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Rasmussen College Associate's Degree In Nursing Program In Ocala Earns ACEN Accreditation

National accreditation highlights the College's commitment to meeting or exceeding nursing education standards

April 25, 2014

Erin Werthman
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OCALA, Fla. (April 25, 2014)–Rasmussen College, a regionally accredited private college, today announced its earned accreditation for the School of Nursing’s Professional Nursing Associate’s Degree (ADN) program in Ocala from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). Accreditation signifies the Ocala program has met or exceeded standards and criteria for educational quality in its nursing curriculum and its preparation for nursing students to work successfully in the profession.

“We are thrilled to learn our associate’s degree RN program in Ocala is being recognized for meeting the highest standards set forth for nursing education across the country,” said Karen Guty, dean of nursing at the Rasmussen College Ocala campus. “The accreditation process through the ACEN is a rigorous, faculty-driven process that took several months. Successfully fulfilling those requirements and achieving accreditation signifies the College is delivering on our responsibility to offer exceptional nursing education for Ocala students.”

The accreditation comes as proposed legislation in Florida would require new nursing programs to achieve accreditation within five years of accepting students. Unaccredited existing programs would have five years to meet the required standard. According to the ACEN’s website, Rasmussen College’s Professional Nursing Associate’s Degree program is just one of a handful of nursing programs in the Ocala area to receive accreditation.

“At Rasmussen College, we are committed to delivering the highest standard of education across our programs. For our associate’s degree RN program in Ocala, we are living that commitment by achieving accreditation ahead of the Florida legislation,” said Joan Rich, vice president, School of Nursing at Rasmussen College. “This is one further step the College has taken to ensure we are providing quality education that will help our students find jobs and thrive in the healthcare field.”

With four start times throughout the year, students can pursue or advance their nursing careers at the Ocala campus immediately. Students interested in enrolling in Rasmussen College’s Professional Nursing Associate’s Degree program in Ocala are encouraged to attend one of the campuses’ nursing information sessions. To learn more, please visit

To learn more about the Rasmussen College School of Nursing, please visit

ABOUT ACEN: The ACEN is the entity that is responsible for the specialized accreditation of nursing education programs, both postsecondary and higher degree, which offer a certificate, a diploma, or a recognized professional degree (clinical doctorate, master’s/post-master’s certificate, baccalaureate, associate, diploma, and practical).

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 Public 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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