• Overview
  • Faculty
  • Requirements
  • Advising
  • Off-Campus Study
  • Unique Opportunities

Nursing

Pre-Professional Advising

Overview

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.

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.


Program Spotlight

Faculty

Barbara Sisson

Barbara Sisson

Associate Professor of Biology, Chair of Health Professions Advising Committee

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Colleen Byron

Colleen Byron

Professor of Chemistry

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Mark Cole

Associate Professor of Exercise Science

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Mark Kainz

Mark Kainz

Professor of Biology, Director of Catalyst Curriculum

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Patrick Willoughby

Patrick Willoughby

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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Requirements

Prerequisite course work varies between programs, and interested students should consider courses in human anatomy and physiology (BIO 211 and 312); microbiology (BIO 314); inorganic chemistry (CHM 112); organic chemistry (CHM 111); psychology (PSC 110, 235 or 242); sociology (SOC 110); English; and statistics (MTH 120 or PSC 211-212).

Advising

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.

Off-Campus Study

This program 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.

Unique Opportunities

  • 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.