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  • Mercy Student Sim Lab

    School of Health & Natural Sciences

    Clinical Simulation Labs

    Come learn in our clinical simulation labs which mimic real world environments.
  • Bio STEM

    School of Health & Natural Sciences

    STEM Scholarships for Biology Majors

    Awards up to $10,000 per year for eligible incoming freshman bio majors - plus a laptop.
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    Occupational Therapy

    Our weekend Occupational Therapy Program is designed for the adult learner.
Sim Lab

The School of Health and Natural Sciences Clinical Simulation Labs prepare students for their future as health care professionals.  The 12,000 square-foot space consists of several specialized labs designed to simulate different disciplines within a health care facility. The Labs also include control rooms, debriefing space and several large classrooms. Each are filled with state-of-the-art technology that give students real-world experience before they even begin their clinical experiences. The Labs provide opportunities to bring together students from various health professions for interdisciplinary hands-on learning experiences in settings that reflect in-patient, clinic and home settings.  The students can work as a team while practicing patient assessment, critical thinking, communication and interventions based on specific patient scenarios.

SHNS 2018-2019 Newsletter
June 10, 2019

School of Health and Natural Science 2018-2019 newsletter

Past Newsletters

Mercy Occupational Therapy Student Treats Child with Traumatic Brain Injury

Laura McSpedon, occupational therapy student at Mercy College, was featured in the local news for treating a 5-year-old boy with traumatic brain injury.

Joseph Federico of New Windsor recently graduated from the Intensive Upper Extremity Summer Program at Blythedale Children’s Hospital after undergoing intensive care for a brain aneurysm he had at age three. While doctors saved his life, he was left paralyzed on his left side and without 40 percent of his skull after numerous surgeries. McSpedon aided Federico’s rehabilitation at Blythedale by increasing his bodily function and strength.

Federico is set to begin kindergarten this fall at Mt. Pleasant Blythedale School, New York’s only public school at a hospital. He can walk, talk and eat on his own, due in part to McSpedon, and is excited to return to activities like playing baseball.

Read more about McSpedon’s work at Blythedale Children’s Hospital by clicking here.

Science Research

Interested in getting involved in research? Interested in finding out about research internships? Please visit the Department of Natural Sciences Research Portal

Mercy College has been awarded a five-year grant form the National Science Foundation's Scholarship Program in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (NSF S-STEM). We are one of six partner institutions participating in the grant.

Through the grant Mercy College will provide up to 24 scholarships with as much as $10,000 per year to incoming first-year biology students. 

Our goal is to increase the number of talented biology majors who go on to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in a broad range of scientific endeavors.

Mercy College Holds Poverty Simulation Day

In the spring 2018 semester, the School of Health and Natural Science IPE committee held a poverty simulation day.  The school will be holding 2 of these events in 2018-2019, thanks to the excellent collaboration and work of the IPE committee. Check out the video!

Traditional Nursing Students Love Simulation Lab

Students from the Traditional Nursing Program share their perspective of learning in the new clinical simulation labs.

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

About our School

The School of Health and Natural Sciences is dedicated to providing premier health and natural science undergraduate and graduate 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.

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.


Dr. Irina Ellison

Chair, Department of Natural Sciences
Program Head, Health Sciences

Dr. Astrid Mel
Program Head, Exercise Science

Ms. Michelle Naylor
Director, Clinical Laboratory Science

Dr. Francine Seruya
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

Prof. Cristina Dumitrescu
Program Director, Occupational Therapy Assistant

Dr. Miriam Ford
Chief Nurse Administrator, Nursing

Dr. Susan Moscou
Executive Director, Nursing

  • 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.

Clinical Laboratory Science; Mercy College

Clinical laboratory testing plays a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Clinical laboratory scientists, also referred to as medical technologists, and clinical laboratory technologists, are part of the health care team that collaborates with physicians in the treatment of patients.They examine and analyze body fluids, cells, and tissues.

The Clinical Laboratory Science Program is accredited by the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). 

The Clinical Laboratory Science program at Mercy College consists of three years of general education and basic science courses.  The fourth year of the CLS program consists of a combination of clinical courses on campus and full-day hospital based clinical rotations. 

Find out more about the Clinical Laboratory Science Program by clicking here!