If you want to start a career in nursing, then you’re in luck. Demand for nurses is growing more than twice as fast as the average rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In fact, the BLS projects the field to grow by 15 percent through 2026. Well over 400,000 new nurses will need to be added to the workforce in that time—and that’s not including all the current nurses retiring or leaving the workplace.1
If you’re ready to qualify yourself to fill one of these coveted healthcare positions, choosing a Nursing school is not a decision you should make lightly. There are different modalities, curriculum and outcomes associated with every program. It’s important to ensure these align with your personal and professional priorities.
The fact that you’re doing your research shows you’re diligent and that you take your future seriously. The Rasmussen College Nursing program is just as devoted to the future of nursing. We’re constantly hard at work developing and improving Nursing programs that will equip and empower our graduates to make an immediate impact in the industry.
Keep reading to learn how our program stands apart from the rest.
10 Facts you didn’t know about the Rasmussen College School of Nursing
1. Rasmussen College has board approved nursing programs across the country
Our Nursing programs are offered at 19 campuses across six states, in addition to completely online programs. Florida, Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin all have degrees approved by their corresponding state’s Board of Nursing. The 19 campuses where you can earn a Nursing degree include:
Additionally, Rasmussen College is home to two entirely online programs created for working nurses: the RN to BSN program and the Master of Science in Nursing program. Both allow busy working nurses to advance their nursing education in their own time from the comfort and convenience of their own home.
2. The majority of Rasmussen College’s Nursing programs do not require any pre-Nursing classes before you enroll or are accepted
All of the training you’ll need to be able to sit for your licensing examination is included in the Practical Nursing Diploma, Professional Nursing degree and Accelerated BSN standard entrance option. This means you can start in your program of interest on your own timeline. You do not have to go through your Algebra and Anatomy classes at several different colleges just to get your foot in the door.
However, it’s important for students who already hold an unrelated Bachelor’s degree and are interested in the A-BSN second degree entrance option to know that it is required to complete two Anatomy courses and an Introduction to Microbiology course before enrolling. This ensures you have a solid foundation of health and anatomy knowledge and are not stuck playing catch-up.
3. Multiple campuses offer prospective students no waiting list to begin their Nursing program
Rasmussen College offers pre-licensure programs in Practical Nursing (LPN), Professional Nursing (ADN-RN), Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing entrance options (BSN), as well as a post-licensure RN to BSN and MSN program. With no waiting list at multiple campuses, you can start a new program or begin advancing your degree without delay.
Additionally, you will not have to wait until a Fall or Spring semester enrollment cycle to get started on your educational journey. We offer enrollment dates in January, April, July and October. Once again, this allows you to start earning credits sooner to graduate earlier.
4. Rasmussen College’s MSN program keeps the working nurse in mind with innovative course scheduling
Rasmussen College School of Nursing offers a Master’s degree for working nurses. You can complete the MSN by taking one course at a time, fitting in classes around your schedule. Each course is five and a half weeks in length, and your degree can be competed in as few as 18 months.2 The online MSN degree offers the choice of two exciting and in-demand specializations to set you apart and prepare you for today’s market place:
5. The first classes you take in the Rasmussen College School of Nursing pertain directly to your major
For most entrance options, you don’t have to wade through 12 months of prerequisites before you get to learn the meat and potatoes of nursing. Starting with Nursing courses right off the bat can help make the program more interesting and help provide confirmation that you chose the right major.
Once admitted to the College, there is no need to apply to the School of Nursing. Once admission requirements have been met and you pass the entrance examination, you can be enrolled in a Nursing program and begin Nursing courses in your first or second quarter of study.
6. Rasmussen College offers a CCNE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program, with three distinct entrance options
The Rasmussen College BSN degree program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)—an independent accrediting agency that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate programs in Nursing. The college offers one post-licensure and two pre-licensure entrance options that enable you to earn a fully accredited BSN degree. If you’ve got your sights set on earning a BSN, you have three options to pick from:
- Accelerated BSN Standard Entrance Option for those ready to take the dive into a nursing career
- RN to BSN Entrance Option for working nurses with an ADN
- Accelerated BSN Second Degree Entrance Option for individuals with a previous Bachelor’s degree in another field
7. Rasmussen College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum is based on AACN Essentials and QSEN competencies
Whether you choose to enter through one of our Accelerated BSN entrance options or our RN to BSN entrance option, know that our curriculum is centered on the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies as well as the AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice.
This means that the curriculum is focused on patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement and safety and informatics. These competencies help our graduates meet a nationally recognized standard for nurses.
8. Extensive transfer policies make it easier for students to transfer credits to our college
The Rasmussen College transfer policies accept credits from most public and private colleges and universities. You won’t have to worry about losing all of the hard work you have already devoted toward a Nursing program if you decided to transfer to Rasmussen College.
9. The Rasmussen College Practical Nursing Diploma (PN) is designed to be completed in 12 months2
The Rasmussen College Practical Nursing program can help equip you to acquire a nursing license in as few as 12 months after sitting for the National Council for Licensure Exam.2 This option provides the opportunity to start working sooner than an Associate’s degree program. Both Florida and Minnesota have campuses that offer a Practical Nursing program to help you earn your Diploma.
This speedy option is great for those wanting to enter the workforce as soon as possible, and it can be a great first step into the nursing field. Should you decide to advance your education down the line, you can always add on to your credential by enrolling in an RN mobility program to go from being an LPN to an RN.
10. Rasmussen College has a simplified tuition structure with course fees that include almost everything you need to complete your Nursing program courses
Course fees include all textbooks, eBooks, CDs, a Rasmussen College embroidered set of scrubs, one Rasmussen College polo shirt, student clinical liability insurance and all lab fees. This means you won’t be blindsided by expenses after enrolling—you’ll know them all upfront.
Now is the time to start your nursing journey
The Rasmussen College School of Nursing has a lot to offer aspiring nurses. No matter your circumstances, priorities or career objectives, our goal is to help prepare you to make a difference in the field.
Are you curious about what Rasmussen College Nursing programs could offer you? Visit the School of Nursing page to learn more and get started on your way to an exciting nursing career.
1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 22, 2018] www.bls.gov/ooh/. Information represents national, averaged data for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
2Time to completion is dependent on the number of accepted transfer credits and courses completed each quarter.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was originally published in November of 2010. It has since been updated to reflect information relevant to 2018.