A Closer Look at the Rasmussen College – Moorhead Campus
From a replica Viking ship housed near the mighty Red River to a world-class, outdoor amphitheater on the south end of town, Moorhead is not just Fargo’s smaller sibling. This community boasts a hometown feel along with the amenities of big-city living. And the roots of higher education could not be deeper here, with Rasmussen College calling Moorhead home to one of its 22 campuses, along with a handful of other higher education institutions that serve as an incubator for top talent.
Heading both the Moorhead and Fargo campuses is Maggie Aslakson, a nine-year veteran at Rasmussen College. Maggie and her dedicated team are invested in the community, offering programs that an educated workforce needs.
“It’s kind of a secret gem,” Aslakson said of the area, noting an innovative, entrepreneurial spirit that is evident wherever you look, along with an ever-growing and robust community pride.
But what stands out about Rasmussen College’s Moorhead students? Aslakson says it’s their drive.
“They’re determined. They’re coming here because they want to get a degree; they’re goal-driven, and they know what the objective is,” Aslakson said.
What is the history of Rasmussen College and the Moorhead campus?
Rasmussen College has been helping students prepare for successful careers since 1900, with career-focused degrees and comprehensive support. Over the years, the College has expanded to meet the needs of students across the Midwest and Florida, and the Moorhead campus’ 2008 opening was a big part of that. The campus has since established itself as an excellent local educational option, serving students in the Red River Valley and Northwest Minnesota.
Where is the Moorhead campus located?
The Rasmussen College Moorhead Campus sits just off bustling Interstate 94 on the south side of town, with convenient access for travel and just a stone’s throw from Moorhead’s busy 8th Street, which runs all the way from the north downtown district until it turns into Highway 75 south of town.
The Fargo-Moorhead community is incredibly vibrant, with active arts organizations, excellent dining options, phenomenal sporting events and plenty to do for outdoor adventurers. Just 20 minutes to the east is Buffalo River State Park, a relaxing getaway and the perfect summer studying spot. Or head to one of Moorhead’s great parks, like Woodlawn Park and its vast open spaces near the river, or Gooseberry Mound Park, for picnics and a playground, along with more riverfront views.
The campus’ close access to the interstate and abundance of parking spaces make it an easy trip for anyone traveling from outside of town. Additionally, the city bus route stops about two blocks away, and you can take in a movie at the nearby theatre, grab a bite or spend some time shopping in this neighborhood that’s quickly expanding, with more offerings popping up all the time.
What programs are offered at the Moorhead campus?
Some of the on-campus programs you can complete here in the School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences:
School of Health Sciences:
- Health Information Management (HIM): The HIM Bachelor’s degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM) Education.1
- Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT): The MLT program at Rasmussen’s Moorhead campus is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).2
- Surgical Technologist Associate’s: Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).3
School of Nursing
- Practical Nursing Diploma (LPN): The Rasmussen College Practical Nursing Diploma program in Minnesota is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).4
- Professional Nursing (ADN); Rasmussen College’s Professional Nursing Associate’s degree program in Moorhead is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.5
- Professional Nursing Mobility Bridge Entrance Option (post-licensure LPN to ADN program).
Additionally, students can enroll in any of Rasmussen College’s online programs through the Moorhead campus and have access to on-campus support.
What resource and support services are offered at the Moorhead campus?
Rasmussen College’s Moorhead campus is your one-stop-shop for support, with cozy study spaces, on-campus tutoring and computer labs at the ready. Stop by not only to see your advisor and chat with friends, but to hit the books and focus in a supportive environment.
How is the Moorhead campus involved in the local community?
Rasmussen College’s Moorhead campus is continually plugged into the community, partnering not only with professional organizations but also with Fargo-Moorhead area community groups helping to make a positive impact.
One of those groups is the Jeremiah Program, which helps single mothers and their kids escape poverty and further their education. As part of the College’s annual Community Service Day, the Moorhead campus has continued to partner with the Jeremiah Program, and Rasmussen College President, Dr. Trenda Boyum-Breen, sits on its Board of Trustees for the Minneapolis-St. Paul region.
The Moorhead Campus team is involved in the local Economic Development Corporation, Chamber of Commerce, the F-M Nursing Collaborative, and helping to provide rural healthcare clinical training for students in the School of Nursing. Major employers that frequently hire Rasmussen College graduates are regional healthcare organizations like Sanford Health and Essentia Health.
Quick facts about the Moorhead campus:
- Best restaurants nearby:
- Speak Easy Restaurant
- Brickhouse Tavern
- Rustica Eatery & Tavern
- Tastee Freez
- Pancheros Mexican Grill
- Altony's Italian Cafe and Wine Bar
- Best study spots:
- Moorhead Public Library
- Moxie Java
- Woodlawn Park
- Parks/trails/lakes nearby:
- Buffalo River State Park
- Woodlawn Park
- Bluestem Prairie Scientific and Natural Area
- Gooseberry Mound Park
Picture yourself at the Rasmussen College – Moorhead campus
New students experiencing the Moorhead area for the first time are sure to find excellent education, picturesque parks and world-class entertainment and dining. This welcoming community is growing fast and attracting top talent in the fields of technology and healthcare, among others. This convenient campus location has everything you’ll need to succeed as a student close by.
If you want to learn more about our campus community, be sure to follow the Rasmussen College – Fargo/Moorhead Campus Facebook page.
1 The online Health Information Management Bachelor’s degree program at Rasmussen College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). 233 N. Michigan Ave, 21st Floor Chicago, IL 60601-5800 312-233-1100
2 The Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's degree program at the Moorhead, Minnesota campus is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). 5600 N River Road Rosemont, IL 60018, 773-714-8880
3 The Surgical Technologist AAS Program at the Moorhead, 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
4 The Rasmussen College Practical Nursing Diploma program in Moorhead, Minnesota is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; 404-975-5000. acenursing.org
5 The Rasmussen College Professional Nursing Associate’s Degree program in Moorhead, Minnesota is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; 404-975-5000. acenursing.org