Rasmussen College

Rasmussen College

name = Rasmussen College

motto = Learn. Grow. Succeed.
established = 1900
type = Private
staff =
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president = Kristi A. Waite
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postgrad =
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city = Multiple campuses
state = Minnesota, North Dakota, Florida, Wisconsin and Illinois
country = USA
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colors = Green and gold
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affiliations = [http://corporate.rasmussen.edu/ Rasmussen College, Inc.]
website = [http://www.rasmussen.edu/ Rasmussen College]

Rasmussen College is a private, for-profit, two-year and four-year degree-granting college with multiple campuses in Minnesota including Brooklyn Park, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Lake Elmo, Mankato, Moorhead and St. Cloud; one campus in Rockford, Illinois; two campuses in North Dakota, including Bismarck and Fargo; three campuses in Florida, including Fort Myers, Ocala and Pasco County; one campus in Green Bay, Wisconsin; and, an Online Division.

Rasmussen College was founded in 1900 by Walter Rasmussen.

The College offers on campus and online classes and awards Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees as well as diplomas and certificates in a variety of career areas.


The school was founded in 1900 as the Rasmussen School of Business by Walter Rasmussen in Saint Paul, Minnesota. [http://eab.state.wi.us/newsroom/newsletter/02winter-news.pdf] Rasmussen believed that the need for skilled professionals by the local business community was not being met. [http://www.edref.com/school_list/rasmussen-college Rasmussen College: from the EdRef college search directory ] ] This belief led to the development of the school’s vision, which was:

# To prepare young men and women for responsible positions in all lines of business.
# To help pupils win their way to a noble manhood or womanhood.

The first classes were held in September of 1900. [ [http://www.rasmussen.edu/history/rasmussen-timeline.asp Rasmussen College - Business College ] ] With the advent of women's suffrage in 1920 through the passage of the 19th Amendment, the school’s female enrollment numbers began to increase. [ [http://www.rasmussen.edu/history/ Rasmussen College - Business College ] ] In 1945 Walter Rasmussen retired and sold his interest in the school to Walter Nemitz. Nemitz instituted a number of curriculum changes, requiring that students learn how to use calculating machines, adding machines, and duplicating machines. Additionally, he mandated that the schools' facilities be updated, which included installing fluorescent lighting in all buildings and purchasing 100 typewriters for students to use.

By 1950, the school had graduated over 22,400 students. In 1961, Wilbur Nemitz and Robert Nemitz, both sons of Walter Nemitz, took ownership of the school. In 1974, Rasmussen College acquired the St. Cloud Business College, and in 1979 it acquired the Northern Technical School of Business. In 1983, the school opened a campus in Mankato, MN. The opening of this campus would mark a shift from acquiring schools as a means of expansion, to growth through internal expansion. Additional campuses were subsequently opened in Eagan, MN (1989), St. Cloud, MN (1997), Rockford, IL (2006), Lake Elmo, MN, Eden Prairie, MN and Green Bay, WI (all 2007). [ [http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070625/GPG03/70625114/1247 Green Bay Press-Gazette - The article requested can not be found! Please refresh your browser or go back. (U0,20070625,GPG03,70625114,AR) ] ] The school also opened an online campus in 2002. [ [http://www.convergemag.com/story.php?catid=239&storyid=93370 Rasmussen College Announces New Online Division ] ] Additionally, the school acquired Aakers College in North Dakota and Webster College in Florida and begin to merge the schools into Rasmussen's operations. [ [http://www.bismarcktribune.com/articles/2007/03/20/news/state/130610.txt Bismarck Tribune - North Dakota News - Aakers plans merger with parent college ] ] [ [http://wcco.com/topstories/local_story_078145432.html wcco.com - Aakers College May Merge With Rasmussen ] ] [ [http://www.kxma.com/getTopic.asp?TopicId=3&Page=55 Bismarck, ND News - Page 55| KXNet.com Dickinson North Dakota ] ] Presently, the school boasts over 100,000 graduates.


The school offers over 40-programs and partners with Deltak Edu to provide Masters level programs.

Programs and departments

The school organizes programs into 8 departments with various degrees and certifications.

School of Allied Health

* Bachelor's in Healthcare Management * Associate's in Exercise Science and Wellness* * Associate's in Health Information Technician * Associate's in Massage Therapy * Associate's in Medical Lab Technician * Associate's in Medical Administration * Associate's in Medical Assisting * Associate's in Medical Transcriptionist * Associate's in Pharmacy Technician * Associate's in Surgical Technologist * Diploma in Massage Therapy * Diploma in Medical Assisting * Diploma in Medical Coding * Diploma in Medical Transcriptionist

School of Business

* Bachelor's in Accounting * Bachelor's in Business Management o Management o Human Resources o Information Technology * Bachelor's in Internet Marketing * Associate's in Accounting o Banking o Financial Accounting o Financial Investigations * Associate's in Business Management o Business Administration o Call Center o Child Development o Human Resources o Internet Marketing o Marketing and Sales * Associates in Office Management o Corporate Management o Government o Legal/Criminal Justice o Medical o Small Business Management * Diploma in Accounting

School of Justice Studies

* Bachelor's in Criminal Justice o Client Services/Corrections o Criminal Offenders o Homeland Security o Investigation/Law Enforcement * Associate's in Criminal Justice o Law Enforcement o Corrections o Homeland Security o Crime Scene Investigation * Associate's in Paralegal * Paralegal Certificate * Professional Peace Officer Education Certificate

School of Education

* Associate's in Early Childhood Education * Certificate in Child Care Specialist

School of Nursing

* Associate's in Practical Nursing * Associate's in Registered Nursing * Diploma in Practical Nursing

School of Technology and Design

* Bachelor's in Digital Design & Animation * Bachelor's in Game & Simulation Production * Associate's in Information Systems Management o Computer Information Technology o Database Administration o IP Telephony o Network Administration o Network Security & Forensics o Web Programming * Associate's in Multimedia Technologies o Digital Design and Animation o Web Design * IT Certifications (Offered through The Hub located in Eden Prairie, MN) o Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP) o CompTIA A+ o CompTIA Network+ o CompTIA Security+ o Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST) o Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator 2003 (MCSA) o Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer 2003 (MSCE)


The school has 15 traditional campuses and an online division.
* [http://www.rasmussen.edu/campus-locations/aurora-IL-campus.asp Aurora, IL Campus]
* [http://www.rasmussen.edu/campus-locations/bismarck-ND-campus.asp Bismarck, ND Campus]
* [http://www.rasmussen.edu/campus-locations/brooklyn-park-MN-campus.asp Brooklyn Park, MN Campus]
* [http://www.rasmussen.edu/campus-locations/eagan-MN-campus.asp Eagan, MN Campus]
* [http://www.rasmussen.edu/campus-locations/eden-prairie-MN-campus.asp Eden Prairie, MN Campus]
* [http://www.rasmussen.edu/campus-locations/rasmussen-college-campuses.asp Fargo, ND Campus]
* [http://www.rasmussen.edu/campus-locations/fort-myers-FL-campus.asp Ft. Myers, FL Campus]
* [http://www.rasmussen.edu/campus-locations/green-bay-WI-campus.asp Green Bay, WI Campus]
* [http://www.rasmussen.edu/campus-locations/lake-elmo-MN-campus.asp Lake Elmo / Woodbury, MN Campus]
* [http://www.rasmussen.edu/campus-locations/mankato-MN-campus.asp Mankato, MN Campus]
* [http://www.rasmussen.edu/campus-locations/moorhead-MN-campus.asp Moorhead, MN Campus]
* [http://www.rasmussen.edu/campus-locations/ocala-FL-campus.asp Ocala, FL Campus]
* [http://www.rasmussen.edu/online/ Online Division]
* [http://www.rasmussen.edu/campus-locations/pasco-FL-campus.asp Pasco County, FL Campus]
* [http://www.rasmussen.edu/campus-locations/rockford-IL-campus.asp Rockford, IL Campus]
* [http://www.rasmussen.edu/campus-locations/st-cloud-MN-campus.asp St. Cloud, MN Campus]


Rasmussen College has been awarded Regional Accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

State of Minnesota Board of Nursing


* Minnesota Higher Education Services Office
* State of Wisconsin Educational Approval Board
* Illinois Board of Higher Education
* ND State Board of Vocational and Technical Education
* Florida Department of Education

Groups and activities

The school sponsors several events and student activities.
* [http://sports.rasmussen.edu Fantasy Basketball]
* [http://racing.rasmussen.edu NASCAR]
* [http://www.rasmussen.edu/photoalbum/ Online Photo Album Project]
* [http://rasmussencollege.typepad.com/studentblog/ Student Run Blog]
* [http://www.rasmussen.edu/racing/cycling.asp Women’s Cycling]


* [http://www.rasmussen.edu/ Rasmussen College - Official Site]


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