August 27, 2020 (5:00 p.m.)

Important Update: Fall 2020 Term at Rasmussen College

As an institution proudly dedicated to global enrichment and meeting the needs of our diverse communities, Rasmussen College strives to meet the needs of our students while prioritizing the health and wellbeing of the whole Rasmussen College community during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. We remain closely connected to our state regulators and accreditation agencies to fulfill their requirements, as well as the latest guidance from federal, state, and local health agencies.

With all of the above in mind, our plans for the Fall Quarter will largely mirror the current Summer Quarter plans. We will continue to offer only limited residential courses and components that are integral to achieving the learning outcomes (detailed below). In an effort to limit traffic on campus to those residential students, faculty, and administrators who must be present to facilitate these limited residential courses and components, all other College services will remain remote and campuses will remain inaccessible to the outside public, with limited exceptions.

While additional details about your specific course schedules will be shared in the coming weeks, we have made the following decisions related to the Fall Quarter, which is scheduled to begin on October 5, 2020:

  • All Schools of Study: Theory or lecture-based courses that are delivered online will continue to be delivered online without any change for the Fall Quarter 2020.
  • School of Justice Studies: Law Enforcement Programs
    • Online courses in the Law Enforcement Academic Certificates and Law Enforcement Associate’s degree programs will continue to be available in the Fall Quarter 2020.
    • We are still assessing the availability of residential Law Enforcement Skills courses for the Fall Quarter 2020 and will make this information available as soon as it is finalized.
  • School of Nursing:
    • Practical Nursing Diploma program, Professional Nursing Associate’s degree program, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Standard Entrance Accelerated BSN and Second Degree Accelerated BSN Entrance Options).
      • Residential theory or lecture-based course components will be delivered as online theory courses for the Fall Quarter 2020.
      • All Students: Laboratory components will be delivered in a blended delivery mode. Lecture for labs will remain online with a scheduled date and time. Students will be required to come to the campus for necessary skill validation. This date and time will be provided to students by the instructor.
      • Students in the final two quarters of a pre-licensure program enrolled in course with a clinical component: Delivered in a blended delivery mode, 50% virtual clinical (same as current Quarter) and 50% on campus or in the community. Due to limited clinical sites allowing students to utilize their facilities, priority for clinical in the community will go to last quarter students.
      • All other students enrolled in a course with a clinical component: Delivered in a virtual environment with a set date and time (same as current quarter.)
      • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN Entrance Option).
        • 5.5-Week/11-Week Term: Online courses will continue to be delivered unchanged during the Fall Quarter 2020.
        • Six-month Term: Online courses will continue to be delivered unchanged during this portion of your six-month term.
        • Residential requirements that take place in your current place of employment will continue as long as your employer is still supportive of your placement. If you are unable to complete your residential requirements, these requirements will be offered through virtual simulation coursework or casework.
    • School of Health Sciences:
      • Residential theory or lecture-based course components will be delivered as online theory courses during Fall Quarter 2020.
      • Residential laboratory components will continue to run on campuses.
      • The residential laboratory component of Anatomy and Physiology courses will be delivered in an online modality.
      • Students will continue to be scheduled into residential practicum experiences as required for their programs.

Please continue to regularly check Rasmussen College’s COVID-19 Response page at for the latest updates and information.

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