Although a person with an undergraduate nursing degree will have no trouble finding employment, to advance in this field it is usually necessary to obtain a Masters 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 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 organic chemistry (Chemistry 111) or biochemistry (Chemistry 422), human anatomy and physiology (Biology 211-312), microbiology (Biology 314), statistics (Math 120 or Psychology 211-212); psychology or sociology (Psychology 110, Sociology 110 or 115), and human growth and development (Psychology 235, 242, or 243). A prerequisite course in normal nutrition is required and may be taken online. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required, and the GRE exam is waived if the applicant has a Ripon College GPA of 3.25 or greater.