Table of ContentsAcademic Calendar 2014-2015 . 5About Misericordia University . 6Policy Statements . 6Mission Statement . 6Diversity Statement . 7Accreditations. 7Contacts for More Information . 8Student Support Services. 9Bookstore . 9Computer Facilities . 9Library. 10Student Success Center. 11Campus Life . 12Athletics . 12Campus Ministry . 13Campus Safety. 14Clubs and Organizations. 14Counseling and Psychological Services Center (CAPS) . 14Governing Boards. 15Health and Wellness Center. 15Residential Facilities . 16Student Media . 18Career Development . 18Special Institutes . 19Assistive Technology Research Institute . 19Ethics Institute . 19Institute on Sacred Scripture . 19The Cecilia Meighan, RSM Institute of Law and Religious Life . 19Undergraduate Programs . 19Admission Requirements. 19Transfer Program . 20Other Undergraduate Admission Information. 23Financial Information . 24Tuition and Fees . 24Expenses per Semester 2014-2015 . 24Special Fees, Deposits, and Expenses 2014–2015 . 25Release of Transcripts or Diplomas . 29Undergraduate Auditing . 29Financial Assistance Program. 29Application Procedures . 30Tuition Payment Options . 35Refund Policies . 37Endowed Scholarships. 40Annual Scholarships . 43Academics . 44A Misericordia University Education . 44Undergraduate Academic Policies and Procedures . 44Graduate Academics at Misericordia University . 61Philosophy . 611

Graduate Education Goals . 61Policies and Procedures . 61Graduate Accreditation . 68Graduate Programs . 68Contacts for Graduate Programs . 68Financial Information . 69Financial Assistance Programs . 70Admission Requirements. 71Tuition Payment Options . 71Special Programs . 72Air Force ROTC . 72Army ROTC Military Science . 72Center for Adult and Continuing Education . 74Consortium Programs . 75Credit Options Outside the Classroom . 75Honors Program . 77Service-Learning . 78Study Abroad Programs. 79Office of Summer Studies . 79Office for Students With Disabilities. 79Women with Children Program . 79Academic Program Definitions . 79Academic Program Listings . 80Undergraduate and Graduate Curricula Academic Colleges . 80College of Arts and Sciences . 80College of Health Sciences . 81College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences . 82Core Curriculum Requirements . 83College of Arts and Sciences Majors. 88Biochemistry Major . 88Biology . 94Chemistry Major. 99Clinical Laboratory Science Major . 103Communications Major . 105English Major . 108Government, Law and National Security Major . 112History Major . 115Mathematics Major. 119Medical Science Major . 121Philosophy Major . 126Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies . 129College of Arts and Sciences Minors . 137Art History Minor . 137Biology Minor . 138Chemistry Minor . 139Communications Minor . 139English Minor. 139Ethics Minor . 140History Minor . 140Mathematics Minor . 1402

Music and Culture Minor . 141Philosophy Minor . 142Political Science Minor . 142Religious Studies Minor . 143Studio Art Minor . 143Theater Minor . 144Writing Minor . 145College of Arts and Sciences Certificates/Certifications . 145Secondary Education Certifications . 146College of Arts and Sciences Specializations . 146Pre-dentistry, Pre-medicine, Pre-optometry, Pre-veterinary Medicine . 146English, Pre-law . 146History, Pre-law . 146Philosophy, Pre-law. 146College of Health Sciences Majors. 146Diagnostic Medical Sonography Major . 147Health Science Major . 151Medical Imaging Major . 152Nursing Major . 171Master of Science in Nursing . 181Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program . 187Occupational Therapy Major . 191Occupational Therapy Post-Professional Programs . 203Curriculum and Program Delivery . 207Program Goals . 207Admission Criteria: . 207Physical Therapy Major. 209Pre-Doctor of Physical Therapy Program . 209Speech-language Pathology Major . 216College of Health Sciences Certificates/Certifications . 227Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate . 227Post-master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate . 230Post-professional Pediatric Certificate . 230College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences Majors . 231Applied Behavioral Sciences Major . 231Business Programs (Undergraduate and Graduate). 234Computer Science Major . 252Health Informatics . 254Information Technology Major . 255Information Technology Major, IT Security Specialization . 257Professional Studies Major . 260Psychology Major. 262Social Work Major . 265College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences Minors . 298Accounting Minor . 298Applied Economics Minor. 299Child Welfare Services Minor . 299Computer Science Minor . 300Forensic Accounting Minor . 300Gerontology Minor . 3013

Health Care Management Minor . 301Information Security Minor . 302Management Minor . 302Management Information Systems Minor . 303Marketing Minor . 303Psychology Minor . 304College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences Certificates/Certifications . 304Health Informatics Certificate . 304Geriatric Care Manager Professional Certificate . 305Health Informatics Certificate . 306PACS Administrator Certificate . 306College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences Specializations . 308Addictions Counseling . 308Child Welfare Services . 309Gerontology. 309Health Care Marketing (Health Care Management Major) . 309IT Security Information Technology Major (IT Security) . 309Course Descriptions . 309Directory . 468Misericordia University Board of Trustees. 468Administration . 469Faculty Senate . 472Faculty . 473Adjunct Faculty . 479Alumni Association Board of Directors 2014-2015 . 487Index . 4894

Academic Calendar 2014-2015Fall 2014August 21August 21-24August 24August 25September 1September 2September 2September 5September 12October 9-10October 13October 15October 20-24October 29-November 10November 10November 12November 25November 26-28December 1December 8December 8December 8-13December 14December 16ConvocationFirst-year orientation/check-inAll university check-inFirst day of classes for all traditional program studentsLabor Day; No day or evening classesClasses resume 8:00 amAdd/Drop period endsLast day for change of status (full-time to part-time)Last day to remove summer 2014 incompletesFall recessClasses resume 8:00 amMid-term grades due NoonAdvisement weekSpring 2014 RegistrationLast day to withdraw from a course or universityWriting proficiency examFollow Thursday class scheduleThanksgiving recessClasses resume 8:00 amLast day of classes; follow Friday class scheduleMonday evening class exams heldFinal examinationsWinter Baccalaureate and CommencementFinal grades due at NoonSpring 2015January 11January 12January 19January 19January 23February 25March 2-6March 9March 9-13March 18-March 30March 30April 1April 2-April 6April 7April 28April 29April 30Transfer Student Check-in/OrientationFirst day of classes for traditional program studentsMartin Luther King, Jr. Day - Compressed ScheduleAdd/Drop period endsLast day to remove Fall 2014 incompletesMidterm Grades due at NoonSpring breakClasses resumeAdvisement weekFall 2014 RegistrationLast day to withdraw from a course or universityWriting proficiency examEaster RecessClasses resumeFollow Thursday class scheduleLast day of classes; Follow Friday class scheduleStudy dayAcademic Calendar 2014-20155

May 1-7May 11May 15May 15May 16May 16Final examinationsFinal grades due 9:00 amSpring Baccalaureate, 4:00 pmCommencement Rehearsal/Awards Ceremony 6:30 pmGraduate Commencement 10:00 amUndergraduate Commencement 2:00 pmAbout Misericordia UniversityPolicy StatementsThis catalog contains current information regarding Misericordia University’s undergraduate andgraduate programs, calendar, admissions policies, degree requirements, fees, and regulations.Misericordia University reserves the right in its sole judgment to promulgate and change rules andregulations and to make changes of any kind in its programs, calendar, academic policies, admissionspolicies, procedures and standards, degree requirements, and fees whenever it is deemed necessary ordesirable, including changes in course content, the scheduling of classes, and cancellation of scheduledclasses and other academic activities.Students are ultimately responsible for knowing and observing all regulations contained herein that mayaffect their status at Misericordia University.Misericordia University accords students of any race, color, religion, sex, nationa lity, or ethnic originall 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 itseducational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic, or otheruniversity-administered programs.Misericordia University complies with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 asamended. A copy of the Act is available for inspection in the Vice President of Academic AffairsOffice.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 ofthe Rehabilitation Act of 1973.Mission StatementMisericordia University is a Catholic, liberal arts-based, co-educational university. It was founded in1924 and it is sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy. The university offers both undergraduateand graduate programs. In 1978, the board of trustees approved a mission statement that describes thenature and purpose of the university (formerly College Misericordia), and in 1994 it was revised asfollows:Misericordia University, a co-educational Catholic university sponsored by the Institute of theSisters of Mercy of the Americas, is committed to providing quality education to its students andto shaping its educational programs and policies to express the founding Sisters’ values andattitudes of mercy, service, justice, and hospitality. The university welcomes individuals of allfaiths.6About Misericordia University

The academic development of each student at the undergraduate level is ensured by theuniversity’s commitment to provide a learning experience which cultivates higher-order thinkingskills through the integration of liberal arts and professional studies. To emphasize academicexcellence and to develop critical thinking, all undergraduate curricula provide a common liberalarts base, the objectives of which are further developed in the students’ major areas of study. Thestudents’ educational programs prepare them for productive careers and continued personal andprofessional growth.Graduate programs at Misericordia University emphasize intellectual discourse and focusedacademic growth. The cornerstone of each program is instruction and practice in methods ofcritical thinking which promote research and enhanced professional expertise.As part of its comprehensive educational program, the university is committed to providing awide range of spiritual, physical, recreational, social, and cultural activities in which all membersof the university community can participate.Misericordia University fosters a cooperative environment in which students, faculty, and staffdemonstrate personal concern for each individual as a valued member of the universitycommunity.Diversity StatementMisericordia 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 democraticsociety. Therefore, we are dedicated to promoting a diverse community in an atmosphere of mutualrespect and appreciation of difference.We believe, as members of a democratic society, that individuals have not only the right to live theirlives according to their own values and beliefs, but also the obligation to respect the right of others todo the same.We believe all people should be treated with civility, deserving to be heard without demeaningjudgments of others.We believe, as an educational community, that we have the responsibility to learn about each o ther inorder to benefit from our diverse population.We believe our demonstration of individual integrity and mutual respect sets a standard for thecommunity and exemplifies a broader commitment to human understanding and service.AccreditationsMisericordia University was chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on January 31, 1927, andis empowered to grant the following degrees:Doctor of Nursing PracticeDoctor of Occupational TherapyDoctor of Physical TherapyMaster of Business AdministrationMaster of ScienceMaster of Science in NursingMaster of Science in Occupational TherapyMaster of Science in Physician Assistant StudiesMaster of Science in Speech-Language PathologyBachelor of ArtsAbout Misericordia University7

Bachelor of ScienceBachelor of Science in NursingBachelor of Social WorkMisericordia University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on HigherEducation, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000.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) 652-6611Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Educati

March 30 Last day to withdraw from a course or university April 1 Writing proficiency exam April 2-April 6 Easter Recess April 7 Classes resume April 28 Follow Thursday class schedule April 29 Last day of classes; Follow Friday class schedule April 30 Study day Academic Calendar 2014-2015