Why should you choose Labouré’s RN-BSN?
→ Affordable: At $350/credit, it is one of the lowest priced accredited online programs in Massachusetts.
All applicants must submit the following:
The pace of the program is up to you.
Each semester is broken into two 7-week segments: Session I and Session II. Students with no transfer credits can complete the program in 4 semesters by registering for two courses each 7-week segment.
Students with transfer credits may graduate sooner than 4 semesters.
Labouré College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).
Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:
New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514 (781) 425 7785
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, 202-887-6791. Website: http://www.ccneaccreditation.org
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 30 credits.
"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."
The Institute of Medicine recommends that “the proportion of nurses with baccalaureate degrees be increased to 80 percent by 2020”.
Why are bachelor 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."
Applying is fast and easy! All applicants must submit the following:
*Current Labouré College associate degree students and Labouré College alumni who have not successfully completed the NCLEX and obtained their RN license yet should contact the Office of Admissions
Applicants to the RN-BSN program must have their RN license to be eligible for admission.*
If you are not yet a registered nurse (RN), we invite you to look at our Associate in Science in Nursing program, which will prepare you for the board exam to receive your RN credential.
Students who have completed a Nursing program elsewhere and are waiting to pass their board exam must do so before they are eligible for admission to Labouré's RN-BSN program.
*Current Labouré College Associate in Science in Nursing students or Labouré College ASN alumni who are waiting to pass their board exam should contact the Office of Admissions as you may be eligible to begin the RN-BSN program with permission from the program chairperson.
The RN-BSN program has six entry points. Apply now and begin in the semester of your choice:
Fall Session I (September)
Fall Session II (November)
Spring Session I (January)
Spring Session II (March)
Summer Session I (May)
Summer Session II (July)
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.
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.
Online students have all the same college-wide support services as on-campus students. The Student Success Center (SSC) 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 SSC 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 SSC strives to be a warm and welcoming community of learners dedicated to fostering student growth and success.
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.