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Rasmussen College School of Nursing Opens New Facility in Ocala

Students begin classes at new nursing campus

Ocala, Fla. (July 6, 2016)–Rasmussen College, a regionally accredited private college, today announced the opening of its new, School of Nursing facility in Ocala. Construction on the new nursing campus, located at 1227 Southwest 17th Ave., was completed in June. Students began using the new multimillion dollar, 21,000-square-foot facility Tuesday.

“We are thrilled to open our new Ocala School of Nursing campus and see the space come to life,” said Pete Beasley, Rasmussen College Ocala campus director. “The new facility provides an enhanced learning experience with spacious classrooms, labs and high-tech simulation equipment that will train our students for success in increasingly complex and demanding healthcare environments.”

“While we are especially proud to help more students realize their dream of becoming a nurse, we are also excited for the opportunities this new facility brings to the Ocala community and surrounding areas,” said Dr. Karen Guty, Rasmussen College Ocala dean of nursing. “With the new, larger campus, Rasmussen College can better meet the increasing demand for quality nurses to fill open positions across the region. We also are pleased to be able to open the campus to community organizations and other businesses for use as a meeting and event space, training facility or lecture hall.”

Enhanced Nursing Classrooms

The new nursing campus consists of 10 classrooms and simulation labs to help prepare students entering today’s complex healthcare environment. The campus also has expanded indoor and outdoor study spaces for faculty, students and community organizations – all equipped with free, high-speed internet.

Faculty and students will have access to the following:

  • Two skills labs, each with four patient rooms, manikins and a lecture space, where students learn how to perform specific tasks such as starting an IV or preparing an injection.
  • Two simulation labs, each with four patient rooms and a nurses’ station, where students perform learned tasks in a patient care experience. Simulation equipment includes new high-tech manikins and nursing beds that faculty can control in a one-way mirror observation room. Faculty can also record students performing tasks and then play back the video for an advanced learning experience.
  • Four classrooms for lectures and coursework.
  • Two computer rooms.

Programs at the Rasmussen College Ocala School of Nursing

The Ocala School of Nursing is now enrolling students in the following programs for its fall term starting in October:

Practical Nursing Diploma: designed to help students launch a career as an LPN and can be completed in as few as 12 months.1

Associate’s Degree in Nursing: accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing2 (ACEN), this program is the path to a career as a registered nurse. It can be completed in as few as 18 months.1

Professional Nursing Associate’s Degree Mobility Bridge Entrance Option: designed for the current LPN, this degree option provides a pathway to obtaining an RN associate’s degree in as few as 12 to 18 months.1

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN): a fully online program, the RN to BSN Entrance Option is designed for registered nurses who have obtained their RN license through an associate’s degree program (or diploma and/or certificate) and are looking to advance their nursing careers through a BSN degree program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education3 (CCNE). It can be completed in as few as 12 months.1

The Practical Nursing, Professional Nursing and RN to BSN Entrance Option are also available with Flex Choice®. This learning option allows students to take some of their general education courses in a self-paced format and at a more affordable cost.

All nursing courses are taught by experienced nurse faculty. Students also have access to a suite of academic and student support services. Along with real-life simulation experiences in state-of-the-art nursing labs, students also have access to a variety of clinical opportunities, including externships. Upon graduation, nursing students are prepared for the NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN exam.

To learn more about the Rasmussen College School of Nursing or apply for the fall term, please visit

In addition to the nursing facility, Rasmussen College has a main Ocala campus located at 4755 Southwest 46th Court. The location serves students from the Schools of Business, Justice Studies, Technology, Design, Health Sciences and Education.

1Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and courses completed each term.
2The Rasmussen College Professional Nursing Associate’s degree program in Ocala, Florida, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.: 3343 Peachtree Road NE | Suite 850 | Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000 |
3The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at Rasmussen College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE): One Dupont Circle NW | Suite 530 | Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791 |

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