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Cooperative Program

Program Advisor
Mary Jane Shroyer, Pre-Health Coordinator

Cooperating Faculty
Judith Thorn, Biology

Students interested in nursing may take advantage of the cooperative program between Knox College and Rush University's College of Nursing. The student will complete a selection of required preparatory courses for nursing study while an undergraduate at Knox in addition to satisfying all of the normal graduation requirements. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Knox, students selected for the program will have a guaranteed slot in the Graduate Entry Master’s (GEM) advanced nursing program at Rush, which culminates in the receipt of a Master’s degree after 7 quarters of study. This degree is the equivalent of Clinical Nursing Leader (CNL) training found at other institutions, and Rush GEM program participants will typically sit for RN and CNL certification upon completion of their training.

Professional work in health care requires the application of scientific knowledge to patient care. In addition to taking specified courses in biology and chemistry, students in this program are expected to pursue courses in the humanities, behavioral sciences, and social sciences while at Knox. The work at Rush provides nursing-specific coursework in addition to clinical training and experience. Given the range of duties undertaken by the Clinical Nursing Leader in the workplace, a broad-based undergraduate liberal arts education is ideal preparation for the program.

Prior to starting study at the cooperating institution, a Knox student must:

  • have completed all degree requirements at Knox College; not more than nine months may elapse between an applicant's graduation from Knox and enrollment at Rush;
  • have maintained a cumulative GPA and science GPA of 3.0 prior to application;
  • a cumulative GPA of less than 3.25 requires an acceptable GRE score for admission;
  • be recommended for the program by the Dean of the College or, upon the Dean's request, by the faculty program advisor.

In addition, specific requirements for admission are as follows:

  • CHEM 100A or CHEM 100-101
  • BIOL 325, 328, 333

All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher prior to the admissions deadline.

Students interested in this program should contact the program advisor early to discuss the specific requirements and to plan their courses accordingly.

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