Rasmussen College Reviews
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I earned my AAS degree in 2004 and loved to tell everyone, Rasmussen is the best colleage in the earth. That's why, I went back and finsih another two bachelor's degrees. I was a transfer student. Instructors at Rasmussen College are super helpful. Whenever I sent email to them, I must receive reply on time. All my majors were in Business that it's a great help for my career. I got a new job before my AAS degree graduation and promotion after my first bachelor degree. My boss told me, I truly qualified new position. I truly appreciate Rasmussen College giving me a new life.
I'm more than 1/2 way through the nursing program and would not recommend it to anyone. The school has had this program for 2+ years now... we have a new dean last year, EVER changing faculty and once you're hear, no one in administration cares anymore. I have a few good instructors. When there is an issue with an instructor-tough. She's friends with the dean, so there is no resolution. Everything is last minute. Schedules are given out 2 weeks before your start a quarter and they want a 100% commitment. Never mind you have kids, a family, a job, a life....it's 100% commitment, even if they change your clinical or suddenly decide your exams need to be proctored and you have to come in on a certain day, at a certain time that isn't on your schedule! There is no flex in this program. They want you badly, woo you with support and caring, blah, blah, blah, but there is absolutely NO flexibility. Clinicals can be and will be over 1 hr away, instructors don't show, so you go home and then the school says you have to make up the clinical. Some clinicals are on weekends too. Have to drop off your kids at school for 9 and your class starts at 9? want a 5 minute late arrival b/c you can't or don't want to get daycare for 10 minutes of overlapping time-nope! At nine, they shut the classroom door and won't let you in. They tell you basically-tough. Just today (classes just started this week) they decided to tell us that for one of our classes (that is all online except clinical) our exams will be proctored, on campus on a Friday afternoon at 1:00. Every exam, there are 7 of them in an 11 week course. This is not an online course! If I have to come to campus and take exams on the school's schedule, then it should be classtime. I have clinical on Monday and a class on Tuesday, so most people schedule their work then on Wed, Thurs, Fri. - oops, nope, we just decided to tell you that in the middle of a day you're not scheduled to be here, you'll come in to take a test. Please save your money. As you can read through all of these, most of us have the same stories and they're not changing. If you're single with no kids and not doing anything else but attending college, it should be fine for you. If you have a life, family, kids, job, etc. don't. They market it as flexible and online, but please ask though questions-not to the staff, but to students you see at the school. Sit and talk with two or three students from the program before you sign up. Most of these classes are not transferable. Once you're in here, you're stuck. I have a family, and kids, but I don't work and I get frustrated with the last minute changes, the "oops. forgot to tell you this..., I just read about the exam final you have to get a 92% on to graduate. I found out on this site and I have only 2 quarters to go...
New Port Richey Fl campus has been wonderful. Listen, its easy to blame others for mistakes we make in anything but the fact is we all hold the keys to our own kingdoms. You have to take the reigns on what you are striving for and make it happen. The advisors including Melinda and Marina are always there in case you need anything. I really hate when people stereotype an entire school the way they do in these posts. I would recommend Rasmussen School of Nursing for all those who are serious about putting in the time needed for such a rigourous program. You get out of it what you put in. That holds true for anything in life. Good luck and blessings for all those who want to be a nurse at Rasmussen!
Rasmussen is all warm a fuzzy when you start. They get you great help with everything but teachers. Then they stop caring and tell you to chase down the teachers or the answers including vendors for stuff you pay dearly to Rasmussen for. I would never have gone here had I known what I know now. Over two years and I cannot graduate with 5 credits left because they do not offer them in one quarter, you have to wait two quarters. Plus trying to go to a state college and the credits spent lots of money are not even enough to follow on with a B/S you have to go back to A/S work first.
The program is an excellent option for the experienced nurse and non-traditional student. Traditional nursing school is VERY hard and time consuming. This program is exceptionally hard. It requires you to study and self direct as they are learning their "program". The Nursing Profession changes daily, so I understand some of their issues but the REAL problem is their lack of "connection". They are your "best friend" when getting you enrolled and your money paid, then it becomes about the next new student. Many of the instructors were caring but they usually quit and didn't hide how they felt. The dean is horrible. She will do everything she can to weed you out but luckily rumor has it she is stepping down. I struggled through the program with family and work responsibilities but I watched many drop out and fail and it was disheartening because the main reason was we did not learn what we were being tested on and there was no time for the instructor to evaluate our retention of information. Most tests were failed and the grades were altered. ATI is completely unhelpful due to them removing the rationales so you don't know the why and why not of your "educated guess". The program moves so fast, if you are not spending 4-5 hours a day on non class days studying, you WILL fall behind. The advisor is pointless. Be assertive and go after what you want or you will be a statistic. If you have experience as an LPN or EMT you will have the foundation to succeed with dedication outside of the classes, if not, you will find it very, very, very difficult to understand and apply. It is a lot of money and frustration if you have other options. I wouldn't recommend my friend, coworker or especially a family member to this program. Go to traditional nursing school or you might become a bitter nurse and coworker if you do make it.
Stay away. Save your money. You learn to read powerpoints and watch you tube videos at this school. Very few Instructors that are helpful and know what they are talking about. Clinical time is wasted time. We sit in a conference room and fill out paperwork. The dean said she makes rounds to check on students at the sites and I haven't seen her once. I wish I could go back in time.
Rasmussen is an excellent school. It gives its students the potential to gain the skills needed to work in the field of the choosing. License Practical Nursing is an excellent field to begin your career. Rasmussen allows you to graduate in one year with an LPN diploma. They offer a bridge program to switch your LPN to a RN degree.
I would not recommend this college to anyone. They are very poorly organized, and they require students to attend clinical hours away with only days notice. They are extremely expensive and the "policy" that they state they have is absent. They treat other certain students superior to others and it may take days up to weeks for a response from an instructor or any faculty member at Rasmussen. I am feeling comfortable going into the nursing field because there was one Instructor who helped me throughout the quarters and that is it. The instructors are there for their paychecks and nothing else. VERY POOR AND EXPENSIVE SCHOOL - DO NOT ATTEND!!!
This is the most unorganized, ineffective, ill-prepared educational program I have ever known. First issue, having teachers stand in front of you and read verbatim what the syllabus says, offering no insight or clarification to the course material. Second, unaqualified and unprofessional teachers. For instance, a maternal newborn nurse teaching pharmacology but cannot tell you the difference between antifungals and antibiotics, "just know what they tell in the book". The school is overpriced, the return on investment is ridiculous. They have changed the policy and procedures and did not tell the student body but made us adhere to the changes before we were told about them and then made us sign the new nursing shcool policy RETROACTIVELY or be removed from the program. Yes you read that right!! They made us falsify documentation to make appear as though we all knew. This school now refuses to let us know our grades!! yes you read right . they will not post our overall or test average, one teacher stated and I quote "you do know how to add and divide by 3, if not I will show you in clinical tomorrow" No, I as a student that is paying your salary, with my 27k tuition, should have a daily access and current information on my grade status. Period. DO NOT ATTEND RASMUSSEN FORT MYERS NURSING PROGRAM OR ANY PROGRAM FOR THAT MATTER!!!! I personally heard the School of nursing Dean state to a co-worker, while discussing course time changes, state that "oh well, if we need to change a course time or day, that is their problem not ours. They are students, they can just deal with it or not!!" Dean B. is the worst representation of a female professional nurse educator, EVER!!! SHe is rude, disrespectful, condescending and needs to be reported the florida board of nursing for threats of failure and incomplete if documentation is not falsified.
I would never ever!!! recommend this school to anyone. They are called by our student body as a "turn and burn" or basically they sell you a dream, take your money, fail you.. and then kick you out. Please take this from someone who has spent the last over 2 years of their life trign to graduate... they are the worst, most unprofessional, unstable, disorganized individuals I have ever had the displeasure of wasting my time with. DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL