La Roche College prepares students for today’s health care industry.
Aprivate liberal arts institution in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche College offers a skills-based education to prepare students for today’s health care arena.
La Roche College offers more than 50 majors in competitive fields and creative industries. With a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, individualized attention is one of La Roche’s best benefits. The small and supportive campus environment allows students to work closely with a faculty of award-winning scholars, researchers, and industry-connected professionals.
Exercise and Sport Science
La Roche’s Exercise and Sport Science program prepares students to perform health assessments, prescribe effective exercise prescriptions, and work with various populations. The major includes laboratory classes, elective courses, and independent study opportunities for students to gain real-life experience. Students have the opportunity to prescribe exercise to La Roche’s own athletes, act as a strength coach, and work directly with an athletic trainer from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, one of the city’s leading health care providers.
With a focus on the natural sciences, the Health Science program provides the foundation for students to succeed in both clinical and nonclinical settings. Students acquire the skills they need to improve patient health in hospitals, home health, community agencies, and private practices.
The program prepares students for post-baccalaureate study in athletic training, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, clinical-nutrition dietetics, health information management, and nursing. For students who want to enter a nonclinical setting, the major is ideal for the disciplines of wellness, medical records, health education, personal training, and strength and conditioning coaching.
The Associate of Science Nursing program boasts a 92% pass pate on the National Council Licensure Exam, a nationwide examination for registered nurses. Students receive a unique blend of classroom instruction and clinical experience to prepare for work as registered nurses in hospitals, clinics, and community health care sites. La Roche also offers an online RN to BSN with an RN to MSN option, an online MSN program with specializations in Nursing Administration and Nursing Education, and a School Nurse certification program.
La Roche students who major in Radiologic Technology gain entry-level diagnostic technologist skills. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. This two-year program is offered through an affiliation with Ohio Valley Hospital, where students complete their clinical rotations.
Early admission to medical school
La Roche’s joint program with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science degree at La Roche and receive automatic acceptance to one of the largest medical schools in the nation for Dentistry, Osteopathic Medicine, or Pharmacy. Students spend three or four years pursuing a science degree at La Roche and complete all prerequisites to receive guaranteed acceptance to LECOM.
The College’s accelerated Health Science options allow students to complete pre-professional courses at La Roche and finish the professional phase of their studies at Duquesne University’s John G. Rangos Senior School of Health Sciences. Concentrations include Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, and Speech-Language Pathology.
Beyond the classroom
La Roche students have the opportunity to experience new places and other cultures at no additional cost. Included in the cost of tuition, La Roche’s Study Abroad+Study USA program covers the price of travel, lodging, and most meals. To date students have traveled to 19 countries and two US cities, and future trips will include visits to Russia, Germany, Greece, Peru, Japan, the Netherlands, and South Dakota.
Situated in Pittsburgh’s North Hills, the La Roche campus combines suburban life with big-city amenities. McCandless Crossing, a new neighborhood district and town center, is only a five-minute walk across the street from campus. From a movie theater, shops, and restaurants to a pharmacy, bank, and grocery store, McCandless Crossing has nearly everything college students desire or need, including employment and internship opportunities. Another nearby attraction is North Park of Allegheny County, the perfect place for outdoor exercise and recreation.
Campus is just 15 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh, exposing students to a variety of cultural, recreational, and career opportunities in a major metropolitan area. Ranked among the 50 Best College Towns in America by Best College Reviews, Pittsburgh is home to many corporate headquarters and is known for its medical centers, museums, research centers, libraries, and cultural district. Pittsburgh earned the title of America’s Most Livable City by Forbes and The Economist, plus One of the Most Affordable Places to Live in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.
With more than 30 student clubs, organizations, intramurals, and service learning programs, it is easy for students to get involved at La Roche. Home to the Redhawks, La Roche offers 13 NCAA Division III athletic teams. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, and soccer. Women’s sports include basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.
La Roche has been consistently ranked as a Best Northeastern College by The Princeton Review (2005–2016) and as a Catholic College of Distinction and a Pennsylvania College of Distinction (2012–2016). The College also is part of the Yellow Ribbon Program and has earned the Military Friendly Colleges distinction (2010–2016).
When to apply?
La Roche offers rolling admission, meaning admissions counselors evaluate applications as they arrive and make decisions shortly after receiving all application materials. Decisions regarding rising high school senior applications begin mid-August. Visit laroche.edu to apply online or download an application.