Nurses of Rasmussen

  1. I've recently completed a BS in Behavioral Healthcare. My next goal is to get into nursing school. I have Anatomy and Physiology I/II to complete along with Human Nutrition. I am looking into two programs in Tampa; LMU (new) and Rasmussen. However, my current relationship determines where I'll be living so I'll be applying to colleges near Polk County if I move back in with my parents.

    Are there any students or Nurses that have completed their degree at Rasmussen? What did you think of the program? And did you find any difficulties finding employment and passing the NCLEX exam? I'm mostly heard bad things about Rasmussen.

    I will also complete applications for USF, UCF, FAU, PSC, and Valencia. If I cannot get into a BSN program I'll try for an ASN program and hopefully will be able to get into USF's ASN to MSN program. The overall goal is to become a NP and continue working with those that suffer from addictions and mental disorders.
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  3. by   Haute
    Hi!

    I graduated from Rasmussen's ASN program and don't have anything too negative to say about it. It was a bit disorganized at times as they kept changing things each quarter, and they increased our technology fee for a reason that no one could figure out, but over all I didn't think it was too bad.

    I thought the curriculum was challenging, and really prepared us for the NCLEX, and the instructors were great. Honestly, everyone except for our student adviser (who was hard to get ahold of), was great and addressed any issues or concerns we had pretty swiftly.

    As to jobs, the majority of my classmates are currently working as RN's in various settings, including some of the hospitals we had clinicals at. When I enrolled I also heard that people were having issues getting hired because they went to Rasmussen, but honestly no one I know has had any issues finding a job.

    I believe the biggest thing against us is that we graduated with an ASN and not a BSN and some of the major hospitals (Tampa Genera, St. Joseph's) prefer for outside applicants to be enrolled in BSN programs in order to be considered for a position or residency/internship program.

    I think aiming to enter into a BSN program should be your main goal, but if you don't get into one in whatever time frame you have in your mind, understand that perhaps your options will be limited once you graduate with an ASN. OR you can get a job at those hospitals (TGH, St. Joe's) as a PCT and then you'll automatically be hired once you graduate.

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