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In reading the comments, I'm not surprised since many of them are about financial aid and issues. I do not use financial aid, so I'm not able to comment about it. I would say most of the time, I'm satisfied with the Accelerated program that I'm in. However, just like anywhere else, there are a few bad apples. I would say out of every 5 instructors you get one that is a bit more harsh, unclear, or just annoying with reading power points and continuing to preach about the APA format. Speaking of the preaching. It's probably happening since many people are not following the requirements. And, perhaps this is why people who gave poor reviews are not happy. I would also mention that if I had not had over 20 years of experience, this program would be very difficult. I think that is why people are also making comments about not learning or being taught anything by the instructor. I feel it's a program that was developed for people like me that have many years of experience but just need a degree to validate the experience for current or future employers. If you are under 35 years old, you'll need to be a good reader, be able to reach out for help when needed, or just be fortunate to have a lot of business experience. The classes are only 6 weeks long, so they go fast and when you get behind on one week, it could be difficult to catch up. The work is generally 2 discussion posts and 2 writing papers (sometimes a quiz is supplemented for one of these items). I would say it takes about 10-15 hours a week to do the work for one class. I'm glad that the instructors can be a bit tough on some people, I do want to EARN my grades, and to this point (attending for about a year now), I feel I have earned my grade. And, I feel I have learned too. Perhaps not as much as sitting in a classroom when I was 20 years old, but since I've been working for more years than that, I've gained knowledge that I am able to apply to my course work. And, thankfully, I do not need to sit in a classroom for 3-10 hours a week! I dreaded that while getting my Associates degree 22 years ago! That's one reason I didn't go back to school. Speaking of my Associates degree, Rasmussen took my degree to apply it to my credits so I began as a Junior basically. 22 years later! And, I didn't have to take any additional classes than someone who just graduated in the spring of the year I started attending Rasmussen. Bottom line, as with everything else, you get what you put into it. It's not for everyone or for every degree (I'm only able to comment on the Accelerated BA Business Management program). And, the costs could vary. I am taking advantage of my work's tuition reimbursement program and so far have not paid anything out of pocket. I am thankful for the quick classes, because I tend to get anxious about week 4, regardless of how long the class is. Here's my summary: PROS: It's somewhat self-paced, but there are due dates for assignments No sitting in classrooms Inexpensive, comparatively speaking to other BA programs (even if I had to pay out of pocket) You still can communicate with your classmates If I move, I can continue to take my classes since location is not an issue. 18 months and you're done! My stomach doesn't turn as I expected (see CONS below) There are 6 computer based classes that you take and those are strictly read and take a test types and are totally self-paced, and you have 60 days to complete one class. CONS: The online portal was confusing somewhat when I began. Some teachers/classes aren't good (but no where is perfect) My stomach turns thinking about school
At first I thought the school was pretty good. I would have to agree that some of the instructors are pretty harsh. They don't really teach and when asked a question they tell you to look over the power-point again or read this chapter....of course I had already done that hense the reason I am asking! My biggest issue is with books, advisors who never answer your questions, and financial aid department. I hate ebooks. Sitting in front of a screen reading for hours with lengthly chapters is not something I like to do. I don't have the best eyes and am prone to severe headaches. Online courses that require you to use Rasmussen's online library for schaoarly article references is a joke too! I would get points taken off my paper because I didn't get my references from the Rasmussen library! Why on Earth this matters as long as my references are legit is beyond me! Advisors are a joke. You call and get no answer, you email and they send it to someone else to answer who still doesn't answer your question. Two weeks before I graduated there was a $3,000 check sent to me by mistake. My husband also attends Rasmussen and it was supposed to go on to his account. His name is very similar to mine and my name was on the check. I figured it was the remainder of my financial aid. A few days after we put it in our account and paid bills with it I get a call saying I needed to return it because it was a mistake! That's a huge mistake! I still haven't been able to get a job in Medical Administration due to no experience even though I have my Associate's Degree. It's been 6 months. So, silly me thought I would go back for the new Radiologic Technologist program. Now it is a month before classes and their regional financial aid officer is telling them I have a balance due each quarter and I either have to pay out of pocket or get a loan which I can't do. A month before starting! What bad news. Now I'm trying to withdrawal before it's too late and instead of answering my question of how to do so, they are trying to convince me I CAN afford it despite me telling them I can't!
I decided to go with Rasmussen because they are regionally accredited and provide online. They care about you here unlike other colleges I've talked to. Teachers are very easy to get a hold of and are knowledgeable in that field. Also they don't treat you like a student they treat you like family. At least that's how I feel. So far I feel I've made one of the best choices in my life.
I dropped out after 2 semesters and was told by my counselor that I owed a certain amount and as long as I made a payment of any amout I'd be good. Three weeks later I get a call saying I owe more and my counselor was wrong and that they accepted my payment of 20 dollars but in the future it couldn't be less than 50. After setting up a payment plan with them they sent my account to a collection agency 10 days before my first payment was even due under the new payment contract we agreed to (breach of contract anyone?). After calling them they admitted to the mistake and said it was done by them in error however I was still required to make my payments even though they messed up. All this school wants is money, go somewhere else.
I decided to write a review because I find that many people write reviews when they are not happy and few take the time to write a good review when things are good. I have had a very positive experience with Rasmussen College and am excited to be graduating. I worked hard for my grades and communicated often with my instructors. I had personal issues and challenges along the way and some instructors work with you and some don't. That is just life. The instructor is like your boss; some are good some are not. The instructors I had were very knowledgeable in their field and I used their expertise to learn and I put forth great effort in writing papers that aligned with the job I would do after graduation. I had great feedback from instructors and one asked if they could use my paper as an example for other students. I had not been in school for 20 years before coming to Rasmussen and was very grateful for such support. I picked my instructors brain and asked about careers after I graduated and asked advice from all of them. I kept in contact with my Advisor and felt that my questions were answered honestly and in a timely manner. I did not take out excess funds as it was explained that this is a loan and I sent the excess back to the lender and was not worried about a check coming in the mail. I spoke to many students that clearly abused their student loans and used the excess money for things clearly other than education. When you would read discussion post with no grammar, vocabulary, speelling errors, and posts that made no sense or looked like a first grader wrote it, it was obvious that some students had no intention of earning a degree and they were in school for money. Some students in these reviews make it sound like it is Rasmussen holding up their check but when I recently spoke to my Loan Provider, I was told that the student must be in class for a certain amount of time before the checks are released because of the abuse of some students going to school just to get a check at the beginning of classes. I made decent grades throughout my degree and I graduate next month with my Bachelor's degree. I attended the last Career Fair at the campus and was given 2 interviews and accepted an offer with my dream company and will be a Family Case Manager. I could not apply for the position without my degree and could have not graduated without an online program because of my busy life. I am very grateful to the support of Rasmussen College along the way, but the bottom line is, I did the work and I found solutions to the challenges that life through at me. If I would not have been successful, it would be no ones fault but my own.
I just started going to Rasmussen a month ago. I can't even put into words what a disappointment this place is. First, myself and numerous other students in my cohort were told when they were enrolling that we would have clinicals at a "CLINIC" in either one location or another. Now we have found out that we don't have a clinical at a "CLINIC" at all. Every quarter our clinical is at a nursing home. Second, we were talking about how we are hoping to be in the same clinical cohort the rest of the program and we were told to talk to the dean about this, One of my fellow students asked me to email her and set up a time for us to meet with her about this. I ended up calling her and asking if she could meet with us on a particular day and her response was "What for?" and after telling her why, she proceeded to go off about it and to tell the other students who wanted to meet with her about this to not even bother because she will not change her mind. She was the one who told us at orientation to contact her if we need anything. But when you contact her she is rude and disrespectful. We're paying over $20,000 to be treated like this and lied to about the program. There are so many other things I could go on about. What is the point of lying to people who are going to have so much debt because of the cost of this school?!
I made a huge mistake going to this school. I saw on our company intranet that Rasmussen offered 10 % discounts off tuition. I had wanted to go back to school so I contacted the local Rasmussen College. I wish I never saw that ad on the intranet! After hooking me in with their promises and lies I found it difficult to even get my advisor to connect with me after I enrolled. The instructors are non responsive when you email about assignments and the tutoring is useless. They tell you they cannot help you and give you wrong instruction. I failed a paper after working HOURS with a tutor online who confirmed my answers were right! The assignments themselves are not challenging and canned. I made Dean's List each quarter I was there and felt like I got zero out of any of it. These instructors are part time and could care about little more than a paycheck. They don't teach, they put up powerpoints and graphs. I now owe the school money and student loan money because I dropped out after only 4 quarters. I am now enrolled in my state university and couldn't be happier there. Also most of my credits were discounted or didn't transfer at all to my other school. SAVE your money and time and bypass this school all together. There are so many other online schools that are better. This is an honest opinion.
I have attended Rasmussen College since October 2014. I am honestly shocked at many of the reviews for Rasmussen. Rasmussen has treated me fairly the entire time. I have received helpful responses from my advisor and my teachers are quick to respond, also. The assignments are challenging and applicable to real work situations. I can see each course builds on prior courses, but also reinforces fundamentals. I feel Rasmussen is a great college and offers me the coursework and help to succeed in the classroom and the workforce. Rasmussen was upfront about the costs associated with my degree. I knew how much my degree was going to cost before I started my first class. Rasmussen's prices are competitive with other colleges that offer similar degrees. If you are willing to work for your degree, Rasmussen College is a great choice.
I have to agree with most reviews here. They win your business with lollipops and rainbows but then they let you down. I have been attending online since October 2014. I have recently been diagnosed with some health issues. I have inquired about changing my degree to shorten the time I am in school. I felt like it was frowned upon. I am getting no help from my advisor as to how to work something out. I have to keep suggesting ideas and asking questions just to be given short and quick answers. I am not allowed to take a quarter off because they are a year round school and I would have to re-enroll and they don't offer this program any more. I would like to transfer to the healthcare information technician program and I feel that a lot of the classes that I have already taken would transfer but they have to do a review to determine this. I have also brought to their attention that some of the classes that I have taken are very redundant of each other. In fact some of the assignments are almost identical. So much, that I have been able to use older papers and tweak them to work for current classes. So if repetition is what you like and to pay for repeated course work then, sure, go to Rasmussen. I am looking at transferring to a local school in my city but now fear that most of my credits will not transfer. I was told up front that there would be no problem transferring my credits out.
I attended Rasmussen College for their Health Information Technology Associates Degree Program. The classes I took were very informative and the teachers were great. Questions were answered on a timely basis along with grades and comments presented in an easily understood manner. That's about where my good experience stops. They have self paced classes where you receive only a pass or fail grade and really don't apply to your education. When I asked my advisor why this was, she really couldn't give me an answer. In addition, the format they were but In was really difficult to follow. In one area it would say that you were finished with the class; (and I THOUGHT I'd completed everything). Reached out to the individual in charge of the class and they really couldn't give me any definite answer so I will end up having to take the class again and pay for it. The biggest problem is that the format is Microsoft Office 10. Since I purchased a new desktop and laptop so that I'd be prepared with the latest software, both computers came with Office 2013. When reaching out to the Help Desk, they told me that I would have to uninstall the Office program I had on my computer (and it didn't come with a disk..many of them don't anymore..) in order to download their Office 2010 program. They told me that I could use some kind of Virtual Program that would allow me to run their software, but nobody in IT knew how to help me set it up. They're supposed to be the experts, yet asked me if I had anyone I knew that could set it up for me as it's complicated. HUH??! How many students are running different Office systems on their computers (including Mac users) and IT; along with nobody at the school knew how to help set them up??! I had a class where we needed to put things in APA format and they provided a template (again in 2010 format). Pain in the arse to use it with my currently running Office. Why they don't offer other templates for students using different formats is beyond me, so my advisor told me to reach out to a tutor that could help me build a template using my current Office System. Left her a message and never got a call back. I bent over backwards to find the answers to questions that nobody could answer and one day even went to campus to see if there was anyone available to help me out. They sent me to the "bookless" library (Yep..no books in their library), and I asked the individual sitting there if she could possibly help me with this particular template; or if there was anyone else available that could help. She couldn't help me and there was nobody else that could either. As more and more frustration set in, I muddled through my last quarter of classes and have hit a wall regarding being able to take any additional classes. Reason being that I'm scheduled for a computer class (Office 2010 format); along with another Professional writing class (APA formatting required on all papers). Contacted my student advisor again regarding this and she told me that all students are expected to use the software provided, and if it doesn't work on their computer, she again directed me to the Helpless Desk and they again told me that I'd have to either uninstall Office 2013 in order to run their 2010; or again, set up a Virtual Machine which she had no idea of how to help me set up. Then she asked me if I may possibly have an older computer that I could do the work on. REALLY??!! How behind the times IS this private college that I'm spending big bucks on in order to get an education? I'm finished with all this bologna as I can only see it getting worse!! When I first went there and talked to the Admissions Specialist, I had questions regarding using a new computer and would it comply with their current systems for classes. She never mentioned the fact that they were using an older version of Office and that it might be a problem in the long run; they just make everything sound so very exciting and hunky dory. Simply because they want your money. In fact there were MANY things I wasn't told. I had asked the question as to it probably not being a good idea to use an IPad for any of the work and she replied that oftentimes they come in handy. Never told me that using them would render what you submitted your work on absolutely useless. I made the mistake of taking ONE test on my IPad and the text never recorded. I never used it again. One is never told these things though. In fact they tell you little to nothing until you're knee deep in classes and debt. Reaching out to someone is fairly useless, although I did have a few experiences with their Help Desk where I actually got some help. As I talked to the guy about my experience, he told me that he'd heard situations like mine more than once, but there wasn't much they could do about it. That's the software issues in addition to tutoring issues. Their answer is always to come to campus and have someone work with you, yet I could never REACH anyone for help. Maybe others have had better experiences with this college, but not me. I went in with a very excited, positive attitude thinking that I was finally going to be able to get my HIT Associates degree; making me much more marketable. What a joke!! The Medical and Billing class that I took; after reading the description, it sounded like it touched on not only the Prospective Payment System, but also on Billing and Coding issues. Very little of that. Although the instructor that I had was extremely nice, he had no clue regarding coding, even with an RHIT certification. During the class I had several questions regarding coding as the book for the class touched on many of those things. Those chapters we skipped over and were told that we'd have plenty of coding classes in the future. UGH!! Biggest reason I moved the class up on my schedule was to get some Medical Billing and Coding experience. We had ONE module on how to fill out a CMS-1500 and UB-04 and that was it. Oh..and one where we had to code using a fake charge master from the AHIMA site. This left me extremely disappointed also. Again, not what the description of the class noted AT ALL!! The one thing I can say thought is that the teacher for this class was awesome and went out of his way to answer coding questions I had. If he couldn't find an answer, he looked to others in his circle for an answer. This I really appreciated. While I tried to stay positive, I made the best of the class and learned much about the Prospective Payment System; but the class was more about management than it was about Medical Billing and Coding. With that, I've hit a wall and am so glad I found out all these things ahead of time before I drive up any more charges on my student loan, and am currently looking to transfer to a community college that has a much better program. Before I get into that, I want anyone thinking about going to this college to know that everything is in quarters and no semesters, making it difficult for credits to transfer. Classes are 11 weeks long and there is a two week break before you start the next quarter. This part I enjoyed as it runs through the Summer, helping you to get your degree faster. However, I did some research online and found that some employers don't want to hire people out of the HIT program at private colleges since they believe that they haven't gotten the real education that they need to work out in the real HIT world. I also talked to several people, including an HIT specialist that works for Rasmussen and she told me that I was already very employable with my 20 years of health insurance background, since I was very well rounded. If that's the case, why, when I send out a resume, do I get a letter back telling me I'm not qualified? I finally spoke with the head of the HIT department at a Community College and got MORE information from her than from anybody. They offer the HIT program, yet it's not completely online. Students are required to have books (as she said that e-books; which Rasmussen thrives on..you don't get to keep them after you graduate; they're just on loan) because they can add them to their libraries when they go out into the field. This is soo very true as although Rasmussen offers e-books, those books will do nothing for you once out in the field; since they are just on loan. One should build a reference library from the books they use..ESPECIALLY in the HIT field. Students are required to attend a certain number of classes while in the HIT program at this community college; so that they can use labs to apply what they've learned, At the end of the program, each student is required to go through different internships so as to get the full picture in addition to job shadowing, etc. I really believe this is important if you're going to get a job in the HIT field. Everyone should have plenty of hands on experience labs in order to be able to jump right in there when it comes to either working in a medical office as a biller/coder; or at a health insurance company coding or processing claims. Anyway, I apologize for this being so long. Just wanted future students at Rasmussen to be aware. Their format will work for some people, yet not for everyone.