The United States is expected to need 1.05 million new nurses by 2022. Of those openings, 525,000 of them are to fill vacancies left by nursing retirees. The country is also projected to be short 260,000 nurses by 2025, meaning well-trained students will be in higher demand than ever to fill this massive gap.
If you’re ready to qualify yourself to fill one of these coveted healthcare positions, choosing a nursing school is not a decision you should make lightly. There are different modalities, curriculum and outcomes associated with every program. It’s important to ensure these align with your personal and professional priorities.
The fact that you’re doing your research shows you’re diligent and that you take your future seriously. The Rasmussen College Nursing Program is just as devoted to the future of nursing. We’re constantly hard at work developing and improving nursing programs that will equip and empower our graduates to make an immediate impact in the industry.
Keep reading to learn how our program stands apart from the rest.
10 facts you didn’t know about the Rasmussen College School of Nursing
1. Rasmussen College has board approved nursing programs across the country
Our nursing programs are offered at 18 campuses across five states. We also offer a completely online registered nurse (RN) to bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) entrance option. Florida, Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin all have degrees approved by the corresponding state’s Board of Nursing.
The 18 campuses where you can earn a nursing degree include:
Not interested in a nursing degree, but instead a diploma? Both Florida and Minnesota have campuses that offer a practical nursing program to help you earn your diploma and become a licensed practical nurse (LPN).
2. The majority of Rasmussen College’s nursing programs do not require any pre-nursing classes before you enroll or are accepted
All of the training you’ll need to be able to sit for your licensing examination is included in the practical nursing diploma, professional nursing degree, accelerated BSN standard entrance option, and RN to BSN entrance option. This means you can start in your program of interest on your own timeline. You do not have to go through your algebra and anatomy classes at several different colleges just to get your foot in the door.
However, it is required to complete two anatomy courses and an introduction to microbiology before enrolling in the A-BSN second degree entrance option.
3. Multiple campuses offer prospective students no waiting list to begin their nursing program
Rasmussen College offers pre-licensure programs in practical nursing (LPN), professional nursing (RN), accelerated bachelors of science in nursing entrance options (BSN), as well as a post-licensure RN to BSN entrance option. With no waiting list, you can start a new program or begin advancing your degree without delay.
Additionally, you will not have to wait until a fall or spring semester enrollment cycle to get started on your educational journey. We offer enrollment dates in January, April, July and October. Once again, this allows you to start earning credits sooner to graduate earlier.
4. All of the Rasmussen College nursing faculty in the ADN and BSN programs have earned a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)
There is a significant shortage of qualified nursing faculty facing the industry. Rasmussen takes great pride in filling our teaching positions with qualified and caring individuals with a wealth of field experience. In fact, more than 50 percent of our full-time RN to BSN faculty have also earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).
5. The first classes you take in Rasmussen’s nursing program pertain directly to your major
You don’t have to wade through 12 months of prerequisites before you get to learn the meat and potatoes of nursing. Starting with nursing courses right off the bat can help make the program more interesting and help provide confirmation that you chose the right major.
6. Rasmussen College offers a CCNE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program, with three distinct entrance options
Rasmussen College’s BSN degree program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)—an independent accrediting agency that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate programs in nursing. The college offers one post licensure and two pre-licensure entrance options that enable you to earn a fully accredited BSN degree.
7. Rasmussen College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum is based on Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies.
Whether you choose to enter through one of our Accelerated BSN entrance options or our RN to BSN entrance option, our curriculum is centered on QSEN competencies. These focus on patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement and safety and informatics. These competencies provide a nationally-recognized gold standard for our graduates, making them more marketable in the field.
8. Extensive transfer policies make it easier for students to transfer credits to our college
Rasmussen College’s transfer policies accept credits from most public and private colleges and universities. You won’t have to worry about losing all of the hard work you have already devoted toward a nursing program if you decided to transfer to Rasmussen College.
9. The Rasmussen College Practical Nursing Diploma (LPN) is designed to be completed in 12 months
The Rasmussen College LPN program can help equip you to acquire a nursing license in a just over a year after sitting for the National Council for Licensure Exam (NCLEX-PN). This option provides an opportunity to start working sooner than an associate degree program. Students can always add on to their credential later by enrolling in an RN mobility program.
10. Rasmussen College has a simplified tuition structure with course fees that include almost everything you need to complete your nursing program courses
Course fees include all textbooks, eBooks, CDs, a Rasmussen College embroidered set of scrubs, one Rasmussen College polo shirt, student clinical liability insurance and all lab fees. This means for the most part, the price you see is the price you pay!
Take the next step
The Rasmussen College School of Nursing has a lot to offer aspiring nurses. No matter your circumstances, priorities or career objectives, our goal is to help prepare you to make a difference in the field.
Are you curious about what Rasmussen College Nursing Programs could offer you? Click the red “request program info” button in the top right corner of this page to speak to a representative and start planning your future in nursing today!
*EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was originally published on November, 2010. It has since been updated to reflect information relevant to 2016.