Rasmussen Launches Medical Assisting Program At Bismarck Campus Earn an Associate's Degree or Diploma in One of the Fastest Growing Healthcare Positions

BISMARCK, N.D., Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Rasmussen College today announced the launch of its Medical Assisting Associate's Degree and Diploma programs as part of its growing School of Health Sciences curriculum at the Bismarck, N.D. campus. These programs prepare students for an exciting career in direct patient care and provide a solid foundation for continuing education and career advancement.

As one of the fastest-growing fields in healthcare, demand for medical assistants is expected to grow by nearly 35 percent, and professionals in the field can earn upwards of $33,000 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Knowledgeable, skilled and compassionate medical assistants play a critical and memorable role in patients' well-being, providing direct care services such as measuring vital signs, administering injections and collecting blood samples. The medical assistant role is crucial in maintaining high-quality patient care and creating a positive patient experience, often in a non-critical care setting.

"Not only do medical assistants play a vital in today's exciting healthcare environment, but it is also an excellent building block for a more advanced career in medicine," said Lorrie Laurin, dean of the Rasmussen School Health Sciences. "These programs are designed to give you both hands-on, real-world work experiences, as well as prepare you to become an important member of a healthcare team."

The Rasmussen College Medical Assisting program combines practical and comprehensive coursework in anatomy, physiology, administering injections, performing EKGs and venipuncture with a 240-hour clinical externship. Courses can be completed through a combination of on-campus and online classes led by dedicated instructors with practical industry background and experience. As part of the program, students prepare for a national credentialing exam, and Rasmussen College offers a wide range of career search and placement assistance opportunities to help graduates secure a position in their chosen field and location.

"We are excited to now offer these excellent Medical Assisting programs and make them available to individuals in North Dakota," said Mary Swingle, campus director of the Rasmussen College Bismarck campus. "There is such a growing need for healthcare professionals in our community – especially as our population continues to grow – and these programs will provide the education and training that individuals need to go into great careers."

For more information about the Rasmussen Medical Assisting program, visit http://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/health-sciences/medical-assisting/. For additional information about Rasmussen College, visit www.Rasmussen.edu.

To view this release in full, visit: http://www.rasmussen.edu/press-release/2012-08-06/rasmussen-launches-medical-assisting-program-at-bismarck-campus/.

ABOUT RASMUSSEN COLLEGE

An innovator of higher education, Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited, private college that specializes in offering the most in-demand degree programs in a highly supportive, student-centered educational environment.  Rasmussen College offers market-relevant programs from the certificate and diploma level through the associate's and bachelor's level online and across its 22 campuses in the Midwest and Florida to more than 14,000 students. By combining its expertise in career development with high academic standards and with unparalleled student support services, graduates of Rasmussen College leave with the most up-to-date knowledge, the skills that employers look for, and the tools to succeed in their chosen field.  Since 1900, the primary focus at Rasmussen College has remained constant: student achievement is of the upmost importance, the employer who hires its students continues to be a valued partner, and Rasmussen College is dedicated to being a primary contributor to the growth and development of the communities it serves. For more information about Rasmussen College, please visit www.Rasmussen.edu.

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