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School of Nursing Mission and Philosophy


In accordance with the mission statement of Rasmussen College, the School of Nursing mission is to cultivate a learning environment that develops a skill set for critical thinking and to educate students in the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide safe and competent nursing care in the communities we serve.


The School of Nursing philosophy is anchored in the belief that nursing education should prepare students to function safely and effectively in the generalist role. We believe that nursing education should provide students an opportunity to progress within a laddered curriculum in order to enhance the profession of nursing and to serve as a foundation for lifelong learning. Nurses should be prepared to provide ethical, holistic and compassionate care to diverse populations in a variety of settings. We feel that by incorporating into our curriculum the standards set forth by our governing bodies, the evidenced-based research provided by our colleagues, and the values and criteria promoted by our national nursing organizations, our goal can best be accomplished.

School Leadership

Joan Rich, DNP, RN, PHN, LSN, FCN

Vice President, School of Nursing

Education: DNP, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing; MLS, University of Minnesota; BA, College of St. Scholastica; PN, Concordia College

Georgia Vest, DNP, RN

Senior Dean, School of Nursing

Education: DNP, University of Southern Indiana; MSN, University of Southern Indiana; BSN, Eastern Kentucky University


Abigail Gerding, PhD, RN

SoN Graduate Program Director

Education: PhD, The Ohio State University; MS, The Ohio State University; BSN, University of Mobile

Kari Luoma, PhD, RN

SoN BSN Program Director

Education: PhD, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN; MSN, Clarkson College, Omaha, NE; BSN, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, WI


Leanne Rogstad, PhD, MA, BSN

Dean of Nursing – Blaine

Education: PhD, Capella University; MA, Bethel University; BSN, Minnesota State University

Kristine Simoni, MSN, BSN, RN

Dean of Nursing – Brooklyn Park

Education: MSN, Metropolitan State University; BSN, Metropolitan State University; AAS, Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology

Stephanie Yackel, MAN, BSN, RN

Dean of Nursing – Bloomington

Education: DNP, American Sentinel University; MAN, Bethel University; BSN, Bethel College

Angela Christian, DNP, MSN,BSN, RN

Dean of Nursing – Eagan

Education: DPN, Metro State University; MSN, Minnesota State University – Mankato; BSN, College of St. Benedict

Cheryl Pratt, EdD, MA, BSN, RN

Dean of Nursing – Mankato

Education: EdD, Argosy University; MA, College of St. Scholastica; BSN, Winona State University

Shantelle Smith, MSN, RN

Dean of Nursing – Moorhead

Education: MSN, Sacred Heart University; BSN, Medcenter One College of Nursing; BA Mass Communications, St. Cloud State University

Sandra Bogenrief, MSN, BSN, RN

Dean of Nursing – St. Cloud

Education: MSN, Grand Canyon University; BSN, Bethel University


Stacy McNall, MSN, RN, IBCLC

Dean of Nursing – Rockford Campus

Education: MSN, University of Phoenix

Alexandra Torres, MSN, MBA, RN

Dean of Nursing – Romeoville

Education: MSN, University of Tampa; MBA, University of Tampa; BSN, University of South Florida


Kelly McCullough, DNP, ARNP

Regional Dean of Nursing – Southcentral

Education: DNP, University of South Alabama; MS, BS University of South Florida

Deanna Wolfskeil, MS, RN

Dean of Nursing – Fort Myers

Education: MS, Florida Atlantic University; BSN, Mississippi University for Women

Mary Kohler, PhD, RN

Dean of Nursing – Land O’Lakes

Education: PhD, University of South Florida; MS in Nursing, Florida Atlantic University; BSN Florida Atlantic University; AAS, Salem College

Kara Walls, MSN, ARNP, CPNP

Dean of Nursing – New Port Richey/West Pasco Campus

Education: MSN, University of Tennessee; BS, East Tennessee State University

Karen Guty, DNP, RN

Dean of Nursing – Ocala

Education: DNP, Duquesne University; MSN, Duquesne University; BSN, Penn State University

Dawn McLaughlin, MSN-MHA, RN

Associate Dean of Nursing – Ocala

Education: MSN-MHA, University of Phoenix; BSN, University of Phoenix; ADN, Central Florida Community College

Eymie Fitzgerald, MS, RN

Dean of Nursing – Tampa/Brandon

Education: MS, Florida Atlantic University; BSN, Florida Atlantic University

Tyler Dean, PhD, MSN, RN, CPN

Associate Dean of Nursing – Tampa/Brandon

Education: PhD, University of South Florida; MSN, Walden University; BSN, Washington State University


Kari Luoma, PhD, RN

Dean of Nursing – Wausau

Education: PhD, Capella University; MSN, Clarkson College; BSN, University of Wisconsin

Julie Williams, MSN, RN

Dean of Nursing – Green Bay

Education: MSN-Ed., University of Phoenix – Nursing Education; BSN, University of Phoenix – Nursing; ADN, Bay De Noc Community College – Nursing

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