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Rasmussen College Expands Online Accelerated Bachelor Completer Programs In Florida

Seven Affordable AcceleratED Programs Offer Fast Track to Degree Completion in as Little as 18 Months

July 27, 2012

Erin Werthman
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Tampa, Fla. (July 26, 2012) – Rasmussen College today announced the expansion of its online AcceleratED Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program in Florida to help students with previous college credit earn a degree in one of seven programs in as few as 18 months. Designed for adult students looking to advance their careers, these exclusive e-learning programs offer a seamless credit transfer process, accelerated course completion and convenient online access from anywhere at an affordable tuition rate of just  $260 per credit.

“Our AcceleratED program has already helped hundreds of students save time and money in completing their degree while maintaining a healthy work-life balance, which is so important for today’s busy professionals,” said Kristi Waite, Rasmussen College President. “We are thrilled to make this unique opportunity available to students in Florida with exciting new offerings to meet growing market demand.”

AcceleratED programs are now available at Rasmussen College’s campuses in Ocala, Fort Myers, Tampa/Brandon, Land O’Lakes/East Pasco and New Port Richey/West Pasco campuses in seven high-demand fields: Marketing, Human Resources/Organizational Leadership,  International Business, Business Systems Analysis, Finance, Entrepreneurship and Criminal Justice with a specialization in Leadership and Management.

Students in Rasmussen College’s AcceleratED programs benefit from the College’s proven instructional methodologies, top-notch faculty and demonstrated success in serving the adult learner, all within an accelerated program that offers a rapid time to completion. Each course offers a workplace-relevant, career-focused curriculum delivered by highly engaged professional faculty using state-of-the-art online teaching tools. Each course lasts just six weeks, and students take two courses each term, enabling them to complete a degree in just a year and a half.

Nationwide, demand for college-educated workers is expected to grow 16 percent over the next seven years, while demand for non-degreed workers will remain flat according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. By 2018, nearly two-thirds of the nation’s jobs will require some postsecondary education or training, which makes earning a degree critical for jobseekers in the current employment market, as well as an important factor in achieving key national economic goals.

The state of Florida, which had been hit hard by job losses related to the recession, posted the third largest drop in unemployment over the past year, dropping almost two percent to 8.7 percent. And, the state ranks 6th in the nation in the number of new jobs added between April 2011 and April 2012. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, demand for accountants and auditors in Florida is expected to surge as high as 17 percent through 2018—encouraging news especially for prospective students considering a Rasmussen AcceleratED program degree in Finance.

“By all accounts, the job market in Florida and around the country is starting to improve, which means competition for the best jobs is starting to heat up,” Waite said. “This is the perfect time to invest in an education that will give you a competitive edge. And, with our AcceleratED program, your degree could be just 18 months away, putting you on the path to a promising new career opportunity much quicker than a traditional program.”  

To be eligible, prospective AcceleratED students must already possess an Associate’s degree or have successfully completed at least 40 semester credits. Additional credits may be granted for prior learning experiences. To help students get started quickly, applicants will receive an estimate of their allowable credit transfers within one business day and each student will be presented with a customized degree plan detailing their path and time to graduation. The program is open to students nationwide with all courses delivered entirely online.

For more information, or to apply for Rasmussen College’s AcceleratED Bachelor’s Degree Completion program, visit .

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Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college and Public Benefit Corporation that is dedicated to changing lives through high-demand educational programs and public service. Rasmussen College offers Certificate and Diploma programs through Associate's and Bachelor's degrees online and across its 24 Midwest and Florida campuses in a supportive, student-centered and career-focused environment. Since 1900, Rasmussen College has been dedicated to being a primary contributor to the growth and development of the communities it serves. As a Benefit Corporation, Rasmussen College is committed to helping change lives through education and making a positive impact on society through public service and a variety of community-based initiatives. For more information about Rasmussen College, please visit

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