A Closer Look at the Rasmussen University – Rockford Campus
Are you curious about attending Rasmussen University? It’s only natural to want to get the inside scoop on what to expect from the campus nearest you. We spoke with the Rockford campus director and ten-plus-year veteran of Rasmussen University Craig Steege to give you background on what you can expect from the campus and the important information you need to know about the Rasmussen University community.
What is the history of Rasmussen University and the Rockford campus?
Rasmussen University is a regionally accredited private college and has been dedicated to changing lives and the communities it serves through its high-demand and flexible educational programs since 1900. The University is committed to academic innovation and providing a high standard of education while empowering students to pursue a college degree. The University offers Certificate and Diploma programs as well as degree programs at the Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s level online and across 23 campuses nationwide.
The Rockford campus opened in 2006 and has been a growing and supportive community of learners ever since. The campus is one of four the University operates in Illinois.
“I have been with the University for over ten years,” said Steege. “I believe in the mission of what we do. The services we offer to our students and the communities we serve have always been rooted in our mission.”
Where is the Rockford campus located?
Rockford is a growing community with a keen focus on workforce development. Located in the hills of Northern Illinois, Rockford is a small-town community with all the amenities of a big city. The campus, which is located in a large commercial development along East State Street, is a stone’s throw away from a variety of food options—including Portillo’s Hot Dogs, a favorite hangout for students and staff. There is ample free parking available for students, faculty, staff and visitors with two parking lots on site.
What programs are offered at the Rockford campus?
Students at the Rockford campus have plenty of academic options available. The Rockford campus offers the following on-campus programs in the schools of Health Sciences and Nursing:
School of Health Sciences
- Medical Assisting Diploma: The Medical Assisting Diploma program at the Rockford campus in Illinoisis accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).1
- Health Information Technician Associate’s degree; The Health Information Technician Associate’s degree program offered at the Rockford campus in Illinois is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).2
- Surgical Technologist: The Surgical Technologist AAS Program at the Rockford, Illinois, 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).3
School of Nursing
- Professional Nursing (ADN)
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing(BSN): The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at Rasmussen University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.4
Students may also enroll in any of the University’s more than 30 online programs while still having access to on-campus support. Programs are taught by qualified faculty across seven schools of study including Business, Design, Education, Health Sciences, Justice Studies, Nursing and Technology.
Interested in education? Rasmussen University was recognized among a select group of early childhood education (ECE) institutions for meeting superior industry standards and gaining approval as an Entitled Institution through the Gateways to Opportunity Credentials. As an Entitled Institution, ECE students at Rasmussen University in Illinois can now qualify for state-recognized credentials more efficiently.
What resources and support services are offered at the Rockford campus?
Students at the Rockford campus can rest assured they’ll have what they’ll need to succeed. To encourage collaboration and innovation, students have access to a learning commons, student lounge and computer labs on campus. In addition, advisors are available to help answer specific questions and guide you on your educational journey. These advisors can help you with course scheduling, financial aid and learning support.
In addition to on-campus, in-person resources, students also have real-time access to everything they need, from academics to financial aid via the Student Portal. The online Student Portal is the gateway to a variety of self-service tools, from course materials, grades, account balance, financial aid and library resources to career help and even 24/7 tech help.
Additional resources include:
- Online Classroom
- Student Account Center
- Library and Learning Resources
- Personal Support Center
- Career Services
“Rasmussen students never cease to amaze me,” Steege says. “They are busy balancing so many aspects of their lives. Even so, they are extremely goal-oriented, agile and persistent as they tackle what life throws at them in the pursuit of their dreams.”
How is the Rockford campus involved in the local community?
Since 1900, Rasmussen University has continuously been recognized for providing education and outreach services that extend beyond its student population to make the surrounding communities a better place to live, grow and learn. Meeting these needs, whether through education or service, is ingrained in the campus culture. Rasmussen University works with organizations that share similar values and is committed to making a positive impact on the social welfare of the communities they share. The campus provides career-focused education and volunteer efforts that are not only sustainable, but potentially life-changing.
“We have a seat at the table and are committed to the work of the Workforce Connection, Rockford’s workforce board,” Steege says. “Additionally, the healthcare system in the Rockford region have been great partners in building, educating and sustaining the workforce in our community.”
Quick facts about the Rockford community:
- There are numerous large employers in the area that frequently support the University including Mercyhealth, OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center, SwedishAmerican and the Crusader Community Health.
- The Rockford Park District is made up of many beautiful parks and great golf courses. There are ample recreation opportunities in the area for students, staff and community members to utilize.
- Looking for local music and goods? You’ll want to check out the Rockford City Market in the warm weather months.
Find your home at the Rasmussen University – Rockford campus
At the Rasmussen University Rockford campus, students are first priority. Faculty and staff pride themselves on creating an inspiring and supportive environment to help students advance their education and change their lives for the better. If you want to learn more about finding your place in this community of learners, check out the Rasmussen University – Rockford Campus Facebook page.
1The Medical Assisting Diploma program at the Rockford campus in Illinois is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). 7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314 North Falls Church, VA 22043, 703-917-9503
2The Health Information Technician Associate’s degree program offered at the Rockford campus in Illinois 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
3The Surgical Technologist AAS Program at the Rockford, Illinois, 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
4The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at Rasmussen University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750 Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791