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Incoming a long and detailed review below. So this is kind of cheating considering I am still in said college, but I have to be honest, please be prepared to face some irritating factors upon joining this college. I'm not sure how it works with the physical college and stuff, but online courses are absolutely horrible. The layout isn't terrible, and overall their schedules for classes are the same, discussion posts due Tuesdays, reply posts due Saturdays, everything else due Sundays. The problem? When they give you an obnoxious number of courses to take on, a lot of which have nothing to do with what you are taking, and little to no courses regarding what you are actually studying. However, I have to say my biggest issue with Rasmussen was the instructors, and the clear lack of communication behind the scenes of financial areas. The instructors are back and forth for me, and if you're in a major where you have the same professors, you will find that a lot of times it is hard to please any of them. What do I mean by this? I have had the same instructors non stop, and while some are amazing, others are not so great. One of my instructors knew I was in the path to Irma, I had contacted them and everything, and guess what? That next week, everything was due, I had gotten everything done the day everything was due, but he never graded it. When I went to contact him, he said he would grade them, but he never did. Thus, I was left with 3 zero's, bringing my grade down to a 70 something simply due to the laziness of my instructor. Other times, they are impossible to impress because of the most mundane reasons. While I don't want to single out my current instructor, I will just say that, because he is in the profession he is in, he acts like he is better than everyone else, thus rubbing it in constantly. He has made me feel as though he was calling me incompetent once, in another course, to which I actually sent him a message about. If you're curious as to why, there was an assignment week 5 that told us to research 3 different pieces of art and analyze them. Come week 7, our project told us to pick a piece that we analyzed in week 5 to recreate in Photoshop. Mind you, I had a 100% on the assignment from week 5, and I did the assignment as it said to. Of course though, I was given a bad grade, pretty much called incompetent because my professor says I could have chosen something more "interesting and challenging," when the instructions said nothing about that. It just goes to show, your grades have a lot to do with your professors, and it is shown in this college. But finally, the most frustrating part to this college, the financial part. Like what everyone else has said is true, their costs are horribly high, and for stuff we never use. I was sent two art kits that I never even got to finish using before getting the other, with the same supplies in it. Not only that, but you would think that, with paying so much, we would get something actually useful like a camera for the class I was put into just because I needed it in order to graduate, right? But no, we get penalized if we don't have some high tech. camera, when they won't provide it for us. See what I mean by unfair courses? Anyway, I have had so many problems with the financial portion of this college. For starters, they were giving me and my mother issues for months about my financial aid, when it was there fault on their end because the person who contacted my mom didn't communicate with the lady contacting with me. So all of that stress with thinking we were doing something wrong was caused because they don't have good communication, at all. Come this year, when I tried to resubmit my FA, there was a problem with my FA Connect, something that is used for the FA process. They had to fix it for me, because their website is pretty horrid as well. Afterwards, I was told that they needed my transcripts from my old college, which they hadn't needed last time? I bought my transcripts for them, and then they tell me that there were still issues with my FA that couldn't be fixed. Because of their problems, I was gifted a lovely "past due" balance of $5k, even though I finally got an email saying I received my FA reward. I tried to contact my adviser, who mind you ignored me, which was clear because he was messaging all students with thanksgiving stuff. I told them how my reward apparently came in, but it wasn't listed yet, and it didn't reduce my balance. He tells me just this week, "Can you go deeper into this question for me," Really? Because me explaining what happened isn't enough? Now, I have my schedule confirmation held because of my "past due" payments, which is suddenly reduced to $2k because apparently my pell grant and loans finally went in? Its so confusing, and their website is so broken that its impossible to comprehend anything. Also, I've noticed the payment schedule is broken too, it never tells you when something is due until it is "past due". I apologize for the length of my review, but this really needs to be said. I hope my experience helps you with choosing what college you wish to be in. Goodluck!
I am enrolled in the accelerated BSN program. This is not a program for everyone! Nursing school is difficult. Realize the work and sacrifice needed BEFORE you enter school. Rasmussen provides an excellent opportunity to get a degree that will be recognized by employers. They will prepare you to PASS the NCLEX, most schools prepare you to take the NCLEX. I have had a great experience so far. To succeed you must be a dedicated student, you must do all readings and assignments ON TIME. You are learning to become a professional nurse. Being a nurse is a serious job, you should take your school work serious. Too many students complaining about this or that, they complainers just need to grow up, this isn't high school. This school will prepare you if you are willing to sacrifice and work hard! If something is worth doing, it is worth doing well. Most of the complaints are from people not ready to grow up and become professionals, and in 5 years time they still will not achieve their goals but probably will still be complaining about something. Rasmussen is a great opportunity for those willing to do what it takes. I am glad I selected Rasmussen Nursing.
I hate to read all of the negative comments about the nursing program because I have had a great experience. It is difficult and accelerated, mostly if doing the A-BSN. It's doable but students need to take responsibility for the work. The 78% test average is also doable if you keep up with homework, lecture and readings. Every school is going to have their issues but I have had a great experience and all of my teachers were very supportive!
While Rasmussen saves you time because of the short quarters, you will not be able to get the job you want. Some hospitals wont even consider interviewing you even though it is regionally accredited. They push students through because it is a for profit, students fail the NCLEX the first time and that affects their accreditation. Students cheat their way through in exams. All exams are compromised. Your only chance of getting a better job if going back for BSN and please go somewhere else!
Terrible experience. They did not work with my schedule for clinicals, even though they said they would at the beginning. So I had to quit my full time job to get it done. My clinical site was a community clinic that did not follow health code. When I tried to tell my instructor she basically ignored it all. Met with the dean about it and she didn't care at all either. Told me that it was because it was a community clinic and they have lower standards. I paid a lot of money for the classes and clinicals, they should have found a better place to do my rotation. My instructor was nice at first, until I said something about the state of the clinical site. I took pictures of the place to prove that they were violating health codes as well as lab standards, and I got in trouble for doing that, they said it was a HIPAA violation. Even though there wasn't any patient information on anything. Credits don't transfer to any other school. Go somewhere else!
I have to say their career advisors knows how to sell a dream like a car salesman except they gave no warranties. I earned an associate degree in criminal justice with the hope of getting better jobs. However after graduation I found it is harder than the advisors made sound like. Then I decided to go for my BS in CJ. Prior to starting their " accelerate " program I changed my mind and let the advisor know and was told as long as I didn't sign into any of my online courses I will be charge any fees, however a year later I found out it hat was not the case. I was told they wouldn't release my transcript because of an outstanding debt. I told the rep what the advisor told than she said my advisor was no longer with the college and in order to have my transcript release I must pay for a course that I didn't sign up for nor did I sign in. So now I have to pay them $698 dollars in order to get my transcript release so I can go to a reputable college. Honestly I wish I knew better and did my research before enrolling into Rasmussen College. Because after I found out plus personal experiences I would not have enrolled.
Hello, First of all I would say that Rasmussen looks like the dream program. Sure you pay for getting through faster, however, it is worth it to those like myself who have a medical background and want to find a program to show I received that piece of paper that comes with a nursing license. Unfortunately, the school forgot to mention one important detail to me. In order to pass your classes, you need to have a 78% Test average score. Overall grade does not matter as long as it is a "C average" like mentioned in their student handbook. I am not the best test-taker, however, I did have an overall grade of 86.9% in the class itself. In my test average for 4 tests, I had 76%. 2% off. Could I have studied more? absolutely. Did I think that it was based off of my overall GPA like MOST nursing programs? Undoubtedly. I did understand why they were trying to narrow down the program - because they have some pretty nasty reviews. I can only imagine this was either a money making scheme or a way to only get the best test takers through their program which is concerning as some of the students did not even accurately take blood pressures on their clients in clinical by the end of the quarter!! The kicker was that my GPA was a 3.7% from having aced two other classes. Once they gave me a failing grade for that foundations class (Lecture, Lab, and Clinical, the latter two which I passed with flying colors due to experience as a certified nursing assistant) my GPA went down to a 1.9! Horrible! I would have understood if you had to re-take just the lecture portion or maybe just the test you did bad in, however to get failing grades in all three parts looks very bad on a transcript. I am incredibly thankful I took a screenshot of my overall grade/grades on coursework and tests to submit to my current BSN program at another school. I would not recommend their program to anyone starting out with nursing or even people of average test taking abilities. You can only take a class twice before being failed from the nursing program as a whole. Goodluck!
The absolute worst experience of my life! The only reason I am scoring them a "1" is because "0" wasn't an option. I switched from another technical college to Rasmussen where I was before I even enrolled that my credits would transfer over into my program and I would be able to continue my education where I left off at the previous school. I had 8 months left ( 4 classes + clinicals left) before I would be ready to graduate. At first everyone was nice and seemed like they wanted to help but as soon as I signed up everything changed. I was put into classes I had already taken that I was promised would transfer over and when I started questioning why, all I got was "this is our policy", " your credits do not meet our requirements" when in fact the school that I had transferred in from is accredited by the same organization and has a higher standard required fro students to achieve than at Rasmussen. I found it incredibly hard to believe that my credits were unsatisfactory when I received my books and realized they were the same exact books I had from the previous school. The best yet is that they also used the same exact power points provided by the book manufacturer! Everything you do is online and nothing is explained to you before you start, it is extremely confusing. Even after they enrolled me in Gen eds I had already taken and passed I still gave them a try in hopes they would get it together next quarter...but nope! Sa,e garbage and same excuses. I am beyond fed up and appalled by this place, My adviser was of no help to em so I requested to speak to someone higher up about my credit transfer issue, I was referred to BP the Campus director who wouldn't even listen to a word I said and instead would just raise his voice and try talk over me, super rude fro the director of a college or anybody for that matter. He refused to listen to me and at the end of our first conversation stated that he needed to "talk" with my advisor and the program director because "he found it hard to believe that they would tell me such a thing" and that I had apparently signed something that instead of graduating in 8 months it would be another 2 years!! How does 8 months turn into 2 years?!? Why would I transfer into a school for another 2 years when I had less than a semester left in my program?? Needless to say B called me back to give me the same garbage story that they won;t take my transfer credits because they don't meet their standard and that I can chose to take 4 test out exams within the next 3 days in order to get the credit I have already earned and be able to withdraw from these classes I have already taken and not be charged for them. What a bunch of garbage!! I will be telling everyone I know how terrible this school is and what a waste of time! Even if they were to have taken my credits after this conversation I would still have withdrawn myself for the mere fact that I am not going to pay money to a school that lies to get get money and treats their students like they are incompetent when they call them out on their bogus mistakes!!
AVOID at all cost! Switching from another college with a 3.5 GPA I decided why not it will shorten my length of time. I even went through the enrollment process finished and started classes then 4 weeks later background check and we have to kick you out of the program for something that happened over 10 years ago and was a MIS offense. Cant switch back to my other school because of the weird start dates and because the other college already started their semester. So avoid this school at all cost!
Run!!!! After a week i realized online learning wasn't for me. I withdrew and they charged me 1100 dollars. The teachers were not good everything was so confusing..they trap you to get the gov funds!!! Stay away go to a different school!!!! You will thank me