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Labouré's 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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Two Degrees: ASN and BSN

Labouré College's Nursing program offers two degree options: the primary degree is the Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) program to earn your RN credentials, and the second, continuing degree option is the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) for RNs to take their education to the next level.

Graduates of the ASN program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination and become Registered Nurses. This structure allows students to enter the nursing profession earlier than in a traditional four-year program, and be working in the field while continuing on to earn their BSN degree. 

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Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN)

The Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) degree is comprised of general education and professional coursework. Professional coursework combines classroom theory with both hands-on learning in the College's state-of-the-art simulation technology lab, and also 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.

Students who successfully complete the ASN program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam to earn their RN credentials and practice as a registered nurse. 

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

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is designed for RNs who have just passed their NCLEX exam, or for working nurses who want to take their education to the next level. Completion of this program 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. 

Many hospitals now require a BSN as an entry-level credential. Labouré's program builds on your nursing foundation with an emphasis on evidence-based practice, collaboration, safe patient care, and leadership. 

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 Labouré’s 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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Can I stop after completing the ASN program, or do I have to complete the BSN program, too?

Yes, you can stop after the ASN. 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 Labouré’s program different from a 2-year community college 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 125 years. Healthcare education is our expertise and only focus.
How is Labouré’s program different from a traditional 4-year program?

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

  • The two-degree structure allows students to earn their RN credential after completing the Associate in Science degree, which means they can enter the nursing profession 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. Labouré’s program maintains the associate-level degree so that you will be able to attend classes for two years, then 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 BSN program is predominantly online, and designed to be flexible for the working nurse.

  • Labouré 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, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001. Phone: 202-887-6791. http://www.ccneaccreditation.org

How much of the program is online?
  • 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 on-campus, hybrid, or online.

  • In the RN-BSN program, courses are offered in a hybrid format, meaning that the majority of your work will be done online. Most courses have flexible on-campus class meetings in Milton 2-3 times each semester. 
How long is the program?

The ASN program can be completed in approximately two years at a full-time pace, while the BSN program can be completed in as little as 16 months. 

Many Labouré students choose to attend school on a part-time basis due to work or family commitments, and may take longer to complete each program. Our academic advisors can work with you to help you find a plan that works for you.

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, per the 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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