Entry Level MSN

The ELMSN is designed for students who hold a bachelor's degree in any discipline other than nursing.

La Roche University’s Entry Level MSN program (ELMSN) is designed to offer students who already hold a bachelor's in another field the opportunity to switch to a nursing career. The ELMSN can be completed in as few as 20 months of study and is offered in an accelerated, hybrid format that supplements hands-on lab and clinical experiences along with on-campus learning with some flexible online coursework.

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

The Entry Level MSN establishes a foundation for post-master’s degree certification program, such as: 

  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Nurse Administration
  • Nurse Education

The program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The program includes 77 credits of coursework covering health science theory, nursing leadership, research and hands-on lab and clinical experiences along with on-campus leaning. By entering nursing with an MSN, graduates of this program will be qualified to pursue bedside roles in hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities, and well-placed to pursue positions in nursing leadership, management or patient advocacy.


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