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Designed to be flexible for the working nurse


Why should you choose Labouré’s RN-BSN?

Our RN-BSN program:

  • Can be completed in 16 months

  • Offers a generous transfer policy– bring in up to 90 credits
    *No time limit or expiration on past courses - including sciences

  • Is a hybrid format: predominately ONLINE with two flexible, on-campus meetings

  • Offers multiple start dates per year

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In order to be accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (for RNs) program, applicants must meet the general College admission requirements, AND have the following: 

  • Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher ( if your GPA is lower than 2.5, contact Admissions to discuss your options)
  • Copy of current RN license (required to enroll in professional nursing courses - you may register for general education courses in the BSN program without this)


Hear what nurses have to say about our RN-BSN

What is a hybrid format?

Our students do their coursework online, but meet twice a semester at our Milton campus. These in-person meetings are flexible and accommodations can be made to fit your work schedule. This strengthens students' connections with faculty and fellow classmates. Many of our students have transferred from 100% online programs, and find the hybrid format invaluable.

Frequently Asked Questions:

RN-BSN Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The purpose of the Labouré College RN-BSN Nursing Program is to move the associate degree nurses beyond basic nursing skills to advanced pathophysiology, critical thinking, leadership and management, and evidence-based practice research skills. The program prepares registered nurses for a generalist professional practice in a variety of setting and provides graduates with a foundation for graduate study and life-long learning. 

By completion of the BSN program, the graduate will be able to: 

1. Synthesize knowledge from a broad-based liberal arts and scieces core curriculum with nursing science to generate innovative and valid clinical decisions. 

2. Recognize basic organization models and exhibit a potential for leadership and quality care within the present-day healthcare arena. 

3. Cultivate values, beliefs and practices which embody a framework for implementation of evidence-based practice and scholarship. 

4. Incorporate the use of communication and informatics to broaden the scope of clinical practice and critical thinking. 

5. Participate in the sociopolitical process that affects nursing practice. 

6. Examine concepts of individual and population health initiatives for the promotion of health and prevention of disease across the lifespan. 

7. Engage in professionalism, leadership and management skills to promote collaboration and to cultivate a safe and caring environment. 

The RN-BSN program utilizes the 2008 Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice as the organizing framework for the program. 

View the RN-BSN Handbook

How long is the program?

The RN-BSN program can be completed in as little as 16 months or as long as three years - the pace is up to you.

The length of the program depends on how many classes you would like to take each semester and how many courses you transfer in. You may choose your own course load based on work and family commitments.

Is this program accredited?


Labouré College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Do you accept transfer credits?

Yes. Students may transfer up to 90 credits, including 18 of the 21 BSN general education credits.

There is no time limit or expiration date for transfer courses - including science courses.

Students are required to complete the Capstone course at Labouré. Students also must complete a three-credit course in Ethics and one in Statistics—either at Labouré OR at another accredited institution. Transfer credit will be awarded for courses that meet the criteria of a baccalaureate program. All courses awarded transfer credit must have a grade of C, or higher. The residency requirement for BSN students is 31 credits.

Do I really need my RN-BSN?

"Don’t waste time and energy debating whether or not you need more education. Just go after it, if you haven’t already. The healthcare environment is more complex than ever, and the job market is more competitive. All nurses need to have a broader knowledge and skill set, beyond the clinical, to succeed and work at their highest potential." 

- Donna Cardillo, RN, MSN,
American Nurse Today, "Ten Tips to Reboot Your Nursing Career"

Many hospitals now require the BSN as a minimum credential for newly hired nurses.

"A nurse with an ADN can do many indispensable day-to-day tasks, including most of the duties the public thinks of when it thinks of nurses. They can talk to the patients and jot down their symptoms, take vital signs, coach surgery patients on what to do after their operations, and teach any and all patients how to manage their illnesses and injuries better. Many hospitals, nevertheless, need more. Their nurses will face bigger and more challenging caseloads than their ADNs may have prepared them for — they need bachelor-level training according to some.

A BSN may also be the way to go if you want to work in a specialized area, such as oncology or physical rehabilitation. The same holds true if you aspire to work in any of the senior leadership positions that will be opening up as older nurses retire."

-NursingLicensure.org, "The Future of the Associate Degree in Nursing Program"

Is this career in high demand?

The Institute of Medicine recommends that “the proportion of nurses with baccalaureate degrees be increased to 80 percent by 2020”.

Why are bacchelor prepared nurses in high demand?
"Demand for higher-skilled nurses is rising for a few reasons, first of which is America’s surging population of elderly adults. This population needs more and more complex care than other age brackets. Coupled with this is the looming retirement of a huge swath of the present-day nursing workforce—more than 900,000 of America’s 3 million currently-employed nurses are over 50 years old—which leaves many new nurses with more responsibilities and bigger workloads to fill in the gaps.

Making matters worse, there is a looming shortage of doctors, too. The American Association of Medical Colleges projects a shortfall of 91,500 physicians nationwide by 2020. Medical systems have been feeling the strain already for the past few years and have compensated through 'task-shifting' — having nurses take over some physician duties such as writing prescriptions and diagnosing some of the simpler and more treatable cases."

- NursingLicensure.org


What are the admission requirements?

Labouré has made the admissions process as easy as possible for RNs. Requirements:

  • Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher (if your GPA is lower than 2.5, contact Admissions to discuss your options)
  • Copy of current RN license is required to enroll in professional nursing courses
Do I need to have a nursing license to enroll in the RN to BSN program?

If you are not a Registered Nurse (RN) - we invite you to look at our 2+2 program to first receive your Associate in Science in Nursing (ADN) degree. This program will prepare you for the board exam to receive your RN credential. 

If you have successfully completed your ADN, and are waiting to pass your boards, you are eligible to begin the general education component of the RN-BSN program.

Please contact Admissions for more information on this: (617)322-3575.

When can I begin classes?
The RN-BSN program has three entry points. Apply now and begin in the semester of your choice: Fall (September), Spring (January), or Summer (May).
How will I communicate with my professors when not on campus?

Many professors find they know their online students better than their face-to-face students because of the social dimension of online learning. Students also find that online classes provide more personalized attention.

You can look forward to dynamic communication between professors and students as daily and weekly classroom and community ties are encouraged within the online environment. Frequent and personal communication, including discussion boards and live “Online Meeting” classes and chats, will create a bond essential to your success. Professors also use weekly announcements and assignment feedback to further ensure access to the professor’s daily presence and availability to support classroom instruction.

What if I have never taken an online course? Will I be successful?

If you can answer “Yes” to the following questions, you are probably prepared to enroll and succeed in an online course. If you cannot respond “Yes” to all of these questions, you may want to consider enrolling in a hybrid course, which is a combination of an online and on-campus traditional course.

  1. When you need help, are you comfortable approaching a professor to ask for clarification?
  2. Are you comfortable with a self-learning environment?
  3. Do you have good time management skills? Will you be able to schedule your time effectively and to stay on task to complete assignments outside of class?
  4. Are you self-disciplined and self-motivated?
  5. Do you have the ability to read and follow written instructions?
  6. Do you have (or are you willing to obtain) access to the Web at home?
  7. Do you have good computing skills including:
    • Using keyboard and mouse
    • Managing files and folders: save, name, copy, move, backup, rename, delete, check properties
    • Software installation, security, and virus protection?
  8. Do you have strong web browser/Internet skills (connecting, accessing, using browsers) and ability to perform online research using various search engines and library databases?
  9. Do you have the ability to use online communication tools, such as email (create, send, receive, reply, print, send/receive attachments), discussion boards (read, search, post, reply, follow threads), chats, and messengers?
  10. Do you have strong software application skills such as:
    • Using word processing, PowerPoint, and Excel (i.e., Word)
    • Knowledge of copying and pasting, spell-checking, saving files in different formats
    • Sending and downloading attachments?
  11. Do you have the equipment and software outlined in the section entitled: Student Hardware and Software Requirements?
Who can help me with learning differences, tutoring, advising and career services?

Online students have all the same college-wide support services as on-campus students. The Center for Student Success and Teaching Excellence (The Center) uses live real-time meeting technology tools to provide online students with opportunities to extend and deepen their classroom learning experiences.  You will have real-time access to academic advising, academic coaching (focused on learning strategies), academic tutoring (focused on course content), basic skill strengthening (e.g., focused on Mathematics, Writing, or Critical Reading), career counseling, and/or short-term personal counseling.

The Center also offers specialized assistance to online students with learning differences, including advocacy, learning strategies, and, when appropriate, reasonable accommodations such as extended time on exams, note-taking assistance, enlarged print, and support in accessing digital audio texts, readers, and/or assistive technologies.

Accessible on-campus and online, the Center strives to be a warm and welcoming community of learners dedicated to fostering student growth and success.

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