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Monmouth College has an affiliated program with the Rush University College of Nursing, one of the finest such programs in the country.  

Spaces are reserved for Monmouth students in this prestigious program which is designed for those students who want to be among the best nurses in the nation After earning an undergraduate degree from Monmouth, qualified students can gain entry to the Generalist Entry Master’s Program. The goal of this program is to prepare students to be leaders in the clinical setting. This program consists of 6 trimesters (2 years). Five trimesters of classroom and clinical work and the last term spent in a residency experience. More information on the Rush program can be found at

Since the content knowledge expected by nursing schools are very similar to those for a Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Biology Major, many students major in one of those areas. However, a student may choose any major field of study as long as the courses listed below are completed.

One of the benefits of studying at Monmouth College is the personal attention. The liberal arts preparation enhances communication skills, writing skills, leadership, and the ability to critically analyze information. The program is research intensive with ample opportunities for student-designed independent research.

Equipment & Facilities

The Departments of Chemistry and Biology have well-equipped laboratory facilities in the new $42 million Center for Science and Business building. 

Along with the Cadaver Lab, there are many major pieces of instruments students start using their first year and continue to develop their skills throughout their four years at Monmouth.

  • Griffin 450 GC-MS with X-Sorber
  • Thermo/Nicolet Nexus FTIR
  • Waters HPLC with dual wavelength detector
  • Spectrometry
  • Visocotek GPC with RI detector
  • Thermo NanoDrop Spectrometry
  • Anasazi EFT-60 NMR Spectrometry
  • Varian Atomic Absorption
  • Agilent UV-Vis Spectrometer with temperature controller
  • Perkin Elmer Fluorescence
  • BioRad Gel Doc200 Digital Imaging System


Students interested in medical school should begin chemistry and biology courses in their first year at Monmouth College. The chemistry courses are sequential, so beginning chemistry later will postpone the application process.

Students who have not had pre-calculus in high school should take the pre-calculus course sometime in the first year. Students should consult the Mathematics department for placement in the proper Mathematics class.

Calculus I is a pre/co-requisite course for Physics I and Physics II.

Career Opportunities

  • Cardiac Care Nurse
  • Case Management Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Hospice Nurses
  • Labor and Delivery Nurse
  • Lactation Consultant
  • Nurse Educator
  • Poison Information Specialist
  • Long-Term Care Nurse

Recent Nursing Graduates

Emily Berry ’04
St. Francis Medical Hospital

Jenna Main ’11
Nurse Tech
OSF St. Mary Medical CTR

Amy Lang ’09
Registered Nurse
Trinity Hospital