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Rasmussen Launches Medical Assisting Program at Bismarck Campus

Earn an Associate's Degree or Diploma in One of the Fastest Growing Healthcare Positions

August 6, 2012

Erin Werthman
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BISMARCK, N.D. (August 6, 2012) – Rasmussen College today announced the launch of its Medical Assisting Associate’s Degree and Diploma programs as part of its growing School of Health Sciences curriculum at the Bismarck, N.D. campus. These programs prepare students for an exciting career in direct patient care and provide a solid foundation for continuing education and career advancement.

As one of the fastest-growing fields in healthcare, demand for medical assistants is expected to grow by nearly 35 percent, and professionals in the field can earn upwards of $33,000 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Knowledgeable, skilled and compassionate medical assistants play a critical and memorable role in patients’ well-being, providing direct care services such as measuring vital signs, administering injections and collecting blood samples. The medical assistant role is crucial in maintaining high-quality patient care and creating a positive patient experience, often in a non-critical care setting.

“Not only do medical assistants play a vital in today’s exciting healthcare environment, but it is also an excellent building block for a more advanced career in medicine,” said Lorrie Laurin, dean of the Rasmussen School Health Sciences. “These programs are designed to give you both hands-on, real-world work experiences, as well as prepare you to become an important member of a healthcare team.”

The Rasmussen College Medical Assisting program combines practical and comprehensive coursework in anatomy, physiology, administering injections, performing EKGs and venipuncture with a 240-hour clinical externship. Courses can be completed through a combination of on-campus and online classes led by dedicated instructors with practical industry background and experience. As part of the program, students prepare for a national credentialing exam, and Rasmussen College offers a wide range of career search and placement assistance opportunities to help graduates secure a position in their chosen field and location.

“We are excited to now offer these excellent Medical Assisting programs and make them available to individuals in North Dakota” said Mary Swingle, campus director of the Rasmussen College Bismarck campus. “There is such a growing need for healthcare professionals in our community – especially as our population continues to grow – and these programs will provide the education and training that individuals need to go into great careers.”

For more information about the Rasmussen Medical Assisting program, visit For additional information about Rasmussen College, visit

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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