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Nursing

Labouré's unique 2+2 Nursing program will allow you to work as a nurse two years earlier than traditional four-year programs, while earning the same BSN degree.

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What is the 2+2 Nursing Program?

Labouré's nursing program is designed to allow you to begin working as a nurse as soon as possible, after two years* of courses. With your RN credential, you will be able to work as a nurse while earning your bachelor degree (BSN). Students who decide to complete both components will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Labouré’s program is divided into two components:

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1. Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN)

The first component of the 2 + 2 is a two-year*, Associate in Science in Nursing degree. This program is a combination of classroom theory and hands-on learning in the College's state-of-the-art simulation technology lab and with real patients at clinical sites across the Boston, North Shore, and South Shore areas.

Through simulation technology, nursing students can practice and learn patient care on high-fidelity manikins before working with live patients. This offers students a low-stress and highly effective way to practice and build confidence.

This component is designed to prepare students to sit for the NCLEX exam to earn the RN credential.

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With your RN credentials, you will be able to work as a nurse while completing the second component, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

* Though the program is referred to as a 2+2 (two years of associate-level education followed by two years of baccalaureate courses) many students choose to attend Labouré on a part-time basis due to work or family commitments. These students will need longer than two years to complete each component.

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2. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)

The second component is the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. The RN-BSN component builds on your nursing foundation with an emphasis on evidence-based practice, collaboration, safe patient care, and leadership. It is offered in more flexible format to allow you to work as a nurse while you complete the program. The BSN is delivered in a hybrid format, meaning that the majority of your coursework will be completed online. Classes typically meet on-campus 2-3 times per semester. This provides flexibility for working nurses and maintains the invaluable benefit of face-to-face interaction with your professors and fellow RNs.

Continuing for your BSN will equip you to handle the full scope of professional nursing responsibilities, making you eligible for a wider range of career options and far more competitive in the application process.

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Learn more about Laboure’s 2+2 Nursing program:

ASN Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The purpose of the Labouré College 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 graduates of this program will be able to work with and provide care for patients of diverse groups in a multicultural community. 

The student learning outcomes are derived from the mission, philosophy, conceptual framework, and organizing concepts and structure of the nursing program, with a focus on the Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies. 

By completion of the Associate Degree Program, the graduate will be able to: 

1. Implement nursing process to provide safe, effective care to a diverse population of clients in a variety of healthcare settings. 

2. Provide evidence-based, clinically competent care for clients across the lifespan, utilizing critical thinking, decision making, and information literacy skills. 

3. Engage in teaching/learning activities with clients and significant others to promote optimal achievement of client outcomes. 

4. Apply basic management and leadership skills as a member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.

5. Communicate effectively with clients, families, and members of the healthcare team using oral, written, and electronic modalities. 

6. Demonstrate caring and professional behavior in developing and maintaining empathetic relationships with clients and families. 

7. Practice within the ethical-legal framework of the nursing profession.

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If I enroll in the 2+2 Nursing program can I stop after 2 years?

Yes. Some students do not continue on to get their BSN. This is acceptable, and the College holds a graduation ceremony for associate graduates at this point – but all students are encouraged to continue on to earn their BSN. Some students decide to take a break and work for a few years and then come back to complete their BSN.

How is Laboure’s program different from a 2-year community college program?

Laboure’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. The College’s 2+2 format allows for an easy transition into the bachelor program once you have completed your associate degree, passed your NCLEX exams, and are working as a nurse.

  • Laboure has specialized in Nursing education for 125 years. Healthcare education is our expertise and only focus.
How is Laboure’s 2+2 different from a traditional 4-year program?

Laboure’s program is different than a traditional 4-year program because:

  • The 2+2 allows students to enter the nursing field two years earlier than a traditional 4-year program. In a traditional bachelor program, nursing students sit for their NCLEX exams at the end of the four years and therefore are unable to work as an RN while they are earning their degree. Laboure’s program maintains the associate-level degree. This means that you will be able to attend classes for two years, and be eligible to sit for the NCLEX exam to earn your RN credential. This will allow you to work as an RN while getting your BSN.

  • The second component of the 2+2 program is predominantly online, and designed to be flexible for the working nurse.

  • Laboure has specialized in Nursing education for 125 years. Healthcare education is our expertise and only focus.
Is this program accredited?

Yes. The Associate in Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (http://www.acenursing.org/). The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Labouré College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

 

The Associate in Science in Nursing degree program is "approved with warning" by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing approves pre-licensure programs in Nursing. Learn more about this status.

How much of the program is online?
  • For the first component - the associate degree - all nursing courses are offered on-campus or on-site at clinical locations in the Boston area. Most general education courses at the associate level are offered on-campus, hybrid, or online.

  • During the RN-BSN component, courses are offered in a hybrid format, meaning that the majority of your work will be done online, and you will be required to meet with your class on-campus in Milton 2-3 times each semester.
How long is the program?
  • Though the program is referred to as a 2+2 (two years of associate-level education followed by two years of baccalaureate courses) many students choose to attend Labouré on a part-time basis due to work or family commitments. These students will need longer than two years to complete each component.
If I can work as a nurse with an RN, why should I continue for my BSN?
  • The average salary, in Massachusetts, is $100,900 per year for a nurse holding a BSN. For Nurses holding an ASN, the average Salary is $64,000 per year - United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013.

  • According to the Institute of Medicine’s committee, it is recommended that “the proportion of nurses with baccalaureate degrees be increased to 80 percent by 2020” - IOM

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