Labouré College has a unique and extensive history in the education of health care professionals in the greater Boston area. 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 DePaul. In addition to Carney Hospital Training School for Nurses, the Daughters of Charity also operated the 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 section 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 Massachusetts.
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. In 1971, Catherine Labouré School of Nursing became officially Catherine Labouré Junior College. In 1984, Catherine Labouré Junior College changed its name to Catherine Labouré College. In 1993, the name was formally changed to Labouré College.
In 2005, socioeconomic, political and technological demands in healthcare led to discussions about establishing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the college. In April of 2008, following a feasibility study and approval by the Labouré College Board of Directors, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education granted the college’s request to offer an RN-BSN program. The College accepted its first BSN class in January, 2009. The RN-BSN program was accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in September, 2012.
In 1989, the college became an associate member of the Daughters of Charity National Health System (DCNHS) and in 1993; the college became a subsidiary of Carney Hospital. In 1997, the Daughters of Charity transferred control of both Carney Hospital and Labouré College to Caritas Christi, the network of Catholic health care providers sponsored by the Archdiocese of Boston. In November, 2010, CCHCS entered into an agreement with Cerberus Capital Management to transfer its assets and liabilities to a newly created Steward Health Care System LLC (Steward). Although the overall transaction was structured as an asset purchase, the assets of Labouré were not transferred or sold under the transaction. Rather at the closing of the transaction, Steward Health Care LLC was substituted for Carney Hospital as the sole corporate member of Labouré. In June of 2013, Steward Health Care LLC withdrew as the sole member of Labouré College, substituting a new class of individual members. Steward also initiated a formal and complete disaffiliation with Labouré College.