Rasmussen College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (59)
The classes and instructors are awesome (with few exceptions). All of my classes took online. However, the Aurora, IL campus career services is horrible. The campus as a whole is terrible. No one ever answers the phone. If you ever need anything, know that your call will never be answered. Yes, the front desk will always answer, but then they are just going to transfer you to a voicemail. The career services people are NEVER EVER EVER EVER available. I think it is just one person in charge of it all for hundreds if not thousands of students. It is just horrible and frustrating. The one time that I did get a hold of the career services person she never gave real information. All she ever said was that "we work with xyz company." What in the world does that mean? That means absolutely nothing. Look, the college is affordable up to a point. But make no mistake, it is affordable in the long run, but not the short run. They never ever told me that I was going to be paying close to $1000/ month for tuition. Know that whatever they tell you will be paying that it will be unaffordable every month. They are very dishonest and just horrible to help. They actually do not help at all. Just know what you are getting yourself into.
I read many reviews about Rasmussen before I enrolled in their RN program in Mankato. This is what I found - classes are challenging and the work is intensive. There is an entrance exam to get into the program and a full course load each semester. My clinical sites expose me to a variety of specialty areas. The instructors, for the most part, were very good (although there were a few that were just adequate). The program is comprehensive, providing books, an NCLEX Review, uniforms etc. I passed the NCLEX on my second attempt and was able to obtain a job within 2 weeks of passing. The school is for profit, meaning the cost is higher than what is expected; however, the wait list is less and cohorts start frequently throughout the year. I have my RN license from the State of Minnesota and am employed. I would not have been able to pass the Boards if the quality of instruction was poor - the test is HARD! In my book, Rasmussen prepared me well.
I see bad reviews, but I just wanted easy classes at convenient times. I needed prereqs for another school and this worked for easy credits (didn't have to transfer them though). It wasn't top notch quality, but for my needs (working full time and taking hard grad courses), it was great. For a lot of these classes, you get out of it what you put in, and I really just wanted them done, and didn't care what I learned. I'm a nerd, this is not my MO, but at the time it was perfect. It did rub me wrong when they called about a "serious" matter, that I stilled owed $10 on my account. I had paid it last week, but they were a little to serious about this fee (which I didn't know I owed). Whatever, I knew it was for profit, and I was happy with the on-demand easy classes I needed.
First off I am an older student working on my 2nd career. I opted for Nursing because I have a functional health coaching business and desired to be a Family Nurse Practitioner at some point. Well to be an FNP, you have to be an RN first. As much as I am opposed to BIG PHARMA, it does have a place, I just wanted to be a different kind of FNP in the end and work on a more holistic and nutritional foundation. Anyway, I just resigned from the program in Ft Myers last week for many reasons. My grades were fine, but I was growing tired of the Negatives that are attached to the program. As I discussed the situation with Nurses from other schools, they seem pretty much the same. I had a Biology Degree from many years ago, so intensity was nothing new for me. My biggest complaint is that they constantly hold that THREAT of failing over your head. I understand that they desire a "weeding out" process, but when you pass a certain point in the program, it really should be a POSITIVE reinforcement training style instead of the constant Negativity being thrown at you. We always had the threat of failing the program at any given point thrown out in a classroom. There was enough stress in the career field, we certainly didn't need to be continuously pounded by the negatives that are built in the program at every corner. We actually took a pass of fail exam and all the students passed. Next thing I know we all get an email that someone decided the test was too similar to the review and we all needed to re-take it again! That was just ridiculous. I mean people were feeling good and positive that we all passed and next thing you know a few failed and had take a 1 chance re-take. Very poor for sure. I enjoyed my clinicals for the most part and my instructors were not too bad overall. With a few exceptions, they seemed to care that they put out a solid product. I had a big issue with the LAB time and the lack of practice time on the skills required to pass the skills checks. My first few labs were fine as the instructor was very skilled and understanding. My last lab was run my a very STERN and Not so pleasant instructor. She seemed to have issues with men as well. When we were going to practice sterile field, we got one demo and then no practice time to work on our skills. Problem was that they provide no practice kits for you to take home. SO in 1 week it's pass or fail and you have no practice time. I actually went out and bought bandages and supplies to simulate a sterile kit. Then I studied the book and the video they provide. Unfortunately the book and the video do not agree with the instructor sheet. So you are trying to make the instructor happy with many conflicting training materials. Then we were unable to test out the next week and they added another skill set for catheter placement and removal. So the following week I would have to test out on both. The issue here is that the instructor did not have the correct kit to demo the procedure. Fortunately an LPN had a kit in her car and we used her kit. There was no practice time, so I was in the same boat all over again. There was an unscheduled incident that REMOVED THE INSTRUCTOR FROM THE CLASS FOR 15 Minutes which shortened our learning time. We offered to stay but the instructor said NO as her next class was in 30 minutes. But we were all willing to stay to get more time and some practice. The lab is only available if there is an instructor available to be in the lab with you. That is certainly a problem. You have to practice these skills to perfect the mechanics and that was just not available in my last lab. If all the schools are like this then just pick one. Coming from a very intense Professional Aviation career, I understand that we want the best of the best. I just question the STYLE for productive learning. Negative reinforcement seems to be OLD school. You can attain a great product in a POSITIVE and effectual environment. I only had about 6 months to go, but they really wore me down in about 11 months. I just lost my passion for the profession in the end. Best of luck to all wherever you attend.
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.
There aren't any internships associated with Medical Administration, medical coding or billing. I am working at a local hospital, 20 hours a week maximum $11/hr, $12,000 a year. The Human Resource Department at Rasmussen is a waste of space for the college. The person does not return telephone calls and was zero help with finding employment in my field. After graduation and applying for a position at Rasmussen College for which I was qualified, I received a rejection e-mail. Rasmussen was not at all helpful in seeking employment. My present employment was found without the help of Rasmussen.
Hi, I went to Rasmussen in Eagan, MN and graduated in 2011. This was an amazing program that had great clinicals at the VA hospital in Minneapolis as well as Fairview hospital in Burnsville, MN. We had experience once per week in the labor/delivery unit at Fairview where we were part of the team for a birth and cared for a mother/baby every week for our maternal/child clinical. At the VA, we had 4 patients 1x/wk and we did all of their cares and meds for the whole quarter. I had wonderful, smart, supportive teachers who went above and beyond for us. I was lucky. When I heard that Rasmussen had an LPN-RN program I did not hesitate, I was really excited to go. I am feeling like I made a huge mistake. They have the transitional LPNs with students who have never had any nursing experience. It does not look like we will be having any hospital clinicals, our maternal/child clinical is at a daycare and a simulation lab. The online teachers are usually helpful, but you really are teaching yourself there. Our instructor for our maternal/child and Nursing 1 course is just going through the motions. She literally reads us powerpoint presentations with no further instruction. I am definitely getting ripped off. I have some amazingly smart, caring classmates who are very excited to learn nursing and have no idea that they are being ripped off. I hear them talk about when they are done, how they want to work in a hospital. I do not see this happening with no hospital clinical experience. It is very competitive to get into a community college program that only accepts 50 out 500 students 2x/year. We need more nursing educators and bigger programs to cover the shortage of nurses. I was lucky to have had such an awesome experience the first time around and I use everything I learned everyday as a nurse, and I love being a nurse because I was taught well and by people who were experienced and wanted to share their knowledge to help bring more quality nurses into the workforce. Rasmussen Blaine's nursing program is a waste of money and does a disservice to future nurses. I feel bad for people who are not already nurses. The people who are already LPNs? Well, there is nothing new. They do the EXACT SAME program that they did for LPN, except with half-hearted teachers and crappier clinicals. For people who are considering going to Rasmussen for their RN, reconsider. Try your best to find something else. I have written letters to the Dean of Nursing explaining the problems with the program, she has given me NO response, not even an acknowledgement. The Instructor I currently have is at times extremely rude, does not take into account that some of us actually have nursing experience, and is not a quality teacher. She clearly has experience in one area of nursing, but she does not take kindly to questions, often referring us to our handouts (the power points) to answer our own questions. I spend a lot of time helping people who have no experience because they have no idea, and they NEED guidance. Rasmussen Blaine is going to have to step it up and get it together. You are sending people into the workforce that are going to have PEOPLE'S LIVES IN THEIR HANDS. Also, people who are already LPNs are not going to learn anything by working 1x/wk in a TCU doing 1 med pass and treatments for 1 person per 2 students. Get real.