Our New Guarantee


Mercyhurst University guarantees that every student in every major will receive real-world, job-related experience as part of their degree program. These “hands-on” or applied learning opportunities, which we call capstone experiences, are meant to provide students with learning opportunities that replicate work that would be done in professional settings, and allows them to build their portfolios and resumes while earning credit towards graduation. These guaranteed experiences, combined with other hands-on opportunities like service projects and
internships, give our students an edge in today's competitive
job market. 

 Program  Sample Capstone/Hands-On Experiences
Business Administration
  • Students in the Operations Management concentration research our major local industry--grapes--including the agriculture of grapes, the winemaking process, manufacturing, bottling, and selling. Students visit a local winery and the Welch's plant to learn about operational challenges/strategies.
  • Students in the New Media and Business Administration concentrations work with local businesses to provide assistance in web design, video production, graphic design, digital imagery, and new media.
  • Students in the Sport Management concentration develop implement exercise regimens in preparation to take the Personal Fitness Certification exam, which is given at the end of the course. 
    Computer Systems Support
    • Students study how to integrate technology into business strategy and then work 20 hours with a local business to help the business with their technology needs. 
    Criminal Justice
    • Students can couple their degree with the Municipal Police Training Academy. Upon successful completion students are certified for entry-level positions as police officers in any municipality, park rangers, deputy sheriffs, security guards, and many other related positions in the criminal justice system.

    Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts
    • Students will act as an executive chef to plan and produce a classic culinary menu and apply skills of menu costing, pricing, purchasing/purveying and production scheduling. Students will then produce meals at two separate occasions with service to the public and evaluate all management aspects of the two events. 

    Medical Labratory Technician

    • Students complete externships in various clinical laboratory settings where they will be able to gain valuable hands-on experience

    • Each student in the associate degree program is mentored by an RN in an area of the student’s choosing. The student is required to follow the mentor’s schedule and complete 40 hours of clinical time during the last 3 weeks of the term. Students gain a true comprehension of what nursing is really like, and learn to multi-task, manage their time, and remain flexible when unexpected events occur throughout their shift.
    • RN to BSN students complete three 60-hour clinical practice rotations in a variety of settings: an affiliated community health setting; an agency dedicated to vulnerable populations, including low SES communities, racial and ethnic minority populations, and the uninsured, in which students develop and implement a health promotion program; and 60 hours of precepted clinical practice with a nurse manager/leader of a health care organization, whether acute care, chronic/long-term care, or community-based care.

    Occupational Therapy Assistant
    • Each student spends 8 weeks in a clinical setting supervised by a certified and licensed OTA or OT. Students are responsible for establishing treatment plans for clients, executing those treatment plans and establishing a positive therapeutic relationship. The objective is to be ready for entry level OTA practice. 

      Physical Therapy Assistant
      • The program culminates in a final 6-week full time clinical experience where they are assessed in relation to entry level practice. After this final clinical they return for PTA 214 professional issues seminar, which explores issues of clinical practice and preparation for the national exam.

      Respiratory Therapy

      • Students complete clinical care rotations, with emphasis on critical care patients including advanced therapeutic and diagnostic procedures used by respiratory therapists. Students also take practice exams for the National Board for Respiratory Care Certification and the Registration Exams, which must be completed successfully in order to complete the program requirements.