Rasmussen College Expands Professional Nursing Associate’s Degree Program to Aurora/Naperville and Mokena/Tinley Park, Illinois, Campuses
Rasmussen College, a regionally accredited private college, today announced the expansion of its Professional Nursing Associate’s degree (ADN) program to its Aurora/Naperville and Mokena/Tinley Park campuses.1 The Rasmussen College ADN program, which can be completed in as few as 18 months, prepares students to sit for the NCLEX-RN national certification exam to earn the licensure needed to become a registered nurse (RN).2 This program is also offered with the ADN Mobility Bridge Entrance Option, which is designed for students who are already licensed practical nurses (LPNs) committed to the nursing profession and eager to launch their careers as quickly as possible. The ADN Mobility Bridge Entrance Option allows students to advance their education in as few as 12-18 months.2 Enrollment is now available at both campuses with classes beginning in July.
“We are thrilled to offer our residential Professional Nursing program to the Aurora/Naperville and Mokena/Tinley Park campuses — markets that continue to see the need for highly qualified nurses to fill workforce shortages,” said Dr. Kelly McCullough, regional dean of nursing at Rasmussen College. “As the leading educator of Professional Nursing Associate’s degree students in the country in 2016 and 2017, our ADN program is designed to give students the abilities to confidently provide safe, effective and quality care for diverse clientele and confidently sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. We are proud not only to offer our Professional Nursing program at all of our Illinois campuses, which positively impacts the healthcare needs of the Chicagoland community, but also to provide a strong curriculum that trains our students for success in increasingly complex and demanding healthcare environments.”
The ADN program, which is taught by experienced nurse educators, is available with Flex Choice, allowing students to combine traditional online coursework and self-directed assessments allowing students to receive credit for what they already know.
Aging Workforce Leads to High Demand for RNs
The time is right for Rasmussen College to expand its Professional Nursing program into the Aurora/Naperville and Mokena/Tinley Park markets as there is an extraordinary need for nursing professionals specifically in Illinois. According to the recent Illinois Nursing Workforce Center Registered Professional Nurse Survey, Illinois is experiencing an aging RN workforce with one-third of current nurses planning to retire within the next five years, leaving a large workforce gap. Likewise, nationwide, the American Nurses Association estimates the country will need to produce more than 1 million new registered nurses by 2022 to fulfill healthcare needs.