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Rasmussen College School Of Nursing Launches In-Demand Online RN To BSN Program

Registered Nurses interested in growing their careers to managerial level now have a convenient and well regarded online Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing option

November 8, 2010

Erin Werthman
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Minneapolis (November 8, 2010) – The aging of the nation’s largest generation, the Baby Boomers, is putting a tighter strain on the healthcare industry and is creating a renewed demand for nurses. In keeping with its mission to specialize in the most sought-after careers and to support the growth of the nursing profession in general, the Rasmussen College School of Nursing has now launched a Registered Nursing to Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (RN to BSN) program available completely online with its first class of students scheduled to start January 2011.

The RN to BSN program is available to registered nurses with Associate’s degrees who are interested in earning a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and prepares students for a management careers in nursing or advanced practice. It includes courses such as Advanced Leadership in Nursing, Advanced Physical Assessment, and Forensic Nursing. Featuring the Rasmussen College online learning platform, the online program features interactive learning taught by seasoned nurse educators with diverse experiences to offer students. The RN to BSN program is not yet available in Minnesota, North Dakota, or Wisconsin.

“The RN to BSN program is the next step in a nursing career for a nurse who wishes to work in a managerial or administrative role,” Rasmussen College Dean of Online Nursing Dr. Leila McKinney said. “As the nursing field continues to grow, so will the opportunities for a nurse with a four year degree, and the Rasmussen College program combines the sound academic qualities of a Rasmussen education and the outstanding nursing program that we are known for in a highly convenient, interactive, and innovative online program.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly job report released last Friday, healthcare continues to be one of the fastest growing industries in the country and added more than 24,000 new jobs in October alone. Within that industry, nurses constitute the largest employment. Registered nurses, for example, make up 2.6 million jobs, according to the 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Overall, the return for a student with a Bachelor’s degree is high. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, someone with a Bachelor’s degree makes almost $20 thousand more annually than someone with an Associate’s degree and someone with a Bachelor’s degree is twice as likely to be employed as someone without a college degree.

Students interested in enrolling for the program are encouraged to visit www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/nursing/rn-bsn/ or to call 888-549-6755 to speak with a nursing program manager.

For additional information about Rasmussen College, visit www.Rasmussen.edu.


ABOUT RASMUSSEN COLLEGE:
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 www.Rasmussen.edu.

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