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Ripon College offers pre-professional advising in nursing.

Although a person with an undergraduate nursing degree will have no trouble finding employment, to advance in this field it usually is necessary to obtain a master’s degree. Graduate entry-level nursing programs are available for those students who have earned a baccalaureate degree. Graduate programs in nursing include a master’s of science (M.S.), doctor of nursing (N.D.) and doctor of nursing science (D.N.Sc.). For these programs, an applicant must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. The graduate record exam (GRE) and an interview are required. Prerequisite course work includes human anatomy and physiology (Biology 211 and 312), microbiology (Biology 314), inorganic chemistry (Chemistry 112) and organic chemmistry (Chemistry 111). Coursework in psychology (110, 235, 242 or 243), sociology (110 or 115), English (110 and another English course), and statistics (Mathematics 120 or Psychology 211-212) are recommended.

Ripon College is affiliated with Rush University School of Nursing in Chicago, and Ripon graduates who meet the admission requirements can be automatically accepted into the Generalist Entry Master of Science in Nursing program. Required prerequisite courses, all completed with a grade of C or better, include chemistry (CHM 111-112), human anatomy and physiology (BIO 211-312), and microbiology (BIO 314). A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required (both overall and science-specific GPA), and the GRE exam is waived if the applicant has a Ripon College GPA of 3.25 or greater.


Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

Advising at Ripon.


Mark Kainz

Mark Kainz

Professor of Biology, Director of Catalyst Curriculum

[email protected]

Off-Campus Study

The College is affiliated with Rush University in Chicago.

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off- Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.

Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.