March 15, 2020

This update only applies to students enrolled in the Practical Nursing, Professional Nursing, and Bachelor of Science (pre-licensure entrance options) programs.

The College’s first priority has been and always will be your safety and well-being. College leadership continues to monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, local government advisories and campus-based findings to ensure a responsible action plan related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on an analysis of the most current information and with the health of our students, faculty and staff in mind, the following revisions are being made, effective immediately, to the original message sent to all Rasmussen students on Friday, March 13.

Based on the CDC’s recent guidelines for social distance protocols, we are making a change in your final exam schedule, as follows:

  • All residential nursing course examinations scheduled to take place on campus the week of March 16, 2020, will be delivered at the same scheduled time via online modality, utilizing Respondus Monitor and Lockdown Browser.

Your faculty member will be posting additional instructions and directions related to the utilization of the Respondus Monitor and Lockdown Browser in your course shells. Please review these instructions well ahead of your exam time, and reach out to your faculty member with any questions or concerns. In the event you do not have access to a computer meeting the technical requirements outlined in the College Catalog, please notify your faculty member. Alternate campus-based testing will be made available to you at the scheduled time. The College also provides technical assistance through the Personal Support Center: help@personalsupportcenter.com.

As future healthcare workers, the experiences related to this pandemic provide valuable lessons. Nurses provide accurate information, exhibit professionalism and integrity, and step up in times of crisis for those in need. Since 9/11, the Gallup Poll has ranked the nursing profession #1 for honesty and ethics. During times of increased stress, fear and anxiety, these trusted values are critical for our communities. We appreciate your understanding, flexibility and cooperation as we prepare you to complete the quarter and reach your goal of entering the nursing profession.

Until further notice, all on-campus lab and simulation experiences scheduled for the week of March 16, 2020, will remain on-campus and as scheduled.

We wish you the very best as you complete your quarter and enter a well-deserved break. We remain committed to partnering with you in minimizing risk to your health and safety.

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