Rasmussen College Reviews
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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.
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 earned my AAS degree in 2004 and loved to tell everyone, Rasmussen is the best colleage in the earth. That's why, I went back and finsih another two bachelor's degrees. I was a transfer student. Instructors at Rasmussen College are super helpful. Whenever I sent email to them, I must receive reply on time. All my majors were in Business that it's a great help for my career. I got a new job before my AAS degree graduation and promotion after my first bachelor degree. My boss told me, I truly qualified new position. I truly appreciate Rasmussen College giving me a new life.
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...
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!