Rasmussen College Reviews - Associate in Nursing
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!
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.
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.
This nursing program is a disorganized mess. They make extensive use of the ATI test bank. This is to "fill in and augment" what they skip over. Many instructors are unable to design an effective curriculum. You are on your own to learn important aspects of registered nursing. While the tests are difficult, they are not what will be on your NCLEX. My graduating class has a 60% pass rate. Clinicals and lab are also a frustrating disappointment. The school is expensive and creates the illusion of quality education.
I go to Rasmussen in the twin cities, MN. Huge waste of money. Don't go! I chose this school because I didn't have to wait and could receive my degree fast. That's about all you get! It's a new program that they should not have launched yet. New instructors every quarter that do not know what is going on. Then the instructors are gone. No hospital experience. only LTC and TCU. Maternal child was at a daycare center for 1 day (and i went on a field trip) and in a lab for two. More than half way through the program they tell us we have to pass a comp predictor at 95%, oh and it's a 180 question test. Don't pass, don't graduate, and don't get to sit for the NCLEX.. This school is a joke! DO NOT WAIST YOUR TIME OR MONEY!!! No one is willing to help you or hear you out. It's a wait and see sort of a game. I graduate next month and never inserted a cath or an IV. Sent us to clinicals where we couldn't even use needles (Insulin, glucose checks etc). I do NOT feel that I am ready to work in the field, I am nervous and feel ashamed to admit I went here. It's embarrassing!!!
No stability with teachers. Teacher had favorites and if you weren't one of those favorites you could tell. Couldn't keep a dean of nursing to save a life! Liked to change requirements after we started the program....had to write appeals to get our diplomas!!!
I am in a 'test cohort' so to speak and have been along for the ride as Rasmussen tries to design their RN program. It has been a frustrating experience to be in the middle of this transition and I feel that I have been slighted in terms of the amount of education and experiences I'm getting at times due to the program as well as some of the staff which I deem incompetent. I am concerned that this program will not earn me placement into the kind of job I was hoping for, which is not what I was told when I enrolled.