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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.
After reading some of the reviews on here, I'm actually very surprised that so many people seem to be having such an issue with the school. The campus I attend is in Florida, and it's a relatively small campus where not many classes are offered on-site. I have been with Rasmussen for two years and will graduate this fall. I have never had any sort of issues with this school. I've always received a response from my advisers and professors within 24 hours and anytime I've had late work or needed help, I've always had an understand professor to help me. The only downfall that I can see is that the semester are short, 11 weeks. If you fall behind a few weeks, it's hard to get caught back up, however it's not impossible. I feel that you'll get out of the school what you put into it. A lot of my program is done online, which works great for my work schedule, and even the on campus teachers are flexible. As far as the cost, yes it's a little on the expensive side, but yet the loan I took out is less than my car loan. I feel bad for those that have had such a rough experience, but it's like any other business, you can't make everyone happy and someone will always have something bad to say.
First off I am an older student working on my 2nd career. I opted for Nursing because I have a functional health coaching business and desired to be a Family Nurse Practitioner at some point. Well to be an FNP, you have to be an RN first. As much as I am opposed to BIG PHARMA, it does have a place, I just wanted to be a different kind of FNP in the end and work on a more holistic and nutritional foundation. Anyway, I just resigned from the program in Ft Myers last week for many reasons. My grades were fine, but I was growing tired of the Negatives that are attached to the program. As I discussed the situation with Nurses from other schools, they seem pretty much the same. I had a Biology Degree from many years ago, so intensity was nothing new for me. My biggest complaint is that they constantly hold that THREAT of failing over your head. I understand that they desire a "weeding out" process, but when you pass a certain point in the program, it really should be a POSITIVE reinforcement training style instead of the constant Negativity being thrown at you. We always had the threat of failing the program at any given point thrown out in a classroom. There was enough stress in the career field, we certainly didn't need to be continuously pounded by the negatives that are built in the program at every corner. We actually took a pass of fail exam and all the students passed. Next thing I know we all get an email that someone decided the test was too similar to the review and we all needed to re-take it again! That was just ridiculous. I mean people were feeling good and positive that we all passed and next thing you know a few failed and had take a 1 chance re-take. Very poor for sure. I enjoyed my clinicals for the most part and my instructors were not too bad overall. With a few exceptions, they seemed to care that they put out a solid product. I had a big issue with the LAB time and the lack of practice time on the skills required to pass the skills checks. My first few labs were fine as the instructor was very skilled and understanding. My last lab was run my a very STERN and Not so pleasant instructor. She seemed to have issues with men as well. When we were going to practice sterile field, we got one demo and then no practice time to work on our skills. Problem was that they provide no practice kits for you to take home. SO in 1 week it's pass or fail and you have no practice time. I actually went out and bought bandages and supplies to simulate a sterile kit. Then I studied the book and the video they provide. Unfortunately the book and the video do not agree with the instructor sheet. So you are trying to make the instructor happy with many conflicting training materials. Then we were unable to test out the next week and they added another skill set for catheter placement and removal. So the following week I would have to test out on both. The issue here is that the instructor did not have the correct kit to demo the procedure. Fortunately an LPN had a kit in her car and we used her kit. There was no practice time, so I was in the same boat all over again. There was an unscheduled incident that REMOVED THE INSTRUCTOR FROM THE CLASS FOR 15 Minutes which shortened our learning time. We offered to stay but the instructor said NO as her next class was in 30 minutes. But we were all willing to stay to get more time and some practice. The lab is only available if there is an instructor available to be in the lab with you. That is certainly a problem. You have to practice these skills to perfect the mechanics and that was just not available in my last lab. If all the schools are like this then just pick one. Coming from a very intense Professional Aviation career, I understand that we want the best of the best. I just question the STYLE for productive learning. Negative reinforcement seems to be OLD school. You can attain a great product in a POSITIVE and effectual environment. I only had about 6 months to go, but they really wore me down in about 11 months. I just lost my passion for the profession in the end. Best of luck to all wherever you attend.
I am a current student at Rasmussen, I am even on the Dean's List. Choosing Rasmussen as the school to get my degree at is the biggest mistake I have ever made. This school is a complete joke. I am looking to transfer to a different school even if it will delay me in completing my degree. Some of the instructors of this school are not qualified to be teaching. I have personally caught an unacceptable amount of mistakes they have made and can prove it with factual medical information and they still say they are right. It is literally ridiculous. You are a money making number at this college and they do not care about you as soon as they get their first $$ out of you. The admissions staff have been trained to manipulate you into signing up and refuse to give you information about a lot of things that are important to know. They sweet talk you and say you will find everything out the fist week of the quarter and not to worry about it and that its not as confusing as it first seems. Disgusting behavior out of every person I have had to deal with except for 1 instructor. So pathetic! DO NOT CHOOSE THIS SCHOOL, YOU HAVE BETTER OPTIONS!
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.
i would not come here again, the instructors are bully's and there is a lack of accountability in the staff. When you attempted to get whatever issue it is you have fixed they say its your fault and that you made that choice. Never mind that they insisted you make it. YOU CAN DO BETTER...GO ELSE WHERE!!!!
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.