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The Nursing Department, established in 1983, began as a BSN degree completion program for registered nurses. A weekend program was started in September 1989 and was selected by the Army Nurse Corps as an educational pathway that would fulfill the military obligations of the reserve nurse while she or he earned a baccalaureate degree. The first military weekend group graduated in the spring of 1992. (The weekend option is also available to non-military RNs.) Nursing programs now include a traditional four-year, undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum, the RN-to-BS-to-MS Upward Mobility Track, the MS in Nursing Leadership, MS Nurse Practitioner and MS Clinical Specialist tracks, Post-Master’s Certificates in the Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Leadership tracks, a Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice program.
The Nursing Department is an integral component of Regis College. Founded upon the ideals expressed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and dedicated to the exploration of religious traditions, Regis College is committed to excellence in scholarship and service. In concurrence with the mission of the college, the nursing faculty accept the responsibility of providing an environment in which the learner can gain a breadth of knowledge in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, as well as an in-depth understanding of one sector of learning. The faculty believes that by fostering professional growth, they encourage the student to become a positive influence on the nursing profession and society.
The Nursing Department is committed to the education of nurses from the undergraduate through the doctoral level. The faculty believes that multiple levels of nursing practice exist. The nursing education program at Regis College provides the structure for multiple entry and exit points along the continuum of the nursing profession beginning with the associate degree and continuing through the doctoral degree. The program builds a solid foundation for future endeavors in professional development and educational mobility.
The nursing faculty believes the central concepts of the discipline of nursing are person, environment, health, and nursing. These four concepts are viewed generically. The concept of person may refer to individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations, or society as a whole. Every person has inherent dignity, worth, and individuality, and a right to comprehensive, compassionate health care. The person is a unique biopsychosocial, cultural, and spiritual being who continuously interacts with the environment throughout the lifespan.
Environment refers to all the conditions, circumstances, and influences surrounding and affecting the development of the person. It refers to all possible internal and external stimuli that may influence behavior and adaptation. It may be considered past, present, and future but is always seen in the context of the present.
Health is a dynamic state of being and becoming integrated and whole in which the individual adapts to changes in the environment.
Nursing, as an art and science, is a developing system of knowledge about persons, health, and their environment. Further, nursing is unique in the way it synthesizes the liberal arts and the physical, biological, and social sciences through the use of nursing process in the design and delivery of therapeutic nursing interventions for individuals, families, groups, the community, and society.
Programs of Study
Regis College School of Nursing, Science, and Health Professions offers the Associate, Baccalaureate, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Nursing, Post-Master’s Certificates for Nurse Practitioners Nursing Leadership Nursing Education.
The Associate Degree is offered through the Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Collaborative ASN Program. Classes are offered on both the Medford and Weston campuses. Prospective students should call 781-306-6600 or visit www.lmregisnurse.org.
There is a traditional, four-year baccalaureate degree program that prepares individuals for professional practice as registered nurses. The program integrates study in the liberal arts and sciences with professional nursing education and culminates in the BS degree in nursing. Students must earn a GPA of 3.0 or better and earn no grade in pre-requisite courses below 2.0 in order to qualify for the major. Students must earn a minimum 2.7 (B-) in all nursing courses to progress in the major.
Nursing at Regis College participates in the College’s Degree-in-Three Program. Typically, admitted candidates have a recalculated high school grade point average of at least 3.4 and a combined score of at least 1100 on the mathematics and critical reading sections of the SAT. The SAT writing section also may be reviewed.
The RN-to-BS-to-MS Upward Mobility Track allows students with an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing to earn both the BS degree in Nursing and MS in Nursing within one curriculum track. Students have the option of exiting the program with the BS degree. Registered nurses who have a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing may enter this accelerated pathway as well.
The Graduate Program offers the MS degree in Nursing Leadership, with a concentration in Business Management for Diverse Health Care Systems, or a concentration in Regulatory Affairs. The Nurse Practitioner Track offers four primary care areas of specialization—pediatric, family, women’s health and psychiatric mental health. The Clinical Nurse Specialist track is focused on acute care and critical care settings. RN graduate students may choose to study full-time or part-time. One full-time curriculum track is designed for non-nurses who hold a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing. This track requires the completion of certain prerequisite courses and requires three years, including two summers of study. Students take the NCLEX-RN exam after sixteen months and at the end of the second year a BS degree in Nursing is awarded. At the completion of the third year, an MS in Nursing is awarded and students are eligible to take nurse practitioner certification examinations. The Post-Master’s Certificate program prepares registered nurses who hold a master’s degree in nursing for advanced practice as pediatric, family, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, or nursing education.
The DNP curriculum is a post-master’s curriculum based on an advanced practice curriculum. The DNP is designed for the clinical specialist, nurse practitioner, or advanced practice nursing leader.
The DNP curriculum is comprised of 11 courses (21 core curriculum credits and 9 elective credits). A maximum of 6 graduate credits may be accepted for transfer. In addition to the 8-course core curriculum, students select 3 graduate electives.
Accreditation and Affiliations
Regis College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Membership in one of the six regional accrediting associations in the United States indicates that the school or college has been carefully evaluated and found to meet standards agreed upon by qualified educators. The Nursing Department is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing* and has been approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
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Affiliations with Health-Care Facilities
The Nursing Department at Regis College offers a wide variety of health-care settings in which students may obtain enriching clinical experiences, appropriate for their educational and professional goals. Students are placed in acute, subacute, and long-term care facilities, nurse-managed clinics in homeless shelters, elementary and secondary schools, and elderly and low income housing in both urban and suburban settings.
Pre-Licensure Clinical Sites
Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Cambridge Hospital, Children’s Hospital, Community Health Agencies, Lahey Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital, MetroWest Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center, New England Sinai Center, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, University of Massachusetts Medical Center
Nursing Student Groups
In 1998, Regis College and Emmanuel College held the first induction ceremony of the Pi Epsilon at-large chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, international nursing honor society. This organization recognizes superior achievement and leadership qualities and fosters high professional standards, creativity, and commitment to the ideals and purposes of the nursing profession.
Undergraduate Student Nurses Association
All undergraduate nurses are members of this organization. The Undergraduate Student Nurses Association is an approved chapter of the National Student Nurses Association.
Graduate Student Nursing Organization
All students in the graduate nursing programs are members of this organization. The class officers and the faculty liaison collaborate to create a nurturing environment and provide a support system for graduate students. Open communication among all students is encouraged. The officers act as a liaison between students and nursing administration and report on issues and events of the Graduate Student Nursing Organization at nursing faculty meetings. As a student organization, the Graduate Student Nursing Organization promotes leadership and encourages growth. In addition, the officers and the faculty liaison organize service projects, networking opportunities, and provide informational programs for the graduate nursing students. The Dean of Students appropriates funds for student groups, organizations and events.
Regis College nursing students and faculty have been going to Rosie's Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women, since summer 1994. Students provide health education, health promotion, and health maintenance services to the residents. The heart of Rosie's Place is the dining room, where students meet women who never imagined they would find themselves in such circumstances. They hear the women's stories within an atmosphere of trust and open communication and they develop the most basic of nursing skills—the therapeutic use of self.
WBZ-Radio Interview of Regis nurse practitioner Liz O’Doherty on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Hays to keynote Global Nursing Caucus at UMass Boston
Dr. John P. Howe III of Project Hope to Speak at Regis College
The Regis Haiti Visit Begins: June 1, 2010, Day One