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.

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Colleen Byron

Byron, Colleen

Professor of Chemistry, L. Leone Oyster 1919 Chair in Chemistry

Robin Forbes-Lorman

Forbes-Lorman, Robin

Assistant Professor of Biology

Mark Kainz

Kainz, Mark

Professor of Biology, Patricia and Philip McCullough Class of 1969 Professor in Biology

Julia Manor

Meyers-Manor, Julia

Associate Professor of Psychology

Barbara Sisson

Sisson, Barbara

Associate Professor of Biology, Chair of Health Professions Advising Committee

Patrick Willoughby

Willoughby, Patrick

Associate Professor of Chemistry


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. We also work collaboratively with Ripon College Career and Professional Development to help match your interests and skills to concrete goals and construct a plan for professional success offering personalized career counseling, off-campus learning opportunities and an online job board with potential to connect with local, national and international employers. Our collaboration with 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. Likewise, Mentors in the Franzen 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


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).

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.