Degrees and Requirements

Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing

La Roche University Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing (ELMSN) program is designed to offer second degree students the opportunity to enter the nursing profession. The ELMSN can be completed in five semesters and offers on campus learning and hands-on lab and clinical experiences with flexible online coursework.

After graduation, students will be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®) and enter the profession as MSN qualified nurses without specialization.

The Entry Level MSN establishes a foundation for graduates to complete a specialized, post-master’s certification program such as:

  • Nursing Administration
  • Nursing Education
  • Clinical Nurse Leader

The Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing program (ELMSN) is approved by the PA State Board of Nursing and pending accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, INC. (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta GA 30326, 404-975-5000.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ELMSN PROGRAM

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  2. Transcripts from educational institutions attended
  3. Clearances (within 3 months Prior to admission)
  4. Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support training
  5. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater (Last 60 credits)
  6. Completed Department of Nursing health form and physical
  7. Completion of the following pre-requisites with a C or better within 7 years:
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology I (with Lab component)
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology II (with Lab component)
    • Microbiology (with lab component)
    • Chemistry
    • Nutrition
    • Statistics
    • Developmental Psychology

Summary of Requirements

1st Semester: 15 credits

  • NURG5101
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: ESSENTIALS

    NURG5101
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: ESSENTIALS

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to provide the student with essential concepts that guide the professional nursing practice. Professional identity, the nursing process, caring, communication and documentation, teaching and learning, as well as, culture and spirituality concepts are explored to develop critical thinking necessary to providing patient-centered care.

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  • NURG5103
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: FUNDAMENTALS

    NURG5103
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: FUNDAMENTALS

    Credits (Min/Max): 5/5

    This course is designed to provide the student with the fundamental skills in assessment, intervention techniques, and evaluation methods essential to nursing practice. Basic concepts of anatomy, pathophysiology, and microbiology are applied to the foundational skills that guide the student in health promotion and maintenance, reduction of risk potential, as well as, basic care and comfort. The course contains a 90-hour clinical component that allow students the opportunity to develop competency in skills that promote and maintain health, reduce risk, and provide care and comfort.

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  • NURG5103C
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: FUNDAMENTALS-CLINICAL

    NURG5103C
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: FUNDAMENTALS-CLINICAL

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

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  • NURG5105
    ESSENTIALS OF PHARMACOLOGY

    NURG5105
    ESSENTIALS OF PHARMACOLOGY

    Credits (Min/Max): 4/4

    This course is designed to prepare the student with the essential concepts and principles of pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics essential for the administration and management of patient medication therapies. Major drug classifications will be explored from the perspective of safe medication administrations. Therapeutic usage and action, dosages, and contraindications will be examined in detail with a focus on drug action and adverse events. Students will apply knowledge of pharmacology in simulation to ensure safe, effective patient-centered care. The course includes a lab-simulation component allowing students the opportunity to practice safe medication administration and effective patient-centered care.

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  • NURG5105L
    ESSENTIALS OF PHARMACOLOGY-LAB/ SIMULATION

    NURG5105L
    ESSENTIALS OF PHARMACOLOGY-LAB/ SIMULATION

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

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  • NURG5107
    INQUIRY AND EVIDENCE IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE

    NURG5107
    INQUIRY AND EVIDENCE IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to provide the student the opportunity to apply information literacy, clinical inquiry, and evidence to nursing practice. Concepts and information related to the use of scholarly evidence to implement, change or evaluate nursing practice in the provision of quality care will be presented. The nurses' role in evaluating and integrating evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and research will be emphasized.

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2nd Semester: 15 credits

  • NURG5109
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: ADULT I

    NURG5109
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: ADULT I

    Credits (Min/Max): 6/6

    This course is designed to promote development and application of the essential concepts and fundamental skills of the student's nursing practice to the care of patients experiencing common acute and chronic health conditions. Guided by the nursing process and employing a holistic approach, students apply health promotion, disease management, and restorative techniques associated with the common acute and chronic conditions. The course includes a 90-hour clinical component enabling students the opportunity to apply these essential concepts and skill in practice settings.

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  • NURG5109C
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: ADULT I-CLINICAL

    NURG5109C
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: ADULT I-CLINICAL

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

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  • NURG5111
    SPECIAL CONSIDERATION OF THE OLDER ADULT

    NURG5111
    SPECIAL CONSIDERATION OF THE OLDER ADULT

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to enable the student to focus on health-related issues of older adults. The course closely examines the unique needs and vulnerabilities of the older adult. Physical and psychological issues and their relation to the determinants of health are examined closely with a focus on an interdisciplinary approach to promote patient autonomy and patient centered care.

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  • NURG5113
    PUBLIC HEALTH AND EPIDEMIOLGY

    NURG5113
    PUBLIC HEALTH AND EPIDEMIOLGY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to provide the student with epidemiologic and public health concepts that guide evidence-based practice in the healthcare environment. The science of population-based care inclusive of epidemiology, social epidemiology and evidence-based practice for population health will be presented. An examination of the various conditions occurring within diverse populations that influence health outcomes, policy development, health improvement interventions, and impact health inequities will be included in the course. The use of population health databases, technological innovations and social media to assess, plan and deliver programs to improve health at the local, national, and global level will be explored.

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  • NURG5115
    QUALITY IMPROVEMENT AND SAFETY IN HEALTHCARE

    NURG5115
    QUALITY IMPROVEMENT AND SAFETY IN HEALTHCARE

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course focuses on three main areas impacting quality and safety of nursing care: the national agenda and the economics driving quality initiatives, evidence-based strategies to promote safety and quality, and management of health data to improve aspects of health outcomes. The synthesis of these three important concepts will provide a foundation for the entry level student to make clinical decisions, direct patient care, and promote safety.

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3rd Semester: 16 credits

  • NURG5017
    COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH ASSESSMENT

    NURG5017
    COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH ASSESSMENT

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course focuses on performing a comprehensive health assessment on patients throughout the lifespan and communicating the assessment findings to members of the multi-disciplinary health care team. The course builds on knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and health assessment skills previously attained in undergraduate nursing education. Emphasis is placed on the collection, interpretation, and synthesis of relevant historical, genetic, biological, cultural, psychosocial and physical data for the development of a comprehensive and holistic health assessment. Evidence based practice concepts related to health promotion/disease prevention are applied. Diagnostic reasoning skills are developed to determine health and risk status, develop health promotion/disease prevention strategies, and establish priorities of care. This course will incorporate 30 hours of clinical experience with a preceptor focusing on health assessment.

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  • NURG5117
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: ADULT II

    NURG5117
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: ADULT II

    Credits (Min/Max): 5/5

    This course is designed to further develop the student's critical thinking and clinical judgment in the use of concepts and skills essential to the care of clients experiencing acute and chronic health conditions. The student will utilize the nursing process, development of holistic and comprehensive nursing assessments, planning, intervention implementation, and evaluation to direct the care of clients to meet optimal outcomes. Aspects of health promotion, disease management, and adaptation to health disorders are also analyzed. A 90-hour clinical component provides the student with the opportunity to utilize the developed concepts and skills in practice settings.

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  • NURG5117C
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: ADULT II-CLINICAL

    NURG5117C
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: ADULT II-CLINICAL

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

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  • NURG5119
    PROFESSION NURSING PRACTICE: MENTAL HEALTH

    NURG5119
    PROFESSION NURSING PRACTICE: MENTAL HEALTH

    Credits (Min/Max): 5/5

    This course is designed provides the student with concepts related to mental health and psychiatric disorders throughout the lifespan. Students will incorporate professional nursing standards and values to the care of individuals and families experiencing mental health issues and psychiatric disorders. Health promotion, disease prevention, and adaptation to alterations specific mental health and psychiatric disorders will be explored. The 90-hour clinical provides students the opportunity to care for patients and families in the mental health setting.

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  • NURG5119C
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: MENTAL HEALTH-CLINICAL

    NURG5119C
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: MENTAL HEALTH-CLINICAL

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

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  • NURG5121
    RESEARCH METHODS

    NURG5121
    RESEARCH METHODS

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    In this course, the research process is presented, with emphasis on varying approaches, methodologies, conceptual frameworks, and ethical considerations. The value of scientific evidence and the discipline of nursing as the basis for providing quality care and improving practice is highlighted. Students are afforded the opportunity to critically evaluate nursing research and utilize credible evidence to implement best practices.

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4th Semester: 16 credits

  • NURG5009
    COMPREHENSIVE PATHOPHYSIOLOGY

    NURG5009
    COMPREHENSIVE PATHOPHYSIOLOGY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course focuses on the analysis of pathophysiologic and psychologic processes and concepts that serve as the foundation for clinical assessment and pharmacological management of patients with common disease states across the lifespan. This course builds on the foundational concepts of basic anatomy and physiology and the clinical experiences in the medical surgical courses throughout the program. The student will interpret the results of diagnostic and laboratory tests used to diagnose and to monitor changes in selected pathophysiologic and psychologic conditions. The student is guided in assessing the influence of genetics, lifestyle, culture, gender, age, and economic status on the etiology and progression of selected pathophysiologic and psychologic alterations. In addition, current issues related to selected pathophysiologic and psychologic conditions are explored.

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  • NURG5123
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: ADULT III

    NURG5123
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: ADULT III

    Credits (Min/Max): 5/5

    This course is designed to develop the student's ability to apply critical thinking and clinical judgement to complex concepts and skills for in complex nursing situations with adult patients and families. Coursework emphasizes nursing assessment, skills, care, and management of adults experiencing complex health alterations. The course includes a 90-hour clinical component to develop the complex concepts and skills necessary for complex patient care.

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  • NURG5123C
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: ADULT III-CLINICAL

    NURG5123C
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: ADULT III-CLINICAL

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

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  • NURG5125
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: WOMEN AND CHILDREN

    NURG5125
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: WOMEN AND CHILDREN

    Credits (Min/Max): 5/5

    This course provides the student with the opportunity to integrate nursing and developmental theories to emphasize family-centered care of pregnant women, newborns, and children. Pertinent physiological, developmental, and sociocultural concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention will be addressed. Nursing care of women through antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum periods and the newborn's adaptation to extra-uterine life will be emphasized. In addition, nursing care of the pediatric patient from infancy through adolescence will be addressed with attention to the following concepts: growth and development, effects of hospitalization, and common acute and chronic disorders. The 90-hour clinical experience provides the student with an opportunity to apply the course's theoretical concepts and implement safe family-centered care to mothers, newborns, and children in selected settings.

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  • NURG5125C
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: WOMEN AND CHILDREN-CLINICAL

    NURG5125C
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: WOMEN AND CHILDREN-CLINICAL

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

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  • NURG5127
    HEALTH PROMOTION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN

    NURG5127
    HEALTH PROMOTION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The nurse's role in health promotion for individuals, communities or groups is the focus of this course. Models and theories of health promotion, behavioral change and health education will be explored. Determinants contributing to or hindering optimal health are examined. Evidence-based health promotion interventions will be addressed.

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5th Semester: 15 credits

  • NURG5004
    THEORY AND PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE

    NURG5004
    THEORY AND PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course provides the foundation for comprehensive nursing practice. Students explore theories from nursing, natural, social, biological, and organizational sciences to frame their future practice. Key concepts are presented regarding leadership, adult learning, communication, professionalism, human diversity, and transition of the nurse to the nursing practice role.

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  • NURG5007
    COMPREHENSIVE PHARMACOLOGY

    NURG5007
    COMPREHENSIVE PHARMACOLOGY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course provides the opportunity for students to acquire complex knowledge and skills in the pharmacologic treatment of commonly encountered health problems and to build on foundational concepts from a basic pharmacology course and experience in the clinical setting. The role of the nurse in collaboration with health team members in providing safe and effective drug therapy will be explored. Principle of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenetics, and pharmacogenomics as well as adverse drug reactions will be incorporated in the decision-making process to assess and monitor drug therapy and to teach patients safe and effective medication administration. The effects of culture, ethnicity, age, pregnancy, gender and economics on pharmacologic therapy will be emphasized. Assessment of the use of herbal and nutritional supplements, nutraceutical, and over-the-counter drugs on prescribed therapies will be addressed. In addition, current issues in drug therapy will be discussed such as the role of the nurse in the current opioid epidemic and the use of medical marijuana.

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  • NURG5012
    HEALTH POLICY AND GLOBAL CONSIDERATIONS

    NURG5012
    HEALTH POLICY AND GLOBAL CONSIDERATIONS

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course focuses on healthcare policy in the United States and the related global health considerations. Students critically examine the national health care agenda and nursing's role in relation to the health of the nation, global health, and global health policy. Federal, state, and local political structure and function are examined along with the hierarchy of political involvement, interest groups and lobbyists, advocacy strategies, ethical issues and the public policy process. An overview of health care finance as it relates to health policy is presented and strategies to influence the regulatory process will be explored.

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  • NURG5129
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: COMPREHENSIVE NURSING PRACTICUM

    NURG5129
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: COMPREHENSIVE NURSING PRACTICUM

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This seminar and practicum course provides the student with the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills, and core values of the professional nurse as they transition from student to graduate nurse. Prioritization, delegation, and time management during provision of care will be emphasized. Integration of professional practice standards and effective communication will be highlighted. The 90-hour practicum component of the course enables students the opportunity to apply their nursing knowledge and skills in the clinical settings under the supervision of an RN preceptor.

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  • NURG5129C
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: COMPREHENSIVE NURSING PRACTICUM-CLINICAL

    NURG5129C
    PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE: COMPREHENSIVE NURSING PRACTICUM-CLINICAL

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

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  • NURG5131
    NURSING LEADERSHIP

    NURG5131
    NURSING LEADERSHIP

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to provide the students to the leadership role of professional nursing practice. Students will explore leadership and management theories. Professional concepts such as quality and safety, interprofessional communication and collaboration, delegation, supervision, education, and evidence-based practice are expanded upon with in the concept of leadership. By completion of the course students will identify and develop a clinical based project to improve care or address an ongoing issue within a complex health delivery system.

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