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Catalog and Student Handbook 2020 - 2021

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 healthcare 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

As the longest provider of nurses in Boston, Labouré College has been educating healthcare professionals for more than 125 years. The College's roots date back to 1892 with the opening of the Carney Hospital Training School for Nurses in South Boston, Massachusetts. The school was sponsored by the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul. In addition to Carney Hospital Training School for Nurses, the Daughters of Charity also operated St. John Hospital School of Nursing - established in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1892, and the St. Margaret Hospital School of Nursing, established in 1903 in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. 

In 1951, the Daughters of Charity merged the three schools into a single institution. This institution became known as the Catherine Labouré School of Nursing, the first independent, regional, three-year diploma program in New England. Classes were held on the campus of Carney Hospital in South Boston until 1954 when Catherine Labouré School of Nursing moved to the site of the new Carney Hospital in Dorchester. 

In 1971, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts amended the charter of the school of nursing to provide for associate degree-granting authority in nursing and allied health. That same year, Catherine Labouré School of Nursing became officially Catherine Labouré Junior College. In 1976, the consortium between the Boston Veterans Administration Hospital, Boston University School of Medicine, and Catherine Labouré Junior College was formed. What has now become the longest-running accredited Neurodiagnostic program began that summer. 

In 1984, Catherine Labouré Junior College changed its name to Catherine Labouré College. In 1993, the name was formally changed to Labouré College. In 2008, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts amended the College's charter to provide Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree-granting authority. In addition, the first-of-its kind hybrid Intraoperative Neuromonitoring program began in May 2016, and is currently one of only two accredited programs in the country.

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 

While all of the College's programs are approved through NECHE, many of the College’s healthcare programs are also 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 of Science in Nursing degree is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000. Website: http://www.acenursing.org 
  • The Neurodiagnostic Technology 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 Intraoperative Neuromonitoring 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/IONM). 
  • The Associate of Science in Radiation Therapy degree program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Program Approval

The Associate of 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.