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Health & Medicine Profile

La Roche College prepares students for today’s health care industry.

La Roche College, located in Pittsburgh’s North Hills, offers an innovative, student-focused education to prepare students for lifelong learning and career success.

Academic life
Class sizes are small and intimate, providing students with personalized attention and support. Through hands-on instruction and real-world training, students develop the self-confidence to become leaders in today’s competitive workforce.

As a private liberal arts institution, La Roche places an emphasis on high-level skills such as writing, analyzing, collaborating, and problem solving, allowing graduates to segue into a variety of careers in an ever-changing global economy.  

Competitive majors
Undergraduate majors include the high-demand fields of business, education, and health and medical sciences, as well as programs in the creative disciplines of interior design, graphic design, dance, and film and media. Health and medical science programs include nursing, radiologic technology, and health science.

Nursing at La Roche
The Nursing Program offers a pathway for students to work as registered nurses in hospitals, clinics, and community health care sites. Through a combination of classroom instruction and clinical rotations, students gain real-world experience in the field. The program also prepares students to complete the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX) upon graduation.

Radiologic technology
Majoring in radiologic technology at La Roche provides students with entry-level diagnostic technologist skills. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Health science
The health science major at La Roche offers five clinical tracks: athletic training, speech-language pathology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant.

Non-clinical tracks include wellness, medical records, health educator, personal trainer, and strength and conditioning coach.

Early admission program
A recent agreement between La Roche and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine enables students to pursue a science degree at La Roche for three or four years, which guarantees entrance into dental, pharmacy, or osteopathic medical school.

Accelerated programs
The College holds health science agreements with Duquesne University for students to complete pre-professional science courses at La Roche and finish the professional phase of athletic training, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and physician assistant studies at Duquesne.

• Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
• Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
• Council for Interior Design Accreditation
• National Association of Schools of Art and Design
• Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Program
• Pennsylvania Department of Education
• Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
• Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

Study abroad opportunities
La Roche promotes global awareness and provides opportunities for students to experience other cultures and traditions.

The unique Study Abroad + Study USA program, for example, is included in the price of tuition and allows students to travel abroad or domestically at little or no cost.

Traditional study abroad programs are also available for students looking for an immersive, semester-long experience overseas.

Location and environment
Located in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche’s residential campus offers just the right blend of suburban and metropolitan life.

Just 15 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh, this convenient location puts students at the doorstep of a major metropolitan area and a variety of cultural, recreational, and career opportunities.

The second-largest city in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh is the headquarters of several multinational corporations. Forbes has ranked Pittsburgh as the nation’s most livable city more than once, and The Economist named Pittsburgh a top U.S. city in its list of the world’s most livable cities in 2011.

The College itself is home to a dynamic environment that draws students from across the country and around the world, with more than 30 countries represented in the student body.

Student life
La Roche’s safe and diverse environment allows students to actively participate in a variety of sports, on-campus events and community-based activities. Campus life is active and exciting, with more than 35 clubs and organizations and 12 NCAA Division III athletic teams.

Off-campus opportunities
With downtown Pittsburgh so nearby, students have access to the city’s outstanding facilities, attractions, internships, and career opportunities.

Pittsburgh’s thriving cultural district features the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, the Carnegie Museum, and Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts. Pittsburgh is also home to three professional sports teams: the Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins.

Across from campus is McCandless Crossing, the surrounding neighborhood’s latest development. With more than 20 major retailers, restaurants, and a modern 12-screen Cinemark movie theater, McCandless Crossing offers students both entertainment and employment opportunities within walking distance.

Consistently ranked by The Princeton Review as a Best Northeastern College, La Roche educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in a constantly changing global society.

From 2012–2014 La Roche was named a Catholic College of Distinction and a Pennsylvania College of Distinction. Also in 2013, the Institute of International Education listed La Roche as one of the top 25 baccalaureate colleges hosting international students.

Admission process
La Roche College uses a rolling admission system, meaning students receive an admission decision within 10–14 days once their application files are complete. To ensure appropriate financial aid and housing, the College recommends the following application deadlines:
• Enrollment in fall semester: August 1
• Enrollment in spring semester: December 15

Students may visit to apply online or download an application.