June 29, 2020 (2:30 p.m.)

Important Update: July Start Date at Rasmussen College

We are committed to helping you begin your educational journey at Rasmussen College and we are taking steps to ensure to the greatest extent possible that events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic do not hinder this goal.

Rasmussen College has been an innovator in higher education for over 120 years, and a leader in online education for almost 20 years. We are well prepared and stand ready to support you with a host of proven online student resources. Your choice to pursue your educational goals at Rasmussen College puts you on a solid path forward, because we are prepared to meet today’s challenges and to support you throughout your educational journey.

With that in mind, Rasmussen College has made some decisions related to the application and enrollment phases of the admissions process for School of Nursing programs. The goal of these changes is to streamline the entrance and acceptance policy and process so you can begin your educational journey with as little difficulty as possible in light of current events. Please review the remainder of this update carefully to ensure you understand how these changes will affect you.

Your Admissions Advisor will be reaching out soon to review this information with you. In the meantime, if you have questions, please reach out to them directly to discuss. You may also send questions to [email protected].

We look forward to welcoming you to the Rasmussen College community. Most importantly, we wish each of you the best and hope that you and your families remain safe and healthy.


For those enrolling with a start date of July 6, 2020 in the Practical Nursing Diploma, Professional Nursing Associate’s degree or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (A-BSN Entrance Option) degree programs, the School of Nursing immunization, health testing and BLS-AED certification requirements have been suspended as admissions requirements due to continued delays involved in scheduling elective visits with medical providers. You are able to be accepted to Rasmussen College and meet the definition of a regular student in an eligible program to receive federal student aid funds without completing these requirements.

While the immunization, health testing and BLS-AED certification requirements are no longer admissions requirements, they have been designated an active student requirement prior to the second term of enrollment for the designated programs. If, by October 12, 2020, the requirements have not been completed as described below, then you may be subject to administrative withdrawal and there will be no credit of any tuition and fees incurred and no refund of any financial aid disbursed prior to October 12, 2020.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella; Varicella; Hepatitis B. By October 12, 2020, you must provide documentation of administration of the first dose of each of the MMR, Varicella, and Hepatitis B vaccine series or provide documentation of a positive antibody titer. Documentation must conform to the documentation standards listed in the School of Nursing Undergraduate Handbook.

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis. By October 12, 2020, you must provide documentation of administration of the Tdap vaccine. Documentation must conform to the documentation standards listed in the School of Nursing Undergraduate Handbook.

Influenza. By October 12, 2020, you must provide documentation of administration of the 2020-2021 influenza vaccine. Documentation must conform to the documentation standards listed in the School of Nursing Undergraduate Handbook.

Tuberculosis Testing. By October 12, 2020, you must complete tuberculosis testing in one of the four available methods listed in the School of Nursing Undergraduate Handbook.

BLS-AED Certification. By October 12, 2020, you must complete one of the certifications listed in the School of Nursing Undergraduate Handbook specific to your campus of enrollment. Rasmussen College will not be modifying its certification requirements to accept any different certification course from another provider.

Physical. By October 12, 2020, you must complete a physical using the College-issued physical form.

An enrolling Nursing student choosing to start on July 6, 2020, acknowledges and accepts the risk that the submission of the indicated immunization, health testing and BLS-AED certification requirements are now an active student requirement that must be submitted by October 12, 2020; and failure to submit the necessary documentation may lead to administrative withdrawal from the College. It is also acknowledged and accepted that there will be no credit of any tuition and fees incurred and no refund of any financial aid disbursed prior to an administrative withdrawal caused by a failure to submit the indicated immunization, health testing or BLS-AED certification documents.

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