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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
John Cummings Clinical Group
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.

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.
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Labouré’s Associate of Science in Nursing program has Approval with Warning Status from Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN), 250 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108, tel: 800.414.0168 or 617.973.0900, fax: 617.973.0984, website: www.mass.gov/dph/boards/rn.

Students who complete the College’s ASN program remain eligible to take the NCLEX licensure examination.

Click here to learn more about the approved with warning status. 

Labouré’s Associate of Science in Nursing program has Approval with Warning Status from Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN), 250 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108, tel: 800.414.0168 or 617.973.0900, fax: 617.973.0984, website: www.mass.gov/dph/boards/rn.

Below are some frequently asked about "Approved with Warning" status.

What does "Approved with Warning" status mean? 

The Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN) has reviewed the College's Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program and is requiring the College to take steps to improve first-time pass rates for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). 

Does "Approved with Warning" status affect my ability to take the NCLEX to become a Registered Nurse? 

No. Students who successfully complete the College's ASN program remain eligible to take the NCLEX-RN to become a Registered Nurse. 

Does "Approved with Warning" status affect the program's ACEN accreditation or the College's NECHE accreditation? 

No. While both accrediting agencies have been notified by the College about the "Approved with Warning" status, the program and the College remain fully accredited by both ACEN and NECHE. 

Does "Approved with Warning" status affect my ability to enter a BSN or graduate program in the future? 

No. BORN's decision has no effect on graduates' applications for further study. 

When will BORN lift the "Approved with Warning" status?

BORN has asked the College to address certain areas and submit quarterly reports and will monitor these improvements as well as the College's NCLEX-RN pass rates over the next year. We anticipate the "Approved with Warning" status will continue until at least December 2023. 

What is the College doing to remove the "Approved with Warning" status? 

The College has launched a faculty-driven action plan to increase the first-time pass rate. The plan addresses crucial areas to improve student success including but not limited to admissions criteria, policy and curriculum review, and faculty and student support. 

Some of the components in the action plan have already been implemented as early as Summer 2022 and some are being implemented in Fall 2022 and Spring 2023. The Nursing program will continue to assess the different areas as it works toward increasing the first-time pass rate. 

What has the College done to improve the program?  

Some of the components the College has implemented include:  

  • Hired a nursing consultant who has an extensive background in working with institutions who have been on “Approved with Warning” status from BORN. The consultant is working to better align the curriculum with the NCLEX-RN exam. 
  • Increased and restructured the mentoring and peer tutoring programs; each have been expanded to provide more mentors for students 
  • Strengthened policies for students who are not doing well, including an early alert system that requires struggling students to meet with a mentor 
  • Revamped the math remediation policy 

Will there be additional resources to assist students?

The College is providing increased tutoring and mentoring as part of the action plan. 

Who can I contact for more information about the "Approved with Warning" status? 

Dr. Paula Santana, Associate Dean of Nursing

Where can I go for help with registration, financial aid, accommodations, advising, tutoring, and career counseling, given the "Approved with Warning" status? 

Contact the staff in the Student Success Center (SSC) at 617-322-3579 or by email at StudentSuccess@laboure.edu

Please know that if you send an email, you will receive an automatic reply with open Zoom links to connect with Advising and Student Success staff. While our staff will also respond to your email, you are welcome to join one of our Zoom links to directly connect with an advisor as well. Open Zooms are held at various hours Monday through Friday. 

Will the College provide information about the "Approved with Warning" status?

Yes. Nursing leadership visited all professional nursing classes to make students aware of the "Approved with Warning" status. Community forums were held in September 2022 via Zoom. There has been no change in status since September 2022. Moving forward, students will be notified of updates via email. 

  • 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). 

Students in the Nursing Program at Labouré College of Healthcare can enter the program in various stages. Traditional students are those who do not have a prior degree and begin their professional nursing courses with NUR 1015. Students entering with their LPN licensure begin their career with NUR 1035. Graduation rates are as follows: 

Entering NUR 1000 or NUR 1015: Spring 2019 - Fall 2023
Expected Grad Entering Semester Total Entering NUR 1000/1015 Still Enrolled  Total Graduated Graduated within 6 semesters (150%) Graduation 150%
2020 Spring 2018 119 2 87 73 61%
Summer 2018 60 1 43 42 70%
Fall 2018 123 0 95 87 71%
Total 302 3 225 202 67%

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Fall 2019






Total 345 4 251 211 61%

Spring 2020






Summer 2020 99 1 72 63 64%
Fall 2020 147 2 109 99 67%
Total 394 5 302 256 65%
Spring 2021 142 7 93 82 58%
Summer 2021 96 4 53 51 53%
Fall 2021 132 16 64 64 48%
Total 370 27 210 197 In Progress
Spring 2022 135 30 51 51 38%
Summer 2022 105 30 33 33 31%
Fall 2022 134 91 0 0 0%
Total 374 151 84 84 In Progress
2025 Spring 2023 123 100 0 0 0%
Summer 2023 87 67 0 0 0%
Fall 2023 110 108 0 0 0%
Total 320 275 0 0 In Progress


Entering NUR 1035: Spring 2019 - Fall 2023
Expected Grad Entering Semester Total Entering NUR 1035 Still Enrolled  Graduated Graduated within 3 semesters Graduation Percentage
2019 Spring 2019 0 0 0 0 0%
Summer 2019 5 0 4 4 80%
Fall 2019 9 0 0 7 78%
Total 14 0 4 11 79%
Spring 2020 23 0 23 23 100%
Summer 2020 5 0 4 4 80%
Fall 2020 21 0 18 18 86%
Total 49 0 45 45 92%
Spring 2021 32 0 30 30 94%
Summer 2021 20 0 20 18 90%
Fall 2021 21 0 20 20 95%
Total 73 0 70 68 93%
Spring 2022 17 1 15 15 88%
Summer 2022 18 0 18 18 100%
Fall 2022 0 0 0 0 0%
Total 35 1 33 33 94%
Spring 2023 0 0 0 0 0%
Summer 2023 0 0 0 0 0%
Fall 2023 0 0 0 0 0%
Total 0 0 0 0 In Progress

First-time NCLEX-RN pass rates for the Associate of Science in Nursing program at Labouré are as follows: 

Year First-Time Pass Rate
2019 85%
2020 78%
2021 76%
2022 65%



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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.