Undergraduate Nursing Program
All graduates of the undergraduate nursing program will be able to:
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 for updates or changes in policy.
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 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 traditional undergraduate nursing requires:
Admission into the second degree nursing program (for traditional and part-time evening programs) requires:
Admission into the nursing program for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)
The licensed practical nurse (LPN) student is recognized as an adult learner who comes with diverse life experiences, education and clinical skills, as well as motivation and ability to learn independently. To facilitate advanced placement, opportunity is provided for students to validate, by examination, previously acquired educational and clinical competencies
LPN to the BS in Nursing option is for students who have completed and accredited Licensed Practical Nurse program. Licensed practical nurses seeking admission to the baccalaureate nursing program must meet the admission criteria for the University and the Nursing major and submit a valid Pennsylvania LPN license.
Students who have evidence of 1000 hours of employment as a LPN within the last 3 years are eligible for advanced placement nursing credits.
Non-Nursing Advanced Placement (professional nursing cognates/pre-requisites)
It is possible to challenge or CLEP (College Level Examination Program) the following courses. If a passing score is not achieved in the designated exam the student must take that course.
Licensed practical nurses have the option to test out of specialty area courses within the program. The areas are listed below.
Advanced Placement Examination Options:
*NLN ACE II Exams - minimum overall score of 78.
NSG 402 Functional Health Patterns Childbearing ( 4 credits)
NSG 304 Functional Health Patterns Pediatrics ( 4 credits)
NSG 302 Functional Health Patterns the Psychiatric Nursing ( 4 credits)
Examinations are administered through the Center for Adult and Continuing Education prior to the semester in which the course would be offered, and students receive one opportunity to take each examination.
Advanced Placement examination credits are only applicable to the nursing major and are not calculated in the GPA, and may only be taken by LPN-holding students already admitted to the program.
Admission for students to the Expressway RN-to-BSN program include:
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:
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.
Before student 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 nursing majors in the spring of their sophomore year prior to their first clinical rotation that begins in the fall of their junior year. Students must have current health insurance. Students are responsible for the cost of the annual health examination, current health insurance and immunizations.
The health clearance form must be submitted to My Record Tracker (MRT) no later than the date specified by the department chair. Normal results are good for one year from the date of the test.
Clinical Education Requirements
Accepted students must submit the following documentation prior to the start of the program:
Individual clinical sites may require additional documentation, such as drug screening which varies in the time frame of being tested and entering the clinical setting; thus, the clinical coordinator will inform you as to when to have the test done. Clinical education requirements are at the expense of the student.
The College of Health Sciences and Education Clinical Education policies are found at http://www.misericordia.edu/uploaded/documents/academics/nursing/Clinical_Education_Policies/CHS_CEC_Policies_final_approval_2014-_handbook-_2015-2017-revised_6-2015.pdf
In addition to tuition and fees, expenses that the nursing major student may incur are: uniforms, NCLEX examination fee, temporary practice permit fee, field trip expenses, health examination fees, 10 panel urine toxicology screen, and criminal background checks (3).
Tuition Based Expenses
Examples of some items that are tuition based are: National Student Nurses Association, My Record Tracker, CPR certification and recertification, KAPLAN developmental testing, lab fees, Discovering HIPAA Online Series, liability insurance, simulation fee, clinical supplies, nursing pin fee, nursing ceremony fee and poster fee.
*For specific fee information refer to the fee page in the catalog.
Transfer Students (Traditional and Part-time Evening Nursing Program)
All non-nursing transfer college credits will be evaluated by the registrar and the nursing department to determine equivalencies. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to transfer into the nursing program. Students who receive a C- or less in courses that are the equivalent of required Misericordia cognates (including BIO 211, BIO 212, BIO 228, PSY 275, HP 241 and MTH 115) or nursing courses will not be considered for admission into the nursing program.
Progression and Retention in the Nursing Program
Academic Criteria for all Undergraduate Nursing Students
Progression and retention in the nursing major is based upon the student's ability to meet the following academic criteria:
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:
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.