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Frequently Asked Questions


1. Are there employment opportunities in nursing?
Now and well into the distant future there will be opportunities in nursing. We are currently in a crisis related to a nursing shortage. It is both a shortage of supply and demand. There are many reasons for this shortage click on to read all about this shortage. One thing for sure there will be employment opportunities in nursing for years to come. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment between RN’s will grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2008.

2. What type of area can I work in as a nurse?
If you want a profession, which provides you with a variety of career options, you need to consider nursing. There are so many opportunities available. Click on to view what is in store for you choose nursing as a career.

3. How established are Misericordia University’s programs?
We are the oldest nursing programs in Northeastern Pennsylvania – Celebrating our 50th Anniversary in 1999.
We boast many firsts in Nursing in our region:

  • 1st Baccalaureate Program
  • 1st Nursing program to be accredited by the National League for Nursing
  • 1st Masters of Science Program in Nursing
  • 1st Nurse Practitioner Program

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

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

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

7. What opportunities are available to me as a student in the Nursing Department?
Students are eligible to apply for state certification as a nurse’s aide after the completion of the junior year in our nursing program. Misericordia University undergraduates can begin taking graduate courses part-time in the advanced practice or family nurse practitioner options immediately after graduation. Misericordia University alumni receive discounted (33% off) tuition for graduate courses.

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

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

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

11. Do I have to take liberal arts courses if I do not have a bachelor’s degree?
Yes. You must complete the core curriculum as well as the nursing prerequisites and the nursing courses. But all can be taken in a part-time format in the evening so you can continue to work at your career while studying for a second career in nursing. This makes it very easy to complete.

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

13. Whom do I contact?
For questions regarding admission into the part-time evening program, contact Maureen Sheridan at 570-674-6451 or For transfer admission into our full-time traditional program, contact Shane Pagnotti at 570-674-6255 or For general questions related to the nursing major, contact Marilyn Kornoski at 674-6474 or .