May 21, 2020 (6:00 p.m.)

This update is regarding the Summer and Fall 2020 Terms.

As the Rasmussen College community, and all our communities, continue to navigate the evolving situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been evaluating all available options to allow you to continue your educational journey safely and effectively over the next few terms. With that in mind, we have been staying closely connected to state regulators and accreditation agencies to find a path forward that not only fulfills their requirements, but also ensures that the welfare of our students, faculty and staff is protected based on the latest guidance from federal, state and local health agencies.

While we do not yet have details finalized for all academic programs and courses at this time, we have made the following decisions related to the next two academic terms at Rasmussen College – the Summer term which is scheduled to begin on July 6, 2020, and the Fall term 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 Summer and Fall 2020 terms.

School of Justice Studies: Law Enforcement Programs

  • Online courses in the Law Enforcement Academic Certificate and Law Enforcement Associate’s degree program will continue to be available in the Summer quarter 2020.
  • We are still assessing the availability of residential law enforcement skills courses for the Summer 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 Summer and Fall 2020 terms; as is the case in the current Spring term.
    • We are still assessing the availability of residential laboratory components versus the use of virtual laboratory experiences for the Summer and Fall 2020 terms and will make this information available as soon as it is finalized.
    • We are still assessing the availability of residential clinical components versus the use of virtual, online clinical simulation for the Summer and Fall 2020 terms and will make this information available as soon as it is finalized.
  • 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 Summer and Fall 2020 terms.
    • 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 the Summer and Fall 2020 terms; as is the case in the current Spring term..
  • The residential laboratory component of Anatomy and Physiology courses will be delivered in an online modality; as is the case in the current Spring term.
  • We are still assessing the availability of residential laboratory components versus the use of virtual laboratory experiences for the Summer and Fall 2020 terms or the cancellation of laboratory-based course. We will make this information available as soon as it is finalized.
  • We are still assessing the availability of residential practicum experiences versus the cancellation of practicum-based courses for the Summer and Fall 2020 terms and will make this information available as soon as it is finalized.

Again, in the coming weeks, you are encouraged to check back on this page every few days for the latest updates and information.

  1. Residential Programs are identified as programs offered at a physical campus location which require a lab or clinical/externship/practicum component to be delivered in person at a time when there are no disruptions to campus operations. Rasmussen’s residential programs are: Health Sciences Associate of Applied Science - Medical Assisting, Healthcare Associate of Applied Science - Medical Assisting, Healthcare Associate of Science - Medical Assisting, Medical Assisting Diploma, Law Enforcement Associate of Applied Science, Law Enforcement Skills Certificate, Medical Laboratory Technician Associate of Applied Science, Nursing Bachelor of Science (excludes RN to BSN), Physical Therapist Assistant Associate of Applied Science, Physical Therapist Assistant Associate of Science, Practical Nursing Diploma, Professional Nursing Associate of Applied Science, Professional Nursing Associate of Science, Radiologic Technology Associate of Applied Science, Radiologic Technology Associate of Science, Surgical Technologist Associate of Applied Science, and Surgical Technologist Associate of Science.

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