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Rasmussen College Honors ATI as Partner of Distinction

May 8, 2019, 10:54 AM
<4.5-min. read> The award pays tribute to the measurable value, collaboration, and responsiveness ATI provides the college.

Leawood, KS (May 8, 2019) — Rasmussen College recently bestowed its third annual Partner of Distinction Award on ATI.

Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college offering Certificate and Diploma programs through Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree programs online and across its 23 Midwest and Florida campuses. It was the leading educator of Professional Nursing Associate’s degree students in the country in 2016 and 2017.

“Our partners at ATI have put our college and our nursing students first, which has had a direct impact on our programs and campuses and has directly contributed to the quality of our students’ experiences and successes,” said Joan Rich, DNP, RN, PHN, FCN, Vice President of Nursing at Rasmussen College. “Together, we can empower and offer innovative nursing education across the nation to help build the future of nursing education.”

Preparing for the 2019 Partner of Distinction selection process, a select committee comprising Rasmussen College leaders selected ATI for the honor based on four specific criterion:

  1. Works with the college in a collaborative manner
  2. Responsive to the college’s needs
  3. Delivers measurable value against mutually defined objectives
  4. Demonstrates organizational values of customer-first philosophy.

Jaime Fiorucci
, ATI’s Chief of Staff/Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, noted that receiving the award “was a testament to the hard work of our entire team, the outcomes we have driven, and our years of history helping them as they grow and scale.” Fiorucci recognized several individuals who had made a significant impact on the partnership between ATI and Rasmussen College, notably:

Josh Gouchenaur, ATI Client Account Manager Supervisor
Blaine Hague, ATI Senior Operations Analyst
Kim Lowe, ATI Strategic Operations Consultant (formerly Product Training Specialist)
Amy Minnix, ATI Nurse Educator
Alice Myers, ATI Integration Nurse Educator for Strategic Accounts
Jodi Rodgers, ATI Director of Operations/Strategic Partnerships
Emily Stevens, ATI Manager of Operations-Strategic Partnerships.

Since 2014, ATI has partnered with Rasmussen College, which offers three pre-licensure nursing programs and two post-licensure fully online degree offerings

Rasmussen College presented the award to Fiorucci during one of three All-College Summits that took place at different locations across the United States earlier this year. During one of the events, Rasmussen College Chief Executive Officer Tom Slagle noted, “It is rare to find a partner that has the same value structure and who is mission-driven as an organization, and we found that in ATI.”

The college also noted the consistent partnership ATI had delivered, describing how ATI had assisted it in creating a process to use evidence-based practice and data to drive positive nursing student outcomes. The ultimate goal: to increase NCLEX scores and first-time testing pass rates.

“ATI has come to the table with data, analysis, solutions, and suggestions that have only increased over the years,” Rich said. 

ATI’s Fiorucci said that Rasmussen College serves an array of students and is committed to diversity and inclusion across its student population. “Rasmussen’s focus on ensuring every student has a pathway to success makes us — honestly — so incredibly proud to be a partner with them. Their faculty and administrators are dedicated, determined, conscientious and, simply, among the highest caliber in the profession.”

She added, “We are so admiring of their ongoing efforts toward building strong, professional nurses of tomorrow. Partners like Rasmussen, in fact, make our jobs that much more rewarding. After all, if we can create products, tools, and solutions that will help them do their jobs better? Make their jobs easier? Those truly are goals worth pursuing.”

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About the Rasmussen College School of Nursing
The Rasmussen College School of Nursing offers quality on-campus and online nursing programs designed to help graduates enter the field with a strong foundation of real-world experience and skills. Rasmussen College offers three pre-licensure nursing program options, including the Practical Nursing Diploma program, Professional Nursing Associate’s degree program, and the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Additionally, Rasmussen College has two post-licensure online nursing program offerings, the RN-to-BSN Entrance Option and the Master of Science in Nursing program. Courses are taught by dedicated and experienced nurse faculty who know what it takes to launch and advance a successful nursing career in the growing healthcare field. With four start dates throughout the year and eight for the RN-to-BSN Entrance Option, as well as no-wait lists for qualified applicants at many campuses, students can quickly prepare to start or advance their career. 

To learn more about the Rasmussen College School of Nursing, visit

About ATI
ATI is the leading provider of online learning programs for improving faculty effectiveness and student and program outcomes in nursing schools across the country. ATI maintains a 97 percent client-retention rate based on providing consistently reliable delivery of high-quality assessment, remediation, and educational products. Currently, ATI Nursing Education works with 20,000+ nurse educators, about 2,700 colleges and universities, and more than 500,000 students, plus more than 1.3 million graduates. The business began in 1998 with the help of a nurse. Today, nurses remain a valued part of its staff, with a team of 230 nurse educators, as well as nearly a dozen psychometric professionals who specialize in educational products, test development, and statistical methods.

To learn more about ATI, visit

ATI and Rasmussen College staff attend award ceremony for nursing school's Partner of Distinction honor
(From left) Tom Slagle, Rasmussen CEO; Jaime Fiorucci, ATI Chief of Staff/Vice President of Strategic Partnerships; Dr. Joan Rich, Rasmussen Vice President of Nursing; and Dr. Trenda Boyum-Breen, Rasmussen President.