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Dean's Welcome

Desirée Hensel PhD, RN, PCNS-BC, CNE - Dean and Professor, Curry College School of NursingWelcome to the Curry College School of Nursing.  Our program began in 1977 when Boston Children's Hospital School of Nursing elected to phase out their diploma school and merge their resources with the Curry community to create a baccalaureate program. As the first Nursing program in the State of Massachusetts to be accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, we pride ourselves on delivering a rigorous, world- class, educational experience that prepares graduates to provide the highest quality of nursing care. As a School of Nursing within a liberal arts college, our faculty are uniquely dedicated to helping students learn to apply knowledge, humanely, intelligently, and effectively in our complex changing world. Our vision is that graduates will ultimately transform into leaders who will use evidence-based knowledge to practice nursing with creativity, compassion, and commitment.

Students at Curry College School of Nursing are immersed in a caring and innovative educational environment designed to promote transformative thinking, intellectual and social growth, evaluation of evidence, synthesis of knowledge, and interpersonal and clinical expertise. Our curriculum is founded on the national Quality and Safety in Nursing Education (QSEN) core competencies.  Curry College's location in the Boston metropolitan area creates the perfect opportunity for students to experience dynamic, hands-on learning at some of the best medical facilities in the world.

Our faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized for their scholarship, leadership, and scientific achievements - all of which continue to shape the nursing profession. Our academic offerings include a Master's in Nursing program with majors in Leadership and Education, a certificate program in perioperative nursing, and three pathways to obtain a baccalaureate degree: traditional, ACCEL, and RN-BS. Whether you are pre-licensure student, a registered nurse looking to advance your education, we hope that you will consider Curry College School of Nursing the first choice for your professional journey.

Desirée Hensel PhD, RN, PCNS-BC, CNE
Dean and Professor
School of Nursing

Our Tradition


The mission of the School of Nursing is to prepare and advance the practice of nursing to provide safe and effective nursing care that achieves quality outcomes. The faculty educates nurses who gain and apply knowledge humanely, intelligently, and effectively in a complex changing world and who demonstrate continued involvement in learning, study, and research.   To achieve this mission, the School of Nursing provides a caring and innovative educational environment that promotes intellectual and social growth, synthesis of knowledge, and interpersonal and clinical expertise.


The vision of the School of Nursing is to develop leaders who use evidence-based knowledge to practice nursing with compassion, commitment, and creativity.

Curry College, founded in Boston in 1879, is a private, liberal arts-based institution located in Milton, Massachusetts, seven miles from downtown Boston.  The College also provides programs to a non-traditional population on the Plymouth campus.

Curry College's nursing program began in 1977 as when Boston's Children's Hospital decided to phase out the hospital's diploma program.  The educational excellence of Boston Children's Hospital School of Nursing continued as their students merged with the Curry community and a newly admitted first year nursing class to become the Curry College Division of Nursing. The program was originally constructed as an associate degree program in Nursing with a registered nurse completion program. Curry College continues to offer a robust RN to Bachelor of Science Degree track: however, the associate degree was soon phased out in favor of a traditional a four-year baccalaureate Nursing Program.

The Nursing programs prides itself on its leadership and history of accomplishments in Nursing education:  

  • 1990 - Curry College's Nursing Honor Society became a member of Theta-Chapter-at-Large, Sigma Theta Tau International's seventh oldest chapter in the United States and oldest chapter in New England.
  • 2000 - The undergraduate program became the first nursing program in Massachusetts to be granted accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • 2004 - The Division welcomed the first class in the Accelerated Entry Level to Nursing Program - ACCEL. The ACCEL program was the first accelerated second degree Baccalaureate program in the Boston area and the second in Massachusetts.
  • 2007 - The program was selected as one of 15 schools of nursing nationally to be a pilot program for the Robert Wood Johnson Quality and Safety in Nursing Education (QSEN) project.
  • 2008 - The Division welcomed students to the first Masters of Nursing Science (MSN) program at Curry College with a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) focus. The Curry CNL master's program was the second in Massachusetts and the first in the Boston area. The MSN program has since transitioned to two track options: Nursing Education and Administration.
  • 2016 - The next natural step in the Nursing Division's evolution came as we reorganized to become Curry College School of Nursing.  The elevation in status associated with this exciting change will create an environment that enhances our growth as we evolve to meet the professions' workforce needs.
  • 2018 - The School of Nursing receives approval to deliver an online option for the RN-BS track and preliminary approval to expand the ACCEL track to Plymouth.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at Curry College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Pre-licensure Tracks, traditional and ACCEL are approved by the Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN) of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 239 Causeway St., Suite 500, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02114, 800-414-0168.

Related 6/10/20: School of Nursing Awarded 10-Year CCNE Accreditation

Important Note for Prospective Students:

The School of Nursing has made a determination that the curriculum meets state educational requirements for professional licensure or certification in these states:

  • Massachusetts

The School of Nursing has not made a determination of whether the curriculum meets educational requirements for licensure for other states and jurisdictions. At complete list with the determinations will be available in the near future.

If you are considering an academic program that leads to a professional license in your state, it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state before beginning the academic program located outside your state. State requirements can be found at

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We're excited you're considering our outstanding Curry College academic programs and look forward to helping you reach your career goals.