Rasmussen College Reviews - Associate in NursingSee reviews of all programs at Rasmussen College
While Rasmussen makes no attempt to hide that their school costs more than state or other not-for-profit schools, the excess money you pay does not translate into a better program, better facilities, or any other tangible, quantifiable asset. The nursing program itself is lack-luster, with all non nursing classes being online only. The instructors online often have far more students than a local university would have, and are tasked with teaching students from multiple campuses. That being said, it is not completely useless, and it will serve its purpose in the long run. The MAJOR problem you will have if you are a veteran using VA funding, is the timeline for how to apply your funds. If you only need VA funding to pay all of your bills, and do not need Pell grant, scholarships, or student loans, then this will not be as much of an issue for you. But if you are like the rest of us that need one or all of those, you will get screwed. Rasmussen in their infinite wisdom will not certify your attendence to the VA until 4 weeks after the beginning of the quarter (they work on 3 month quarters, year round, instead of 2 regular semesters and a possible summer semester). So 1/3 of the way through your classes is when they finally certify you to the VA. Then the VA does what they do best, and takes 6-8 weeks to pay the school. So you will be lucky to have your school paid for by the end of the quarter for which you are certified. In the mean time, and pell grant, loans, or scholarships you have, are applied against your tuition, and held hostage until the VA remits payment. And THEN even when the VA does remit payment, Rasmussen takes a further 2 weeks to issue you a refund CHECK. No direct deposit available. No tracking information on your check, no date it was mailed, no date it will be delivered. It is just mailed out some point and you will receive it eventually. They make it impossible for you to plan a budget, and if you require that excess money to help pay your bills, you WILL NOT RECEIVE IT in a timely manner. If you have ANY OTHER CHOICE for school, please, please please, take it. As a former NCO and as a reasonable person, please listen to me when I tell you: do not go to this school.
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.
First off.. Anyone stating this is even a half way decent school and recommends it to someone, they are a part of the faculty at Rasmussen. Every single review I have read has already started my exact complaints, almost word for word. I have withdrawn from this school and now somehow I owe them w balance when I had financial aid and everything was paid for from the very beginning. Now guess what, they want to hold my transcripts so that I can't transfer to a different school! How typical of Rasmussen for this to happen lol. I could have already guessed something like this would happen. So now I am going to contact the department of education and see just how I even possibly "owe" this school money, this should be interesting (after already charging 3x the amount for any other nursing program) THEY WANT MORE.. Can you believe that
I did the Licensed Practical Nursing diploma program and was so happy with the school. The instructors were available through email or phone almost 24/7. They were all very helpful and knowledgeable. I graduated and passed my state board exam first attempt. I got a great job a week after passing state boards. Now I am working and back at Rasmussen for the ADN program to become an RN. I can't speak for everywhere but the campus I attend is great. I would recommend to anyone. On another note the VA pays for my education from the GI bill so I cannot speak for cost but I would of spent the money to attend if I had to. Nothing bit good things to say here.
Buy the teacher test data base online. That is about the only way to pass this program. At least that is what some of my cohorts did and they passed. I didn't and I failed. You can't transfer credits to another school. Ever had a class where you couldn't review your test? This program doesn't allow you to review your individual test because the test is a data base that the school doesn't want to let out so they restrict the availability. How screwed up is that? you can't learn from your mistakes. It is a self defeating program that is perpetuated by passing students through extra credit rather that competency. My whole class would have failed if it had not been for the dean giving extra credit that was intended on covering chapters that the one semester professor couldn't accomplish within the semester. BS. The case studies were a joke. The Dean at the Rockford, il school says she doesn't believe in favoritism but she passes her choice of people at a test average of 77, below the 78 requirement on a personal basis. She is making the rules up as she goes. This program is flawed and isn't structured. There is no interest in fixing the problem, just preventing the program from failing by passing students who aren't ready. You have to learn the entire book on your own. They teach by power point. There are two instructors that were marvelous but they know their hands are tied. People including myself have wasted years and a lot of money on this program to be poorly taught and left to flail. I would give this school a zero if I could.
Rasmussen is a joke that clearly wants $$$. They never cared about their students. The first couple of weeks when I started I had family issues because I went back to school, I got NO help from the student advisors. Saying well you can't take anymore student loans out. I said I'm homeless. I need to live. Then a few times we had 3 to 4 exams in the same day!!!! I asked my coworkers if that happens to them, no they didn't have 3-4 exams a day. Mentally students can't do it. Plus they put hard classes as online classes. So if you are struggling with understanding it you don't get help from the instructors. They tell you well then maybe you shouldn't be a nurse. Then when you fail you ask them to go back and analyze the test scores because you know majority of the class didn't get 90% on the exams they don't. Even with appeals, they pick their favorites and allow them to pass through. If you have two instructors teaching the class, one teacher will give study guides for the exams the other one doesn't. Make sure you have friends in that other class because if you are the only one that doesn't have a study guide, you fail. Especially when the majority of the group before didn't have study guides didn't have the guides and they almost fail and the dean stepped in and gave points back. Clinicals were a joke too, you would have to drive out to a small TCU or head start, you never learned real nursing skills. Only two small town hospitals accept this school. You still don't learn stuff. The only skills I learned in nursing is from my job. Mental health clinicals were another joke. We went to a group home to watch how mentally challenged people live and a memory care at a nursing home. I wrote my paper for these clinicals were a joke. I experience more mental health behaviors at my place of work then there!!!! There was an instructor there that literally picked which students that she would do study sessions with. She never sent out a mass email saying she was doing that for the final. I have been in community colleges for my generals, and if a instructor was doing a study session, they sent out mass emails to ALL students not selective students. If you confront the instructor or the dean about this, they blow it off. They also change stuff each and every quarter.
I am no longer a student of this college because they built up my hopes and dreams then sucked me dry financially & mentally. This is a business NOT a college- beware!!! They only want your money and do not care about educating people that truly want to be nurses. The instructors are always changing- even mid-quarter! They do not teach what will be on exams and set you up for failure in order to "weed out" the ones that don't pass. The students aren't helpful either. Most want to succeed but many are dishonest and don't work as hard as others but somehow end up passing anyway. DON'T waste your time and money! I sacrificed everything to go to this school and withdrew because of all the ridiculousness involved. I have children to support and wasted time with them to devote to this joke of a school. Only one instructor actually taught me and I will forever have that foundation, the rest are lacking in teaching skills so you basically teach yourself. They all contradict each other so you never know what is right or what is wrong. At clinical none of the nurses had even heard of Rasmussen. GO ELSEWHERE. Do your research before signing your wallet and life away. Beware of how nice they are at first too, because you will see their true colors when you are stuck in the program with no way out.
Awful. Currently halfway through the nursing program at Moorhead campus and is one of the worst experiences I've had. Program is very disorganized and uncompassionate to their students. It's very heartbreaking to attend a school that is run the way it is. As of right now 75% of our class is failing and most will have to drop out or retake the class. Unfortunelty this school is all about the $$$. I would suggest checking into other nursing schools if you don't want the high stress and the good chance that you will have to retake classes or fail because your instructors do not teach the material required for the tests.
Where do I start with this school. First off the instructors are rude and not helpful. When emailing them there responses aren't helpful what so ever. The Dean is rude. They're very expensive and what they so called teach is just ridiculous. I've had racist instructors and I know because I have an email with proof. Be warned they act nice and suck you in but once your in that's when they screw you over the most. Go to NWTC I should have waited on a wait list instead of coming to this hole.
This program was a disaster and the school a joke. First, the Dean quit. So, theyou took the most controlling, rude, condescending instructor and made her temporary dean. Class requirements changed constantly, instructors quit mid-quarter. It was horrible and there was absolutely no support, other than from one instructor at the end of the program. I had to go to the dean with a question halfway through, and she told me "well, I'm not the actual dean" so I went to the regional dean, who told me to go back to the original temp dean. I did, but my issue was never dealt with. The ONLY thing that helped me to succeed was the Hurst review in the final week of the program. Don't waste your money here. Go someplace reputable.