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Integrated Studies Program

Integrated Studies Program
Misericordia University
Integrated Studies Program
301 Lake Street
Dallas, PA 18612
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Program Contact Janine Starinsky
Program Contact Email
Phone 570-674-8200
Website Program website
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Misericordia University offers an inclusive, post-secondary certificate program designed specifically for students with moderate Autism, with or without co-morbid disorders, and Intellectual Disabilities. The Integrated Studies Program is a full-time, college-based, 2-year program designed for students between the ages of 18–26 and gives prospective students access to a full-time inclusive and supported program of study. STUDENT EXPERIENCE AND OUTCOMES: Students will participate in college courses and experiences that will allow them to work towards living an independent life. The program will provide meaningful courses and seminars that will support their transition, education, and social skills development. A choice of several pathways will be made available for the students to select including liberal arts, early childhood education, and vocational/employment opportunity exploration. The program aims to prepare each student for gainful employment. PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: The program will require 40–60 credit hours that are a mixture of inclusive courses, including the first-year experience, audited courses, as well as internship and job shadowing opportunities. Additional seminars will be provided to support college life and socialization. Students are enrolled as full-time, non-degree-seeking students, with all the rights and responsibilities of a degree-seeking student. Students in the program have access to institutional facilities, consistent with other students, which supports the achievement of their goals. This program is designed to provide excellent opportunities in education, career development, and social participation within an inclusive academic setting. The Comprehensive Post Secondary Transition (CTP) program is approved by the Department of Education. The program is based on Think College standards and created with support from the PA Inclusive Higher Education Consortium and other successful programs. All students will take courses on campus. Students will have the opportunity to audit courses in an inclusive environment with other MU students. An academic policy will be created by the post-secondary certificate program and will confer with the faculty of such courses to work in collaboration with course instructors/chairs to modify the course syllabi and assignments so that no additional burden is placed on the faculty. Satisfactory academic progress will be determined by the professor in accordance with Misericordia policy. Students seeking this path will need to fill out an admissions application once enrolled in the Misericordia Integrated Studies program.

Program information submitted: January 16, 2023

Public or private: Private
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program:
  • Have graduated or exited from high school
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 3
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: April 1
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 100.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 100.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $12000.00
Program fees: $6375.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

FYE Intro to Graphic Design COM 217 Drawing and Composition FA 103 Comparative Sociology SOC 101 Ceramics FA Intro to Systems MIS 110 Jewelry FA 142

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Year 1 Fall: Independent Living I Year 1 Fall: College Experience Year 1 Spring: Independent Living II Year 1 Spring: Career Exploration Year 2 Fall: Career Practicum Year 2 Fall: Human Relations and Communication Year 2 Spring: Transition to Independence Year 2 Spring: Personal Finance Years 1 &2: Internship I-II-III

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 100%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Integrated Studies Certificate
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 100%
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: No
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 100%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation