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Hello there, I am currently looking into nursing programs here in Minnesota. I went to the Rasmussen College information session and the LPN program seemed fairly straight forward and they said... Read More

  1. Visit  kcsq profile page
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    I know this thread is a year old, but I'm just curious about Rasmussen as well. I started the enrollment process for the Brooklyn Park location, and have done almost everything needed to start in January. After reading through these posts, I'm slightly concerned that I made a bad decision going with Rasmussen.
    When I did the info session they told me that while I'm in the nursing program, I can expect to only have school be my life. Which like most of the people going there (I'm sure) can't do only school. I didn't figure it would be too demanding as the woman said we would have maybe two days in class and two days in clinicals each week. Is that true? Or is it much more demanding? Anyone with experience at the Brooklyn Park location- I would love your insight into the LPN program. Thanks!
  2. Visit  kellydb profile page
    #14 0
    I am a June 2013 graduate of Rasmussen School of Nursing. I passed my NCLEX on the first time in 90 questions. I was hired as at a reputable institution as a full-time RN even before passing my boards. I am currently in the process of enrolling for my RN to BSN at Rasmussen. Rasmussen is regionally accredited and in the process of becoming nationally accredited. It is as good of a school as any other nursing schools out there. You get out what you put in. Work hard, study hard, set your priorities and goals and finish strong. You will have a life-long, rewarding and profitable career. There will always be those who will put down any school and make you feel like you should consider something else. As far as its reputation, the large, well-known and reputable institution I work for certainly supports Rasmussen, accepting student nurses for clinicals, offering discounts on tuition at Rasmussen and hiring recent graduates! There will always be issues and politics wherever you go....ANYWHERE~ Don't let a few people with bad experiences/attitudes scare you off of Rasmussen!
  3. Visit  shaynurse53 profile page
    #15 0
    how is the bsn program? did you have many pre reqs for the bsn?
  4. Visit  cammisha.snelling profile page
    #16 0
    That is very GREAT! I will be attending soon at, Rasmussen. So far a couple of RNs said that there program is a very good school. Can you please keep me updated on RASMUSSEN RN program?
  5. Visit  Peanut&Buttercup profile page
    #17 3
    I will be starting at North Hennepin Community College in 10 days. Everyone has to do what's best for them, but I would never attend a for-profit school like Rasmussen.

    NHCC has a day and a night and weekend program. I am in the night/weekend program so I can continue to work (at least that's the plan!). We meet three nights a week and every other weekend.

    I urge to to look at the community college programs. Seven community colleges and one university have joined together as the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE) consortium. This partnership includes Metropolitan State University, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Century College, Inver Hills Community College, Normandale Community College, North Hennepin Community College, Ridgewater College, and Riverland Community College.

    For MANE, you attend one of the community colleges to obtain an ASN. The community college part is one year of prerequisites and three semesters in the nursing program. You are able to sit for the NCLEX after you obtain your ASN and you are automatically accepted to the university to complete your BSN in just three addition semesters, if you want.

    Admissions to the community colleges is competitive, but it is based entirely on your grades in the first semester of the MANE
    curriculum and your score on the TEAS. They take your GPA (say 3.5) and add your TEAS score divided by 10 (so if you score 75% on the TEAS, it's 7.5). In my example, 3.5 + 7.5 = 11. I think, based on what others have said, a score of 11 around what would get you in (I think the actual number might be a little higher).

    My tuition this coming semester is less than $2,500. So, after five semesters, I'm looking at about $15,000 plus books (and our nursing books are good for the ASN and BSN -- one set for all of it!). According to Rasmussen's website, it's program is just over $40,000 (assuming you have no transferable credits).

    My program has a good NCLEX pass rate and is accredited. Take a look at http://mn.gov/health-licensing-board...d_i_021009.pdf to check out pass rates for programs in Minnesota.

    If you attend a for-profit school like Rasmussen, be warned that your credits are highly unlikely to transfer to a non-profit school. As a result, if you decide to further your education, you may need to start all over. Or, you could attend Rasmussen's RN to BSN program, which is another $20,000. If I continue on to complete my BSN in the MANE program, I think it's another $15,000 or so.

    As you already have a bachelors degree, so you can also look at accelerated BSN programs or direct entry masters programs. I believe metro state, St. Catherine, University of Northwestern and perhaps others have such programs but I know little about them.

    In short, there are a lot of options out there. Considering cost, time and schedule, figure out what is best for you.

    Good luck!
  6. Visit  Future_RN20 profile page
    #18 3
    I was interested in Rasmussen at one point as well. It is very expensive to go there. Instead of earning your way into a program you seem buy your way in. The people you talk to in the admissions process make it sound very nice at first. Who wouldn't like no waiting list or competition? The fact of the matter is that very few of their credits do transfer to non-profit facilities, and they are not nationally accredited (they do not make that common knowledge). Do you really want to be stuck at Rasmussen paying their tuition for the rest of your academic career? My advice to you would be to look up other schools. Deciding not to go to Rasmussen was very hard to me, but after working hard I got accepted into a nursing program. When I notified Rasmussen that I would not be attending they seemed rather annoyed with me. Oh well, that reassured me that I made the right decision.
  7. Visit  lauhu3 profile page
    #19 1
    Hello everyone! As a Rasmussen graduate, I would like to put my two cents in. Any and all nursing programs have their problems. It's just gonna happen and you gotta be able to roll with the punches. Rasmussen is accredited and I had no problem taking the NCLEX or getting a job. Actually, when I submitted my resume to employers I was the one being pursued, not the other way around. Employers in my area L-O-V-E Rasmussen grads. Rasmussen is tough - tougher than others because what semester classes teach in 16 weeks is taught in quarter classes that are 11 weeks. It's intense, but it's shorter. You gotta stay on top of it.
    I was planning on going to a community college but because of the applying and waiting and then wait list in addition to the length of the program I decided against it. I wanted to go to a school and KNOW I was gonna get into the program. So my thought was I could wait another year and then go to school for 2 years - OR I could go to school now and graduate in 1 year (1.5 years for most. I transferred in credits - which by the way I had no problem doing). So LPN's make like 40,000 a year - so that'd be 80,000 I'd be missing out on. Now that tuition cost doesn't sound so bad, does it. So you gotta decide if you want a nursing program where you can get in and get out and start making that nurse's pay - OR you can wait another 3 years of your life and have less student loan debt.
    I say do it and get it over with. Nursing school is something you want to get over with as quickly as possible.
  8. Visit  lauhu3 profile page
    #20 0
    $15,000 for the RN to BSN in the MANE program? Did you type that right?

    Rasmussen is about $5,000 a quarter, so twice as much as a state school or community college.
  9. Visit  Peanut&Buttercup profile page
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    Metro State cost per credit is $286.25 per credit (nursing) and $221.40 per credit for general undergrad, including $10.43 per credit fees.

    According to the curriculum plan, the MANE BSN is 30 nursing credits, or $$286.25 * 30 = $8,587.50. Plus 16 non-nursing general ed courses, or $221.40 * 16 = $2,878.20 (in class, not online price). That's a total of $11,465.70. MANE students only purchase books at the first semester, so there should not be any nursing books to purchase, but you'd probably have books for the other classes.

    Plus, I think you can take most, if not all, of the general ed. classes at the community college, saving even more money. At the school I attend, it's $182 per credit. So, that's another savings of about $40 per credit, or as much as $640.
  10. Visit  tcRN2015 profile page
    #22 1
    Quote from Peanut&Buttercup
    Metro State cost per credit is $286.25 per credit (nursing) and $221.40 per credit for general undergrad, including $10.43 per credit fees.

    According to the curriculum plan, the MANE BSN is 30 nursing credits, or $$286.25 * 30 = $8,587.50. Plus 16 non-nursing general ed courses, or $221.40 * 16 = $2,878.20 (in class, not online price). That's a total of $11,465.70. MANE students only purchase books at the first semester, so there should not be any nursing books to purchase, but you'd probably have books for the other classes.

    Plus, I think you can take most, if not all, of the general ed. classes at the community college, saving even more money. At the school I attend, it's $182 per credit. So, that's another savings of about $40 per credit, or as much as $640.
    You're pretty close. I just thought I would correct your statement that you only buy books in the first semester. That's not true. We will have to buy books again in semester 6 (1st BSN semester). Idk if you're currently in a MANE nursing program, but those books don't contain enough information to last for 3 years... Especially not at the rate that we are covering the information.. Any how, either way it goes, MANE is going to be MUCH cheaper than Rasmussen, and you'll be getting an accredited degree.
  11. Visit  tk57 profile page
    #23 0
    In terms of Rasmussen if you do your RN there, are you able to complete an Rn to BSN elsewhere? Such as Bethel, Bemidji or MSU-Mankato?

    Where does Rasmussen Rn-ADN do clinicals in the Cities?
  12. Visit  claudia1214 profile page
    #24 0
    I contacted Bethel, because I had the same question as you did. I spoke to the admin of their BSN program and they said they accept an RN degree from Rasmussen. I would assume others do as well.
  13. Visit  PowerliftingLady profile page
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    Quote from Sharon7RN
    Hi there , I will be starting the ADN program at Rasmussen College in Green Bay in less than a week! Rasmussen is just as good a choice as any! The only reason why they aren't (accredited) as far as the nursing goes is I believe it's because they are a relatively new add on to the school at least here in Green Bay. Don't be tricked by that however! They are recognized by the National Nursing Association at this point, and when you complete the program you can sit for the NCLEX-RN just like all other ADN graduates. Same goes for LPN as well. It's almost inevitable that the Rasmussen School of Professional Nursing will eventually become (accredited). Like I said they are relatively new; but remember Rasmussen is accredited in all other areas of their education and have established themselves as an institution of higher learning. They have been around since 1900. I guess you could say they are pioneers in the learning field! Now days there is a big focus on getting good nursing programs out there and established. In case you haven't read or heard about it, there are and will be in the coming future big big demands for well trained dedicated nurses ! One of the problems are the "Baby Boomers" retiring.
    I would like to say that Rasmussen has a wonderful Nursing Program and experienced teachers ! Their Nursing Program is right up there with all the others! They do however use the Teas-v entrance test which is the newest one, and is suppose to be more difficult than some of the older tests used. You have to score at least "proficient" to be considered for the program. When you sign up to take the Teas-v (not sure if you have to take this for the LPN program?), there is a study guide that is sent to you so you can make sure you are prepared. They don't just focus solely on your score however, the Dean of Nursing interviews all applicants and hand picks the ones he/she believes will be a great asset in the medical field. Twelve students are picked for each cohort, and I believe there's like 5 or 6 cohorts each year?

    That's a plus if you can transfer credits to the LPN program! I did not have any credits to transfer to the ADN program and will have a jam packed schedule!

    Hope this helps with your question about whether or not to consider Rasmussen. I would like to say that the difference between Rasmussen and a community college is the smaller classes! I went to a community college for a CNA program at the classes were pretty big. I always felt kinda lost in the crowd . At Rasmussen they keep their classes small to make sure the teachers aren't spread out too thinly amongst the students. Especially in the nursing classes you get more a feeling of "family" .
    Can you tell I love all the animations!
    hi Sharon. If you are still here on all nurses, I am wondering if you can give me some feedback on how it was finding a job with a degree from Rasmussen. How long after graduating till you were hired? I plan to do the 18 month RN program. Then work and complete the year BSN program at the same time. I am new to all nurses and the dream of becoming a RN but appreciate your time and knowledge. Thanks

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