January 19, 2019
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School Profile: Rush University

In 1837, the Illinois legislature chartered Rush Medical College, even before the city of Chicago was incorporated and was a small village of just 4,000 people. Founded by Daniel Brainard, MD, a scientist and surgeon, the school was named for a physician and signer of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Rush. In 1847 Dr. David Jones Peck became the first African-American man to receive a medical degree from an American medical school at Rush College.

In 1883, Rush established a teaching hospital and, in 1903, a school of nursing. In 1956, Presbyterian Hospital merged with St. Luke’s Hospital, combining their nursing schools. In 1969, Rush Medical College merged with them to form Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center. In 1972, Rush University was formed with the College of Nursing and Allied Health sciences joining a year later.

Rush has been named by U.S. News & World Report in the top eight America’s Best Graduate Schools survey and is ranked fifth in the Doctor of Nursing Practice category by the same publication. It has been named one of the world’s top young universities and the United States Department of Education says that Rush leads Illinois in undergraduate student post-graduation earnings with an average salary of $74,000.

Rush University Accreditation Details

Rush University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Regional accreditation indicates that Rice University meets or exceeds criteria set forth by the accrediting agency that indicates not only excellence in education but a focus on improvement where indicated. Programs at the college are accredited by industry-specific organizations and associations as follows:

  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
  • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant
  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Management Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
  • National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Rush University Application Requirements

Rush University seeks programs who are driven to succeed in medicine, nursing, research and allied health. Candidates must display a passion to help others as well as academic achievement. The admissions process varies across the programs offered at Rice University. Students are encouraged to contact an admissions counselor before applying to any programs.

Rice University Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition at Rush University is as follows:

  • Audiology – $623 per credit hour
  • Biotechnology – $16,000 per term
  • Blood Bank Technology – $592 per credit hour
  • Clinical Laboratory Management – $592 per credit hour
  • Clinical Nutrition – $713 per credit hour
  • Clinical Research – $1,000 per credit hour
  • Health Sciences – $500 to $600 per credit hour
  • Health Systems Management – $720 per credit hour
  • Imaging Sciences – $562 per credit hour
  • Integrated Biomedical Sciences Master’s Degree – $9,000 per term
  • Integrated Biomedical Sciences Doctorate – $1,000 per credit hour
  • Medical Laboratory Science – $592 per credit hour
  • Medical College First Year – $51,306 per year
  • Medical College Second Year – $50,790 per year
  • Medical College Third Year – $50,790 per year
  • Medical College Fourth Year – $50,790 per year
  • Nursing Pre-Licensure – $995 per credit hour
  • Nursing Post-Licensure – $1,050 per credit hour
  • Occupational Therapy – $581 per credit hour
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  • Physician Assistant First Year – $12,000 per term
  • Physician Assistant Second Year – $7,913 per term
  • Physician Assistant Third Year – $6,330 per term
  • Respiratory Care – $592 per credit hour
  • Speech-Language Pathology – $623 per credit hour
  • Vascular Ultrasound – $576 per credit hour

Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships, grants, federal work study programs, federal and private loans. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Institutional Aid Application form in order to be eligible for financial aid. There is a parent information form for student are dependents that must be completed as well.

Rush University Degree Programs Available

Clinical Nurse Leader for RNs (MSN)

The Clinical Nurse Leader for RNs is for students who wish to manage the comprehensive care of individuals and clinical populations in multiple settings. The program promotes health, risk reduction and improvement of point-of-care outcomes as a nurse leader. The program prepares graduates to assume leadership roles as well as to apply research-based information to design, implement and evaluate plans of care.

The program is designed for nurses with either bachelor’s or associate’s degrees who hold bachelor’s degrees in other fields who wish to obtain a Master’s in nursing. The program is two years with an average of two courses per term. Students are able to work full-time while completing the degree on a part-time basis. All courses are delivered in an online format and clinical requirements can be completed in the student’s local area. There are three brief campus visits required and many of the courses transfer into the Doctor of Nursing program offered at Rush.

Courses required to complete the program include:

  • Advanced Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing Across the Lifespan
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Applied Epidemiology & Biostatics for Nursing Practice
  • Clinical Leadership & Project Development
  • CNL Role Seminar
  • Health Economics, Policy and Finance
  • Health Promotion in Individuals & Clinical Populations/li>
  • Immersion: Clinical Project Implementation
  • Organizational and Systems Leadership
  • Research for Evidenced-Based Practice

In order to be admitted to the program, students must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Students may be admitted if they have an associate’s in nursing as long as they hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and pre-licensure nursing GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students must answer personal essay questions that are included in the NursingCAS Program Materials. Three letters of recommendation, one from a supervisor or manager and two from individuals in leadership positions who can speak to the student’s clinical abilities, are required. A resume that includes community service, scholarly activities, work experience, educational, leadership and professional organization activities as well as a nursing license number and state is also required. Students must be licensed in the United States and may be required to provide GRE or TOEFL scores. A personal interview with faculty is also required. There is no requirement for clinical experience in order to apply for the program.

Rush University is one of the top-rated nursing and medical schools in the country. Many programs at Rush University are offered in flexible formats, allowing students with work, social or family obligations to achieve their higher education goals.

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