This associate of science with a major in nursing program provides expert faculty and a diverse and flexible curriculum which maximizes clinical learning experience. Clinical sites include major Boston teaching hospitals, suburban hospitals and a variety of community sites. Graduates qualify to take the national examination for licensure as registered nurses.
Lawrence Memorial/Regis College reserves the right to change its curriculum, policies, tuition, fees, or other matters subsequent to the publication of this catalog. Complaints about this program may be made to the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, telephone: 404-975-5000, or the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 239 Causeway Street, Boston, MA, 02114, telephone: 617-727-9961.
About the Associate of Science Program
For over 75 years the Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH) School of Nursing provided hospital-based diploma nursing education. More than 1,800 LMH graduates have joined the profession as registered nurses. These well-educated individuals typify the ideals of LMH graduates – caring, compassionate, committed and competent. These nurses, working in varied settings nationwide, continue to contribute their knowledge and skills to patients, colleagues and their profession.
In 1998 the School of Nursing collaborated with Regis College to provide an associate degree nursing program. Regis College was founded in 1927 and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The professional associate of science degree with a major in nursing is approved by the Board of Registration in Nursing of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
The Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing Program provides the educational environment for individuals to pursue an Associate of Science degree with a major in nursing. The curriculum offers the courses to prepare a beginning practitioner to assume the responsibilities of a registered nurse in diverse primary, secondary and tertiary care settings. Professional behaviors and competencies are emphasized in the management and provision of safe, compassionate, culturally competent, patient- and family-centered care. These behaviors and competencies include, but are not limited to, clinical decision-making, teamwork and collaboration, communication/information, management, teaching and learning. The graduate utilizes and contributes to established research as part of the interdisciplinary team valuing its influence on current and future nursing practice. Additionally, the graduate is prepared with the knowledge, skills, abilities, values, attitudes and behaviors crucial to an evidence-based approach to nursing practice.
Nursing Program Today
The Nursing Program with its rich history continues a tradition of excellence offering students a unique blend of classroom and clinical experience, expert faculty and a flexible curriculum. It provides students with the professional knowledge and skills needed in the ever-changing health care industry and nursing profession. Graduates qualify to take the national examination for licensure as registered nurses. The outstanding performance on this examination by past graduates is testimony to the program’s quality of education and to the high caliber of its students.
Lawrence Memorial/Regis College is responsive to the diverse needs of applicants seeking a nursing education. A flexible program of study accommodates the individual needs of students through a variety of schedule options. Four classes enter the program each year: two in the day division and two in the evening/weekend division. Students may choose to enter in August or January. Most students are enrolled in non-nursing courses for one or two semesters followed by four semesters of nursing courses. Approximately 35 students are admitted to each class in the professional nursing program. Many students have been out of high school for more than one year and have some post-secondary education or a college degree in another field.
Nursing classes are provided at the Medford campus, located on a 16-acre site in Medford, Massachusetts, a suburban community eight miles north of Boston. Facilities for nursing students include classroom and laboratories, offices, conference rooms, an audio-visual center, a multimedia computer learning center, and a health sciences library.
Professional courses in nursing are held on the Medford campus located seven miles north of Boston. The Medford campus shares its site with Lawrence Memorial Hospital, a non-profit acute care facility, and the Courtyard Nursing Care Center, a state-of-the-art nursing center, both affiliates of Hallmark Health. In addition to providing clinical experience for students, the hospital serves as a clinical education site for health professionals and medical students from a number of area colleges and universities. Required non-nursing courses are offered on the main campus of Regis College in Weston, MA. On the Weston campus, students have access to all Regis College facilities including libraries, laboratories, technology centers and athletic facilities. Since both campuses are located close to Boston, students enjoy entertainment, shopping, and dining venues as well as historical and cultural events unique to the city.
Enhancing the quality of the clinical learning environment is an instructor-to-student ratio of 1:5-7, which encourages intellectual challenge and supports small group and individualized instruction. Faculty members are appointed on the basis of their scholarship and experience in each nursing specialty.
The students’ learning experience is further enhanced by their early involvement with clients in a variety of health care settings. Clinical experiences are provided at major Boston teaching hospitals; long-term care facilities; and community, home care, and social service agencies, including Lawrence Memorial Hospital and other Hallmark Health facilities.
In addition to excellent clinical nursing courses, the Lawrence Memorial/Regis College curriculum provides a strong academic foundation of courses in the natural and social sciences and liberal arts. Non-nursing courses are provided on the Weston campus at Regis College, a beautiful 168-acre suburban campus 12 miles west of Boston and less than 25 miles from the Medford campus. Students are able to take advantage of the full variety of academic, athletic and social offerings at the Weston campus.