Student Spotlight: Lisa LaRose

Lisa LaRose

Lisa LaRose
Major: Nursing

Although Lisa LaRose dropped out of high school, she realized the importance of education and earned her GED.

LaRose then completed college courses in programming and computer management but never attended full time. She landed good jobs and later watched as all three of her daughters took classes at College of DuPage.

She finally decided the time was right to enroll and has earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing. Once at COD, she encountered professors who were more than willing to help, such as Larinda Dixon, professor of Nursing.

“I spent 24 weeks with her during my clinicals,” LaRose said. “She is responsible for where I am today in terms of the nursing capabilities I now have.

“But I was amazed at all of the professors, from the Nursing program to my general education classes. I never had a professor who didn’t want to go the extra mile. Everyone from start to finish has been so helpful and interested in my success here. It’s clear they stand behind what they are doing.”

In addition to her class work, LaRose was a member of Phi Theta Kappa. In 2011, she was named one of the two Outstanding Graduates at College of DuPage.

Since graduation, LaRose passed the NCLEX and became an RN, working at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton on the brain injury unit. She became a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and entered Benedictine University’s RN to BSN program, which was a cohort for previous COD nursing students.

Having earned her BSN, she also received her Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN) and completed her Nurse Clinician III designation. She is currently working on a project to achieve Nurse Clinician IV status in 2016. 

LaRose is still at Marianjoy, where she is now a Nursing Supervisor and supports the workings of the hospital, such as nursing, staffing and emergency management.

“My experience at College of DuPage was great,” she said. “The value of the education that you receive for the price you pay is really outstanding.”

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Outstanding Graduates for 2011


Lisa LaRose and Matt Brousil

Lisa LaRose and Matt Brousil are College of DuPage's Outstanding Graduates for 2011.