A Closer Look at the Rasmussen University – North Orlando Campus
New to Rasmussen University? It’s natural to want the inside scoop on your local campus. We spoke with North Orlando campus director—and Rasmussen University graduate—Sharon Richardson and asked her to highlight important information every newcomer needs to know before stepping foot on the Rasmussen University – North Orlando campus.
What is the history of the North Orlando 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 helped thousands of students change their lives through education. The University now offers dozens of programs across the Schools of Business, Design, Education, Health Sciences, Justice Studies, Nursing and Technology.
The North Orlando campus opened to the public in November 2018, joining five other Florida campuses in providing Certificates, Diplomas and Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees.
Rasmussen University believes this new campus will train capable healthcare professionals to help meet Florida’s demand. The new campus gives Rasmussen an opportunity to better serve healthcare and nursing students and prepare them for working in today’s complex healthcare environments.
Where is the North Orlando campus located?
This campus is located in Altamonte Springs, a northern suburb of Orlando—15 minutes from downtown Orlando. Visible and easily accessible from Interstate 4, it’s simple to get to the campus from downtown Orlando or any of the surrounding suburbs. Concerned about parking? It should be a breeze, thanks to the building’s free parking garage.
What programs are offered at the North Orlando campus?
Students at the North Orlando campus have the option to enroll in any of Rasmussen University’s online programs. While many of these programs can conveniently be completed entirely online, students will still have a home base of support from the North Orlando’s campus services. These programs include options in the Schools of Business, Justice Studies, Education, Health Sciences, Technology, Design and Nursing.
School of Nursing
- Professional Nursing (ADN): The Rasmussen University Professional Nursing Associate’s degree program in Ocala (with an off-campus instructional site in North Orlando), Florida, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).1
- Professional Nursing Mobility Bridge Entrance Option (post-licensure LPN to ADN program)
- 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 (CCNE).2
- 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).2
- Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP): Rasmussen University has chosen not to pursue accreditation for the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at this time.
What resources and support services are offered at the North Orlando campus?
The North Orlando campus offers excellent facilities in a cozy space—including classrooms, a computer lab, and a learning and collaboration space. This campus also houses simulation equipment in the campus’ four labs for health sciences students.
Though the space is great, the people are what make the campus unique. Richardson says that the Rasmussen University faculty truly understand the school’s culture and always put their students first. The campus is a great place to interact with the professors, get to know fellow students and knock out some homework in a supportive environment.
How is the North Orlando campus involved in the local community?
By setting students up for success, the North Orlando campus is bettering the community as a whole—but that’s not the only impact they have on the community. The campus hosts fun events to bring prospective and current student to the campus and get to know the community.
The campus has also partnered with the Mental Health Association of Central Florida. They raised awareness for the organization’s vital services by walking with the organization’s representatives in the City of Orlando’s Veterans Day Parade.
Additionally, the campus staff and faculty participate in other various community events in order to get to know and interact with the North Orlando community as a whole—with other opportunities to give back and get involved surely on the horizon.
Quick facts about the North Orlando campus:
Looking for a study spot and maybe some caffeine? Stop by or camp out at these excellent nearby option:
- Allegro Coffee, located inside a Whole Foods where you can also get your shopping done, sells coffee, espresso drinks, tea, smoothies and juices
- Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Waffle House, Panera Bread
Maybe you’re hungry after studying so much! Grab some grub to power the rest of your day at any of these nearby restaurants:
- Crepevine—Sweet & Savory Crepes for a quick bite in a casual space
- Amigo’s Original Tex-Mex—family owned cantina with comfort food and outdoor seating
- Nonno’s Italian Restaurants—red-sauce dishes that are great for a relaxing, sit-down meal
- The Altamonte Mall—1.5 miles away, offering many dining and snacking options
- Perkins, Chick-fil-A, Five Guys and Chipotle for a quick bite to eat
If you’re in need of a study break, then take one. You deserve it! Check out these fun, nearby locales:
- Picture Show Theater—A family-friendly movie theater with value pricing
- Cranes Roost Park—Check out this 45-acre park with cobblestone walkways and amphitheater
Picture yourself at the Rasmussen University – North Orlando Campus
The faculty and staff across Rasmussen University campuses are inspired on a daily basis by the students they serve—and that holds true at the North Orlando campus. Richardson has spent years working with Rasmussen University students and knows firsthand how positive and determined they are to be successful, despite many balancing busy life circumstances with their schooling.
The staff at the North Orlando campus is there to support you in every step of your education journey. If you want to learn more about how you might fit into this supportive community and keep up with what’s going on, be sure to follow the Rasmussen University – North Orlando Campus Facebook page.
1The associate nursing program at Rasmussen University at the Ocala campus (with off-campus instructional sites in North Orlando), located in Ocala, Florida, is accredited by the ACEN. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for this associate nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. 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 these programs at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm.
2The 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