News Story

August 09, 2017

Clinical Nurse Leader Concentration Added to La Roche’s MSN Program

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 9, 2017 – La Roche College now offers a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) concentration to prepare master’s degree students for advanced practice roles in all health care delivery settings.

Offered as part of La Roche’s online MSN program, the concentration provides the skills that students need to manage and coordinate comprehensive client care. Students will fulfill 42 credits online, along with 400 mandated hours of practicum in a health care setting. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the CNL Certification Exam offered by the Commission on Nurse Certification.

“The Clinical Nurse Leader program offers an advanced degree for nurses who want to stay practice-focused and contribute to the clinical leadership role,” Terri Liberto, Ph.D., RN, chair of the La Roche Nursing Department, said.

The CNL is a leader in the health care delivery system, and assumes accountability for patient-care outcomes through the assimilation and application of evidence-based information to design, implement, and evaluate patient-care processes and models of care delivery. The impacts of CNLs include: reductions in patient falls; reduced incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia; decreased prevalence of pressure ulcers; patient satisfaction, nurse satisfaction and retention, and physical satisfaction; and a decrease in the length of a patient’s hospital stay.

La Roche’s MSN program builds on the knowledge and competencies of baccalaureate education. Graduate courses focus on the development of scholarly, critical thinkers and leaders who develop the skills necessary to transform knowledge into advanced practice. Three tracks are offered: nursing administration, nursing education and CNL.

Apply online or contact the Office of Graduate Studies & Adult Education for more information: or 412-536-1260.

About La Roche College: A private liberal arts college in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche College offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, six graduate degree programs and one doctoral program, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential college provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,500 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 College 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 College educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.