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RCC Nursing Program Update

Earlier today, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN) decided to withdraw the approval status of RCC’s Nursing Program. We are extremely disappointed at the decision reached by BORN, especially given the significant resources and work the College has dedicated to the continued improvement of our Nursing Program.

Know that regardless of the decision reached today by BORN, RCC’s Nursing Program is not closing at this time. We will offer nursing classes during the fall 2019 semester.

Our priority over the coming days is to address the needs and concerns of our current nursing students, as their academic success is of paramount importance. We will set-up one-on-one advising sessions for all of the students who will be impacted by this decision. Additional information for students will be released as it becomes available.

Once the needs of our current students are addressed, we will continue to work with BORN to ensure that the Board is aware of the significant progress in the implementation of our improvement plan for Nursing Education since 2016:

  • $13 million in capital improvements to create a state-of-the-art learning environment.
  • Innovative, stackable curriculum to prepare qualified nursing professionals.
  • Qualified and diverse faculty who are student-centered.

Additionally, the College will appeal today’s BORN decision. We will also work with BORN to identify all possible options that will allow our students to be successful in the field of nursing. We will use this decision as an opportunity to review the structure of our Nursing Program, to ensure that the program continues to meet the needs of our community, and the workforce demands of the City of Boston. We will always provide our Nursing Program, and all academic programs, with the resources needed for progress and improvement.

If you have questions about the Nursing Program, please contact Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Cecile Regner at cregner@rcc.mass.edu.

We appreciate your support of RCC’s mission and will provide you with updates on the status of the Nursing Program when new information becomes available.

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Current RCC Nursing Students: You will receive an email from your advisor with information on your degree continuation options, based on your specific academic record. Please check your RCC email address for this information, and for instructions on how to schedule additional meetings to discuss your options.

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