College of Health Sciences and Education

Welcome from the Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Education

Welcome to the College of health Sciences and Education!

The College of Health Sciences and Education (CHSE) is dedicated to the education of future and post-professional health care practitioners and educators through both traditional and graduate programs, certificates, and flexible alternative education options.

It is our goal to provide each and every student, undergraduate or graduate, full or part time, commuter, online, or resident, with a stellar education that will enable him/her/hir to fulfill their professional and personal goals. The College works as an interprofessional unit and encourages faculty and students to work with and learn from each other in different programs in our College as well as with those in the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Business. We strive to provide opportunities for all students to become well rounded citizens, thoroughly supported through their journey by extraordinary faculty who are engaged in quantitative and qualitative research, international partnerships, and service aligned to the mission and Charisms of Misericordia.

We welcome you to take part in a virtual tour, or call or email myself or one of the program director or chairs to find out more about our health science and education programs!

All Are Welcome!

Barbara Schwartz-Bechet - Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Education

Barbara Schwartz-Bechet, Ed.D., SBA
Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Educatio

Unique to CHSE are:

  • Above average board passing rates in healthcare professions ranging between 92-100% (first time pass rates).
  • Clinical, service, and research opportunities abroad. Last year, students participated in activities in Rwanda, Jamaica, Portugal, Italy, and Australia.
  • Student research opportunities including presenting findings at national and international conferences.
  • 15 degree programs ranging from a bachelor and master to clinical doctorate degrees
  • 12 entry and post-professional certificates
  • 4 specialty institutes/clinics service the community and provide student with research and clinical experience.

CHSE Interprofessional Education Chart

We graduate the largest number of health science professionals in Northeastern Pennsylvania constituting the majority of practitioners/clinicians. We offer a rich education through clinical and fieldwork experiences, service-learning, interprofessional engagement and research endeavors. Our students can experience international service and research as a component of their education. For example, students have travelled to Australia Guyana, Rwanda, Jamaica, and Portugal.

With over 100 publications and presentations, our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized and have the excellence to assist in guiding students through their education. In fact, our PA program obtained a 100% pass rate. Likewise our faculty and student run clinics assist students in learning their discipline while providing services to the community. Our centers and clinics include the Autism Center, Interprofessional Clinic and Speech-Language Hearing Center.

Service Learning Pro-Bono Clinics

Traditional and Graduate Programs

Certificate Programs

Alternative education formats are available for the following programs:



Mission Statement

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

College News



The College of Health Sciences and Education is participating in programming as part of National Health Professions Week in November. Several majors in the college are hosting a free simulation and education program on campus for prospective students and their families on Thursday, Nov. 9. To find out more about the program and other related activities for the week of Nov. 6-10, please click here.


The Misericordia University PT clinic was recently covered by regional media. Please click the image below to review the video package.


Click here to the view the WNEP news package on the Misericordia PT Clinic

Our annual Health Care Symposium occurred on 10/7/2017 with 367 attendees. The conference approximately doubled in attendance. Two national keynote speakers, Four faculty presented research and approximately 40 students presented research through a poster presentation.



The Misericordia University Occupational Therapy Department is holding a series of five free fall prevention workshops on select Fridays beginning September 22 at The Hope Center, 205 Main Street Luzerne. The Falls Prevention program is open to people 65 or older who are living independently within the community. Sessions will be held: September 22, October 6, October 20, November 17 and December 1, 2017.





Medical Imaging Students Provided Several Service Activities: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Farm, Susan G. Komen Ribbon Sale, Fall Mentoring Event.




Speech Language Pathology Students presented at the 11th Oxford Dysfluency Conference (2017)



Dr. Ellen McLaughlin, OTR/L, FAOTA began a 3 year term as Chair of the Commission on Education for Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association (POTA)







Faculty in the news:










Interprofessional Education


The College of Health Sciences and Education is dedicated to preparing students to become collaborative members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team. The common goal of patient- centered care to improve quality, safety, and access is supported by emphasis on the competency domains of:

  • Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice
  • Roles/Responsibilities
  • Interprofessional Communication
  • Teams and Teamwork

The Misericordia Interprofessional Education Connection community page is designed as a resource for those interested in interprofessional education, collaboration and practice. For more information about Interprofessional Education visit the MIPEC community page.


Misericordia Interprofessional Education Connection Community Page

Service Activities

Visit the Nursing Tanzania Service Trip Blog (Dr. Cindy Mailloux):

Visit the PT Rawanda Service Trip Blog (Dr. Maureen Pascal):

Clinics, Centers and Camps





Falls Prevention Clinic 2019:


The falls prevention program is open to people 65 years or older who are living within the community. The program is free and consists of 12 sessions on select Fridays beginning in January for adults age 65 and older at The Hope Center, 205 Main St., Luzerne. The program kicks off Friday, Jan. 18, 2019.

To register for the program, please contact Kathleen Hughes-Butcher, M.S., O.T.R./L., academic fieldwork coordinator, at (570) 674-8180 or Dana Kinter, M.S., O.T.R./L., adjunct faculty, at (570) 262-0253. For additional information, please log on to the clinics and centers menu at Sessions will be held Jan. 18 and 25; Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22; March 1, 15, 22 and 29, and April 12 and 26. Snow make-up session will take place on May 3 as needed. Each session runs from 9:30-11:30 a.m.


Speech Language Hearing Center


The Speech-Language-Hearing Center at Misericordia University is a comprehensive facility serving the residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Located on the second floor in John J. Passan Hall, the center provides complete diagnostic and speech, language, and hearing services for children, adolescents, adults and elderly with communication disorders.


Speech-Language Hearing Center is found here



Please click here to access Misericordia University's Autism Center





Occupational Therapy Career Exploration Camp for High School Students

Speech-Language Pathology Summer Exploration Camp

Health Sciences Middle School Career Camp

Performing Arts Training Academy





Clinical Education

The clinical associate benefit document, and the clinical policies and procedures are available in both .docx and .pdf formats. Please click the links below to download the desired format.

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College Newsletters

Contact Us

Rebecca LaPoint
CHSE Administrative Assistant
(570) 674-6441

Pass Rates

Discipline 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
PreK-Modules 1-3
Special Education PreK-8




Medical Imaging 100% 90% 100% 89% 95%
Nursing NP 100% 100% 100% 94.7% 95.6%
Nursing RN 98.31% 98.08% 78.18% 92.86% 95.59%
Occupational Therapy 97% 100% 98% 100% 100%
Physical Therapy 100% 83% 98.99% 99% Pending
Physician Assistant -- -- 93% 100% 100%
Social Work No current licensing examination for BS        
Sonography (3 tests)





Speech Language Pathology 93.1% 100% 100% 100% 100%

*Represented are first time passing rates which are used by accreditors

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