 . The student will be able to foster the most effective interventions when working with 
occupational therapy clientele to promote independence and success in their life roles and 
activities. 

2. The students will advance their knowledge base in specialty areas related to occupational 
therapy and their practice through the choice of four elective courses within the MS program. 

3. The student will be able to synthesize their knowledge base in research and evidence based 
practice in order to implement best practice in occupational therapy. 

4. The student will advance their knowledge base in order to integrate and evaluate occupational 
therapy theory in clinical practice. 

Course Sequence 



Theory- and Core 


9 credits 


HP 600 


Pediatric Issues/Trends 


or 
OT630 


Issues and Trends 


HP 670 


Grant Writing 


OT570 


Management and Entrepreneurship in OT 


Research 


9 credits 


OT520 


Research Methods 


OT690 


Research Project I 


OT695 


Research Project II 


Concentration Courses 12 credits 


Students may choose 12 credits in pediatrics , geriatric care management or from the interdisciplinary 


offerings. 




Education Offerings: 




EDU510 


Learning 


EDU 568 


Distance Education 


Nursing Offerings: 




NSG551 


Post-professional Pharmacology 


NSG 555 


Legal, Ethical and Public Policy Issues in Health Care 


NSG552 


Pathophysiology for Post-professional Nursing 


NSG 504 


Curriculum Design 


NSG 535 


Nursing Education Practicum 



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NSG 570 Faculty Role Development 

NSG 505 Teaching - Learning Strategies 

Organizational Management Offerings: 

OM 500 Organizational Behavior 

OM 509 Financial Management 

OM512 Management Science 

OM 530 Legal Aspects of Administration 

OM 533 Managing Customer Satisfaction 

OM 535 Leadership 

OM 536 Marketing Mangement 

OM 538 Perspectives in Management 

Not for Profit Management 
OM 542 Fund Raising Theory and Applicaiton 

OM 543 Assessment in Not for Profit Organization 

OM 545 Introduction to Human Resources 

OM 551 Organizational Communication 

OM 557 Performance Compensation and Rewards Systems 

OM 586 Strategic Planning and Management of Change 

Pediatric certificate offerings are listed in the following section. 
Admissions Requirements: 

The post-professional master's degree program requires submission of the following information for 
admissions consideration: 

NBCOT initial certification as an occupational therapist 

College/university transcripts from all prior academic work 

Basic statistics course 

Undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher 

Statement of professional goals and how matriculation in the post-professional master's degree 
program can contribute to those goals 

Two letters of reference 

Students taking courses in the pediatric certificate program who wish to move into the post-professional 
master's degree program should apply by the final semester of their 12 credit certificate, if they have 
not completed formal application prior to that point. Twelve credits from the pediatric certificate are 
transferable to the post-professional master's degree. 

Students in the post-professional master's degree program must take 30 graduate credits to receive the 
master's of science degree. Credits transferable to this degree must be within the following guidelines: 

• all courses transferred in must be formally evaluated by the registrar's office for transferability; 

• a maximum of six transfer credits will be accepted towards the 30 required for the master's of 
science degree. 

Post-Professional Certificate in Pediatrics 

This program is designed to provide learning experiences in pediatric practice for practicing 
occupational and physical therapists using an adult learning model. Students in the program must 
complete four 3-credit graduate courses. Students can take greater than one course per semester, and are 
encouraged to do so particularly in the summer semester. One course is required: Advanced Practice 
Pediatric Issues and Trends (HP 600). This course should be taken in the first semester of enrollment. 
However, in some cases, students may be permitted to enroll in other classes first and take this course 
next available date. Students can take an additional course at the same time as they take HP 600. 



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Students can enter the program in either the summer or fall semesters. Class size is expected to be 12- 
20 students per course. 

A combination delivery model of face-to-face and distance learning is used. Each course is offered in 
one or both of the following two delivery systems, depending on the best way to facilitate learning 
objectives. The first delivery model is one to three days of on campus learning, with the use of distance 
education tools in between. Misericordia University uses Blackboard as the platform for distance 
education. The second delivery model is an on campus day, with the remaining coursework completed 
on a distance education platform. A third delivery model includes a four or five day intensive on- 
campus learning experience. 

Courses that may be applied to the certificate in pediatrics include: Advanced Practice Pediatric Issues 
and Trends (HP 600); Pediatric Evaluation (HP 605), Treatment and Evaluation of Pediatric Feeding 
Issues (HP 615), Sensory Integration Treatment and Evaluation (HP 625); School Based Pediatric 
Occupational and Physical Therapy (HP 635); Evidence-based Neurodevelopmental Treatment and 
Evaluation for Children with Central Nervous System Dysfunction (HP 655); Autism and Pervasive 
Developmental Delay: Evaluation and Intervention Strategies (HP 660); Seating in Pediatric Practice 
(HP 665); and, Special Topics: Vision Rehabilitation (HP 610). 

Students in the pediatric certificate program may not be eligible for Title IV funding. 

Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate 

OT Doctoral Program Coordinator: Ellen McLaughlin, EdD, OTR/L 

The OTD degree is designed to provide occupational therapists with advanced clinical, practice 
management, teaching, and administrative skills. The program emphasizes integration of theory and 
practice, professional and clinical skills, critical self-assessment, clinical reasoning and decision- 
making skills, advocacy and health policy. The post professional program is designed to enhance the 
knowledge and skills that practitioners bring from clinical practice and life experiences. Students 
complete an individualized capstone project related to their area of specialization. Program graduates 
should qualify for upper level management positions in a diverse range of practice environments and 
will be poised to become leaders in the profession. 



Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate: Curriculum, Goals, Admission 
Criteria 

Curriculum and Program Delivery 

The OTD curriculum is composed of 24 credits of core courses that address the competencies required 
of leaders and advocates in the profession. These courses address advanced theory, advanced research, 
program development and evaluation, occupational science, and public policy and advocacy. Capstone 
course work requires the integration of these content areas into a clinical project, which is formally 
evaluated and presented through professional presentation and/or publication. Each student also 
completes 9 credits in either a pediatric or geriatric specialization, for a total of 33 credits for the 
doctoral course work. A combination delivery model of face-to-face and distance learning is used. 
Classes meet on campus one weekend day at the beginning and end of each semester. The program is 
designed to be completed part-time (2 classes per semester) over a two year tri-semester period. 



Program Goals 



The OTD program goals are focused in areas of research, advanced practice, leadership and 
administration. Graduates will: 

1 . be proficient in critically appraising, applying and contributing to evidence that supports 
occupation-based practice. 



2. synthesize and apply advanced theoretical concepts and clinical skills in selected areas of 
practice. 

3. enhance their leadership and advocacy skills to promote occupational participation in light of 
human dynamics and private and public policy influences. 

4. design and administer effective, fiscally responsible client-centered programs. 

Admission Criteria: 

A Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy or related field. Students with Master's degree in a related 
field must have an undergraduate statistics course and a graduate level research course. 

Licensed OT 

Completed application including official transcripts, three references, statement of professional 
goals 

Minimum GPA of 3.0 in graduate studies 

Interview 

Accepted students begin the OTD program during in the fall semester. Specialization credits may be 
taken prior to formal matriculation into the OTD program. Refer to the Misericordia University web 
site for application and interview dates. 

To apply for admission, students must submit the following: 

Online application form 

$60 application fee 

Application statement of purpose and practice goals 

Current Resume 

Official transcripts for occupational therapy education 

Copy of NBCOT certification 

Copy of current state license/certification in a US jurisdiction 

Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score with a minimum of 550 (213 if 
computer generated). 

Three letters of recommendation (one recommendation must be from a licensed occupational 
therapist). 

Applicants must apply online. 

Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate Course Sequence 
First Semester Fall Total Credits 6 

OTD 620 Advanced Theory 3 

OTD 641 Evidence Based Practice 3 

Second Semester Spring Total Credits 6 

OTD 640 Designing, Implementing and 3 

Evaluating Quality Programs 

Specialization Class 3 

Third Semester Summer Total Credits 6 

OTD 625 Supporting Practice through 3 

Public Policy and Advocacy 

Specialization Class 3 



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YEAR 2 

Fourth Semester Fall Total Credits 6 

OTD641 Advanced Research 3 

Specialization Class 3 

Fifth Semester Spring Total Credits 6 

OTD 643 Education, Presentation and 3 

Publication 
OTD 644 Occupational Science 3 

Sixth Semester Summer Total Credits 3 

OTD 650 Capstone 3 

Capstone Project 

The capstone project is a credited course, OTD 650. Students will submit a proposal for a capstone 
project in the fall or spring semester of their final year. The level of independent study and initiative 
required by the student for both capstone development and implementation will be high. It is an 
integrative piece, with the goal of producing an outcome that demonstrates their ability to apply 
advanced clinical proficiency in their specialization area. It is a true integration of the four program 
objectives. Guidance for capstone proposal development will be provided on an online tutorial, and 
proposals will be approved by a committee of the faculty. Students will be assigned a capstone 
facilitator who will serve as the contact person and mentor throughout the capstone project. Each 
capstone course section will include one faculty facilitator and up to five doctoral students. Students 
will be required to come to campus to present their capstone project once completed. 

Pediatric Elective Specialization Courses for OTD Students 

Courses that may be applied to the certificate in pediatrics include: Advanced Practice Pediatric Issues 
and Trends (HP 600); Pediatric Evaluation (HP 605), Treatment and Evaluation of Pediatric Feeding 
Issues (HP 615) Sensory Integration Treatment and Evaluation (HP 625); School Based Pediatric 
Occupational and Physical Therapy (HP 635); Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Issues and Interventions 
(HP 645); Early Intervention (HP 650); Evidence-based Neurodevelopmental Treatment and Evaluation 
for Children with Central Nervous System Dysfunction (HP 655); Autism and Pervasive Developmental 
Delay: Evaluation and Intervention Strategies (HP 660); Seating in Pediatric Practice (HP 665); and 
Special Topics: Vision Rehabilitation (HP 610). These courses are described under the Post 
Professional Pediatric Certificate Program. 

Geriatric Care Manager Elective Specialization Courses for OTD students 

Courses that may be completed in the Geriatric Care Manager Specialization track include GCM 500- 
Geriatric Care Management I, GCM 501- Geriatric Care Management II, GCM 505 Anatomy and 
Physiology of Aging , GCM 515- Geriatric Assessment, GCM 520- Ethics of Aging. 



Physical Therapy Major 

Pre-Doctor of Physical Therapy Program 

College of Health Sciences 

Degree DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy 

Department Chair Susan P. Barker, PhD 

The Physical Therapy program is a 6-1/2 year professional program resulting in a bachelor's degree and 
a doctor of physical therapy degree. During the first 3-1/2 years, the student completes the 
requirements for a bachelor's degree in an area of the student's choice 
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semester of the fourth year. The professional curriculum includes eight semesters. Plans of study are 
available on the Physical Therapy website, http://www.misericordia.edu/pt 

See Entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy section for more information. 

Entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy 

College of Health Sciences 

Degree DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy 

Department Chair Susan P. Barker, PhD 

Students are admitted at the first year and post-baccalaureate level to the doctor of physical therapy 
program. A student accepted at the first year level completes 6-1/2 years of study, resulting in a 
bachelor's degree and a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree. During the first 3-1/2 years, the 
student completes the requirements for a bachelor's degree in an area of the student's choice. Students 
accepted into the pre-DPT program at the first year level are guaranteed progression into the graduate 
DPT program, as long as academic criteria are met. A student accepted at the post-baccalaureate level 
completes 3 years of study, resulting in a DPT degree. The graduate DPT program is eight semesters in 
length. 

The physical therapy program at Misericordia University received full accreditation status in 2010. 
Graduates of the program are eligible for licensure as physical therapists in the individual United States 
and territories. For additional information, contact the Commission on Accreditation in Physical 
Therapy Education at 1 1 1 1 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria VA 22314-3245; (703) 706-3245; 
accreditation @ apta.org. 

Mission 

It is the mission of the physical therapy education program at Misericordia University to provide 
professional physical therapy education opportunities and to help meet physical therapy health care 
needs. 

The physical therapy program is committed to providing an education program which produces 
competent physical therapy practitioners who are critical thinkers and educated consumers of research 
and which prepares graduates for productive careers in physical therapy and as advocates for, and 
participants in, life long learning. 

As an entry-level professional post baccalaureate program, the physical therapy curriculum reflects a 
commitment to the complementary relationship between liberal arts and professional studies which 
enables graduates to adapt to and deal with constantly evolving societal and professional needs. 

The physical therapy program's commitment to providing quality physical therapy education expresses 
the founding Sisters' values and attitudes of justice, mercy, service and hospitality. 

Philosophy 

The physical therapy education program is based on the belief that graduates of entry-level physical 
therapy programs should possess the clinical decision making and problem solving skills which enable 
them to function as reflective practitioners in the contemporary, dynamic health care system. Physical 
therapists need to be sensitive to the needs of a culturally diverse society as evident in their interactions 
with clients, families, health care colleagues and the community in which they practice. 

An educational program for physical therapists should reflect the concepts of androgogy (adult 
education) to include problem solving, critical thinking and analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and 
integration of theory and evidence in practice, clinical decision making, mentoring and self-directed 
learning. 

Physical therapists should integrate the core values of the profession in all professional activities. 
While capable of autonomous practice, they should have the ability and desire to remain open to input 
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A physical therapy entry-level education program prepares physical therapy generalists but provides 
graduates with the tools which enable them to develop specialty expertise through the application of 
critical thinking and problem solving skills and a holistic approach to health care. 

The academic and clinical faculty and the academic and clinical education environments must reflect 
and foster professional values and behaviors. The academic and clinical faculty and curriculum 
components must be inextricably linked for the provision of a professional education program that 
prepares competent health care practitioners. 

A diverse faculty whose members have responsibilities and activities consistent with their areas of 
teaching and scholarly expertise strengthens and enhances a professional education program. 

Goals 

The goals of the entry-level DPT program are to prepare graduates to: 

1 . Be prepared to practice as physical therapist generalists capable of contemporary, reflective, 
competent, legal, autonomous and ethical practice. 

2. Competently utilize and contribute to evidence for the validation and advancement of the art 
and science of physical therapy. 

3. Apply appropriate and effective teaching methods to educate others. 

4. Effectively communicate and interact with colleagues for the benefit of optimal service to 
clients. 

5. Respect and respond to individual differences in interactions with clients, families, colleagues 
and the community. 

Admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program 

There are two forms of admission into the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program: freshman 
admission and graduate admission. 

Freshman Admission 

Minimum criteria for admission to the pre-DPT program are: 

1 . Class rank in the top 1/3 of the graduating class; 

2. Minimum combined SAT score of 1050 for Critical Reading and Math (or the equivalent ACT 
score), with minimum SAT scores of 500 for Critical Reading and 500 for Math; and 

3. Completion of at least three years of mathematics, one year of biology, and one year of 
chemistry in high school. 

Additionally, high school preparation in physics is highly recommended. Exposure to and exploration 
of physical therapy as demonstrated by paid or volunteer experience is strongly encouraged. 

Students admitted as pre-DPT freshmen are guaranteed progression into the graduate DPT program, as 
described in "Advancement to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Graduate Program." There is no need to 
re-apply for admission into the graduate program. 

Graduate Admission 

Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) 

Misericordia University participates in the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service. 
Applicants who apply through PTCAS will submit a completed web-based application comprised of 
biographical data, colleges and universities attended, academic course history, physical therapy 
observation hours, list of reference providers, work experience, extracurricular activities, honors, 
professional licenses, and a personal essay. It is the applicant's responsibility to read and follow all 
PTCAS and program-specific instructions. 



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The 20012-2013 PTCAS admissions cycle begins in July, 2012 and ends on May 15, 2013. Applicants 
may start and submit the PTCAS application as soon as it is available. It can be accessed at 
http://www.ptcas.org 

The next graduate DPT cohort will begin studies in Spring 2013. The deadline for submitting an 
application for transfer admission into the DPT program is May 15,2012. Contact the Admissions 
Office for further information: http://admissions.misericordia.edu. 

Internal Students 

Students who currently attend Misericordia University and who wish to transfer into the Doctor of 
Physical Therapy (DPT) graduate program will be evaluated by the Physical Therapy Admissions 
Committee, along with external transfer applicants. Admission to the Physical Therapy major is not 
guaranteed, and is on a space available basis. 

The criteria for admission into the DPT graduate program (spring semester) are: 

1 . Completion of requirements for baccalaureate degree. 

2. Completion of required prerequisite courses with a grade of at least C for each course. 

3 . Cumulative GP A of at least 3.0. 

4. Pre-requisite GPA of at least 3.0. 

5. Exposure to and exploration of physical therapy as demonstrated by documented paid or 
volunteer experience of 50 or more hours in at least two different facilities or a minimum of 
one year's full-time professional experience within the health care system. 

6. Successful completion of one credit medical terminology course or its equivalent. 
External Students 

The criteria for admission into the DPT graduate program (spring semester) are: 

1 . Completion of baccalaureate degree. 

2. Completion of required prerequisite courses with a grade of at least C for each course. 

3 . Cumulative GPA of at least 3 .0. 

4. Pre-requisite GPA of at least 3.0. 

5. Exposure to and exploration of physical therapy as demonstrated by documented paid or 
volunteer experience of 50 or more hours in at least two different facilities or a minimum of 
one year's full-time professional experience within the health care system. 

6. Successful completion of one credit medical terminology course or its equivalent. 
If SAT scores are older than five years, GRE or Miller's Analogy Test scores are required. 

Required Prerequisite Courses 

CHM 104 General Chemistry with lab 4 credits 

CHM 105 Introduction to Organic Chemistry with lab 4 credits 

PHY 1 17 Introductory Physics I with lab 4 credits 

PHY 118 Introductory Physics II with lab 4 credits 

BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology I with lab 4 credits 

BIO 212 Anatomy and Physiology II with lab 4 credits 

PS Y 1 23 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits 

SOC 101 Comparative Sociology 3 credits 

MTH 1 1 5 Basic Statistics 3 credits 

PSY 275 Child and Adolescent Psychology 3 credits 

PSY 290 Psychopathology 3 credits 

Policies related to transfer of credit to the University and the academic calendar can be found in the 
"Academics" section of the University catalog. 



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Advancement to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Graduate Program 
To advance to the graduate program, students must: 

1 . Complete all requirements for a bachelor's degree of the student's choice. 

2. Achieve an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0. 

3. Achieve a pre-requisite grade point average of at least 3.0. 

4. Complete all pre-requisite courses with a grade of at least C for each course: 

CHM 104 General Chemistry with lab 

CHM 105 Introduction to Organic Chemistry with lab 

PHY 1 1 7 Physics Introduction I with lab 

PHY 1 1 8 Physics Introduction II with lab 

BIO 2 1 1 Anatomy and Physiology I with lab 

BIO 212 Anatomy and Physiology II with lab 

PSY 1 23 Introduction to Psychology 

SOC 101 Comparative Sociology 

MTH 1 1 5 Statistics 

PSY 275 Child and Adolescent Psychology 

PSY 290 Abnormal Psychology 

Policies and procedures related to academic standards for the physical therapy program are included in 
the pre-professional physical therapy student handbook supplied to all enrolled physical therapy 
students. 

Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy Curriculum 

Sequence of courses: 

First Professional Year 



Semester 1 (Spring) Total Credits 18 

DPT 801 Applied Physiology 4 



Semester 2 (Fall) Total Credits 18 

DPT 8 1 3 Evidence Based Practice I 3 



DPT 803 


Human Anatomy I 


4 


DPT 815 


Medical Conditions II 


3 


DPT 805 


Medical Conditions I 


3 


DPT 817 


Movement Science II 


3 


DPT 807 


Movement Science I 


4 


DPT 821 


PT Clinical Skills II 


2 


DPT 811 


PT Clinical Skills I 


2 


DPT 829 


Professional Issues II 


2 


DPT 819 


Professional Issues I 


1 


DPT 851 


Musculoskeletal PT I 


5 


Second Professional Year 










Semester 3 


(Spring) Total Credits 18 


Semester 5 (Fall) Total Credits 20 


DPT 809 


Human Anatomy II 


2 


DPT 802 


Prosthetics and Orthotics in 


1 


DPT 823 


Evidence Based Practice II 


2 




PT (6 weeks) 




DPT 839 


Professional Issues III 


1 


DPT 825 


Medical Conditions III 


3 


DPT 853 


Cardiovascular & Pulmonary 


4 




(6 weeks) 






PT 




DPT 833 


Evidence-based Practice III 


2 


DPT 855 


Musculoskeletal PT II 


4 




(6 weeks) 




DPT 857 


Neuromuscular PT I 


5 


DPT 847 


Clinical Education II 
(10 weeks) 


10 


Semester 4 (Summer) Total Credits 10 


DPT 849 


Professional Issues IV 


2 


DPT 837 


Clinical Education I 


10 




(Online- 10 weeks) 










DPT 880 


PT Electives (6 weeks) 


2 



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Third Professional Year 



Semester 6 (Spring) Total Credits 


18 


DPT 843 


Evidence-based Practice IV 


4 


DPT 859 


Professional Issues V 


3 


DPT 863 


Neuromuscular Physical 
Therapy II 


4 


DPT 865 


Patient/Client Management 


4 


DPT 861 


Integumentary PT 


3 



Semester 8 (Fall) Total Credits 14 

DPT 869 Professional Issues VI 2 

(6 weeks) 
DPT 877 Clinical Education IV 10 

(10 weeks) 
DPT 879 Doctoral Seminar 2 

(6 weeks) 



Semester 7 (Summer) Total Credits 10 

DPT 867 Clinical Education III 10 

Transition Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (tDPT) 

College of Health Sciences 
Degree DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy 
Department Chair Susan P. Barker, PhD 
Program Director Kelley A. Moran, DPT 

The tDPT program is designed to allow practicing physical therapists to complete the requirements for 
the DPT degree while maintaining employment. Courses are offered in a mostly online format, with a 
seminar session on campus for each course. On campus sessions occur on the weekends. The program 
was developed with Misericordia University MSPT graduates in mind, and employs an integrated 
curriculum model similar to that used in the MSPT curriculum. An adult education model is employed, 
emphasizing the synthesis and evaluation levels of the cognitive domain. The program involves a total 
of 14 credits of required course work: 

tDPT 801 Orientation to Doctoral Studies (1 credit) 
tDPT 803 Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy (3 credits) 
tDPT 805 Integumentary Physical Therapy (3 credits) 
tDPT 807 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy (3 credits) 
tDPT 809 Neuromuscular Physical Therapy (3 credits) 
tDPT 810 Proposal Development (1 credit) 

Speech-language Pathology Major 

College of Health Sciences 

Degree MS, Speech-language Pathology 

Department Chair Glen Tellis, PhD 

Faculty 

Lori Cimino, Assistant Professor, BS Marywood University, Pennsylvania; MS Bloomsburg University, 
Pennsylvania 

Mckinley Hunter Manasco, Assistant Professor, MS University of Montevallo, Montevallo, Alabama; PhD. 
University of South Alabama, Alabama 

Kathleen Sealer-Scott, Assistant Professor, BA Rutgers University, New Jersey; MS Emerson College, 
Boston, Massachusetts; PhD, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Lousiana 

Cari Tellis, AssociateProfessor, BA The Pennsylvania State University; MS University of Pittsburgh; PhD, 
University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Glen Tellis, Professor, BS St. Xavier's College, Bombay, India; MA California State University, Fresno, 
California; PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania 

Ruixia Yan, Assistant Professor, B A and MA Shanxi University, China; PhD, University of Louisiana, 
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Introduction 

The speech-language pathology program is a five-year, professional master's degree program with 
admission in the first year. Students admitted as first year or undergraduate transfers who successfully 
complete all major and university requirements are awarded a BS degree in health sciences in addition 
to a MS degree in speech-language pathology. Students who have baccalaureate degrees — whether in 
communication disorders or another field — are conferred the MS degree in speech-language pathology 
upon completion of all requirements but do not receive the BS in health science. 

For traditional five year and transfer students, the program's first two years of study provide a strong 
foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, appropriate breadth to develop the ability in students to think 
independently, weigh values, and understand fundamental theory. This further serves to develop skills 
of critical thinking and communication, inherent in baccalaureate education and essential to 
professional socialization. The speech-language pathology professional curriculum is initiated in the 
fourth year and continues through the fifth year. 

The program is guided by the accreditation and certification standards put forth by the American 
Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) as the accrediting agency for entry-level speech- 
language pathology programs. Graduates of programs accredited by ASHA are eligible to apply for 
national certification by ASHA and for state licensure as speech-language pathologists in the individual 
United States and territories in which licensure is mandated. The master's program in speech-language 
pathology at Misericordia University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of 
the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 

Mission 

The speech-language pathology program is committed to providing an educational experience which 
produces competent speech-language pathologists who are critical thinkers and educated consumers of 
research, and which prepares its graduates for productive careers in speech-language pathology and as 
advocates for, and participants in, life-long learning. As an entry-level professional program, the 
speech-language pathology curriculum reflects a commitment to the complementary relationship 
between liberal arts and professional studies that enables graduates to adapt to constantly evolving 
societal and professional needs. The department of speech-language pathology is committed to the 
provision of affordable, quality professional education that expresses the founding Sisters' values and 
attitudes of hospitality, justice, mercy, and service. The overall goal is to develop a well-rounded 
empathetic competent professional who will provide the highest quality of care to individuals with 
communication disorders. 

Philosophy 

The speech-language pathology department is based on the belief that graduates of entry-level allied 
health professional programs should possess the clinical decision making and problem solving skills 
which enable them to function as peer colleagues in the contemporary, dynamic health care and 
educational systems. Speech-language pathologists need to be sensitive to the needs of a culturally 
diverse society as evident in their interactions with clients, families, and fellow health care and 
education professionals in the community in which they practice. 

An educational program for speech-language pathologists should reflect the concepts of androgogy 
(adult education) to include problem solving, critical thinking and analysis, integration of theory and 
practice, clinical decision making, mentoring, and self-directed learning. 

Speech-language pathologists should have the ability to articulate and exchange knowledge, and seek 
additional knowledge and skills. They should also have the ability and desire to remain open to input 
from and collaboration with other health care and education professionals. Speech-language 
pathologists value collaboration and communication in a spirit of mutual collegiality among health care 
and education providers as essential to meeting the health care needs of society. 

A speech-language pathology professional education program prepares students to be practicing 
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through the application of critical thinking and problem solving skills and a wholistic approach to 
health care. 

The academic and clinical faculty and the academic and clinical education environments must reflect 
and foster professional values and behaviors. The academic and clinical faculty and curriculum 
components must be inextricably linked for the provision of professional education programs preparing 
competent health care practitioners. 

A diverse faculty whose members have responsibilities and activities consistent with their areas of 
teaching and scholarly expertise strengthens and enhances a professional education program in speech- 
language pathology. 

Goals 

The goals of the speech-language pathology department at Misericordia University are to prepare 
graduates who: 

1 . Engage in contemporary, competent, legal, and ethical practice. 

2. Value the critical inquiry in the validation and advancement of the science of speech-language 
pathology and audiology. 

3. Describe the roles and responsibilities of speech-language pathologists as professionally 
autonomous practitioners within the health care and educational systems. 

4. Accept the responsibility for education of self, the community, the profession, clients, and 
colleagues in the health care and educational systems. 

5. Value and foster communication and interaction with colleagues for the benefit of optimal 
service to clients with communication disorders. 

6. Respect and respond to contemporary bio-psycho-social diversity in interactions with clients, 
families, colleagues, and the community. 

It is the mission of the speech-language pathology program to educate and prepare students who will be 
ethical and competent clinicians in the provision of services to persons with speech-language-hearing 
disorders. 

Program Objectives 

To ensure that graduates of the speech-language pathology program will be prepared for their 
professional roles and responsibilities, the following are the program's curriculum objectives. Upon 
successful completion of the speech-language pathology program, graduates will be able to: 

1 . Provide prevention, screening, consultation, assessment and diagnosis, treatment, intervetion, 
management, counseling, and follow-up services for disorders of: 

a. speech (i.e., articulation, fluency, resonance, and voice including aeromechanical 
components of respiration). 

b. language (i.e., phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatic/social aspects of 
communication) including comprehension and expression in oral, written, graphic, and 
manual modalities; language processing; preliteracy and language-based literacy skills, 
including phonological awareness. 

c. swallowing or other upper aerodigestive functions such as infant feeding and 
aeromechanical events (evaluation of esophageal function is for the purpose of referral to 
medical professionals). 

d. cognitive aspects of communication (e.g., attention, memory, problem solving, executive 
functions). 

e. sensory awareness related to communication, swallowing, or other upper aerodigestive 
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2. Establish augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) techniques and strategies 
including developing, selecting, and prescribing of such systems and devices (e.g., speech 
generating devices). 

3. Provide services to individuals with hearing loss and their families/caregivers (e.g., auditory 
training; speech reading; speech and language intervention secondary to hearing loss). 

4. Screen hearing of individuals who can participate in conventional pure-tone air conduction 
methods, as well as screening for middle ear pathology through screening tympanometry for 
the purpose of referral of individuals for further evaluation and management. 

5. Use instrumentation (e.g., videofluoroscopy, EMG, nasendoscopy, stroboscopy, computer 
technology) to observe, collect data, and measure parameters of communication and 
swallowing, or other upper aerodigestive functions in accordance with the principles of 
evidence-based practice. 

6. Select, fit, and establish effective use of prosthetic/adaptive devices for communication, 
swallowing, or other upper aerodigestive functions (e.g., tracheoesophageal prostheses, 
speaking valves, electrolarynges). This does not include sensory devices used by individuals 
with hearing loss or other auditory perceptual deficits. 

7. Collaborate in the assessment of central auditory processing disorders and providing 
intervention where there is evidence of speech, language, and/or other cognitive- 
communication disorders. 

8. Educate and counsel individuals, families, co-workers, educators, and other persons in the 
community regarding acceptance, adaptation, and decision making about communication, 
swallowing, or other upper aerodigestive concerns. 

9. Advocate for individuals through community awareness, education, and training programs to 
promote and facilitate access to full participation in communication, including the elimination 
of societal barriers. 

10. Collaborate with and provide referrals and information to audiologists. educators, and other 
health professionals as individual needs dictate. 

1 1. Address behaviors (e.g., perseverative or disruptive actions) and environments (e.g., seating, 
positioning for swallowing safety or attention, communication opportunities) that affect 
communication, swallowing, or other upper aerodigestive functions. 

12. Provide services to modify or enhance communication performance (e.g., accent modification, 
transgendered voice, care and improvement of the professional voice, personal/professional 
communication effectiveness). 

13. Recognize the need to provide and appropriately accommodate diagnostic and treatment 
services to individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds and adjust treatment and assessment 
services accordingly. 

14. Be critical consumers of professional literature. 

15. Accept responsibility for service to one's fellow human beings. 

The academic curriculum, practicum experiences, research requirement, and service activity 
requirements that students must complete in this program have been designed and will be implemented 
in a way that will ensure that graduates meet or exceed these objectives. The net result of the student's 
educational experience in this program will be a well-prepared, service-oriented, competent 
professional who is fully prepared and eligible for ASHA certification as a speech-language 
pathologist. 

Undergraduate Program in Speech-language Pathology 

Students may enter the undergraduate speech-language pathology program in one of two ways: (1) as 
traditional five-year students who have graduated from high school but have not yet entered college, or 
(2) as students who have entered college and have taken speech-language pathology courses at other 
colleges or universities and wish to transfer, or have either chosen a different major or have not selected 
a major but wish to transfer into the speech-language pathology program. 



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Admission of Traditional Five-Year Students 

Students must have graduated from high school but have not yet entered college. For these students, the 
speech-language pathology curriculum is a 5 year program leading simultaneously to the baccalaureate 
and master's degrees. Prospective undergraduate applicants must meet both Misericordia University's 
and the speech-language pathology department's admissions criteria. For more information, please see 
applying to the speech-language pathology program section of this catalog. 

Admission of Transfer Students 

Students may seek admission into the program as a transfer, either from another department at 
Misericordia University or another institution of higher learning. Applications for admission of transfer 
students will be considered on a competitive, space-available basis. All students accepted into the 
program as undergraduate transfers must meet Misericordia University's requirements for a 
baccalaureate degree by taking the necessary coursework to ensure compliance with the requirements. 

Advancement to the Undergraduate Speech-language Pathology Program 

For both traditional five-year students and transfer students, advancement to the undergraduate program 
(traditionally the junior year) is continuous. Students who are admitted to the program take Speech- 
language Pathology undergraduate courses in their freshmen, sophomore, and junior years. 

Advancement to Graduate Study in Speech-language Pathology 

To advance to the graduate portion of the speech-language pathology program (typically the senior and 
fifth years of study), students must: 

1 . Have an overall GPA of at least 3.5 at the end of the fall semester of the junior year. This GPA 
must be maintained until completion of the spring semester of the junior year and throughout 
the graduate program. 

2. Receive a grade of "C-" or better in the undergraduate speech-language pathology courses. 

3. Successfully master all course objectives for all speech-language pathology courses taken prior 
to the senior year (first year graduate school). 

Advancement within the Graduate Portion of the Speech-language Pathology Program 

To advance from the first year (traditionally the senior year) to the second year (traditionally the fifth 
year) of study, students must 

1 . Have an overall GPA at least of 3.5 at the end of the fall semester of the junior year. This GPA 
must be maintained until completion of the spring semester of the junior year and throughout 
the graduate program. 

2. Receive a grade of "B-" or better in all graduate level professional courses (courses at the 500 
and 600 levels). Any student who receives a C+ or lower in any graduate level course 
(excluding clinic) has one opportunity to retake that course and receive a B- or better. Failure to 
achieve a grade of B- or better in any graduate level professional course will result in dismissal 
from the program. Students who receive a C+ or lower in two or more 500 or 600 level 
professional courses will be dismissed from the program, (students who receive tow C+ grades 
or lower in one semester will be dismissed from the program and will not have the opportunity 
to retake those courses). 

3. Successfully master all course objectives for all speech-language pathology courses taken 
during the senior year and 5th year. 

Applying to the Speech-language Pathology Program 

A potential applicant can enter the program in speech-language pathology under one of four 
circumstances, they are as follows: 

1 . a traditional student who has been accepted into the 5 -year program; 

2. an undergraduate transfer who has not been conferred a baccalaureate degree: 



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3. a graduate holding the baccalaureate degree with communication sciences and disorders; 

4. a graduate holding the baccalaureate degree in a major other than communication sciences and 
disorders-post-baccalaureate non-major. 

Traditional Students 

These students have graduated from high school but have not yet entered college. For these students, 
the speech-language pathology curriculum is a 5-year program leading simultaneously to the 
baccalaureate and master's degrees. 

Undergraduate Admission Requirements 

Prospective undergraduate applicants must meet both Misericordia University's and the speech- 
language pathology department's admission criteria. 

Misericordia University's general criteria for acceptance into an undergraduate program are: 

1 . Evidence of the completion of 16 Carnegie Units, or evidence of a high school equivalency 
diploma. 

2. Results of either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Testing (ACT) 
program. 

3. A letter of recommendation from the high school principal, a guidance counselor, or a teacher. 

The speech-language pathology department includes additional admissions criteria. Traditional students 
entering the 5-year program must have the following criteria to be considered for acceptance into the 
speech-language pathology department: 

1 . Preference will be given to students who have graduated in the top 1/3 of their high school 
graduating class or achieved a minimum combined SAT score of 1000 or the equivalent ACT 
score with a minimum 3.0 GPA. 

2. The student must provide an essay of no more than 500 words indicating why the student 
wishes to pursue a career in speech-language pathology. 

Evidence of exposure through volunteerism or service-learning related to working with children and 
adults is highly desirable. 

Graduate Admission Requirements 

Graduate study begins in the fourth (traditionally the senior) year and continues through to the fifth 
year of study. For traditional students to advance to graduate study, certain prerequisite criteria must be 
met: 

1 . Maintain an overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 at the end of the fall semester of the junior 
year. This GPA must be maintained until the completion of the spring semester of the junior 
year and throughout the graduate program (senior and fifth year). 

2. Receive a grade of "C-" or better in the undergraduate speech-language pathology courses. 

3. Successfully master all course objectives for all speech-language pathology courses taken prior 
to the senior year (first year graduate school). 

a. Students begin their speech-language pathology courses in their freshman year and will 
typically complete all undergraduate coursework by their junior year. Upon completion of 
each semester, the progress of each student in terms of which course objectives were and 
were not mastered during that semester will be reviewed. 

b. For any course objectives not mastered, the student will be given an assignment to assist 
them in mastering those objectives. Students cannot take graduate level coursework if they 
have not mastered all objectives. 

Once criteria (1) through (3) above are successfully met, the candidate is automatically granted 
permission to commence to graduate study (i.e., there is no need for the student to make a formal 
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Undergraduate Transfer Students 

These students are individuals who have completed college-level courses either at Misericordia 
University or another institution of higher education, and who have a major other than speech-language 
pathology, but would like to major in speech-language pathology 

Undergraduate Admission Requirements 

Students who transfer into the program, either from another academic unit within the university or from 
another institution of higher education, also will be required to meet the department's admission 
criteria. Students will be required to meet Misericordia University's requirements for a baccalaureate 
degree by taking the necessary coursework to ensure compliance with the requirements. Please refer to 
undergraduate admission requirements for traditional students. A recommendation letter from a current 
professor may be substituted for a letter from a principal, guidance counselor, or teacher. 
Undergraduate students who are currently at Misericordia University must apply directly to the Speech- 
Language Pathology Department. The applications of these students should include the required 
documents from the admission requirements for traditional undergraduate students as well as 
Misericordia University transcripts. 

Graduate Admission Requirements 

Please refer to graduate admission requirements for traditional students. 

Post-Baccalaureate Majors 

These students have earned a baccalaureate degree in communication sciences and disorders or speech- 
language pathology and are eligible for direct entry into the graduate program in speech-language 
pathology at Misericordia University. 

Graduate Admission Requirements 

Students who apply to the graduate program in speech-language pathology and possess a baccalaureate 
degree in communication sciences and disorders must meet the following departmental admissions 
criteria: 

1 . A cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. 

2. GRE scores. 

3. TOEFL scores for international students for whom English is not the student's native language. 
Please refer to CSDCAS Centralized Application Service website (www.csdcas.org) for more details. 

These individuals are admitted directly into the graduate speech-language pathology program. Students 
must provide evidence of meeting certain knowledge and skills outcomes obtained during their 
undergraduate studies. The knowledge and skills outcomes should be documented on the Knowledge 
and Skills Acquisition (KASA) form used by ASHA for certification purposes. Any student who cannot 
provide evidence of acquiring certain knowledge and skills outcomes will be required to reconstruct 
their undergraduate experience so that the KASA form can be completed accurately. 

If you are a student about to earn a baccalaureate degree in communication disorders or speech- 
language pathology, you should contact the chair of your department to inquire about documenting your 
undergraduate studies using the KASA form from ASHA. 

As of January 1, 2005, new ASHA certification standards have taken effect. These standards may 
require you to take additional coursework to meet the new standards. For example, candidates for 
certification will be required to show evidence of having completed courses in both the biological and 
physical sciences. If your undergraduate transcript does not show evidence of having taken a course in 
the physical sciences, for example, you would be required to take a course in the physical sciences to 
meet the new certification requirements. Any additional courses you may have to take to meet ASHA's 
certification standards can be worked into your schedule (e.g., many of the basic science courses are 
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Post-Baccalaureate Non-Majors 

These students have earned a baccalaureate degree in any discipline other than communication sciences 
and disorders (e.g., biology, communications, education, English, linguistics). 

Graduate Admission Requirements 

Students who apply to the graduate program in speech-language pathology and possess a baccalaureate 
degree in a discipline other than communication sciences and disorders or speech -language pathology 
must have the following admission requirements: 

1 . A cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. 

2. GRE scores. 

3. TOEFL scores for international students for whom English is not the student's native language. 
Please refer to CSDCAS Centralized Application Service website (www.csdcas.org) for more details. 

Before the candidate can begin graduate studies, he or she must successfully complete prerequisite 
undergraduate courses. These courses provide the individual with the appropriate framework and 
background in communication sciences and disorders so that he or she will be prepared to enter 
graduate study. To be granted entry into graduate study, the candidate must complete prerequisite 
under-graduate coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3, and must have earned a grade of 
"C-" or better in each of the courses. For any course objectives not mastered, students will be given an 
assignment to assist them in mastering those objectives. Students cannot take graduate level coursework 
if they have not mastered all objectives. 

Teacher Certification 

Students who plan to work in the school system in Pennsylvania will need to complete TED 231 
(Education Psychology) (3 credits), TED 364 (Methods in Life Skills) (3 credits), SLP 300 (2 credits), 
SLP 260 (3 credits), SLP 230 (3 credits), PRAXIS exams (PRAXIS I & II tests), a school fieldwork 
SLP 610 or SLP 620 (supervised by a SLP who has the CCC, school certification, and is licensed) with 
completed PDE 430 forms, and other PDE requirements (6 credits of math; 6 credits of English - 3 
American or British Literature and 3 English Composition; and 3 credits of lab science). Students will 
need a C or better in all classes. Before a student begins student teaching (Fieldwork), the student will 
successfully complete the PRAXIS I and II tests and all courses required by PDE. The SLP department 
does not award Teacher Certification. It is awarded by the Special Education department on campus. 
The student will obtain any waivers of course work from the Special Education Department. To obtain 
Teacher Certification, the student must apply to the Special Education Department after completing the 
school fieldwork and a portfolio. Students from other states should check their state requirements to 
determine whether their states will accept Pennsylvania Teaching Certification. 

Graduation 

To graduate with the master of science degree in speech-language pathology, students must meet the 
following criteria: 

1 . Complete all academic coursework. 

2. Complete all clinical practicum requirements. 

3. Pass a comprehensive examination or complete a thesis during the last year of graduate study. 

4. Show evidence of having taken the PRAXIS SLP. 

Students meeting criteria (1) through (4) above will be eligible for graduation. Traditional 5 -year 
students and undergraduate transfers who have completed both the undergraduate and graduate 
curricula at Misericordia University will be granted both the bachelor of science degree in health 
sciences and the master of science degree in speech-language pathology. Students who have completed 
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graduate studies in the speech-language pathology program) will he granted the master of science 
degree in speech-language pathology. 

Statement Concerning Program Accreditation 

The master's program in speech-language pathology is accreditated by the Council on Academic 
Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. If students have 
additional questions about Misericordia University's ASHA accreditation status, they should contact the 
Accreditation Department at ASHA at (301)897-5700, X142. Students may also file grievances with 
ASHA's Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA). To learn about ASHA's grievance policy, students 
can go to the following link: www.asha.org 

Speech-language Pathology MS Degree 

Sequence of Required Courses 



First Year 




First Semester Total Credits 15 


PSY123 


or Behavioral Science Core 3 


SCI 


Natural Science Core 3 


HIS/POL 


Core 3 


ENG151 


University Writing Seminar 3 


SLP210 


Intro to Com Dis 3 


Sophomore Year 


First Semester Total Credits 18 


FA 


Core 3 


MTH 


Bank I 3 


PHL 100 


Introduction to Philosophy 3 


PSY 275 


Child & Adol Psych 3 


SLP 220 


A&P of Speech & Hr Science 3 


SLP 260 


Artic/Phon/Lang Dis 3 


Junior Year 


First Semester Total Credits 18 


PHL Core 


or Natural Science Cognate 3 


SLP 300 


SLP in Schools 2 


SLP 410 


Aural Rehab 3 


SLP 230 


Phonetics 3 


SLP 325 


Stutt/Voice/Cleft Palate 3 


SLP 340 


Communication & Aging 2 


SLP 415 


OB & Clinical Procedures II 2 



Second Semester Total Credits 18 


PSY 123 


or Behavioral Science Core 


3 


SCI 


Natural Science Core 


3 




Free Elective 


3 


ENG Core 


Amer or Brit Literature 


3 


SLP 240 


Norm SP & Lang Dev 


3 


HIS/POL 


Core 


3 


Second Semester Total Credits 


17 


MTH 115 


Statistics 


3 


RLS 104 


World Religions 


3 


FA 


Core 


3 


SLP 250 


Speech & Hearing Science 


3 


SLP 330 


Intro to Audiology 


3 


SLP 305 


OB & Clin Procedures I 


3 


Second Semester Total Credits 18 


PHL Core 


or Natural Science Cognate 


3 


SLP 


Research Methods 


3 


310/512 






SLP 350 


Adult Comm Dis 


3 


SLP 450 


Optional Clinic 


3 


Free 


TED 364 Meth in Spec. Educ 


3 


Elective 






Free 


Free Elective 


3 


Elective 







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Senior Year 



First Semester 



Total Credits 17* 



SLP 500 Artie & Phon Disorders 3 

SLP 530 Voice Disorders 3 

SLP 575 Motor Speech Disorders 3 

SLP 560 Diag (3cr) with SLP 555( 1 cr) 4 

SLP 505 Clinic I (sec I-IV) 3 

SLP 565 SLP Seminar I 1 

SLP 515 Hearing Sem 1 

RLS Core 3 
*18 with Diagnostics 



Second Semester Total Credits 17 * 

SLP 5 1 Fluency Disorders 3 

SLP 525 Child Language Disorder 3 

SLP 545 Aphasia & Cog Comm Dis 3 

SLP 585 SLP Seminar III 3 

SLP 560 Diag (3cr) with SLP 555 ( 1 cr) 4 

SLP 605 Clinic II (sec I-IV) 3 

SLP 566 SLP Seminar II 1 

SLP 515 Hearing Seminar 1 
* 18 with Diagnostics 



Summer 
SLP 589 
SLP 560 
SLP 601 

Fifth Year 



Total Credits 6* 
Dysphagia 3 

Diag(3cr) with SLP 555 ( 1 cr) 4 
Sum Clin I (I-rV) 3 



First Semester 



Total Credits 12 



Total Credits 6* 
SLP 540 AAC 3 

SLP 602 Summer Clinic II (I-IW) 3 

*10 with Diagnostics 



Second Semester 



Total Credits 12 



SLP 610 Fieldworkfl 9 SLP 620 Fieldwork H 9 

SLP Comprehensive Class/Thesis 3 SLP 650 Professional Issues 3 

660/680 Option 

*Students are only required to take SLP 560 Diagnostics (3cr) with SLP 555 Diag Clin (lcr) once and 

SLP 515 Hearing Seminar once. Note 1: Students who decide to pursue teacher certification (to work 

as a school SLP in PA) will need all PDE courses and a lab science course 

Note 2: Students may need to take SLP 630 - a third field placement until they have satisfied the 

department's and ASHA 's certificate requirements pertaining to clinical experiences. 

Note 3: For prerequisites, please refer to the catalog or advising sheet 

Probation and Dismissal Criteria 

If a student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.2 at anytime until the end of the fall semester of the junior 
year, the student will be placed on probation for a semester. After the semester on probation, if the 
cumulative GPA is still below 3.2 the student will be dismissed from the program and cannot take any 
more speech-language pathology classes. A student can only be on probation once during his or her 
academic program. 

Students need to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above until the fall semester of the junior year. 
At the end of the fall semester of the junior year students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or 
above and maintain this GPA until the completion of the spring semester of the junior year. If the 
cumulative GPA is not 3.5 or above at the end of the fall semester of the junior year, the student will 
not be allowed to take master's courses (senior level - first year graduate courses). If the cumulative 
GPA is 3.5 or above at a future date, the student will be placed in the general pool of candidates who 
apply for the master's level courses from other universities and will then need to compete for a slot in 
the program as well as apply to the program for consideration to take master's level courses by the 
February 1st deadline. 

Students must receive a grade of "B-" or better in all graduate level professional courses (500 and 600 
level). If a student receives a "C+" or lower in any graduate level course (excluding clinic) the student 
has one opportunity to retake that course and receive a "B-" or better. Failure to achieve a grade of "B-" 
or better in that repeated course will result in dismissal from the program. Students who receive a C+ or 
lower in two or more 500 or 600 professional courses, will be dismissed from the program (if a student 



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gets two C+ grades or lower in one semester, the student will be dismissed from the program and will 
not have the opportunity to retake those courses). 

If a student receives a grade B- or lower in any 500 and/or 600 level graduate clinical course, the 
student will be placed on clinical probation for 1 year. The student will have one opportunity to retake 
the failed clinic or fieldwork and receive a "B" or better. If the student achieves a B or better in the 
repeated clinic or fieldwork the student will be removed from clinical probation; however, the previous 
failing grade (B- or lower) will remain on the transcript (a grade replacement will not be allowed). If 
the student passes the previously failed clinic and the cumulative GPA falls below 3.5 because of the 
failed clinic, the student will be placed on academic probation for 1 year. At the end of the year, if the 
cumulative GPA is not over 3.5, the student will be dismissed from the program. A student can only 
remain on probation once during the entire academic and clinical program. If a student fails to achieve 
a grade of "B" or better in a repeated 500 and/or 600 level graduate clinical course or if a student fails a 
subsequent clinic the student will be dismissed from the program. If a student fails any two clinical 
courses the student will be dismissed from the program. 

If a student is dismissed by a Clinical Instructor or University Clinical Supervisor from any 500 and/or 
600 graduate clinical course during a semester, the student will be placed on clinical probation for 1 
year and be given a failing clinical grade of B- or lower. The student will not be reassigned to a clinic 
or placed at another site until the following semester. If a student is dismissed from a school placement 
during the semester the student will not be placed in another school setting until the following semester 
of that year. If a student is dismissed from a school placement during the spring semester the student 
will not be placed in another school setting until the fall semester of that year. If a student fails to 
achieve a grade of "B" or better in the repeated 500 and/or 600 level graduate clinical course or if a 
student fails a subsequent clinic the student will be dismissed from the program. If a student fails any 
two clinical courses the student will be dismissed from the program. 

If a student drops his or her enrollment in any 500 and/or 600 level graduate clinical course, the student 
will be placed on clinical probation for 1 year and receive an IP grade. The student will not be 
reassigned to a clinic or be placed at another site until the following semester. The IP grade will remain 
until the student successfully completes the clinical course. If a student fails to achieve a grade of "B" 
or better in the repeated 500 and/or 600 level graduate clinical course and if a student fails a subsequent 
clinic the student will be dismissed from the program. If a student fails any two clinical courses the 
student will be dismissed from the program. The same school policy as the above statement applies to 
this statement as well. Reasons deemed excusable for choosing to leave any fieldwork placement are 
dependent upon the discretion of the Clinical Director. 

A positive Criminal Record Check, (Federal and/or State), positive Child Abuse History and/or a 
positive drug screening may result in any of the following: inability to find a clinical placement, delay 
in clinical placement, dismissal from a clinical placement, inability to obtain professional licensure, 
legal ramifications, inability to matriculate or continue in the speech-language pathology program, 
and/or inability to meet requirements for graduation from the program. As a result, a student may not be 
able to complete the requirements of the speech-language pathology program, may not be eligible for 
federal or state credentialing/licensing required for practice, and may be dismissed from the program. 

College of Health Sciences Certificates/Certifications 
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate 

College of Health Sciences 

Department Chair, Sheryl E Goss, MS, RT (R) (S), RDMS, RDCS, RVT 

Faculty and Staff 

Sheryl Goss, Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, AAS, BS, MS College Misericordia 
Karen Klimas, Clinical Coordinator, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, BS College Misericordia 



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The diagnostic medical sonography program is an 18-month certificate program divided into six 
sessions, inclusive of didactic, laboratory, and clinical education components. The purpose of this 
program is to prepare students to become highly qualified individuals able to perform diagnostic patient 
services using ultrasound. The program is designed to prepare students to perform as competent 
sonographers in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and physicians' offices. This specialized, non-invasive 
technique, utilizes the generation of high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) together with digitized 
instrumentation to project information on display monitors generating diagnostic images of internal 
organs and other structures to evaluate the absence or presence of pathology. The diagnostic medical 
sonographer provides patient services using medical sonographic equipment under the supervision of a 
physician specialist in radiology, gynecology, obstetrics, pediatrics, vascular surgery, cardiology, or 
ophthalmology. The sonographer assists the physician in gathering pertinent patient history as well as 
the anatomical, physiological, and pathological sonographic data and images necessary to diagnose an 
increasing variety of conditions and diseases. 

The diagnostic medical sonography program is one that, upon successful completion, provides the 
knowledge and skills to qualify participants as sonographers. Individuals are educated to perform 
examinations in the following areas: obstetrical, gynecological, abdominal, small parts, and 
interventional sonography. Introduction to neonatal sonography and vascular sonography is also 
included in this program. 

Upon successful completion of the diagnostic medical sonography program, students are eligible to 
apply for a national certification examination, thus enabling them to achieve professional status and 
employment in the field. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied 
Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). 

Graduates of the certificate program can continue to pursue their education through the university's 
Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography major or take the advanced sonography courses 
within the major to prepare for additional national certification examinations. 

Diagnostic medical sonography is a natural extension of the medical imaging program. In many health 
care institutions, sonography is part of the Medical Imaging department. Any individual meeting the 
required program criteria and with a background and interest conducive to the medical field can pursue 
the field of diagnostic medical sonography. The purpose of the sonography program is founded on the 
value attributed to individual students, the medical imaging profession, and continuing education. The 
goals of the DMS program are designed to prepare competent entry-level general sonographers in the 
cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. 

1. Recognize the needs of the patient are first and foremost and possess the knowledge and skills 
to attend those needs, while adhering to the SDMS Code of Ethics. 

2. Interact and communicate with the community, medical staff, and fellow colleagues, in a 
professional and humanistic manner. 

3. Recognize emergency patient conditions and initiate life-saving first aid and basic life support 
procedures. 

4. Apply the knowledge and skills obtained through program education to perform quality 
diagnostic medical sonography. 

5. Using independent judgment, interpret and evaluate the sonographic images for diagnostic 
quality. 

6. Demonstrate concern for staying abreast of new developments in the field, as well as further 
self-development. 

7. Demonstrate critical thinking and/or writing skills. 

8. Apply the knowledge and skills obtained through program education to successfully pass the 
certification examination given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 
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The target populations that may be compatible with this program include the following: 

1 . Students currently pursuing a BS degree in the existing medical imaging major and exhibiting 
an interest in specializing in diagnostic medical sonography. 

2. Individuals with previous allied health education expressing a desire for a career change. 

3. Individuals interested in seeking a career in the healthcare field. 

Admission Criteria: 

To be considered for entrance into the sonography certificate program, applicants must meet one of the 
following three pathways: 

1 . Graduate of an accredited allied health program (minimum of two years) and completion of 
prerequisites listed in Pathway #3 with a minimum grade of "C", or 

2. Graduate of a bachelor degree program, and completion of prerequisites listed in Pathway #3 
with a minimum grade of "C", or 

3. Completion of prerequisites at the university or post secondary level with a "C" or higher to 
include the following: 

Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II 

Ethics 

Physics 

Math or Algebra 

English (Oral or written communication) 

Patient Care 

Medical Terminology 

Note: Patient Care and Medical Terminology can be taken as co-requisites in the first session 
of the program. 

All courses completed on the post secondary level will be evaluated on an individual basis 
for determination of acceptance. 

4. Standard university admission requirements 

5. Two letters of recommendation 

6. Attendance at a Program Information Session 

7. Completion of interview questions provided to the applicant 

It is recommended applications be submitted prior to December 1 of the year prior to which the student 
desires to be considered for entrance the following August. Each December, all applicants will receive 
information regarding their required attendance at one of the Program Information Session being 
offered in January and receive a set of interview questions to be completed prior to and submitted 
during their attendance at the session. Decisions are made in late February. Applications are accepted 
after February on a clinical availability basis. 

Electronic communication among faculty, staff and students occurs frequently throughout the program 
as well as online evaluation methods required within the individual courses. Students are required to 
possess basic computer skills and frequent access to a computer. 

Special Expenses 

In addition to tuition and fees, expenses for the diagnostic medical sonography may include CPR 
certification and re-certification, background checks, health examination fees, immunization fees, drug 
screening, malpractice liability insurance, and uniforms. 

A fee will be charged to the student's bill for the first fall semester for cost of name badge, HIPAA 
education, program handbook, electronic clinical records program and professional liability insurance. 
Second fall semester fee covers professional liability insurance. 



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Fees for national certification exams are paid by the student to the respective agency, such as American 
Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography just prior to completion of program. 

Course Sequence 

48 credits Class of 2014 and beyond 

Session I (September-December) Total Credits 9 

DMS 101 Introduction to Sonography 2 

DMS 102 Introduction to Sonography Lab 1 

DMS 107 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation 3 

DMS 1 1 1 Sonographic Cross Sectional Anatomy 3 
(32 hours of clinical observation during November and December) 

Session II (January-May) Total Credits 11 

DMS 1 1 7 Abdominal Sonography 3 

DMS 122 Pelvic Sonography 3 

DMS 127 High Resolution Sonography 3 

DMS 130 Clinical Sonography I 2 

( 1 -2 days per week, January and February) 

(32 hours per week, begins in late February) 

Session HI Summer I (8 weeks) Total Credits 8 
clinic throughout all weeks, 

DMS 152 Obstetrical Sonography I 3 

DMS 155 Fetal and Neonatal Anomalies* 3 

DMS 140 Clinical Sonography II 2 
4 days per week 

Session IV Summer II (6 weeks) Total Credits 5 

DMS 245 Obstetrical Sonography H 3 

DMS 155 Fetal and Neonatal Anomalies (contd.) *see below 

DMS 255 Clinical Sonography III 2 

4 days per week 

Session V (September-December) Total Credits 9 

DMS 265 Introduction to Vascular Sonography 3 

DMS 277 Interventional Sonography 1 

DMS 287 Journal and Case Study Review 1 

DMS 290 Clinical Sonography IV 4 
4 days per week 

Session VI (January-March) Total Credits 6 

DMS 282 Issues in Sonography 1 

DMS 297 Comprehensive Registry Review 3 

DMS 300 Clinical Sonography V 2 

4 days per week 

Program total credits 48 

* Fetal and Neonatal Anomalies runs for the entire 14 weeks, encompassing Session III and IV. Credits 
assigned in session III. 

See Diagnostic Medical Sonography Course Descriptions. 



Nuclear Medicine Technology Certificate 

College of Health Sciences 

Department Chair Elaine Halesey, Ed.D., R.T. (R)(QM) 

Program Director Cindy Turchin, MBA, RT (R) (N), CNMT 

The certificate in Nuclear Medicine Technology is a 21 month, 50 credit program divided into 6 part- 
time sessions, billed at a discounted part-time credit rate. All didactic courses are offered in a 
combination of weekend and on-line formats with clinic experiences on weekdays, as noted in the 
curriculum sequence. 

The population from which students will enter this certificate program can best be described in one of 
five possible categories. 

1 . No prior college credit or professional certification/no pre-requisites: These students would 
have to take all pre and co-requisites in addition to the Nuclear Medicine credits. 

2. Registered Radiologic Technologists from hospital-based programs: students may be awarded 
up to 9 credits of the required pre- and/or co-requisites under the Prior Learning Assessment 
policy (similar to what Medical Imaging does for these individuals wishing to pursue a B.S. in 
Medical Imaging). These credits would include: MI 106 (lcr.); NMT 1 15 (Pt. Care- 2 cr.), MI 
214 (2cr.); and BIO 121 (4cr.). All other pre-and co-requisites would be required for the 
certification, in addition to the Nuclear Medicine courses. 

3. Registered Radiologic Technologists possessing an A.A.S. degree in Radiologic Technology 
would have their credits assessed for transfer against the pre- and co-requisite requirements. 

4. B.S. in Medical Imaging- would have their credits assessed for transfer against the pre- and co- 
requisite requirements; however, these students would probably meet most (with the possible 
exception of Chemistry). If B.S. Medical Imaging (MI) degree is from MU, only pre-req course 
needed would be Chemistry. B.S. from another school- assessment by registrar required. B.S.- 
not in MI- assessment by registrar. 

5. B.S. Medical Imaging at Misericordia/Certificate in Nuclear Medicine- combined track. This is 
another option within the current Medical Imaging major; similar to Sonography (DMS). Upon 
graduation from Medical Imaging after 8 semesters (less for transfer students), students, who 
would have begun the Nuclear Medicine courses during their senior year, would continue 
seamlessly in the Nuclear Medicine program; completing the program in May of the 5th year. 

There are 19 credits of pre-requisite courses that must be completed* prior to beginning the certificate 
program.* While it is advised that all 19 credits be completed prior to beginning the program, *PHY and 
CHM may be taken as co-requisites during the first semester of the program; however, they must be 
successfully completed by the completion of this first semester in order to be retained in the program. 

All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C". All may be completed at Misericordia in 
any format if available; Expressway, on-line, evenings, weekends, etc. 

*Pre-requisites currently offered at MU # Credits 

MTH College Algebra or higher level such as MTH 120 3 

PHY 117 Physics Introduction I (if PHY transferred, does not have 4 

to have lab and may be 3 credits) 
BIO 121 Human Structure & Function I 4 

BIO 122 Human Structure & Function II 4 

(BIO 21 1/212 are equivalent courses for 121/122) 
CHM 104 General Chemistry 4 

or 
CHM 133 Chemical Principles I (if CHM transferred, must be 4 4 

credits with lab) 

The Nuclear Medicine Certificate Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education 
Program in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT). The JRCNMT is the only programmatic 



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accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for 
Higher Education Accreditation to accredit nuclear medicine technologist educational programs in the 
territorial United States. 

What is Nuclear Medicine? 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Diagnostic imaging embraces several procedures that aid 
in diagnosing ailments, the most familiar imaging being the x ray. In nuclear medicine, radionuclides — 
unstable atoms that emit radiation spontaneously — are used to diagnose and treat disease. 
Radionuclides are purified and compounded to form radiopharmaceuticals. Nuclear medicine 
technologists administer radiopharmaceuticals to patients and then monitor the characteristics and 
functions of tissues or organs in which the drugs localize. Abnormal areas show higher-than-expected 
or lower-than-expected concentrations of radioactivity. Nuclear medicine differs from other diagnostic 
imaging technologies because it determines the presence of disease on the basis of metabolic changes, 
rather than changes in organ structure". 

The certificate program offered by Misericordia University provides students with the education and 
training required to practice as a nuclear medicine technologist. Education/training includes: 

• Nuclear medicine operations and regulations 

• Patient care and procedure preparation 

• Preparation and administration of Radiopharmaceuticals 

• Performance of imaging procedures 

• Performance of therapeutic procedures 

• Quality control 
Program Objectives: 

Upon completion of the program students will: 

Apply learned principles of Nuclear Medicine imaging, radiation protection, nuclear pharmacy 
and patient care. 

Function effectively as a member of the health care team, exercising discretion and good 
judgment in the performance of their responsibilities. 

Be eligible to sit for the national certification examination in Nuclear Medicine. 

Demonstrate personal and professional attitudes and standards that will allow them to become 
assets to the health care industry and the community. 

Demonstrate evidence of professional development and/or continuing education. 

This option prepares highly specialized nuclear medicine professionals to provide images, data analysis, 
and patient information to the nuclear medicine physician for diagnostic interpretation. Technologists 
will learn the preparation and administration of radioactive chemical compounds and to perform patient 
imaging procedures using specialized radiation-detection equipment. The Nuclear Medicine option 
consists of a 50-credit program of study including six clinical experiences encompassing 1232 hours of 
clinical experience with approved expert clinical supervisors. The program is designed to prepare 
students to function as a nuclear medicine technologist in both hospital and out-patient settings. 

Admission, Retention, and Program Completion Requirements 
Admission to Nuclear Medicine: 

To be considered for admission to the Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) program, applicants must 

1. possess the pre-requisites completed at the university or post-secondary level noted above with 
a minimum grade of "C" if taken off campus, or "C-" if taken at Misericordia. 

2. possess an overall GPA of 2.75 in college-level courses. 



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3. complete the standard university admissions process/requirements inclusive of letters of 
recommendation no later than February 1st. Submit to the admissions department. Late 
applications will be considered on a space-available basis. 

4. interview with the program director. 
Students will be evaluated on an individual basis. 

Retention/Probation: Cumulative GPA of 2.30 at the end of each Session, (I-VI) with a minimum grade 
of C- in all NMT coded courses. Students will be placed on program probation at the end of the first 
semester in which their cumulative GPA drops below 2.30. The student must raise the GPA to the 
minimum 2.30 by the end of the next consecutive semester in order to be retained. During this time, the 
student will be placed on program probation. Students may be placed on program probation only one 
time. 

The student will be placed on immediate probation if a recorded violation of the code of ethics occurs 
at any time. The code of ethics can be found in the program clinical education manual and student 
handbook. 

The student will be removed from program probation when: 

a. The stipulated cumulative grade point average is achieved, providing it is by the 
completion of the following semester. 

b. The terms of probation are met. 

Students can be placed on program probation only one time. 

Additional Retention Requirements: 

a. Submission of CPR certification to the clinical coordinator prior to the start of clinic and 
re-certification prior to expiration as long as the student is enrolled in a clinical experience. 
The student is responsible for attending to expiration dates. 

b. Submission of the health clearance form to the clinical coordinator which confirms the 
student's ability to successfully fulfill all program requirements. This is required yearly. 

c. Yearly submission of results of criminal record checks to the clinical coordinator. 

d. Documentation of HIPAA education prior to Clinic I. 

e. Submission of all other requirements for clinical placement as identified by the program. 
Note: A.-C. above must be kept current throughout the program. 

Program Completion: Students will be considered to have successfully completed the program if all 
required pre- and co-requisites, as well as required courses in the certificate program have been 
successfully completed; the overall minimum GPA of 2.30 has been met; all financial obligations to the 
program and/or university have been met. 

Dismissal: Dismissal of the student from the Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) certificate program 
will result if any one of the following occurs: 

1 . The student commits a "serious" infraction of the code of ethics, or violates a program policy 
that states program dismissal (see individual program policies). If a student is dismissed and 
files a grievance, they must follow the university policy on the grievance process. During this 
time, the student cannot attend NMT classes. 

2. The student fails to meet the terms of retention/probation. 

3. The student does not earn a grade of C- or above in all NMT course (any course with an NMT 
code). 

4. The student violates the requirements for clinical placement, including failure of the required 
drug screening. 



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Re-admission: 

Once a student is dismissed from the NMT program, he or she may apply for re-admission for the 
following year, unless the reason for the dismissal was an ethical violation. (Students dismissed for 
ethical violations will not be re-admitted). Re-admission cannot occur earlier than one calendar year 
due to the sequential nature of the curriculum. The student must submit a written request for re- 
admission to the program director no later than the end of the semester following the semester in which 
the student was dismissed. The request will be considered providing the following criteria are met: an 
achieved overall GPA 2.75 (the same as for transfer students); successful completion of all criteria that 
were the reason(s) for the initial dismissal; and the provision that clinical space is available. Although 
re-admission is not guaranteed, if re-admitted, minimum GPA requirements apply and the student 
cannot be placed on program probation during their re-admission. 

In addition, students who wish to be considered for re-admission must first grade-replace all NMT 
courses in which a grade of "C-" or above was not earned. Previous performance in both clinical and 
didactic courses will also be considered. Notification of re-acceptance will be in writing from the 
program director by July 1 for the fall semester, January 1 for the spring semester, or May 25 for the 
summer semester; depending upon what semester this student is re-entering. 

Depending upon the reason for the original dismissal as well as the length of time until the student re- 
enters, students may be required to audit specific program courses previously completed as a stipulation 
for re-admission. These courses can only be taken as audit and cannot earn credits if successfully taken 
previously. The requirements for re-admission will be communicated to the student in writing for 
consideration of acceptance of the re-admission offer. Failure by the student to agree to the conditions 
for re-admission will result in the offer being revoked. In addition, all re-admitted students must 
successfully repeat all previously completed clinical competencies on a pass/fail basis only. If re- 
admission is granted, minimum GPA requirements, as stated above, apply. 

The medical imaging department (Nuclear Medicine program) reserves the right to make changes in 
these policies as the need arises. 

Clinical Placement/Experience 

To be eligible for clinical placement, a student must have completed all pre-requisite courses that apply 
toward the major and meet the minimum stated overall GPA for program retention. Once a student is 
selected for placement in a clinical education center, the complete set of the policies and procedures as 
published in the program relating to the clinic is expected to be read thoroughly by each student and 
will be reviewed by clinical faculty prior to the start of the clinical experience. Placements are 
determined by the clinical coordinator and program director as determined by the total number of 
placements approved by our accrediting body. Students may have to travel out of the immediate area to 
one of the sites listed below. 

Transportation to and from the assigned clinical education setting is the responsibility of the student. 
The NMT program is currently affiliated with the following clinical education sites: 

Alliance Imaging, Wilkes-Barre, PA 
Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI), Forty Fort, PA 
GE Healthcare Radiopharmacy, Wilkes-Barre, PA 
Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA 
Greater Hazleton Health Alliance, Hazleton, PA 
Regional Hospital of Scranton, PA 
Prime Med: A Professional Corporation, Scranton, PA 
Schuylkill Medical Center, Pottsville, PA 
Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, PA 
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Health Examination 

Before students can begin the clinical experience, they must submit a health clearance form report each 
year they are enrolled in a clinical experience. A complete list of required exams and immunizations 
will be provided to all Nuclear Medicine students prior to their first clinical rotation; including drug 
screening. 

The health clearance form must be submitted to the nuclear medicine clinical coordinator by the student 
and as one complete packet no later than the date specified in correspondence by the program director. 
Normal results are good for one year from the date of test. 

Special Expenses 

In addition to tuition and fees*, expenses for the Nuclear Medicine Program may include CPR 
certification and re-certification, health examination fees, inclusive of drug-screening; immunization 
fees, malpractice liability insurance, and uniforms. 

*A fee will be charged to the student's bill for the first fall semester to cover the costs for a name tag, 
student handbook/clinical education manual, radiation badges, liability insurance and clinical education 
forms. A fee will be charged to the student's bill for the second fall semester for radiation badges, 
liability insurance and clinical education forms. This fee is non-refundable if the student does not 
complete the program. 

Additional expense incurred, such as fee for criminal background checks or national certification 
examination, are paid directly by the student to the respective agency. 

The Nuclear Medicine Technology program reserves the right to make changes in these policies as the 
need arises. 

Course Sequence 

Session I (Fall semester I) Total Credits 10 

MI 106 Medical Terminology 1 

NMT 100 Clinical Experience I 2 

(16 hrs. per week-Monday/Wednesday) 
NMT 110 General Diagnostic & Therapeutic Nuclear Medicine 3 

Procedures (on-line) 
NMT 1 1 5 Patient Care in Nuclear Medicine (on-line) 2 

NMT 120 Introduction to Nuclear Medicine Operations & 2 

Administration (on-line) 

Session II (Spring semester I) Total Credits 12 

MI 2 14 Radiation Biology & Protection 2 

MI 290 Cross-Sectional Anatomy (WEC) 2 

NMT 105 Clinical Experience II 2 

(16 hrs. per week- Tuesday/Thursday) 

NMT 230 Radiation Physics, Safety & Regulations for NMT 3 

Professionals (on-line) 

ENG 151 University Writing Seminar (Co-requisite) 3 

Session III (Summer I) Total Credits 7 

NMT 200 Clinical Experience III 1 

(16 hrs. per week x 7 weeks: Tuesday/Thursday) 
NMT 210 Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation & Quality Control 3 

(on-line - runs entire summer) 



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NMT 215 Medical Ethics & Law for Imaging Professionals 1 

(online) 
NMT 310 Radionuclide Chemistry, Radiopharmacy & 2 

Pharmacology (on-line - runs entire summer) 

Session IV (Summer II) Total Credits 2 

NMT 205 Clinical Experience IV 1 

(16 hours per week x 7 weeks: Tuesday/Thursday) 

NMT 220 Medical Informatics 1 

Session V (Fall Semester II) Total Credits 10 

NMT 225 PET/CT Imaging Procedures (on-line) 1 

NMT 300 Clinical Experience V 2 

(16 hours per week: Tuesday/Thursday) 

NMT 3 1 5 Nuc. Medicine Case Review (on-line) 1 

MTH115 Basic Statistics (Co-requisite) 3 

PS Y 123 Intro to Psychology (Co-requisite) 3 

Session VI (Spring Semester II) Total Credits 9 

NMT 305 Clinical Experience VI (24 hours per week: M, W, F) 3 

NMT 320 Nuc. Medicine Registry Review (on-line) 

PHL 100 Intro to Philosophy Corequisite 3 

PSY 232 Research Methods Corequisite 3 

Program total credits 50 
Note: MTH 115 and PSY 123 are pre-requisites for PSY 232 

Electronic communication among faculty, staff and students occurs frequently throughout the program 
as well as online evaluation methods required within individual courses. Some courses will be delivered 
on-line. Students are required to possess basic computer skills and frequent access to a computer. 

See Nuclear Medical Technology Course Descriptions. 

Post-master' s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate 

See description under Graduate Nursing section. 

Post-professional Pediatric Certificate 

This program is offered by the occupational therapy department. Students and therapists from other 
disciplines, especially physical therapy and speech and language pathology and nursing may find these 
courses relevant and are encouraged to apply. 

The program is for occupational and physical therapists at all clinical levels that would like to advance 
their clinical knowledge in pediatric practice. The certificate is a series of four 3 -credit graduate 
courses. There is one required course in the beginning of the series and three courses that are chosen by 
each student on an individual basis. The program is offered in a flexible format for working 
professionals, primarily in distance formats with short on campus experiences during some weekend 
"launch" days. There are also some hands-on clinical courses offered in a five-day intensive format. 
Students can choose the courses that meet their needs both clinically and personally. Classes may also 
be taken individually for continuing education. 

See Course Descriptions. 



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College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences Majors 
Accounting Major 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 

Degree Four-year Track BS, Accounting, Five-year Track BS, Accounting and MBA 

Department Chair Timothy Kearney, PhD 

Accounting is the language of business that allows different entities to communicate effectively with 
each other. The accounting profession provides this vital service to management and owners of business 
firms, investors, creditors, labor unions, government agencies, and, most importantly, to the general 
public. The curriculum of the accounting major is designed to provide individuals with communication, 
critical thinking, and analytical skills, as well as the technical proficiency to become professional 
accountants. 

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and other accounting organizations continually 
emphasize the value of a broad approach to education. The liberal arts core and business support 
courses that are required of all accounting majors address this need and help individuals acquire the 
necessary skills that will contribute to a productive life and satisfying career. The accounting faculty 
emphasizes the importance of these abilities in accounting courses that also contain the profession's 
technical body of knowledge. Accounting courses also integrate an extensive use of computers and 
standard business software into instruction and student assignments. Students are given instruction in 
business writing and presentation skills. 

Work experience is a powerful educational tool in a discipline such as accounting. Thus, on -campus 
interviews are scheduled with accounting firms and companies for student placement in accounting 
internship positions. All accounting majors are encouraged to serve an internship in the spring of their 
senior year. Placement of students in internships is dependent upon successful completion of required 
course work, availability of placement employers, and the student's interview. 

Forensic Accounting Specialization 

The accounting major forensic specialization provides the student with a foundation in the methods 
employed by accountants, auditors, and managers in preventing and detecting fraud and deception in 
business entities, not-for-profit organizations, and governmental agencies. The specialization is open to 
Accounting majors only. Accounting majors will choose three out of the following four courses to 
complete the specialization: ACC 211, ACC 212, ACC 213, ACC 214. 

Accounting Major Four-year Track BS Degree 

Sequence of Required Courses 

For description and requirements of the Five-year track BS, Accounting and MBA, see MBA program 
description. 



First Year 










First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 




Core 


3 




Core 3 




Core 


3 




Core 3 




Core 


3 




Core 3 


BUS 205 


Macroeconomics 


3 


BUS 206 


Microeconomics 3 


ACC 101 


Principles of Accounting 


3 


BUS 208 


Principles of Management 3 



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Sophomore Year 






First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 




Core 3 




Core 3 




Core 3 




Core 3 


ACC 340 


Intermediate Accounting I 3 


ACC 341 


Intermediate Accounting II 3 


BUS 269 


Principles of Marketing 3 


MIS 110 


Intro to Information Systems 3 




Free elective 3 


BUS 300 


Quantitative Methods I 3 


Junior Year 






First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 




Core 3 




Core 3 




Core 3 




Core 3 


ACC 401 


Taxes 3 


ACC 310 


Cost Accounting 3 




Core 3 


BUS 306 


Organizational Behavior 3 


ACC 342 


Intermediate Accounting III 3 


BUS 360 


Management of Human 3 
Resources 


Senior Year 






First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 15 




Elective 3 


ACC 440 


Adv Financial Accounting 3 


ACC 410 


Auditing 3 


BUS 352 


Business Law 3 


BUS 415 


International Business 3 


BUS 371 


Finance 3 


ACC 472 


Internship 6 




Elective 3 
Elective 3 



Total required for graduation 120 credits 



Applied Behavioral Sciences Major 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 

Degree Four year BS, nontraditional format 

For information contact the Center for Adult and Continuing Education 

This program is designed to meet the needs of the non-traditional adult student seeking education and 
employment within the behavioral science field, but who is unable to complete educational 
requirements using a traditional format. Courses within this major will be offered in nontraditional 
formats including online, blended, evening, Expressway and weekends. The curriculum integrates an 
interdisciplinary approach that includes core curriculum and core major requirements, as well as 
flexibility to pursue concentrations in addictions, child welfare, gerontology, psychology, or human 
services. Students who successfully complete the 123 credit program with a 2.5 G.P.A. in both core and 
major coursework will be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Applied Behavioral Sciences (BSABS) 
degree. 

Bachelor of Science in Applied Behavioral Sciences 

Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 



First Semester 


Total Credits 15 


ENG 1 5 1 


University Writing Seminar 3 


SOC 101 


Comparative Sociology 3 


BIO 


Biology Core 3 


MTH 


Math Bank I 3 


POL 100 


American Ntl Government 3 



Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 

FA Fine Arts Core 3 

PS Y 123 Intro to Psychology 3 

BIO Biology Core 3 

SOC 122 Social Problems 3 

HIS/POL History/Poli Sci Core 3 



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Sophomore Year 



First Semester Total Credits 


15 


Second Semester Total Credits 


75 


GER241 


Intro to Gerontology 


3 




Free Elective 


3 


PHL 100 


Intro to Philosophy 


3 


MTH 1 1 5 


Statistics 


3 


PSY/SWK 


Communication Skills 


3 


SOC221 


Cultural Minorities 


3 


285 








or 




PSY 250 


Social Psychology 


3 


CWS/SWK 


Dev Cult Comp w/Children & 




PSY/SWK 


Elective 


3 


356 


Families 










SOC321 


The Family 


3 








FA 


Fine Arts Core 


3 


Junior Year 










First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 


15 


ENG 


English Literature Core 


3 


RLS 104 


World Religions 


3 


PSY 275 


Child & Adolescent Psych 


3 


PSY/GER 


Adult Dev & Aging 


3 


ADC 340 


Alcoholism 


3 


277 






PSY/SWK 


Elective 


3 


PSY 


Psychology Elective 


3 


SWK/PSY 


Research Methods 


3 


PHL 


Philosophy Core 


3 


232 






SWK/PSY 


Elective 


3 


Senior Year 










First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 


RLS 


Religion Core 


3 


ADC 337 


Sub Abuse Tx. Meth 


3 


PSY 290 


Psycholopathology 


3 


SWK 350 


Human Behavior I or Human 


3 


PSY/SWK 


Elective 


3 


or SWK 


Behavior II or Adaptive 






Free Elective 
Free Elective 


3 
3 


351 or 
SWK 352 
PSY/SWK 


Behavior 

Elective 
Free Elective 


3 

3 








PSY/SWK 


Elective 


3 



Total required for graduation 120 credits 



Business Administration Major 



College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 

Degree, Four-year Track BS, Business Administration, Five-year Track BS, Business Administration and 

MBA 

Department Chair Timothy Kearney, PhD 

Students who major in business administration choose to focus on a specific area of business. The 
business administration major allows students to choose a minor sequence in areas such as 
management, accounting, marketing, financial services, operations and supply chain management or 
management information systems. The major requires all students to take at least 12 required courses, 
at least 15 credits in one of five business specialty sequences, and 18 credits in free electives, one of 
which is recommended to be a 3 credit internship. Majors must complete the 48 -credit university core 
as required by all students. 

The business administration major permits students to freely fashion their studies to meet their 
professional and personal needs. The curriculum contains sufficient flexibility to meet most needs and 
expectations of students, both those who intend to go on to graduate school and those who seek 
immediate entrance into the profession. Students in the major need to work very closely with their 
advisor in the selection of courses. Marketing, management, accounting and information technology 
majors cannot choose business administration as a second major. 



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The major permits students to take an aggressively quantitative or qualitative track or an equal balance 
between the "management by numbers" position and the "management through people" concept. 
Students are given instruction in business writing and presentation skills. 

Business Administration Four-year Track BS Degree 

Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 



First Semester Total Credits 15 

Core 3 

Core 3 

Core 3 

BUS 205 Macroeconomics 3 

BUS 208 Principles of Management 3 

Sophomore Year 

First Semester Total Credits 15 

Core 3 

Core 3 

MIS 1 10 Intro to Information Systems 3 

ACC 101 Principles of Accounting 3 

Elective 3 



Second Semester 

Core 

Core 

Core 
BUS 206 Microeconomics 



Total Credits 15 
3 
3 
3 

3 



BUS 269 Principles of Marketing 



Second Semester 
Core 
Core 



Total Credits 15 

3 
3 



Sequence Course 
BUS 300 Quantitative Methods I 
Elective 



Junior Year 

First Semester 

Core 

Core 

Sequence Course 
BUS 352 Business Law 

Elective 

Senior Year 

First Semester 

Core 
BUS 472 



Total Credits 15 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 



Total Credits 15 
3 



Second Semester 
Core 
Core 

Sequence Course 
Elective 



Total Credits 15 
3 
3 
3 
3 



BUS 360 Mgt of Human Resources 



3 



Second Semester 

Elective 



Total Credits 15 
3 



3 BUS 306 Organizational Behavior 3 

3 Sequence Course 3 

3 Elective 3 

3 Elective 3 

Total required for graduation 120 credits 

For description and requirements of the Five-year Track BS, Business Administration and MBA, see 
MBA program description. 



BUS 371 
BUS 415 



Internship (recommended) 
Sequence Course 
Finance 
International Business 



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Business Administration Major Sequence 

With a sequence (choose five from one area) 
Accounting Courses 

ACC 3 1 Cost Accounting 

ACC 340 Intermediate Accounting I 

ACC 341 Intermediate Accounting II 

ACC 342 Intermediate Accounting III 

ACC 401 Taxes I 

ACC 402 Taxes II 

ACC 410 Auditing 

ACC 440 Advanced Financial Accounting 

ACC 472 Accounting Internship (required) 

ACC 480 Independent Study 

ACC 485 Special Topics in Accounting 

Forensic Accounting Courses 

Required sequience courses (9 credits): 

ACC 340 Intermediate Accounting I 
ACC 341 Intermediate Accounting II 
ACC 410 Auditing 

Select three courses from the following (6 credits total): 

ACC 21 1 Introduction to Forensic Accounting 

ACC 212 Forensic-Accounting-Civil Applications 

ACC 213 Introduction to Fraud Examination 

ACC 214 Fraud Examination Techniques and Procedures 

Management Courses 

BUS 307 Management Science 
Money and Banking 
Current Issues and Trends in Business 
Small Business Management 
Special Topics in Business 
Business Administration Internship 
Seminar in Business Policies (required) 
Managerial Accounting 



BUS 350 
BUS 406 
BUS 420 
BUS 465 
BUS 472 
BUS 491 
ACC 311 

Marketing Courses 
BUS 304 
BUS 321 
BUS 340 
BUS 401 
BUS 402 
BUS 403 
BUS 421 
BUS 450 
BUS 472 

MIS Courses 

MIS 101 
MIS 121 



Sales and Sales Management 

Product/Service Marketing 

Advertising and Sales Promotion 

Channel Strategies 

Pricing Strategies 

Strategic Marketing (required) 

Special Topics in Marketing 

Marketing Research 

Business Administration Internship 



Programming I 
Programming II 



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MIS 200 Systems Analysis, Design, and Implementation 

MIS 220 Applied Networking Design 

MIS 22 1 Introduction to Computer Systems 

MIS 23 1 Introduction to File Processing 

MIS 232 Data Structures 

MIS 310 Managerial Applications of Object-Oriented Programming I 

MIS 312 Software Engineering 

MIS 420 Teleprocessing 

MIS 432 Data Base Management Systems Design 

MIS 491 Information Technology Management (required) 

Financial Services Courses (all courses required for specialization) 
BUS 135 Introduction to Financial Services 
BUS 304 Sales and Sales Management 
BUS 350 Money and Banking 
BUS 355 Principles of Risk and Insurance 
BUS 434 Investments and Investment Management 

Operations and Supply Chain Management (all courses required for specialization) 
BUS 265 Project Management 
BUS 307 Management Science 
BUS 375 Operations and Supply Chain Management 
BUS 472 Internship: Operations/Supply Chain Management 

(Capstone) 
BUS Upper-Level Business Elective 

Pre-DPT /Health Care Managment Courses (all courses required for specialization) 
HCM 101 Introduction to Health Care Management 
HCM 371 Health Care Finance 
HCM 403 Healthcare Strategic Management 
HCM 406 Current Issues/Trends (Capstone) 
HCM 452 Healthcare Law 

Pre-DPT/Sport Managment Courses (all courses required for specialization) 

SMG 101 Introduction to Sport Management 

SMG 1 10 Sport in Society 

SMG 201 Sport and Athletic Administration 

SMG 2 1 Sport Event and Facility Management 

SMG 301 Sport Marketing (Capstone) 
Select Specialization 

The select specialization is available only to transfer students with a minimum of 15 completed credit 
hours (grade of "C" or better) in a business-related field not offered at Misericordia University. 
Students with credits in a business-related field not offered at Misericordia University may apply those 
credits as a sequence in the business administration major. 

General Business Specialization 

Five business non-core 300 and 400 level BUS, ACC and MIS courses (minimum 15 credits) for which 
the prerequisites have been met. 



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Computer Science Major 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 

Degree BS, Computer Science 

For information contact Patricia Lapczynski, RSM, DPS 

Faculty 

Patricia Lapczynski, RSM, Associate Professor of Computer Science, BA Douglass College; MS Dartmouth 
College; DPS Pace University 

The computer science curricula follows the recommendations of the Association of Computing 
Machinery and provides career-oriented education within a strong liberal arts program. The computer 
science major leads to a bachelor of science in computer science. The program prepares students to 
pursue careers in scientific or industrial programming and systems analysis, or to continue their 
education at the graduate level. Students have ample access to computer labs stocked with Windoes and 
Apple operating systems. All facets of hardware and software are continually upgraded to ensure that 
students work with the most recent components of this dynamic technology. In addition, a double major 
of computer science and mathematics is available by completing additional approved mathematics 
courses. Contact the math department chair for details. 

Technology is always changing therefore the program has a strong foundation of knowledge to keep 
pace with trends in the computer science industry. The major goes beyond basic programming to 
include algorithm development, computer architecture, and more. 

Coursework in the major explores the following areas: 

• Algorithms and data structure 

• Computer systems and architecture 

• Database concepts and programming 

• Game programming 

• Impact of technology on society 

• Information security 

• Internet applications 

• Network theory and design 

• Object oriented programming 

• Operating systems 

• Programming logic and design 

• Smartphone applications 

• Software engineering 
Mission 

To provide a cooperative and quality academic environment in which students can graduate with an 
undergraduate liberal arts based degree in computer science and in which faculty are enabled to develop 
professionally. 

Program Objectives 

A student who graduates with a degree in computer science can: 

think critically 

reason logically and analytically 

solve abstract and complex problems 

use written, oral and electronic methods for effective communication 

translate verbal material to computer algorithms 

write a well-organized theme 



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• complete assigned work 

• use the scientific method and mathematical techniques to make informed choices among 
alternative solutions 

• discern and articulate the impact of technologies on society 

• understand structured and object-oriented programming techniques 

• understand database methodology, operating systems, software, and hardware 

Admission Requirement 

Students should have one year of high school biological science and one year of high school physical 
science. Students should also have taken sufficient mathematics courses to successfully pass Math 151 
and 152. 

Retention Criteria 

Students should have a minimum average GPA of 2.0 in their major courses. 



Computer Science BS Degree 

Sequence of Required Courses 




Sequence < 
Course # 


}f required courses 
Title 


Credits 


CPS 101 
CPS 121 


Introduction to Programming 
Computer Programming 


3 
3 


CPS 222 
CPS 232 


Computer Organization 
Data Structures 


3 
3 


ITS 200 


IT Security 


3 


MIS 220 
MIS 310 
CPS 321 


Applied Network Design 
Object Oriented Programming I 
Operating System Architecture 


3 
3 
3 


CPS 331 


Organization Programming Language 


3 


CPS 341 


Introduction to Game Programming 


3 


CPS 351 
CPS 


Internet Programming 
Major Elective 


3 
3 


CPS 431 
CPS 432 


Software Design, Development 
Database Management Design 


3 
3 


CPS 480 
CPS 485 


Independent Study 
Special Topics 


3 
3 


MTH 151 


Calculus I 


3 


MTH 152 


Calculus II 


3 


MTH 115 


Basic Statistics 


3 


MTH 210 


Discrete Structures 


3 


PHY 221 

PHY 222 


General Physics I 
General Physics II 


4 
4 


ENG 1 5 1 
PHL 100 


University Writing Seminar 
Introduction to Philosophy 


3 
3 


RLS 104 


World Religions 


3 




Humanities core (seven additional courses) 


21 




Behavioral science core (two courses) 


6 




Free electives totalling 


21 


Total credit 


s for degree: 121 





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Graduate Education 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 

Department Chair Kingsley Banya, PhD 

Director of Graduation Education Programs Stephen Broskoske, EdD 

Philosophy 

The graduate education program wants to attract experienced and dedicated classroom teachers who 
wish to become educational leaders. While it is expected that graduates of the graduate education 
program will be highly valued by their school districts and communities, the program is not designed to 
help classroom teachers become school administrators or to prepare teachers for roles outside their 
classrooms. The program respects and values classroom teachers; through it, we hope to empower these 
valued professionals and enable them to take the lead in making important educational decisions. 

National reports indicate that our society wants classroom teachers to become more involved in the 
leadership and management of schools and of their profession. Teachers are willing to accept these new 
responsibilities; they are willing to take the lead in planning, implementing, and evaluating the 
educational programs needed in our nation's schools. But good intentions are not enough. The graduate 
education program is designed to help teachers gain the knowledge necessary and develop the skills 
required to function as leaders. 

Program Goals 

Graduates of the graduate education programs (GEP) (instructional technology, reading specialist, 
special education) will demonstrate the ability to: 

1 . Establish mutually respectful relationships with administrators, colleagues, students, and 
parents based on a solid values system that emphasizes mercy, justice, service, and hospitality. 

2. Effectively communicate with various school communities regarding current educational issues 
and trends and the principles of teaching and learning, which make schools effective and 
efficient. 

3. Design, organize, and manage system-wide curriculum that prepares students within areas 
relating to the goals of quality education. 

4. Coordinate district-wide subject area activities and subject area curriculum development. 

5. Conduct evaluations of curriculum and instruction and apply the results to encourage and 
facilitate curricular and instructional improvements. 

6. Use an understanding of how learning occurs as the basis for making curricular and 
instructional decisions that support the intellectual, social, and personal growth of all students. 

7. Use an understanding of individual and group motivation, instructional practices, and 
assessment to create school environments that foster effective and efficient curricular and 
instructional practices and procedures, and that enable all students to master curriculum and 
meet high standards. 

8. Use the tools of research and inquiry to gather and apply information needed to make 
educational decisions. 

9. Identify how educational technology can be used to facilitate and improve teaching and 
learning processes. 

Selection, Retention, Advancement, and Graduation Criteria-Graduate Students 

To ensure quality, the GEP uses a series of assessments to monitor students' progress through their 
programs. Information gathered from these assessments is used to make admission, program entry, 
retention, advancement, and graduation decisions. 



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Graduate admissions process (traditional and transfer students) 

1 . Initial admissions decisions are made by the admissions office. Students are accepted 
to the university to participate in programs offered by the GEP only if they meet the 
following criteria: 

2. Participation in a rigorous undergraduate teacher education program, posting a 
cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, and having a valid teaching certificate. 

3. Demonstration of an interest and commitment to becoming educational leaders by 
participating in volunteer, extracurricular, and/or independent activities in which they 
interact with groups of children. 

4. The ability to demonstrate they can meet a series of "essential performance skills" 
typically expected of educators. 

a. Initial Review Process 

Toward the end of their first semester, graduate students must meet with their GEP 
advisors to present information that indicates both their desire to participate in the 
GEP and that they possess the requisite academic abilities and performance skills 
to succeed in the program. During this meeting, the GEP's programs and policies 
are thoroughly explained. 

b. National Teachers Examination 

Graduate students must complete sections of PRAXIS II-The National Teachers 
Examination (that is, those required of their specialization — see 
www.pde.psu.edu), and meet or exceed the cut scores established by PDE. 

c. Grading 

Graduate students must earn a "B" or better in all education (EDU) classes. 

d. Academic integrity and the honor code 

At the beginning of every course, instructors inform students of the details of the 
GEP's academic integrity policy, which states that students are expected to do 
their own work (except when cooperative projects are assigned). If it is 
demonstrated that a student has submitted work completed by others or falsified 
information, the student's work is awarded a failing grade and the student is 
charged with a violation of the academic integrity policy. 

e. Graduation 

Students must meet all of the requirements for at least one GEP program to be 
recommended for graduation. 

f. Teacher Certifications 

Students who have completed one or more of the programs sponsored by the GEP 
and a series of other requirements set by accrediting organizations (for example, 
PRAXIS I and II scores, Act 34, 1 14, and 151 clearances), may be recommended 
for certification to the Pennsylvania Department of Education and/or other 
certifying organizations. Students may also opt to qualify for certifications 
provided by other states. 

Certifications 

The two graduate specializations have been reviewed and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of 
Education. Thus, students who complete the programs may be eligible for state certifications, as long as 
they meet other requirements established by PDE. Persons specializing in instructional technology 
become eligible for a program specialist certificate. The reading specialist program enables teachers 
who are already certified to obtain both a reading specialist certificate and a master's degree in 
education with a specialization in reading. Persons specializing in instructional technology become 
eligible for a program specialist certificate. In light of the recent changes in Pennsylvania's certification 
guidelines (Chapter 49-2), modifications to the special education certifications will be necessary. 



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Specializations 

Cited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for its "innovative programmatic and curricular 
design," the graduate education program breaks away from traditional programming. It reflects and 
respects the learning styles and schedules of adult learners. TED has three specializations: Reading 
Specialist; Instructional Technology and Special Education. 

Reading Specialist 

School district superintendents are increasingly emphasizing the need for teachers to have a strong 
background in the teaching of reading. The Reading Specialist program enables teachers who are 
already certified to obtain both a Reading Specialist Certificate and a master's degree in education with 
a specialization in reading. The Reading Specialist Certification requires 24 credit hours and successful 
completion of the Reading Specialist PRAXIS exam. The Master of Science in Education with a 
specialization in Reading requires an additional 12 credits and completion of a culminating experience. 

Reading Specialist Certificate Courses: 24 credits 

EDU 64 1 Foundations of Language and Literacy 

EDU 642 Word Study 

EDU 647 Reading and Writing for English Language Learners 

EDU 648 Special Education and the Reading Specialist 

EDU 649 The Reading and Writing Connection 

EDU 650 Reading in the Content Area 

EDU 645 Diagnosis, Assessment and Remediation 

EDU 645-A Reading Specialist Internship 

EDU 646 Data Driven Instruction 

Masters degree candidates must complete the following additional courses: 12 credits 
EDU 65 1 Reading Leadership 

EDU 5 1 5 Research Methods 

EDU 565 Staff Development 

EDU 595 Professional Contribution 

Instructional Technology 

Teachers need to use advanced technology to implement modern curriculum. While they don't need to 
become computer programmers or software writers, they do need to know how to use modern 
technology to plan and deliver instruction. The technology specialization of the graduate education 
program gives teachers the knowledge and skills, as well as the certification, they need to implement 
technology and to improve educational systems. Graduates can function as leaders of local school 
district instructional improvement teams, technology planning committees, site -based management 
teams, building-level management teams, and will also be able to otherwise work to improve 
instruction in their schools by helping their colleagues implement technology. 

Participants who specialize in instructional technology complete the core, six required technology 
courses, and a culminating experience. 
Core 12 credits 

EDU 500 Issues in Education Issues in Educational 

or EDU 567 Technology 

EDU 504 Curriculum 

EDU 510 Learning 

EDU 5 1 5 Research Methods 

Instructional Technology Courses 18 credits chosen from the following: 

EDU 552 Multimedia for Instruction 

EDU 553 Instructional Design 



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EDU 554 
EDU 556 
EDU 566 
EDU 568 
Professional Contribution 6 credits 
EDU 565 
EDU 595 
Total 36 credits 



Videography 

Programming for Instruction 
Principles of Instructional Design 
Distance Education and Hybrid Technology 

Staff Development 
Professional Contribution 



Graduate Special Education 

The special education specialization is unique in that three different pathways, or tracks, to a masters 
degree and/or certification are offered. Track 1 addresses the needs of educators who hold an 
Instructional I or II Certificate in Special Education. Track 2 addresses the needs of educators who 
already possess an Instructional I or II Certificate in Elementary Education. Educators pursing Track 3 
hold and Instructional I or II, but not in Elementary or Special Education. 

Candidates for certification must also meet requirements set by PDE. For example, they must 
satisfactorily complete the testing requirements set by PDE, and in some cases, the student teaching 
requirement. 



Core Choose 12 credits 




EDU 500 


Issues in Education 


EDU 504 


Curriculum 


EDU 510 


Learning 


EDU 515 


Research Methods 


EDU 567 


Issues in Educational Technology 


EDU 517 


Special Education 


EDU 539 


Learning Strategies 


EDU 509 


Assessment 


EDU 573 


Teaching in ESL Programs: Theory 




and Practice 


12 credits 




*Required core course 




Track 1 




EDU 517 


Special Education* 


EDU 515 


Research Methods* 


EDU 526 


Characteristics I 


EDU 527 


Characteristics II 


EDU 528 


Methods I 


EDU 509 


Assessment* 


EDU 529 


Methods II 


EDU 519 


Inclusion 


EDU 539 


Learning Strategies* 


EDU 585 


Special Topics 


EDU 576 


Masters Project (6 credits) 



36 credits (including core courses) 



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Track 2 




EDU517 


Special Education* 


EDU515 


Research Methods* 


EDU 526 


Characteristics I 


EDU 527 


Characteristics 11 


EDU 528 


Methods I 


EDU 509 


Assessment* 


EDU 529 


Methods 11 


EDU 519 


Inclusion 


EDU 539 


Learning Strategies* 


EDU 585 


Special Topics 


EDU 576 


Masters Project (6 credits) 


EDU 582 


Observation and Practice (0-3 credits) 


3 7 credits (including 


core courses) 


Track 3 




EDU 517 


Special Education* 


EDU 515 


Research Methods* 


EDU 526 


Characteristics I 


EDU 527 


Characteristics II 


EDU 528 


Methods I 


EDU 509 


Assessment* 


EDU 529 


Methods II 


EDU 519 


Inclusion 


EDU 539 


Learning Strategies* 


EDU 520 


Reading Methods 


EDU524 


Writing/LA Methods 


EDU 525 


Math Methods 


EDU 576 


Masters Project (6 credits) 


EDU 577 


Field (0 credits) 



43 credits (including core courses) 

Culminating Activity 

As a culminating activity, students are required to develop and deliver a professional contribution, 
which is a project in which they attempt to create curricular change through staff development. They 
first participate in a 3-credit course in staff development, during which they develop their projects. 
During a subsequent semester, they formally deliver their projects to a group of colleagues or to a 
professional group. 

EDU 565 Staff Development 

EDU 595 Professional Contribution 



Course Scheduling and Sequence 

The graduate education program utilizes evening, online, or on -campus formats throughout the school 
year and during the summer months. Students who enroll on a part-time basis can complete the program 
in three years. Full-time students can complete the program in two years. Students may take up to nine 
credits during each of the semesters of the school year and up to 12 credits during the summer term. 



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Transfer Students 

The graduate education program allows students to transfer up to six credits from other accredited 
graduate programs. Students who have earned a master's equivalency certificate from the Pennsylvania 
Department of Education may transfer up to nine credits. Students who have completed graduate 
degrees at other institutions may transfer up to 12 credits. All requests for credit transfers must be 
reviewed and approved by the registrar in consultation with the director of the graduate education 
program. 

Teacher Education Programs 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 
Department Chair Kingsley Banya, PhD 

Faculty 

Kingsley Banya, Professor of Education, BA University of Sierra Leone; MEd Queen's University; MA 
University of London, Institute of Education; PhD University of Toronto 

Michele Brague, Assistant Professor of Education, BS Keene State College; M.Ed. Plymouth State College 

Stephen Broskoske, Associate Professor of Education, BS College Misericordia; MS Wilkes University; 
EdD Lehigh University 

Joan L. Krause, Associate Professor Emeritus of Education, BS College Misericordia; MS Marywood 
University; MS University of Scranton 

Jodi P. Loughlin, Assistant Professor of Education, BA Moravian College; MEd Bloomsburg University; 
DEd The Pennsylvania State University 

Patricia Marie McCann, RSM, Associate Professor of Education, BS College Misericordia; MS University 
of Scranton; EdD Lehigh University 

Joseph P. Rogan, Professor of Education, BA Kutztown University; MA Marywood University; EdD Lehigh 
University 

Susan R. Tomascik, Associate Professor of Education, BA Wilkes College; MS College Misericordia; PhD 
Marywood University 

Molly S. Vitale, Associate Professor of Education, BS College Misericordia; MS, DEd The Pennsylvania 
State University 

Mission 

Misericordia University's Teacher Education Department is committed to preparing excellent teachers. 
One of the university's first majors, Teacher Education embraces the university mission and continues 
to reflect the values of our founders: mercy, justice, service and hospitality. The program seeks to 
develop effective teachers who are masters of the content they will teach and who teach in 
pedagogically sound ways that inspire students to learn. Using educational theory and methods courses 
with the liberal arts core as a base, the program provides a variety of learning opportunities to facilitate 
a thorough knowledge of human development and an appreciation of diversity so that, as teachers, 
graduates will understand, respect, and respond to the unique strengths, needs and desires presented by 
individual students and their families. Through coursework and field -based activities that are conducted 
in collaboration with partnering schools and agencies, teacher candidates study, observe and apply 
strategies to structure learning experiences and environments responsive to students' needs. Through 
teaching, supervision, and personal example, education faculty establishes the expectation that students 
will conduct themselves at all times in accordance with the highest standards of ethical practice and 
professionalism. The faculty strives to develop in our graduates a commitment to on -going personal and 
professional growth. 

The Teacher Education Department 

Since its inception in 1924, Misericordia University has prepared thousands of excellent teachers for 
our nation's classrooms. Currently, the Teacher Education Department (TED) sponsors undergraduate 



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majors in primary education (PreK-Grade 4 with Special Education, middle level education (Grades 4- 
8), and in five areas of secondary education - biology, chemistry, citizenship/social studies, English, 
and mathematics. At the graduate level, the Teacher Education Department sponsors specializations in 
Instructional Technology, Special Education, and Reading. 

All of the teacher education programs have been reviewed and approved by the Middle States 
Association of Colleges and Schools and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The 
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has made regulatory changes in the law governing teacher 
certification, effective for candidates graduating after January 1, 2013. The university's programs are in 
compliance with these regulations. They qualify students for instructional, specialist, or supervisory 
certifications awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 

Undergraduate Certifications 

Misericordia University Teacher Education Department's areas of certification - ECE/SE, MLE, and 
Sec Ed - are defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. All of MU's programs are 
approved by PDE. Program completers become candidates for Pennsylvania "Instructional I" 
certifications. 

Early Childhood Education/Special Education Dual Major (Grades PreK-4) 

This program prepares teachers to work in pre-school through fourth grade and results in certification in 

both Early Childhood PreK-Grade 4 and Special Education PreK-Grade 8. 

Middle Level Education (Grades 4-8) 

This program prepares teachers to work in grades 4 through 8. Graduates specialize and meet the 

standards for "Highly Qualified" in two content areas: Mathematics/English, Language Arts-Reading, 

Mathematics/Social Studies, Mathematics/Science, Science/English-Language Arts, or Science/Social 

Studies. 

Secondary Education (Grades 7-12) 

This program prepares teachers to work in secondary education (junior and senior high schools). They 

are prepared in one of the following content areas: biology, chemistry, citizenship/history, English, or 

mathematics. 

Graduate Specializations 

Reading Specialist 

This program enables teachers who are already certified to obtain both a Reading Specialist Certificate 
and a Master's Degree in Education with a specialization in Reading. The program meets PDE General 
Standard IV. 

Instructional Technology 

This program prepares teachers currently certified to plan and direct technology -based programs in 

schools and organizations. 

Undergraduate Programs 

Undergraduate Admissions Process (traditional and transfer students): 

Initial admissions decisions are made by the admissions office. They suggest that applicants be 
accepted to the university to participate in programs offered by the TED only if they meet the following 
criteria: 

a. Participation in a rigorous high school curriculum, with posted grades that placed them in 
the top half of their graduating high school classes or in which they earned a "B" or better 
average. 

b. External (from other colleges) and internal transfers (from other Misericordia majors) must 
have a 3.0 GPA. Prospective transfer students must meet with the TED's chair before 
enrolling in any TED courses. 



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c. Demonstration of an interest and commitment to becoming teachers by participating in 
volunteer, extracurricular, and/or independent activities in which they interacted with 
groups of children. 

d. The ability to demonstrate that they can meet a series of essential performance skills 
typically expected of classroom teachers. 

Formal Program Acceptance Process: 

Faculty considers the results of the initial review process along with other information such as GPA and 
PAPA (Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (please see item "h." for more information))test 
scores, before it formally admits students to the Teacher Education Department. To apply for formal 
program acceptance at the end of the sophomore year, students must present: 

a. an application for TED formal acceptance; 

b. satisfactory grades/reports from Freshman and Sophomore fields; 

c. satisfactory completion of ENG 103 English Composition, ENG English Literature Core 
(American or British Literature), ENG English literature core (any), MTH Mathematics 
Bank I, MTH Mathematics Bank II (Statistics) as required by major; 

d. evidence of participation in professional associations and organizations, including the 
education club or the secondary education club, and at least one major-related professional 
organization, 

e. the information that indicates respect of TED's ethics policy; 

f. at least one TED faculty recommendation; 

g. a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above after at least 48 credits, (at least 24 credits for transfer 
students) which include English composition, American literature, and two college-level 
math courses. In all TED courses, students must earn a "C+" or better; and, 

h. The basic skills testing requirements for all TED majors are as follows: 

Effective April 2012, the Pennsylvania Department of education (PDE), the Bureau of School 
Leadership and Teacher Quality and the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson launched a new 
testing program for Pennsylvania teacher certification: the Pennsylvania Educator Certification 
Tests (PECT). One of the tests in the PECT program, the Pre-service Academic Performance 
Assessment (PAPA), is now the means of assessing reading, mathematics, and writing skills for 
undergraduate candidates seeking a state-approved Pennsylvania educator preparation 
certificate. The PAPA replaces the PRAXIS I testing series. This change does not affect PRAXIS 
II testing. Testing information can be found at: www.pa.nesinc.com 

All undergraduate candidates for initial certification will be required to pass the PAPA as well as the 
PECT test corresponding to the specific certification/major area: 

Dual ECE/SpEd: 

Pennsylvania Educator Certification Test (PECT) PreK - 4 

Pennsylvania Educator Certification Test (PECT) PreK - 8 

Middle Level (ALL Concentrations): 

PRAXIS Grades 4-8 Core Assessment Tests (3 Modules) (ETS) 

PRAXIS Grades 4-8 Concentration Tests (per subject area) (ETS) 

Secondary Level (ALL Concentrations): 

PAPA: Reading, Writing, Mathematics 

PRAXIS: Appropriate content area test for secondary subjects(s) 



Speech Language Pathology - (SLP) considered a K - 12 Program): 
PRAXIS: Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge 

PRAXIS: Speech / Language Pathology 

All candidates for certification must meet the qualifying score for all applicable tests at the time their 
application for certification is received by the Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality. The 
required tests and qualifying scores may change; current qualifying scores are published on the PDE 
website: www.pde.state.pa.us 

• The basic skills tests are not required of program candidates who already have a 
bachelor's degree 

• Students who have already begun the PRAXIS I series should complete that series 
as soon as they are able; this will be accepted as meeting the basic skills 
requirement. Effective Spring 2012, students who have not yet taken any 
PRAXIS I tests MUST take the PAPA tests as the PRAXIS I will no longer be 
accepted (please see section "Student Teaching Acceptance Process" for more 
information). PAPA/ PECT testing information can be found at: 
www.pa.nesinc.com 

• A Testing Fee Waiver Request Form, offered by Pearson Education, can be 
obtained at: http://www.pa.nesinc.com/Content/Docs/PECT 
FeeWaiverRequestForm.pdf 

Retention, Advancement, and Graduation Criteria, Undergraduate 

To ensure quality, the TED uses a series of assessments to monitor students' progress through their 
programs. Information gathered from these assessments is used to make admission, program entry, 
retention, advancement, and graduation decisions. Procedures specific to the policies that govern 
retention in the teacher education program are delineated in the teacher education department guide book. 
All students will enter TED programs as pre-education majors and are eligible to register for 100 and 200 
level TED courses only. Students must qualify for education major status in order to be eligible to 
register for 300- and 400-level courses. 

Public Presentation Requirements: 

1 . Junior Independent Project: During the fall semester, juniors must individually suggest, 
develop, and publicly present a poster session on a topic approved by their TED advisors. The 
presentations take place during American Education Week (third week of November.) 

2. Junior Group Project: During the spring semester, juniors, in cooperation with a least two and 
no more than four peers, must suggest, develop, and publicly present a poster session on a topic 
approved by their TED advisors. The presentations take place during the last week of the 
semester (i.e., in relation to National Teacher Recognition Day). 

Student Teaching Acceptance Process 

At the end of the junior year, the TED faculty review all juniors. The review is used to determine which 
students will be recommended for student teaching and graduation. Data which must be submitted by 
students include: 

a. a completed application for Student Teaching (TED 497); 

b. evidence of satisfactory completion of Practicums I, II and III; 

c. evidence of participation in professional associations and organizations, including the 
education club or secondary education club, and at least one major-related professional 
organization, 

d. evidence of completed the PRAXIS II -Fundamental subjects: Content knowledge test [All 
K-6 & K-12 Instructional Areas (not 7-12)]; 

e. information which indicates respect of the Teacher Education Department's ethics policy; 

f. at least two TED faculty recommendations; and, 

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National Teachers Examination 

Senior students must complete sections of PRAXIS II - The National Teachers Examination (i.e., those 
required of their specialization-see www.pde.state.pa.us), and meet or exceed the cut scores established 
by PDE in order to apply for certification. 

Senior Portfolio Presentation 

Throughout their programs, teacher education students are expected to continually develop portfolios, 
which they may eventually use in employment interviews. In Senior Seminar (TED 401), students 
receive guidance in developing presentation portfolios, and during the spring semester of their senior 
year, students must share their presentation portfolios with the TED faculty. Presentation portfolios 
must include: 

a. a letter written by the student which reviews why he or she wants to be a teacher, and 
introduces portfolio reviewers to the contents of his or her portfolio; 

b. a current resume; 

c. a transcript, the results of all assessment activities (i.e., PECT/PAPA and Praxis II scores), 
and clearances (e.g., Act 24, Act 34, 1 14 and 151); 

d. a photographic essay of their work during student teaching; 

e. a video/audio taped sample lesson; 

f. sample projects done in courses and field experience, including student teaching; 

g. as appropriate, parts often complete TED Cross Course Modules; and, 

h. three letters of recommendation, one written by a peer, two by TED faculty. 
Grading 

The TED faculty believes it is dangerous to allow students who know only a small percentage of what 
they are supposed to know to progress in their programs. Therefore, TED students are not allowed to 
progress, to student teach, or to graduate until and unless they have demonstrated (through quizzes, 
projects, examinations, etc.) that they have mastered all of the TED's objectives. Students must earn a 
"C+" or better in all TED courses. 

The TED faculty uses module-based assessments formatively. Students who earn less than a mastery 
level score on an assessment may be required, with certain restrictions (and perhaps with additional 
instruction) to make a second attempt to demonstrate mastery. While it would be ideal to allow 
additional attempts, the TED faculty believes that, at the college level, two opportunities to demonstrate 
mastery are sufficient. 

Because they are usually not done or submitted until close to the end of a semester, the TED faculty can 
only use course projects summatively. While students are working on their projects, they may seek help 
and feedback from instructors; however, once they submit their projects, they will be graded. 

Final exams, which in all cases are cumulative (all of a course's objectives are assessed), will be graded 
only summatively. 

Although the TED faculty refuse to "teach to the test," they construct and administer assessments and 
final examinations to parallel the format of the PRAXIS II- The National Teacher Examination. 

TED faculty convert assessment and exam raw scores to produce percentage scores for objective items 
(multiple choice, etc.) and, eventually, letter grades. They score essays included on quizzes and final 
examinations, and projects, against rubrics. 

Honor Points 
4.0 

3.7 
3.3 



Grade 

A 


Points / Percentage (%) 
95+ 


A- 


92 -94 


B+ 


89-91 



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B 


85-88 


B- 


82-84 


C+ 


80-81 


C 


75 -79 


C- 


72-74 


D 


67-71 


F 


0-66 



3.0 
2.7 
2.3 
2.0 
1.7 
1.0 
0.0 

Academic Integrity and the Teacher Education Department Honor Code 

At the beginning of every course, instructors inform students of the details of the TED's academic 
integrity policy (see TED Guidebook). The policy states that students are expected to do their own 
work (except when cooperative projects are assigned). If it is demonstrated that a student has submitted 
work done by others of falsified information; the student's work is awarded a failing grade and the 
student is charged with a violation of the TEDs academic integrity policy. 

Student Teaching 

Student Teaching (TED 497) is a semester-long formal experience that takes place during a student's 
last semester before graduation and/or certification. It is a culminating experience and is accompanied 
by a student teaching professional seminar that meets several times throughout the semester. The PA 
Department of Education requires the formal evaluation of all students with the Pennsylvania Statewide 
Evaluation Form for Student Professional Knowledge and Practice (PDE 430 Form). The PDE 430 
Form is a performance-based assessment that serves as a permanent record of a student teacher's 
professional performance on specific criteria during the student teaching experiences. To comply with 
the PDE 430 mandate the TED faculty believe it is in the best interest of each student to be supervised 
by a Misericordia University trained supervisor. As a result, students applying for student teaching are 
required to select student teaching placements that fall within a 50-mile radius from Misericordia 
University. 

Graduation 

Students must meet all of the requirements for at least one TED program to be recommended for 
graduation. If students have met all requirements except student teaching and if they have completed at 
least 120 credits, they may graduate with a degree in Professional Studies but will not be candidates for 
teacher certification. 

Teacher Certifications 

Students who have completed one or more of the programs sponsored by the TED and a series of other 
requirements set by accrediting organizations (PECT/PAPA and PRAXIS II scores, Act 24, Act 34, 114 
and 151 clearances, etc.), may be recommended for certification to the Pennsylvania Department of 
Education and/or other certifying organizations. Students may also opt to qualify for certifications 
provided by other states. 

Program Goals 

The Teacher Education faculty has combined the goals of the university and those suggested by PDE 
and other groups to produce 10 departmental goals, from which they have identified a series of 
objectives (i.e., competency statements which students must meet). The objectives for each course are 
listed in the syllabi. The TED goals are as follows: 

1. Communication Skills 

Graduates of Misericordia University's TED shall demonstrate that they have the knowledge and skills 
needed to confidently and effectively communicate orally, in writing and through various 



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communication technologies, with students, other professionals, families, and members of their 
communities. 

2. Students' Growth and Development 

Graduates of Misericordia University's TED shall explain how students grow and develop and 
demonstrate a willingness and ability to adjust their teaching to meet the needs of individual students, 
including students with special needs. Graduates shall be especially sensitive to the challenges faced by 
female students, students with disabilities, and members of minority groups. 

3. Learning 

Graduates of Misericordia University's TED shall use research to explain the cognitive processes and 
complexities of learning and use this knowledge to plan and implement teaching/learning activities that 
support the intellectual, social/emotional, career, and personal development of students. 

4. Curriculum Structure 

Graduates of Misericordia University's TED shall explain how curriculum is developed, structured, 
regulated, and used by teachers to plan, monitor, and evaluate instruction and students' learning. 

5. Content Mastery 

Graduates of Misericordia University's TED will demonstrate mastery of the curriculum they will be 
expected to teach and a willingness to engage in professional development activities, which ensure their 
continued mastery. 

6. Teaching Processes 

Graduates of Misericordia University's TED shall effectively analyze data and situations to make 
decisions which benefit students; plan, implement, and assess direct instruction within a mastery 
learning paradigm and implement a variety of advanced teaching procedures, including various 
educational and assistive technologies, that allow students, independently and cooperatively, multiple 
pathways to learning and which challenge them to explore and understand challenging concepts, topics, 
and issues. 

7. Classroom Management 

Graduates of Misericordia University's TED shall demonstrate a willingness and ability to use an 
understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create learning environments which 
encourage positive social interaction, active learning, critical thinking, and independence. They will be 
devoted to creating schools and classrooms which are welcoming, caring, stimulating, inclusive, and 
safe places in which students are challenged to take risks, make choices, work independently and 
collaboratively, and be supported in their growth and development. 

8. Family Involvement 

Graduates of Misericordia University's TED shall acknowledge and respect the roles and 
responsibilities of parents and families and be willing to enter into partnership arrangements with those 
interested in the education of students. 

9. Respect for Diversity 

Graduates of Misericordia University's TED shall see "diversity as normal" and evidence an authentic 
respect for all students, families, co-workers, and school personnel. They should see themselves as 
teachers prepared to work with all students without regard to factors related to gender, race, creed, 
economic status, sexual orientation, physical attributes, or ability. 

10. Professionalism 

Graduates of Misericordia University's TED shall know and be comfortable with themselves in ways 
which cause them to reflective practitioners who are be willing and able to work effectively with 
students, other professionals, and parents. 



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They will be fully aware of their profession's standards and practices, including its codes of ethics; look 
forward to being contributing members and active leaders of their profession; and function ethically and 
responsibly as members of their communities. 

Structure of the Curriculum 

The university's undergraduate teacher education programs have five components. 

1 . Core 

All teacher education program students are expected to complete the university's general 
education requirement (i.e., the "Core"). Thirty core credits, of which at least six must be 
writing-intensive, must be taken in areas sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences (i.e., 
six each in history/government, religious studies, fine arts, literature, and philosophy); six 
must be taken in mathematics; six in science; and six in areas sponsored by the College of 
Professional Studies and Social Sciences (i.e., Comparative Sociology, Contemporary 
Economics, and/or Introduction to Psychology). Additionally, teacher education program 
students must complete ENG 151: University Writing Seminar. 

2. Introductory and Generic TED Courses 

All teacher education program students must complete a set of introductory-level teacher 
education requirements. Additionally, all students will complete nine credits (three courses) 
in Special Education and three credits (two courses) in working with English Language 
Learners. In addition,seniors will have to complete Student Teaching (TED 498) 
concurrently with the student teaching professional seminar (TED 411). 

3. Specializations 

All TED students must complete the requirements of one or more of the TED's 
specializations (i.e., ECE-Grade 4/Special Education, Elementary Education/Middle Level, 
Secondary Education). 

4. Field Experiences 

All TED students must complete a developmental series of field experiences that begin 
during the first year and culminate with a full semester of student teaching. By the time they 
graduate, students will have completed approximately 700 hours of observation and 
practicum in community classrooms. 

Field experiences are arranged at partnership school districts by the TED. Students must 
possess professional liability insurance and various clearances (for example, Act 34, 114 and 
Act 151) to participate in field placements. Students must arrange their own transportation. 

5. Professional Involvement 

All students will be expected to participate in activities and organizations related to the 
profession of teaching. 

Early Childhood Education/Special Education Dual Major 

Certifications: Elementary Education: Early Childhood/Special Education Pre-K-Grade 8 
Degree BS, Early Childhood Education and Special Education 
Department Chair Kingsley Banya, PhD 

The dual Early Childhood Education/Special Education (ECE/SPED) program is designed to prepare 
teachers to work with all children, including those with disabilities from preschool through third grade 
4. The certificate in special education is Special Education Pre-k through Grade 8. 

Pre-service teachers in ECE/SPED must successfully complete the liberal arts core curriculum, a series 
of generic teacher education department courses and field experiences, and the courses and experiences 
required by the two TED specializations - early childhood and special education. 

ECE/SPED majors must satisfactorily complete a series of field experiences that begin during the first 
year and continue every semester until graduation. By graduation, our pre-service teachers will have 
spent approximately 700 hours in community classrooms. During students' final semesters, they must 



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complete a 15-week student teaching assignment (two separate placements). One placement is in ECE 
and the other is in SPED setting. 

Students who successfully complete the ECE/SPED program are eligible for recommendation by the 
university to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for two teacher certifications. The university's 
recommendation and the successful completion of other requirements established by the state, including 
meeting the pass scores specified by the state on the PRAXIS I and II, qualify graduates for 
"Instructional I" certificates. Once certified in Pennsylvania, our graduates usually have no difficulty 
becoming certified in other states. 

Early Childhood Education /Special Education Dual Major BS Degree 
Requirements for student completing degree requirements in May 2013 or later. 
Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 



First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 6 


ENG 151 


University Writing Seminar 


3 


ENG 


American or British Lit 3 


PSY 123 


Intro to Psychology 


3 


TED 121 


Educational Technology 3 


HIS 103M 


US History I 


3 


HIS 104G 


US History II 3 


MTH 


Core 


3 


TED 242 


Child Development 3 


SOC 101 


Comparative Sociology 


3 


TED 131 


Cultural Awareness 1 


TED 100 


Education Seminar 





ECE 110 


Intro Early Childhood 3 


TED 190 


Education Seminar Field 





TED 191 


Freshman Field 


Sophomore Year 








First Semester Total Credits 18 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 8 


TED 231 


Learning 


3 


PHL 100 


Introduction to Philosophy 3 


BIO 103 


General Biology I 


3 


BIO 104 


General Biology II 3 


BIO 703 


General Bio I Lab 





BIO 704 


General Bio II Lab 


MTH 115 


Basic Statistics 


3 


ECE 384 


Social Studies Methods 2 


ECE 250 


Curric/Instruction ECE 


3 


ECE 385 


Science Methods 2 


SPE 1 1 1 


Special Ed/Excep Learners 


3 


ECE 380 


Reading Methods I 3 


SPE 211 


Education Assessment 


3 


ECE 460 


Collaborating with Families 3 


TED 292 


Sophomore Field I 





TED 271 
TED 293 


Classroom Management 2 
Sophomore Field II 


Junior Year 








First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 18 


FA 


Fine Arts Core 


3 


PHL 


Philosophy Core 3 


ECE 381 


Reading Methods II 


3 


SPE 361 


Intensive Read/Writ/Mth 3 


ECE 382 


Math Methods I 


3 


ECE 383 


Math Methods II 3 


RLS 104 


World Religions 


3 


SPE 311 


Transition 3 


ECE 386 


Language Arts Methods 


3 


SPE 362 


Methods High Incidence 3 


TED 394 


Practicum I 





SPE 365 
TED 395 


Methods Mgmt EBD 3 
Practicum II 



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Senior Year 






First Semester Total Credits 


IS 


Second Semester Total Credits 13 


FA 


Fine Arts Core II 


3 


TED 498 Student Teaching 9 


RLS 


Religious Studies Core II 


3 


TED 412 ELL Methods 2 


ECE 387 


Integrating the Arts 


3 


TED 411 Professional Practice 2 


SPE 363 


Methods Low Incidence 


3 




SPE 364 


Effective Instruction PDD 


3 




SPE 411 


Inclusive Practices 


3 




TED 496 


Practicum III 








Elementary Education Major: Middle Level Education (Grades 4-8) 
Certification 

Certification: Elementary Education: Middle Level Grades 4-8 

Degree BS, Elementary Education 

Department Chair Kingsley Banya, PhD 

The Middle Level (ML) meets the rigorous standards of various professional and accrediting groups. 

The program leads to a teaching certificate valid in Pennsylvania and transferable to many other states. 

Pre-service teachers in ML must successfully complete the university's liberal arts core curriculum, a 
series of generic Teacher Education Department courses and field experiences, and the courses and 
experiences required by one of the Middle Level concentrations: Mathematics/English -Language Arts- 
Reading, Mathematics/Social Studies, Mathematics/Science, Science/English-Language Arts-Reading, 
Science/Social Studies. 

ML majors must satisfactorily complete a series of field experiences that begin during the first year and 
continue every semester until graduation. By graduation, our pre-service teachers will have spent 
approximately 700 hours in community classrooms. During students' final semester, they must complete 
a 15-week student teaching assignment (two separate placements). 

Students who successfully complete the ML program are eligible for recommendation by the university 
to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for state teacher certification. The university's 
recommendation and the successful completion of other requirements established by the state, including 
meeting the pass scores specified by the state on the PRAXIS Series, qualify graduates for an 
"Instructional I" certificate. Once certified in Pennsylvania, our graduates usually have no difficulty 
becoming certified in other states. 

A master's degree in Special Education (Pre-K-Grade 8 and Grades 7-12) can be completed in a fifth 
year of study. 

Middle Level Concentration: Mathematics/English -Language Arts-Reading 

Requirements for student completing degree requirements in May 2013 or later. 
Sequence of Required Courses 



First Year 

First Semester 
ENG 151 
PSY 123 
HIS 103 
MTH 151 
TED 121 
TED 100 
TED 190 



Total Credits 15 



University Writing Seminar 3 

Intro to Psychology 3 

US History I 3 

Calculus I 3 

Educational Technology 3 

Education Seminar 

Education Seminar Field 



Second Semester Total Credits 1 6 


ENG 


American or British Literature 3 


BUS 207 


Contemporary Economics 3 


HIS 104 


US History II 3 


MTH 115 


Basic Statistics 3 


MTH 152 


Calculus II 3 


TED 131 


Cultural Awareness 1 


TED 191 


Freshman Field 



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Sophomore Year 


First Semester Total Credits 18 


PHL 100 


Intro to Philosophy 3 


BIO 103 


General Biology I 3 


BIO 703 


General Bio I Lab 


MTH 225 


Calculus III 3 


ENG 203 


Adv Expository Writing 3 


TED 231 


Learning 3 


TED 243 


Adolescent Development 3 


TED 292 


Sophomore Field I 


Junior Year 


First Semester Total Credits 1 7 


MTH 244 


Set Theory 3 


ENG 


320 OR 321 3 


MTH 200 


History of Math 3 


PHY 141 


Intro to Astronomy & Lab 3 


POL 100 


American Nat'l Govt 3 


TED 351 


Intro to Instr Planning 1 


TED 480 


Special Topics 1 


TED 396 


Practicum I 


Senior Year 


First Semester Total Credits 18 


RLS 


Religious Studies Core (any) 3 


MTH 351 


Geometry 3 


PHL 


Philosophy Core 3 


ENG 215 


Shakespeare 3 


TED 388 


Language Arts: Middle Level 3 


SPE411 


Inclusive Practices 3 


TED 495 


Practicum III 



Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 


BIO 104 


General Biology II 3 


BIO 704 


General Bio II Lab 


FA 


Fine Arts Core 3 


SPE 1 1 1 


Spec Ed & Excep Learners 3 


SPE211 


Educational Assessment 3 


TED 271 


Classroom Management 2 


TED 378 


Classroom Mgmt Middle 1 


TED 293 


Sophomore Field II 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 


ENG 362 


Folk and Fairy Tale 3 


PHY 131 


Physical Science & Lab 3 


RLS 104 


World Religions 3 


FA 


Fine Arts Core 3 


TED 357 


Middle Level Methods 3 


TED 397 


Practicum II 



Second Semester Total Credits 13 

TED 498 Student Teaching 9 

TED 412 ELL Methods 2 

TED 4 1 1 Professional Practice 2 



Middle Level Concentration: Mathematics/Social Studies 
Requirements for student completing degree requirements in May 2013 or later. 
Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 



First Semester 


Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 16 


ENG 151 


University Writing Seminar 


3 


ENG 


American or British 3 


PSY 123 


Intro to Psychology 


3 




Literature 


HIS 103 


US History I 


3 


BUS 207 


Contemporary Economics 3 


MTH 151 


Calculus I 


3 


HIS 104 


US History II 3 


TED 121 


Educational Technology 


3 


PHL 100 


Introduction to Philosophy 3 


TED 100 


Education Seminar 





MTH 152 


Calculus II 3 


TED 190 


Education Seminar Field 





TED 131 

TED 191 


Cultural Awareness 1 
Freshman Field 



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Sophomore Year 


First Semester Total Credits 15 


BIO 103 


General Biology I 3 


BIO 703 


General Bio I Lab 


MTH 200 


History of Math 3 


HIS 101 


Western Civ I 3 


TED 231 


Learning 3 


TED 243 


Adolescent Development 3 


TED 292 


Sophomore Field I 



Junior Year 



First Semester Total Credits 1 7 


MTH 244 


Set Theory 3 


FA 


Fine Arts Core 3 


MTH 390 


Methods of Teaching Math 3 


PHY 141 


Intro to Astronomy & Lab 3 


POL 100 


American Nat'l Govt 3 


TED 480 


Special Topics 1 


TED 351 


Intro to Instr Planning 1 


TED 396 


Practicum I 


Senior Year 


First Semester Total Credits 18 


MTH 115 


Statistics 3 


RLS 


Religious Studies Core 3 


MTH 351 


Geometry 3 


PHL 


Philosophy Core 3 


TED 388 


Language Arts: Middle Level 3 


SPE411 


Inclusive Practices 3 


TED 495 


Practicum III 



Second Semester Total Credits 18 


FA 


Fine Arts Core 3 


BIO 104 


General Biology II 3 


BIO 704 


General Bio II Lab 


HIS 102 


Western Civ II 3 


SPE 1 1 1 


Spec Ed 8c Excep Learners 3 


SPE211 


Educational Assessment 3 


TED 271 


Classroom Management 2 


TED 378 


Classroom Mgmt Middle 1 


TED 293 


Sophomore Field II 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 8 


HIS 


300-400 Level History course 3 


PHY 131 


Physical Science & Lab 3 


GEO 202 


Cultural World Geography 3 


RLS 104 


World Religions 3 


TED 368 


Reading Middle Level 3 


TED 357 


Middle Level Methods 3 


TED 397 


Practicum II 



Second Semester Total Credits 1 3 

TED 498 Student Teaching 9 



TED 412 
TED 411 



ELL Methods 
Professional Practice 



Middle Level Concentration: Mathematics/Science 

Requirements for student completing degree requirements in May 2013 or later. 
Sequence of Required Courses 



First Year 










First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 6 


ENG 151 


Univeristy Writing Seminar 


3 


ENG 


American or British Lit 3 


PSY 123 


Intro to Psychology 


3 


BUS 207 


Contemporary Economics 3 


BIO 103 


General Biology I 


3 


BIO 104 


General Biology II 3 


BIO 703 


General Bio I Lab 





BIO 704 


General Bio II Lab 


MTH 151 


Calculus I 


3 


MTH 115 


Basic Statistics 3 


TED 121 


Educational Technology 


3 


MTH 152 


Calculus II 3 


TED 100 


Education Seminar 





TED 131 


Cultural Awareness 1 


TED 190 


Education Seminar Field 





TED 191 


Freshman Field 



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Sophomore Year 

First Semester 



Total Credits 16 



CHM 104 General Chemistry & lab 4 

HIS 103 US History 1 3 

MTH200 History of Math 3 

TED 23 1 Learning 3 

TED 243 Adolescent Development 3 

TED 292 Sophomore Field I 



Junior Year 

First Semester 

RLS 104 World Religions 



Total Credits 1 7 
3 



MTH 244 


Set Theory 3 


MTH 390 


Methods of Teaching Math 3 


PHY 141 


Intro to Astronomy & Lab 3 


POL 100 


American Nat'l Govt 3 


TED 480 


Special Topics 1 


TED 351 


Intro to Instr Planning 1 


TED 396 


Practicum I 


Senior Year 


First Semester Total Credits 18 


FA 


Fine Arts Core 3 


MTH 351 


Geometry 3 


RLS 


Religious Studies Core 3 


GEO 201 


Earth Science 3 


TED 388 


Language Arts: Middle Level 3 


SPE 41 1 


Inclusive Practices 3 


TED 495 


Practicum III 



Second Semester Total Credits 19 


CHM 105 


Organic Chem & Lab 4 


HIS 104 


US History II 3 


PHL 100 


Intro to Philosophy 3 


SPE 1 1 1 


Spec Ed & Excep Learners 3 


SPE 211 


Educational Assessment 3 


TED 271 


Classroom Management 2 


TED 378 


Classroom Mgmt Middle 1 


TED 293 


Sophomore Field II 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 8 


FA 


Fine Arts Core 3 


PHY 131 


Physical Science & Lab 3 


PHL 


Philosophy Core 3 


ENG 


300-400 level literature 3 




course 


TED 368 


Reading Middle Level 3 


TED 357 


Middle Level Methods 3 


TED 397 


Practicum II 



Second Semester Total Credits 1 3 

TED 498 Student Teaching 9 



TED 412 ELL Methods 
TED 411 Professional Practice 



Middle Level Concentration: Science/English-Language Arts-Reading 
Requirements for student completing degree requirements in May 2013 or later. 

Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 



First Semestei 


Total Credits 15 


ENG 151 


University Writing Seminar 3 


PSY 123 


Intro to Psychology 3 


BIO 103 


General Biology I 3 


BIO 703 


General Bio I Lab 


MTH 151 


Calculus I 3 


TED 121 


Educational Technology 3 


TED 100 


Education Seminar 


TED 190 


Education Seminar Field 



Second Semester Total Credits 1 6 

ENG American or British Lit 3 

BUS 207 Contemporary Economics 3 

BIO 104 General Biology II 3 

BIO 704 General Bio II Lab 

FA Fine Arts Core 3 

MTH 152 Calculus II 3 

TED 1 3 1 Cultural Awareness 1 

TED 191 Freshman Field 



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Sophomore Year 








First Semester Total Credits 


19 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 6 


POL 100 


American Govt 


3 


HIS 104 


US History 11 3 


HIS 103 


US History I 


3 


CHM 105 


Organic Chem & Lab 4 


CHM 104 


General Chemistry & Lab 


4 


SPE 1 1 1 


Spec Ed & Excep Learners 3 


MTH 115 


Basic Statistics 


3 


SPE211 


Educational Assessment 3 


TED 231 


Learning 


3 


TED 271 


Classroom Management 2 


TED 243 


Adolescent Development 


3 


TED 378 


Classroom Mgmt Middle 1 


TED 292 


Sophomore Field I 





TED 293 


Sophomore Field II 


Junior Year 








First Semester Total Credits 1 7 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 8 


PHL 100 


Intro to Philosophy 


3 


PHY 131 


Physical Science & Lab 3 


ENG 


ENG 320 or 321 


3 


PHL 


Philosophy Core 3 


MTH 200 


History of Math 


3 


RLS 104 


World Religions 3 


MTH 390 


Methods of Teaching Math 


3 


ENG 


300-400 level literature 3 


PHY 141 


Intro to Astronomy & Lab 


3 




course 


TED 480 


Special Topics 


1 


TED 368 


Reading Middle Level 3 


TED 351 


Intro to Instr Planning 


1 


TED 357 


Middle Level Methods 3 


TED 396 


Practicum I 





TED 397 


Practicum II 


Senior Year 








First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 3 


FA 


Fine Arts Core 


3 


TED 498 


Student Teaching 9 


GEO 201 


Earth Science 


3 


TED 412 


ELL Methods 2 


RLS 


Religious Studies Core 


3 


TED 411 


Professional Practice 2 


TED 388 


Language Arts: Middle Level 


3 






SPE411 


Inclusive Practices 


3 






TED 495 


Practicum III 










Middle Level Concentration: Science/Social Studies 

Requirements for student completing degree requirements in May 2013 or later. 
Sequence of Required Courses 



First Year 










First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 16 


ENG 151 


University Writing Seminar 


3 


ENG 


American or British Lit 3 


PSY 123 


Intro to Psychology 


3 


BUS 207 


Contemporary Economics 3 


BIO 103 


General Biology I 


3 


BIO 104 


General Biology II 3 


BIO 703 


General Bio I Lab 





BIO 704 


General Bio II Lab 


MTH 151 


Calculus I 


3 


PHL 100 


Intro to Philosophy 3 


TED 121 


Educational Technology 


3 


MTH 152 


Calculus II 3 


TED 100 


Education Seminar 





TED 131 


Cultural Awareness 1 


TED 190 


Education Seminar Field 





TED 191 


Freshman Field 



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Sophomore Year 

First Semester 
HIS 101 
HIS 103 
CHM 104 
MTH 115 
TED 231 



Total Credits 19 

3 



TED 243 
TED 292 



Western Civ I 

US History I 3 

General Chemistry & Lab 4 

Basic Statistics 3 

Learning 3 

Adolescent Development 3 

Sophomore Field I 



Junior Year 



First Semester 

POL 100 American Govt 

MTH 200 History of Math 

MTH 390 Methods of Teaching Math 

PHY 141 Intro to Astronomy & Lab 

RLS 104 World Religions 

TED 351 Intro to Instr Planning 

TED 396 Practicum I 

TED 480 Special Topics 



Total Credits 1 7 
3 



Second Sen 


ester Total Credits 19 


HIS 102 


Western Civ II 3 


HIS 104 


US History II 3 


CHM 105 


Organic Chem & Lab 4 


SPE 1 1 1 


Spec Ed & Excep Learners 3 


SPE211 


Educational Assessment 3 


TED 271 


Classroom Management 2 


TED 378 


Classroom Mgmt Middle 1 


TED 293 


Sophomore Field II 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 8 


HIS 


300/400 level History course 3 


PHY 131 


Physical Science & Lab 3 


GEO 202 


Cultural World Geography 3 


FA 


Fine Arts Core 3 


TED 368 


Reading Middle Level 3 


TED 357 


Middle Level Methods 3 


TED 397 


Practicum II 



Senior Year 

First Semester Total Credits 18 

RLS Religious Studies Core 3 



Second Semester Total Credits 1 3 

TED 498 Student Teaching 9 



FA 


Fine Arts Core 


3 


TED 412 


ELL Methods 


2 


GEO 201 


Earth Science 


3 


TED 411 


Professional Practice 


2 


PHL 


Philosophy Core 


3 








TED 388 


Language Arts: Middle Level 


3 








SPE 411 


Inclusive Practices 


3 








TED 495 


Practicum III 












Biology Major, Secondary Education Certification 

Secondary Education Certification 

Degree BS, Biology 

Department Chair Anthony Serino, PhD 

The secondary education program in biology (BIO/SECED) is designed to prepare junior high school 
and secondary school teachers of biology. Our BIO/SECED program has been continually refined to 
keep pace with developments in the profession. It is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of 
Education and leads to a teaching certificate valid in Pennsylvania (grades 7-12) and is transferable to 
many other states. A unique aspect of the program is that it prepares teachers to effectively deal with 
students with disabilities who are likely to be included in their classes. 

Effectively, students majoring in BIO/SECED must complete two majors, one in teacher education and 
one in biology. Accordingly, they have two academic advisors who cooperate to keep students on track. 
Each semester, they must meet with both of their advisors. 



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Pre-service teachers in BIO/SECED must successfully complete the liberal arts core curriculum, a 
series of generic teacher education department (TED) courses and field experiences, the courses and 
experiences required by the SECED specialization, and a content area major in biology. 

BIO/SECED majors must satisfactorily complete a series of field experiences that begin during the 
second semester of the first year and continue every semester until graduation. By graduation, our pre- 
service teachers will have spent at least 700 hours in community classrooms. During students' final 
semester they must complete a 15-week student teaching assignment (two separate placements). All 
field experiences and teaching assignments are arranged by Misericordia University. Transportation to 
and from field experience and student-teaching assignments is the responsibility of the student. 

Students who successfully complete the BIO/SECED program are eligible for recommendation by 
Misericordia University to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for state teacher certification. 
This recommendation and the successful completion of other requirements established by the state, 
including meeting the pass scores specified by the state on the National Teacher Examination, qualify 
graduates for an "Instructional I" certificate. Once certified in Pennsylvania, our graduates usually have 
no difficulty becoming certified in other states. 

Secondary Education Certification, Biology BS Degree 
Requirements for student completing degree requirements in May 2013 or later. 
Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 



First Semester Total Credits 14 


Second Semester Total Credits 18 


CHM 133 


Chemical Principles I 


4 


BIO 112 


Cell and Molecular Bio 4 


BIO 1 1 1 


Evolution Genetics & 


4 


CHM 134 


Chemical Principles II 4 




Ecology 




MTH 115 


Statistics 3 


ENG 151 


University Writing Seminar 


3 


TED 131 


Cultural Awareness 1 


PSY 123 


Intro to Psycology 


3 


TED 191 


Freshman Field 


TED 100 


Education Seminar 





TED 121 


Education Technology 3 


TED 190 


Education Seminar Field 





TED 231 


Learning 3 




Summer: 2 Core Courses (PHL, FA) 6 credits 


Sophomore 


Year 








First Semester Total Credits 1 7 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 7 


BIO 201 


Organismal Structure & 


4 


BIO 202 


Biological Interactions 4 




Function 




CHM 244 


Organic Chemistry 4 


MTH151 


Calculus I 


3 


ENG 


American or British Lit 3 


CHM 243 


Organic Chemistry 


4 


SPE 211 


Educational Assessment 3 


SPE 1 1 1 


Spec Ed & ExcepLearners 


3 


TED 271 


Classroom Management 2 


TED 243 


Adolescent Development 


3 


TED 371 


Classroom Mgt Secondary 1 


TED 292 


Sophomore Field I 





TED 293 


Sophomore Field II 


Junior Year 








First Semester Total Credits 17-18 


Second Semester Total Credits 16-18 


PHL 100 


Intro to Philosophy 


3 


BIO 


Elective Track II 3-4 


CHM 353 


Biochemistry I 


3 


PHY 222 


General Physics II 4 


BIO 


Elective Track I 


3-4 


BIO 


Free Elective 3-4 


HIS 103 


US History I 


3 


HIS 104 


US History II 3 


PHY 221 


General Physics I 


4 


TED 367 


Methods in Sec Ed 2 


TED 353 


Intro to Instr Planning 


1 


TED 397 


Practicum II 


TED 396 


Practicum I 










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Senior Year 


First Semester Total Credits 18-19 


BIO 


Elective Track II 3-4 


BIO 


Free Elective 3 


SOC 101 


Comparative Sociology 3 


RLS 104 


World Religions 3 


FA 


Core 3 


SPE411 


Inclusive Practices 3 


TED 495 


Practicum III 



Second Semester Total Credits 16 

RLS Core 3 

TED 498 Student Teaching 9 

TED 411 ELL Methods 2 

TED 412 Professional Practice 2 

Minimum credits required for graduation 136 



English Major, Secondary Education Certification 

Secondary Education Certification 

Degree BA, English 

Department Chair Rebecca Steinberger, PhD 

The secondary education program in English (ENG/SECED) is designed to prepare junior high school 
and secondary school teachers of English. Our ENG/SECED program has been continually refined to 
keep pace with developments in the profession. It is fully approved by the Pennsylvania Department of 
Education and leads to a teaching certificate valid in Pennsylvania (grades 7-12) and transferable to 
many other states. A unique aspect of the program is that it prepares teachers to deal effectively with 
students with disabilities who are likely to be included in their classes. 

ENG/SECED majors have two advisors, one in teacher education and one in English. Each semester 
students must meet with both advisors. Pre-service teachers in ENG/SECED must successfully 
complete the university's liberal arts core curriculum, the major in English, and a series of generic 
teacher education department (TED) courses. 

ENG/SECED majors must also satisfactorily complete a series of field experiences that begin during 
the second semester of the first year and continue every semester until graduation. By graduation, our 
pre-service teachers will have spent at least 700 hours in community classrooms. During their final 
semester, students must complete a 15 -week student teaching assignment (two separate placements). 
All field experiences and teaching assignments are arranged by the university. Transportation to and 
from field experience and student teaching assignments is the responsibility of the student. 

Students who successfully complete the ENG/SECED program are eligible for recommendation by the 
university to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for state teacher certification. The university's 
recommendation and the successful completion of other requirements established by the state, including 
meeting the pass scores specified by the state on the national teacher examination, qualify graduates for 
an "Instructional I" certificate. Once certified in Pennsylvania, our graduates usually have no difficulty 
becoming certified in other states. 

Secondary Education Certification English BA Degree 
Requirements for student completing degree requirements in May 2013 or later. 
Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 

First Semester Total Credits 16 

ENG 1 5 1 Univeristy Writing Seminar 3 

ENG 1 20 Theatre Production 1 

HIS 103 US History I 3 

PSY 123 Introduction to Psychology 3 

PHL 100 Introduction to Philosophy 3 

MTH Mathematics Bank I 3 

TED 100 Education Seminar 

TED 190 Education Seminar Field 



Second Semester Total Credits 1 6 


FA 


Core 3 


ENG 


Core 3 


HIS 104 


US History II 3 


MTH 115 


Statistics 3 


TED 131 


Cultural Awareness 1 


TED 121 


Educational Technology 3 


TED 191 


Freshman Field 



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Sophomore Year 




First Semester Total Credits 15 


SCI 


Core 


3 


ENG 203 


Advanced Expository Writing 
or 




ENG341 


Imaginative Writing 


3 


ENG 215 


Shakespeare 


3 


TED 231 


Learning 


3 


TED 243 


Adolescent Development 


3 


TED 292 


Sophomore Field 





Junior Year 




First Semester Total Credits 16 


PHL 


Core 


3 


HIS 


Advanced History Elective 


3 


ENG 


300-Level Literature Course 


3 


ENG 


300-Level Literature Course 


3 


RLS 104 


World Religions 


3 


TED 353 


Intro to Instr Planning 


1 


TED 396 


Practicum 





Senior Year 




First Semester Total Credits 18 


ENG 


300-Level Literature Course 


3 


ENG 415 


Selected Studies 


3 


ENG 318 


Language Studies 


3 


SOC 101 


Comp. Sociology or 


3 


BUS 207 


Contemporary Economics 


3 


SPE411 


Inclusive Practices 


3 


TED 495 


Practicum III 






Second Sem 


ester Total Credits 


18 


FA 


Core 


3 


SCI 


Core 


3 


ENG 


300-level Literature Course 


3 


SPE 1 1 1 


Spec Ed and Exc Learners 


3 


SPE211 


Educational Assessment 


3 


TED 271 


Class Management 


2 


TED 293 


Sophomore Field II 






TED 377 Classroom Mgt Secondary 



Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 

ENG 415 Selected Studies 3 



HIS 


Advanced History Elective 


3 


ENG 


300-Level Literature Course 


3 


RLS 


Core 


3 


TED 367 


Curriculm & Methods in Sec 
Ed 


3 


TED 397 


Practicum II 






Second Semester Total Cre 


dits 16 


ENG 420 


Senior Seminar or 


3 


ENG 450 


Senior Thesis 




TED 498 


Student Teaching 


9 


TED 411 


ELL Methods 


2 


TED 412 


Professional Practice 


2 



Total required for graduation 127 credits 



Chemistry Major, Secondary Education Certification 

Secondary Education Certification 

Degree BS, Chemistry 

Department Chair Charles Saladino, Jr., PhD 

The secondary education program in chemistry (CHM/SECED) is designed to prepare junior high 
school and secondary school teachers of chemistry. The CHM/SECED program has been continually 
refined to keep pace with developments in the profession. It is approved by the Pennsylvania 
Department of Education, and leads to a teaching certificate valid in Pennsylvania (grades 7-12) and 
transferable to many other states. A unique aspect of the program is that it prepares teachers to 
effectively deal with students with disabilities who are likely to be included in their classes. 

Students majoring in CHM/SECED must meet requirements in both teacher education and in chemistry. 
Accordingly, they have two academic advisors who cooperate to keep students on track. Each semester 
students must meet with both of their advisors. Pre-service teachers in CHM/SECED must successfully 
complete the liberal arts core curriculum, a series of generic teacher education department (TED) 
courses and field experiences, the courses and experiences required by the SECED specialization, and a 
content area major in chemistry. 



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CHM/SECED majors must satisfactorily complete a series of field experiences that begin during the 
second semester of the first year and continue every semester until graduation. By graduation, our pre- 
service teachers will have spent at least 700 hours in community classrooms. During students' final 
semester, they must complete a 15-week student-teaching assignment (two separate placements). All 
field experiences and teaching assignments are arranged by Misericordia University. Transportation to 
and from field experience and student teaching assignments is the responsibility of the student. Students 
who successfully complete the CHM/SECED program are eligible for recommendation by Misericordia 
University to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for state teacher certification. The university's 
recommendation and the successful completion of other requirements established by the state, including 
meeting the pass scores specified by the state on the National Teacher Examination, qualify graduates 
for an "Instructional I" certificate. Once certified in Pennsylvania, our graduates usually have no 
difficulty becoming certified in other states. 

Secondary Education Certification Chemistry BS Degree 
Requirements for students completing degree requirements in May 2013 or later. 

Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 

First Semester Total Credits 14 Second Semester Total Credits 1 6 

CHM 133 Chemical Principles I 4 CHM 134 Chemical Principles II 4 



MTH 151 


Analytic Geometry & Calc I 


3 


MTH 152 


Calculus II 3 


ENG 151 


University Writing Seminar 


3 


ENG 


American or British Lit Core 3 


PSY 123 


Intro to Psychology 


3 


TED 100 


Education Seminar 


TED 131 


Cultural Awareness 


1 


TED 190 


Education Seminar Field 


TED 191 


Freshman Field 





TED 121 
TED 231 


Educational Technology 3 
Learning 3 




Summer 




Total Credits 3 or 6 




History Core 




3 or 6 


Sophomore 


Year 








First Semester Total Credits 18 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 7 


CHM 243 


Organic Chemistry I 


4 


CHM 244 


Organic Chemistry II 4 


PHY 221 


Physics I 


4 


CHM 210 


Descriptive Chemistry 3 


MTH 225 


Calculus III 


4 


PHY 222 


Physics II 4 


SPE 1 1 1 


Special Ed & Excep Learners 


3 


SPE 211 


Educational Assessment 3 


TED 243 


Adolescent Development 


3 


TED 271 


Classroom Management 2 


TED 292 


Sophomore Field 





TED 377 
TED 293 


Classroom Mgt Secondary 1 
Sophomore Field II 



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Junior Year 










First Semester Total Credits 15-18 


Second Semester Total Credits 


17 


CHM355 


Physical Chemistry I 


4 


CHM 356 


Physical Chemistry II 


4 


CHM 350 


Chemical Literature 


1 


CHM 411 


Instrumental Analysis 


3 


CHM 353 


Biochemistry I 


3 


CHM 412 


Instrumental Lab I 


1 


RLS 104 


World Religions 


3 


PHL 100 


Intro to Philosophy 


3 


FA 


Fine Arts Core 


3 


CHM 354 


Biochemistry II 


3 


HIS 


Core (if not in summer) 


3 


TED 367 


Curriculum/Methods in Sec Ed 


3 


TED 351 


Intro to Planning 


1 


TED 397 


Practicum II 





TED 396 


Practicum I 











Senior Year 










First Semester Total Credits 1 7 


Second Semester Total Credits 16 


CHM410 


Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 


3 


SOC 101 


Comparative Sociology 


3 


CHM413 


Instrumental Lab II 


1 


TED 497 


Student Teaching 


9 


CHM 475 


Chemistry Seminar 


1 


TED 411 


ELL Methods 


2 


FA 


Fine Arts Core 


3 


TED 412 


Professional Practice 


2 


RLS 


Religious Studies Core 


3 


Total required for graduation 139 credits 




PHL 


Philosophy Core 


3 








SPE411 


Inclusive Practices 


3 








TED 495 


Practicum III 












History Major, Citizenship Certification 

Secondary Education Certification 

Degree BA, History 

Department Chair David C. Wright, Jr., PhD 

The secondary education certification in citizenship (CIT/SECED) is designed to prepare junior high 
school and secondary school teachers of history and the other social studies. The program emphasizes 
studies in history with a number of courses in political science, geography, sociology, and 
anthropology. The CIT/SECED program has been continually refined to keep pace with developments 
in the profession. Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, it leads to a teaching 
certificate valid in Pennsylvania (grades 7-12) and transferable to many other states. A unique aspect of 
the program is that it prepares teachers to effectively work with students with disabilities who are likely 
to be included in their classes. 

Effectively, students majoring in CIT/SECED must complete two majors, one in teacher education and 
one in history. Accordingly, they have two academic advisors who cooperate to keep them on track. 
Each semester, students must meet with both advisors. 

Pre-service teachers in CIT/SECED must successfully complete the liberal arts core curriculum, a series 
of teacher education department (TED) courses and field experiences, the courses and experiences 
required by the SECED specialization, and a content area major in history. 

CIT/SECED majors must satisfactorily complete a series of field experiences that begin during the 
second semester of the first year and continue ever)' semester until graduation. By graduation, our pre- 
service teachers will have spent at least 700 hours in community classrooms. During students' final 
semesters, they must complete a 15-week student teaching assignment, consisting of two separate 
placements. All field experiences and teaching assignments are arranged by the university. 
Transportation to and from field experience and student teaching assignments is the responsibility of 
the student. 

Students who successfully complete the CIT/SECED program are eligible for recommendation by the 
university to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for state teacher certification. The university's 



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recommendation and the successful completion of other requirements established by the state, including 
meeting the pass scores specified by the state on the national teacher examination, qualify graduates for 
an "Instructional 1" certificate. Once certified in Pennsylvania, our graduates usually are able to become 
certified in other states.. 

Citizenship Certification History BA Degree 

Sequence of Required Courses 
First Year 



First Semester Total Credits 16 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 8 


HIS 101 


Western Civilization I 


3 


HIS 102 


Western Civilization II 3 


MTH 


Mathematics Bank I 


3 


ENG 


American or British Lit Core 3 


PSY 123 


Introduction to Psychology 


3 


MTH 115 


Statistics 3 


ENG 151 


University Writing Seminar 


3 


FA 


Fine Arts Core 3 


PHL100 


Introduction to Philosophy 


3 


TED 100 


Education Seminar 


TED 131 


Cultural Awareness 


1 


TED 190 


Education Seminar Field 


TED 191 


Freshman Field 





TED 121 
TED 231 


Educational Technology 3 
Learning 3 


Sophomore Year 








First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 18 


HIS 103 


United States History I 


3 


FA 


Fine Arts Core 3 


SCI 


Science Core 


3 


SCI 


Science Core 3 


PHL 


Philosophy Core 


3 


HIS 104 


United States History II 3 


SPE211 


Special Ed & Excep Learners 


3 


RLS 


Religion Core 3 


TED 243 


Adolescent Development 


3 


SPE211 


Educational Assessment 3 


TED 292 


Sophomore Field 





TED 271 
TED 377 
TED 293 


Classroom Management 2 
Classroom Mgt Sec Ed 1 
Sophomore Field II 


Junior Year 








First Semester Total Credits 16 


Second Semester Total Credits 18 


HIS 405 


Seminar on History 


3 


HIS 491 


Research Seminar 3 


POL 100 


American National Govt. 


3 


POL 103 


Global Politics 3 


PvLS 


Core 


3 


GEO 202 


Cultural World Geography 3 


HIS 


Advanced Elective 


3 


HIS/POL 


Free Elective 3 


BUS 207 


Contemporary Economics 


3 


ENG 


Advanced Elective 3 


TED 351 


Intro to Instr Planning 


1 


TED 367 


Curr/Methods in Sec Ed 3 


TED 396 


Practicum I 





TED 397 


Practicum II 



Senior Year 

First Semester Total Credits 16 

HIS 210 History of England 3 

HIS Advanced Elective 3 

ENG Advanced Elective 3 

SOC221 Cultural Minorities 3 

SPE411 Inclusive Practices 3 

TED 495 Practicum III 1 



Second Semester Total Credits 1 6 

HIS Advanced Elective 3 

TED 497 Student Teaching 9 

TED 411 ELL Methods 2 

TED 412 Professional Practice 2 

Total required for graduation 135 credits 



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Mathematics Major, Secondary Edcuation Certification 

Secondary Education Certification 
Degree BS or BA, Mathematics 
Department Chair Jay Stine, PhD 

The secondary education program in mathematics (MTH/SECED) is designed to prepare junior high 
school and secondary school teachers of mathematics. The MTH/SECED program has been continually 
refined to keep pace with developments in the profession. It is approved by the Pennsylvania 
Department of Education and leads to a teaching certificate valid in Pennsylvania (grades 7-12) and is 
transferable to many other states. A unique aspect of the program is that it prepares teachers to 
effectively deal with students with disabilities who are likely to be included in their classes. 

Effectively, students majoring in MTH/SECED must complete two majors, one in teacher education 
and one in mathematics. Accordingly, students have two academic advisors who cooperate to keep 
students on track. Each semester they must meet with both of them. Pre -service teachers in 
MTH/SECED must successfully complete the liberal arts core curriculum, a series of generic teacher 
education department (TED) courses and field experiences, the courses and experiences required by the 
SECED specialization, and a content area major in mathematics. 

MTH/SECED majors must satisfactorily complete a series of field experiences that begin during the 
second semester of the first year and continue every semester until graduation. By graduation, our pre- 
service teachers will have spent at least 700 hours in community classrooms. During students' final 
semester, they must complete a 15-week student teaching assignment in two separate placements. All 
field experiences and teaching assignments are arranged by the university. Transportation to and from 
field experience and student teaching assignments is the responsibility of the student. 

Students who successfully complete the MTH/SECED program are eligible for recommendation by the 
university to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for state teacher certification. The university's 
recommendation and the successful completion of other requirements established by the state, including 
meeting the pass scores specified by the state on the national teacher examination, qualify graduates for 
an "Instructional I" certificate. Once certified in Pennsylvania, our graduates usually have no difficulty 
becoming certified in other states. 

Secondary Education Certification Mathematics BA Degree 
Requirements for student completing degree requirements in May 2013 or later. 

Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 



First Semester Total Credits 16 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 8 


CPS 101 


Computer Programming 


3 


CPS 121 


Computer Programming 3 


MTH151 


Calculus I 


3 


MTH 152 


Calculus II 3 


ENG 151 


University Writing Seminar 


3 


ENG 


American or British Lit Core 3 


HIS 


History Core 


3 


HIS 


History Core 3 


PSY 123 


Intro to Psychology 


3 


TED 100 


Education Seminar 


TED 131 


Cultural Awareness 


1 


TED 190 


Education Seminar Field 


TED 191 


Freshman Field 





TED 121 
TED 231 


Educational Technology 3 
Learning 3 



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Sophomore Year 



First Semester Total Credits 1 7 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 6 


MTH 225 


Calculus III 


4 


MTH 363 


Abstract Algebra I 3 


MTH 244 


Set Theory and Logic 


3 


PHY 222 


General Physics II 4 


PHY 221 


General Physics 1 


4 


MTH 215 


Statistics for Mathematicians 3 


SPE 1 1 1 


Spec Ed & Excep Learners 


3 


SPE 211 


Educational Assessment 3 


TED 243 


Adolescent Development 


3 


TED 271 


Classroom Management 2 


TED 292 


Sophomore Field I 





TED 377 
TED 293 


Classroom Mgt Secondary 1 
Sophomore Field II 


Junior Year 








First Semester Total Credits 16 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 8 


MTH 364 


Abstract Algebra II 


3 


MTH 341 


Real Analysis I 3 


MTH 241 


Linear Algebra 


3 


MTH 242 


Differential Equations 3 


MTH 200 


History of Mathematics 


3 


FA 


Fine Arts Core 3 


FA 


Fine Arts Core 


3 


RLS 


History Core 3 


RLS 


Religion Core 


3 


PHL 


Philosophy Core 3 


TED 353 


Intro to Instr Planning 


1 


TED 367 


Methods in Sec Ed 3 


TED 396 


Practicum I 





TED 397 


Practicum II 


Senior Year 








First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 3 


MTH 342 


Real Analysis II 


3 


TED 497 


Student Teaching 9 


MTH 351 


Geometry 


3 


TED 411 


English Lang Learners 2 


SOC 


Sociology Core 


3 


TED 412 


Professional Practice 2 


PHL 


Philosophy Core 


3 


Total required for graduation 129 credits 


SPE 411 


Inclusive Practices 


3 






TED 4954 


Practicum III 










Health Care Management Major 



College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 

Degree Four-year Track BS, Health Care Management, Five-year Track BS, Health Care Management 

and MBA 

Department Chair Timothy Kearney, PhD 

For information contact program director Allen Minor, DBA 

The Health Care Management major will provide the student with a broad-based business and health 
industry background emphasizing the business side of health care. The coursework will examine in 
detail all aspects of the health care delivery system, including all levels and modalities. The 
reimbursement and finance system will be examined for all public and private payment and 
reimbursement systems currently in place. In addition, the strengths and weaknesses of today's U.S. 
Health Care System of health care delivery, outcomes, measurement and financing mechanism are 
examined in detail. Recent proposals for health care reform are described, debated, and critically 
evaluated, while incremental measures currently under consideration are thoroughly examined. 

The business department offers a business administration major with health care management as a five 
course specialization. This special offering allows students in the pre-Physical Therapy doctoral 
program to gain a working knowledge and understanding of the field of health care management as a 
complement to their projected health science careers when those careers may put them into practices 
which include working knowledge of the health care industry including delivery systems, finance and 



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reimbursement and public policy issues. This track can be found under the Business Administration 
section of the catalog. 

Health Care Management Major (Management Specialization) 

Sequence of Required Courses 



First Year 












First Semester 


Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 


IS 




Core 


3 




Core 


3 




Core 


3 




Core 


3 




Core 


3 




Core 


3 


BUS 205 


Macroeconomics 


3 


BUS 206 


Microeconomics 


3 


ACC 101 


Principles of Accounting 


3 


MIS 110 


Intro to Information Systems 


3 


Sophomore 


Year 










First Semester 


Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 


15 




Core 


3 




Core 


3 




Core 


3 




Core 


3 




Core 


3 




Core 


3 


HCM 101 


Intro to Health Systems 


3 


BUS 269 


Principles of Marketing 


3 


BUS 208 


Principles of Management 


3 


BUS 300 


Quantitative Methods I 


3 


Junior Year 












First Semester 


Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 




Core 


3 




Core 


3 




Free elective 


3 




Free elective 


3 


BUS 371 


Financial Management 


3 




Free elective 


3 


BUS 352 


Business Law 


3 


BUS 306 


Organizational Behavior 


3 


BUS 360 


Human Resource Mgmt 


3 


HCM 371 


HC Reimburse & Finance 


3 


Senior Year 












First Semester 


Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 




Core course 


3 


HCM 452 


Health Care Law 


3 


HCM 401 


Managed Care 


3 


HCM 469 


Health Care Marketing 


3 


HCM 403 


Health Care Strategic Mgmt 


3 


HCM 406 


Current Iss./ Trends in HC 


3 


BUS 415 


International Business 


3 




Free elective 


3 




Free elective 


3 




Free elective 


3 



Total required for graduation 120 credits 

For description and requirements of the Five-year Track BS, Health Care Management and MBA, see 
MBA program description. 

Health Care Management Major (Marketing Specialization) 

The health care management degree with a marketing specialization explores both provider and 
consumer perspectives of health care marketing, market distribution channels, and the impact the 
Internet has had on both marketing and market distribution. The marketing specialization will prepare 
students for a marketing or sales career in health care by offering a strong base of business -related 



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marketing courses, along with marketing specifically related to the health care industry. It will prepare 
students for careers in a broad range of health care institutions, both public and private. Hospitals, 
skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies are 
examples of those employing sales and marketing professionals. 

Health Care Management Major (Marketing Specialization) 

Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 



First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 




Core 


3 




Core 3 




Core 


3 




Core 3 




Core 


3 




Core 3 


BUS 205 


Macroeconomics 


3 


BUS 206 


Microeconomics 3 


ACC 101 


Principles of Accounting 


3 


MIS 110 


Intro, to Information Systems 3 


Sophomore Year 








First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 




Core 


3 




Core 3 




Core 


3 




Core 3 




Core 


3 




Core 3 


BUS 269 


Principles of Marketing 


3 


BUS 300 


Quantitative Methods I 3 


BUS 208 


Principles of Management 


3 


HCM 101 


Intro, to Health Systems 3 


Junior Year 








First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 




Core 


3 




Core 3 


BUS 371 


Financial Management 


3 


BUS 321 


Product and Service Mrkting 3 


BUS 352 


Business Law 


3 


BUS 306 


Organizational Behavior 3 


BUS 360 


Mgmt. of Human Resources 


3 


HCM 371 


HC Reimburse and Finance 3 




Free elective 


3 


BUS 307 


Management Science 3 


Senior Year 








First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 




Core 


3 


BUS 401 


Channel Strategies 3 


BUS 450 


Marketing Research 


3 


HCM 469 


Health Care Marketing 3 


HCM 403 


Health Care Strategic Mgmt 


3 


HCM 406 


Current Iss. and Trends in HC 3 


BUS415 


International Business 


3 




Free elective 3 




Free elective 


3 




Free elective 3 



Total required for graduation 120 credits 



Health Care Management Major (Health Care Informatics 
Specialization) 

The specialization in health care informatics provides a strong, generalist foundation in this rapidly, 
developing science. This specialization is designed to prepare students for entry into the health care 
informatics field and to enhance career advancement opportunities. The course sequence emphasizes a 
strong, basic background in information technology and provides students with the requisite skills 
needed to prepare them to work with health care informatics applications such as use of the electronic 



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health record and telehealth. Students who complete the health care informatics specialization will be 
prepared to analyze, design and implement technology systems within a health care organization. The 
sequence may also be taken as a certificate. 

Health Care Management Major (Health Care Informatics Specialization) 

Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 



First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 




Core 


3 




Core 3 




Core 


3 




Core 3 




Core 


3 




Core 3 


BUS 205 


Macroeconomics 


3 


BUS 206 


Microeconomics 3 


MIS 110 


Intro, to Information Systems 


3 


HCM 101 


Intro, to Health Systems 3 


Sophomore Year 








First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 14 




Core 


3 




Core 3 




Core 


3 




Core 3 


HCI110 


Intro, to HC Informatics 


3 


BUS 269 


Principles of Marketing 3 


ACC 101 


Principles of Accounting 


3 


BUS 300 


Quantitative Methods I 3 


BUS 208 


Principles of Management 


3 


HCI 120 


Current Issues and Trends in 2 
HCI 


Junior Year 








First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 




Core 


3 




Core 3 




Core 


3 




Core 3 


BUS 371 


Financial Management 


3 


BUS 307 


Management Science 3 


BUS 352 


Business Law 


3 


BUS 306 


Organizational Behavior 3 


MIS 200 


Systems Analysis 


3 


HCM 371 


HC Reimburse and Finance 3 


Senior Year 








First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 16 




Core 


3 


MIS 432 


Database Mgmt 3 


BUS 360 


Mgmt of Human Resources 


3 


HP 230 


HC Informatics Internship 1 


HCM 403 


Health Care Strategic Mgmt 


3 


HCM 406 


Current Issues & Trends in 3 


BUS 415 


International Business 


3 




HC 




Free Elective 


3 




Free Elective 3 
Free Elective 3 
Free Elective 3 



Total required for graduation 120 credits 



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Health Care Management Major: Pre-DPT Plan of Study 

The Health Care Management major will provide the Pre-DPT student with a broad-based business and 
health industry background emphasizing the business side of health care and will prepare the student 
for a leadership role in healthcare. In addition to meeting the objectives of the Health Care Management 
major, this program will prepare the successful student for admission to the doctor of physical therapy 
(DPT) program. 

Pre-DPT B.S. in Health Care Management 

Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 



First Semester Total Credits 16 

ENG Core 3 

PSY 123 Intro to Psychology 3 

CHM 104 General Chemistry 4 

BUS 205 Macroeconomics 3 

ACC 101 Principles of Accounting 3 



Second Semester Total Credits 1 6 


HCM 101 


Intro, to Health Systems 3 


PSY 290 


Pschopathology 3 


CHM 105 


Intro to Organic & 4 




Biochemistry 


BUS 206 


Microeconomics 3 


MIS 110 


Intro, to Information Systems 3 



Summer Semester Total Credits 6 

RLS 104 World Religions 3 





PHL100 Intro to Philosophy 3 


Sophomore Year 




First Semester Total Credits 16 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 6 


BIO 211 


Anatomy & Physiology I 4 


BIO 212 Anatomy & Physiology II 4 


MTH 115 


Basic Statistics 3 


FA Core 3 


HIS/POL 


Core 3 


HIS/POL Core 3 


ENG 


Core 3 


BUS 300 Quantitative Methods I 3 


BUS 208 


Principles of Management 3 


BUS 269 Principles of Marketing 3 




Summer Semester 


Total Credits 6 




PHL Core 


3 




SOC 101 Comparative 


Sociology 3 


Junior Year 




First Semester Total Credits 16 


Second Semester Total Credits 16 


MTH 


Math Bank I 3 


HCM 469 Healthcare Marketing 3 


BUS 371 


Financial Management 3 


HCM 403 Healthcare Str. Mgmt 3 


BUS 352 


Business Law 3 


HCM 371 HC Reimburse and Finance 3 


BUS 360 


Human Resource Mgmt 3 


PHY 118 Physics Intro II 4 


PHY 117 


Physics Intro I 4 


HCM 452 Healthcare Law 3 




Summer Semester 


Total Credits 3 




PSY 275 Child & Adolescent 3 




Psychology 





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Senior Year 






First Semester Total Credits 18 


Second Semester Total Credits 16 


RLS 


Core 


3 


Begin DPT program 


HCM 403 


Organizational Behavior 


3 


Total required for graduation J 29 credits 


BUS 415 


International Business 


3 




HCM 406 


Current Issues/Trends in HC 


3 




HCM 401 


Managed Care 


3 




FA 


Core 


3 





Prerequisites for EL DPT 

• Service: 50 hours in at least two different facilities 

• Medical Terminology 

• MI 106 or 

• www.webbycyberclasses.com http://www.webbycyberclasses.com or 

• Approval by PT Dept. 

• Writing Proficiency 

• ENG103or 

• Exam in November or April 

• Technical Competency 

• BUS 1 05 with grade of B or better or 

• Online course 

Certificate in Health Care Management 

The Health Care Management major is also offered as a 15 -credit certificate. The courses 
required to complete the certificate program are as follows: * 

HCM 101- Introduction to Health Systems 

HCM 403- Health Care Strategic Management 

HCM 469- Health Care Marketing 

HCM 371- Health Care Reimbursement and Finance 

HCM 406- Current Issues and Trends in Health Care 

• Prerequisites as listed in course descriptions will apply to all courses shown above. Please refer 
to course descriptions. 

According to a study recently released by the U.S. Department of Labor, six often fastest 
growing jobs to the year 2020 are in health care. In Northeastern Pennsylvania, these jobs 
will grow at an even faster rate. 

The certificate program in health care management is designed for: business and health care 
professionals having a degree in another discipline, enabling these individuals to advance in 
the health care field; or those who are planning a career change to the health care field, thus 
requiring specific knowledge of today's health care industry. It is suitable for associates or 
bachelors' degree graduates in: 

• Any undergraduate major, particularly those in business, human services, nursing, dental 
hygiene, or other health discipline. 

• Any professional clinicians, including nurses, licensed professionals, dentists, and physicians. 

The flexibility of the program allows those without a bachelor's degree to fully apply credits earned in 
the certificate program toward the attainment of a bachelor's degree in health care management. 

*With permission of business chair. 



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Health Informatics 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 
Degree MS, Health Informatics 
For more information contact Joseph Grilli, DPA 
Program Description 

The Healthcare Informatics Executive Master's Program is designed to develop leadership skills for 
those in mid-career management roles who desire advancement to senior level management positions in 
health informatics. The program builds on core skills and allows the student to tailor the program to 
their needs through two avenues: 1. By selection of either a professional master's track or an academic 
master's track; and, 2. By selection of proficiency skills they wish to develop. 

Program structure/course sequence: 

Semester 1 (Fall) 

HCI 500- Informatics for Health Care Leaders- 1 credit 

HCI 505- The Business of Health Informatics- 3 credits 

HCI 510- Modeling Health Information- 3 credits 

Semester 2 (Spring) 

HCI 520- Healthcare Systems- 3 credits 

HCI 530- Healthcare Systems Analysis and Design- 3 credits 

Semester 3 (Summer) 

HCI 550-Health Informatics Standards and Best Practices- 3 credits 

HCI 600-Emerging Issues in Health Informatics- 1 credit 

Semester 4 (Fall) 

HCI 610- Legal, Ethical, and Public Policy Issues in Health Informatics- 3 credits 

HCI 650- Health Informatics Proficiencies 1- 3 credits 

Semester 5 (Spring) 

HCI 620- Enterprise Information Governance- 3 credits 
HCI 655- Health Informatics Proficiencies 2- 3 credits 
HCI 660- Health Information Research- 3 credits 

Semester 6 (Summer) 

HCI 640- Executive Health Informatics- 3 credits 

HCI 665- Health Informatics Thesis- 3 credits 

HCI 675- Health Informatics Professional Contribution- 3 credits 

HCI 690- Health Informatics Colloquium- 1 credit 

Semester 5 and 6- Capstone, Research and Thesis- 6 credits 

Health Care Informatics Colloquium- 1 credit 






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Information Technology Major Management Information Systems 
(MIS) Specialization 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 

Degree Four-year Track BS, Information Technology, Five-year Track BS, Information Technology and 

MBA 

Department Chair Timothy Kearney, PhD 

For information contact program director Sr. Patricia Lapczynski, RSM, BA, MS, DPS 

The information technology degree with a specialization in MIS constitutes an interdisciplinary 
approach to modern information systems, providing strong foundations in business and computer 
science as they relate to business information management, development, and operations. It provides a 
melding of the two disciplines since the development of a computer-based information system is not 
merely a technological exercise; it also has managerial, organizational, and behavioral implications. 
The information technology degree with a specialization in MIS offers a strong foundation in computer 
science, business theory and practice, and the related role of information flow within an organization. 

The information technology degree with a specialization in MIS provides majors a balance of theory 
and practice in both disciplines and prepares students for entry-level positions in such fields as systems 
analysis, systems design, and information systems management. Students are given instruction in 
business writing and presentation skills. 

Information Technology specialization in Management Information Systems 

Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 



First Semester Total Credits 15 

Core 3 

Core 3 

Core 3 

BUS 205 Macroeconomics 3 

BUS 208 Principles of Management 3 



Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 

Core 3 

Core 3 

Core 3 

BUS 206 Microeconomics 3 

MIS 1 10 Intro to Information Systems 3 



Sophomore Year 



First Semester Total Credits 15 




Core 3 




Core 3 


BUS 269 


Principles of Marketing 3 


MIS 101 


Programming I 3 


ACC 101 


Principles of Accounting 3 


Junior Year 


First Semester Total Credits 15 




Core 3 




Core 3 


MIS 310 


Managerial Applications of 3 




OOP I 


MIS 200 


Systems Analysis 3 


BUS 352 


Business Law 3 



Second Semester 
Core 



MIS 121 
BUS 300 
ACC 311 



Total Credits 15 
3 

Core 3 

Programming II 3 

Quantitative Methods I 3 

Managerial Accounting 3 



Second Semester 
Core 



Total Credits 15 

3 



Core 3 

MIS 312 Software Engineering 3 

BUS 306 Organizational Behavior 3 

BUS 360 Management of Human 3 

Resources 



College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences Majors z.? J 



Senior Year 


First Semester Total Credits 15 




Free Elective 3 


MIS 231 


Introduction to File Processing 3 


MIS 220 


Applied Networking Design 3 


BUS 371 


Finance 3 


BUS 415 


International Business 3 



Second Semester 

Core 
MIS 432 



Total Credits 15 
3 



Database Management 
Free Elective 
MIS 491 Information Technology 
Management 
Free Elective 
Total required for graduation 120 credits 
For description and requirements of the Five-year Track BS, Information Technology (MIS 
Specialization) and MBA, see MBA program description. 

Information Technology Major Information Technology Security 
Specialization 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 

Degree BS, Information Technology 

Department Chair Timothy Kearney, PhD 

For information contact program director Sr. Patricia Lapczynski, RSM, BA, MS, DPS 

The information technology degree with a specialization in information technology security prepares 
information technology managers to establish the procedures, policies and practices that should be in 
place to protect information and data. 

In recognizing the importance of writing and speaking across the curriculum, the major uses the Five 
Chapter Model for research papers and includes presentations in many major courses. Students are 
given instruction in business writing and presentation skills. 

Information Technology Specialization in Information Technology Security 

Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 



First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 




Core 


3 




Core 3 




Core 


3 




Core 3 




Core 


3 




Core 3 


BUS 205 


Macroeconomics 


3 


BUS 206 


Microeconomics 3 


BUS 208 


Principles of Management 


3 


MIS 110 


Introduction to Information 3 
Systems 


Sophomore Year 








First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 




Core 


3 




Core 3 




Core 


3 




Core 3 




Core 


3 




Core 3 


BUS 269 


Principles of Marketing 


3 


BUS 300 


Quantitative Methods I 3 


ACC 101 


Principles of Accounting 


3 


ACC 311 


Managerial Accounting 3 



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Junior Year 

First Semester 

Core 



Total Credits 15 

3 



BUS 371 Business Financial 3 

Management 

BUS 352 Business Law 3 

ITS 200 Introduction to IT Security 3 

MIS 200 Systems Analysis 3 



Senior Year 



First Semester 

Free Elective 
Free Elective 
International Business 
Access Controls, Security 
Models and Cryptology 
Information Technology 
Privacy and Legal Issues 



Total Credits 15 

3 



BUS415 
ITS 410 

ITS 420 



Second Semester Total Credits 


15 




Core 


3 


BUS 306 


Organizational Behavior 


3 


BUS 360 


Management of Human 
Resources 


3 


ITS 300 


Security Management and 
Risk Assessment 


3 


MIS 220 


Applied Networking Design 


3 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 




Core 


3 




Free Elective 


3 




Free Elective 


3 


ITS 430 


Physical Security and 
Disaster Recovery 


3 


ITS 490 


Current Issues and Trends in 
Information Technology 
Security 


3 


Total requi 


red for graduation 120 credits 





Management Major 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 

Degree Four-year Track BS, Management, Five-year Track BS, Management and MBA 

Department Chair Timothy Kearney, PhD 

For information contact John Kachurick, DBA 

To succeed in a professional business atmosphere, individuals must have a well-rounded background in 
all aspects of business as well as a firm grounding in the liberal arts. The business administration 
program provides the proper balance of both theory and practice. Its goals are to provide students with 
an understanding of the nature of society and to assist them in developing a social philosophy, which is 
necessary for responsible citizenship; to familiarize students with the American economic system and 
the major functional areas of business; and to afford students the opportunity to develop and to increase 
their capacity for analysis, evaluation, and strategic implementation of concepts. 

Students are given instruction in business writing and presentation skills 

Management Major Four-year Track BS Degree 

Sequence of Required Courses 



First Yeai 










First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 




Core 


3 




Core 3 




Core 


3 




Core 3 




Core 


3 




Core 3 


BUS 205 


Macroeconomics 


3 


BUS 206 


Microeconomics 3 


BUS 208 


Principles of Management 


3 


BUS 269 


Principles of Marketing 3 



College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences Majors 2D 3 



Sophomore Year 






First Semester 


Total Credits 15 


Core 
Core 
Core 
ACC 101 Principles 
Elective 


of Accounting 


3 
3 
3 
3 

3 


Junior Year 






First Semester 


Total Credits 15 


Core 




3 



Second Semester 
Core 
Core 



Total Credits 15 
3 
3 



BUS 300 Quantitative Methods I 
MIS 1 10 Intro to Information Sys. 
ACC 3 1 1 Managerial Accounting 



Second Semester 
Core 



Core 3 

BUS 360 Management of HR 3 

BUS 352 Business Law 3 

Elective 3 



BUS 350 
BUS 306 
BUS 307 



Total Credits 15 
3 

Core 3 

Money and Banking 3 

Organizational Behavior 3 

Management Science 3 



Senior Year 

First Semester 

Core 
BUS 406 



Total Credits 15 
3 



Second Semester 

Elective 



BUS 371 

BUS 415 



Current Issues and Trends 3 

Upper-Level BUS Elective* 3 

Finance 3 

International Business 3 



BUS 491 



Total Credits 15 
3 

Seminar in Policies 3 

Upper-Level BUS Elective 3 



BUS 420 



(recommend BUS 472) 
Small Business Management 
Upper-Level BUS Elective 
Total required for graduation 120 credits 

For description and requirements of the Five-year Track BS, Management and MBA, see MBA program 

description. 



Marketing Major 



College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 

Degree Four-year Track BS, Marketing, Five-year Track BS, Marketing and MBA 

Department Chair Timothy Kearney, PhD 

For information contact John Mellon, EdD 

Marketing concentrates on exchange processes. This major goes beyond the traditional, preparing 
students for employment in business as well as non-business organizations. Those who are or will be 
involved in managing private, public, for-profit, or non-profit organizations can benefit from this 
program. 

Opportunities in the field of marketing are expanding rapidly as organizations discover the importance 
that marketing techniques make for their continued success. Products are not the only things marketed. 
Services, ideas, places, political candidates, health care facilities, educational institutions, and many 
more organizations and concepts also benefit from using marketing tools. 

Students obtain jobs in a variety of organizations and in a variety of positions, such as advertising, 
public relations, sales, product and brand management, marketing research, purchasing, retailing, 
wholesaling, and many others. 

Students are given instruction in business writing and presentation skills. 



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Marketing Major Four-year Track BS Degree 

Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 



First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 


Core 3 


Core 3 


Core 3 


Core 3 


Core 3 


Core 3 


BUS 205 Macroeconomics 3 


BUS 206 Microeconomics 3 


BUS 208 Principles of Management 3 


BUS 269 Principles of Marketing 3 


Sophomore Year 




First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 15 


Core 3 


Core 3 


Core 3 


Core 3 


MIS 110 Introduction to Information 3 


BUS 321 Product and Service Marketing 3 


Systems 


BUS 300 Quantitative Methods I 3 


ACC 101 Principles of Accounting 3 


Elective 3 


BUS 340 Promotion and Advertising 3 




Junior Year 




First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 15 


Core 3 


Core 3 


Core 3 


Core 3 


BUS 304 Sales and Sales Management 3 


BUS 401 Channel Strategies 3 


BUS 352 Business Law 3 


BUS 306 Organizational Behavior 3 


Elective 3 


BUS 360 Management of Human 3 




Resources 



Senior Year 








First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 




Core 


3 




Elective 3 


BUS 450 


Marketing Research 


3 


BUS 403 


Strategic Marketing 3 




Upper-Level Business 


3 




Upper-Level Business Elective 3 




Elective* 




BUS 402 


Pricing Strategies 3 


BUS 371 


Finance 


3 




Elective 3 


BUS 415 


International Business 


3 


Total required for graduation 120 credits 



For description and requirements of the Five-year Track BS, Marketing and MBA, see MBA program 
description. 



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Master of Business Administration 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 

Degree MBA 

Department Chair Timothy Kearney, PhD 

The MBA program will provide a quality business education that is rooted in the values and attitudes of 
the Religious Sisters of Mercy. The curriculum requirements include courses in social science and 
ethics. Students receive professional instruction in key business functional areas such as finance and 
human resources, but do so with special attention to the "human side" of management, ethics, and 
leadership that will support the expression of the values and attitudes of the Sisters of Mercy is 
designed into the MBA learning experience. 

Program 

The MBA will address the ethical, moral, and philosophical issues related to management and business 
leadership in a direct and meaningful approach. The program is uniquely designed to intertwine a 
traditional MBA technical curriculum with "people skills" and will cover "the human side of 
management." The MBA program goals and objectives reflect the accomplishment of fostering critical 
thinking and promoting the ability to create and interpret business data through practice-based research. 
Students who complete the program will be able to carry on a high level of intellectual discourse with 
regard to business and leadership, and achieve an enhanced professional expertise in their field. 

MBA ON-LINE 

In 2009 Misericordia University received approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to 
offer an entirely on-line MBA - Management concentration. Students may register for the on-line only 
MBA in Management. Some special conditions will apply to the on-line such as visitation requirements 
and on-line mandatory participation in discussions with business and academic leaders on contemporary 
issues and topics in business. Interested students should contact the Business Department Chair for 
more information. 

Admission Criteria 

Admission requirements for entry of part-time students into the MBA program: 

An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.79 or higher OR a score in the GMAT, MAT or GRE 
in the 50th percentile or higher. 

Requirements for acceptance of full-time students into the five-year BS/MBA program: 

At the end of the junior year, students must have an overall GPA of 2.79 or higher and a GPA in 
business functional areas prerequisite courses of 2.99 or higher. 

Conditional Admission: 

Applicants who have a GPA of less than 2.79 and an MAT, GRE, or GMAT score below the 50th 
percentile will be conditionally accepted to the program and restricted to taking a maximum of six 
MBA credits. At the completion of the first six credits their file will be reviewed and if their GPA is 
less than 3.0, they will not be able to continue in the program and will be dismissed. 

Completion and Degree Requirements 

A student whose graduate level GPA falls below 3.00 after the completion of a total of 12 credits will 
be placed on probation. If a student's graduate level GPA falls below 3.00 a second time, the student 
will be terminated from the MBA program. 

A student receiving a grade of "F" will be placed on probation and will have to retake the course the 
first time it is offered. This can only be done once. Exceptions are made only for those classes that are 



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no longer part of the student's curriculum due to a change in concentration. A second grade of "F" will 
result in the student's dismissal from the program. 

To be eligible for an MBA, a student must have a 3.00 or better graduate level GPA at the time of 
completing all graduate course work, complete all required course work at both the graduate and 
undergraduate level, and satisfy the experiential learning requirement. 

Appeal 

A student can appeal a probation and/or dismissal decision by writing an appeal letter to the Chair of 
the Business Department. The director will take the case to the Business Graduate Review and Appeals 
Committee that will render a final decision. The student needs to submit this letter no later than two (2) 
calendar weeks after he/she receives the decision letter from Misericordia University. 

Maximum Period of Candidacy in Pursuit of MBA 

The MBA candidate must complete all graduate course work and requirements in a window of six 
years. Any courses taken more than six years before meeting all the graduate course work and other 
degree requirements will not count and must be repeated. If a candidate does not complete the 
requirements for the MBA within a six-year window, he or she will be governed from that point on by 
the requirements of the MBA program in place at that six-year anniversary date. 

Prerequisites to MBA enrollment: 

Humanities and Social Sciences (credits required): 

Psychology (3) 

Philosophy (6) (including at least three credits of ethics) 

Sociology (3) 

Economics (3) 

Statistics or Management Science (3) 

Speech or Effective Communications for Leaders (3) 

Business Functional Areas: 

While the MBA is designed for undergraduate non business as well as business majors, it is 
necessary that all prospective MBA students enter the program with a foundation in business 
disciplines. Misericordia's MBA offers an approach that allows non business undergraduate 
majors especially, the opportunity to complete all business prerequisites through a series of five- 
week-long, one credit online Foundations courses in: economics, accounting, finance, 
management, information systems and marketing. Each of the Foundations courses is identified 
below. Information on registration for Foundation courses is available from the Business 
Department chair. 

MBA F500 Foundations of Management and Human Resources Management (1) 

MBA F502 Foundations of Accounting (1) 

MBA F503 Foundations of Marketing (1) 

MBA F504 Foundations of Management Science (1) 

MBA F505 Foundations of Finance (1) 

MBA F508 Foundations of MIS (1) 

MBA F509 Foundations of Economics (1) 

Technology Competence: 

The passing of a business-specific technology competence examination 



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Curriculum 

The MBA program consists of 36 credits of study that can be completed part-time or full-time as part of 
a five year BS/MBA course sequence. Students must complete a core curriculum of 24 credits and a 
specialization area of 12 credits. 

Core Courses* (24 Credits) 

MBA 500 Organizational Behavior and Development 

MBA 501 Law and the Business Environment 

MBA 503 Marketing Management 

MBA 504 Information Analysis and Interpretation 

MBA 506 Human Resources Management for Leaders 

MBA 507 Accounting and Finance for Business Leaders** 

MBA 508 Information Systems for Management 

MBA 509 Managerial Economics 

* A student having the educational or experiential background that would result in the student not 
benefiting from an MBA common core course may request a substitution of the respective course for 
another MBA elective. The request has to be made in writing to the program director and 
documentation for experiential background is required. 

** Students specializing in accounting will take the Integrative MBA Capstone Experience-MBA 650 
in place of Accounting and Finance for Business Leaders-MBA 507. 

Specializations 

The MBA offers an opportunity for students to specialize in the following areas: management, 
accounting, financial services and human resources. 

Management Specialization (9 credits): 

MBA 6 1 Organizational Leadership 

MBA 612 Strategic Management 

MBA 650 Integrative MBA Capstone Experience 

Accounting Specialization (9 credits): 

MBA 620 Accounting Theory 

MBA 622 Advanced Auditing 

MBA 624 Advanced Taxation: Corporations, Partnerships, Estates and Trusts 

*If pursuing the accounting specialization, 12 additional credits of prerequisite accounting 

courses are needed as follows: 

Intermediate Accounting (6) 

Auditing (3) 

Taxation (3) 

(Note: Students specializing in accounting will take the Integrative MBA Capstone Experience- 
MBA 650 in place of Accounting and Finance for Business Leaders-MBA 507.) 

Financial Services Specialization (9 credits): 

MBA 63 1 Current Issues and Trends in Insurance and Investing for Financial Planning 
MBA 632 Current Issues and Trends in Finance and Banking for Financial Planning 
MBA 650 Integrative MBA Capstone Experience 



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Human Resources Management (9 credits): 

MBA 552 Regulations of Human Resource Management 

MBA 557 Performance, Compensation, and Reward Systems 

MBA 558 Employee Relations and Services 

(Note: Students specializing in Human Resource Management will take the Integrative MBA 

Capstone Experience - MBA 650 in place of an elective.) 

Sport Management Specialization (12 credits): 

MBA 530 Public Relations, Communications, and the Media in Sport 

MBA 640 Advance Sport Marketing: Applied Research and Strategic Planning 

MBA 64 1 The Business of Sport 

MBA 650 Integrative MBA Capstone Experience 
Elect ives (3 credits): 

MBA 585 Special Topics 

Note: Other electives are available. Contact the Business Graduate Program Director. 
Experiential Learning: 

A critical feature of the MBA is that it is a professional degree. Consequently, the MBA program 
requires that every student be able to demonstrate some significant business professional -level work 
experience either though internships, entrepreneurship or professional employment. The Business 
Department grants waivers on this requirement to students who can provide documentation of their 
professional level work experience. For those students not satisfying this requirement, the Business 
Department will help them find a work experience that is suitable. At a minimum, a student with no 
work-related experience will be expected to work 135 hours per a semester either in part-time 
employment or working on a special business related project. Accompanying the work experience is the 
expectation of documented professional level performance. 

MBA Courses Required for Students on the 5 Year BS/MBA Track in the Senior and Fifth Year 

Note, in the first three years of undergraduate study, semesters with overloads or summer work 
may be needed to complete the program in five years. For students with a business-related 
undergraduate major, total credits for the BS/MBA track typically range between 150 and 153. 

Full-time Distribution 
Senior Year 



Fall I Total Credits 6 

MBA 500 Org Behavior & Dev. 3 

MBA 501 Law & Bus Environment 3 



Fifth Year 




Fall II 


Total Credits 12 


MBA 508 


IS for Management 3 


MBA 506 


HRM for Leaders 3 


MBA 509 


Managerial Economics 3 


MBA 507 


Acct & Finance 3 


OR 


OR 


MBA 620 


Financial Acct Theory 



Spring I 


Total Credits 6 


MBA 503 


Marketing Mgmt 3 


MBA 504 


Info Analysis & Interpret 3 


Spring II 


Total Credits 12 


MBA 650 


Integrative Capstone 3 


MBA 612 


Strategic Management 3 


OR 


OR 


MBA 624 


Advanced Taxation 


MBA 610 


Organizational Leadership 3 


OR 


OR 


MBA 622 


Advanced Auditing 




Graduate Level Elective 3 



Distribution of courses for part-time students will vary depending on the amount of credits each 
individual student takes each semester. 



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Organizational Management 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 
Degree MS, Organizational Management 
Department Chair Timothy Kearney, PhD 

Philosophy 

The master of science degree in organizational management educates individuals for successful careers 
as managers in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in both public and private spheres. The 
program reflects a management perspective, which assumes that the professional manager is able to 
analyze problems, synthesize solutions, communicate decisions and understand the organizational 
impact of those decisions. 

Program 

The program prepares students for responsible organizational leadership. Faculty encourages students 
to think deeply and broadly from a systems viewpoint about the roles, functions, and tasks of a manager 
and to develop and use a variety of management skills and prescriptions in organizational 
environments. The program stresses not only management theory, but also the application of that theory 
in various managerial situations. 

Admission Criteria 

Full Admission - Applicants are eligible for full admission to the graduate program if they either have a 
GPA higher than 2.79 or a score on the MAT or GRE of at least the 35th percentile. 

Conditional Admission - Applicants who have a GPA of less than 2.80 and an MAT or GRE score 
below the 35th percentile will be conditionally accepted to the program and restricted to taking a 
maximum of six (6) OM credits. At the completion of the first six (6) credits their file will be reviewed 
and if their GPA is less than 3.00 they will not be able to continue in the program and will be 
dismissed. 

Completion and Degree Requirements 

A student whose graduate level GPA falls below 3.00 after the completion of a total of 12 credits will 
be placed on probation. If a student's graduate level GPA falls below 3.00 a second time the student 
will be terminated from the OM program. 

A student receiving a grade of "F" will be placed on probation and will have to retake the course the 
first time it is offered. This can only be done once. Exceptions are made only for those classes that are 
no longer part of the student's curriculum due to a change in concentration. A second grade of "F" will 
result in the student's dismissal from the program. 

To be eligible for an OM degree, a student must have a 3.00 or better graduate level GPA at the time of 
completing all graduate course work, complete all required course work at both the graduate and 
undergraduate level, and satisfy the experiential learning requirement. 

Appeal 

A student can appeal a probation and/or dismissal decision by writing an appeal letter to the Chair of 
the Business Department. The chair will take the case to the Business Graduate Review and Appeals 
Committee that will render a final decision. The student needs to submit this letter no later than two (2) 
calendar weeks after he/she receives the decision letter from Misericordia University. 






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Curriculum 

The program consists of 36 credits of study that can be completed on a part-time basis. Students must 
complete a core curriculum of 24 credits and a specialization area of 12 credits. 

Core Courses (24 Credits) 

OM 500 Organizational Behavior 

OM 509 Financial Management 

OM 5 1 5 Research Methods or OM 5 1 6 Qualitative Research 

OM 530 Legal Aspects of Administration 

OM 538 Perspectives in Management or OM 595 Professional Contribution or 

OM 596 Administrative Practicum 
OM 545 Introduction to Human Resources (IT substitutes OM 520 Introduction 

to Management Information Systems) 
OM 551 Organizational Communication 

OM 586 Strategic Planning and Management of Change (IT substitutes OM 587 

MIS Policy and Management of Technology) 
Specializations 

The program offers an opportunity for students to concentrate their elective courses in one of two areas 
of special interest: human resource management or management. 

Track I: Human Resource Management (12 Credits) 

Clearly a need exists for the development of professional competencies and skills in human resource 
management that deal with management issues that arise or relate to the people -side of the organization. 
The program provides opportunities to develop skills and a knowledge base necessary to exert effective 
leadership in the management of human resources in a variety of organizational settings including 
corporations; health and health-related facilities; local, regional, and state governments; and other 
complex organizations. 

Required courses 

OM 552 Regulation of Human Resource Management 

Elective 
Choose any two 

OM 527 Selection, Recruitment, and Training and Development 

OM 557 Performance, Compensation, and Reward Systems 

OM 558 Employee Relations and Services 

Track II: Management (12 Credits) 

The management specialization provides students with opportunities to acquire and practice the 
functions of management and to understand the characteristics of leadership, particularly within for- 
profit private and publicly traded organizations. 

Required courses 

OM 535 Leadership 

Elective 
Choose any two 

OM 520 Introduction to Management Information Systems 

OM 533 Managing Customer Satisfaction 

OM 536 Marketing Management 



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Track III: Not-for-profit Management (12 Credits) 

Management of not-for-profit organizations offers unique challenges and opportunities not experienced 
in for-profit firms. The Not-for-profit Management specialization addresses these needs and provides 
experiences that are often encountered in not-for-profit firms, both public and private. 

Required courses 

OM 535 Leadership 

Elective 
Choose two from the list below: 

OM 540 Grant/Contract Development and Management 

OM 542 Fund Raising: Theory and Application 

OM 543 Assessment in the Not-for-profit Sector 

OM 553 Fundamentals of Employee Benefits Planning 

Certificate 

The program offers a 15-credit certificate in human resource management to those individuals who are 
interested in the field of human resources, but do not wish to pursue the degree. Course requirements 
for entering and completing the certificate program include: 

1 . a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in a field compatible with the 
area of advanced study; 

2. completion of the following designated courses: OM 500, OM 545, OM 552; 

3. completion of six additional credits from the human resource management specialization. 

Second Specialization 

Graduates of the organizational management program can return to Misericordia University to complete 
a second specialization by taking the required courses within the specialization area at a reduced tuition 
rate. The specialization requires the completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours of course work. Those 
interested should contact the admissions office. 

Medical Imaging and Organizational Management Option 

This five-year program for medical imaging majors culminates with a bachelor of science degree in 
medical imaging and a master of science degree in organizational management. Those interested should 
refer to the undergraduate section for further details on the program. 

Professional Studies Major 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 

Degree BS or BA, Professional Studies 

For information contact James Calderone, EdD 

The professional studies program was created to provide the opportunity for students who have 
previous or university credits in career oriented programs to earn a bachelor's degree through additional 
study at Misericordia University. 

Professional course credits completed in prior study can be combined with additional credits and will 
qualify the candidate for the bachelor's degree. The degree obtained may be a bachelor of science or a 
bachelor of arts, each with a major in professional studies, depending on the courses completed. 

Individual programs of study are designed by the student with the assistance of the program director. At 
least 30 credits must be earned in upper-level courses. In addition, at least 30 credits must be earned at 
Misericordia University. These two requirements may be satisfied by the same 30 credits. Completion 
of the core curriculum is required either directly or by reasonable substitute as prescribed by the 
registrar in the course of transcript selection. Continuation as a professional studies major requires a 2.0 
average. 

Total required for graduation 120 credits 

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Psychology Major 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 

Degree BS, Psychology 

Department Chair Marnie Hiester, PhD 

Faculty 

Kelly B. Filipkowski, Assistant Professor of Psychology, BA State University of New York at Oswego; MS 
Florida State University; MS, PhD Syracuse University 

Marnie Hiester, Professor of Psychology, BA Drew University; PhD University of Minnesota 

George Hunter, Associate Professor of Psychology, BA Siena College; MS Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; 
MA, PhD Princeton University 

Charles A. LaJeunesse, Professor of Psychology, BS, MEd, PhD University of Missouri 

Alicia Nordstrom, Associate Professor of Psychology, BA University of Rochester; MS Purdue University; 
PhD Pennsylvania State University 

Introduction 

The study of psychology enhances one's knowledge and understanding of human behavior, mental 
processes, and social interaction. As our society becomes increasingly diverse and our economy more 
global, this knowledge and understanding will be necessary for success in the rapidly changing 
workplace. Therefore, the psychology major is relevant to any occupation that involves interaction with 
others. It prepares students who wish to obtain baccalaureate-level positions, as well as those who wish 
to pursue graduate study in psychology or related fields. 

The field of psychology is exceedingly diverse and career options within the field are numerous. 
Therefore, the psychology major was designed with two goals in mind. First, in order to ensure a solid 
background in the methods, theories, and content of the discipline of psychology, all majors must take a 
required core of psychology courses. Second, great flexibility is built into our curriculum to allow 
students to tailor a program of study that best meets their individual interests and career goals. 

Goals and Objectives 

The psychology department has adopted the goals and objectives for undergraduate psychology 
programs specified by the American Psychological Association: 

1 . Knowledge Base of Psychology 

Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, 
empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology. 

2. Research Methods in Psychology 

Students will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research 
design, data analysis, and interpretation. 

3. Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology 

Students will respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when 
possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes. 

4. Application of Psychology 

Students will understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and 
organizational issues. 

5. Values in Psychology 

Students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other 
values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline. 

6. Information and Technological Literacy 

Students will demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other 
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10. 



Communication Skills 

Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats. 

Socioculrural and International Awareness 

Students will recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and 

international diversity. 

Personal Development 

Students will develop insight into their own and others' behavior and mental processes and 

apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement. 

Career Planning and Development 

Students will emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement their 
psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings. 



Admissions Requirements: 

Incoming students seeking admission as psychology majors must meet the university's general 
admissions requirements as stated in this catalog. 

Requirements 

In addition to the core curriculum, which includes Introduction to Psychology, students are required to 
complete at least 43 credits in psychology and three credits in Sociology (SOC 221 Cultural 
Minorities). The 43 credits in psychology must include the following courses: PSY 101 (Introductory 
Seminar), PSY 200 (Career Seminar), PSY 232 (Research Methods), or PSY 233 (Advanced Research 
Methods), PSY 250 (Social Psychology), PSY 275 (Child & Adolescent Psychology) or PSY 277 
(Adult Development and Aging), PSY 285 (Communication Skills), PSY 290 (Psychopathology) or 
PSY 332 (Child Psychopathology), PSY 301 (Cognitive Psychology), PSY 303 (Biological 
Psychology), PSY 475 (Practicum) or PSY 490 (Independent Research), PSY 480 (Advanced Seminar - 
A, B, C or D), one Biological/Cognitive Elective, one Social/Developmental Elective, and one 
Clinical/Counseling Elective. To complete their degree students must take a minimum of 26 free 
elective credits, which allows them to complete courses, minors, and/or certificate programs that are 
consistent with their interests and career goals. 

Note: PSY 101 and/or PSY 200 may be waived for transfer students at the discretion of the Department 
Chair. 

Students must achieve grades of "C-" or above in all required psychology courses. If a student earns a 
"D" or "F" in any required psychology course he/she must repeat that course and earn a "C-" or above. 

Psychology BS Degree 

Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 



First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 16 


PSY 123 


Introduction to Psychology 


3 


SOC 101 


Comparative Sociology 3 


BIO 103 


General Biology I 


3 


BIO 104 


General Biology II 3 


HIS/POL 


Core 


3 


HIS/POL 


Core 3 


ENG 151 


University Writing Seminar 


3 


PHL100 


Introduction to Philosophy 3 


MTH 


Core Bank I 


3 


MTH 115 

PSY 101 


Basic Statistics 3 
Introductory Seminar 1 



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Sophomore 


Year 








First Semester 


Total Credits 


14 


Second Semester Total Credits 15 


FA 


Core 


3 


FA 


Core 3 


ENG 


Core 


3 


PHL 


Core 3 


PSY200 


Career Seminar 


2 


PSY 250 


Social Psychology 3 


PSY 275 


Child & Adolescent 
Psychology 


3 


PSY 233 


Advanced Research 3 
Methods 


or PSY 277 


Adult Development & Aging 




PSY 285 


Communication Skills 3 


PSY 232 


Research Methods 


3 






Junior Year 










First Semester 


Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 6 


RLS 104 


World Religions 


3 


RLS 


Core 3 


PSY 303 


Biological Psychology 


3 


PSY 301 


Cognitive Psychology 4 


PSY 290 


Psychopathology 


3 


PSY 


Social/Developmental 3 


or PSY 332 


Child Psychopathology 






Elective 


SOC221 


Cultural Minorities 


3 


PSY 


Clinical/Counseling Elective 3 




Free elective 


3 




Free elective 3 


Senior Year 








First Semester 


Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 14-15 


PSY 475 


Practicum in Psychology 


3 


PSY 480A, 


Advanced Seminar in 3 


or PSY 490 


Independent Research 




B, C, or D 


Psychology 


PSY 


Biological/Cognitive Elective 


3 




Free elective 3 




Free elective 


3 




Free elective 3 




Free elective 


3 




Free elective 3 




Free elective 


3 




Free elective 2-3 



Electives 

Developmental/Social Electives: PSY 224, PSY 275 OR PSY 277 (if not taken as required course), PSY 
310, PSY 425, PSY 435, PSY 450, TED 231 /PSY 342 

Clinical/Counseling Electives: PSY 225, PSY 290 OR PSY 332 (if not taken as required course), PSY 
315, PSY 325, PSY 435, PSY 450, PSY 452, PSY 455 

Biological/Cognitive Electives: PSY 302, PSY 304, PSY 305, PSY 306 

* Certain Special Topics courses (PSY 381) may be included in the above categories if specified by the 
department at the time the course is offered. 

* PSY 450 and PSY 435 can count as EITHER a Developmental/Social Elective OR a 
Clinical/Counseling Elective, but NOT BOTH. 

*Once students have taken their required Advanced Seminar (A, B, C, or D), they can take additional 
Advanced Seminars as electives. PSY 480A and PSY 480C would count as Developmental/Social 
electives. PSY 480B would count as either a Developmental/Social Elective or a Clinical/Counseling 
elective; PSY 480D would count as a Clinical Counseling elective. 

Minimum credits required for graduation is 120. 



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Mental Health Interventions Certificate 

The psychology department also offers a mental health interventions certificate (21 credits) for students 
interested in pursuing mental health careers. Students can choose either a child or adult track, 
depending on the population with which they are interested in working. 

Social Work Major 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences, CSWE Program 

Degree BSW, Accreditation 1975 

Department Chair Margaret Ann Rapp, PhD 

Current Accredited Status 2012-2020 

Faculty 

James Calderone, Professor of Social Work, AB Wilkes University; MSSW University of Wisconsin- 
Madison; EdD Temple University 

Dennis Fisher, Associate Professor of Social Work, BS, MEd Bloomsburg University; MSW Marywood 
University 

Margaret Ann Rapp, Associate Professor of Social Work, BBA The College of Insurance; MSW Adelphi 
University; PhD New York University 

James Siberski, Assistant Professor, BA Wilkes University; MS College Misericordia 

Mission 

The mission of the social work program is to prepare students for entry -level generalist social work 
practice with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. Inherent within this 
mission is a commitment to the development of BSW graduates who are dedicated to improving social, 
economic, and environmental conditions among diverse populations; and to promoting the Sisters of 
Mercy values of mercy, service, justice, and hospitality. 

Curriculum Policy- Statement 

The social work program curriculum is organized around the primary goal of preparing competent 
baccalaureate-level generalist practitioners. It evolved institutionally from the Sisters of Mercy's own 
call to compassionate service through the ministries of teaching and healing and developed according to 
those mandates for curricular content established by the Council on Social Work Education. These 
mandates include a liberal arts perspective, which is also the base for all professional programs in the 
university, and a professional foundation composed of required social work courses and field 
practicums designed to provide an integrated learning experience. This experience intends to educate 
students in the critical areas of social work values and ethics, diversity, social and economic justice, at- 
risk populations, human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policies and services, 
social work practice, and research. 

Program Goals 

The goals of the social work program are: 

1 . To educate and promote the development of problem-oriented, undergraduate generalist social 
work practitioners whose knowledge and skills base enables them to assess and address 
problematic situations among diverse individuals, families, groups, communities and 
organizations. 

2. To foster students' ability to integrate the institutional and professional ideals of social justice 
and intervene on behalf of those discriminated against and oppressed. 

3. To enhance student's critical thinking and problem solving skills for contextual understanding 
and intervention with all social systems. 



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4. To prepare students for graduate studies and foster commitment to a process of continued 
professional growth and development. 

Program Objectives 

The social work program objectives reflect mandated competencies and practice behaviors included in 
the Council on Social Work Education's 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. (See 
Student Handbook and Field Instruction Manual.) 

Field Instruction 

Field instruction is the principle means through which students demonstrate application of knowledge 
and skills. Offered in a variety of settings in both the public and private sectors, field instruction 
presents students with a structured educational experience that enables them to integrate classroom 
information, learn about the structure and operation of social work agencies, and experience actual 
practice situations. Students receive a minimum of 600 hours of supervised Field experience through 
assignments in both their junior and senior years. 

Social work field instruction is limited to social work majors who have successfully completed a 
specific sequence of courses and have been formally admitted into the social work program. 
Transportation to and from field placement is the student's responsibility. 

Admission 

Although students who meet university admission criteria will be admitted into the social work major 
as first year students for the purpose of academic advising and support, formal program admission does 
not occur until the end of the second semester of the sophomore year. The following criteria will be 
used in determining formal admission: 

1 . Personal interview with a member of the full-time social work faculty; 

2. Completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours, including all first year and sophomore social 
work core courses listed in the university catalog; 

3. Attainment of a minimum grade of 2.00 in SOC 101 Comparative Sociology; SWK 251 
Introduction to Social Welfare or SWK 252 Social Welfare Policies and Services, and SWK 
285 Communication Skills. In addition, students must have successfully completed SWK 200 
Building Multicultural Competence. 

4. Attainment of an overall G.P.A. of 2.50 and a minimum of 2.50 in social work core courses; 

5. Acceptance of and sensitivity toward diversities among people; 

6. Emotional and mental maturity and stability for effective social work practice; 

7. Values, ethics, and behaviors consistent with those of social work; 

8. A personal statement and narrative response. 

Any student not fulfilling the criteria above will be duly notified by the department chair of program 
probation or dismissal. Students placed on probation will be allowed one semester for grade 
replacements and/or other corrective actions. Students dismissed from the program will not be 
readmitted. Specific procedures for admissions can be found in the student handbook and field 
instruction manual. Excerpts of these policies and procedures can also be requested from the 
admission's office. 

Retention 

Continuation in the major requires that students maintain a 2.50 GPA in the social work core and a 
minimum overall GPA of 2.50. 

Transfer Students 

Both internal and external transfer students must first interview with the department chair or designee 
prior to formal admission into the major. The program and its policies will be discussed and an 
evaluation will be made of transfer credits. Two recommendations from individuals capable of 



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assessing the student's character and potential for the BSW degree are required. Formal program 
admission occurs after successful completion of one full semester in the major and prior to enrollment 
in SWK 371 Field Instruction I. Transfer students must also meet all standards expected of incoming 
first-year students. 

Curriculum Options 

Considerable flexibility within the major exists to allow students to elect minors in such areas as child 
welfare services, gerontology, addictions counseling, and psychology. 

The social work program is entering its third decade of accreditation by the Council on Social Work 
Education. Graduates may be eligible for advanced standing in numerous graduate schools of social 
work throughout the country. 

Social Work BSW Degree 

Sequence of Required Courses 



First Year 










First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 


BIO 103 


General Biology I* 


3 


Core 


Natural Science Core 3 


PSY 123 


Intro to Psychology* 


3 


SOC 122 


Social Problems* 3 


SOC 101 


Comparative Sociology* 


3 


PHL 100 


Introduction to Philosophy 3 


POL 100 


American National 


3 


RLS104 


World Religions 3 




Government* 




MTH 


Mathematics Bank I 3 


ENG151 


University Writing Seminar 


3 






Sophomore Year 








First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 


Core 


Fine Arts Core 


3 


FA 


Fine Arts Core 3 


GER241 


Intro to Social Gerontology 


3 


MTH 115 


Statistics* 3 


SOC 221 


Cultural Minorities* 


3 


SOC 321 


The Family* 3 


SWK 251 


Intro to Social Welfare* 


3 


SWK 252 


Social Welfare Policies, 3 


SWK 285 


Communication Skills* 


3 


Core 


Service* 

History/Political Science Core 3 


Junior Year 








First Semester Total Credits 16 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 


Core 


English Core 


3 


Core 


Religious Studies Core 3 


SWK 


Social Work Elective 


3 


SWK 232 


Research Methods* 3 


SWK 350 


HBSE I * 


3 


SWK 351 


HBSE II * 3 


SWK 366 


SWK Methods & Processes I* 


3 


SWK 367 


SWK Methods & Processes II* 3 


SWK 371 


Field Instruction I* 


3 


SWK/ ADC 


Substance Abuse elective* 3 


SWK 472 


Field Instruction Seminar I* 


1 







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Senior Year 




First Semester Total Credits 16 (or 


19) 


PSY 290 


Psychopathology* 


3 


Core 


Philosophy Core 


3 


SWK 466 


SWK Methods & Processes III 


3 




Free Elective 


3 


SWK475 


Field Instruction II* 


3 


SWK 477 


or 

Field Instruction IV "(Block) 


(6) 


SWK 473 


Field Instruction Seminar II* 


1 



Second Semester Total Credits 13 (ot 


16) 




Free Elective 


3 




Free Elective 


3 


SWK 


SWK Free Elective* 


3 


SWK 476 


Field Instruction III* 


3 


SWK 477 


or 

Field Instruction IV* (Block) 


(6) 


SWK 474 


Field Instruction Seminar III* 


1 



Total required for graduation 120 credits 



* Required Social Work Core Course 



Sport Management Major 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 

Degree Four-year Track BS, Sport Management 

Department Chair Timothy Kearney, PhD 

For information contact program director David Gargone, EdD 

The sport management major provides a business-oriented curriculum devised to produce graduates 
who will be successful in today's sports management environment as well as prepared for its future. 
The major allows students to fashion their studies to meet their professional and personal needs. 

The business department also offers a business administration major with sport management as a five 
course specialization. This special offering allows student in the pre-Physical Therapy doctoral program 
the opportunity to gain a working knowledge and understanding of the field of sport management as a 
complement to their health science careers when those careers may put them into practices that include 
working with sports injuries or training. 

Sport Management Four-year Track BS Degree 

Sequence of Required Courses 

First Year 



First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 




Core 


3 




Core 3 




Core 


3 




Core 3 


SMG 101 


Introduction to Sport Mgmt. 


3 


SMG 110 


Sport in Society 3 


BUS 205 


Macroeconomics 


3 


BUS 206 


Microeconomics 3 


BUS 208 


Principles of Management 


3 


BUS 269 


Principles of Marketing 3 


Sophomore Year 








First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 18 




Core 


3 




Core 3 




Core 


3 




Core 3 


BUS 300 


Quantitative Methods I 


3 




Core 3 


SMG 201 


Sport and Athletic Admin. 


3 




Elective 3 


ACC 101 


Principles of Accounting 


3 


SMG 210 
BUS 306 


Sport Event and Facility Mgmt. 3 
Organizational Behavior 3 



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Junior Year 






First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 15 


Core 3 




Core 3 


Core 3 




Core 3 


Core 3 


SMG 310 


Sport Law 3 


SMG301 Sport Marketing 3 


BUS 360 


Management of Human 3 


BUS 352 Business Law 3 




Resources 




MIS 110 


Intro to Information Sys. 3 


Senior Year 






First Semester Total Credits 15 


Second Semester Total Credits 1 5 


Core 3 


SMG 410 


Internship 6 


SMG 401 Sport Economics 3 




Elective 6 


BUS 415 International Business 3 


BUS 371 


Finance 3 


SMG 410 Internship 6 


Total required for graduation 123 credits 



College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences Minors 
Accounting Minor 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 
Minor may be taken in support of several degrees 
For information contact Timothy Kearney, PhD 

The accounting minor provides a strong analytical base for almost any major. With the increased 
concentration in accounting computerized systems, computer science majors will find this minor 
attractive. 



Course Sequence 

ACC 101 
ACC 340 

ACC 341 
ACC 342 



Principles of Accounting I 
Intermediate Accounting I 
Intermediate Accounting II 
Intermediate Accounting III 



Select two courses from the following: 
ACC 3 1 Cost Accounting 



311 


Managerial Accounting 


440 


Advanced Financial Accounting I 


401 


Taxes 


402 


Taxes II 


410 


Auditing 



Total 1 8 credits 
See Accounting Course Descriptions. 

Addictions Counseling Minor 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 
Minor may be taken in support of several degrees 
For information contact Margaret Ann Rapp, PhD 



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The addictions counseling certificate program is designed to prepare graduates to work with the myriad 
of problems associated with chemical addictions. Substance abuse and addictions are among America's 
most devastating and pervasive social ills. Addiction respects neither age nor socioeconomic status and 
impacts on individuals, employers, families, and friends as well as the interrelationships of our most 
basic societal institutions. Its effects are also visible within many other social problems including 
crime, delinquency, and family violence. 

A certificate in addictions counseling requires completion of a total of 16 credits in addictions 
coursework. Social work majors who are pursuing the certificate will complete the field practicum 
elective as part of their required coursework for the BSW degree. All other students will have the 
option of taking an additional 3-credit course in addictions in lieu of the field practicum. Graduates of 
the program will find the certificate beneficial in marketing themselves to potential employers in 
settings serving the chemically addicted. Completion of the certificate requirements alone, however, 
does not make one a certified addictions counselor (CAC). 

All courses are CAC-approved for 25 hours of required instruction for certified addictions counselors 
who are seeking re-certification. In addition, courses may be applied toward fulfillment of instructional 
requirements for the initial CAC certification. As of January 1, 1997, anyone applying for counseling or 
prevention certification in Pennsylvania must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree. Completion of 
this certificate program does not equate to certification. 

Students seeking a certificate must complete an application for admission and notify the director of 
certificate programs by April 1 or November 1 of the semester in which all course requirements will be 
completed. 

Sequence of Required Courses 

Required courses 

ADC 222 Drug Pharmacology 3 

ADC 337 Substance Abuse Treatment Methods 3 

ADC 340A Chemical Addictions Dependency 3 

SWK201 Professional Ethics 1 

Select 2 courses 

ADC 333 Substance Abuse in the Adolescent Population 3 

ADC 335 Substance Abuse in Special Populations 3 

ADC 339 Substance Abuse and Criminality 3 

ADC 341 Substance Abuse and the Aged 3 

ADC 342 Families in Addiction and Dependency 3 

Approved Field Practicum 3 



Child Welfare Services Minor 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 
Minor may be taken in support of several degrees 
For information contact Margaret Ann Rapp, PhD 

The child welfare services certificate program is most directly associated with a major in one of the 
helping professions. However, the certificate can be earned independently of a bachelor's degree. 

Child welfare specialists handle the problems of abused, neglected, and abandoned children or those 
whose behavior has brought them to the attention of the courts. This type of work is demanding and 
requires highly trained and dedicated professionals for whom children and their families are of 
paramount importance. 



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A certificate in child welfare services involves completion of a total of 15 credits in child welfare and 
related coursework. Social work majors who are pursuing the certificate will complete the field 
practicum elective as part of their required coursework for the BS W degree. Note: Completion of this 
certificate program does not equate to certification. 

Students seeking a certificate must complete an application for admission and notify the director of 
certificate programs by April 1 or November 1 of the semester in which all course requirements will be 
completed. 

Sequence of Required Courses 

SOC321 The Family 3 

CWS 363 Child Welfare Services 3 

CWS 392 Child Abuse and Neglect 3 

Two additional courses selected from the following: 

PSY 275 Child and Adolescent Psychology 3 

CWS 355 Sexuality in Childhood and Adolescence 3 

CWS 356 Developing Cultural Competence in Children and Families 3 

CWS 393 Child Welfare Laws 3 

CWS 395A Permanency Planning 3 

Approved field practicum 3 
Total required for graduation 1 5 credits 

Computer Science Minor 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 
For information contact Patricia Lapczynski, RSM, DPS 

In today's electronic world, a background in computer science is a highly marketable asset. The 
computer science minor may supplement a major in any other field, depending on the student's interests 
and career objectives. Business, education, mathematics, and social work majors frequently follow the 
minor in computer science. 

Course Sequence 

CPS 101 Introduction to Programming 3 

CPS 121 Computer Programming 3 

Select two courses from the following: 

CPS 221 Computer Systems 3 

CPS 222 Computer Organization 3 

CPS 231 File Processing 3 

Plus Additional credits in approved upper-division Computer 6 

Science courses 
Total 1 8 credits 
See Computer Science Course Descriptions. 

Forensic Accounting Minor 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 
Minor may be taken in support of several degrees 
For information contact Timothy Kearney, PhD 

The minor in forensic accounting provides the student with a foundation in the methods employed by 
accountants, auditors, and managers in preventing and detecting fraud and deception in business 



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entities, not-for-profit organizations, and governmental agencies. This minor is open to all majors, and 
may be of particular interest to Government, Law, and National Security majors. 

Course Sequence 

ACC 101 Principles of Accounting 1 3 

ACC 340 Intermediate Accounting I 3 

ACC 341 Intermediate Accounting II 3 

ACC 410 Auditing 3 

Select three courses from the following: 

ACC 211 Introduction to Forensic Accounting 2 

ACC 212 Forensic Accounting-Civil Applications 2 

ACC 213 Introduction to Fraud Examination 2 

ACC 214 Fraud Examination Techniques and Procedures 2 

Total 1 8 credits 

See Accounting Course Descriptions. 



Gerontology Minor 



College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 
Degree may be taken in support of several degrees 
For information contact Margaret Ann Rapp, PhD. 

Gerontology is the study of aging, a normal process in the human lifespan. The rapid development and 
expansion of programs and services for elderly persons in America, and the anticipated increase in the 
number of persons living to old age, have escalated the demand for professionals trained to work in the 
field of aging. 

The gerontology program prepares graduates for positions in agencies and institutions that administer 
health and community-based services for the aged. Career opportunities exist in nursing homes, 
hospitals, senior citizen centers, area agencies on aging, nutrition programs, rehabilitation centers, 
social welfare agencies, and other organizations. The program also enhances the knowledge and skills 
of individuals currently involved in the provision of such services. 

The gerontology certificate program is offered to students who are not pursuing a degree at 
Misericordia University. These individuals may take the gerontology course of study by itself, or in 
conjunction with other continuing education courses. 

In addition, the College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences offers a specialization in 
gerontology for students pursuing related courses of study . A minimum of 15 credits is necessary to 
complete requirements for a gerontology certificate, specialization, or minor. 

Students seeking a certificate must complete an application for admission and notify the director of 
certificate programs by April 1 or November 1 of the semester in which all course requirements will be 
completed. 

Sequence of Required Courses Total Credits 15 

GER241 Introduction to Social Gerontology 3 

GER 375 Aging Policies and Programs 3 

Select three courses from the following: 

GER 277 Adult Development and Aging 3 

GER 341 Substance Abuse and the Aged 3 

GER 358 Counseling the Older Adult 3 

GER 365 Alzheimers Disease 3 

GER 370 Remotivation Therapy 3 



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GER 392 Seminar 3 

GER 410 Adult Protective Services 3 

GER 470 Practicum 3 

GER 413 Gerontology Co-op Education 3 

GER 480 Independent Study 3 

Health Care Informatics Minor 

College of Health Sciences 

For information contact Joseph Grilli, DPA 

The need for trained health informatics professionals to enter the job market continues to grow each 
year. The minor in health care informatics provides a strong, generalist foundation in this rapidly 
developing field. This minor is designed to prepare students to enter the health care informatics field 
and to enhance career advancement opportunities. This minor also provides the preparation needed for 
entry into Misericordia's Health Informatics Masters program. 

The health informatics minor consists of both MIS and informatics courses totaling 15 credits. The 
course sequence emphasizes a strong foundation in information technology and provides those skills 
students will need to succeed as they enter the health care informatics workforce. This minor explores 
the concepts and current issues in health informatics, and provides the basic MIS skills needed to work 
in the major healthcare systems areas such electronic medical record systems. 

The HCI and MIS courses may be taken in parallel and should be taken in this sequence to ensure 
meeting course pre-requisites: 

Course Sequence 

MIS 1 10 Introduction to Information Systems 3 

MIS 200 Systems Analysis, Design, and Implementation 3 

MIS 432 Database Management 3 

HCI 1 10 Introduction to Health Care Informatics 3 

HCI 120 Current Issues and Trends in Health Care Informatics 2 

HCI 230 Health Care Informatics Internship* 1 

Total 1 5 credits 

* Students having experience in a healthcare organization either through employment or 
participation in another internship may substitute the HCI 240 Health Informatics Research Seminar 
for the HCI 230 internship. 
Students should discuss how this minor will fit into their career and academic plans with both their 
advisor and with the Healthcare Informatics Program Director prior to selecting this minor. 

Management Minor 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 
For information contact Timothy Kearney, PhD 

An understanding of management styles and techniques can benefit anyone who will be involved in 
organizational life. Opportunities and advancement in one's chosen field often will be enhanced by 
documented study of the skills required for success. This minor is well suited to individuals in any area 
of endeavor. 

Course Sequence 

ACC 101 Principles of Accounting I 3 

BUS 208 Principles of Management 3 

BUS 360 Management of Human Resources 3 



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Select one course from the following: 

ACC311 Managerial Accounting 3 

BUS 205 Macroeconomics 3 

BUS 206 Microeconomics 3 

BUS 207 Contemporary Economics 3 

BUS 269 Principles of Marketing 3 

BUS 306 Organizational Management 3 

BUS 307 Management Science 3 

BUS 420 Small Business Management 3 

BUS 415 International Business 3 
Total 18 credits; students majoring within the business department must take at least nine credits 
beyond the major in order to earn the minor. 
See Accounting Course Descriptions; Business Course Descriptions. 

Management Information Systems Minor 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 
For information contact Patricia Lapczynski, RSM DPS 

The minor in management information systems provides the individual with a foundation in 
information systems that complements many varied disciplines and opens the door to information 
technology career opportunities. 

Course Sequence 

MIS 1 10 Introduction to Information Systems 3 

MIS 200 Systems Analysis, Design, and Implementation 3 

MIS 220 Applied Networking Design 3 

MIS 310 Object Oriented Programming I 3 

MIS 432 Database Management 3 

MIS 491 Information Technology Management 3 
Total 1 8 credits 
See Management Information Systems Course Descriptions 

Marketing Minor 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 
For information contact John Mellon, EdD 

An understanding of marketing can benefit any individual who will be involved in promotion for 
private, public, profit, or not-for-profit organizations. Opportunities in the field of marketing are 
broadening every year, and this minor is well suited to students in any area of interest. 

Course Sequence 

ACC 101 Principles of Accounting I 3 

BUS 208 Principles of Management 3 

BUS 269 Principles of Marketing 3 

BUS 207 Contemporary Economics 3 

BUS 340 Advertising and Sales Promotion 3 
Select one course from the following: 

BUS 345 Consumer Behavior 3 

BUS 304 Sales and Sales Management 3 

BUS 401 Channel Strategies 3 

BUS 421 Special Topics in Marketing 3 



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BUS 450 Marketing Research 3 

BUS 402 Pricing Strategies 3 

BUS 321 Product and Service Marketing 3 

Total 1 8 credits 
See Accounting Course Descriptions; and Business Course Descriptions. 

Psychology Minor 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 
For information contact Marnie Hiester, PhD 

The psychology minor can be a meaningful adjunct to any major, but is especially pertinent to the study 
and practice of education, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech -language pathology, 
business administration, and social work. Focusing on the origins, development, modification, and 
implications of human behavior, the study of psychology has numerous applications to personal and 
professional life. 

Course Sequence 

Required courses: (6 credits) 

PS Y 1 23 Introduction to Psychology 3 

PSY 232 Research Methods 3 

One of the following two courses: 

PSY 301 Cognitive Psychology 4 

PSY 303 Biological Psychology 3 

One of the following four courses: 

PSY 250 Social Psychology 3 

PSY 275 Child and Adolescent Psychology 3 

PSY 290 Psychopathology 3 

PSY 450 Personality 3 

Two PSY electives to total 6 credits (PSY elective = any PSY course not taken as required above): 
PSY 3 

PSY 3 

Total 18-19 credits 

See Psychology Course Descriptions. 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 
Certificates/Certifications 

Addictions Counseling Certificate 

May be taken in support of several degrees 
See Addictions Counseling Minor. 

Child Welfare Services Certificate 

May be taken in support of several degrees 
See Child Welfare Services Minor. 

Gerontology Certificate 

May be taken in support of several degrees 
See Gerontology Minor. 



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Geriatric Care Manager Professional Certificate 

For information contact James Siberski, MS 

The geriatric care manager (GCM) certificate program enables students to gain the knowledge and 
professional skills needed to establish a geriatric care management practice committed to assuring the 
provision of quality care and to maintaining the best possible quality of life for the elderly. Participants 
will learn to professionally assess, coordinate, and monitor the health and human services needs of 
elderly clients and their families, and to understand the impact of the aging process on the individual, 
the family, the community, and the health care delivery system. Misericordia University's values of 
mercy, service, justice and hospitality are embedded throughout the curriculum. Graduates of the 
program will be prepared to provide leadership to communities in this currently evolving field of 
practice. The curriculum assures that graduates deliver their professional services in an ethical manner 
and with respect for cultural and other diversities in the aging population. 

A minimum of 15 credits is necessary for the professional certificate and a comprehensive certification 
test must be passed with a grade of 80% or higher before certification is awarded. Students seeking a 
professional certificate in geriatric care management must complete an application for admission. The 
student must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree. Completion of Social Gerontology (GER 241) 
and Alzheimer's Disease (GER 365) or equivalent is required. Experience will be evaluated in order to 
meet prerequisite course work. 

With the permission of their advisor and the Director of the GCM program, undergraduate students in 
good academic standing with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in gerontology courses may earn up 
to six graduate GCM credits while completing the undergraduate gerontology certificate program. 
Coursea are offered to eligible undergraduate students on a space available basis. The graduate credits 
earned and applied to the undergraduate certificate cannot be applied to the professional GCM 
certificate. The student would need to complete 15 credits in the GCM program after acquiring a 
Bachelor's degree. 

Sequence of required courses Total 15 credits 

GCM 500 Geriatric Care Manager I 3 

GCM 501 Geriatric Care Manager II 3 

Select three courses from the following: 

GCM 505 Anatomy and Physiology of Aging 3 

GCM 510 Dementia 3 

GCM 515 Geriatric Assessment 3 

GCM 520 Ethics of Aging 3 

GCM 590 Geriatric Care Manager Seminar 1-3 

Health Care Informatics Certificate 

For information contact Joseph Grilli, DPA 

Health Care Informatics is an interdisciplinary specialty that combines expertise in health care, 
information systems management, and information technology to improve the quality, efficiency, and 
accessibility of healthcare. Misericordia offers a Certificate in Health Care Informatics to enhance the 
capabilities of individuals already working in this area and as a preparation for possible master's level 
training in the field. The program is offered on-line to fit the time constraints of those employed in the 
health care industry, and typically is completed in one year. 

The certificate is designed for adult learners who are already working in a healthcare informatics or 
information technology field such as Nursing Informatics, Health Information Management, or Medical 
Records, and want additional skills for career advancement. The certificate consists of 15 credits, with 
5 required courses plus one 3 -credit elective to allow the student to tailor the program to fit their career 
goals. Students who are employed in a healthcare organization, but not in an informatics -related role, 



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will be required to take the HCI 1 10 Introduction to Health Care Informatics course as a pre -requisite 
and may take this course in place of their elective option. 

Applicants who have job experience in another area, such as accounting, and who want to re -train to 
enter the Health Care Informatics field may first need to complete pre-requisite courses to prepare 
themselves for this Certificate. The number and type of courses needed to qualify for admission will 
vary by each applicant's education and employment history, and will be determined by the Healthcare 
Informatics Program Director's review of the applicant's work experience and previous educational 
accomplishments. 

To be admitted into this program the applicant must also have at a minimum a basic level of 
information systems expertise that may be demonstrated through prior completion of an introductory 
MIS course, such as Misericordia's MIS 1 10 or equivalent, or through an equivalent level of work 
experience as determined by the Healthcare Informatics Program Director through a review of the 
applicant's work experience. 

This Health Care Informatics Certificate consists of the following courses: 

MIS 200 Systems Analysis, Design, and Implementation 3 

MIS 432 Database Management 3 

MIS 491 Information Technology Management 3 

HCI 120 Current Issues and Trends in Health Care Informatics 2 

HCI 240 Health Care Informatics Research Seminar 1 

Elective 3 
Total 1 5 credits 
Students may choose an elective such as (but not limited to): 

BUS 307 Management Science 3 

MIS 312 Software Engineering 3 

HCI 2 1 1 Health Informatics Standards 3 

Certain elective courses may require pre-requisite courses - please refer to the course descriptions in 

this catalog. 

For information on the Health Care Informatics Certificate contact Maki McCann, Assistant Director of 
Admissions, Expressway at 570-674-1226. 

PACS Administrator Certificate 

College of Health Sciences 

For more information, contact Joseph Grilli, DPA 

Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) and Radiology Information Systems (RIS) are 
changing the way healthcare imaging services are provided. These systems are a growing challenge for 
hospital radiology department personnel and vendors. The imaging informatics profession and the 
PACS Administrator role have emerged to address these challenges. 

PACS administration requires specific healthcare informatics skills and knowledge to best use this 
technology. The Misericordia PACS Administration certificate is a comprehensive guide to PACS 
systems and systems management, PACS architecture, image communication, PACS integration with 
other systems, and the impact of standards like DICOM. This program develops the essential skills and 
knowledge needed to plan, implement, maintain, and operate PACS and other imaging information 
systems. This certificate program helps prepare students for the Certified Imaging Informatics 
Professional (CUP) certification exam. 



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This certificate program requires completion of 18 credits of specified coursework. This can be 
completed in as little as 3 semesters of 6 credits each. The following is a typical course sequence: 

First Semester 

• MIS 200 - Systems Analysis, and 

• ITS 200 - Introduction to Information Technology Security 
Second Semester 

• MIS 220 - Applied Networking Design 

• HCI261-PACSI 
Third Semester 

• MIS 432 - Database Management 

• HCI 262 - PACS II 

MIS, ITS, and HCI course descriptions can be found under their designated sections in the catalog. 

The prospective student in this program will have significant current experience as a practicing medical 
imaging or radiologic technologist, or in a healthcare information technology field. 

For the prospective student who is a practicing imaging or radiologic technologist, the following 
criteria are required for admission into this program: 

1 . be a graduate of an accredited Medical Imaging Program, 

2. hold a current credential in one or more of the medical imaging specialties from a recognized 
national agency, and have a minimum of two years full-time experience as a practicing medical 
imaging technologist in a healthcare organization. 

3. have at a minimum, a basic level of information systems expertise that may be demonstrated 
through prior completion of an introductory MIS course (MIS 1 10 or equivalent) or through an 
equivalent level of work experience as determined by healthcare informatics program director 
and the program director of the Information Technology major. The process would be a 
thorough review of the applicant's work experience. Students who are otherwise qualified for 
the program but lack a basic level of expertise in information systems as determined by the 
university will be required to first complete the MIS 1 10 course. This supports the intent of 
Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIN) and the American Board of Imaging 
Informatics (ABII). 

For the prospective student who is employed as an IT professional in a healthcare organization, the 
following criteria are required for admission into this program: 

1 . a minimum of 2 years current experience, preferably with a portion of that experience in 
connection with imaging or radiologic information systems, 

2. a minimum of two-years education (48 semester credits) in an information technology program 
from an accredited program recognized by Misericordia. 

3. an IT professional who is not employed by a healthcare organization or who does not have 
sufficient familiarity with healthcare in the United States may be required to take from 1 to 3 
preparatory courses in the American healthcare system and healthcare informatics. 

4. an IT professional who is not employed by a healthcare organization or who does not have 
sufficient familiarity with healthcare in the United States may be required to take from 1 to 3 
preparatory courses in the American healthcare system and healthcare informatics. 

Students with prior education in PACS, Medical Imaging, or Information Technology from an 
accredited post-secondary school recognized by Misericordia may transfer a maximum of three credits 
providing these are equivalent to one of the required courses for this certificate. 

Admission is selective. Working adults must apply to the program through the University's Director of 
Admissions, Expressway programs. Applicants must: 



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1 . submit an application to the program, 

2. arrange for official college and other medical imaging program transcripts to be sent to the 
university, 

3. provide a copy of all professional credentials, such as a current ARRT card, and 

4. submit a letter of interest with a professional resume. 

Continuation in the certificate program requires that students maintain a minimum GPA of 2.30 in all of 
the PACS certificate courses. Medical imaging personnel must also maintain their professional 
certification. Students who fail to meet this GPA level will be placed on probation for the following 
semester only. Readmission may be granted one time, based on space availability, after the student 
meets the minimum program retention requirements. Students dismissed for ethical violations will not 
be considered for readmission. 

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences 
Specializations 

Addictions Counseling 

May be taken in support of several degrees 
See Addictions Counseling Minor. 

Child Welfare Services 

May be taken in support of several degrees 
See Child Welfare Services Minor. 

Gerontology 

See Gerontology Minor. 

Health Care Informatics Health Care Management Major 

See Health Care Informatics Course Descriptions. 
See MIS Course Descriptions. 

Health Care Management Health Care Management Major 

See Business Course Descriptions. 

See Health Care Management Course Descriptions. 

Health Care Marketing Health Care Management Major 

See Business Course Descriptions. 

See Health Care Management Course Descriptions. 

IT Security Information Technology Major 

See IT Course Descriptions. 

Management Information Systems Information Technology Major 

See MIS Course Descriptions. 



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Course Descriptions 

Accounting Course Descriptions (ACC) 



ACC 101 Principles of Accounting 3 credits 

An introduction to basic accounting principles, concepts, and procedures. Topics include the 
accounting cycle, preparation of financial statements, accounting systems and special-purpose 
journals, internal control methods, inventory costing, short-term liquid assets. A manual practice 
set is completed. 

ACC 211 Introduction to Forensic Accounting 2 credits 

This course will serve as the gateway course to the study of forensic accounting. The course will 
explore the field of forensic accounting and the role of the forensic accountant in contemporary 
society. Specifically, the course will define forensic accounting and what forensic accountants do 
as well as how they do it. Topics covered will include the forensic accountant's involvement in 
both civil and criminal litigation support and the various professional designations within the 
field of forensic accounting. 

ACC 212 Forensic Accounting-Civil Application 2 credits 

This course will explore the non-fraud side of forensic accounting. It will expose the student to 
the civil applications of forensic accounting such as litigation support in matters of divorce, 
business dissolutions, estate probate, breach of contract, loss of income, insurance claims, dispute 
resolution, and economic loss and damages. 

ACC 213 Introduction to Fraud Examination 2 credits 

This course will serve as an introduction to the study of the problem of fraud in contemporary 
society focusing on its impact on business organizations. After introducing and discussing the 
elements of the fraud triangle the course will define and explore the principal types of fraud; the 
magnitude of fraud in today's economy; and who commits fraud and how. 

ACC 214 Fraud Examination Techniques and Procedures 2 credits 

This course is a study in designing an audit program to use in fraud examination. It will include 
in-depth discussions on the audit steps and procedures used in fraud examination. The course will 
also address how the forensic accountant communicates the result of their work including reports 
to clients and testifying in deposition hearings and courts of law. 

ACC 310 Cost Accounting 3 credits 

A study of the broad range of cost concepts includes job order costing, process costing, 
accounting for materials, labor, and the allocation of factory overhead, standard costs, variance 
analysis, and accounting for joint-products and by-products. Electronic spreadsheet projects are 
completed. 

Prerequisite: ACC 101 

ACC 3 1 1 Managerial Accounting 3 credits 

Uses of accounting data in planning and controlling business activities. Manufacturing cost 
systems, budgeting, standard costs, and responsibility accounting are some of the topics 
discussed. Analysis of financial statements are emphasized. Microcomputer electronic 
spreadsheet applications are utilized. Accounting majors should not take this course. 

Prerequisite: ACC 101 
ACC 340 Intermediate Accounting I 3 credits 

This course explores the theoretical framework, assumptions, and principles associated with 
accounting. Using this body of knowledge, the student completes a practice set and solves 



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problems on topics such as the preparation and analysis of financial statements, accounting for 
receivables, inventories, and property, plant and equipment. 

Prerequisite: ACC 101 and BUS 105 

ACC341 Intermediate Accounting II 3 credits 

Continues the in-depth discussion of key accounting issues. This course focuses on accounting 
topics such as depreciation methods, intangible assets, current and long-term liabilities, and 
stockholders' equity issues. 

Prerequisite: ACC 340 

ACC 342 Intermediate Accounting III 3 credits 

Concentrates on advanced concepts in accounting. This course focuses on accounting concepts 
such as dilative securities, investments, revenue recognition, income taxes, and accounting for 
pension benefits and leases. 

Prerequisite: ACC 341 

ACC 401 Taxes I 3 credits 

The analysis and preparation of federal and state individual income tax returns based on current 
tax law. Tax planning is also stressed 

Prerequisite: ACC 101 or consent of instructor 

ACC 402 Taxes II 3 credits 

The analysis and preparation of federal and state corporation, partnership, and fiduciary tax 
returns based on current tax law. Tax consequences of the formation, operation, and liquidation of 
the various forms of a corporation are discussed in-depth. 

Prerequisite: ACC 101 or consent of instructor 

ACC 410 Auditing 3 credits 

A systematic evaluation of generally accepted accounting principles and applicable auditing 
principles, standards, and procedures. Other topics include the study and evaluation of internal 
control, verification of account balances, professional ethics, and statistical sampling. A practice 
set is completed. 

Prerequisite: ACC 341 

ACC 440 Advanced Financial Accounting 3 credits 

Focuses on several major areas in accounting. The first is accounting for mergers and 
acquisitions. The focus is on the differences between the cost and equity methods of accounting 
for the investment in a subsidiary and the pooling of interest and the purchase methods of 
recording a business expansion. The second area of interest is governmental accounting and 
accounting for non-profit organizations. The third area is partnership accounting and accounting 
for estates and trusts. 

Prerequisite: ACC 342 or consent of instructor 

ACC 472 Accounting Internship 1-6 credits 

These credits provide on-the-job accounting experience for accounting majors with either a public 
accounting firm, government agency, or private industry. Internships are offered on a competitive 
basis following student interviews with prospective companies. Accounting internships are 
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ACC 485 Special Topics in Accounting 3 credits 

Topics vary from semester to semester and are announced with pre-registration information. 

ACC 480 Independent Study 1-3 credits 

Special investigation with the assistance of a faculty member, of a selected topic of interest. 
Approval of college dean and vice-president of academic affairs required. 

Addictions Counseling Course Descriptions (ADC) 

ADC 222 Drug Pharmacology 3 credits 

A comprehensive understanding of drug pharmacology and its effect on the user. The course will 
include examination of such topics as classifications of drugs, synergistic effects of drugs on the 
body, drug tolerance and dependence, and the over-the-counter pharmaceutical industry. 

Fall 

ADC 333 Substance Abuse in the Adolescent Population 3 credits 

A study of the special problems of the adolescent substance abuser. Correlates that add impetus to 
the progression of the problem will be examined. Emphasis will be on early identification and 
detection as key components in initiating intervention strategies. 

Fall 

ADC 335 Substance Abuse in Special Populations 3 credits 

A multi-faceted look at the myriad of special populations affected by substance abuse. Emphasis 
will be on cross-cultural influences and the role they play in contributing to substance abuse. 

Prerequisite: ADC/SWK 340 or permission of program director. Summer 

ADC 337 Substance Abuse Treatment Methods 3 credits 

An examination and critique of the many treatment resources and methods that have been 
developed during the last twenty years. Discussion will include but not be limited to such 
treatment methods as psychotherapy with individuals and groups, drug therapy, family and 
network therapy, detoxification, and behavioral therapy. 

Prerequisite: ADC/SWK 340A or permission of program director. Spring 

ADC 339 Substance Abuse and Criminality 3 credits 

An examination of the correlation between substance abuse and criminality. This course will 
analyze the theoretical models of the substance abuse/crime relationship and its societal 
implications. Topics to be explored will include drugs and street crime, DUI, interdiction 
strategies, urinalysis testing, and substance abuse and family violence. 

Spring 

ADC 340A Chemical Addictions and Dependency 3 credits 

An introduction to the diagnosis and treatment of alcoholism. Emphasis is placed on 
contemporary beliefs and attitudes toward alcohol, effects upon the family and implications for 
treatment. 

Fall/Spring 

ADC 341 Substance Abuse and the Aged 3 credits 

Focuses on the use patterns, diagnosis, and treatment methods specific to the aged substance 
abuser. Issues examined will include misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, behavior and risk 
factors, factors related to underdiagnosis, and relationship to depression and suicide. 

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ADC 342 Families in Addiction and Dependency 3 credits 

An introduction to the family as a dynamic system focusing on the effect of addicition pertaining 
to family roles, rules and behavior patterns. Discuss the impact of mood altering substances and 
behaviors and therapeutic alternatives as they relate to the family from a multicultural and 
transgenerational perspective. 

Biology Course Descriptions (BIO) 

BIO 101 General Botany and Biological Principles 4 credits 

Introductory principles of biology and a study of the plant kingdom from thallophytes to 
spermatophytes. Field studies of local plant communities. Introduction to plant anatomy, 
taxonomy and ecology. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours. 

Fall only 

BIO 102 General Zoology 4 credits 

Zoological principles and their implications in the animal kingdom. Ecological and evolutionary 
tendencies of major vertebrate and invertebrate groups with consideration of anatomy and 
physiology of representatives. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours. 

Prerequisites: BIO 101 or permission from instructor. Spring only 

B IO 1 03/ 1 04 General B iology 3 credits each 

The study of the fundamental principles and modern theories of biology. Emphasis is on the value 
of biology in relation to humans. Lecture: 2 hours. Laboratory: 2 hours. 

Prerequisites: BIO 103 or permission from instructor 

BIO 1 1 1 Evolution, Genetics and Ecology 4 credits 

The course examines the basic principles of biological evolution, genetics, and ecology. Using the 
concept of biological evolution as the central organizing principle uniting these biological 
sciences. The course focuses on understanding and application of scientific methodology to gain 
an understanding of the basic principles that describe how and why living things change over 
time and how they adapt to their environment. A basic understanding of the principles of 
genetics, ecology and evolution is invaluable to anyone contemplating a career in any of the life 
sciences. Lecture: 3 hours Laboratory: 3 hours 

Prerequisites: None 

BIO 1 12 Cell and Molecular Biology 4 credits 

The course focuses on the cellular and molecular principles of biology with emphasis on the 
interrelationship of structure and function of cells, organelles, subcellular structures. Major 
biochemical processes including cellular respiration, photosynthesis, and genetic processes will 
be examined at the molecular level. Cell-cell interaction and cellular responses to environment 
will be studied by examination of intracellular and intercellular signals mechanisms. Cell 
division, cell cycles and cell differentiation will also be discussed. Laboratory will provide an 
opportunity for students to actively investigate cell structure and cell processes using modern 
methods, technology and instrumentation. Lecture 3 hours per week, lab 3 hours per week 

Prerequisite: BIO 111 

BIO 121 Human Structure and Function I 4 credits 

A study of the human body structure and function with emphasis on its cellular control and 
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BIO 122 Human Structure and Function II 4 credits 

This course is a study of the human body structure and function with special emphasis on it 
ability to circulate fluids, absorb and excrete, and reproduce. This course is a continuation of 
Biology 121. 

Prerequisite Bio 121 

BIO 200 Sophomore Biology Seminar 1 credit 

The Sophomore Biology Seminar course will introduce students to the biological literature and 
guide them through the process of finding, analyzing and understanding the scientific literature. 

Lecture: 1 hour 

Prerequisite: BIO HI and BIO 112 

BIO 201 Organismal Structure and Function 4 credits 

This course deals with the structure and function of systems found in animals and plants. It will 
emphasize major homeostatic mechanisms and their evolutionary significance; as well as, 
demonstrate organismal adaptations to common problems of transportation, control, and 
reproduction. The course will be taught in two parts with one section emphasizing animal 
adaptations, and the other part emphasizing plant adaptations. The lab will focus on 
demonstrating actual anatomical and physiological mechanisms on organisms. Lecture: 3 hours. 
Laboratory: 3 hours. 

Prerequisite: BIO 111 and BIO 112 

BIO 202 Biological Interactions 4 credits 

Biological Interactions is the fourth required course in the introductory sequence for the biology 
major. In this course, students will integrate and apply the biological concepts learned in BIO 111 
Evolution, Genetics and Ecology, BIO 1 12 Cell and Molecular Biology, and BIO 201 Organismal 
Structure and Function to particular examples. The course will be based on a critical analysis of 
the biological literature on a particular topic, such as community interactions, host-pathogen 
relationships, or symbiosis. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours. 

Prerequisite: BIO 201 

BIO 211/212 Anatomy and Physiology I & II 4 credits each 

A detailed study of the structure and same function of the human body. Emphasis on physiology 
phenomena and concepts. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 2 hours. 

Prerequisites: BIO 211 or permission from instructor 

BIO 227 Bacteriology 4 credits 

General morphology and physiology of bacteria, yeasts, molds, and viruses. Study of infection 
and immunity. Special studies of foods, water, and sewage with reference to health and sanitation. 
Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 2 hours. 

BIO 241 Genetics 4 credits 

A detailed study of the principles of heredity. Both classical and molecular genetics are given 
equal treatment. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours. 

Prerequisites: BIO 102, CHM 134. Fall only 

BIO 243 General Microbiology 4 credits 

Fundamental principles and techniques of microbiology, including general morphology, ecology 
and physiology of microorganisms, methods of study, identification, destruction, and control. 
Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 2 hours 

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BIO 251 Comparative Anatomy 4 credits 

A detailed study of the tissues, organs, and selected systems of the human compared to those of 
representative vertebrates. Laboratory dissection and prepared slide studies. Lecture: 3 hours. 
Laboratory: 2 hours. 

Prerequisite: BIO 102 or 104 

BIO 252 Histology 4 credits 

A detailed study of the tissues, organs, and selected systems of the human compared to those of 
representative vertebrates. Laboratory dissection, prepared slide studies, and techniques of tissue 
slide preparation. 

Prerequisite: BIO 251 

BIO 300 Junior Biology Seminar 1 credit 

The Junior Biology Seminar course will guide students through the process of preparing a formal 
research proposal for their senior thesis project through a critical evaluation of the scientific 
literature and the writing of the research proposal. Lecture: 1 hour. 

Prerequisite: BIO 200 

BIO 301 Gross Anatomy 5 credits 

The study of human anatomy, embryology, and histology emphasizing structure and function in 
relationship to simple and complex human movement; inter-relationships of neuromuscular and 
skeletal development and structure (cross-sectional and three-dimensional); and appreciation of 
anatomical differences among individuals. Laboratory sessions will include cadaver dissection 
and will strongly integrate Analysis of Human Movement and Applied Physiology. Lecture: 3 
hours. Laboratory: 6 hours. 

Prerequisites: BIO 211/212, BIO 251/252, or equivalent. 
Corequisites for PT majors: PT 405 and PT 407 or permission of instructor 

BIO 302 Neuroscience 4 credits 

The study of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neuropathology; inter-relationships of nervous 
system development and structure as related to function; introduction to theories and research 
regarding postural and motor control and motor learning; applied neuroanatomy/physiology as a 
basic component of servomotor evaluation. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 2 hours. 

Prerequisites: BIO 211/212, BIO 251/252, or equivalent. 

Prerequisites for PT majors: BIO 301 and PT 407 or permission of instructor 

BIO 310 Environmental Biology 4 credits 

This course is designed to investigate the complexity of human interactions with the global 
environment. By conducting in-depth research of particular cases, students will learn to view and 
understand the issues from different perspectives to include both scientific data and social, 
political and economic considerations. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours. 

Prerequisite: BIO 202, CHM 134 

BIO 3 1 1 Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 4 credits 

This course provides an integrated and interdisciplinary study of the molecular, physiological and 
biochemical functions of plants by applying biological principles to the understanding of plant 
growth and development, metabolism and plant response to the environment. Lecture: 3 hours. 
Laboratory: 3 hours. 

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BIO 312 Invertebrate Zoology 4credits 

This course focuses on the major forms and evolutionary trends among invertebrates. This course 
provides a broad overview of morphology, phylogenetic relationships, ecology, physiology, and 
behavior of the invertebrate phyla. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory and field work: 3 hours. Field 
trip. 

Prerequisite: BIO 202, CHM 133, CHM 134 

BIO 313 Marine Biology 4 credits 

This course will study of the nature of life in the oceans and in coastal environments with 
emphasis on applying basic scientific principles to problems of the marine environment. This 
course will include study of the abiotic environment surrounding marine organisms, the 
geological, physical, and chemical parameters of marine environments, and the interrelationships 
between organisms and these parameters. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory and field work: 3 hours. 
Field trip. 

Prerequisite: BIO 202, CHM 133, AND permission of instructor 

BIO 345 Developmental Biology 3 credits 

A comprehensive study of developmental biology. Genetic, molecular, and cellular aspects 
involved in the regulation of temporal and spatial development will be covered. Current 
experimental systems in the study of developmental biology will be introduced. Lecture: 3 hours. 

Prerequisites: BIO 102, BIO 241. Alternate years 

BIO 346 General Physiology 4 credits 

A detailed study of the function of the muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, 
and excretory systems. Laboratory experiments deal with the physiology of humans and lower 
vertebrates. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours. 

Prerequisites: BIO 251, CHEM 134. Spring only 

BIO 360 Immunology 1 credit 

Fundamentals of immunology including innate and adaptive immunity, inflammatory response, 
antibody-mediated and cell-mediated immunity. 

Prerequisites: BIO 102, CHM 243. Spring only (9 weeks) 

BIO 413 Biology Cooperative Education 3-12 credits 

Academic study combined with work experience in the community. 
Prerequisite: 24 credits in Biology. Spring only 

BIO 425 Ecology 4 credits 

A study of the inter-relationships between plants, animals, and other components of the total 
environment. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory and field work: 2 hours. 

Prerequisite: BIO 102, BIO 104, or permission of instructor Fall only 

BIO 431 Field Biology 3 credits 

Familiarization with local plants and animals based on actual field observation and collection. 
Includes sampling of forest, field and pond habitats. Lecture and field work: 3 hours. 

Alternate years 

BIO 435 Cell Biology 3 credits 

A detailed study of the morphology and physiology of cells. Special emphasis is placed on the 
inter-relationship between molecular structure and cell function. 

Prerequisites: BIO 241, CHM 353 

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BIO 441 Molecular Genetics 4 credits 

A study of the molecular basis of information storage, regulation, processing, and expression. 
Structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, and their interactions are discussed. Molecular 
approaches used in contemporary biology will be covered with specific attention to plant 
biotechnology, gene therapy, transgenic organisms, and cloning. Laboratory will focus on current 
molecular biology methodology including DNA sequencing, recombinant DNA technology, and 
polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Lecture: 3 hours Lab: 3 hours 

Prerequisites: BIO 241 

BIO 450 Endocrinology 3 credits 

This course will introduce students to the fundamental concepts of endocrinology, control of 
various physiological processes by hormones, neuroendocrinology and comparative 
endocrinology. Lecture: 3 hours 

Prerequisites: BIO 201, BIO 346, and CHM 353 

BIO 480 Biological Research 1-2 credits 

Course provides opportunity for student laboratory or theoretical research under staff supervision. 
Permission of the college dean is required. Laboratory fee. 

Prerequisites: 24 credits in Biology 

BIO 485 Special Topics 1-4 credits 

Topic may vary from semester to semester and will be announced with preregistration 
information and course hours. 

On demand 

BIO 487 Independent Study 1-3 credits 

Special investigation of a selected topic. 
Prerequisite: 24 credits in Biology 

BIO 490 Coordinating Seminar 1 credit 

An introduction to the literature of biology. Topics discussed vary according to the needs and 
interests of the students. 

Prerequisites: 24 credits in Biology. Fall only 

BIO 491 Senior Thesis 1 credit 

Senior Thesis is a capstone course for the Biology major. Course requirements include the 
preparation of a senior thesis and a seminar presentation based either on a student's independent 
research project or library research. Lecture: 1 hours. 

Prerequisites: BIO 30 and BIO 480 

Business Course Descriptions (BUS) 

BUS 105 Basic Computer Technology 3 credits 

This course covers the use of technology necessary to succeed in current society. The student 
gains an understanding of computer hardware and experience in the use of typical software. 

BUS 107 Essential Communication for Leaders 3 credits 

This comprehensive course focuses on communication theory, techniques, and applications 
essential within the organization today. A wide variety of verbal, nonverbal, and writing tools are 
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technology. Business effectiveness and ethics principles are worked on throughout the course 
topics. 

BUS 135 Introduction to Financial Services 3 credits 

This course provides students with a practical introduction to the financial services field through a 
survey of the various financial markets. The key financial markets that are explored include 
banking, insurance, and investments. The course also provides students with the opportunity to 
develop their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills by completing projects and working 
with standard technology as used in financial services. 

Prerequisites: BUS 105, MIS 110, BUS 207 

BUS 205 Macroeconomics 3 credits 

An introduction to the science of economics, with particular attention to scarcity, market 
mechanisms of supply and demand, unemployment, inflation, money, banking. Federal Reserve, 
government, and the application of fiscal and monetary policy to solve current economic 
problems. 

BUS 206 Microeconomics 3 credits 

Topics covered include supply and demand, elasticity, consumer behavior, costs of production, 
and the market structures of competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition, and oligopoly. 

BUS 207 Contemporary Economics 3 credits 

This course will include coverage of the nature and scope of economics, scarcity and choice, the 
U.S. economic system, the role of supply and demand, production, cost and profit, perfect and 
imperfect competition, money in the U.S. economy, the Federal Reserve and the money supply, 
measuring output and income in the U.S., macroeconomic models/analysis, employment, income 
distribution, business cycles, microeconomic policies, national debt, and international trade. 

BUS 208 Principles of Management 3 credits 

The basic principles of management are studied with an emphasis on planning, organizing, 
leading, and controlling. The nature of the managerial process within the formal and informal 
structure are also studied. 

BUS 265 Basics of Project Management 3 credits 

In today's business environment, the ability to work cross-functionally as a team member to solve 
problems, control costs, and achieve competitive advantage is of paramount importance. This 
course introduces the key concepts and techniques which are necessary to select, plan, schedule, 
monitor and control projects. These Project Management principles are applicable to any 
organization and any unique undertaking; for example, new product launch, building 
construction, information system installation, business expansion, and entertainment events. 
Primary class emphasis is on the project managment process and tools. Microsoft Project will be 
used to create time-phased project plans. Network diagrams, work breakdown structures, and 
critical paths will be developed. Also covered are the interpersonal skills vital to managing cross- 
functional teams, and the approaches used to monitor project performance and to take corrective 
actions in order to achieve the project's expected outcomes. 

Prerequisite: BUS 208, and MIS 110 

BUS 269 Principles of Marketing 3 credits 

A general overview of the basic marketing philosophies, principles and practices relevant to small 
and large profit and nonprofit organizations, buyers and sellers, and special emphasis on the 
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BUS 300 Quantitative Methods I 3 credits 

A study of the use of quantitative methods with emphasis on data collection and organization, 
data presentation, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, probability 
distributions, estimation, and hypothesis testing. Computer applications are utilized. 

BUS 304 Sales and Sales Management 3 credits 

This course is oriented to the managerial and the strategic aspects of sales management. Emphasis 
will be placed upon recruitment of the sales force, compensation policies, effective territorial 
alignments, time management, and financial responsibilities. Interpersonal selling techniques are 
explored and discussed. 

Prerequisite: BUS 269 

BUS 306 Organizational Behavior 3 credits 

This course studies behavior patterns and motivational dynamics of different types of 
organizations and focuses on the leadership skills and interpersonal relationships necessary to 
achieve organizational goals while developing human potential. Topics include micro and macro 
models of organizational behavior applied to the management of organizational processes and 
design, motivation, leadership, structural design, and workforce diversity. 

Prerequisite: BUS 208 

BUS 307 Management Science 3 credits 

This course provides students with a solid conceptual understanding of the role that management 
science plays in the decision-making process. This course also introduces students to procedures 
used to solve problems, such as the decision-making process, linear programming, transportation, 
assignment, transshipment, project scheduling, waiting line models, simple linear regression, and 
multiple linear regression. 

Prerequisites: MTH 115 

BUS 312 Retailing 3 credits 

This course provides a basic foundation of the retail industry and a complete presentation of the 
many and diverse facets that make up the dynamic world of retailing. Areas that are discussed 
include retail institutions, human factors in retailing, the importance of location, merchandise 
management, and promotion. 

Prerequisite: BUS 269: (On demand) 

BUS 321 Product/Service Marketing 3 credits 

This course provides an overview of key issues in the marketing of products and services. It 
guides the student to reassess the four P's of marketing in the context of products and services. 
Utilizing a case approach, this course examines how the marketing of services differs from that of 
products. Other marketable entities, like organizations, persons, places, and ideas, are included. 

Prerequisite: BUS 269 

BUS 335 Retail Buying 3 credits 

A study of foundation knowledge of the current policies and procedures used in retail buying and 
merchandising. Included are merchandise control, pricing, and merchandise arithmetic. The focus 
is on developing the skills necessary for decision making in a retail buyers' day-to-day world of 
planning and control. Discussion includes assortment planning and quantitative merchandising. 

Prerequisite: BUS 269 (On demand) 



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BUS 340 Advertising and Sales Promotion 3 credits 

A comprehensive study of the theory and practical applications of advertising and sales 
promotions as forms of communication in marketing. The student gains an understanding of 
strategic planning, objective setting, tactical decision making, research, message and vehicle 
selection and execution. 

Prerequisite: BUS 269 

BUS 345 Consumer Behavior 3 credits 

A study of the dynamics of consumer markets and their significance to marketing executives. 
Subtopics include the identification and measurement of market segments, the analysis of these 
segments' behavioral patterns in regards to shopping and purchasing, and the application of this 
knowledge in developing marketing strategy. 

Prerequisite: BUS 269 (On demand) 

BUS 350 Money and Banking 3 credits 

A study of the principles of money, interest, inflationary and deflationary pressures, and the 
development of the banking system with emphasis on the federal reserve system, and monetary 
and fiscal policy. 

Prerequisite: BUS 207 or BUS 205 

BUS 352 Business Law 3 credits 

Through law, society establishes values and goals. The purpose of American business law is to 
bring reason, fairness, and stability to the marketplace. This course enables students to anticipate 
the legal consequences of business decisions and behaviors. 

BUS 355 Principles of Risk and Insurance 3 credits 

This course focuses on the role of insurance in our economy, types of risk, management of risk, 
legal principles on which insurance contracts are based, basic components of an insurance 
contract, and insurance terminology. There is also an examination of various types of insurance 
coverage; life, homeowner, automobile, health and disability, and various forms of commercial 
insurance. The impact of governmental insurance programs on insurance coverage in the private 
sector is included. Government regulation of the insurance industry is covered as well as types of 
insurers, insurance pricing, and ratings systems for insurance firms. 

Prerequisites: BUS 207 or BUS 206, BUS 352 

BUS 360 Management of Human Resources 3 credits 

A study of the role of work in our society and its effect on organizations including the nature of 
personnel management, the legal influences on personnel decisions, recruitment, selection, 
training, compensation, service and benefit programs, and the major problems and recent 
developments in labor relations. 

Prerequisite: BUS 208 

BUS 371 Business Financial Management 3 credits 

A study of the financial problems associated with the life cycle of a business. Includes estimating 
the financial needs of an enterprise, breakeven point, operating leverage, capital structure, stocks 
and bonds, and working capital management. 

Prerequisite: ACC 101 

BUS 375 Basics of Operations and Supply Chain Management 3 credits 

This course describes the management and control of the processes that create and deliver the 
goods and/or services of an enterprise. Operations include all of the transformational processes 
entailed in converting inputs, such as materials and information, into outputs, such as goods and 
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services, and related information, inside and outside of the enterprise, which enable the firm to 
fulfill its objectives. This course is designed to expose students to the terminology, problem 
solving tools and methodologies used, and to apply analytics to real-world operational problems. 
Students will be introduced to sourcing and purchasing, warehousing, production planning, 
master scheduling, materials requirements planning, forecasting, and distribution processes. Key 
performance metrics will be explored, as well as the various responsibilities and career 
opportunities within this field. Success in any field of business can be enhanced with a better 
understanding of these functions. 

Prerequisite: BUS 206, BUS 307, MTH 115 

BUS 401 Channel Strategies 3 credits 

This course focuses on how to design, develop, and maintain effective relationships among 
channel members, including retailers and wholesalers. Students learn the logistics of distribution 
and the economics of channel decisions. Channel management policies and constraints are 
discussed. 

Prerequisite: BUS 269 

BUS 402 Pricing Strategies 3 credits 

This practical course provides a comprehensive, managerially focused guide to formulating 
pricing strategy. It is a guide to profitable decision making and provides a basis for analyzing 
pricing alternatives. 

Prerequisite: BUS 269 

BUS 403 Strategic Marketing 3 credits 

Strategic marketing examines the concepts and processes for gaining a competitive advantage in 
the marketplace. This capstone course presents a series of problem cases of actual firms, and 
focuses on helping students gain an appreciation for decision making in real-world situations. 

Prerequisite: All required marketing courses 

BUS 406 Current Issues and Trends in Business 3 credits 

This course looks at emerging paradigms and administrative issues that face today's managers. 
Students are exposed to a variety of topics. 

Prerequisite: Senior status or permission of instructor 

BUS 415 International Business 3 credits 

The intent of this course is to provide a blend of solid research-based information coupled with 
real world, current, interesting application examples that help explain international business 
topics. An active learning approach is used in relating text material with real world international 
situations. The topics include the perspective and environment of international business, the 
human resource management functions, as well as the strategies and functions of international 
operations. 

Prerequisites: BUS 208 

BUS 420 Small Business Management 3 credits 

Focuses on management practices unique to small businesses, preparation of the student for small 
business ownership, identifying characteristics of small businesses, and describing the rewards 
and problems involved in managing retail stores, service firms, and manufacturing firms. 

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BUS 421 Special Topics in Marketing 3 credits 

An opportunity for students to explore nontraditional marketing phenomena. Great societal 
marketing opportunities exist in organizations other than business firms. Special areas of 
marketing that need attention include nonprofit, health care, education, ideas, places, political 
candidates, service, and international marketing. 

Prerequisite: BUS 269 or consent of instructor 

BUS 434 Investments and Investment Management 3 credits 

This course focuses on the importance of investing in our economy, the advantages/disadvantages 
of different types of securities, the various markets for securities and how they operate, the 
risk/reward relationship, various ways in which an investment can be analyzed, sources to gain 
information about investments and the markets, psychological factors which affect investment 
decisions, ways to manage equity and fixed-income portfolios and government regulation of the 
investment industry. Contemporary issues will also be an integral part of the course with 
emphasis on looking at them from social and ethical perspectives. 

Prerequisite: ACC 101, BUS 207 or BUS 205, BUS 371, MTH 115 

BUS 440 Marketing Management 3 credits 

A comprehensive study of the management function in marketing. Focus is on analysis, planning, 
and control of the marketing mix. Decision-making skills are developed through the use of a 
computer simulation, the case study approach, or through the development of a marketing plan. In 
either scenario, students are required to demonstrate decision-making skills on product, price, 
placement, and promotions, as well as market segmentation. 

Prerequisites: ACC 101, BUS 208, BUS 269 

BUS 450 Marketing Research 3 credits 

A comprehensive and practical overview of the field of marketing research emphasizing an 
applied approach with applications that give students an understanding of the scope of marketing 
research. Computers are utilized to analyze research data. 

Prerequisite: BUS 269 

BUS 465 Special Topics in Business 1-6 credits 

Topics vary from semester to semester and are announced with preregistration information. 
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor 

BUS 472 Business Administration Internship 1-6 credits 

On-the-job training in the business community. Students must have senior status, a GPA of 2.5 or 
above, and college dean approval to participate. 

BUS 480 Independent Study 1-3 credits 

Special investigation, with the assistance of a faculty member, of a selected topic of interest. A 
GPA of 3.0 or above, department chair/program director, and college dean approval is required. 

BUS 491 Seminar in Business Policies 3 credits 

The case-method technique is used to study managerial problems and the decision-making 
process. Areas covered include strategic planning, setting goals and objectives, marketing, 
managing, production, public relations, human resources, human relations, and financial 
management. Computer simulations are used to involve students in decision making in the 
various areas of the business firm. Graduating seniors and qualified juniors only. 

Prerequisites: ACC 101, BUS 207 or BUS 205, BUS 208, BUS 269, BUS 352, BUS 371, BUS 
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Chemistry Course Descriptions (CHM) 

CHM 101 Chemistry in Context I 4 credits 

Offered for non-science major to satisfy the natural science core requirement. The course 
introduces the science of chemistry in the context of real world problems. Sufficient chemistry 
background is introduced to enable the student to develop an understanding of problems like 
global warming, air pollution, water quality, and acid rain and possible alternatives for dealing 
with them. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 2 hours 

Prerequisite: High school chemistry is recommended. Fall only 

CHM 102 Chemistry in Context II 4 credits 

Offered for non-science majors to satisfy the natural science core requirement. The course 
continues to introduce the science of chemistry in the context of real world problems such as 
alternate energy sources, nuclear energy, plastics and polymers, pharmaceuticals, food and 
genetic engineering. Lecture: 3 hours Laboratory: 2 hours. 

Prerequisite: CHM 101. Spring only 

CHM 104 General Chemistry 4 credits 

This course is intended for students majoring in physical therapy, nursing or another health 
science. Principles of atomic theory, stoichiometry, chemical reactivity, gas and solution 
behavior, and nuclear chemistry. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 2 hours. 

Prerequisite: High school chemistry or permission of instructor Fall and Summer only 

CHM 105 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 4 credits 

This course is intended for students majoring in physical therapy, nursing or another health 
science. Survey of carbon compounds and functional groups with an emphasis on those of 
biological significance. Introduction to the structures of biomolecules and the relationship 
between their structure and function within the body. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 2 hours. 

Prerequisite: CHM 104. Spring and Summer only 

CHM 133 Chemical Principles I 4 credits 

Comprehensive study of the fundamental laws and theories of chemistry. The study of atomic 
structure, ionic and molecular compounds and their reactions, including stoichiometry, and an 
introduction to thermodynamics. Principles and techniques of systematic qualitative analysis and 
an introduction to quantitative laboratory procedures. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours. 

Prerequisite: High school chemistry or permission of instructor. Fall only 

CHM 134 Chemical Principles II 4 credits 

Continuation of the comprehensive study of the fundamental laws and theories of chemistry. The 
study of the physical states of matter, solutions, kinetics, equilibria, acids and bases, thermo- 
dynamics and electrochemistry. Further hands-on laboratory experience illustrating chemical 
theory and qualitative and quantitative analysis. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours. 

Prerequisite: CHM 133. Spring only 

CHM 210 Descriptive Chemistry 3 credits 

Discussion and study of elements and their compounds, emphasizing the relationship between the 
periodic table, chemical and physical properties, and commercial and industrial applications. The 
study will also include organic compounds and polymers. Lecture: 3 hours. 

Prerequisite: CHM 243. Spring only 

* Chemistry majors are required to take a minimum of three credits of either CHM 490 or 

CHM 460 for graduation. 



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CHM 243 Organic Chemistry I 4 credits 

Properties, reactions, and spectroscopic analysis of the major classes of carbon compounds. The 
concepts of chemical structure and functional group will serve as a basis for understanding 
organic reaction mechanisms and organic synthesis. Laboratory preparation and analysis of a 
variety of organic compounds. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours. 

Prerequisite: CHM 134. Fall only 

CHM 244 Organic Chemistry II 4 credits 

A continuation of the properties, reactions, and spectroscopic analysis of the major classes of 
carbon compounds. The concepts of chemical structure and functional group will serve as a basis 
for understanding organic reaction mechanisms and organic synthesis. Laboratory preparation and 
analysis of a variety of organic compounds. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours. 

Prerequisite: CHM 243. Spring only 

CHM 264 Inorganic Quantitative Analysis 5 credits 

Theory and laboratory procedures in typical volumetric, colorimetric, and gravimetric analysis. 
Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 6 hours 

Prerequisite: CHM 134. Fall only 

CHM 343 Introduction to Physical Chemistry 4 credits 

States and structure of matter; thermodynamics; and thermochemistry. Lecture: 2 hours. 
Laboratory: 4 hours. 

Prerequisites: CHM 244, PHY 222, MTH 152. Alternate years 

CHM 350 Chemical Literature 1 credit 

Introduces the chemical literature and introduces library/online searching skills. Examines the 
structure of various types of scientific articles and develops the ability to critically analyze a peer- 
reviewed journal article. Lecture: 1 hour. 

Prerequisite: CHM 244. Fall only 

CHM 353 Biochemistry I 3 credits 

The study of basic chemical and physical principles in living systems, bioenergetics, enzyme 
kinetics, and the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids/proteins and nucleic acids. 
Lecture: 3 hours. 

Prerequisite: CHM 244; Concurrent registration for CHM 363 is required for Chemistry and 
Biochemistry Majors. Fall only 

CHM 354 Biochemistry II 3 credits 

An in-depth study of the principles and mechanisms underlying bioenergetics, and the integration 
and hormonal control of the major metabolic pathways. Other topics include the metabolism of 
fasting/eating, stress, diabetes and alcoholism, free radicals and antioxidants, DNA repair, 
biochemistry of apoptosis, receptors and transsignaling, lipoprotein/platelet metabolism and 
cardiovascular risk, and various aspects of clinical chemistry. 

Prerequisite: CHM 353. Spring only 

CHM 355 Physical Chemistry I 4 credits 

Properties and structure of gases, thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, phase equilibrium, 
solutions, electrochemistry. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours. 

Prerequisites: MTH 242, PHY 222. Fall only- 



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CHM 356 Physical Chemistry II 4 credits 

Structure of matter, quantum theory, bonding, atomic and molecular spectroscopy, kinetics. 
Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours. 

Prerequisite: CHM 355. Spring only 

CHM 360 Principles and Biochemical Mechanisms of Pharmacology 2 credits 

This lecture course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge to understand the 
fundamental principles and biochemical mechanisms of pharmacological applications, such as 
drug dosage, clearance, and metabolic action. Each student will become familiar with the 
complex mechanisms of action and clinical applications of a variety of the major categories and 
classes of pharmaceuticals, using illustrative prototypical agents. This course will offer both "high 
yield" facts and a sufficient framework for critical thinking and analysis, rather than just 
memorization. 

Prerequisite: CHM 353 

CHM 363 Biochemistry Laboratory 1 credit 

Investigation of the major laboratory techniques used in the study of the physical, chemical, and 
catalytic properties of biological molecules. Topics include protein chromatography, protein and 
nucleic acid electrophoreis, enzyme catalysis, PCR, and DNA sequencing. Laboratory: 3 hours. 

Prerequisite/corequisite: CHM 353. Fall only 

CHM 410 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3 credits 

A comprehensive study of the current theories of bonding and structure within inorganic 
compounds. The study of transition metal chemistry, their complexes, and the organometalic 
chemistry of main group elements and transition metals. Lecture: 3 hours. 

Prerequisite: CHM 356 

CHM 411 Instrumental Methods of Analysis 3 credits 

Theory and techniques in spectroscopy, electrochemistry, chromatography, and other selected 
methods of chemical analysis. Lecture: 3 hours. 

Prerequisites/corequisite: CHM 244, PHY 222, CHM 412. Spring only 

CHM 412 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory I 1 credit 

A practical introduction to chemical instrumentation and methods of analysis. The practice of 
chromatography, electrochemistry, and other selected methods for chemical analysis will be 
investigated through laboratory exercises. Laboratory: 3 hours. 

Prerequisites/corequisite: CHM 244, PHY 222; CHM 411. Spring only 

CHM 420 Polymer Chemistry 3 credits 

An introduction to the synthesis, properties, and characterization of polymers. The course will 
cover both addition and condensation polymers, catalysis, and modern methods and 
instrumentation for the characterization of macromolecules. 

Prerequisite: CHM 244 

CHM 450 Special Topics 1-3 credits 

Topic may vary from semester to semester and will be announced with preregistration 
information and course hours. Students will acquire expertise in a specialized field of chemistry. 
The precise field of chemistry offered will depend on the requests from students and availability 
of a qualified faculty member to teach the course. 



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CHM 456 Qualitative Organic Analysis 3 credits 

Characterization of organic compounds using classical wet chemical methods and spectroscopic 
analysis, especially NMR and IR. Lecture: 1 hour. Laboratory: 6 hours. 

Prerequisite: CHM 244 

CHM 460 Research in Chemistry 1-3 credits 

Chemical research under the direction of a faculty member of the chemistry department. Students 
are expected to perform a minimum of three hours of laboratory studies per week per credit hour. 
The student may register for fewer than three credits with permission of the research director, as 
long as a total of three credits of research are completed prior to graduation. If the student desires, 
research in chemistry may be taken as an elective up to a maximum of six credits. 

Prerequisite: CHM 244 

CHM 475 Seminar 1 credit each semester 

Current topics. Each student will prepare and present a seminar on a topic from the recent 
chemical literature or on their own research project. Lecture: 1 hour 

Prerequisite: CHM 244, CHM 356 

CHM 490 Chemistry Internship 3-6 credits 

Academic study combined with work experience in an industrial or academic lab. 
Prerequisite: Junior standing or approval of Chemistry faculty. Summer only 

Child Welfare Services Course Descriptions (CWS) 

CWS 355 Sexuality in Childhood and Adolescence 3 credits 

Overview of the emerging sexual self from early childhood through adolescence. Examination of 
one's own sexual values and their relationship to acceptance of diversified sexual behaviors and 
lifestyles. 

(On demand) 

CWS 356 Developing Cultural Competence with Children and Families 3 credits 

Examination of issues involved in working with children and families from diverse cultural, 
ethnic, and language groups. Emphasis on awareness and understanding of one's own cultural 
background, values, and beliefs, and their implications for developing intercultural effectiveness 
while working with others. 

Spring 

CWS 363 Child Welfare Services 3 credits 

Introduction to the policies and services that comprise the child welfare system in the community. 
Examination of supportive and substitute services, worker roles and activities, and service 
effectiveness. 

Fall 

CWS 392 Child Abuse and Neglect 3 credits 

A practice-oriented course for students who intend to work in a protective service role and/or in 
settings that necessitate an understanding of child maltreatment. Abuse and neglect causes, legal 
sanctions for intervention, treatment approaches, case planning, and service. 

Fall 



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CWS 393 Child Welfare Law 3 credits 

Examination of the laws that child welfare workers rely on to promote the rights of families and 
children. State and local laws that provide services to families and children, legal resources for 
offenders, child welfare service provision in specific areas, e.g., adoption. 

Prerequisite: CWS 363 or permission of instructor. Spring 

CWS 395A Permanency Planning 3 credits 

Assessment, case planning, and the provision of services in foster care, in residential facilities and 
for child adoption. 

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Summer 

Clinical Laboratory Science Course Descriptions (CLS) 

CLS 400 Clinical Microbiology 8 credits 

Identification and clinical pathology of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites. Techniques to 
isolate, stain, and culture, and to determine antimicrobial susceptibility. Instrumentation; quality 
control. 

Fall only 

CLS 401 Clinical Chemistry 7 credits 

Enzymology, endocrinology, biochemistry of lipids, carbohydrates and proteins, metabolism of 
nitrogenous end products, physiology and metabolism of fluids and electrolytes, and toxicology 
as related to the body and diseases. The technical procedures include colorimetry, 
spectrophometry electrophoresis, chromatography, automation, and quality control. 

Fall only 

CLS 402 Clinical Hematology/Coagulation 5 credits 

The composition and function of blood; diseases related to blood disorders; the role of platelets 
and coagulation. Manual and automated techniques of diagnostic tests for abnormalities. 

Spring only 

CLS 403 Clinical Immunohematology 4 credits 

Blood antigens, antibodies, crossmatching, hemolytic diseases, and related diagnostic tests. An 
in-depth study of blood donor service and its many facets such as transfusions, medico-legal 
aspects, etc. 

Spring only 

CLS 404 Clinical Immunology/Serology 4 credits 

Immune response, immunoglobulins, autoimmunity, and complement and related tests and 
diseases. Survey and demonstration of serological diagnostic tests. 

Spring only 

CLS 405 Clinical Seminar 2 credits 

Other courses which are not included in the above (such as orientation, laboratory management, 
education, clinical microscopy) and are unique to the individual hospital program. 

Spring only 

CLS 480 Independent Study 1-3 credits 

Special investigation of a selected topic. 



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Communications Course Descriptions (COM) 

COM 102 Introduction to Mass Communications 3 credits 

Students will explore the history and diverse facets of the mass media in American society 
through the lens of the contemporary convergent media. Convergence is integration of media 
platforms — including video, audio, still photography, and text — into a single product on the Web. 
This course is an exploration of the history and evolution of newspapers, magazines, radio, 
television, film and other platforms in this contemporary context, enabling students to make 
connections and understand how each facet of the industry impacts all others. Issues of media 
ethics, law, and global communication, which are embedded in this context, will allow students to 
think critically about the rapidly changing industry and investigate the challenges that lie ahead. 

COM 173/272/273 Practicum 1 credit 

Directed experiences during freshman and sophomore years working with student radio, TV, and 
newspaper. 

COM 204 Film and Filmmakers 3 credits 

An introduction to the art, language, history and theory of film. Students will study films from the 
1940's through the present. 

COM 207 Media Writing 3 credits 

Instruction and practice in writing public relations materials, commercials and advertising copy. 

COM 215 Web Design & Production 3 credits 

An introduction to web design principles and production techniques. This course features hands- 
on exploration of web design and communication theory. Subjects covered include HTML, 
interface, graphics, and multimedia. 

COM 220 Journalism I 3 credits 

Introduction to basic news writing and reporting. Emphasis on developing a journalistic style, 
learning to cover events, and conducting interviews. 

COM 221 Journalism II 3 credits 

Introduction to copy editing and beat reporting; advanced study and practice in event coverage, 
research, and interviewing. 

Prerequisite: COM 220 

COM 225 Photojournalism 3 credits 

This course focuses on the elements of photojournalism, including photographic theory and visual 
storytelling. This course will emphasize privacy, ethics, libel and copyright law as it affects 
professional journalists. Students will refine and practice skills in the use of composition, light, 
and color, and they will study and practice advanced photographic techniques as they create 
journalistic images suitable for publication. Photo manipulation software for editing and 
captioning is also discussed. 

COM 232 Video Production I 3 credits 

Instruction and practice in electronic field production and electronic news gathering. Emphasizes 
field camera operation, location shooting, and editing of short video segments. 

COM 233 Video Production II 3 credits 

Emphasis placed on pre-production, studio production, studio equipment operation, and non- 
linear post production. 

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COM 240 Audio Production 3 credits 

Instruction and practice in the creation and duplication of audio tracks for radio, television and 
multi-media. 

COM 251 Public Relations Principles and Practices 3 credits 

Instruction and practice in die basics of public relations. 
Prerequisite: COM 220 or instructor permission 

COM 306 Media Criticism 3 credits 

Analysis, evaluation and instruction in the critical process to evaluate media products and 
messages. The course will emphasize the difference between description, analysis, and opinion. 

Prerequisites: COM 101 plus nine additional credits in Communications 

COM 307 Communication Research 3 credits 

This course will study and practice the various methodologies in communication research. 
Prerequisites: COM 101, Junior status 

COM 310 Print Design and Production 3 credits 

An introduction to print design principles and production techniques. Areas covered include key 
design principles, fundamentals of professional-level typography, and page-layout software 
programs to create print publications. 

COM 323 Broadcast Journalism 3 credits 

News reporting, writing, editing and production of news for the electronic media. 
Prerequisite: COM 220 and COM 232, or instructor permission 

COM 325 Magazine and Feature Writing 3 credits 

Instruction and practice in writing long form pieces for newspapers and magazines. 

COM 332 Video III 3 credits 

Advanced work in production emphasizing non-linear editing and long-form productions. 
Prerequisites: COM 232, COM 233, or instructor permission 

COM 339 Media Performance 3 credits 

Instruction and practice in on-air performance techniques for television, video, and radio. 
Includes vocal enunciation and diction, interview preparation, and physical movement. 
Performance formats include: news, commercials, interviews, radio announcing, and vocal 
characterization. 

Prerequisites: COM 232 or instructor permission 

COM 352 Advanced Public Relations 3 credits 

Case studies in public relations; experiences creating press kits and in event planning. 
Prerequisite: COM 251 

COM 360 Media Management 3 credits 

Practices, problems and issues in managing a media outlet. 
Prerequisite: COM 101, Junior Status 



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COM 361 Media Programming 3 credits 

Instruction and practice in programming electronic media outlets using a framework of industry 
structures and public demand. 

P requisite: COM 101 

COM 370 Campus Media Internship 3 credits 

Supervised, hands-on media experience on the Misericordia campus in radio, video, newspaper, 
or public relations. 

Prerequisite: Junior status 

COM 460 Integrated Communications Campaigns 3 credits 

Student teams organize and create communication campaigns by integrating advertising, public 
relations, sales promotion, direct response and other integrated market communications tools. 

Prerequisite: Junior status 

COM 470 Professional Internship 3 credits 

Directed experiences at a professional media outlet. 
Prerequisite: Junior standing and department permission 

COM 480 Independent Study 3 credits 

In-depth study of a specific topic, selected in consultation with a faculty member. 
Prerequisite: Department permission 

COM 485 Special Topics 3 credits 

Topics will vary from semester to semester and will be announced with pre-registration 
information. 

Prerequisite: Department permission 

COM 490 Senior Seminar 3 credits 

Capstone course for the communications degree. Reading and study of mass media issues, 
exploration of media job options, and development of a senior media project. 

Prerequisites: Senior standing and COM 101, 220, 232, 306, 370, 470 

Computer Science Course Descriptions (CPS) 

CPS 101 Introduction to Programming 3 credits 

Problem-solving methods; algorithm development; procedural and data abstraction; and program 
design, programming. Intended for students who plan to continue with other computer science 
courses. 

Fall only 

CPS 121 Computer Programming 3 credits 

Control structures, top-down programming and stepwise refinement. Debugging, testing, and 
documentation. 

Prerequisite: CPS 101 or knowledge of language used in CPS101 and permission of 
instructor. Spring only 

CPS 130 Computing for Scientists 3 credits 

Computers are becoming an increasingly important aspect of the biological, physical and social 
sciences, whether we use them as part of an existing instrument, whether we're building new 
equipment, or whether we need to build new software. This course will link the use of various 



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software packages and a programming language that assist the student with the analysis of their 
scientific data. Not for computer science majors 

Fall only 

CPS 221 Introduction to Computer Systems 3 credits 

Basic concepts of computer systems and computer architecture. Machine and assembly language 
programming. 

Prerequisite: CPS 121. 

CPS 222 Introduction to Computer Organization 3 credits 

Organization and structure of the major computer components; mechanics of information transfer 
and control within the digital computer system; fundamentals of logic design and computer 
arithmetic. 

Prerequisite: CPS 121. 

CPS 23 1 Introduction to File Processing 3 credits 

File terminology, structure, and manipulation techniques. Sequential and random access bulk 
storage devices. Applications of data structures and file processing techniques. Introduction to 
COBOL. 

Prerequisite: CPS 121. 

CPS 232 Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis 3 credits 

Design and analysis of non-numeric algorithms, particularly for sorting/merging/searching. 
Algorithm testing and complexity. 

Prerequisite: CPS 231. 

CPS 321 Operating Systems and Computer Architecture 3 credits 

Organization and architecture of computer systems at the register-transfer and programming 
levels; operating systems principles; inter-relationship of the operating system and the 
architecture of computer systems. 

Prerequisites: CPS 221, CPS 222 (CPS 231 also recommended). 

CPS 33 1 Organization of Programming Languages 3 credits 

Features, limitations, organization, and run-time behavior of programming languages. Formal 
study of programming language syntax, grammar, and data and control structures. Examples of 
language implementations. Continued development of problem-solving and programming skills. 

Prerequisites: CPS 121 (CPS 221 and 231 strongly recommended). 

CPS 341 Introduction to Game Programming 3 credits 

This course provides hands-on experience developing computer games. The course covers the 
basic techniques of game programming, including graphics, events, controls, animations, and 
intelligent behaviors. Students design and implement computer games. 

Prerequisites: CPS 121 

CPS 35 1 Internet Programming 3 credits 

This is a course which will develop the basic programming skills needed to develop advanced 
webpages for the Internet. It will use a programming language that interfaces with webpages 
using Web 2.0 technologies. 

Prerequisites: ft is expected that through prior courses the student is familiar with the 
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CPS412 Computers and Society 3 credits 

Concepts of social value and valuations; the effects of computers on society; professional ethics 
in decisions concerning social impact; and tools and techniques used to solve problems related to 
social consequences of computers. 

Prerequisites: CPS 121 and one of either CPS 221, CPS 222, or CPS 231 

CPS431 Software Design and Development 3 credits 

Design techniques, organization and management of large scale software development. Students 
work in programming teams on a major development project. Course is equated with MIS 200. 

Prerequisite: CPS 232 (CPS 331 strongly recommended). 

CPS 432 Database Management Systems Design 3 credits 

Introduction to database concepts, data models, data description languages, query facilities, file, 
and index organization. Data integrity, reliability, and security. Students work with real database 
management systems. 

Prerequisite: CPS 232. Spring only 

CPS 470 Computer Science Cooperative Education 1-3 credits 

Academic study combined with work experience in the community. 
Prerequisite: Approval of faculty 

CPS 480 Independent Study 1-3 credits 

Special investigation of a selected topic. 

CPS 485 Special Topics in Computer Science 1-3 credits 

Topics vary from semester to semester and will be announced with pre-registration information. 
Prerequisite: CPS 101 or consent of instructor 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Course Descriptions (DMS) 

DMS 101 Introduction to Sonography 2 credits 

This course will focus on introducing the student to the field of diagnostic medical sonography. 
Topics include, but are not limited to; the history and foundations for the use of medical 
ultrasound as a diagnostic tool; medical terminology specific to sonography; ergonomic 
considerations; clinical assessment; and role of medical imaging modalities with emphasis on 
correlations to sonographic examinations. The attributes of professionalism will be appraised 
through discussion of communication skills, medical ethics, legal issues, scope of practice, 
certification, and accreditation. 

DMS 102 Introduction to Sonography Lab 1 credit 

This lab course introduces the student to the psychomotor skills for the performance of 
sonographic examinations. Emphasis is placed on normal anatomy recognition, image 
optimization, and ability to acquire high quality diagnostic sonographic images. 

DMS 107/707 Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation / Lab 3 credits 

This course will familiarize the student with diagnostic ultrasound principles and instrumentation. 
Physical principles will include; sound energy and its characteristics, the piezoelectric effect, 
properties of ultrasound waves, the speed of sound and propagation, pulsed Doppler, and color 
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transducers will be discussed. Course work will include the topics of artifacts and adjustable 
physics parameters, as well as, sonographic units of measurement, equations, and display modes. 
The coursework will be focused on information pertaining to the national registry examinations in 
ultrasound physics and vascular physics. 

DMS 1 1 1 Sonographic Cross-Sectional Anatomy 3 credits 

This course will include knowledge of cross sectional human anatomy as visualized using 
diagnostic ultrasound. The student will become familiar with the ultrasonic appearance of disease 
free organs, tissues and vessels of the human body. Normal and abnormal anatomical variants 
will also be addressed. Coursework will include recognition of abnormal pathological findings as 
diagnosed by ultrasound. Emphasis will be placed on teaching the students to identify 
sonographically normal cross sectional anatomy based on echogenicity, location and size relative 
to adjacent structures. 

DMS 112 Sonographic Cross-Sectional Anatomy 1 credit 

Sonography Patient Care is an extremely important course to the field of Medical Imaging and 
Sonography whose main purpose is to present the student with the various aspects involved in 
care of the patient. Topics to be included, but not limited to be: Communication techniques, 
history taking, aseptic/sterile techniques, body mechanics, vital signs, emergency situations, 
transfer techniques, isolation techniques, medical law, and standard precautions. 

DMS 117/717 Abdominal Sonography /Lab 3 credits 

This course will focus on applying ultrasound as a diagnostic tool for evaluating the abdomen and 
all related structures. Coursework will include techniques for proper identification and 
representation of the normal and abnormal anatomical structures. Emphasis will be placed on the 
liver, gallbladder and biliary system, pancreas, spleen, urinary system, adrenal glands, 
gastrointestinal system, peritoneum and retroperitoneum, male pelvis, and non-cardiac chest. 
Lecture and laboratory experience will coincide appropriately to facilitate a simultaneous 
understanding of didactic and laboratory application. 

DMS 122/722 Pelvic Sonography / Lab 3 credits 

This course introduces and relates the knowledge of gynecologic anatomy, pathology, and 
diagnostic sonography. This course will focus on applying ultrasound as a diagnostic tool for 
evaluating the pelvis and adjacent structures. The student will become accustomed to the 
sonographic procedures used to properly image the female pelvis. Coursework will include 
demonstrations and discussion on the proper scanning techniques, patient preparations, and 
positioning utilized to obtain optimum diagnostic images. Lecture and lab demonstrations will 
coincide appropriately to facilitate a simultaneous understanding of didactic and hands-on 
experience. 

DMS 127 High Resolution Sonography 3 credits 

This course focuses on the anatomy, physiology, pathology and pathophysiology of the neck, 
thyroid, breast, scrotum, superficial aspect of the extremities, musculoskeletal, pediatric hip and 
the pediatric abdomen. Coursework will familiarize the student with scanning techniques and 
protocols to evaluate normal sonographic appearance, abnormal sonographic appearances, and the 
ability to identify specific pathological conditions as demonstrated on sonographic images. 
Correlation of pertinent clinical history, symptoms, clinical laboratory tests and other diagnostic 
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DMS 130 Clinical Sonography I 2 credits 

This course will provide students with an introduction into the hospital/clinical setting work 
experience. Students will utilize skills learned in prior classes of Introduction to Sonography as 
well as Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation and Sonographic Cross Sectional Anatomy. The 
student will be required to apply concurrent information obtained during didactic coursework. 
Students will also become exposed to sonograms including abdomen, pelvic, and small parts 
applications. All execution and hands-on experience gained by the student will be conducted 
under direct and indirect supervision of the qualified clinical instructor. 

DMS 140 Clinical Sonography II 2 credits 

This course will provide continued hospital/clinic setting work experience. Students will apply 
knowledge learned concurrently during Obstetrical Sonography I and Fetal and Neonatal 
Anomalies. Topics will include fetal/maternal findings in the pregnant uterus, fetal growth 
parameters, fetal anatomical survey, and advancement in the application of scanning algorithms. 
Execution of sonographic examinations will be performed under direct and indirect supervision. 
Refinement of equipment skills should occur as well as continued application and experience in 
abdominal, pelvic and small parts scanning. 

DMS 152/752 Obstetrical Sonography I / Lab 3 credits 

This course will familiarize the student with obstetrical imaging as visualized with ultrasound. 
Coursework will include the physiology of pregnancy, embryology, spermatogenesis, oogenesis, 
and the development of the fetus. Fetal development will include the three trimesters of 
pregnancy. Lecture and hands-on demonstrations will coincide appropriately to facilitate a 
simultaneous understanding of didactic and practical application. 

DMS 155 Fetal and Neonatal Anomalies 3 credits 

This course will introduce the student to various fetal anomalies that can occur across the 
gestational period. Emphasis will be placed on identification of the pathological processes, 
sonographic appearances, correlation with the clinical history and diagnostic testing or 
procedures, and clinical management options. An introduction to normal and abnormal anatomy, 
scanning technique, and sonographic appearances of the neonatal brain will be provided. 

DMS 245/745 Obstetrical Sonography II / Lab 3 credits 

This course will focus on the role of sonographic imaging in high risk obstetrics. Topics will 
include, but are not limited to: maternal diseases and potential fetal consequences; multiple 
gestation; management of high risk pregnancies; assessment of fetal well being; role of Doppler; 
interventional procedures; and advanced technologies currently used in obstetrics. 

DMS 255 Clinical Sonography III 2 credits 

This course will provide continued hospital/clinic setting work experience. Students will apply 
knowledge learned concurrently during Obstetrical Sonography II and Fetal and Neonatal 
Anomalies. The student will continue to gain experience in obstetrics focusing on unusual and 
abnormal case studies. Topics will include obstetrical sonograms of multiple gestation, fetal and 
neonatal anomalies, and Doppler techniques. The student will refine scanning skills and gain 
experience in visualizing the fetal heart and obtaining appropriate views. The students will also 
become exposed to interventional procedures utilizing ultrasound guidance. Execution of 
sonographic examinations will be performed under direct and indirect supervision. The student 
will strive for continued improvement in previously learned studies. With additional work setting 
experience, the student's comfort level will improve in equipment manipulation and patient 
interaction. 

DMS 265/765 Introduction to Vascular Sonography / Lab 3 credits 

This course will introduce the student to vascular sonography. It will include the hemodynamics, 
pathology and pathophysiology of the vascular system. The student will be introduced to normal 
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Discussion will include the clinical signs and symptoms and the appropriate diagnostic testing 
and treatment of various vascular diseases. Emphasis will be placed on the functional workings 
and settings associated with vascular procedures. 

DMS 277 Interventional Sonography 1 credit 

This course will focus on ultrasound-guided special procedures. Emphasis will be placed on how 
and why ultrasound is utilized as guidance during invasive procedures. The student will learn 
techniques in maintaining sterility during the procedure, as well as issues regarding the patient 
consent. Topics will include proper equipment and room set-up and clean-up techniques and 
laboratory requirements. Sonography in the operating room will also be addressed. Lecture and 
hands-on demonstrations will coincide appropriately to facilitate a simultaneous understanding of 
didactic and laboratory application. 

DMS 282 Issues in Sonography 1 credit 

This course prepares the student to transition from student to employee. A variety of topics will 
be researched and discussed to provide current insight into the future of the profession, resume 
and interview skills, certification versus accreditation, career opportunities, healthcare issues, and 
mechanisms for life-long learning. 

DMS 287 Journal and Case Study Review 1 credit 

This course will include readings and reviews of widely known sonography publications and 
journals. The student will become familiar with the important use of literature review and 
research in the healthcare environment and the populations they serve. Sonographic case studies 
will be discussed and presented. 

DMS 288 Focused Sonography 3 credits 

As the role of ultrasound technology continues to expand in arenas beyond the diagnostic role, it 
is important for sonographers to be cognizant of the medical value of the expanded non- 
traditional roles for patient outcomes. This seminar course will explore the role of sonography in 
interventional procedures, limited applications and developing specializations nationally and 
globally by various healthcare providers. Through research and analysis, various entities for use 
of ultrasound technology will be explored, as well as roles and scope of practice for the 
practitioner, and controversial issues. This course incorporates an introduction to information 
literacy and research methodologies. 

DMS 290 Clinical Sonography IV 4 credits 

This course will provide continued hospital/clinic setting work experience. Students will apply 
knowledge learned in prior courses including Introduction to Vascular Sonography, 
Interventional Sonography and Journal and Case study Review courses. The student will become 
familiar with vascular procedures performed in an ultrasound/vascular laboratory. Execution of 
sonographic examinations will be performed under direct and indirect supervision. The student 
will gain experience in sonography assisted special procedures, as well as operating room 
techniques. 

DMS 297 Sonographic Registry Review 3 credits 

This course will serve as an intense comprehensive review of knowledge learned from previous 
sonographic courses to prepare the graduate to sit for national sonographic examinations. 
Emphasis will be placed on sonographic physics and instrumentation, vascular hemodynamics, 
and normal anatomy versus pathological findings related to the abdomen, superficial structures, 
gynecology and obstetrics. Test taking strategies for success will be discussed. 

DMS 300 Clinical Sonography V 2 credits 

This course will provide continued hospital/clinic setting work experience. Students will apply 
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experience in all aspects of sonography while obtaining additional hands-on experience where 
needed. Execution of sonographic examinations will be performed under indirect supervision. 
After completion of required clinical hours, the student will be 'eligible' for registry status and is 
strongly encouraged to prepare for the national registry examinations after meeting the test 
prerequisites. 

DMS310 Breast Sonography 2 credits 

Breast sonography requires extensive knowledge in anatomy of the breast, physics of ultrasound, 
proper scanning technique and characteristics of pathology. This course will focus upon breast 
anatomy, correlation to mammography and the intricacy of proper scanning techniques. 
Classifications and types of benign and malignant pathology will be discussed in relationship to 
the expected sonographic characteristics. The course is designed for participants who desire an 
introductory course or as a review for the ARDMS, ARRT or American Society of Breast 
Surgeons breast specialty examination. 

DMS 320 Advanced Vascular Sonography 3 credits 

This course will discuss the pathophysiology of various vascular diseases, associated sonographic 
findings, diagnostic interpretation criteria and current methods of treatment. Emphasis will be 
placed on techniques for performance and sonographic findings for advanced and less commonly 
performed vascular procedures. 

Prerequisites: DMS 265: Introduction to Vascular Sonography or a minimum of one full year 
of clinical experience in vascular sonography. 

DMS 330 Advanced Fetal and Pediatric Sonography 3 credits 

This course will discuss congenital heart disease with emphasis on diagnosis during the fetal 
stage, neonatal neurosonography and application of sonography specific to the pediatric 
population. Topics will include, but not limited to, fetal heart and cranial embryology, anomalous 
development and sonographic appearances of normal and pathological conditions. Neonatal 
sonographic application for congenital hip dysplasia and pyloric stenosis will be examined. 
Prerequisites: One year full-time clinical sonographic experience or permission of the 
Instructor. 

DMS 420 Current Trends and Practices in Sonography 3 credits 

This course will take an in-depth approach to evaluate external and internal factors that impact the 
realm of sonography as part of the dynamic healthcare environment. Topics to be included, but 
not limited to, are technological advances, economic, legal, federal regulations, moral, and ethical 
issues. 

DMS 430 Independent Study-Sonography 2 credits 

This course focuses on utilizing sonographic knowledge gained from within the major and 
clinical experience to plan and implement a specialized project which would enhance the field of 
sonography in the employment setting, profession, or the community. 

Prerequisites: Minimum I year of clinical experience in sonography or permission of the 
Instructor 

DMS 472 Sonography Clinical Externship 1-5 credits 

Clinical externships provide an opportunity for the sonographer to expand his/her knowledge in 
specialty fields or a different area of sonography. Areas may include, but not limited to, 
perinatology, vascular, cardiac, or pediatrics. The sonographer (student) is responsible to secure a 
clinical facility willing to provide quality clinical education in the specialty area desired. In 
conjunction with the Chair of Sonography, a clinical education affiliate contract with the facility 
will be required prior to commencement of the externship. The student can determine the value 
for the number of credits at a ratio of 120 clinical hours = 1 credit up to a maximum of 5 credits. 



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Doctor of Physical Therapy Course Descriptions (DPT) 

DPT 801 Applied Physiology 4 credits 

The study of physiological mechanisms affecting physical therapy examination, evaluation and 
intervention. Includes physical agents, exercise, and modifying variables as related to 
maintaining and restoring homeostasis. Also includes applied cardiovascular, respiratory, and 
exercise physiology. Lecture: 3 hours, Lab: 2 hours. 

Prerequisites: Graduate DPT students 

Co-requisites: DPT 803, DPT 805, DPT 807, DPT 81 1, DPT 819 Spring 

DPT 802 Orthotics and Prosthetics in Physical Therapy 1 credit 

This course is designed to instinct physical therapy students in the physical therapy management 
of individuals with upper and lower extremity amputation, and incorporation of orthotic devices 
in patient/client management. (Lecture: 2.5 hours per week for 6 weeks) 

Prerequisites: DPT 809, DPT 823, DPT 839, DPT 853, DPT 855, DPT 857. 
Co-requisites: DPT 825, DPT 833, DPT 847, DPT 849, DPT 880. Fall 

DPT 803 Human Anatomy I 4 credits 

The first of two courses that study human anatomy, emphasizing structure and function in 
relationship to human movement, inter-relationships of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, 
cardiovascular, pulmonary systems, and intraabdominal structures. This course emphasizes 
building a foundation in human anatomy that will be built upon in the second course and 
integrated in clinical courses. (Lecture: 3 hours, Lab: 2 hours.) 

Prerequisites: Graduate DPT students. 

Co-requisites: DPT 801, DPT 805, DPT 807, DPT 819, DPT 81 1. Spring 

DPT 805 Medical Conditions I 3 credits 

The first of three courses to study disease processes, medical management (including 
pharmacology), medical screening (including diagnostic imaging and lab testing), and elementary 
to advanced differential diagnosis. (Lecture: 3 hours.) 

Prerequisites: Graduate DPT students. 

Co-requisites: DPT 801, DPT 803, DPT 807, DPT 819, DPT 81 1. Spring 

DPT 807 Movement Science I 4 credits 

The analysis of human movement is taught from the developmental, kinesiological, and 
biomechanical perspective. The student will learn functional anatomy, kinesiology and 
pathokinesiology of the joints, posture, functional movement patterns of the neck, trunk and limbs 
as a foundation for evaluation and intervention strategies of the musculoskeletal system. 
(Lecture: 3 hours, Lab: 2 hours.) 

Prerequisites: Graduate DPT students. 

Co-requisites: DPT 801, DPT 803, DPT 805, DPT 819, DPT 81 1. Spring 

DPT 809 Human Anatomy II 2 credits 

The second of two courses that study human anatomy, emphasizing structure and function in 
relationship to human movement, inter-relationships of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, vascular, 
and integumentary structure. This course builds upon the foundation built in Human Anatomy I 
and includes further exploration of structures and relationships using cadaver dissection. 
Evidence for the anatomical basis of examination and intervention is explored. (Lecture: 1 hour. 
Lab: 3 hours.) 

Prerequisites: DPT 813, DPT 815, DPT 817, DPT 851, DPT 829, DPT 821. 
Co-requisites: DPT 853, DPT 855, DPT 857, Spring 



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DPT 81 1 Physical Therapy Clinical Skills I 2 credits 

The first of two courses introducing patient handling and physical therapy tests and 
measurements and intervention strategies. This may include assessment and monitoring of vital 
signs, goniometry, manual muscle testing, modalities of heat, cold, sound, and water and 
therapeutic exercise. Introduces problem solving, communication, and patient management 
skills. (Lab: 4 hours.) 

Prerequisites: Graduate DPT students. 

Co-requisites: DPT 801, DPT 803, DPT 805, DPT 807, DPT 819. Spring 

DPT 813 Evidence-based Practice I 3 credits 

The first of a four-course sequence provides an overview of quantitative and qualitative research 
processes. The course emphasizes the knowledge and skills necessary to read and critically 
evaluate professional literature. (Lecture: 3 hours.) 

Prerequisites: Graduate DPT status 
Co-requisites: DPT 815, DPT 829, Fall 

DPT 8 1 5 Medical Conditions II 3 credits 

The second of three courses to study disease processes, medical management (including 
pharmacology), medical screening (including diagnostic imaging and lab testing), and elementary 
to advanced differential diagnosis. (Lecture: 3 hours.) 

Prerequisites: DPT 805 

Co-requisites: DPT 813, DPT 829. Fall 

DPT 817 Movement Science II 3 credits 

The study of motor control, motor learning, typical motor development, clinical application of 
kinesiology and biomechanics of the joints, posture, functional movement patterns of the neck, 
trunk, and limbs and gait will be taught as a foundation for examination and intervention 
strategies in the presence of movement dysfunction associated with the musculoskeletal and 
neuromuscular systems. (Lecture: 2 hours. Lab: 2 hours.) 

Prerequisites: DPT 801, DPT 803, DPT 805, DPT 807, DPT 819, DPT 811. 
Co-requisites: DPT 851, DPT 821. Fall 

DPT 819 Professional Issues I 1 credit 

The first of six courses to study issues related to professional practice expectations: 
accountability, altruism, compassion/caring, integrity, professional duty, communication, cultural 
competence, clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice and education. (Lecture: 1 hour.) 

Prerequisites: Graduate DPT students. 

Co-requisites: DPT 801, DPT 803, DPT 805, DPT 807, DPT 81 1. Spring 

DPT 82 1 Physical Therapy Clinical Skills II 2 credits 

The second of two courses introducing patient handling and physical therapy tests and 
measurements and intervention strategies. This may include goniometry, manual muscle testing, 
posture and gait assessment, massage, therapeutic exercise, gait training and objective tests for 
different neurological conditions. Encourages problem solving, communication, documentation 
and patient management skills. (Lab: 4 hours.) 

Prerequisites: DPT 801, DPT 803, DPT 805, DPT 807, DPT 819, DPT 811. 
Co-requisites: DPT 817, DPT 851, Fall 

DPT 823 Evidence-based Practice II 2 credits 

The second of a four-course sequence provides the knowledge and skills necessary to access and 
utilize best evidence in making clinical decisions. Content from Evidence-based Practice I is 



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integrated into this course in the continued development and application of skills needed for 
critically evaluating literature and physical therapy practice. (Lecture: 2 hours.) 

Prerequisites: DPT 813 
Co-requisites: DPT 839. Spring 

DPT 825 Medical Conditions III 3 credits 

The third of three courses to study disease processes, medical management (including 
pharmacology), medical screening (including diagnostic imaging and lab testing), and elementary 
to advanced differential diagnosis. (Lecture: 5 hours/week for 6 weeks; Lab: 4 hours/week for 6 
weeks) 

Prerequisites: DPT 853, DPT 823, DPT 809, DPT 855, DPT 857, DPT 839. 
Co-requisites: DPT 833, DPT 861, DPT 849. Fall 

DPT 829 Professional Issues II 2 credits 

The second of six courses to study issues related to professional practice expectations: 
accountability, altruism, compassion/caring, integrity, professional duty, communication, cultural 
competence, clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice and education. (Lecture: 1.5 hours, 
Lab: 1 hour.) 

Prerequisites: DPT 819 
Co-requisites: DPT 813, DPT 815 Fall 

DPT 833 Evidence-based Practice III 2 credits 

The third of a four-course sequence emphasizes the planning and conducting of an evidence 
based practice project that involves developing a focused question and conducting a literature 
search and review, including critical evaluation and evidence based practice grading. Building 
upon skills presented in Evidence Based Practice I and n, the course provides opportunities for 
enhancing the knowledge and skills needed for critical evaluation of the literature and other forms 
of information. (Lecture: 5 hours/week for 6 weeks) 

Prerequisites: DPT 853, DPT 823, DPT 809, DPT 855, DPT 857, DPT 839. 
Co-requisites: DPT 861, DPT 825, DPT 849. Fall 

DPT 837 Clinical Education I 10 credits 

This is an eight-week, full-time clinical education experience, occurring during the fourth 
semester in the program (Summer II). This experience will provide the opportunity for integration 
of current professional competencies into direct patient care using problem solving strategies. 
Facilitation from physical therapy clinical faculty will assist in the utilization of these skills in 
critically analyzing a variety of patient and role problems. This experience will begin the process 
of professional socialization and cultivation of interpersonal communication skills; clinical 
decision making; self-assessment; proactive learning; and development of personal values, 
attitudes, and motivations in relationship to ethical, legal, and moral practice. (40 hours per week 
for 10 weeks.) 

Prerequisites: DPT 853, DPT 823, DPT 809, DPT 855, DPT 857, DPT 839. Summer. 

DPT 839 Professional Issues III 1 credit 

The third of six courses to study issues related to professional practice expectations: 
accountability, altruism, compassion/caring, integrity, professional duty, communication, cultural 
competence, clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice and education. (Lecture: 1 hour.) 

Prerequisites: DPT 813, DPT 815, DPT 829, 
Co-requisites: DPT 823 Spring 



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DPT 843 Evidence Based Practice IV 4 credits 

The fourth of a four-course sequence continues with the evidence based practice process of 
critical evaluation of information related to a focused question and obtaining the best evidence. 
The course provides opportunities for discussion and exercises in the integration of best evidence 
with clinical judgment and client values to determine the best care for a client. Content from 
Evidence Based Practice I, II, and III is integrated into this course in the continued critical 
evaluation of literature and physical therapy practice. (Lecture: 2 hours, Seminar: 4 hours.) 

Prerequisites: DPT 833, DPT 861, DPT 825, DPT 849. 
Co-requisites: DPT 863, DPT 865, DPT 859, DPT 880. Spring 

DPT 847 Clinical Education II 10 credits 

This is an eight-week, full-time clinical education experience occurring during the fifth semester 
of the program (Fall II). This experience will build upon Clinical Education I and incorporate the 
additional competencies attained in didactic and laboratory work. Students will continue to use 
problem-solving strategies in direct patient care, under the guidance of physical therapy clinical 
faculty. A variety of patient populations and problems will be provided to allow for full 
integration of professional knowledge and skills in total patient care. The students will be 
encouraged to reflect upon their knowledge and skills to identify problem areas to be addressed in 
Clinical Education II. Further development of interpersonal skills, clinical decision making, self- 
assessment, proactive learning, and professional socialization is expected. (10 weeks.) 

Prerequisites: DPT 833, DPT 861, DPT 825, DPT 849. Fall 

DPT 849 Professional Issues IV 2 credits 

The fourth of six courses to study issues related to professional practice expectations: 
accountability, altruism, compassion/caring, integrity, professional duty, communication, cultural 
competence, clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice and education. (Lecture: 2 hours/week 
for 8 weeks, Lab: 4 hours/week for 8 weeks) 

Prerequisites: DPT 853, DPT 823, DPT 809, DPT 855, DPT 857, DPT 839. 
Co-requisites: DPT 833, DPT 861, DPT 825. Fall 

DPT 851 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I 5 credits 

This course will introduce the student to skills necessary for physical therapy examination of and 
intervention for problems of the musculoskeletal system primarily involving the upper and lower 
extremities. A number of examination and intervention principles utilized throughout the 
musculoskeletal system will be examined, as well as joint-specific principles. These principles 
will then be applied to the anatomy and biomechanics of the specific regions of the upper and 
lower extremities. Pathologies will be explored in light of their regional effects on the anatomy 
and biomechanics, as well as the effect of these changes in mechanics on the function of the body 
as a whole. (Lecture: 3 hours, Lab: 4 hours.) 

Prerequisites: DPT 801, DPT 803, DPT 805, DPT 807, DPT 819, DPT 811. 
Co-requisites: DPT 817, DPT 821. Fall 

DPT 853 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy 4 credits 

This course explores cardiopulmonary anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology, and the effects 
of aging on these systems. Cardiopulmonary dysfunction as a complication of other medical 
conditions is stressed. Screening, examination, evaluation, differential diagnosis, intervention 
and modification within the scope of physical therapy practice are emphasized. Integration of 
medical laboratory studies, medical diagnoses, graded exercise testing with EKG analysis, and 
pharmacological factors with PT examination and intervention planning are analyzed. 
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physical therapy as integral to patient and public education. Classroom, laboratory, group, and 
clinical sessions are used to facilitate integration of competencies and skills. (Lecture: 3 hours, 
Lab: 2 hours.) 

Prerequisites: DPT 813, DPT 815, DPT 817, DPT 851, DPT 829, DPT 821. 
Co-requisites: DPT 809, DPT 855, DPT 857, Spring 

DPT 855 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II 4 credits 

This course is a continuation of Musculoskeletal PT I. The principles studied in this course are 
related to the examination of and intervention for dysfunction of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar 
spines and the TMJ. In addition principles specific to spinal pathology and mechanics will be 
introduced. Pathologies investigated in Musculoskeletal PT I that affect the extremities will be 
re-examined in regard to their effect on the spine. (Lecture: 2 hours, Lab: 4 hours.) 

Prerequisites: DPT 813, DPT 815, DPT 817, DPT 851, DPT 829, DPT 821. 
Co-requisites: DPT 853, DPT 809, DPT 857, Spring 

DPT 857 Neuromuscular Physical Therapy I 5 credits 

This course will review neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neuropathology with expansion to 
neurological examination, intervention and rehabilitation. Analysis of posture and movement 
during the normal process of development and aging as well as in clients with neurological 
impairments will be emphasized. Current movement theory, postural control, and motor learning 
research will be applied and integrated with knowledge gained in previous coursework for clinical 
decision making in evaluation and selection of appropriate intervention strategies. The theoretical 
basis and treatment techniques for selected neuromotor techniques such as PNF, NDT and 
sensory integration will also be included. Laboratory sessions will emphasize the development of 
specific psychomotor examination and intervention skills necessary for the successful 
examination, evaluation and intervention of clients across the lifespan. (Lecture: 3 hours, Lab: 4 
hours.) 

Prerequisites: DPT 813, DPT 815, DPT 817, DPT 851, DPT 829, DPT 821. 
Co-requisites: DPT 853, DPT 809, DPT 855. Spring 

DPT 859 Professional Issues V 3 credits 

The fifth of six courses to study issues related to professional practice expectations: 
accountability, altruism, compassion/caring, integrity, professional duty, communication, cultural 
competence, clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice and education. (Lecture: 2 hours, Lab: 2 
hours.) 

Prerequisites: DPT 833, DPT 861, DPT 825, DPT 849. 
Co-requisites: DPT 843, DPT 863, DPT 865, DPT 880. Spring 

DPT 86 1 Integumentary Physical Therapy 3 credits 

This course provides the student with an opportunity to synthesize materials learned to date 
within the physical therapy program in the context of integumentary physical therapy. 
Cooperative learning, independent research, and evidence-based practice on specific topics 
related to Integumentary physical therapy are integral components of the class. Topics include 
wound healing, special tests, nutrition and oxygen for healing, modalities for wound healing, 
dressings, and adjunctive therapies. (Lecture: 4 hours/week for 8 weeks, Lab: 4 hours/week for 8 
weeks) 

Prerequisites: DPT 853, DPT 823, DPT 809, DPT 855, DPT 857, DPT 839. 
Co-requisites: DPT 833, DPT 825, DPT 849. Fall 



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DPT 863 Neuromuscular Physical Therapy II 4 credits 

A continuation of Neuromuscular Physical Therapy I. This course will focus on the selection, 
performance and analysis of selected intervention strategies for patients with disorders involving 
the neuromuscular system. The theoretical basis and treatment techniques for selected neuromotor 
techniques such as PNF, NDT and sensory integration will also be included. Laboratory sessions 
will emphasize the development of specific psychomotor examination and intervention skills 
necessary for the successful examination, evaluation and intervention of clients across the 
lifespan. (Lecture: 2 hours, Lab: 4 hours.) 

Prerequisites: DPT 833, DPT 861, DPT 825, DPT 849. 
Co-requisites: DPT 843, DPT 865, DPT 859, DPT 880. Spring 

DPT 865 Patient Client Management 4 credits 

Exploration of the physical therapy management of clients and patients with multiple diagnoses. 
Includes consultation, screening, examination, intervention and prevention, closely linked to 
evidence-based practice. (Lecture: 3 hours, Lab: 2 hours.) 

Prerequisites: DPT 833, DPT 861, DPT 825, DPT 849. 
Co-requisites: DPT 843, DPT 863, DPT 859, DPT 880. Spring 

DPT 867 Clinical Education III 10 credits 

This is an eight-week, full-time clinical education experience occurring in the seventh semester of 
the program (Summer III). This experience builds upon Clinical Education II and incorporate the 
additional competencies attained in didactic and laboratory work. Students will continue to use 
problem-solving strategies in direct patient care, under the guidance of physical therapy clinical 
faculty. A variety of patient populations and problems will be provided to allow for integration 
of professional knowledge and skills in total patient care. Students will be encouraged to reflect 
upon their knowledge and skills to identify problem areas to be addressed in Clinical Education 
IV. Further development of interpersonal skills, clinical decision making,self-assessment, 
proactive learning, and professional socialization is expected. (10 weeks) 

Prerequisites: DPT 843, DPT 863, DPT 865, DPT 859, DPT 880. Summer 

DPT 869 Professional Issues VI 2 credits 

The sixth of six courses to study issues related to professional practice expectations: 
accountability, altruism, compassion/caring, integrity, professional duty, communication, cultural 
competence, clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice and education. (Lecture: 2 hours/week 
for 6 weeks, Lab: 2.5 hours/week for 6 weeks) 

Prerequisites: DPT 843, DPT 863, DPT 865, DPT 859, DPT 880. 
Co-requisite: DPT 879. Fall 

DPT 877 Clinical Education IV 1 credits 

This is a ten-week full-time clinical education experience occurring in the eighth semester of the 
program (Fall III). This experience may occur at the same facility on a different rotation or in a 
different clinical setting. In this experience the student should seek patient populations or 
problems with which they have limited exposure and/or lack mastery of entry-level skills. 
Students also should actively seek, where possible, opportunities in teaching, critical 
inquiry/research, administration/management, and quality assurance. Patient evaluation and 
intervention skills should be fine-tuned. Additional emphases should be placed upon addressing 
clinical decision making, goal setting/functional outcome measures, modification of intervention 
plans, and the role of physical therapy in a dynamic health care system. (40 hours per week for 
10 weeks.) 

Prerequisites: DPT 843, DPT 863, DPT 865, DPT 859, DPT 880. Fall. 



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DPT 879 Doctoral Seminar 2 credits 

In this course, students will present a personal project of professional significance and will 
provide feedback to and receive feedback from their peers. (Seminar: 4.5 hours/week for 6 
weeks) 

Prerequisites: DPT 843, DPT 863, DPT 865, DPT 859, DPT 880. 
Co-requisite: DPT 869. Fall 

DPT 880 Physical Therapy Electives 3 credits 

This offering allows physical therapy students in their sixth semester the opportunity for study in 
up to three professional specialty areas. Topics vary from year to year, depending on student 
interest and the availability of faculty with professional expertise. Topics may include clinical 
specialties such as sports physical therapy, geriatrics, or pediatrics, or role specialties such as 
administration, teaching, or community health. Independent study or a graduate course outside 
the physical therapy department may be arranged with permission of program faculty. (Lecture: 
variable, Lab: variable.) 

Prerequisites: DPT 833, DPT 861, DPT 825, DPT 849. 
Co-requisites: DPT 843, DPT 863, DPT 865, DPT 859. Spring 

Early Childhood Education Course Descriptions (ECE) 

ECE 1 10 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3 credits 

This course is designed to introduce candidates to the historical perspectives, foundations of Early 
Childhood Education (ECE), including the necessity for and scope of ECE. It will focus on 
Regulations in ECE as well as developmentally appropriate practices (DAP), and Early 
Intervention (EI), The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and 
their code of ethics. 

ECE 250 Curriculum and Instruction in ECE 3 credits 

This course prepares candidates to identify the curriculum and environment demands of early 
childhood educators. Students will identify strategies, including technology and differentiated 
instruction to accommodate all children, focusing on children from diverse cultures and children 
with special needs. Curriculum models will be discussed as well as lesson planning. The 
importance of family involvement will also be discussed. 

Prerequisites: ECE 1 10 

Note: Students enrolled in this course must co-register for the designated field component 

TED 292 

ECE 380 Reading Methods I 3 credits 

This course is designed prepares students (ECED, ELED, and SPED) to understand the 
expectations of a developmental reading curriculum and to use methods and materials to teach 
groups of students to develop reading skills. This course examines the goals, purposes and 
principles of reading instruction; the expectations of an emergent literacy curriculum; and 
phonological awareness instruction. 

Prerequisites: ECE 250 

ECE 38 1 Reading Methods II 3 credits 

This course prepares student to adapt and enhance methods and materials to teach reading skills 
to allow groups and/or individuals multiple pathways to learning. This course examines Word 
Recognition using structural, contextual, phonetic and dictionary analysis; prior knowledge; and 
assessment techniques using the oral reading miscue analysis associated with literacy instruction. 

Prerequisites: ECE 380 



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ECE 382 Math Methods I 3 credits 

This course is designed to introduce candidates to the Pre-K to grade 2 math curriculum and to 
use the methods and materials commonly used to teach children including diverse learners to 
develop math competencies. Students will be introduced to state and professional organization 
standards. 

Prerequisites: Completion of freshman and sophomore courses 

Note: Students enrolled in this course must co-register for the designated field component 
TED 394 

ECE 383 Math Methods II 3 credits 

This course is designed to introduce candidates to the third and fourth grade math curriculum and 
to use the methods and materials commonly used to teach children including diverse learners to 
develop math competencies. 

Prerequisites: ECE 382 

ECE 384 Social Studies Methods 3 credits 

This course prepares students to provide instruction for elementary students in social studies. The 
primary focus is to familiarize students with state and professional standards, best practices, 
curriculum, methods, materials, and assessment measures used to implement effective teaching 
and learning. During this course, students prepare to use a series of specialized methods and 
materials designed to teach students with atypical learning styles, including those with 
disabilities. 

Prerequisites: Completion of freshman and sophomore courses 

ECE 384 Social Studies Methods 3 credits 

This course prepares students to provide instruction for elementary students in science. The 
primary focus is to familiarize students with state and professional standards, research-based 
practices, curriculum, methods, materials, and assessment measures used to implement effective 
teaching and learning. During this course students prepare to use a series of specialized methods 
and materials designed to teach students with atypical learning styles, including those with 
disabilities, and students who are not proficient in the English language. 

Prerequisites: Completion of freshman and sophomore courses 

ECE 386 Language Arts Methods 3 credits 

This course prepares students to provide instruction for Pre-K through grade four students in the 
language arts. The primary focus is to familiarize students with state and professional standards, 
research-based practices, curriculum, methods, materials, and assessment measures used to 
implement effective teaching and learning. During this course students prepare to use a series of 
specialized methods and materials designed to teach students with atypical learning styles, 
including those with disabilities, and students who are not proficient in the English language. 

Prerequisites: TED 242, ECE 250 

ECE 387 Integrating the Arts 3 credits 

This course will develop a student's critical and aesthetic understanding of the creative arts and 
their benefits in the early childhood classroom. Students will explore how to integrate the music, 
art, movement, and puppetry into all aspects of the curriculum to enhance and increase learning. 

Prerequisites: TED 242, ECE 250 

ECE 460 Collaborating with Families 3 credits 

This course will provide candidates with a comprehensive view of the diverse family structures, 
beliefs, traditions, customs and values that impact the development of children with and without 
disabilities. Attention will be given to the impact of factors such as language, socio-economic 
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candidates will focus on strategies that foster mutually respectful partnerships with family 
members, as well as strategies to keep families informed as well as involved in decisions. 
Community resources will also be highlighted. 

Prerequisites: Completion of all Freshman courses 

Education (Graduate Program) Course Descriptions (EDU) 

EDU 500 Issues and Trends in Education 3 credits 

Examines curriculum decision-making in light of federal and state legislation, court decisions, 
public policy, recent research, and exemplary educational program. Students complete a series of 
readings, participate in discussions, and complete a major paper. 

EDU 504 Curriculum 3 credits 

Examines the theories and models and procedures of curriculum design and assessment. Students 
design and assess actual curriculum. 

EDU 509 Assessment 3 credits 

This course prepares students to understand, administer and/or interpret assessment information 
in educational settings. 

Prerequisite: EDU 517 

EDU 510 Learning 3 credits 

Relates major contemporary theories of education to current methods of teaching. Discusses how 
the theories and methods affect curriculum and curriculum decisions. Students create a project 
that relates theories and methods to curriculum decisions. 

EDU 515 Research Methods 3 credits 

Provides students with an understanding of the concepts, principles, and techniques associated 
with the investigation of specific research problems in organizational behavior and management. 

Prerequisite: MTH 115 

EDU 517 Special Education 3 credits 

Students will identify the historical, philosophical, and the legal foundations of special education. 

EDU 518 The Internet 3 credits 

Provides students with an opportunity to explore electronic communications and information 
storage, access, and use as they relate to the Internet. Students will develop skills needed for 
personal communications, web information, Internet research, and telecomputing. 

EDU 519 Inclusion 3 credits 

This course introduces students to the nature and purposes of inclusion of students with 
disabilities in regular education. It highlights research-based planning, instructional, 
management, assessment, and communication practices. These practices facilitate successful 
inclusion of students with various disabilities. 

Prerequisite: EDU 517 

EDU 520 Curriculum and Methods in Reading 3 credits 

Focuses on effective and efficient teaching methods and materials, used to teach reading in 
elementary classrooms. This course is designed for currently certified teachers. 

Prerequisite: EDU 590 



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EDU521 Teaching Methods 3 credits 

Prepares supervisors to identify and support 'best practices' in planning, implementing, and 
assessing instruction. 

EDU 523 Curriculum Adaptations for Mainstreamed Adolescents 3 credits 

Prepares special and regular educators to effectively integrate mildly handicapped students in 
regular education. 

EDU 524 Curriculum and Methods in Language Arts 3 credits 

Focuses on effective and efficient teaching methods and materials, used to teach language arts in 
elementary classrooms. This course is designed for currently certified teachers. 

Prerequisite: EDU 590 

EDU 525 Curriculum and Methods in Mathematics 3 credits 

Focuses on effective and efficient teaching methods and materials, used to teach mathematics in 
elementary classrooms. It is designed for currently certified teachers. 

Prerequisite: EDU 590 

EDU 526 Characteristics I 3 credits 

This course helps students to develop an in depth knowledge of individuals (across the life span) 
with disabilities. These individuals are served by special education because of mental retardation, 
physical disabilities, health impairments and autistic spectrum disorders. It focuses on etiology, 
characteristics that affect learning and teaching, as well as identification and assessment of 
individuals with disabilities. 

Prerequisite: EDU 517 

EDU 527 Characteristics II 3 credits 

This course helps students to develop an in depth knowledge of individuals (across the life span) 
with disabilities. These individuals are served by special education because of learning 
disabilities, emotional disturbances, and other health impairments as manifest in conditions such 
as ADHD. It focuses on etiology and characteristics that affect learning and teaching, as well as 
identification and assessment of individuals with disabilities. 

Prerequisite: EDU 526 

EDU 528 Methods I 3 credits 

This course allows students to develop advanced skills needed to plan, implement, and assess 
teaching and learning in programs for students with moderate to profound disabilities. 

Prerequisite: EDU 526 

EDU 529 Methods II 3 credits 

This course allows students to develop advanced skills needed to plan, implement, and assess 
teaching and learning in learning support and emotional support programs. 

Prerequisite: EDU 528 

EDU 530 School Law and Finance 3 credits 

Introduces students to how state and local school district laws and policies govern curriculum and 
how school programs are financed. 

EDU 531 College Teaching 3 credits 

Introduces prospective and novice college faculty to instructional practices and procedures related 
to teaching college courses. Topics include developing syllabi and instructional plans, teaching 
methods, test construction, and evaluation procedures. 



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EDU 532 Classroom and Instructional Management 3 credits 

Identifies how special educators and elementary teachers can improve how they manage 
classrooms. Motivation and discipline issues are discussed. 

EDU 533 Computer-based Education 3 credits 

This laboratory course allows students to experience first-hand the effects of computer-based 
educational programs and create an awareness of how CBA can be used in schools. 

EDU 534 Teaching Sensitive Issues 3 credits 

This course identifies educationally sensitive issues related to sex education and related topics 
and prepares students to deal with the issues in classroom situations. 

EDU 535 Cooperative Learning 3 credits 

Introduces students to cooperative learning and develops skills related to the implementation of 
cooperative learning strategies in elementary and secondary schools. 

EDU 537 Outcomes-based Education 3 credits 

This course introduces students to OBE and to policies and procedures that facilitate the effective 
implementation of outcomes-based programs. 

EDU 538 Performance-based Assessment 3 credits 

This course introduces students to performance-based assessment and to policies and procedures 
which facilitate the effective implementation of PB A in classroom situations. 

EDU 539 Learning Strategies 3 credits 

This course introduces students to the Strategies Intervention Model (SEM), an approach to 
helping at-risk secondary students by empowering them with learning strategies (Kansas 
University). 

EDU 545 Instructional Support Teams/Elementary 1 credit 

This advanced course helps elementary teachers apply concepts of instructional support in their 
school settings. 

EDU 546 Instructional Support Teams/Secondary 1 credit 

This advanced course helps middle level and secondary teachers apply concepts of instructional 
support in their school settings. 

EDU 547 Collaboration and Consultation 3 credits 

This course introduces a process regular and special education teachers can follow to jointly 
implement programs to assist at-risk students. 

EDU 548 Clinical Supervision 3 credits 

This course explores and implements models and practices of clinical supervision. Supervision 
projects are completed in the field. 

EDU 552 Multimedia for Instruction 3 credits 

This course introduces students to the development and use of multimedia in education and 
training. Students examine current uses of multimedia and consider its future. Students create 
graphic, video, and audio media, as well as new formats as they emerge. 



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EDU 553 Instructional Design 3 credits 

This course reviews models of teaching and training which might be used in professional 
development activities (e.g., in-service programs, college teaching, training activities) to 
determine whether and how they can be improved by applications of educational technology. 

EDU 554 Videography 3 credits 

This course prepares students to create a production for use in a digital environment. 

EDU 556 Programming for Instruction 3 credits 

This course introduces students to computer programming for educational and training 
applications. It emphasizes interface design and interactivity. The language(s) will vary with 
needs and trends. 

EDU 558 Introduction to Networking 3 credits 

This course introduces students to the types of computer networking needed for distribution of 
educational and training applications. Languages and platforms used are determined in response 
to the needs of students enrolled and trends in education and training. 

EDU 559 Supervision Internship 3 credits 

This post-degree internship allows candidates for certification in supervision to engage in 
activities typical of educators who work as supervisors of curriculum and instruction. The 
internship is project-based and requires two semesters to complete. 

EDU 563 Hypermedia Theory and Application 3 credits 

Using both laboratory classroom situations and equipment, this course introduces students to 
computer-based techniques that teachers and trainers might use to develop and deliver instruction 
and training. 

EDU 565 Staff Development 3 credits 

This course helps students identify and develop skills needed to plan, implement, and assess 
professional development programs for school faculties and business personnel. Procedures and 
practices related to conducting needs assessments and to delivering and evaluating the effects of 
in-service programs are highlighted. Students actually prepare a development activity that they 
may use to complete their professional contributions. 

EDU 566 Principles of Interface Design 3 credits 

This course introduces students to procedures used to create computer-based interface and screen 
designs. Commercially available and web-based programs and units are evaluated in terms of 
how well they relate to design principles and as to their efficiency. 

EDU 567 Issues and Trends in Educational Technology 3 credits 

This course provides students with an opportunity to investigate current issues related to 
computer-moderated teaching and learning. 

EDU 568 Distance Education and Hybrid Technologies 3 credits 

This course introduces students to the operation of distributed educational technologies, including 
the development and delivery of asynchronous and synchronous mediated and stand-alone 
communication technologies, including distance learning. 

EDU 575 Human Development 3 credits 

An in-depth study of growth and development as it relates to elementary-aged students, this 
course explores current research and recent developments in educational psychology. 



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EDU 576 Masters Project 6 credits 

This course is designed to be a practical hands-on culminating experience to the special education 
specialization of the masters program. It is designed to be a flexible yet rigorous course. 

EDU 577 Field credit 

All graduate education majors seeking certification must independently propose and then deliver 
a set of projects related to the needs of a community classroom or another setting that serves 
students they will eventually teach (e.g., a group home, a preschool, etc.). Students must 
complete a minimum of twenty five (25) hours observing veteran classroom teachers and 
participating in their classrooms. 

EDU 578 Student Teaching 12 credits 

The culminating activity of the university's graduate education program for candidates seeking 
certification is the student teaching experience. This experience places students (all majors) in 
classroom situations where they complete their development as teachers by demonstrating their 
abilities to fully function as classroom teachers. Student teachers spend the first half of the 
student teaching semester in one setting and the second half in another. In each placement, 
student teachers work under the guidance and supervision of master teachers and university 
supervisors. 

EDU 581 Seminar in Elementary Education 3 credits 

Current issues and trends in elementary education are addressed. 

EDU 582 Observation and Practice 0-3 credits 

Elementary specialization participants are expected to log 100 hours observing and participating 
in elementary classrooms. Specific objectives must be met and students must maintain journals. 

EDU 585 Special Topics Variable credit 

The graduate education program features a series of 1-, 2-, and 3-credit courses, which deal with 
special topics of interest to teachers. They are taught by respected and expert adjunct faculty who 
are leaders in their communities and/or schools. A few special topics are scheduled each semester 
and several are available during the summer term. Most special topics may be used as electives 
within the graduate education program. 

Special topics courses have included: 

Integrating Learning Systems 

College Programs for Disabled Students 

Integrating Technology in the Classroom 

Religion in Public Schools 

The Federal Education Agenda 

Characteristics of Excellence 

Sensitive Issues in Sexuality 

Multicultural Education: Heritage Curriculum 

Integration Curriculum 

Censorship in the Arts 

Multicultural Education: Literature in High School 

Curriculum of the Future 

Curriculum Update: State Requirements 

Education in Japan 

The Self-Study Process 

Ethics in Education 

Adaptations for Exceptional Students/Secondary 

Parents'/Students' Rights in Special Education 

Preparing Students for Post- Secondary Education 



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EDU 590 Basic Methods in Elementary Education 3 credits 

This course focuses on the structure and process of elementary education and highlights effective 
and efficient teaching methods and materials, which may be used in elementary education. This 
course is designed for currently certified, albeit not elementary, teachers. 

EDU 595 Professional Contribution 3 credits 

This course allows students the opportunity to implement major curriculum projects by 
conducting and formally and publicly presenting their professional contributions. 

Prerequisite: EDU 565 

EDU 599 Independent Study Variable credit 

This course allows students to conduct independent investigations of specific topics of interest 
and/or to complete a school-based project. They are planned, implemented, and evaluated with 
the assistance of a mentor appointed by Misericordia University. A contract learning format is 
used. 

EDU 620 Restructuring Schools and Classrooms 3 credits 

This course assists teachers and administrators to develop a knowledge of research, motivation, 
theories, and successful initiatives involved in the school reform effort. 

EDU 621 Strategies for Improving Instruction 3 credits 

This course examines strategies teachers need to implement more flexible, creative approaches to 
instruction found in schools and classrooms implementing restructuring to create 21st century 
classrooms. 

EDU 622 Linking Assessment to Improved Instruction 3 credits 

This course describes what changes in assessment mean for schools trying to restructure and meet 
new state and national performance standards. 

EDU 623 Teaching to New State and National Standards 3 credits 

This course reviews current state and national performance and curriculum standards, shares 
findings from policy makers on making instructional decisions in local schools, and allows 
participants to develop implementation strategies in their curricular areas. 

EDU 624 Enhancing School Climate 3 credits 

This course presents research-based strategies that create a positive school climate, improve 
leadership and collaboration, and enhance individual effectiveness and resiliency to 
organizational change. 

EDU 625 Technical Applications in Schools 3 credits 

This course explores the promise an assortment of technologies hold for teaching to diverse 
learners, reaching equity, and teaching to high standards in heterogeneous classrooms. 

EDU 626 Advanced Technological Applications 3 credits 

This course enables participants to perform advanced functions including creating directories, 
performing back up procedures, restoring files, creating batch files, and performing multitasking 
through windows applications. Spreadsheet and data based tools as well as PowerPoint are 
integrated. 

EDU 627 Integrating CAI into the Curriculum 3 credits 

This course enables students to use the more popular computer assisted instructional programs 
and integrated learning systems (Jostens, CCC, IBM's TLC, etc.) in both classroom and 
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EDU 628 Integrating Desktop Publishing 3 credits 

This course prepares students to develop the understandings and skills necessary to use desktop 
publishing programs such as Works, Word, WordPerfect, Publisher, and related applications. 

EDU 629 Web Page Development and HTML 3 credits 

This course prepares students to become competent in the design and construction of Web Pages 
using HTML authoring language. 

EDU 630 Design and Delivery of Distance Learning Programs 3 credits 

This course familiarizes students with the uses of satellite technology, interactive video 
conferencing, and other distance learning strategies for use in the 21st century classroom. 

English Course Descriptions (ENG) 

ENG 101 Literature of Values: Ancient and Medieval Literary Texts 3 credits 

This course is a survey of major works selected from ancient Greek and Roman literature, and 
Western European literature of the Middle Ages. Emphasis is on the ways in which specific 
works reflect the cultural values and historical situations of the peoples who produced them. 

ENG 102 Literature of Discovery: Modern and Early Modern Literary Texts 3 credits 

This course includes readings in Western European literature from the Renaissance to the 20th 
century. Emphasis is placed on the ways in which specific works reflect changing values and 
modern intellectual movements. 

ENG 103 Composition 3 credits 

Instruction and practice in writing skills for college and professional life. 

ENG 104 Literature of Discovery: American Literature 3 credits 

This course includes readings in American literature from the first Europeans to the 20th century. 
Emphasis is placed on the ways in which specific works reflect changing values and modem 
intellectual movements. 

ENG 105 The Research Paper 3 credits 

Instruction and practice in writing research papers from the choice of a topic to completion of the 
final draft. Variable lecture/discussion and laboratory hours. 

Prerequisite: ENG 103 or two writing-intensive courses 

ENG 1 08 African American Literature 3 credits 

This course examines the major African American authors in America, how their texts reflect 
their sense of identity, and how these texts fit into larger frameworks of American literature. The 
course also investigates the cultural history behind these works and issues such as stereotyping. 

ENG 109 Modern World Literature 3 credits 

This course focuses on the literatures of modem cultures other than those of Western Europe or 
North America. Works and authors are discussed in relation to their native cultures and in relation 
to the ways in which the literature reveals cultural and historical assumptions different from our 
own. 



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ENG 1 1 1 Literature of American Immigrants 3 credits 

This course investigates the experiences of different ethnic groups in America. It considers both 
their introductory experiences to America and their experiences attempting to integrate into 
American culture. Finally, the course examines ways in which the idea of immigration has 
remained central to the American myth, while immigrants themselves have often remained 
marginalized. 

ENG 112 Speech Communication 3 credits 

A content- and performance-oriented course designed to teach the importance of speech 
communication in today's society. Basic principles of speech communication; application of 
principles through the creation of communication messages; giving and receiving constructive 
criticism; and avoiding communication breakdowns. 

ENG 120 Theatre Production 1 credit 

The preparation and presentation of productions including rehearsal, performance, stage 
management, scenery production, constructing properties, lighting, sound, costumes, programs, 
box office, publicity, etc. May be repeated for credit. 

Cross registration with FA 120 

ENG 151 University Writing Seminar 3 credits 

This course introduces and develops skills and abilities fundamental to proficient academic 
writing. This course emphasizes the critical reading and the summary, synthesis, and analysis of 
primary materials in specific social and historical contexts. 

ENG 203 Advanced Expository Writing 3 credits 

Advanced practice in writing clear prose using various modes of exposition, with an emphasis 
upon developing and improving style. 

Prerequisite: ENG 103 or two writing-intensive courses 

ENG 205 Beginning Acting 3 credits 

Analysis and experience of dramatic literature through performance. Emphasis is placed on 
building a basic performance vocabulary and technique, and developing confidence and critical 
thinking skills. 

Cross registration with FA 200 

ENG 215 Shakespeare 3 credits 

Introduces the student to Shakespeare through a careful reading and analysis of two or more 
genres of Shakespearean drama in seven or eight of the major plays. A number of approaches 
may be taken to the plays, such as their dramaturgy and structural composition, as well as the 
intellectual and social background of Shakespeare's age. 

Prerequisite: Literature core 

ENG 220 Theatre in Performance 3 credits 

Examination of dramatic texts in performance and the history of dramatic production in a variety 
of cultures. Main focus is on Western traditions, but some Eastern traditions are included. 

Prerequisite: Literature core 

ENG 300 Classics of Western Literature 3 credits 

A study of the major works that have influenced Western writers, with emphasis on the 
characteristics of different types of literature and cultural backgrounds. Readings include works 
by Homer, Dante, and Goethe. 

Prerequisite: Literature core 



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ENG301 Teaching Writing 3 credits 

This course offers practice in writing short essays and in responding to the writing of others. 
Review of grammar and sentence construction is included as needed. 

ENG 302 Myth and Symbol 3 credits 

This course surveys texts that focus on a major literary symbol or myth across time and genre, 
and examines how these devices have provided continuity for authors from different centuries, 
and how they have changed in response to cultural changes. Examples include the underworld, 
the journey, the knight, and the machine. 

Prerequisites: ENG 10 1C, ENG 102M 

ENG 3 1 8 The Study of Language 3 credits 

An introduction to the phonology, morphology, lexicon, and syntax of English. Approaches 
include both an overview of the development of English from the perspective of historical 
linguistics and an analysis of English from the perspective of structural linguistics. Topics 
covered include the IPA phonetic system, Indo-European roots of English, borrowings into 
English, traditional and transformational grammar, and dialect. 

ENG 320 1 9th Century American Literature 3 credits 

A survey of major 19th century American authors in the Romantic and Realist traditions, with 
special attention to cultural backgrounds. 

Prerequisites: ENG 101 C, ENG 102M 

ENG 321 20th Century American Literature 3 credits 

A study of the major American novelists, poets, and dramatists of the 20th century. Emphasis will 
be on the realistic/naturalistic school and on cultural backgrounds that influenced American 
writers. 

Prerequisites: ENG 101 C, ENG 102M 

ENG 325 Feature and Magazine Writing 3 credits 

Practice in writing longer articles suitable for both newspaper and magazine publishing. 
Prerequisite: ENG 103 or two writing-intensive courses; cross-listed with COM 325 

ENG 339 Technical Writing 3 credits 

Technique and practice in writing basic technical reports. Guidelines for scientific reporting, 
memoranda, progress reports, and formal documents. 

Prerequisites: Two writing-intensive courses or ENG 103 

ENG 341 Imaginative Writing 3-6 credits 

Practice and development of writing skills in poetry, fiction, and drama. The course will be 
conducted as a workshop. 

Prerequisite: ENG 103 or two writing-intensive courses 

ENG 343 Writing for Media 3 credits 

Basic communication technique with an emphasis on news values, reporting, and writing. 
Prerequisite: ENG 103 or two writing-intensive courses 



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ENG 345 Fiction Writing 3 credits 

A workshop in the writing of short fiction. Students will analyze the techniques of story writers, 
write their own original stories, and take part in class critiques of drafts. 

Prerequisite: ENG 341 or permission of instructor 

ENG 347 17th Century Literature 3-6 credits 

Intensive study of one or more selected authors, genres or movements, including such topics as 
Cavalier and Metaphysical poetry, the Age of Milton, religious poetry and prose, and the epic. 
May be repeated once on a different topic. 

Prerequisite: Literature core 

ENG 350 Medieval and Renaissance Literature 3-6 credits 

Intensive study of a number of authors from the late medieval and Renaissance periods in 
European literature. Topics for each offering will be specified in advance, but may include 
Renaissance humanism and the imitation of classical literary models, the development of the 
lyric, medieval and Renaissance traditions of allegory, or the literary expression of dissent in 
medieval and Renaissance literature. May be repeated once on a different topic. 

Prerequisite: Literature core 

ENG 351 Restoration and 18th Century Literature 3 credits 

Intensive study of authors, genres, and movements between 1660 and 1800, including restoration 
drama, the mock-epic, satire, and the beginning of the novel. Literary works are discussed in the 
context of political events such as the Puritan Revolution and its aftermath, and social changes, 
especially the increasing importance of the middle class. 

Prerequisite: Literature core 

ENG 352 19th Century British Literature 3 credits 

Intensive study of the literature of the Romantic and Victorian periods. Emphasis is placed on the 
historical and cultural contexts of the French and Industrial Revolutions, and their influence on 
major Romantic poets and Victorian poets and novelists. 

Prerequisite: Literature core 

ENG 353 20th Century British Literature 3 credits 

Intensive study of selected 20th century authors and movements. Covers major modernist figures 
such as Eliot and Joyce, and relates them to changes in 20th-century society. Also covers 
postmodernism in poetry and fiction. 

Prerequisite: Literature core 

ENG 354 Russian Literature 3 credits 

A survey of the most important Russian writers of narrative poetry and fiction in the 19th century, 
from about 1825 to 1905. Emphasis will be placed on ways in which the literature reflects both 
European literary influence and specifically Russian history, culture and ideas. 

Prerequisite: Literature core 

ENG 362 Fairy and Folk Tales 3 credits 

An examination of the development of fairy and folk tales from the Italian Renaissance through 
the literary fairy tale of late 17th century France to 19th and 20th century examples of the genre. 
Emphasis will be placed on the cultural circumstances that produced the tales and the consequent 
views of their function in society. 

Prerequisite: Literature core 



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ENG415 Selected Studies in Literature 3-9 credits 

Intensive study of a specific author, period, genre, literary circle, or topic. Topics vary quite 
broadly and frequently contain interdisciplinary components; students may also request areas for 
study. 

Prerequisite: Literature core 

ENG 420 Senior Seminar 3 credits 

Students engage in a semester-long research project while also acquiring some knowledge of 
advanced literary criticism and critical theory. Texts will vary depending on instructor. Must be 
taken if ENG 450 (Senior Thesis) is not chosen. 

Prerequisite: Senior English major status 

ENG 450 Senior Thesis 3 credits 

Students will write an independently chosen thesis under the careful supervision of a faculty 
mentor. Students will master all phases of the research process, including the gathering of 
research from traditional and electronic bibliographical sources, standard systems of 
bibliographical citation, and organization of a developed and original argument. 

Prerequisites: Senior English Major status. Fall only 

ENG 470 Internship 3-12 credits 

Academic study combined with work experience in the community at newspapers, radio and TV 
stations, public relations offices, and other media outlets requiring good communication skills. 

Prerequisites: ENG 103, 203, or three writing-intensive courses 

ENG 480 Independent Study 1-6 credits 

Special investigation of a selected literary topic. English majors only. 
Prerequisite: Literature core 

Fine Arts Course Descriptions (FA) 

FA 102 Cultural Synthesis in the Ancient World 3 credits 

This course explores ways in which contemporary culture is influenced by the images, 
architecture, music, and theater of the ancient world. Cultural artifacts are examined to discover 
not only their individually distinct style norms and meanings, but also how their styles and 
meaning change as cultures collide, interact, accommodate, and assimilate in the ancient world. 

FA 104 Art, Self, and Community in the Modern World 3 credits 

This course explores the development of modern society from its roots in the 16th-century 
Renaissance through the lens of artistic expression. Important works from the visual and 
performing arts will be studied and placed into historical context in order to understand both their 
meaning as individual works of art and their expression of societal values and philosophies. 

FA 117/118 Applied Music 1 credit each 

Private half-hour weekly lessons in piano, voice, guitar, string instruments, wood wind 
instruments. May be repeated for credit. 

FA 120 Theater Production 1 credit 

Participation in a theatrical production in one or more of the following areas: acting, stage 
management, lighting, set building, house management, stage crew, costumes, make-up, and/or 
publicity. May be repeated for credit. 

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FA 200 Introduction to Acting 3 credits 

Analysis and experience of dramatic literature through performance. Emphasis is placed on 
building a basic performance vocabulary and technique, and developing confidence and critical 
thinking skills. 

Cross registration with ENG 205 

FA 205 The Jazz Age Culture 3 credits 

This course explores jazz styles and performance practices, examines the various influences 
contributing to the development of jazz, and discovers how jazz influenced art, music, Broadway, 
and rock. Considerable attention is given to drawing relationships between jazz and the mood and 
culture of the American people in the early 20th century. 

Prerequisite: FA 102 or FA 104 

FA 206 Voices of Liberation 3 credits 

This course examines ways in which groups develop their identity through the creation of distinct 
style norms in their culture, specifically those found in art, music, theater, and dance. It looks at 
art innovation as essentially counter-cultural in each context (for instance, the art of Christians in 
the context of a Greco-Roman world, the art of women in a culture where only men are 
considered artists, or the art of Buddhists in a predominately Hindu society). 

Prerequisite: FA 102 or FA 104 

FA 207 World Music 3 credits 

This course explores the music of various non-Western cultures in order to develop an 
understanding of the similarities and differences of musical styles in different civilizations. 
Studies will include the instruments of the cultures and how each culture utilizes elements of 
music such as scales, melodic patterns, harmonies, and rhythm. 

Prerequisite: FA 102 or FA 104 

FA 210 Photography 3 credits 

A course in basic photographic skills including manual and automatic exposure, manual and auto 
focus, understanding how the camera's light meter can be misinterpreted and other specifics of 
digital camera technology. The course will also include instruction on how to handle compressed 
as well as RAW camera files. A basic introduction to Photoshop will also be covered to allow 
students to refine, retouch and manipulate the digital images. Advanced amateur cameras will be 
available to share with other students. 

FA 214 Beginning Jazz/Modern Dance 1 credit 

A weekly one and one-half hour class for students with little or no previous dance training. 
Students will be introduced to basic jazz and modern dance techniques. Classes consist of warm- 
up and warm-down exercises, barre and floor positions, movements, and combinations. May be 
repeated for credit. 

FA 215 Advanced Jazz/Modern Dance 1 credit 

A weekly one and one-half hour class for students with some classical dance training. Through an 
individually paced study of jazz and modern dance techniques, students will improve their 
proficiency in physical movement, grace, physical stamina, aesthetic expression, and musicality. 
Classes consist of warm-up and warm-down exercises, barre and floor positions, movements, and 
combinations. May be repeated for credit. 

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FA 216 Intermediate Ballet 1 credit 

A weekly one and one-half hour class for students with some classical dance training. Through an 
individually paced study of ballet and modern dance techniques, students will improve their 
proficiency in physical movement, grace, physical stamina, aesthetic expression, and musicality. 
Classes consist of warm-up and warm-down exercises, barre and floor positions, movements, and 
combinations. May be repeated for credit. 

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, based on an evaluation of the student's dance training 

FA 2 1 7 Beginning Tap Dance 1 credit 

A weekly one hour class open to students with some tap dance background. Students will be 
introduced to tap dance moves and combinations at a basic to intermediate level, depending on 
the ability of the class members. Classes will consist of warm-up and warm-down exercises, 
movements and combinations, and the development of basic dance routines. May be repeated for 
credit. 

FA 220 Jazz Dance 1 credit 

Students learn dance movement with a concentration in jazz dance technique, depending on 
ability. Class periods are composed of stationary placement and warm-up exercises, followed by 
technical analysis and repetition across the floor, and they conclude with choreographed 
combinations that may be revised weekly. This course may be repeated for credit. 

FA 221 Modern Dance 1 credit 

Students learn dance movement with a concentration in modem dance technique. Class periods 
are composed of stationary placement and warm-up exercises, followed by technical analysis and 
repetition across the floor, and they conclude with choreographed combinations that may be 
revised weekly. This course may be repeated for credit. 

FA 222 Ballet 1 credit 

A progressive development of the elements and structure of a classical ballet class. This course 
may be repeated for credit. 

FA 480 Independent Study 1-3 credits 

Special investigation of a selected topic. 

FA 601 Choral Society 1 credit 

Non-audition chorus open to students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. Students 
study and perform representative works of great choral literature from the 1 6th century to the 
present, culminating in a public performance. Time will be spent on the basics of choral singing 
including vocal technique, diction in English and other languages, and basic music-reading skills. 
Previous musical study is not required and no audition is necessary. May be repeated for credit; 
up to 3 credit hours can be accumulated toward graduation. 

FA 604 Chamber Singers 1 credit 

A student-only chorus specializing in the performance of music appropriate for a small ensemble, 
including a cappella vocal chamber music and jazz harmonies. Some travel for off-campus 
performances is likely. May be repeated for credit; up to 3 credit hours can be accumulated 
toward graduation. 

FA 605 Wind Ensemble 1 credit 

A weekly one-hour rehearsal for students who have the ability to play a musical instrument. 
Under the guidance of a director, students rehearse music composed or adapted for the 
combination of instruments available in a siven semester, either as a full ensemble or in smaller 



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chamber ensembles. Emphasis is on achieving proper rhythm, intonation, tone production, and 
phrasing in order to produce satisfying performances of music from varying periods and styles. 
May be repeated for credit. 

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, based on an evaluation of the student's ability to play 
an instrument 

FA 606 Jazz Band 1 credit 

A weekly one-hour rehearsal for students who have an interest in a big-band style jazz band. 
Under the guidance of a director, students rehearse and perform music in a variety of jazz styles 
appropriate for the available instrumentation. May be repeated for credit. 

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, based on an evaluation of the student's ability to play 
an instrument. 

Geography Course Descriptions (GEO) 

GEO 201 Earth Science 3 credits 

A study of earth's physical environment. Astronomy, weather and climate, oceans, rocks, 
minerals, and landforms are explored individually and in relation to one another. 

Fall only 

GEO 202 Cultural World Geography 3 credits 

A survey of the earth's people and their relationship to the environment. Europe, Africa, the 
Middle East, Australia, Asia, the area comprising the former Soviet Union, Latin America, the 
United States, and Canada will be studied. 

Spring only 

GEO 413 Geography Cooperative Education 3-12 credits 

Academic study combined with work experience in the community. 

GEO 480 Independent Study 1-3 credits 

Special investigation of a selected topic. 

Geriatric Care Manager Course Descriptions (GCM) 

GCM 500 Geriatric Care Manager I 3 credits 

This course will cover an introduction to geriatric case management, review standards and 
practice guidelines, cover geriatric assessment, psychopathologic conditions common in the 
elderly, ethics, care planning, communication issues, and other related issues. 

GCM 501 Geriatric Care Manager II 3 credits 

This course will cover an understanding of the continuum of care, providing for nutrition, senior 
community centers, adult day care, home health organizations, housing options, transferring from 
home to institutional settings, report writing, counseling and other related topics. 

GCM 505 Anatomy & Physiology of Aging 3 credits 

This online course provides an overview of the basic structure and functions of the human body, 
emphasizing anatomy and physiology. With this foundation, age-related characteristics and some 
dysfunctions associated with the aging process are studied. Students will utilize the tools of 
analysis, synthesis and evaluation to assess body functions and age related changes. 

GCM 510 Dementia 3 credits 

This course will concentrate on dementia's that afflict the elderly in ever increasing numbers, 
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Client, family, human service systems, long term care as well as personal care issues will be 
studied in depth. The course will offer opportunities for geriatric care managers to gain a 
pragmatic experience in dealing with dementia clients, their families and other care providers. 

GCM515 Geriatric Assessment 3 credits 

This course will cover the numerous assessments available to the geriatric care manager. The 
assessments address ADL's, psychological, sociological, medical and spiritual aspects of client 
served by the geriatric care manager. 

GCM520 Ethics of Aging 3 credits 

This course will address the various aspects of ethics that a geriatric care manager will confront in 
his or her practice. This will include bioethics, business ethics, social ethics and philosophy of a 
personhood. 

GCM 590 Geriatric Care Manager Seminar 1 - 3 credits 

An in-depth course of study of a specific aspect of geriatric care management. This would entail 
small groups of advanced level students. 

Gerontology Course Descriptions (GER) 

GER 241 Introduction to Social Gerontology 3 credits 

Introduction to the study of aging as just one of many normal life processes in contemporary 
culture. Issues discussed include the biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of aging 
and the implications of those aspects. GER 241 is a prerequisite for all other gerontology courses. 

Fall/Spring 

GER 277 Adult Development and Aging 3 credits 

This course provides an overview of adult development from early adulthood through death and 
focuses on both normative changes and individual differences. Topics discussed include 
biological changes, changes in health and health habits, cognitive and intellectual changes, sex 
roles and family roles, work and work roles, development of relationships, changes in personality 
and motive, mental health and psychopathology, and death and dying. Developmental theories, 
models, and research methods will also be discussed. 

Prerequisite: PSY 123. Fall 

GER 341 Substance Abuse and the Aged 3 credits 

Focuses on the use patterns, diagnosis, and treatment methods specific to the aged substance 
abuser. Issues examined will include misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, behavior and risk 
factors, factors related to underdiagnosis, and relationship to depression and suicide. 

Spring/alternate years 

GER 358 Counseling the Older Adult 1-3 credits 

The effective use of individual and group counseling techniques for older persons with emotional 
or social difficulties in adjusting to the aging process. 

Alternate years 

GER 365 Alzheimers Disease 3 credits 

Exploration of the many facets of Alzheimers Disease and other dementias. Assessment, 
intervention, and psychosocial implications of treatment for patients, families, and caregivers. 

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GER 370 Remotivation Therapy 3 credits 

Development of a group therapy approach applicable to varied populations including children, 
young adult, aged, and special needs. Emphasis on learning and practicing techniques to motivate 
and prepare these populations for more advanced group therapies 

Spring 

GER 375 Aging Policies and Programs 3 credits 

The historical development and current implementation of social policies for the aging. 
Discussion of policies affecting income, health care, social services, and volunteerism. 

Spring 

GER 392/393 Seminar 

3 credits each 
In-depth study of a special topic or area of interest. Small group discussion format for advanced 
students. 

(On demand) 

GER 410 Adult Protective Services 3 credits 

Examination of the needs and potentialities of the most vulnerable and frail of the nation's elderly 
population. Study of the philosophy and delivery of protective services for the elderly. 

(On demand) 

GER 4 1 3 Gerontology Cooperative Education 3 credits 

Academic study combined with work experience in the community. 
(On demand) 

GER 470 Practicum 3 credits 

Work experience in a selected agency, which provides services to the aged. Practicum supervised 
by an agency representative; education directed by faculty. Direct service to clients. 

(On demand) 

GER 480 Independent Study 1-3 credits 

Special investigation of a selected topic. 
(On demand) 

Health Care Informatics Course Descriptions (HCI) 

HCI 1 10 Introduction to Health Care Informatics 3 credits 

A comprehensive overview of the emerging field of health care informatics. Students will 
examine the impact of informatics on health care delivery systems. The use of informatics in 
health care professions practice, education, research and administration will be explored. 

HCI 120 Current Issues and Trends in Health Care Informatics Practice 2 credits 

A comprehensive overview of the emerging field of health care informatics. Students will 
examine the impact of informatics on health care delivery systems. The use of informatics in 
health care professions practice, education, research and administration will be explored, 
(previously offered as HP 120) 

Prerequisite: HCI 110, MIS 110 or permission of the instructor 

HCI 211 Health Informatics Standards 3 credits 

This course provides an overview of health care informatics standards in the United States. 
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standards organizations and their standards, explore reasons for adoption or non-adoption of 
standards, and investigate how standards are used in the federal healthcare reform initiative. 

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor or program director 

HCI 230 Health Care Informatics Internship 1 credit 

Students work as team members on comprehensive projects with health care technology industry 
advisors and program faculty. Requires course faculty approval. 

Prerequisite: MIS 200, MIS 432, HCI 120 

HCI 240 Health Informatics Research Seminar 1 credit 

This course provides an orientation to life-long learning in health informatics. It is an opportunity 
for the student to investigate the body of professional knowledge under the guidance of the 
instructor to gain an understanding of the current state of, and emerging issues in health 
informatics. Students will explore a variety of online information sources. Each student will 
identify a topic of interest subject to instructor approval, research its various aspects, prepare a 
research briefing, and present a review of findings to the class. 

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor or program director 

HCI 261 PACS Administration I 3 credits 

This course will introduce elements pertaining basic theories and key components of a Picture 
Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS). Discussions will focus on the history of PACS 
as well as basic knowledge and principles for implementation. Additionally we will review the 
requirements of the CUP exam as governed by the American Board of Imaging Informatics. The 
course will examine topics such as basic theory and principles in PACS administration, 
networking, communication, organizational and project management within a health care 
environment. 

Prerequisite: current enrollment in the PACS Administration Certificate program; or current 
enrollment in or graduate of an accredited medical imaging program and permission of the 
instructor. 

HCI 262 PACS Administration II 3 credits 

This course will apply the basic PACS principles and integrate the technical aspects of Picture 
Archiving and Communication Systems. Topics will include connectivity, image management, 
storage, IT interfacing, system management,troubleshooting and a discussion on advanced 
technologies and the future of PACS. 

Prerequisite: HCI 261 and current enrollment in the PACS Administration Certificate 
program; or permission of the instructor. 

HCI 500 Informatics for Healthcare Leaders 1 credit 

This course introduces informatics, defines it. and follows the evolution and history of health 
informatics in the United States. This course also identifies and describes the functional 
components of health informatics and the relationships among these components. It also 
describes and provides the goals for the health informatics masters program, including 
establishing a competence benchmark for each student. Students will complete an entry 
competency examination to assess their current level of health informatics expertise. This is a 
prerequisite first course for continued MSHI study. 

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HCI 505 The Business of Health Informatics 3 credits 

This course presents a detailed review of the structure of provider, payer, and other health care 
organizations along with the workflow in these types of organizations and their information 
systems needs. It addresses how informatics assists these organizations, how information is used 
in business and clinical operations, and how information technologists interact with business and 
clinical stakeholders in provider, payer, and other healthcare organizations. Students will analyze 
the informatics function and organizational relationships in their organizations. 

Prerequisite: HCI 500 and current enrollment in the MSHI program. 

HCI 510 Modeling Health Information 3 credits 

This course presents the foundation concepts of modeling health and healthcare information, 
including the principal process and data modeling methodologies and notation systems. Students 
will explore these techniques to create components of an enterprise information architecture for 
reference in subsequent courses. Modeling standards and best practices are covered along with 
model quality assessment. The course concludes by examining the use of information models for 
process redesign and reengineering, and applications in computational biology and chemistry. 

Prerequisite: HCI 500 and current enrollment in the MSHI program. 

HCI 520 Healthcare Information Systems 3 credits 

This course identifies the differences between healthcare transactional and analytical systems 
followed by a description of the principal business and clinical systems in provider, payer, public 
health, and regulatory organizations. It also examines program and project management systems 
used in health care. The function and structure of these systems is explored along with concepts 
of data interoperability, system interfacing and system integration. 

Prerequisite: HCI 500 and current enrollment in the MSHI program. 

HCI 530 Healthcare Systems Analysis and Design 3 credits 

The course develops the skills needed to lead and manage IT acquisition, development, and 
implementation projects from requirements analysis through solution design in a health care 
environment. It covers building an interdisciplinary team among the principal healthcare 
stakeholders, and the various methods used to plan systems, define system requirements, and 
selecting in-house development, custom development, or acquisition of vendor solutions. It also 
covers managing the creation of a solution architecture and design, implementation planning, 
resource allocation, and quality management. (OM 573 will also be accepted as meeting this 
requirement) 

Prerequisite: HCI 500 and current enrollment in the MSHI program. 

HCI 550 Health Informatics Standards and Best Practices 3 credits 

This course examines the US and international standards environment, how standards 
organizations work, how standards are created and how these are used. Each student will select 
one of the major US standards organizations, and prepare and present a briefing on the 
organization and its standards. The role of the federal government will be reviewed. Students 
will participate in a debate often facing healthcare organizations on the merits of using 
informatics standards. 

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HCI 600 Emerging Issues in Health Informatics 1 credit 

This course provides the opportunity for guided analysis and discussion of the emerging issues in 
health informatics from the perspective of student accomplishments in the first year of this 
program. Under faculty guidance, students will form small discussion groups, identify a number 
of important and emerging issues for analysis and discussion. The course concludes with student 
presentations of these issues, salient points, and any conclusions or resolutions reached. Students 
will also identify and frame their thesis or professional contribution research. 

Prerequisite: Completion of the MSHI first year coursework. 

HCI 610 Legal, Ethical, and Public Policy Issues in Health 3 credits 

This course will orient the student to the legal, ethical and public policy issues confronting health 
informaticists. Students will review key medico-legal, ethical, and regulatory issues such as the 
nature of the electronic health record, electronic medical record, personal health record. They will 
examine existing and emerging issues in data ownership, the medico-legal requirements for health 
information, privacy and confidentiality of protected health information, and what constitutes and 
authorized use of personal data. Emerging regulatory provisions, such as evolving federal 
requirements, will be discussed. (NSG 555 will also be accepted as meeting this requirement). 

Prerequisite: HCI 600 

HCI 620 Enterprise Information Governance 3 credits 

This course explores the process of governing information as en enterprise core asset in the 
healthcare organization. The course will explore the rationale behind Core Asset Management 
and the essential elements of enterprise information governance, such as data quality, security and 
master data management. The course will examine the benefits of information governance along 
with overcoming resistance within the organization. The course will also examine how to 
measure progress along the information governance implementation path. Students will create an 
outline for an enterprise information governance strategy and implementation approach. 

Prerequisite: HCI 600 

HCI 640 Executive Health Informatics 3 credits 

This course prepares students for the duties and responsibilities of the informaticist, information 
technologist, or information manager at the director and executive level of healthcare 
organizations. Students will acquire skills for succeeding in their corporate management 
functions, in the management committee, and in the boardroom. Course topics will include 
executive decision making, individual and group executive presentations, professional ethics, 
executive presence, strategic planning, succession planning, and executive etiquette. Students 
will make extensive use of case studies and white papers, and prepare and deliver typical 
executive briefings and supporting documents. 

Prerequisite: HCI 600 

HCI 650 Health Informatics Proficiencies I 3 credits 

This course is a collection of 45 on-line modules delivered on demand. Under guidance from 
their faculty advisor, students select modules appropriate for their interests and career plans. 
Each module can be completed in an hour, starting with a pre-test and concluding with a 
proficiency test. Upon successfully completing these 45 modules, the student and faculty advisor 
review progress and credit is given for the course. The module library will be available around 
the clock, 7 days a week and will be periodically reviewed and updated as topics evolve. 
Modules may not be repeated for credit. 

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HCI 655 Health Informatics Proficiencies II 3 credits 

This course is a follow-on to HCI 650 Health Informatics Proficiencies I. This course allows the 
student to select a set of specific proficiencies in health informatics beyond what is provided in 
formal course work and independent research. Students can use this vehicle to tailor the course 
and the masters program to fit their career needs. It also allows the student to select 45 individual 
one-hour online, on-demand training modules. No training module within this course or from 
Proficiencies I course may be repeated for credit. 

Prerequisite: HCI 650: Health Informatics Proficiencies I 

HCI 660 Health Informatics Thesis Research 3 credits 

This course is a follow-on to HCI 650 Health Informatics Proficiencies I. This course allows the 
student to select a set of specific proficiencies in health informatics beyond what is provided in 
formal course work and independent research. Students can use this vehicle to tailor the course 
and the masters program to fit their career needs. It also allows the student to select 45 individual 
one-hour online, on-demand training modules. No training module within this course or from 
Proficiencies I course may be repeated for credit. 

Prerequisite: HCI 600 and acceptance for HCI 665 

HCI 665 Health Informatics Thesis 3 credits 

Under the supervision of a faculty mentor, students will prepare a thesis on a topic of their own 
choosing, documenting their thesis research performed in HCI 660. The thesis document will be 
reviewed by a faculty board that may include guest scholars. The student will make a public 
presentation of the thesis in the HCI 690 Health Informatics Colloquium. 

Prerequisite: HCI 600 and HCI 660 

HCI 675 Health Informatics Professional Contribution 3 credits 

This course provides the framework for the student to conduct a literature review, research a topic 
of interest, and prepare and deliver of a professional presentation, or prepare a professional paper 
for publication in a professional journal. A student may elect to perform an informatics project, 
such as conducting a needs assessment for a clinical system, in association with a health care 
organization. 

Prerequisite: HCI 600 

HCI 690 Health Informatics Colloquium 1 credit 

This course concludes the masters program with a public forum for students to present their 
research or theses. Students will also complete a health informatics competency examination and 
a program exit survey. 

Prerequisite: Completion of the MSHI second year coursework and track options. 

Health Care Management Course Descriptions (HCM) 

HCM 101 Introduction to Health Systems 3 credits 

The course is designed to give students a basic understanding of the health care system in the 
United States. It describes the basic components of the delivery system, and examines the history 
and evolution of the system. Trends in health care management, delivery, and financing are 
analyzed, including a critical analysis of the system, examining its strengths and weaknesses. The 
features of Medicare and Medicaid programs, including possible future funding scenarios, are 
thoroughly examined. 

HCM 371 Health Care Reimbursement and Finance 3 credits 

This course provides a broad-based overview of the managerial aspects of health care finance, 
beginning with a brief review of accounting systems in health care institutions. A comprehensive 
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homes, rehabilitation facilities, home health, and hospitals. Cost behavior and cost analysis 
concepts are examined. Budgeting and internal control, including auditing concepts and 
techniques, are explored. Service volume financial modeling techniques are explained. 

Prerequisites: HCM 101, BUS 371 

HCM 401 Managed Care 3 credits 

This course is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of managed care in the 
United States. It describes the environment leading to the development of managed care, its 
intended purpose, the types of managed care organizations, strengths and weaknesses of 
managing care, and its impact on consumers and providers. 
Prerequisites: HCM 101, BUS 371 

HCM 403 Health Care Strategic Management 3 credits 

In this course the student will develop skills to manage health services organizations from a 
strategic perspective. It will examine the use of systematic assessment of both the internal and 
external environment of the organization. Emphasis will be placed on the development of 
business strategies to meet the needs of multiple markets. Recent successes and failures in the 
health care industry will be studied. 

Prerequisites: HCM 101, BUS 208 

HCM 406 Current Issues and Trends in Health Care Management 3 credits 

This is an issues-oriented course that examines the health care delivery system in the United 
States that reviews the entire continuum of care relative to current trends and recent changes in 
legislation, market forces, and consumer attitudes and preferences. The key issues confronting 
health care today will be identified, causes will be examined, and reasonable solutions will be 
proposed and debated. 

Prerequisites: HCM 371 , HCM 452, HCM 101 

HCM 452 Health Care Law 3 credits 

This course is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of health care law in the 
United States. It describes the basic components of the law impacting healthcare, and the 
evolution of the law leading up to the current statutes, regulations and case law. 

Prerequisites: HCM 101, BUS 352 

HCM 469 Health Care Marketing 3 credits 

Health care marketing will provide an examination of marketing principles and processes related 
to health care organizations. It is an introduction to the process of marketing products, services, 
and organizations in the health care industry to meet the needs of domestic and global customers. 
Product, price, distribution channels, service and marketing communication strategies are 
examined. It explores the provider and consumer perspectives of marketing, as well as the impact 
of the Internet on delivery systems. Company analysis, market segmentation, the use of market 
research, product pricing and distribution, advertising, and target markets are examined. 

Prerequisites: BUS 269, HCM 101 

Health Professions Course Descriptions (HP) 

HP 200 Healthy Lifestyles 3 credits 

This course is designed for any student interested in understanding contemporary issues related to 
wellness. At the completion of this course the student will be able to describe the concept of 
wellness and apply this understanding to everyday life. The content will focus on the physical, 
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wellness. Wellness will be viewed across the lifespan emphasizing multicultural aspects of 
individuals and families. Appropriate theoretical models will be utilized to enhance understanding 
of the content presented. Course discussions and assignments will explore individual lifestyles 
highlighting behaviors of the individuals that impact on personal and community wellness. 

Prerequisites: None required, but PSY 123 and SOC 110 strongly recommended 

HP 210 HIV/AIDS 3 credits 

The focus of this interdisciplinary course is the biological and social issues related to AIDS 
prevention, specifically HIV risk reduction and behavioral interventions. The holistic approach to 
health services of individuals, families and communities is emphasized throughout, including 
spiritual, nutritional and alternative health therapies. The social impact of AIDS upon the health 
care system, state, and federal government is included. 

HP 220 American Sign Language 3 credits 

This course is designed to introduce the basic skills of American Sign Language (ASL) to 
enhance communication with the deaf community. Students will develop skills in both 
implementing and interpreting the ASL alphabet, basic signs, vocabulary and components of 
grammar. 

HP 241 Fundamentals of Food and Nutrition 3 credits 

This course will focus on a study of the major nutrients found in food including characteristics, 
functions and metabolism. Interrelationships of nutrients; effects of inadequate and excessive 
intake; principles of energy metabolism and a study of energy requirements of the individual will 
be included. 

HP 320 Principles of Pharmacology 3 credits 

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and understanding 
of essential principles of pharmacology. The course will focus on therapeutic classifications; 
characteristic drug groups; physiologic influences on drug effects; principles of therapy; drug 
interactions; and legal, ethical, and economic issues of drug therapy. 

Prerequisites: RN Status 

HP 410 Introduction to Health Professions Research (cross reference NSG 410) 3 credits 

This introductory course is designed to provide health professionals with an overview of the 
quantitative and qualitative research processes and to provide opportunities for cultivation of 
critical inquiry. Students will become consumers of research by evaluating published reports and 
identifying implications for clinical practice. 

Prerequisite: Statistics 

HP 450 Pediatric Assessment 2 credits 

This course is designed to provide students with an intermediate understanding of the process of 
pediatric evaluation in health care practices. This course will focus on the process of evaluation 
including referral sources, identifying appropriate evaluation tools, clinical observations, 
standardized assessments, report writing, evaluation accommodations, and the report of 
assessment results. 

Fall, 4th year, Space is limited. 

HP 480 Special Topics 3 credits 

Topics vary from semester to semester and will be announced with pre-registration information. 

HP 600 Advanced Practice Pediatric Issues and Trends 3 credits 

This course is designed to explore the most recent issues and trends in the area of pediatric 
occupational and physical therapy. The course will focus on evidence-based practice, mentorship 
and leadership, and community-based practice within the current profession of the student. The 



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students will apply the course content to their clinical and professional practice settings through 
course assignments. It will be offered primarily in a distance-learning format with two weekends 
of on-campus experiences. 

HP 605 Pediatric Evaluation 3 credits 

This course is designed to provide students with an intermediate to advanced level understanding 
of the process of pediatric evaluation in occupational therapy. The course will focus on the full 
process of occupational therapy evaluation including referral sources, identifying appropriate 
evaluation tools, clinical observations, standardized assessment, report writing, evaluation 
accommodations, and the reporting of assessment results. 

HP 610 Special Topics: Vision Rehabilitation 3 credits 

This course is designed to provide the OT or PT with an understanding of the basic principles of 
the visual system and its influences upon daily activities for the pediatric patient. The course will 
discuss pediatric vision problems and appropriate therapies. After completing this course students 
will be able to describe key components of the visual system and how they work, understand 
binocular vision, how it develops and its effects on ADL. understand and treat children with 
binocular vision disorders and gain useful strategies for dealing with children who have learning 
related vision problems. This course is intended for OTs and PTs who will be or who are working 
with the pediatric population both in an inpatient/outpatient and/or school environment. 

HP 615 Treatment and Evaluation of Pediatric Feeding Issues 3 credits 

This course provides an extensive overview of evaluation and treatment of pediatric feeding 
disorders. The course will focus on oral motor dysfunction, tube-feeding, sensory issues, 
positioning and handling, and behavioral management related to feeding/eating. Conditions that 
affect feeding/eating are explored along with medical and therapeutic assessments. The students 
will apply the course content to their clinical and professional practice settings through course 
assignments. It will be offered in an intensive week-long on-campus format. 

HP 625 Sensory Integration Treatment and Evaluation 3 credits 

This course is designed to provide an extensive overview of sensory integration theory, 
neurology, evaluation and treatment related to clinical practice for occupational and physical 
therapists. Sensory integration theory is explored in relationship to function and occupation. The 
most relevant evaluations and treatment interventions are presented as well as a critical review of 
effectiveness research in sensory integration. The students will apply the course content to their 
clinical and professional practice settings through course assignments. This course is offered in a 
4-day intensive course format. 

HP 630 Child Development in an International Setting 3 credits 

This course is designed to provide an opportunity to expand clinical knowledge in the areas of 
early childhood development, psycho-emotional development, and program development, 
including community needs assessments. The course content and learning will occur in a service- 
learning format, in which students will travel with faculty outside the United States for the 
primary portion of the course. The most relevant issues in promoting development for 
institutionalized and post institutionalized children as well as family training for foster care 
providers are presented with reflection upon existing evidence within the fields of occupational 
therapy, physical therapy, speech language pathology, nursing, psychology, and 
neurodevelopment. The students will apply the course content to their clinical and professional 
practice settings through course assignments. This course is offered with an online launch, a 10- 
14 day intensive in-country experience, and closes with online course activities. 

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HP 635 School Based Pediatric OT & PT 3 credits 

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with intermediate level knowledge related to 
the provision of best practice occupational therapy services within the educational environment. 
Practices particularly relevant to the school setting in terms of assessment, individualized 
educational planning, intervention, re-assessment and discharge will be discussed. Additional 
course topics will include legislation, service provision models, evidence-based practice in the 
schools, consultation, effective teaming, and advocacy. 

HP 645 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Issues and Interventions 3 credits 

This course provides an overview of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) including common 
conditions, technology, personnel, and the environment. It also addresses the most common 
issues surrounding the NICU, along with occupational and physical therapy strategies for 
intervention and evaluation. It will be offered primarily in a distance-learning format with two 
weekends of in-class experiences. These weekends will involve a visit to a NICU. 

HP 650 Early Intervention 3 credits 

The purpose of this course is to prepare the student to implement the occupational therapy 
process with children who are from birth to three years of age and to be knowledgeable about 
factors that affect service delivery. In-class exercises and out-of-class assignments will be 
provided to improve students' skills and increase students' self confidence with the new content 
of the course. 

HP 655 Evidence-based Neurodevelopmental Treatment & Evaluation for Children with 

Central Nervous System Dysfunction 3 credits 

This is a treatment course for children with neurological deficits (cerebral palsy) based on the 
work of Berta Bobath, MCSP, Karel Bobath, MD, Mary B. Quinton, MCSP, OBE and Elsbeth 
Kong, MD. Therapy skills to be developed and refined will include observation and analysis of 
typical and atypical child development, hands-on facilitation and stimulation of more effective 
movement, and inhibition of unwanted movement patterns. This will require the testing of three 
children at the beginning and end of an intervention period, using the Movement Assessment of 
Children. Other evaluation methods may also be used. The course will include distance learning, 
on-site sessions for learning and practice of treatment techniques, and a required commitment of a 
minimum of 12 hours of treatment for each of three children with neurological deficits. 

Prerequisites: This course is open to licensed occupational therapists and physical 
therapists. In order to integrate the information that the therapist will acquire it will be 
necessary to have access to appropriate children for treatment. Participants will need to 
assess and treat three children with cerebral palsy, at least one of whom is ambulatory. 

HP 660 Autism and Pervasive Developmental Delay: Evaluation and Intervention 

Strategies 3 credits 

This course is designed for practicing occupational and physical therapists interested in learning 
more about autism and pervasive developmental delay. The instructors will guide participants to 
an understanding of complexities of these disorders, and evaluation and treatment of individuals 
with autism or PDD diagnosis. Causal factors, evaluative procedures, and treatment will be 
thoroughly explored. Specific attention will be given to motor planning, sensory modulation, and 
tactile discrimination disorders and their treatments. Through selected readings, case 
presentations, and discussions, the participants will become more proficient in prioritizing the 
underlying problems and designing holistic therapeutic interventions. 

HP 665 Seating in Pediatric Practice 3 credits 

This course will assist treating clinicians in increasing their knowledge and skills when using 
seating strategies for their children. Seating needs for children include safe passive transport 
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independent postural control for task participation. This course will focus on all the needs for 
seating, including seating needed for postural management of the child, as well as seating for the 
child's development of postural control. 

HP 670 Grant Writing 3 credits 

This course is designed to provide an extensive overview of the grant writing process. Students 
will learn how to identify a funding need, develop a case for support, and research potential 
funding opportunities. The student will develop a comprehensive grant proposal that directly 
responds to an identified funding opportunity. The various components of a grant proposal are 
explored, including the introduction, problem statement, objectives, methodology, evaluation, 
budget, and summary sections. Strategies for persuasive writing techniques are presented. 

History Course Descriptions (HIS) 

HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I 3 credits 

This course is a study of the main currents in Western cultural, social, political, and intellectual 
history from the classical period to the Napoleonic era. Emphasis is on the social development of 
culture and the intellect of the classical period and how Western society has transformed and 
strengthened them. The course includes discussions of texts from a critical point of view along 
with written assignments. 

HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II 3 credits 

This course is a study of the main currents in Western cultural, social, political, and intellectual 
history from the Napoleonic era to the present. Emphasis is on the social themes that influenced 
and shaped the modern Western world. The course will include discussions of texts from a critical 
point of view along with written assignments 

HIS 103 United States History to 1865 3 credits 

A survey of significant political, economic, social, and intellectual themes in the development of 
the United States from Colonial times until 1865. 

HIS 104 United States History since 1865 3 credits 

American society is based upon combined cultures and groups. This course is a study of how that 
multicultural framework is embedded in the narrative of American history since the Civil War. 
Emphasis is on the participation, problems, and contributions of women, Native Americans, 
African Americans, immigrants, labor, and other minority groups. This course includes analytical 
writing and discussion of readings. 

HIS 201 History of 19th Century Revolutions 3 credits 

Detailed study of the political, social and intellectual events that culminated in the revolutions of 
1789, 1830, and 1848. Emphasis is on the industrial and economic conditions that led to 19th 
century radical movements. 

Prerequisite: Two semesters of History/Political Science Sun'ey. (On demand) 

HIS 204 Survey of Latin America: Modem 3 credits 

History 204 surveys Latin American civilization from 1810, the era of Independence, to the 
contemporary period. Part I takes up the history of nineteenth-century Latin America, first 
analyzing the challenges of independence, and then describing the impact of economic 
modernization from 1 870. Part II examines the 20th century-the era of Latin American 
Revolutions. 

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HIS 207 History of Russia 3 credits 

Study of the great Kievan empire, the Mongol yoke, the rise of Muscovite Tsars, the expansion of 
absolutism, and empire and social revolution. 

Prerequisite: Two semesters of History/Political Science Survey. Alternate years 

HIS 208 History of the Soviet Union 3 credits 

The development of the Soviet Union from its revolutionary beginnings in 1917 through social 
upheaval, the terror of the purges, the tragedy and triumph of World War II, and the dismantling 
of the Soviet system. 

Prerequisite: Two semesters of History/Political Science Survey. Alternate years 

HIS 2 1 History of England 3 credits 

A detailed study of the Tudor-Stuart period. Emphasis is on the reigns of Henry VIII and 
Elizabeth I. The course culminates with the crisis between crown and parliament under the Stuart 
kings. 

Prerequisite: Two semesters of History/Political Science Surx'ey. Alternate years 

HIS 2 1 1 History of Britain 3 credits 

The development of British history from 1689 to the present. This course stresses the 
development of parliamentary government, the growth of the empire, and the emergence of Great 
Britain as a leading world power. 

Prerequisite: Two semesters of History/Political Science Survey. Alternate years 

HIS 213 Modern French History 3 credits 

This course surveys the events of the Napoleonic Era, Restoration Period, July Monarchy, Second 
Republic, Second Empire, and Third Republic. It concludes by examining France during and 
since World War II. In addition to the country's stormy political history, social and cultural 
changes are also analyzed. 

Prerequisite: Two semesters of History/Political Science Survey. Alternate years 

HIS 320 Selected Studies in History 3 credits 

A lecture and discussion approach to the study of special themes in history. On request, students 
may take this course more than once if the theme they are studying differs. 

Prerequisite: Two semesters of History/Political Science Surx'ey. (On demand) 

HIS 321 Nazi Germany 3 credits 

An in-depth study of totalitarianism focusing primarily in Germany from 1920-1945. Emphasis 
on the career of Adolph Hitler, the SS, the Nazi state, the destruction of European Jewry, and 
World War Two. Secondary emphasis on the phenomena of racism and nationalism. 

Prerequisite: Two semesters of History/Political Science Survey. Alternate years 

HIS 322 World Wars, Cold War, and Beyond 3 credits 

In the 20th century, the United States emerged as the world's strongest nation. This course offers 
a survey of U.S. foreign relations during that time. It examines issues, including both World 
Wars, origins and history of the Cold War, episodes of international revolutionary nationalism, 
wars in Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf, U.S./Latin American relations, years of nuclear 
deterrence, and the challenges of globalization. 

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HIS 325 The Civil War Era 3 credits 

This course examines the regional events leading to the outbreak of the Civil War, the 
prosecution of the War, and its aftermath. It surveys the experiences of Americans — southern and 
northern, white and black-exploring how they were affected by and how they influenced the 
events of the time and nation. 

Prerequisite: History/Political Science core sequence. Alternate years 

HIS 328 American Women's History 3 credits 

This course explores women's experiences in the United States from Colonial times to the 
present. It surveys women of different ethnic, racial, and class backgrounds, exploring how 
women were affected by, and how they themselves influenced the historic events of the 

nation. 

Prerequisite: History/Political Science core sequence. Alternate years 

HIS 330 Immigration and American Ethnic History 3 credits 

This course examines the history of the United States as the history of immigration. Emphasis is 
placed on better understanding the multicultural history of the United States through the study of 
both primary and secondary evidence. 

Prerequisite: Two semesters of History/Political Science Survey. Alternate years 

HIS 340 Film and History 3 credits 

This course examines the relationship between film and history with an emphasis on the utility of 
studying film to better understand the past. 

Prerequisite: Two semesters of History /Political Science Survey. Alternate years 

HIS 350 Post- 1945, United States History 3 credits 

This course examines the history of the United States from the end of World War II through 
today. Students will deepen their knowledge of both domestic history and United States foreign 
policy through the use of primary and secondary evidence. Students will also draw connections 
between the recent past and important issues in today's society. 

Prerequisite: Two semesters of either History or Political Science survey. 

HIS 405 History Seminar 3 credits 

A reading and discussion seminar focusing on one of the following topics: recent American 
history or European intellectual history. 

Prerequisite: Two semesters of History/Political Science Survey. Offered annually 

HIS 407 European Cultural Movements 3 credits 

The course introduces the student to the major artistic and literary movements of late 19th and 
early 20th century continental Europe. The student develops an understanding of the historical 
and aesthetic significance of such avant-garde movements. 

Prerequisite: Two semesters of History/Political Science Sur\'ey. Alternate years 

HIS 408 Europe Since 1945 3 credits 

This course describes and analyzes the economic, social, political, and cultural developments that 
have taken place in Europe since 1945. Major topics that are studied include rebuilding Europe 
physically and psychologically after World War II, the advent of the Cold War, the events of 
1968, and recent problems, such as reactions to immigration. 

Prerequisite: Two semesters of History/Political Science Survey. Alternate years 



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HIS 410 Seminar on Global Issues 3 credits 

A reading and discussion seminar focusing on different political, social, and economic issues 
which affect the late 20th-century world. This course explores current issues in an historical 
perspective. 

(On demand) 

HIS 4 1 3 History Cooperative Education 3- 1 2 credits 

Academic study combined with work experience in the community. 
Prerequisite: Permission of director. (On demand) 

HIS 450 History Internship 3 credits 

Directed field experience in archival and/or museum projects for junior and senior students. 
Students are supervised by professional staff in cooperation with history faculty. Permission of 
the instructor required. 

Prerequisite: Permission of director. (On demand) 

HIS 480 Independent Study 1-3 credits 

Special investigation of a selected topic. 
(On demand) 

HIS 491 Research Seminar 3 credits 

An introduction to historical methods and research. Students select a topic for a bachelor thesis 
and then are guided in their research and writing. Offered annually. Required of history majors, 
usually taken in the junior year. 

Prerequisites: Two semesters of History/Political Science Survey 

Honors Course Descriptions (HNR) 

HNR 300 Explorations Seminar credit 

This non-credit course is required of all honors students and meets three times each semester. 
Sessions generally explore themes or topics from honors courses. The format varies, but may 
include lectures, debates, discussions, or presentations by faculty, students, or guest speakers; 
discussion among participants is always emphasized. This forum provides student/student 
interaction across classes and majors in addition to student/faculty interaction. 

HNR 401 Capstone Project 3 credits 

This required, senior-level seminar is a contract course that will result in the creation of an 
interdisciplinary honors project. The seminar will meet several times throughout the semester to 
help students create a research plan, share information, draft material, and collaboratively edit and 
review their ideas. The emphasis of the seminar will be on developing a professional project after 
a process of self-directed research, writing, and peer review. In addition, students will assist each 
other to develop and expand their ideas, using the integrative skills they have gained in the honors 
program. Each student's project, will entail either a journal length paper consisting of original 
research, or a visual or performing arts project, or an academically-based, service-learning 
project, which will demand some original research and will be accompanied by a substantial 
written commentary. Projects and papers will be completed under the direction of the instructor of 
the capstone course and one additional faculty member. In either case, all projects must be 
approved by the honors faculty, presented to the campus community and placed (in some fashion) 
in the university's online honors journal Honorus. 

Prerequisites: Upper-level standing in the honors program and approval of project proposal 
form by the appropriate faculty. All projects must be approved by the honors faculty and one 
appropriate outside reader. In addition, visual and performing arts projects must be 
approved by the chair of the fine arts department; service-learning projects must be 
approved by the director of service-learning. 



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Information Technology Security Course Descriptions (ITS) 

ITS 200 Introduction to IT Security 3 credits 

This course provides a broad-based overview of information technology security. Emphasis is 
placed upon concepts and theory. Topics include access controls, network security, security 
management, application controls, physical security, disaster recovery, privacy laws, IT security 
ethics and security trends. 

Prerequisite: MIS 1 10 or permission of program director 

ITS 300 Security Management and Risk Assessment 3 credits 

This course will emphasize security management and risk assessment in relation to information 
security. Topics include security management responsibilities, the organizational security model, 
data classifications, policies, procedures, standards, and guidelines. 

Prerequisite: ITS 200 

ITS 410 Access Controls, Security Models and Cryptology 3 credits 

This course will emphasize access controls and security models related to information security. 
Cryptology will be covered from a theory perspective. Topics include main access controls 
models, administration access controls, the importance of the orange book importance, integrity 
goals and cryptology. 

Prerequisite: ITS 200 

ITS 420 Information Technology Privacy and Legal Issues 3 credits 

This course will emphasize privacy and legal issues in relation to information security. Topics 
include applicable laws, investigation, ethics, identification, protection, prosecution, liability, and 
the key role of privacy. 

Prerequisite: ITS 200 

ITS 430 Physical Security and Disaster Recovery 3 credits 

This course will emphasize physical security and disaster recovery in relation to information 
security. Topics include physical security, environmental issues, contingency planning, and 
recovery and restoration. 

Prerequisite: ITS 200 

ITS 490 Current Issues and Trends in Information Technology Security 3 credits 

This course will emphasize current trends and issues in relation to information security. Topics 
include issues and trends facing CSOs (chief security officers), CPOs (chief privacy offices), and 
CIOs (chief information officers) and the providing of relevant technology to their clients and 
end-users. 

Prerequisites: ITS 300, ITS 410, ITS 420, ITS 430 

Master of Business Administration Course Descriptions (MBA) 

*Note: prerequisites for courses are listed only at the graduate level assuming all other prerequisites 
for MBA enrollment are completed. 

MBA F500 Foundations of Management and Human Resources Management 1 credit 

This course represents a review of modern theories and functions of management and HR 
management. Topics to be covered are the functions of managers, organizational structure, 
culture, and processes, human resources management, decision making in organizations and 
leadership. 



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MBA F502 Foundations of Accounting 1 credit 

This course covers the basics of accounting that address the accounting-related entrance 
competencies of MBA 507, Accounting and Finance for Business Leaders. 

MBA F503 Foundations of Marketing 1 credit 

This course provides a general introduction to the basic principles and concepts of marketing. The 
material includes market analysis, product, price, promotion and place (distribution) strategies. 

MBA F504 Foundations of Management Science 1 credit 

This course provides students with a solid conceptual understanding of the role that management 
science plays in the decision-making process. This course also introduces students to procedures 
used to solve problems, such as the decision-making process, linear programming, transportation, 
assignment, transshipment, project scheduling, waiting-line models, simple linear regression and 
multiple linear regression. 

MBA F505 Foundations of Finance 1 credit 

This course focuses on the study of the financial problems associated with the life cycle of a 
business. This includes estimating the financial needs of an enterprise, capital structure, stocks 
and bonds, working capital and financing decisions. 

MBAF508 Foundations of MIS 1 credit 

This course is an interdisciplinary study that views information as a resource. The course focuses 
on computer-based information systems that support the operations, management and decision 
functions of an organization. This course explores the basic technical, behavioral, economic, and 
organizational concepts, relevant information, decision-making, and systems. Topics include the 
methodology and practice of developing a computerized information system; the organization, 
management and control of information systems; and the social impact of information 
technologies. 

MBA F509 Foundations of Economics 1 credit 

Introduction to Economics for Business course will focus on a limited number of microeconomic 
concepts that apply to business institutions, practices and decision making. The objective is to 
create a foundation in economics ideas and concepts for those students who may have had little or 
no exposure to economics study at the undergraduate level and who are aspiring to study for the 
MBA at Misericordia University. 

MBA 500 Organizational Behavior and Development 3 credits 

This course is a systematic study of the organizational behavior and development fields that focus 
on improving productivity, quality, and assisting management in developing methods to empower 
people as well as to design and implement change programs. The importance of person- 
organization fit is emphasized. 

Prerequisites: BUS 208, BUS 360 

MBA 501 Law, Ethics, and the Business Environment 3 credits 

This course covers the legal and regulatory environment in which a business operates and with 
which it must be in compliance. Some of the ethical considerations that should be addressed in 
making business decisions that can balance the benefits and costs for all constituencies including 
society as a whole will also be covered. 

Prerequisite: 3 credits in ethics 

MBA 503 Marketing Management 3 credits 

This course covers marketing concepts and issues as applied to industry, nonprofit organizations 
and government agencies. Focus is on the unique attributes of marketing, market segmentation 



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principles, target marketing, relationship marketing, promotion planning, market research, 
competitor analysis and marketing strategies. 

Prerequisites: BUS 208, BUS 269 

MBA 504 Information Analysis and Interpretation 3 credits 

This course provides students with frameworks and analytical tools to evaluate the economic and 
strategic implications, including those related to customer service, market research, financial 
management, product innovation, and manufacturing, of information analysis and interpretation 
as well as the pitfalls of making decisions based on the incorrect interpretation of data. Issues that 
are important to all managers are addressed. 

Prerequisites: BUS 208, BUS 307 or MTH 115 

MBA 506 Human Resources Management for Leaders 3 credits 

This course examines the role of Human Resource Management (HRM) in the leadership of 
organizations. Topics include strategic HRM, legal environment of HR, compensation issues, 
labor-management relations and the development of a personal HR philosophy. 

Prerequisites: BUS 208, BUS 360, and MBA 501 or equivalent 

MBA 507 Accounting and Finance for Business Leaders 3 credits 

This course covers the analysis and interpretation of corporate annual financial reports, making 
credit and management decisions based upon the analysis of financial statements, preparation of 
operational and cash budgets, preparation of financial forecasts, the incorporation of tax 
implications into decision-making, analysis of sources of capital, utilization of capital budgeting 
techniques, monitoring of cost and budget reports, management of working capital, and 
consideration of ethical implications in accounting and finance decisions. 

Prerequisites: ACC 101, BUS 371 

MBA 508 Information Systems for Management 3 credits 

This course is designed to provide students with frameworks and analytical tools to understand 
the economic and strategic implications of Information Technology (IT), transformation 
dynamics, and risks and pitfalls of IT decisions. Information Systems issues that are important to 
all managers are addressed including those related to customer service, market research, financial 
management, product innovation, manufacturing, and knowledge management. The potential of 
IT to change the landscape of global competition, increase productivity, change industry 
structure, make markets more efficient, and alter a firm's boundary and competitive position is 
covered. 

Prerequisites: BUS 208, MIS 110 

MBA 509 Managerial Economics 3 credits 

The managerial economics course focuses on the application of a limited number of micro 
economic concepts that are relevant to business decisions. A limited number of economics 
concepts will be developed based upon their applicability to a range of business decisions. 
Among the concepts developed and applied are: elasticity, cost minimization, profit 
maximization, competition, productivity, marginal analysis, game theory, expected valuation, 
present and future valuations, capital investment modeling, demand measurement, modeling and 
forecasting, short and long run production planning (optimal plant sizes). Market structure 
discussion is presented as introduction to and application of Michael Porter's Five Competitive 
Forces. While some mathematics and statistics are used to have access to some of the more 
powerful and useful applications of economic concepts, emphasis is on practical application 
rather than quantitative theory. 

Prerequisites: BUS 206 or BUS 207 



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MBA 530 Public Relations, Communications, and the Media in Sport 3 credits 

This course is designed to examine the complex relationship between sport organizations and 
media outlets and the varying types of communication used in sport. This course explores public 
relations as a vital organization function in sports, rather than just a tool that supports marketing 
efforts or piques media interest. In addition to covering all aspects of public relations, this course 
challenges students to assume the role of a public relations professional tasked with developing 
items like a media relations plan, community relations activities, and a crisis communication plan. 
Also, this course addresses the need for reputation management and the unique challenges 
professional and amateur athletes present to sport organizations and their public images. 

MBA 552 Regulation of Human Resource Management 3 credits 

This course is an examination of the legal environment of the workplace and its impact on the 
human resource function. Compliance with state and federal laws and regulations will be 
emphasized. It offers an overview of the statutory scheme regulating employment and labor 
relations, presented primarily through pertinent statutes and their judicial interpretation (case 
law). Topics include, but are not limited to, issues of discrimination in the workplace, labor 
relations, health and safety issues, and employment standards. Also offered as OM 552. 

Prerequisite: MBA 506 

MBA 557 Performance, Compensation and Reward Systems 3 credits 

This course explores the performance appraisal function and process and its linkage to 
compensation system development, including performance-based pay and benefits (total 
compensation strategies), and to reward systems. Also offered as OM 557. 

Prerequisite: MBA 506 

MBA 558 Employee Relations and Services 3 credits 

The course examines employee relation issues including management systems and procedures, 
job design, work environment, and growth and development. Additionally, students study 
employee services ranging from employee assistance programs and counseling to child and elder 
care. Also offered as OM 558. 

Prerequisite: MBA 506 

MBA 560 Supply Chain Management 3 credits 

Supply chain involves the management and integration of inbound, outbound and reverse flows of 
products, services, and related information. Students will study supply chain processes, including 
capacity planning, logistics, inventory control, product development, sourcing, sales & operations 
planning, master scheduling, and material planning. Students will be guided to apply a closed- 
loop approach to Supply Chain Management, employing key performance metrics. 

MBA 580 Project Management 3 credits 

Project management is the discipline of planning, organizing, securing and managing resources to 
bring about the successful completion of specific project's goals and objectives. Project 
management is applicable to business, nonprofit and government organizations. In this course 
students learn to apply project management techniques to construct time lines and network 
diagrams, and critical path analysis. Also covered are interpersonal skills vital to managing cross- 
functional teams and the how to monitor project performance and take corrective actions to 
achieve objectives. Also offered as OM 580. 

MBA 585 Special Topics 3 credits 

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MBA 610 Organizational Leadership 3 credits 

In this course students examine theories and models of organizational leadership to obtain 
knowledge of the historical and current research in the field. Students diagnose and analyze 
organizational problems and recommend appropriate methods for instituting effective 
organizational change. Students also focus on understanding the principles of leadership in order 
to adopt a personal philosophy of leadership. 

Prerequisite: BUS 208, PSY 123 

MBA 612 Strategic Management 3 credits 

This course introduces students to how an organization must in fact deal with all of the 
complexities and constraints of the business environment and how situational factors impact 
strategic decisions. The tools of strategy analysis are used extensively and the process of industry 
and competitive analysis is employed to make decisions and craft concrete strategic plans capable 
of producing organizational effectiveness. This course also serves the purpose of integrating 
much of the knowledge gained in the core business curriculum. 

Prerequisite: All MBA core courses and undergraduate prerequisites 

MBA 620 Accounting Theory 3 credits 

This course covers in depth the established conceptual frameworks for financial reporting and the 
process by which generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), both in the United States and 
internationally, become required standards from the investigation of emerging issues to final 
passage by an authoritative body. Also, GAAP that have been adopted in the two years preceding 
the date of the course offering and the current status of new GAAP in the process of being 
investigated by authoritative bodies will be covered. 

Prerequisites: ACC 340, ACC 341 

MBA 622 Advanced Auditing 3 credits 

This course is designed to build on the foundation in auditing standards and practice that is 
established in undergraduate auditing courses. 

Prerequisite: ACC 410 

MBA 624 Advanced Taxation: Corporations, Partnerships, Estates and Trusts 3 credits 

This course covers the analysis and preparation of federal corporate, partnership, and fiduciary 
tax returns. Tax consequences of the formation, operation, and liquidation of the various forms of 
a corporation are also covered in depth. 

Prerequisite: ACC 401 

MBA 63 1 Current Issues and Trends in Insurance and Investing for Financial Planning 

3 credits 
This course covers the issues and trends occurring and emerging at the time of its offering related 
to the insurance and investing aspects of the dynamic field of financial planning. 

Prerequisite: BUS 355, BUS 434, MBA 507 

MBA 632 Current Issues and Trends in Finance and Banking for Financial Planning 3 credits 
This course covers the issues and trends occurring and emerging at the time of its offering related 
to the fiscal, financial, and banking aspects of the dynamic field of financial planning. 

Prerequisite: BUS 350, MBA 509 



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MBA 640 Advanced Sport Marketing: Applied Research and Strategic Plans 3 credits 

This course is designed to expand on the traditional marketing strategies and practices covered in 
MBA 503: Marketing Management, and apply them to the unique sport product and sport 
consumers. Students will make the shift from theory to practice by examining topics like fan 
loyalty, sponsorships and promotions, brand development, marketing research, and strategic 
planning. To complete the transition, students will be tasked with developing and conducting 
research projects and performing strategic market planning for local sport organizations. 

Prerequisites: MBA 503 

MBA 641 The Business of Sport 3 credits 

Compared to traditional business industries, the sport business industry has many unique aspects 
that go against traditional business models. The successes and failures of sport organizations in 
many instances rely heavily on the performance of their direct competitors. In this course, 
students are exposed to the unique aspects that make competitors on the field allies off of it. This 
course examines the unique business models existing in professional sports leagues, 
intercollegiate athletics, and international sporting events like the Olympics. Students are also 
challenged to identify and analyze current issues that arise during the ever changing sport 
business industry. 

Prerequisites: MBA 500 

MBA 650 Integrative MBA Capstone Experience 3 credits 

This experience is designed to integrate the knowledge and competencies covered in the MBA 
core and the Management Specialization courses in addressing authentic business problems and 
challenges. 

Prerequisite: All MBA core courses 

Management Information Systems Course Descriptions (MIS) 

MIS 101 Programming I 3 credits 

Problem-solving methods; algorithm development; procedural and data abstraction; program 
design, and programming. Intended for students who plan to continue with other Computer 
Science courses. 

MIS 1 10 Introduction to Information Systems 3 credits 

An interdisciplinary study that views information as an economic resource. The course focuses on 
computer-based information systems that support the operations, management, and decision 
functions of an organization and explores the basic technical, behavioral, economic, and 
organizational concepts relevant to information, decision making, and systems. Topics include the 
methodology and practice of developing a computerized information system; the organization, 
management and control of the information system; and the social impact of information 
technologies. 

MIS 121 Programming II 3 credits 

Control structures, top-down programming, and stepwise refinement. Debugging, testing, and 
documentation. Lecture: 2 hours Laboratory: 2 hours. 

MIS 200 Systems Analysis, Design, and Implementation 3 credits 

A study of systems analysis from the standpoint of the life-cycle phases of information systems. 
Emphasis is on the development of information systems, information requirements analysis, the 
system design phase, the implementation phase, and system administration. 

Prerequisite: MIS 110 



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MIS 220 Applied Networking Design 3 credits 

This course examines recent advances and new applications in the field of computer networks and 
telecommunications. Technical fundamentals, architectures and design of computer networks, 
strategies, tools and techniques of network planning, implementation, management, maintenance, 
and security are also covered. 

MIS 231 Introduction to File Processing 3 credits 

File terminology, structure, and manipulation techniques. Sequential and random access bulk 
storage devices. Applications of data structures and file processing techniques. Introduction to 
COBOL. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 2 hours 

Alternate years 

MIS 310 Managerial Applications of Object-Oriented Programming I 3 credits 

This course provides a study of an object-oriented programming language as it pertains to 
managerial applications. In addition, the course introduces the use of object-oriented 
programming methodologies. 

MIS 311 Managerial Applications of Object-Oriented Programming II 3 credits 

This course expands object-oriented skills taught in Managerial Applications of Object-Oriented 
Programming. The emphasis in this course is on object-oriented development tools and 
development in a client-server environment. 

Prerequisite: MIS 310 

MIS 312 Software Engineering 3 credits 

Software development and procurement is an important part of information system design. This 
course emphasizes a disciplined approach to analyzing requirements and specifications; 
designing; implementing through programming, procurement, and reuse; delivering with 
adequate testing and documentation; and maintaining by adapting and extending the application 
software for an information system. 

Prerequisites: MIS 200, MIS 310 

MIS 420 Teleprocessing 3 credits 

An introduction to teleprocessing and communication networks with emphasis on exchange of 
data between systems. 

Prerequisite: MIS 1 10 

MIS 425 EDP Audit and Control 3 credits 

An introduction to the fundamentals of EDP auditing. Emphasis is on understanding EDP 
controls, the types of EDP audits, and concepts and techniques used in EDP audits. 

MIS 432 Data Base Management Systems Design 3 credits 

Introduction to database concepts, data models, data description languages, query facilities, file, 
and index organization, and data integrity, reliability, and security. Students work with real 
database management systems. 

Prerequisite: MIS 1 10 

MIS 491 Information Technology Management 3 credits 

An examination of the relevant management issues in information technology and their impact on 
a firm's competitiveness. Case study method is used. Senior status only. 

Prerequisites: MIS 200, MIS 432 



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Mathematics Course Descriptions (MTH) 

MTH 095 College Algebra and Trigonometry 3 credits 

Linear equations, inequalities, functions, graphing, logarithms and exponentials, circular 
functions. 

Fall/Spring 

MTH 115 Basic Statistics 3 credits 

An introduction to the use of statistical methods with emphasis on practical applications. 
Descriptive statistics, introduction to probability, estimation of parameters, introduction to 
hypothesis testing, correlation, and linear regression. 

MTH 120 Mathematical Reasoning 3 credits 

Development of quantitative problem solving. Methods of problem solving. Reading, 
determining, and solving problems using basic arithmetic, algebra, and geometry. Common 
mathematical models of everyday phenomena. 

MTH 151 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 3 credits 

Basic concepts, limits, derivatives, and applications. 

MTH 152 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 3 credits 

Transcendental functions, techniques of integration, and applications. 
Prerequisite: MTH 151. Each Spring 

MTH 160 Discrete Mathematics 3 credits 

Emphasizes the application of discrete mathematics, including combinatorics, graphs, recursively 
defined sequences, social choice, fair division, etc. 

MTH 200 History of Mathematics 3 credits 

The place of mathematics in human enterprise and the central role it has played in the 
development of civilization. Topics chosen include the history of mathematics, contributions by 
various cultures, geometry, calculus, number theory, modern logic, and unsolv