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August 30, 2023

La Roche University Launches Doctor of Nursing Practice

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 30, 2023 – Today La Roche University announced a new, 26-credit Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Approved and accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, the program prepares graduates to assume clinical and academic leadership positions, with the ultimate goals of improving health care and patient outcomes.

Students can complete the DNP in three full time semesters, or part time in six semesters. Classes begin in Spring 2024. A list of application requirements is available online.

Acting Provost and Academic Dean Rosemary McCarthy, Ph.D., RN, said, “La Roche University has a long history of providing nursing education to address contemporary health care needs. The DNP is an excellent example of how the practice doctorate advances and empowers the nursing profession and, likewise, benefits patients.”

The DNP is an online program with a low residency requirement and includes the completion of a doctoral project. With a focus on evidence-based practice and leadership, the curriculum prepares students to make an impact on patient outcomes and health care policy. Students will work closely with experienced faculty, network with other nursing professionals and conduct research in various areas—from public health to chronic disease management.

The DNP is the second doctoral program La Roche has launched in response to changing health care trends and the workforce demands of the Pittsburgh region. In June 2022 La Roche announced two pathways for students to earn a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice: Entry Level and Completion Level. The University also introduced a 30-credit Family Nurse Practitioner Post Master’s Certificate Program in May 2023.

For more information please contact the Office of Graduate Studies & Adult Education: or 412-536-1260.


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, nursing, and health and medical sciences as well as interior architecture & design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for nearly 1,200 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.