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  • 20-month program
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Three starts per year

Why Choose La Roche University’s ELMSN Program?

Get ready for a nursing career with La Roche University’s flexible Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing program. In just 20 months, you can gain the clinical knowledge and skills you need to enter the nursing profession at an advanced level.

Based in Pittsburgh, PA, the La Roche University ELMSN offers:


  • Hybrid Course Format

    Combine hands-on training with online flexibility, with some classes available to complete virtually.

  • Prepare to Lead in the Profession

    The La Roche ELMSN curriculum includes courses that equip you to analyze patient outcomes, identify areas for care improvement, effectively utilize technology, lead in diverse teams and more.

  • Hands-On Lab and Clinical Experience

    Develop a foundation of patient care skills in La Roche’s on-campus labs, then complete clinical experience with regional healthcare partners.

  • Post-Master’s Certification Options

    La Roche offers four post-master’s certificates you can pursue after graduation: Clinical Nurse Leadership, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration and Nursing Education.

Program Structure

La Roche University’s ELMSN is a 20-month graduate degree program that combines BSN- and MSN-level courses in a hybrid format over five semesters. It includes:

  • Core Curriculum

    Including health science foundations, nursing administration, research and leadership, ethics, policy and more.

  • Clinical Training

    Hands-on labs let you learn the basics of patient care in a safe, supportive high-fidelity environment.

  • Clinical Practicum Experience

    Complete clinical rotations with local healthcare facilities to put your skills into practice.


  • Professional Nursing Practice: Essentials
  • Professional Nursing Practice: Fundamentals
  • Professional Nursing Practice: Fundamentals – Clinical
  • Essentials of Pharmacology
  • Essentials of Pharmacology – Lab
  • Inquiry and Evidence in Professional Nursing Practice
  • Professional Nursing Practice: Adult I
  • Professional Nursing Practice: Adult I – Clinical
  • Special Consideration in the Care of the Older Adult
  • Public Health and Epidemiology
  • Quality Improvement and Safety in Healthcare
  • Professional Nursing Practice: Adult II
  • Professional Nursing Practice: Adult II – Clinical
  • Profession Nursing Practice: Mental Health
  • Professional Nursing Practice: Mental Health – Clinical
  • Research Methods
  • Comprehensive Pathophysiology
  • Professional Nursing Practice: Adult III
  • Professional Nursing Practice: Adult III – Clinical
  • Professional Nursing Practice: Women and Children
  • Professional Nursing Practice: Women and Children – Clinical
  • Health Promotion Across the Lifespan
  • Theory and Professional Nursing Practice
  • Comprehensive Pharmacology
  • Health Policy and Global Considerations
  • Professional Nursing Practice: Comprehensive Nursing Practicum
  • Professional Nursing Practice: Comprehensive Nursing Practicum – Clinical
  • Nursing Leadership

Admission Requirements

Application Requirements

You must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university (or international equivalent) in any academic major other than nursing to apply to the La Roche University ELMSN. Contact an admissions specialist at La Roche to learn more about their additional admissions requirements.

Prerequisite Courses

La Roche requires ELMSN applicants to have completed the following pre-requisites with a C or better within seven years of beginning the program:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I (with lab component)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II (with lab component)
  • Microbiology (with lab component)
  • Chemistry


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

La Roche University ELMSN Program FAQ

How long is La Roche University’s ELMSN program?

La Roche’s ELMSN program takes as few as 20 months to complete.

How much does La Roche University’s ELMSN program cost?

As of 2022-2023, tuition for the La Roche ELMSN is $770 per credit hour . The tuition cost for the 77-credit program is $59,290.

Additional fees may apply, and you will also need to purchase books and materials. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Tuition costs are subject to change.

Is an ELMSN at La Roche University worth it?

Yes. Earning your ELMSN with La Roche means you have the opportunity to start your career with an advanced degree from a trusted nursing school that has deep employer connections within Pennsylvania. Learn more about what an ELMSN can offer you here.

How much can you make with an MSN degree from La Roche University?

At the beginning of your nursing career, you can expect to earn a salary in line with that of registered nurses. In Pennsylvania, nursing salaries were as follows in May 2021*:

  • Median annual salary: $76,940
  • Lowest 10%: $59,040 or less
  • Highest 10%: $98,680 or more[1]

Salary varies by employer and by region. As a nurse with an MSN, it is possible you may be able to enter the profession with a higher starting salary than the median indicated here.

*The most recent year for which data is available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).