*Author's Note: This article was originally published on Nov. 17, 2010. It has since been updated to reflect information relevant to 2014.
The United States is expected to be short 260,000 nurses by 2025. Well-trained students will be in more demand than ever to meet this growing need.
Rasmussen College is hard at work to create competitive nursing programs that will provide you with the best quality education possible.
Selecting the right nursing college is one of the most important decisions you will make if you eventually want to become a nurse. You are off to a great start by researching all that the programs have to offer. When it comes to Rasmussen specifically, here are 10 facts that make the nursing program shine:
1) Rasmussen College has board approved nursing programs in four states at 16 campuses, as well as a completely online Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Florida all have degrees approved by the corresponding state’s Board of Nursing.
The 16 campuses where you can earn a nursing degree include:
2) Rasmussen College’s nursing program does not require any pre-nursing classes before you apply or are accepted.
All of the training that you will need to be able to sit for your licensing examination is included in Rasmussen’s programs. This means that 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.
3) Multiple campuses offer prospective students no waiting list to begin their nursing program.
Rasmussen College offers programs in practical nursing (LPN), professional nursing (RN), professional nursing mobility (LPN to ADN) and RN to BSN. The absence of a waiting list means you can start a new program or advance your degree without delay.
4) All of Rasmussen’s nursing faculty teaching 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 care to find qualified individuals with real nursing experience. In fact, more than 25 percent of its RN to BSN faculty have also completed a doctorate of nursing.
5) The first classes you take in Rasmussen’s nursing program pertain directly to your major.
This means you do not have to wade through 12 months of prerequisites before you start to learn the meat and potatoes of nursing. Starting with nursing classes right off the bat can help make the program more interesting and help you confirm you are in the right major.
6) Rasmussen College’s RN-to-BSN curriculum is based on Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN)-competencies.
This includes patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement and safety and informatics. These competencies provide a nationally-recognized gold standard for Rasmussen’s graduates making them more marketable in the field.
7) There are four nursing program enrollment opportunities throughout the year.
Enrollment takes place in January, April, July and October. You will not have to wait until a fall or spring semester enrollment cycle to get started on your career. More start dates means you can complete your degree sooner.
8) Extensive transfer policies make it easier for students to transfer credits to our college.
Rasmussen accepts 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 put in toward a nursing program if you decide to transfer to Rasmussen College.
9) Rasmussen’s Practical Nursing Diploma (LPN) is designed to be completed in 12 months.
Rasmussen’s LPN program can get you ready to have a nursing license in a little 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 with 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, two sets of scrubs, one Rasmussen College polo shirt, student clinical liability insurance, all lab fees and your NCLEX application fee.