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Integrated Studies Program

Integrated Studies Program
Misericordia University
Integrated Studies Program
301 Lake Street
Dallas, PA 18612-1
Program Contact Janine Starinsky
Program Contact Email
Phone 570-674-8200
Website Program website

Misericordia University offers a new, inclusive, post-secondary certificate program designed
specifically for students with moderate Autism, with or without co-morbid disorders, and
Intellectual Disability. The certificate program, Integrated Studies is a fulltime, college based, 2-year program specifically designed for students between the ages of 18–26 who are
Level 1 Mild to Level 2, Moderate Autism, and gives prospective students access to a fulltime
inclusive and supported program of study.

Program information submitted: May 6, 2022

Public or private: Private
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program:
  • Have graduated or exited from high school
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 2
School district or agency partner: N/A
Contact person: N/A
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-26
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $12875.00
Program fees: $5500.00
Additional costs: $0.00
Books, class materials and school supplies
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
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
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: CPS 101 Introduction to Programming Problem- solving method; algorithm development; procedural and data abstraction; and program design, programming. Intended for students who plan to continue with other computer science courses.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: The following classes are offered to the students enrolled in the Integrated Studies Students: College Experience, Independent Living 1 and 2, Career Exploration, Human Relations and Communication, Career Practicum, Personal Finance, and Transition to Independence.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 75-99%
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 Program
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students? Alternative Learners Program
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: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
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): 75-99%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation