The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (for RNs) builds on your nursing foundation with an emphasis on leadership, communication skills, critical thinking, and research.
Due to increased demands placed on nurses, the Institute of Medicine recommends RNs achieve higher levels of education and suggests that they be educated in new ways that better prepare them to meet the needs of today's patient population.
Many hospitals in the Boston area require a BSN as an entry-level credential. With your BSN, you will increase your nursing knowledge base and confidence, you will secure your future, and open career possibilities.
"Don’t waste time and energy debating whether or not you need more education. Just go after it, if you haven’t already. The healthcare environment is more complex than ever, and the job market is more competitive. All nurses need to have a broader knowledge and skill set, beyond the clinical, to succeed and work at their highest potential."
- Donna Cardillo, RN, MSN,
American Nurse Today, "Ten Tips to Reboot Your Nursing Career"
Many hospitals now require the BSN as a minimum credential for newly hired nurses.
"A nurse with an ADN can do many indispensable day-to-day tasks, including most of the duties the public thinks of when it thinks of nurses. They can talk to the patients and jot down their symptoms, take vital signs, coach surgery patients on what to do after their operations, and teach any and all patients how to manage their illnesses and injuries better. Many hospitals, nevertheless, need more. Their nurses will face bigger and more challenging caseloads than their ADNs may have prepared them for — they need bachelor-level training according to some.
A BSN may also be the way to go if you want to work in a specialized area, such as oncology or physical rehabilitation. The same holds true if you aspire to work in any of the senior leadership positions that will be opening up as older nurses retire."
The average salary, in Massachusetts, is $100,900 per year for a nurse holding a BSN - United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013.
The Institute of Medicine recommends that “the proportion of nurses with baccalaureate degrees be increased to 80 percent by 2020”.
Why are bacchelor prepared nurses in high demand?
"Demand for higher-skilled nurses is rising for a few reasons, first of which is America’s surging population of elderly adults. This population needs more and more complex care than other age brackets. Coupled with this is the looming retirement of a huge swath of the present-day nursing workforce—more than 900,000 of America’s 3 million currently-employed nurses are over 50 years old—which leaves many new nurses with more responsibilities and bigger workloads to fill in the gaps.
Making matters worse, there is a looming shortage of doctors, too. The American Association of Medical Colleges projects a shortfall of 91,500 physicians nationwide by 2020. Medical systems have been feeling the strain already for the past few years and have compensated through 'task-shifting' — having nurses take over some physician duties such as writing prescriptions and diagnosing some of the simpler and more treatable cases."
Labouré has made the admissions process as easy as possible for RNs. Requirements:
If you are not a Registered Nurse (RN) - we invite you to look at our 2+2 program to first receive your Associate in Science in Nursing (ADN) degree. This program will prepare you for the board exam to receive your RN credential.
If you have successfully completed your ADN, and are waiting to pass your boards, you are eligible to begin the general education component of the RN-BSN program.
Please contact Admissions for more information on this: (617)322-3575.
Labouré College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Labouré's RN-BSN program was designed to be flexible with the many different schedules of working RNs. Therefore, the length of the program depends on how many classes you would like to take each semester. You may choose your own course load based on work and family commitments.
Most students take one or two courses per semester. There are curriculum sequences for 1.5* year, two-year, or three-year completions.
*Students who wish to complete the program in less than two years should meet with the RN-BSN Chairperson to discuss this option.
The College has a generous transfer credit policy. Contact Admissions for more information at (617)322-3575.
Approved transfer credits will decrease both the cost and duration of the program.
To receive more information on the RN-BSN program, please complete the brief form below. You will be able to download a program brochure immediately, and receive an email from our Admissions team containing information about the admissions process, tuition, courses and more.
You can also request a call back from an Admissions Counselor.