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Rasmussen College Launches Professional Nursing Program In Green Bay

New Program Helps Meet National Demand for Registered Nurses

October 26, 2010

Erin Werthman
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GREEN BAY, Wis., (October 21, 2010) – The Rasmussen College School of Nursing announces the launch of an Associate’s Degree in Professional Nursing at its campus in Green Bay. Approved by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing, the degree program fills a market need for board-approved Registered Nurse (RN) programs, as students nationwide are experiencing long waiting lists for program admission and the national demand for nursing professionals grows. Enrollment is now open for January classes.

The new Professional Nursing program will be overseen by Rasmussen College Dean of Nursing Beth Marquez. A highly qualified industry veteran, Marquez was recently elected as one of three Directors of the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN) Board of Directors. A member of the Wisconsin Nurses Association (WNA) with a position on the Continuing Education Approval Program (CEAP) Committee, she is also a 2010 recipient of the Service to WNA Award, which recognizes active involvement in the organization, including service through elected office and committee involvement.

“The Rasmussen College School of Nursing has a strong history preparing students for careers in the healthcare industry,” Rasmussen College Dean of Nursing Beth Marquez said. “We’re proud to now provide these valuable career opportunities for the Green Bay region through such trusted and dynamic programs.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses constitute the largest group of healthcare workers in the United States, and employment in the field is expected to increase by 22 percent through 2018, resulting in more than 500,000 new jobs. A Nursing Management Aging Workforce Survey by the Bernard Hodes Group indicates that thousands of nurses are expected to retire soon, further increasing the need for educational options that deliver programs for students interested in becoming professional nurses.

“The Rasmussen College Professional Nursing program combines the academic principles and practical skills development necessary to prepare students for providing acute care to patients in a variety of fast-paced healthcare settings,” Rasmussen College School of Nursing Advisory Board Member and National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses Membership Chair JoAnn Shaw said. "I have been honored to be part of the Rasmussen College Advisory Team. Rasmussen College has done its homework, and has a stellar Associate Degree Nursing Program ready for people who want to be exceptional Nurses."

Upon graduation, Rasmussen College students will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurses), the licensing exam for registered nurses.

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Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college and Public Benefit Corporation that is dedicated to changing lives through high-demand educational programs and public service. Rasmussen College offers Certificate and Diploma programs through Associate's and Bachelor's degrees online and across its 24 Midwest and Florida campuses in a supportive, student-centered and career-focused environment. Since 1900, Rasmussen College has been dedicated to being a primary contributor to the growth and development of the communities it serves. As a Benefit Corporation, Rasmussen College is committed to helping change lives through education and making a positive impact on society through public service and a variety of community-based initiatives. For more information about Rasmussen College, please visit

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