ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rasmussen College, a regionally accredited private college, announced today the addition of a Professional Nursing Associate’s Degree program to help meet the demand for registered nurses (RNs) in Illinois. The program is now being offered at the Rasmussen College Rockford and Romeoville/Joliet campuses. Enrollment is now underway and Professional Nursing classes will begin on both campuses in July 2013.
“RNs have a crucial role in the healthcare industry and need to possess many competencies to meet the demands in the ever changing world of our aging and diverse society. Our Rasmussen College School of Nursing program focuses on the quality and safety factors involved in care, evidence-based practice, and developing leadership skills within our nurses,” said Joan Rich, Vice President, Rasmussen College School of Nursing. “The addition of this nursing program will not only support the need for registered nurses in the state, but will produce the quality of nurses that we need in the state.”
A Professional Nursing Associate’s degree is the start to a career as a registered nurse, which is one of the fastest growing healthcare positions nationwide. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national number of registered nurses is expected to grow 26 percent by 2020, faster than the national average for all other occupations. Also according to BLS data, the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville market has the second highest employment level of RNs in the country.
“Rasmussen College has been focused on meeting the market’s demand for more skilled workers in high demand employment areas,” said Amy King, Illinois Campus President, Rasmussen College. “The addition of the Professional Nursing Associate’s Degree is a great example of how we are providing students with the proper foundation to fulfill this market need.”
Professional Nursing students will learn patient care techniques from expert nursing faculty with real-world nursing experience. Students receive hands-on learning in a clinical environment, including hospitals, physician’s offices, home healthcare services, nursing care facilities, and the military. The curriculum also includes National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) prep work throughout the degree program to ensure students are ready to pass the exam when they graduate.
To learn more about the Professional Nursing Associate’s Degree program, visit http://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/nursing/professional-nursing/.