Meet Ashley Singh, an alumna of La Roche University's Master of Science in Nursing program. She is now an assistant professor of nursing at Chatham University.
What was your professional and educational background leading up to La Roche?
I received a bachelor's degree in health administration from Slippery Rock University in 2008. However, during my internship experience I became interested in nursing, and soon after I returned to school to obtain a diploma in nursing at Citizens School of Nursing.
Following graduation I worked as a bedside ICU nurse at Allegheny General Hospital. At the bedside I had the opportunity to precept new nurses, and I became intrigued with the educational aspect of nursing.
After reviewing many RN-MSN programs around the region, La Roche University was the one that appealed to me most.
Why did you choose La Roche?
I chose La Roche because of the diverse student population, inclusion efforts, online convenience and the reputation.
How has the curriculum prepared you for your current role?
I found all courses beneficial, but the most important for me were the Curriculum Development and Evaluation course, and the Assessment and Evaluation of Learners course.
As an assistant professor of nursing, I need to understand curriculum design, development, assessment and evaluation. Educators must be familiar with these components to ensure student success, especially for our distance learners online.
What was your favorite aspect of the program?
The online aspect was perfect. As a single, working mom at the time, I needed the flexibility of an online program. However, I would be remiss not to mention the supportive faculty!
What would you say to students who are considering La Roche’s MSN program?
Do it! You will have a great experience and be equipped with the tools needed to function as a change agent and leader in the community.