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  • School of Health & Natural Sciences

    Love Science?

    Major in Biology, Health Sciences, Clinical Lab Science, or Exercise Science
  • School of Health & Natural Sciences

    Occupational Therapy

    Our weekend Occupational Therapy Program is designed for the adult learner.
  • Mobile Health Vehicle

    School of Health & Natural Sciences

    Local to Global Health Initiatives

    Interdisciplinary initiatives engage students and faculty in communities.
About our School

The School of Health and Natural Sciences is dedicated to providing premier health and natural science undergraduate educational programs to equip students with the intellectual, technical and professional competencies they need to excel and advance as science specialists, health care providers, health promotion experts and science/health educators. More than just focusing on personal careers, our goal is to prepare students to use their knowledge and abilities in the health and natural sciences to be compassionate and caring health care providers.

  • 300+

    Students have completed placements in prestigious institutions in the tri-state region.

  • 85%

    Of faculty are actively conducting research in their fields.

  • 100%

    Employment rate in all health professional programs within 3 months of graduation.

  • 15+

    Faculty and students have completed 15 medical outreach missions all over the world.

Dr. Anthony Canger
Chair, Department of Natural Sciences

Dr. Irina Ellison
Program Head, Health Sciences

Dr. Astrid Mel
Program Head, Exercise Science

Ms. Michelle Naylor
Director, Clinical Laboratory Science

Dr. Jeanine Stancanelli
Interim Program Director, Occupational Therapy

Dr. Lisa Schenkel
Program Director, Veterinary Technology

Dr. Helen Buhler
Program Director, Communications Disorders

Ms. Lorraine Cashin
Program Director, Physician Assistant Program

Dr. Nannette Hyland
Program Director, Physical Therapy

Dr. Christine Sullivan
Program Director, Occupational Therapy Assistant

Dr. Peggy Tallier
Program Director, Nursing

Mercy College Pre-Med Program

If you're seeking a career in life and physical sciences, a Biology major provides a sound foundation.
The SHNS Biology Program grants a Bachelor of Science (BS).
The Program also provides preparation for:

  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Pre-Health Professional Studies
  • Health Sciences

The Biology Program offers a wide selection of electives to meet the interests and needs of the student. These range from courses in organism biology and biomedical sciences.
Opportunities in Cooperative Education, Independent Study and Internships are also available.

To find out more about the Biology Program click here!

Message from the Dean

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the School of Health and Natural Sciences at Mercy College. The outstanding programs in the School provide students the opportunity to explore basic and applied sciences and health care careers. The faculty of the School is student-focused and dedicated to providing high quality educational experiences that

School Goals

Students are expected to achieve entry-level proficiency and standards of excellence for their field, including:

  • Adequate knowledge of content
  • Essential competencies
  • Sound math skills & quantitative reasoning
  • Professional written & verbal communication skills
  • Integration of theory with practice
  • Application of innovate/cutting edge technology to practice

Students are expected to demonstrate professional behavior, by their ability to:

  • Ethically reason clinical or scientific issues
  • Communicate & interact with others using professional language and demeanor
  • Engage in self-assessment and reflection for personal and professional growth
  • Engage in culturally sensitive exchanges with clients and/or colleagues

Students are expected to demonstrate competency in applying methods of scientific inquiry and/or evidence-based learning to guide clinical/professional/scientific decision making.

Students are expected to demonstrate a commitment to engage in inter-professional and/or community service, including regional and/or global service, using knowledge and skills gained during their academic studies to foster diversity, interdisciplinary initiatives, and/or eliminate health disparities.


OT/PT 20th Reunion Alumni Video

Check out the wonderful things our alumni had to say about our OT and PT programs!