A Closer Look at the Rasmussen University – Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove Campus
Thinking about attending the Rasmussen University – Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus? First thing’s first—we want to fill you in on what to expect before stepping foot on campus. We spoke with campus director Naomi Mogard and asked her to share the important information every newcomer should know about the campus and surrounding area.
“We’re constantly looking to make the student experience better, and I work with a great group of employees across Rasmussen University who have our students’ best interest in mind,” Mogard says. “We all want to be part of something bigger than ourselves.” Read on to learn more about what the Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus has to offer its students and the greater community.
What is the history of Rasmussen University and the Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus?
Since 1900, Rasmussen University has been building community through education. From first opening its doors as the Rasmussen Practical School of Business in Stillwater, Minnesota, Rasmussen University has since grown to 23 campuses and has graduated thousands of students across its many programs of study. The University now offers dozens of programs across its Schools of Business, Design, Education, Health Sciences, Justice Studies, Nursing and Technology.
As Rasmussen University has continued to grow over the years, the Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus opened in 2005 to provide additional access to education for students north of the Twin Cities. Mogard has been with Rasmussen University for ten years and has spent all ten years at the Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus, first as an academic dean and eventually as the campus director beginning in 2010. The campus is the perfect size for those who value the accessibility of faculty and staff on a daily basis.
“Students appreciate that they’re able to see their student advisor or academic dean when they come to campus. We’re available to serve our students when they need that extra support,” says Mogard.
Where is the Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus located?
The Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus is located toward the outer edge of the northwest region of the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area and is about 15 miles west of the Blaine campus. The campus is situated less than two miles from the Target headquarters’ northern campus—just south of the intersection of Highway 169 and Highway 610.
Late for class and worried about parking? Don’t worry—the Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus is set up with ample free parking for students, faculty and staff in the parking lot out front.
What programs are offered at the Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus?
The Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus offers the following on-campus programs in the School of Health Sciences and the School of Nursing:
School of Health Sciences
- Surgical Technologist Associate’s; The Surgical Technologist AAS Program at the Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove, Minnesota campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).1
- Physical Therapist Assistant Associate’s (PTA); The Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus is one of three Rasmussen University campuses that offers the PTA program.
- Health Information Technician Associate’s (HIT); The Health Information Technician Associate’s degree program offered at the Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus in Minnesota is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).2
School of Nursing
- Practical Nursing Diploma (LPN)3
- Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) Entrance Option; The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree program at Rasmussen University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).4
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): The Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Rasmussen University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).4
Students can also enroll in any of Rasmussen University’s online programs through the Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus and have access to on-campus support. Programs are taught by qualified professionals across seven schools of study including Business, Nursing, Design, Education, Health Sciences, Justice Studies and Technology.
What resources and support services are offered at the Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus?
The Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus features plenty of study and common space, including the Learning Commons, Student Lounge and a private study room. Right near the entrance of the campus, you’ll find the Learning Commons equipped with computers available to students. The Student Lounge is a bit more private as it is tucked away within the campus and has both computers and vending machines for those needing a quick pick-me-up. Unique to the campus, it also has a private study room for students to utilize when they need some quiet time to focus.
“Our common areas and private study areas are great for students. Since a lot of our on-campus programs are offered in cohorts, the students who gather in these areas have made relationships that are being built to last beyond graduation,” Mogard says. Aside from the common areas, the campus has three additional computer labs for students to utilize when classes aren’t in session.
Rasmussen University is on the cutting edge of education innovation, and the campus features several labs for the Health Sciences and Nursing students to finesse their skills in real-world scenarios. There are separate labs with equipment specific to the following programs: Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), Practical Nursing (LPN) and Surgical Technologist. There is also an Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) lab for students to do the lab portions of their online learning. Because each lab holds unique equipment, they are seen as interchangeable and students are able to utilize labs outside of their specific program to practice more general skills, such as patient transfers.
How is the Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus involved in the local community?
The campus is part of an incredibly diverse community composed of people of all backgrounds. “We have the ability to learn from different people, experience different things and be open to different perspectives,” Mogard says. The area encompasses countless organizations for communities to gather and offers many community groups and programs where people feel they belong and are welcome. “People are connected in this community and they celebrate everyone’s unique culture, and I would say the same about the staff, faculty and students at our campus,” she adds. “We are very focused on giving back, and another way we do so is by donating our campus space–computer labs and classrooms–to our community partners, so they can hold meetings or training sessions at no cost.”
The Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus is heavily involved in volunteer efforts with Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP), a local nonprofit agency dedicated to helping families gain financial stability and maximize their ability to live independently and with dignity. “We like to give back, and CEAP is such a huge staple for helping families in our community and relieving some of their stressors so they can focus on work and school. We volunteer a lot there and help out by donating school supplies, personal hygiene products, food and more,” says Mogard.
The University is also very focused on the community of students. “Our students work together and support one another, and our faculty is always there to support our students when they need an extra push or to celebrate their successes.”
Quick facts about the Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus:
- Need a quick bite? Check out one of these spots:
- Sweet Basil Asian Cuisine is in a strip mall less than two miles from campus; Mogard says you can’t go wrong with the chicken in spicy peanut sauce dish.
- Lynde’s Restaurant serves home-style American meals, has been around since 1981 and, according to Mogard, it just might serve the best home cooked meal you’ll have in your entire life.
- Looking for more? Duffy’s Bar & Grill, Fat Chance Sandwich Shop, Olympia Cafe and Gyros, Red’s Savoy Pizza, Nola Bistro & Lounge, Panda Express, Leeann Chin, Arby’s, McDonald’s and Chipotle are all a less than three miles from campus.
- Looking for a new study spot? Here are some of the students’ favorites:
- Hennepin County Library is a short, five-minute drive from campus with private meeting rooms for those who need to study without distractions.
- There are several coffee shops nearby, like Caribou Coffee and Starbucks. If you’re looking for a smaller, more local option, we suggest Luna’s Liquid Lava Lounge or Daily Dose Cafe and Espresso.
- Time for a study break? Get some fresh air and reset at one of these nearby parks:
- Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park is about five miles from campus and has plenty of areas for everyone to enjoy their favorite activities, including hiking, biking, picnic pavilions, cross-country skiing, a playground for your kids and more.
- Elm Creek Park Reserve is a 4,900-acre park in Three Rivers and is just a ten minute drive from campus. It features amenities for hiking, biking, swimming and much more and is a great place to unwind.
Picture yourself at the Rasmussen University – Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus
At the Rasmussen University Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus, students are first and the staff are available to serve the student community from the beginning to end of their education journeys. “Graduation is the best day for our employees and for me; it’s amazing to see students who have overcome a lot of brick walls graduate and then give back to their families and communities,” Mogard says. The staff at the Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus are proud to be able to provide an inspiring and supportive environment to help their students reach their education goals.
If you want to learn more about how you might find your fit in Rasmussen University's community of learners, check out the Rasmussen University – Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus Facebook page.
1 The Surgical Technologist AAS Program at the Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove, Minnesota campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP.org) on the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727-210-2350 www.caahep.org
2 The Health Information Technician Associate’s degree program offered at the Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus in Minnesota is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL 60601, 312-235-3255
3 Effective April 26, 2018, the practical nursing program at Rasmussen University at the Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus located in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires in April 2020.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this candidate program at http://www.acenursing.us/candidates/candidacy.asp.
* The program hosted a site visit on February 11-13, 2020, and is pending a final decision by the Board of Commissioners in September 2020.
4 The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degree programs at Rasmussen University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791