A Closer Look at the Rasmussen College – Blaine Campus
Thinking about enrolling in a program at the Rasmussen College – Blaine campus? We connected with Campus Director Matt McIntosh to get all the details you need to know before stepping on campus.
From the program offerings to the campus atmosphere, we’ve got you covered. “Although we are part of the larger metro area, Blaine still has a small-town feel, and our ties to the community are strong. That interconnectedness is something very special,” McIntosh says. Keep reading to learn more about the ins and outs of the Blaine campus.
What is the history of the Blaine campus?
Since 1900, Rasmussen College has been building community through education. From first opening its doors as the Rasmussen Practical School of Business in Stillwater, Minnesota, Rasmussen College has grown to 24 campuses. The College now offers dozens of programs across its Schools of Business, Design, Education, Health Sciences, Justice Studies, Nursing and Technology.
The Blaine campus opened in the spring of 2010 with its first cohort of students starting that May.
Where is the Blaine campus located?
The Blaine campus is less than 20 miles north of Minneapolis and conveniently located off interstate 35W and 95th Avenue NE; the intersection is widely recognized as it is the primary road leading to the National Sports Center in Blaine. Easy to navigate to as part of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, the campus also has ample parking for students and visitors in its private parking lot.
What programs are offered at the Blaine campus?
The Blaine campus offers the following on-campus programs in the School of Health Sciences and the School of Nursing:
School of Health Sciences
- Medical Assisting Diploma: The Medical Assisting Diploma program at the Blaine campus in Minnesota is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).1
School of Nursing
- Professional Nursing (ADN): The Rasmussen College Professional Nursing Associate’s degree program in Bloomington (with an off-campus instructional site in Blaine), Minnesota, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).2
- Professional Nursing Mobility Bridge Entrance Option (post-licensure LPN to ADN program)
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing: The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at Rasmussen College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).3
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): The Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Rasmussen College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).3
Students can also enroll in any of Rasmussen College’s online programs from the Schools of Business, Justice Studies, Health Sciences, Technology, Design and Education through the Blaine campus and have access to on-campus support.
What resources and support services are offered at the Blaine campus?
The Blaine campus features plenty of study space; students often gather and collaborate in the Student Commons, and those who are looking for a quieter study space opt for the Learning Commons. Blaine also has computer labs available to both students enrolled in on-campus and online programs, alike.
Aside from the common areas, Blaine also has several labs for students, including a medical assisting lab and a nursing lab complete with advanced simulation technology.
Blaine has a unique partnership with The African Nurses Network (TANN), and nursing students benefit from the tutoring services of their nurses. The nurse tutors typically help students prepare for their mock head-to-toe patient assessments.
How is the Blaine campus involved in the local community?
In general, Blaine is a very connected, collaborative community and there’s a connection to almost everything in the area. Blaine has partnerships with several nonprofit organizations in the community, including Stepping Stone Emergency Housing, an organization that provides shelter for homeless adults and youth in Anoka County. Additionally, the subject matter experts at TANN host forums for the nursing students twice per quarter, sharing about different topics and themes within the nursing field.
Quick facts about the Blaine campus:
- Need a quick bite? Check out some of these spots:
- Subway and Dunn Brothers are right down the street from campus.
- Looking for more? El Loro Lexington, Raising Cane’s, Noodles & Company, Annie’s Wok, Bistro La Roux, The Tavern Grill and Chili’s are all less than a five mile drive from campus.
- Looking for a study spot? Here are some of the students’ favorites:
- On campus, students love to use the student lounge to study. The fireplace in the area makes it especially great for students looking for a warm area to hunker down during a cold Minnesota winter.
- There are several coffee shops nearby, including Starbucks, Dunn Brothers and Caribou Coffee. If you’re looking for a smaller, more local option, try Farmer Brothers Coffee.
- Need some fresh air? Bunker Hills Regional Park in Anoka is just over ten miles northwest of campus and has 1,600 acres of space for activities including biking, archery, camping, disc golf, hiking, dog park, golf, picnic pavilions and a playground for your little ones.
Picture yourself at the Rasmussen College – Blaine campus
The diverse student population at the Rasmussen College Blaine campus is resilient and hardworking; their ability to persevere through difficult times is inspiring. “Some are balancing school with family life, full-time jobs and volunteer work, and we get to see our students rally and make it through tough situations in their life and then graduate. It’s very rewarding,” McIntosh says.
We know things don’t always come easy, but with grit and determination, students accomplish their goals every single day. “Through education, we’re making a difference in the lives of our students, their families and their communities. We’re changing and transforming students.”
If you want to learn more about how you might find your fit in Rasmussen College’s community of learners, check out the Rasmussen College – Blaine campus Facebook page.
1The Medical Assisting Diploma program at the Blaine campus in Minnesota is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). 7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314 North Falls Church, VA 22043, 703-917-9503
2The Rasmussen College Professional Nursing Associate’s degree program in Bloomington (with an off-campus instructional site in Blaine), Minnesota is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; 404-975-5000. http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm
3The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degree programs at Rasmussen College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001; 202-887-6791