Two local colleges work together to provide new programs

Luzerne County Community College (LCCC) and Misericordia University are collaborating on three new bachelor’s degree programs in the health sciences for adult learners and traditional students beginning with the spring semester.

Misericordia and Luzerne County Community College are working together to provide 3 new bachelor’s degree programs.

They're all about science--- exercise science, surgical technology and respiratory therapy. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics says those fields are in high demand. It's geared towards both adult learners and traditional students.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree with a specialization in exercise science offers students who want to be professionals in a preventative wellness discipline the pathway flexibility to enter an exciting field. This new program also offers students the opportunity to begin their studies as first-year students at Misericordia University and attend LCCC for the required exercise science courses, or begin at LCCC and transfer to the institution in the Back Mountain. The collaborative exercise science program is available in part- or full-time formats.

Misericordia and LCCC also are working in partnership to offer two new degree completion programs in surgical technology and respiratory therapy. The new pipeline will enable academically eligible students at Luzerne to seamlessly transfer to Misericordia and work toward their Bachelor of Science in Health Science degrees with specializations in both areas of study.

The program begins in the Spring. Misericordia University is accepting applications for the new exercise science program. For more information, please contact Donna Cerza, director of admissions, at (570) 674-6460 or email her at For more information on the Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science program at LCCC, please contact Jim Domzalski, director of enrollment management, at (570) 740-0342 or email him at

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