Rasmussen College Reviews - Associate in Nursing
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 I have withdrawn from this school and now somehow I owe them w balance when I had financial aid and everything was paid for from the very beginning.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.
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...