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On campus learning

You'll start your path to becoming a registered nurse by learning and practicing new skills on classmates and high-fidelity manikins in our skills lab and simulation lab. 

Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)

A fast, flexible route to your RN credential.
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Labouré's associate degree in nursing (ASN) allows you to make an impact quickly in your new healthcare career. In just two years, you will gain the hands-on knowledge and technical skills needed to become a registered nurse. 

As an ASN student, you:

  • Take arts and sciences courses in person or online
  • Practice modern nursing techniques in our state-of-the-art simulation technology lab
  • Apply what you learn by caring for patients at hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout Greater Boston
  • Are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam to earn your RN license and practice as a registered nurse

Faculty who help you succeed

Labouré has specialized in nursing education for more than 125 years. You'll learn from professors who share your compassion for patients and are up to date on the latest advances in healthcare. They're joined by a network of clinical adjunct faculty - nurses who care for patients in diverse communities in the Greater Boston Area. 

Like you, they are here because they are committed to building healthier lives and healthier communities. 

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A built-in pathway to your bachelor's degree

Our two-year associate degree allows for an easy transition into the RN-BSN program once you pass your RN licensing exam and are working as a nurse. In fact, you can continue working while earning your BSN. 

Why pursue a BSN? The degree can open doors to more job opportunities in nursing and a higher salary. Because our students often have to juggle work and home commitments along with their studies, we designed our programs to be flexible so you can stop after the ASN, go straight to the BSN or take a break for a few years in between.

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Nursing Stats
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of our students are working while earning their degree

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of our students are people of color, mirroring Boston's patient population

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the average salary of a registered nurse in the Boston area

Simulation Learning
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Simulation technology for practicing and learning

Through simulation technology, you can practice and learn patient care on high-fidelity manikins before working with live patients. This low-stress, highly effective method helps you practice and build confidence.

Student Stories
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Career Changer

John sold mutual funds, taught yoga, built stage sets for U2, and worked as a clinical rehab liaison for 15 years before getting his associate degree in nursing.

Hands-on learner

Taniqua, a CNA by day, got her ASN at night because she wanted to be able to do more for her patients.

Learn more about Labouré’s Nursing program:

Labouré’s program is different than an associate program in a community college because:

  • Our program includes a built-in pathway to a bachelor-level degree (BSN). The importance of a bachelor-level education in the nursing field can not be overstated. Labouré’s 2-program format allows for an easy transition into the bachelor program once you have completed your associate degree, passed your NCLEX-RN exam, and are working as a nurse.

  • Labouré has specialized in Nursing education for over 125 years. Healthcare education is our expertise and only focus.
  • In the Associate in Science degree program, all professional nursing courses are completed on-campus in Milton, or on-site at clinical locations in the Boston, North Shore, or South Shore areas. Most general education courses are offered in a variety of formats, including on-campus, hybrid, or online.

  • In the RN-BSN program, the courses are 100% online. 

The purpose of the Labouré College of Healthcare Associate Degree Nursing Program is to develop competent entry level registered nurses to function as caring, competent, and compassionate practitioners across a variety of care settings and to establish a foundation for lifelong learning. The graduate of this program will be able to work with and provide care for patients of diverse groups in a multicultural community. The end of program student learning outcomes are derived from the mission, philosophy, curriculum framework, and organizing concepts and structure of the nursing program, inclusive of the Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies.

  1. Use clinical judgement, with consideration of patients’ culture, preferences, values and needs, to provide patient-centered care across the lifespan (Patient-Centered Care).

  2. Demonstrate accountability and responsibility for the delivery of standards-based nursing care that is consistent with ethical, legal, and regulatory practice (Professionalism).

  3. Collaborate with patient and interdisciplinary teams, employing effective communication skills, to achieve quality patient outcome (Teamwork and Collaboration and Communication)

  4. Incorporate information and technology that supports current best practices for the provision of evidence-based patient-centered care (Informatics and Technology and Evidence-based Practice).

  5. Participate in quality and safety measures to improve patient outcomes (Safety and Quality Improvement).

  6. Demonstrate leadership and management skills while incorporating systems-based practice in health care setting (Leadership, Systems-Based Practice). 

The Associate in Science in Nursing degree is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). ACEN, Inc., 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326.
Office: (404) 975-5000. Website: 

The Associate degree nursing program is fully approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 250 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108.
Phone: 1-800-414-0168 or 617-973-0900
Fax: 617-973-0984 Website: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/hcq/dhpl/nursing/

Request more information about this program

You'll be able to download our program info sheet and receive an email from our Admissions team with information about the admissions process, tuition, courses, and more.