Flex Choice®
Learning Options.

Our Degrees. Your Pace.

Flex Choice. Rethinking learning.

Maybe you’re returning to school as an adult. You need a degree in the fastest time possible, while balancing work or family. You want your life experience and previously earned credits and learning to count. You have a unique story with knowledge and experiences that only you can bring to your college classroom. And we’ve got real-world learning options that work for you.

Welcome to Rasmussen College and Flex Choice®. Opening your path to a degree. Meeting the future head-on.

Credits for Prior Learning

Your job and life experiences count with us. Past college coursework, military transcripts, course waivers and industry certifications all maximize your credits and reduce overall costs.

Self-Directed Assessments

With Flex Choice, you can get credit for what you already know. These self-directed, interactive assessments are taken independently. Support materials are provided to help you brush up and faculty coaches are available to provide support and feedback. At $99 per assessment, you’ll save money and time.

Competency-Based Education

As a national leader in Competency-Based Education (CBE), we ensure the ability to prioritize your learning over time, giving you greater control in balancing work, life, and college. If you have knowledge and experience in a certain area, you can skip ahead because our project-based CBE courses are paced for you. Accessible anytime, anywhere, and always with faculty support. See how CBE works?

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Control Your Time with Flex Choice

Move faster through concepts you know and take more time on new, challenging content. Your education, at a more flexible pace.

Savings with Flex Choice Assessments

At $99 per assessment, with support materials and faculty coaching assistance included, get credit for what you already know.

Choose Your Pace

Move faster through concepts you know and take more time on new, challenging content.

Balance with Competency-Based Education

With no assignment deadlines in competency-based education, you adjust your workload to fit your needs as your family needs change or work schedule allows.


How It Works

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Life Experience Counts

Flex Choice is designed for students who have jobs, who support families, who live life.

Are motivated.

Are ready to grow profession­ally.

Want to solve real-life problems.

Have college experience.

Are eager to learn more.

Seek out help when needed.

Plan ahead and follow through.

Know their strengths and weak­nesses.

Meet Kareem: A CBE Success Story

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Mike, Flex Choice student

Flex Choice was the differentiation for me when I was looking at a number of different colleges. That was one of the big appeals. Flexibility is huge when your time for school is limited to after work and on the weekends.

— Mike, Flex Choice student

FAQs: Flex Choice

How do I get credit for prior learning?

Credit can be earned through course waivers, industry certifications, Advanced Placement (AP) courses, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, military experience and American Council of Education (ACE) recommended courses. To see a full list, visit the Rasmussen College Transfer Policy.

How does Flex Choice save me time and money?

Self-directed assessments (taken in place of traditional, full-semester courses) are only $99 per attempt. Taking advantage of what you already know allows for optimal program cost savings.

Flex Choice provides more flexibility, allowing you to work without strict assignment deadlines at your own pace. Speed up or slow down as your schedule allows. Achieve balance as you get through challenging coursework while also focusing on responsibilities at work or home. Take a breather, and when you feel ready, dive back in.

Who can take Flex Choice courses?

The quick answer is everyone can take Flex Choice courses, regardless of degree. Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree students can blend traditional courses, competency-based education or self-directed assessments—all in our flexible online format. Master’s degree students can take classes online with competency-based education to maximize efficiency by focusing on defined competencies based on critical skills with faculty interaction and graded instruction.

What courses and assessments are available?

Students enrolled in Flex Choice programs get the advantage of competency-based courses. CBE courses are available within major areas of study and for General Education. To name just a few courses available with CBE: The Psychology of Social Media, Strategic Management, Visual Communication in the Media, Organizational Behavior Analysis and Contemporary Leadership Challenges.

Self-directed assessments are available in many subject areas at both lower- and upper-division levels. When you enroll, your advisor will identify those that apply to your program.

To see a full list, visit the Rasmussen College catalog section titled, “Flex Choice Credit By Assessment Options.”

How does Flex Choice work with my program?

Flex Choice and your chosen program work hand-in-hand. You can move through them at your own pace to accommodate home and work responsibilities. For hybrid programs, your advisor will schedule a blend of traditional and CBE courses. CBE courses are to be taken alongside your traditional courses and must be completed within a standard 12-week term.

What is the difference between CBE courses and self-directed assessments?

Both formats are flexible and online, but there are a few key differences. In self-directed assessments, a student goes through interactive activities to earn badges. Though these courses are self-directed, an instructor is available when needed and they need to be completed in 45 days. Self-directed assessments are posted as a test-out (TO) on a student’s transcript. CBE courses differ primarily in that they are financial aid-eligible for those who qualify, students earn a grade, and credits are based on modules with defined competencies in real-world projects. Faculty interaction helps you quickly apply skills you already have and master new skills you’ll need.

How is competency-based education different than traditional classes?

CBE is flexible and minimizes repetition. It’s a way for students to get credit for what they already know and build on that knowledge by allowing students to learn more at their own pace. CBE programs allow students to show what they know, measured by demonstration of skills and competencies, rather than by the hours spent in a classroom. CBE courses are held within the structure of the term with attendance requirements. Students can’t complete the course too quickly or they will not meet attendance requirements.

What is the learning experience like in a CBE course?

Competency-based education courses align with the same general goals as traditional courses: Students will be asked to master skills and prove their knowledge by completing a project. The differences are in the details. Each CBE course is led by a faculty member and delivered in an engaging online platform. When a student logs in to review their learning plan and the competencies that lie ahead, the first thing they will encounter is the course project. The project allows students to apply their knowledge in a real-world scenario. And though grading expectations are set, students decide when the project is complete within the context of the term.

Is there anyone to help me if I need it?

Yes. CBE courses are offered in a format that includes personal faculty interaction in a highly engaging platform. Faculty provides feedback on your work and are available along the way to help.

Whether your question is related to content, technology or time management, they are there to lend guidance and support. In CBE courses, you also have the benefit of student success coaches to help. Plus, there are also advisors to help you plan and strategize the right timing for Flex Choice courses.

The Personal Support Center is also available to help 24/7/365 with technology and online learning issues.


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