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OASIS Program

OASIS Program
Mercyhurst North East
OASIS Program
16 West Division Street
Miller Hall 9B
North East, PA 16428
Program Contact Katie Huba
Phone (814) 725-6299

OASIS is a one-year to two-year program that gives adults (18+) with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities the opportunity to earn a proficiency-based certificates in a college setting. This unique, non-credit program gives students the opportunity to learn academic and vocational skills alongside traditional students pursuing similar vocational interests. Students are also provided the opportunity to learn important social and “soft” skills that are pivotal for employment.

OASIS students will spend time each week at the beautiful Mercyhurst North East campus attending college classes. Students have the choose of pursuring a Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Bussiness, or Early Childhood Certificate.


Public or private: Private
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 5
Deadline to apply to this program: n/a
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 71%
Retention rate: 100%
Tuition amount: $8,500.00
Room and board: $9,960.00
Program specific fees: $0.00
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)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Depending upon the chosen program length and certificate, students may participate in some of the following courses:

Introduction to Mercyhurst
Culinary Arts Lecture and Lab
Food Service Lecture and Lab
Safety and Sanitation
Introduction to Hospitality
Introduction to Event Planning
Housekeeping Operations
Principles of Marketing
Applied Service Methods
Early Childhood Practicum and Seminars
Principles of Management
Computer Applications
Advance Computer Applications
Elective Courses

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

Depending upon the chosen program length and certificate, students may participate in some of the following courses:

Life Skills Development I and II
Employment Skill Development I and II


Time spent only with other students in this program: About 75% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Mercyhurst University Oasis Certificate
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 80%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 50%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

yes, students recieve a certifcate pertaining to early childhood education, culinary arts, hospitality managment or buisness administration.

Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Trips, tournaments and a cultural series highlight MNE's yearly activities calendar. With the help of a student activities committee, our residence life staff organizes a wide variety of ways for our students to interact with each other and the rest of the MNE community. You need only glance at the weekly activities calendar posted around campus to see that there's always something going on at MNE, including:

•Christmas shopping in New York City
•The Annual MNE Talent Show
•Guest lecturers speaking on politics, religion and worldly experiences
•Holiday-themed crafts and buffets
•Music and theater performances
•Parents' Weekend and Family Days

Last updated: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 13:33