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October 01, 2019

La Roche University Announces Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing Program

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 1, 2019 — La Roche University has launched Pennsylvania’s first prelicensure master’s program in nursing.

The Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing (ELMSN) program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and is pending accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Howard Ishiyama, Ph.D., said, “La Roche University has a rich history of innovative program design and delivery. At the center of this new degree is the student and the learning model, both positioned to provide programs that meet the rigors of the academic experience while addressing the ever-growing need for nurses and higher education professionals.”

The ELMSN program is designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing and who wish to enter the nursing profession. Through the program’s accelerated, hybrid format and some flexible online coursework, students can earn their master’s degree in nursing in as few as 20 months.

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 degree establishes a foundation for post-master’s degree certification programs such as: clinical nurse leader, nursing administration and nursing education.

The ELMSN provides La Roche graduates the opportunity to stand out as they enter the nursing profession. The program offers the knowledge and skills that allow students to deliver high-quality patient care, and to pursue management or leadership roles during their careers.

Classes begin May 11. For more information and to apply, visit

About La Roche University: A private liberal arts university in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers 66 undergraduate programs of study, six master’s degrees and one doctoral degree, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,400 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.