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Catalog and Student Handbook 2018-2019

Introduction

Mission

The mission of Labouré College is to provide high-quality education and to prepare women and men for careers in Nursing and in Allied Health fields. Inherent in the Catholic identity of the College and its educational mission is a commitment to Judeo-Christian principles, which influence the curriculum and the College environment. Consistent with these principles, the College seeks to provide opportunities for a diverse population of students to continue their education as mature adults and responsible world citizens.

Vision

We aspire to be a model of excellence, recognized for innovative and collaborative approaches to education for practice in the health sector. We are committed to preparing practitioners who reflect on and care for a diverse patient population, and to fostering interdisciplinary approaches to address complex issues within healthcare and society.

History

Labouré College is a small, Catholic, non-residential college located in Milton, Massachusetts. Labouré’s distinct focus is education for practice in the healthcare sector. Founded in 1892 as the Carney Hospital Training School for Nurses, the College merged with two other schools, St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing and St. Margaret’s Hospital School of Nursing, in 1951 to form Catherine Labouré School of Nursing. Catherine Labouré School of Nursing was the first independent, regional, three-year diploma program in New England.

In 1971, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts amended the charter of the School of Nursing to provide associate degree granting authority in Nursing and Allied Health. In 2008, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts amended the College’s charter to provide Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree-granting authority.

The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul sponsored the educational mission of the institution from 1892 to 1997. In 1997, the Daughters of Charity transferred control of the College to Caritas Christi, a network of non-profit Catholic healthcare entities sponsored by the Archdiocese of Boston. Labouré College joined Steward Health Care in 2010. In 2013, Labouré College disaffiliated from Steward Health Care and moved to a new campus at 303 Adams Street in Milton, Massachusetts. Through the various changes in the College’s corporate structure, Labouré College has maintained its independent, non-profit institutional status under the oversight of its own Board of Directors.

Accreditation

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 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

Phone: (781) 425 7785

Email: info@neche.org 

Additionally, each of the College’s healthcare programs is accredited by a discipline-specific, specialized accrediting body. As a College with the distinct focus of education for practice in the healthcare sector, Labouré is committed to preparing individuals to deliver patient-centered care as members of an interdisciplinary team. The individual programs provide clinical education emphasizing evidence-based practice, taking advantage of the latest research and clinical expertise. Quality improvement approaches and the use of information technology are important components of each program.

Specialized Program Accreditation

  • 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
  • The Associate in Science in Nursing degree is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
  • The Online Neurodiagnostic Certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in cooperation with the Committee on Accreditation for Education in Neurodiagnostic Technology (CoA-NDT).
  • The Associate in Science and the Certificate in Health Information Technology are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) in cooperation with the Council on Accreditation of the American Health Information Management Association.
  • The Associate in Science in Radiation Therapy degree program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Program Approval

The Associate in Science in Nursing degree program maintains full approval status by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing approves pre-licensure programs in Nursing.

State Authorization: Online and Distance Education

Labouré College is obligated to comply with other states’ laws regarding the delivery of distance education to residents of other states. Distance education includes 100% online programs, online programs that require some on-the-ground experience, certificate programs, and non-credit programs and/or courses that will be delivered to students residing outside the state of Massachusetts. State laws regarding distance education vary state-by-state, and even program-by-program within a state.

Residency – Course and program availability varies by state. Admission into a program is granted at the time of initial acceptance into the program and is dependent on program availability in the state where the student is physically located at the time of admission. If a student moves to a different state after admission to the program, continuation within the program will depend on the availability of the program within the new state where the student is physically present. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the college of a change in physical presence. Whether military personnel stationed outside the state of Massachusetts may enroll or continue in a Labouré College distance education program, or not, is based on where military personnel are stationed.

Licensure – State authorization has no effect on state professional licensing requirements. Students considering an academic program that leads to a professional license in their state should first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in that state BEFORE beginning the academic program located outside the state. It is the student's responsibility to contact the appropriate licensing board in his or her home state to confirm whether a Labouré College program will meet the requirements for licensure in that state. Labouré College cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in the student’s state.

Complaint Resolution: Online Programs

Labouré College is committed to integrating institutional objectives in innovative ways to demonstrate excellence in all online programs. The College greatly values students’ experiences and urges all students to adhere to the Student Code of Conduct. Please refer to the section in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook for detailed information regarding student expectations, rights, and grievance procedures.

When an issue is brought to the College’s attention, the College will take appropriate action to seek resolution. Students are encouraged to pursue Labouré College’s internal grievance procedures for any complaints before contacting external sources for resolution. Often, it is the case that communication with the course instructor is the most direct route to resolving issues. If an issue cannot be resolved at that level, a student should contact the Academic Chair for guidance. While attending Labouré College, students residing outside of Massachusetts who desire to resolve a grievance should always follow the College’s student grievance procedure outlined in this Catalog and Student Handbook. If a grievance cannot be resolved internally, students may be able to file a grievance with their states.