Is Rasmussen a Good college and transferable?

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    Does anyone know anything about Rasmussen College? I went on this website and found out that the school is accreditated but not the Nursing program. I was formerly a student at UW Oshkosh who has all my Gen. Ed finished but couldn't get into the nursing program so i wanted to transfer to another school around town. I looked at Bellin first but their tuition is too pricy and so Rasmussen college came in to mind. My goal was to complete an ASN there and then go back to UW Oshkosh for their RN to BSN program, but i'm afraid that my Asscociates at Rasmussen won't go through becuase the program itself isn't accreditated. Is Rasmussen a good start for me or I shouldn't risk it and go to Bellin(accrediated school)?
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    Quote from missysophia
    does anyone know anything about rasmussen college? i went on this website and found out that the school is accreditated but not the nursing program. i was formerly a student at uw oshkosh who has all my gen. ed finished but couldn't get into the nursing program so i wanted to transfer to another school around town. i looked at bellin first but their tuition is too pricy and so rasmussen college came in to mind. my goal was to complete an asn there and then go back to uw oshkosh for their rn to bsn program, but i'm afraid that my asscociates at rasmussen won't go through becuase the program itself isn't accreditated. is rasmussen a good start for me or i shouldn't risk it and go to bellin(accrediated school)?
    himissy!
    thanks for your note about rasmussen college! i am the dean of the nursingprogram within the green bay campus and would like to address your concerns.our nursing program, along with our campus is regionally accredited by thehigher education council which allows our school to be approved by the wi stateboard of nursing to admit and deliver an outstanding education to students along with allowing those graduates to sit for the nclex-rn. the regional accreditation alsoallows the transfer of credits into our program and for our credits to transferto other schools.
    we are actively pursuing nlnac accreditation, which is a voluntary review ofthe nursing program and demonstrates our dedication to providing only thehighest level of nursing education to our students.
    presently, i have three former students of your previous school attending ourclasses. all plan to obtain their associates degree from rasmussen college,enter the profession of nursing and continue to pursue their bachelorís degree.
    i would be very happy to talk to you at length about our program and provideyou with the facts so that you can make an informed decision about your future!please go to our website and sign up for a nursing information session. weoffer this exciting get-together every thursday afternoon and provide you witha great deal of information about our program and review the applicationprocess. we also have plenty of time to sit down and discuss one-on-one withyou any questions or concerns you may have.
    looking forward to seeing you next thursday at our information session!!
    thanks again for considering rasmussen college. i know that once you hear ustalk about our special program, our supportive methods of education and dedicatedadmission process you will be happy you joined us for the best hour of youlife!
    take care,
    bill

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    My husband decided to attend Rasmussen for his (non-nursing) degree; I have never seen a school keep his interest like Rasmussen and trust me when I say that he's been through a lot of them! I'm so impressed by the way they encourage and support their students. Their nursing program is recognized by the State of Wisconsin (go to www.drl.wi.gov for more information and more schools) so you are eligible to sit for your boards. In my place of employment, we have many students from Rasmussen come through for their clinical practice and the Education Coordinator has nothing but good things to say about their students. I am patiently waiting for their BSN program to become accredited by a nursing body so that I can start my BSN. Good luck to you in whatever you chose!
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    Quote from MissySophia
    Does anyone know anything about Rasmussen College? I went on this website and found out that the school is accreditated but not the Nursing program. I was formerly a student at UW Oshkosh who has all my Gen. Ed finished but couldn't get into the nursing program so i wanted to transfer to another school around town. I looked at Bellin first but their tuition is too pricy and so Rasmussen college came in to mind. My goal was to complete an ASN there and then go back to UW Oshkosh for their RN to BSN program, but i'm afraid that my Asscociates at Rasmussen won't go through becuase the program itself isn't accreditated. Is Rasmussen a good start for me or I shouldn't risk it and go to Bellin(accrediated school)?
    DONT DO IT!
    The prev comments are from someone who works for rasmussen.
    As someone who went there, it sucks. They are very unprofessional and its all about weather they like you or not. Its easy to get in because they take anybody. If they like you you will be floated thru the whole program. But what good does that do when you get in the real world and have no idea what you are doing? Choose wisley. Remember nothing fast and easy is never really worth having
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    I see that this thread is a little bit dated, but due to my experiences with Rasmussen students, I felt the need to post a comment. I can't speak for WI, because I am in Fla. First of all, the first comment is from someone who claims to be a Dean of their nursing program, yet his writing style screams salesman, not to mention, unprofessional. No capitalization or spaces where they are needed. I am a graduate nurse myself and have had to share clinical space with Rasmussen, Keiser, etc students and I am less than impressed. It's true, they will take ANYBODY! If they can help you secure the $50,000 in tuition, you're in like flynn.

    The Rasmussen students in my opinion are woefully inadequate. They are very rude and behave unprofessionally also. My experience with them yesterday went like this: First of all they hogged up the computers. One girl who had on gobs of make up and big huge fake eyelashes, and a giant boufant hairdo had to be told three times to get off the computers so a NURSE could use it!! How entitled is that? This same one gave me an attitude when I asked her to let me use the computer so I could chart my shift assessments, she had the nerve to say, "Can't you use one of the WOWS to chart?" That's when my preceptor stepped in and told her that I'm on preceptorship and whatever she's doing on the computer isn't as important as what I need to do, and the nurses and preceptor students trump them. I found out later they are just out of fundamentals and beginning Adult I, so they should know better.... All day I had to tolerate glares and attitudes from them.

    I think they are jealous because I'm a community college student and they can't get in there. They all remind me of nursing school rejects. Only one was nice that I met a few weeks ago, but her knowledge deficit is huge. She was on preceptorship with my preceptor at that time, and I was following them that day, well the preceptor asked her for a pts b/p trends and she got a blank look on her face, she didn't know what that meant. Then she told me that a pt's b/p was 80/113. I said, "You mean 113/80?" And she insisted it was that because the computer said so, and I explained that someone must've manually entered it, and they flip flopped the numbers. It didn't dawn on her that 80/113 is physiologically impossible!! Additionally, I took three of her pts, well two of them needed dressing changes and I offered for her to do them since she was on preceptorship and she declined, but instead asked if she could watch me. I had the feeling she's never done one before. And this is someone who was days away from graduating from an RN program!!

    Yesterday they also hogged up the break room with their huge backpacks, bags and lunch coolers. What were always told about that?? We weren't allowed to bring backpacks or even a lunch, we had to spend a small fortune on the cafeteria to eat so we wouldn't take up space from the staff! Then when my preceptor and I went into the break room to eat our lunch, a whole gang of them came piling in and one of them picked up her big wheeled back pack and set it on top of the lunch table like it was no big deal! Gross! We eat on the table. Those wheels have been on the ground and hospital floors, yuck! I would have said something to her if I was staff. My preceptor said nothing, but we both looked at her. Lastly, two of these students totally screwed up a pt. They were clueless to the most minor of common sense stuff. The pt was in a wheelchair, naked except for a dirty stained gown, juices running down her body from an open infected wound, pee on the floor and her IV tubing practically ripped from her arm because it was all wound-up around her wheelchair. They were bumbling around, their instructor peeked in and did nothing to intervene. So I went in, it wasn't my pt, but I felt like I had to do something. The two jerks up and left me there without so much as a "thanks", just a dirty look from one, and left me to clean up the huge mess they made. And the one that gave me the look was also being mean to this pt. She rolled her eyes at her and spoke to her in a snappish tone.

    I'm disturbed that these schools are allowed to do business and they are churning out a poor quality product. And we actually have to compete with it! They are causing a glut in the market and stinking up the nursing profession. Every encounter I've had with them during my three years of nursing school has been about the same, and it's because the "college" will literally take anybody. There is a reason nursing schools have certain accreditations. One of the manuevers that Rasmussen and other for-profit private schools like them use, is the alleged "nursing shortage". This tactic paves the way for them to earn accreditation. This fact should not be confused with the idea that they are providing a quality education, because from what I've seen they are not. There is also a reason that nursing school takes nearly three years to complete. It should.

    There is an ABUNDANCE of information one must learn. Rasmussen also doesn't have prerequisites, and that is a disadvantage to the student and the public they will one day care for. Prerequisite classes provide a foundation of understanding of disease processes, the physiology of the human body, growth and development, psychology and social science. It also shows which of the applicants has the brains to be a nurse. At my community college, there are hundreds that apply to the biannual application period. Only 24 get picked each time. Not to toot my own horn, but I was one of those 24 and it means a lot. It's a hard-earned accomplishment. We are considered the cream of the crop in the intelligence department. In order to have a chance of getting selected, you really need to have a 4.0 in your prerequisite classes and a very high TEAS score.

    It's my opinion that Rasmussen is actually doing a disservice to the medical community. All they care about is getting the tuition.
























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    "I think they are jealous because I'm a community college student and they can't get in there. They all remind me of nursing school rejects. Rasmussen also doesn't have prerequisites, and that is a disadvantage to the student and the public they will one day care for. Prerequisite classes provide a foundation of understanding of disease processes, the physiology of the human body, growth and development, psychology and social science. It also shows which of the applicants has the brains to be a nurse."

    This comment is total BS from someone who knows nothing about the school. I attend Rasmussen now, and let me tell you a little about the school. First off, you do have to take the TEAS test AND place well in order to be accepted into their nursing program. I scored an 80 on my first shot and was immediately accepted. Secondly, contrary to what was stated above, there ARE pre-reqs. The only difference is that Rasmussen incorporates your pre-reqs into your degree schedule, so that you don't have to spend 3 years on something that you are told will only take 2. Lastly, I don't think that I am a nursing school reject by any means! I was actually going to a community college, and I was tired of being on the waiting list because I did not live in the county they were located in, therefore, I was not given first choice for the program. I made a choice that was necessary for my family in order for me to get my nursing degree, and get a better career. I don't regret my decision at all. In fact, I met a couple girls just a few weeks ago at clinical that had no idea what I was talking about when they overheard me speaking to a classmate about medications that were going to be on our upcoming test. These same girls told us that it was their last day of school and their pinning was in 2 weeks.....Not exactly what I wanted to hear (especially because these were important cardiac meds, and I am a cardiac patient). All I can say is go to an info session, and see if the program is right for you because opinions are like *******s, everyone has one. Hope this helps
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    their BSN is accredited but not their ADN. Though they are in the process of accreditation. Yes, Rasmussen has interest for their students just like any private institution!
    I am in a community college here in Northern Wi pursuing my ADN. Its cheaper and better. All you need is pass your HESI !!!
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    I don't know anything about Rasmussen but they have a very low nclex pass rate!! Better off going to a technical school where you get more hands on learning.
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    Vida, I'm from northern wi...what school do you go to??
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    First of all, Rasmussen does not "let everyone in". There are simply more opportunities per year to be accepted (4) versus the only one or 2 times for most nursing programs. There is an entrance TEAS exam and and interview with the dean of nursing. Your interview score is combined with the test score and usually the top 12 get in (also 12 who are ready LPNs) (I talking about the RN program here) It is competitive and difficult! Also, nobody "floats by" in their nursing program. Rasmussen college's nursing program requires you to have a MINIMUM of 78 % to pass all nursing classes or you fail. The material you learn is incredibly fast paced because you learn everything in a quarter that most students learn in a semester.
    The NCLEX passing rate is now in the upper 80s and almost 90......so not sure where someone got the idea that passing rates were low. I graduated with a WONDERFUL class full of intellectual and kind hearted people, our clinical sites loved having us and nobody ever had to be told what to do. I think those of you who are generalizing all Rasmussen students by their minimal experience with a few duds (EVERY program has them) need a serious wakeup call and I hope some of you are NOT nurses because isn't the ability to NOT generalize and NOT be judgmental an important quality of a nurse? Maybe someone needs to go back to school or get some sensitivity training. The local hospital I work at absolutely LOVES hiring Rasmussen students
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