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Department of Nursing

What We Do:

Welcome to Nursing at The University of Scranton! Since its inception in 1984, the department has upheld a tradition of excellence. We prepare students to become skilled, compassionate RoyalRNs – bedside clinicians, advocates, scholars and leaders – in a university community centered around Catholic and Jesuit values.

With a strong base in the liberal arts, we offer a holistic and global perspective on family- and patient-centered nursing care. Students take on challenges both in and out of the classroom, beginning clinical experiences as sophomores.

Our faculty are active in research and practice, using technology and various teaching methods to engage students on intellectual, emotional and personal levels. They are committed to successfully transitioning students to professional practice.

To be a RoyalRN is to be a nurse among the best.

An encouraging and supporting experience that helped me grow into the best nurse I could be.

Brianna McCollough, Class of 2013, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.

How We Stand Out:

  •  Smaller class sizes for individual attention
  •  Strong clinical focus with clinical experiences beginning sophomore year
  •  Diverse curriculum based on national standards and current health care trends
  •  Dedicated full-time faculty, actively engaged in practice and research
  •  Opportunities for student research
  •  Opportunities to participate in honors programs and to take graduate courses as an undergraduate
  •  Opportunities for studying abroad and for participation in domestic and international service trips
  •  Competent and compassionate alumni who are engaged with professional organizations, volunteer work and patient advocacy.


Our rigorous curriculum has a strong liberal arts foundation, is responsive to the health care needs of society and reflects current technologies and approaches.

Undergraduate Degree Programs:

Graduate Degree Programs:

An accelerated MSN is also available. We offer individual academic assessment and planning to satisfy the adult learner’s needs in returning to school.

Meet Our Faculty:

Our faculty have all been bedside practitioners and have advanced degrees in a broad range of backgrounds and specialties. In addition to teaching, they remain engaged in advanced clinical practice roles and research.

Beyond the classroom, they lead by example. They are active in clinical practice, have leadership roles on local and national boards of professional organizations, and serve on University-wide committees. Faculty are also active in community service, and lead national and international service trips for the marginalized and underserved.

Above all, our faculty pride themselves on their commitment to student success and being easily accessible to students. In fact, three of our faculty members, Dr. DiMattio, Dr. Manetti and Dr. Conte, are Royal RNs themselves.

Teachers who love to teach, students who love to learn.

– Dr. Teresa Conte, Ph.D., CPNP

Dona Rinaldi Carpenter, RN, Ed.D.



Professor, Nursing

B.S.N., College Misericordia
M.S.N., Villanova University
M.Ed., Ed.D., Columbia University

Phone: 570-941-4195
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Barbara Buxton, RN, Ph.D., PHM-CS, BC


Assistant Professor

B.S., Albright College
M.S., Wilkes University
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

Phone: 570-941-7706
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Teresa M. Conte, Ph.D., CPNP


Assistant Professor

B.S., The University of Scranton
M.S.N., Ph.D., Villanova University

Phone: 570-941-7647
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Mary Jane K. DiMattio, RN, Ph.D.


Associate Professor

B.S., The University of Scranton
M.S.N., Villanova University
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Phone: 570-941-7628
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Marian L. Farrell, PhD, PMH-NP, BC, CRNP, CS



B.S.N., M.S.N., College Misericordia
M.S., Syracuse University
Ph.D., Adelphia University

Phone: 570-941-4117
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Ann Feeney, CNM, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

B.S., Marywood University
M.S., University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., SUNY Binghamton

Phone: 570-941-4118
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Mary Jane Hanson, Ph.D., CRNP, CNS, RN



B.S.N., Cedar Crest College
M.S.N., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Phone: 570-941-4060
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Sharon S. Hudacek, RN, Ed.D.



B.S.N., M.S.N., College Misericordia
M.Ed., Ed.D., Columbia University

Phone: 570-941-4197
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Lisa Lesneski, Ph.D.


Associate Professor

B.S.N., Marywood University
M.S., State University of New York at Binghamton
Ph.D., University of Maryland Baltimore

Phone: 570-941-4346
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Linda R. Lewis, M.S.N., RN-BC

Faculty Specialist

B.S.N., Pennsylvania State University
M.S.N., University of Pennsylvania

Phone: 570-941-7755
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Inside the Classroom:

Students are taught by faculty who utilize many different teaching strategies to make learning more engaging.  For instance, students work with realistic high-fidelity simulation models, exposing them to challenging scenarios and allowing faculty to evaluate their decision making process and bedside manner. In addition, nursing students are also required to complete 40 hours of service during their freshman and sophomore years.

By offering clinical experiences as soon as sophomore year, we give students an early opportunity to learn first-hand what a career in nursing is really like. With three hospitals in walking distance of our campus, and established connections with others in the region, students have a diverse range of clinical opportunities. Working in small clinical groups with an 8-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, they apply theory and hone their critical thinking and decision making skills.

Faculty-mentored Student Research:

Scholarship is an important focus of our nursing faculty, and they have had their research projects funded by national organizations. Faculty have been published in nursing and interdisciplinary health care journals and have presented at national and international conferences.

Our students have the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects. Some students choose an honors option where they are mentored by faculty as they produce their own research.  Students have presented research at national conferences, earned Fulbright Scholarships, and spent post-graduate years in service to others on national and international levels through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and Mercy Volunteer Corps.

For more information on individual faculty members’ areas of research, visit our faculty page.

Career Outcomes:

Our graduates enter the profession with a solid base of clinical skills that guide their practice and decision-making.

You will find RoyalRNs working in hospitals, community clinics, government agencies and offices. They are employed as bedside clinicians, administrators, scholars and educators. Over the past three years, more than 90% of our graduates have gained full-time employment. Some of our graduates spend their first year after graduation volunteering in sites across the United States.

 Royal RN Employers include:

  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  • Hackensack Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ
  • Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA
  • New York University Medical Center, New York City, NY
  • Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Vanderbilt Medical Center, Nashville, TN
  • U.S. Military Hospitals in Hawaii, Texas, Washington, D.C., and Germany
  • Memorial Sloan – Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, NY
  • New York Presbyterian Medical Center, New York City, NY
  • Lehigh Valley Medical Center, Allentown, PA
  • University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Yale New Haven Medical Center, Yale, CT
  • Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC


  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing