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Who we are

A statue of St. Catherine Labouré stands in front of our campus as a connection to our history. 

Our Mission, Vision, and Values

The core of Labouré College of Healthcare.

Since our founding in 1892, we have been committed to upholding the values of our namesake, St. Catherine Labouré, and our founders, the Daughters of Charity, by instilling in our students the importance of bringing dignity, compassion, and empathy to the people entrusted to their care. 

Our Mission

The mission of Labouré College of Healthcare is to provide high quality education and to prepare women and men for careers in nursing and allied health fields. Inherent in the Catholic identity of the college and our educational mission is a commitment to Judeo-Christian principles which influence the academic curricula and the college environment. Consistent with these principles, the College seeks to give opportunities to a diverse population of students to continue their education as mature adults and responsible world citizens.

Our Vision

We aspire to be a model of excellence, recognized for innovative and collaborative approaches to education for practice in the health sector. We are committed to preparing practitioners who reflect on and care for a diverse patient population, and to fostering interdisciplinary approaches to address complex issues within healthcare and society.

Our Commitment: The Educated Person

The College is committed to graduating an educated person. The educated graduate of Labouré College is one who has the basis for lifelong learning and civic engagement and one who is prepared to deliver patient-centered care as a member of an interdisciplinary team.

To this end, the general education courses promote learning in broad areas of human knowledge leading to an understanding of historical, social, mathematics and scientific phenomena as well as ethical perspectives. The professionally oriented courses promote learning that emphasizes evidence-based practice, including the latest research and clinical expertise of practitioners, quality improvement approaches, and the use of information technology.

Liberal education concepts and theories found in general education courses, along with professionally oriented courses in a student's major, support and facilitate the development of skills students need to competently function in life and work. These skills include information literacy, critical thinking, oral and written communication, and interpersonal/team building.

Our Values

Care, compassion, respect for human dignity, and a drive for social justice - these are the things that define us.

These are the values that inspired our namesake, the French nun St. Catherine Labouré, to devote her life to caring for the elderly and teaching others to tend to the infirm.

Members of St. Catherine’s order, the Daughters of Charity, founded Labouré College of Healthcare. In doing so, they carried forward her devotion to healthcare education and to serving those less fortunate.

More than a century later, these principles endure on our campus and in the work our graduates do in the community.

Serving the greater good

Regardless of their faith backgrounds, our faculty, staff, and students are committed to the care and wellbeing of others.

Labouré’s core values — our Catholic foundation and deep connection with the social justice work of the Daughters of Charity — will always be important to us, even as our student body reflects the varied religions and cultures of communities throughout the Boston area.

We believe:
  • In upholding the mission and vision of St. Catherine Labouré, who committed her life to bringing dignity to the less fortunate through healthcare and health education. 
  • That in order to stay true to its Catholic values, Labouré College of Healthcare must be a nurturing place for people of all backgrounds and faith traditions.
  • That we uphold the Catholic social tradition through our commitment to serve marginalized people in our local, regional, national, and international communities.
  • That it is our responsibility to prepare students for lifelong learning and civic engagement.

To further these beliefs, Labouré offers the college community many events, programs, and opportunities to reflect on our values. Each year, we adopt several local charities, working with student- and staff-led organizations to raise money and provide resources on their behalf.

We also send two students to France annually, on a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes.