Rasmussen College in Blaine adds nursing degree program

Rasmussen College’s Blaine campus now offers an associate’s degree for those who wish to become a registered nurse.

Louise Elliot, registered nurse, instructs nursing student Jade Tisdale at Rasmussen College’s nursing lab in Eagan. The Blaine campus will offer an associate’s degree in nursing starting with the January 2014 semester.

Louise Elliot, registered nurse, instructs nursing student Jade Tisdale at Rasmussen College’s nursing lab in Eagan. The Blaine campus will offer an associate’s degree in nursing starting with the January 2014 semester. Submitted photo

With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting an estimated 2,290 job openings for registered nurses annually and the number of registered nurses needed in Minnesota expecting to grow 22 percent by 2020, Rasmussen felt the time was right to offer a professional nursing associate’s degree program.

“Because of that significant need, we have great clinical and community support for the Rasmussen nursing programs,” said Joan Rich, vice president of Rasmussen College’s School of Nursing. “In Blaine, the campus director works very closely with the (MetroNorth) chamber and with employers to understand their needs and make sure that Rasmussen College is prepared to meet them.”

To inform the public and prospective students about the new program, Rasmussen College is hosting an open house Thursday, Nov. 21 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony taking place at 3:30 p.m.

The Blaine campus is for students interested in becoming a registered nurse, who is responsible for development of initial health assessment and care plans. Curriculum includes prepping for the national council licensure examination for registered nurses.

Rich said it normally takes a new student eight quarters, typically 24 months, to earn an RN degree. However, Rasmussen College is offering licensed practical nurses the chance to transfer credits from previous academic and work experience too obtain an RN’s associates degree in as little as 12 to 18 months.

An LPN serves as a resource for patients as they develop a relationship with their nurse and help with case management, health counseling and supportive and restorative care.

“The expansion of the nursing degree program is an example of Rasmussen College’s commitment to providing students with the proper foundation to enter and thrive in the workplace,” said Patty Sagert, Rasmussen College campus director in Blaine.

Eric Hagen is at
eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

 
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