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I just went back a college to earn a higher credential. I started the Bachelor Completer program in August 2017, and will be completing it in September of 2018. I averaged 20-24 credits per quarter and took all of the CBA courses. (Test outs) it CAN be completed in 1 year...but it's a large time investment. Here is the BIG negative.........the entire program is writing papers. Seriously...it's all theory and you don't get hands on experience with any marketing software, programs or ANYTHING! I did the quick math and came to the conclusion that I have written roughly 240 papers throughout the degree program. Keep in mind that each papers average length was 4-5 pages. If you're not keen on writing papers, don't enroll. However, if your perform poorly on texts/exams/quizzes...it might be for you. All in all, I really didn't learn anything I didn't know already due to everything being theory based.
I started the LPN program at Rasmussen in April of 2017. It was an expensive program, I will admit. However, there were some perks. No waiting list. No prerequisites, these were conveniently built into the program. No having to compete with other applicants to get in. For me, I found these perks to be worth the extra money. As for the program itself, it was excellent. I was at the campus in Eagan, MN, which I came to understand was one of their best campuses. I had excellent instructors who were experienced and knowledgeable in the field of Nursing. I also had great clinical experiences. We went to a couple long-term care facilities, but we also did clinical at a primary care clinic, the VA clinics, and the VA hospital. These experiences were awesome. Rasmussen also integrates ATI into the program, which has really helped prepare me for the NCLEX.
Financial services have been a nightmare to deal with, ,when transferring to a new school, despite having dropped classes several weeks before a new term, I was charged again. It's been over a month and I am still trying to deal with billing here. 0/10 on finances. I was refunded the pell grant, charged an additional 1800 for classes, and am just sitting here in the red for the time being. My instructors were great and knew their material well. Assignments and group discussioins were great.
Internet at the school rarely works. School runs out of paper and ink a lot and teachers stopped providing print outs. A lot of self teaching. Things are constantly changing in the middle of classes and trying to find out what homework is due is a pain when having to click multiple places.
My experience at Rasmussen was very sub-par in my opinion. Lack of communication, stressful, expensive both from loans and out of pocket. Overall I would not recommend it to anyone; the experience was very costly and emotionally taxing. Let's go over the advantages first because the negatives will be lengthy. It was convenient without a doubt. If I had a much smoother experience in communication, it would have been very manageable. Second, they have a few excellent instructors. I ran into two myself in my two years, which not a great ratio mind you, but worth mentioning. Now for the negatives, which I will simply share my experience. I was at Rasmussen for two years. During these two years, nothing monumental. During Dec 2018 I was told that I had to complete five additional classes by the end of the month to graduate. Roughly an additional 20 credits for $400, on top of my current finals. I was quickly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of coursework to do that I started failing. I do admit; I could have buckled down, thrown my emotions and worries out the door, and got it done. I didn't however, and the mindset of there is no possible way I can do this set in. So I had to sign up for three additional full-time classes, which is more loans and $1,000 out of pocket. I was accidentally signed up for a class and had to fight to have that refunded with a heavy emphasis on "fight". The director I spoke to, Adam F, was continually trying to push blame towards me while I had never been told that these courses existed and where to find what was required. Let's skip ahead three months and complete the three classes I signed up for. One of the classes that I was informed how they worked until December expired. As a result, I am taking one four-credit class, which since I only have one class is not covered for finical aid. As a result, an additional $1,400 out of pocket for that one class. So recapping, I spent roughly two years, approximately $20,000 in debt, and $2,400 out of pocket in the last month for my Associates. I would not recommend Rasmussen and encourage you to look at other options. I myself am looking at Metropolitan State in MN because they have an online MBA, about a third of the cost, and far better offerings.
I really like my school. It is hard and they tell you before you start that they do not work around your schedule. You have to work around your school schedule. You have to study about 20 hours a week per class. School is a job if you think it's not then your wrong. Yes it's expensive but less expensive than being on a list waiting for 2 years. After my ADN I'm going to go to a college in the city near my house for the BSN. Most hospitals are magnet status so you won't get into them without a BSN. Also, you have to be accountable for your own success people are not just going to hand you a degree. I aim for a 90% or better on every test and the minimum is 79%. Also, there are pre req classes so whomever said there was not... That's a bold faced like.
Spend your money elsewhere. Rasmussen will say/do anything to get in your wallet & once they have their hooks in you, all support stops. Some insight to how Rasmussen conducts themselves as a business - I attended this school for nearly 2 years, plenty of time for them to build a dossier of sorts on me as a student there, or at least maintain an academic record via transcript right? Well I just (today, 1/25/18) received an email from the program director inquiring about my expressed interest in attending college.. implying I had never attended any school prior.. Worse yet, I have actually sat in this person's office while I was a student. Do not attend this school especially if you have minimal post-high school support as your hard earned dollars are better spent at a real reputable institution. Rasmussen sees dollar signs & cares little about your success. Save yourself the headache.
This school is awesome. I got my associates in health information technology at this school and will be graduating with a BA this year. What you put in is what you get out of it. Negative students are most likely not applying themselves at this school. Nothing in life is easy but graduating at this school was well worth it. It was so flexible and allowed me to live a busy life while finishing school. I love Rasmussen. :-)
I tend to agree, a lot of people are basing this school; however, nursing school is hard! Quit thinking just because they Are student friendly and thou can get in quick that it will be easy! It's nursing school people, wake up! You deal with life and death situations, no part of it should be easy. Although I did transfer out, it was about cost not the quality of education.
People seem to not quite understand that these types of schools largely result in what you put in. I've never had issues getting into contact with anyone from the school whether it be professors, advisers, tech support, or anyone else. My adviser has even been very easy to contact during holiday times. The reality is this school is a for-profit so their courses aren't as hard a they could be but if you choose to be lazy and put in no effort it shouldn't come as a surprise when you get nothing out of the program. I've been working hard since enrolling in 2015 and graduate next December and already have some stuff lined up with Fortune 500 companies. If you're looking into their CS program it's important to understand what computer science actually is. As with vast majority of other CS programs, you don't get a whole lot of programming experience. It's more about algorithms and theories behind CS that can be translated into whatever programming language you find yourself using... not teaching you a language that could be gone within years. But as many have said this school is extremely expensive and if you can pursue your higher education elsewhere it probably would be worthwhile. Rasmussen isn't as terrible as people make it out to be but there are without a doubt better schools out there.