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 -- Misericordia University and Geisinger Health System have partnered to offer discounted tuition to Geisinger employees interested in growing their careers by enrolling in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs beginning with the spring semester.

The agreement allows Geisinger nurses who wish to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree to enroll in the RN to BSN program. BSN registered nurses also can work toward an advanced practice degree. Misericordia University is offering the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)-Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN to Doctor of Nurse Practice (DNP), and BSN to DNP degrees. The program also includes the Part-Time Accelerated Evening BSN program. The discounted tuition ranges from 20 to 30 percent for eligible participants.

“The Geisinger name is synonymous with quality patient care and innovative health care practices,’’ said Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., president of Misericordia University. “We are proud to partner with Geisinger and play a role in the system’s ongoing efforts to offer a highly trained and educated nursing staff for their patients.’’

“This valuable partnership with Misericordia University supports our nurses’ efforts to broaden their academic knowledge, to keep current with changes in their field and to increase their potential for growth within Geisinger,’’ said Maryann E. Cortese-Rubino, Geisinger northeast associate vice president for nursing services. “Nurses are on the front lines of health care, and this partnership helps our nurses to continue providing quality, compassionate care for our patients.’’

The discounts may be combined with other scholarships and awards.

Geisinger continues to offer tuition reimbursement to all employees for work-related courses and degrees. Employees who satisfactorily complete the course can receive an annual reimbursement up to $2,500.

Misericordia University features the oldest nursing program in the area and graduates more students in the health sciences than any other college or university in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The University offers three undergraduate nursing programs: traditional, full-time nursing students; part-time accelerated evening program for adult students; and the RN to BSN Expressway Program. The undergraduate nursing programs are designed to meet the special educational and scheduling needs of adult and traditional students. They all lead to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

The MSN nursing program is designed to meet the special needs of current BSN registered nurses who desire an advanced practice specialization as a family nurse practitioner. Misericordia also offers a post-master’s certificate as a family nurse practitioner for nurses who already have an advanced clinical master’s degree and who wish to change or expand their practice focus to primary care. Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced education in health assessment, diagnosis and management of acute and chronic health conditions with expertise in health promotion and disease prevention. Graduate programming leads to the MSN and provides course work in a convenient part-time, one-day-a-week format.

The University also offers an online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program in two formats to accommodate the needs of busy health care professionals and in response to a growing national need.

For more information about the discounted tuition program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6791 or log on to For additional information about the nursing program, please log on to

About Misericordia University
Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 32 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 edition of Best Colleges, and was designated a 2016 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

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