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Regis College School of Nursing and Health Professions Honored

September 22, 2008

First in New England to be designated Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

Contact: Marjorie Arons-Barron (617-423-7770); aronsbarron@barronaw.com

The National League for Nursing has recognized the Regis School of Nursing and Health Professions as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. Regis is one of six schools so honored in 2008. Only fifteen have ever received the recognition. The designation distinguishes “those schools that demonstrate sustained, evidence-based and substantive innovation, conduct ongoing research to document the effectiveness of such innovation; set high standards for themselves; and are committed to continuous quality improvement.” The award recognizes Regis for “creating environments that enhance student learning and professional development.”

“We are very proud to be cited in this way,” said Antoinette Hays, RN, PhD, Dean of the School. “This reflects a deep commitment by Regis College as a whole to pursue and sustain excellence in student learning and professional development, to develop faculty expertise in pedagogy, and to advance the science of nursing education,” she added.

The structural emphasis in all of Regis College’s nursing programs is on high standards with flexibility. There are programs for students of all backgrounds or educational levels. One can start as an entry-level undergraduate or go into an entry-level master’s program with an unrelated BA degree. A practicing registered nurse can get a master of science in nursing. A person with an MS in nursing wanting further specialization can perform post-graduate work as a nurse practitioner, nursing leader, or nurse educator. Since 2007, the Doctor of Nursing Practice program provides practice- focused doctoral education for nurse practitioners, leaders and nurse educators.

There is also a 2-plus-2 option that allows community college undergraduates to transfer into the BS program at the junior level, making a private baccalaureate entry-level nursing education more affordable.

The Regis nursing program includes off-campus courses in eleven major hospitals (Lahey Clinic, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Boston Medical Center, New England Medical Center, Caritas Norwood, Newton Wellesley Hospital, Spaulding Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance, Youville Hospital, New England Baptist Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital), helping hospitals enhance job retention by promoting career development. Regis nursing faculty also practice as nurse scientists in several of these hospitals in the development of ongoing clinical nursing research toward evidence-based practice.

Nursing faculty and students provide health care in inner-city schools and Rosie’s Place to children and women without primary care.

"We are pleased and enormously proud of the accomplishments of our Regis College School of Nursing and Health Professions as well as the distinguished leadership and community commitment exemplified by the leadership of Toni Hays," said Regis College President Mary Jane England '59, MD.


Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Nursing and Health Professions, approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 24 undergraduate majors, graduate degree programs in education, communication, leadership and service, health product regulation, public administration and nursing, and a doctorate in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) lists Regis among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience.

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